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20 April update: Thanks everyone for your amazing entries! It’s really cool to see (and hear!) what you all came up with.
This miniLD will be closing soon, as LD 38 is just around the corner.
I hope you had a good time!
I can’t believe this is already my 6th Ludum Dare. This time, I’ve made a game about property development, ie knocking down walls to turn cramped little spaces into… ONE ROOM!
It’s called Homes under the Hammer and it looks like this:
Can you make a profit? 😀
Hello everyone! Ludum Dare is fast approaching… Are you ready for it? 😀
First of all: Ludum Dare 37 will be held in the weekend of December 9th on the new site! If you want to participate, you will need to make an account there. If you join now, you’ll still have time to slaughter some themes before theme voting starts next week.
Now, the weekend before a Ludum Dare, we traditionally organize something we like to call the Warmup Weekend. Since the new website is not quite ready yet, we will be doing the warmup weekend here on the old site.
So between this moment and the start of LD37, you’re encouraged to test your tools. Make some art, import it, and draw it on screen. Make some sounds, import them, and play them on cue. If you’re using a new development tool, figure out the development cycle. Learn how to make a release too!
I made a text game for LD36 called STONECONF 12,016 BC. In this game you play as a stone age caveman who has invented the wheel. To inform the world about your invention, you decide to head to STONECONF, the largest conference on stone age technology in the world. But the event starts in 10 days already, so you better hurry!
I’ve tried to incorporate the theme in both the content and the presentation of the game. I could really use more feedback, so if you are looking for a game to play, please consider mine
I wasn’t really planning to participate, but seeing the awesome theme and the big turnout, I can’t help myself. So I’m going to make a small little thingie this weekend called:
We’ve been collecting theme suggestions for the upcoming LD for 6 weeks now. As LD36 is coming closer, the time has come to gather the results and start preparing the theme slaughter. During the slaughter, we will ask all of you to vote on the themes we’ve collected, so we can determine what the best ones are.
We’ll launch the slaughter as soon as the list of suggestions has been cleaned up (remove duplicates, profanities, etc). Thanks to rnlf for taking care of this.
In the end almost 8,000 themes have been submitted, which is absolutely amazing. Thanks to everyone for your input, you did a great job!
Since theme suggestions opened about 2 weeks ago, I’m happy to report that almost 3000 themes have been suggested so far \o/
If you want to follow the numbers, I made a graph which shows them as they come in:
It automatically updates every ~5 minutes or so, so hopefully we’ll see it roll over to 3000 any time now!
Ludum Dare #36 is scheduled for the last weekend of August. That means we have about 8 weeks to go, so it’s time to start deciding on a theme!
Important note: The contest is being hosted here as usual! Both theme selection and submissions will be handled here, as has been done for all previous Ludum Dares.
UPDATE AUGUST 8: This is the last week of theme suggesting! We will start the slaughter soon, so if you still want to submit some themes, now is the time!
If you have suggestions for a theme we could use, please share them with us using the form below. You can submit as many themes as you like, the more the better!
[ THEME SUGGESTION FORM ]
I hereby present the timelapse video which shows how I made my LD35 compo game BARBER BLUES: living the dream. If you haven’t played it already, please check it out
So for all you sceptics out there, here’s the proof I did create it all by myself within 48 hours! 😀
For this LD (my 4th already!) I made a game about shaving beards, called BARBER BLUES: living the dream. If you haven’t played it already, please check it out
I approached this LD in the same way as I have the last few ones: spend the first morning thinking of various concepts, instead of diving directly in with the first random thought that comes to mind. I like to compare at least 3 different ideas, so I can pick the one that seems the most doable and fun. I’ve written some more about this process (along with some ideas that didn’t make it) here.
Once I knew I wanted to make a game about shaving people’s faces, I wondered if I could pull it off, so I started by trying to implement the shaving screen. Luckily LÖVE (the framework I’m using) has features to manipulate individual pixels of images, so I knew that by creating a picture of a beard, I could remove bits from it based on where the player clicks the screen. And since I can read the individual pixels from images, I can also compare two images (ie. the desired haircut with the actually created haircut). That’s really all I needed! The rest of the game has little to it from a technical point of view. I was so confident that I even added completely useless (but fun!) particles flying around while shaving, even though I had to still make an entire game around it.
By the time the shaving screen was fully implemented, it was already evening and I was a bit tired from coding all day. That’s why I decided to spend the time until bed on making a soundtrack for the game. Somehow blues / rock & roll seemed fitting to me for a game about beards and barbers. I first created some drum tracks using the awesome samples by Toontrack and added some basic piano parts using the Wurlitzer from Arturia. On top of this foundation, I recorded bass guitar, rhythm guitar and lead guitar parts in my little home studio. I had a blast, because before I knew it, it was 2 am. I quickly posted the soundtrack to the site and went to sleep.
This was a bit of a scary day, because even though I’m happy with my music and shaving implementation, I haven’t actually got a game around these things. So I spent the entire second day of LD frantically working to get at least the most basic things into the game. During this process I also changed the name of the game from the generic “Barber Shop” to the more fitting “Barber Blues”. I worked until deep into the night to get the different screens in, tell the intro story, draw the inside of a barber shop, make walking animations for my client character, connect clicking him to the shaving screen, connect the shaving screen back to the barber shop and finally implement the end screen for when the player runs out of money, because ultimately the barber shop always goes bankrupt (awwww, so sad).
I even needed some time of the submission hour to get my game in a presentable state, but all in all I’m happy with the result
I’ve considered making post-compo versions of my games before, but never had the energy to actually do it. But this time, I’m more serious about it. One of the features I would *love* to have is that screenshots of the resulting haircuts are uploaded to Twitter. Wouldn’t that be awesome to see? Making a post-compo version would also allow me to create some diversity in how the clients look, add some furniture to the barber shop and perhaps most importantly, properly balance the game to make sure it’s neither too harsh nor too boring.
I’ll make another post if and when I make this updated version, and I’ll update the LD page accordingly. You can follow me on Twitter to stay on top of things.
OK, that’s it. Thanks for reading and I hope you have fun with my game:
Barber Blues: living the dream.
I just finished recording 4 songs for my LD35 game called Barber Shop.
It’s all blues / rock & roll. I don’t know why, but it seemed fitting somehow.
Good day sir. Please take a seat and relax. This will be over before you know it.
I spent the first morning of LD35 thinking of different games I could make this time. Here are some concepts that didn’t make the cut:
In the end, I decided to try and make a barber shop game. In this game, you will play a barber who has to shave people’s beards & moustaches. Clients come in with huge amounts of facial hair, explaining to you how they want their beard done. Your cursor turns into a beard trimmer and when you click, you start shaving their hair off. In the end, the client judges his beard based on how much it resembled his wishes and how symmetric his facial hair is.
I made a (mockup) outline of the game in this gif:
Follow me on Twitter if you want to see how it’s coming together
I decided to make a list :3
Top 3 games by timespan