Ludum Dare 36
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Dreaming of making indie games is, sadly, still just a dream.


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Will Edwards's Trophies

This is for being an awesome sport!
Awarded by Dizzyman572
on September 14, 2015
Huge Data Processing
Awarded by SaintHeiser
on September 14, 2014
Outside the Box Game Idea Award
Awarded by blubberquark
on August 31, 2014
Gamification of Rating Games Award
Awarded by ViliX64
on August 26, 2014
Hacker Newser
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on August 29, 2013
Prettiest Text Adventure Award
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on April 27, 2012

Will Edwards's Archive

Now recruiting: the LD#36-rating plan B

Posted by
Monday, July 25th, 2016 3:30 am

Now recruiting: the LD#36-rating plan B:


I’m that annoying chap who spams the LD mosaics every single damn LD recently.  Apologies to everyone suffering mosaic fatigue.  I do it, most recently without even linking to my own games, because I am trying hard to make LD into a positive community.

Right now everyone spends a very intense weekend making a game and then they go crash.  Very few actually then play any games, or very many games, and many that do don’t comment.  I do my best to address that and whip up some kind of community…

Now I’m a vocal non-pov-believer re the impossibility of ratings this LD and re need for a new website and everything else, but if we can’t have a normal LD#36 like the 35 LDs we’ve had before, then we will just have to innovate around him.. :(

My big fear is that LD#36 will be a bit of a flop, and the momentum of LD will flounder, and we’ll all be poorer for it.


For LD#30 (Connected Worlds) I made a gamification of Ludum Dare commenting.  The idea was actually to spend the time I’d been allowed to enter LD on making a better game-finding interface for LD.  I think the community appreciated it a bit; LDers really enjoyed finding entries by players near them or far from them, and getting a sense of the size and globality of the LD base.  And it was by far my best ever entry: it won silver in innovation and 4th for theme, yah! 😀

A script running on a server scraped the LD entries for comments and exposed a hastily illustrated map as you commented on games.

The entry was rushed, and needs polish if we can use it as an interface for promoting the “comments only” rating system this LD#36.  I need your help in the coming weeks:

Now recruiting: the LD#36-rating plan B:


  • Artists, to make a gorgeous high-res map.
  • Artists, to make a much prettier interface.
  • Programmers, to improve the scrolling, zooming and revealing.
  • Programmers, to add features such as solutions for when several players have the same or very close locations on the map, filters by game type, and marking when a game has been played or viewed.

(Because its not running on the LD site itself it can’t have a seamless login and it can’t auto-update every time someone actually comments :(  We can’t have everything but we can try and get damn close!)

Please volunteer in the comments below:


Posted by
Friday, July 15th, 2016 4:19 am

Well I’ve kinda made a start on miniLD#69…

Rather than humans colonizing something, I thought back to SimAnt…

Here is a Javascript browser-based made-in-an-hour ant colony simulator:


Its based on a quick glance at but its diverged quite a bit from that. Its rendering ‘debug’ info, showing how the sim works underneath.

The red dots are food sources and the blue dot is the ‘nest’.   Ants wander fairly aimlessly.

When they find food they suddenly lay down a ‘food pheromone’ trail (purple). They then try to find the nest again. If they find it, they lay down a ‘nest pheromone’ trail (yellow).

If ants wander across a food pheromone trail when they are seeking food they tend to follow it if its strong enough, and likewise nest pheromones when they are taking food home. After a while they end up with trails between food and nest.

The system can easily support obstacles etc. But right now the only obstacles are the edges of the canvas.

I have almost zero time to make a game in the coming week, so we’ll see if anything happens.

Haven’t quite worked out the gameplay yet. Maybe you have to help the ants, or maybe you have to kill them. Are you on the side of the ants, or are they the enemy? Suggestions welcome 😀

Your game is in this mosaic!

Posted by
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 8:15 pm

Mosaic of LD34 games!

Posted by
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 3:48 am

Click to take a closer look :)

Your game is in that mosaic! Good luck :)

This mosaic can also be used to find games you can play on your platform, e.g. find true “web” games that can be played in your browser 😉

The subliminal theme theme

Posted by
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 4:18 pm

A long time ago I used to play with spheres, and I came across which is a description of how to tile a sphere 😀

I’ve blogged about building icospheres before, so I had some code to borrow to adapt to see how spheres might look for a maze or dungeon design:

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 22.11.23

If I get a chance to do LD34, I might try and make a 2D wrap-around dungeon on a sphere or something… 😉

Repost: I put screenshots of every LD33 game into a statistics program and discovered a disturbing ghostly pattern pervading the choice for themes this LD34:


Your game is in this mosaic!

Posted by
Monday, September 14th, 2015 12:30 am

This mosaic is made from the thumbnails of all LD33 games:

Happy hunting 😀

You can also use the mosaic to filter by platform, e.g. to find all the games that are ‘web’ playable :)

Some stats:

  • 1493 games claimed a “web” link
  • but 472 of those “web” games were actually Unity games with web player, although they didn’t mention this in their blurb; my script doesn’t categorize them as ‘web playable’
  • 7 games have no thumbnail

If you like this, you might be kind and rate my game? Exogorth

(repost in case you missed it)

Exogorth is go!

Posted by
Monday, August 24th, 2015 6:33 pm


Posted by
Monday, August 24th, 2015 5:18 pm

I you’re making a web game please for the love of all that is LDy be sure to put in a call to canvas.focus() or whatever in your initialization so that the space-bar doesn’t scroll the page you are embedded in!

Thank you.  I’ll thank you :)

LD Game Finder

Posted by
Monday, August 24th, 2015 6:52 am

Here’s a mosaic of all the LD33 COMPO games:



Your game is in that mosaic, I promise!  Happy hunting :)

You can navigate around and easily launch games straight from the mosaic.

You can also easily filter by platform, e.g. easily find web-playable games!

(I am careful to find and filter out unity games that provide web links; those aren’t web-playable for most users who are specifically searching for browser-based games)

Not showing any JAM games yet, obviously.

My own entry, Exogorth, is a JAM entry and is incomplete.  I am looking forward to giving it a bit of polish and instructions tonight before the JAM deadline :)

GPU ray marched cave

Posted by
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 2:03 pm

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 20.42.26


Now making the camera hug the rock…

Filtering LD Games by platform e.g. show Web Only

Posted by
Friday, August 21st, 2015 5:52 am

I have some scripts for making mosaics from LD entry thumbnails, and I have some scripts for scraping the LD website that I made for my LD30 “connecting worlds” entry.

It seemed natural enough to combine them :)  So I whipped up a quick prototype this lunchtime:

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 12.48.56


I deliberately haven’t made it any easier to find your own entry etc, although … there is always your javascript console 😉

So when the competition is over, I’m just one short command line away from posting an LD33 mosaic with filtering :)

Real Life First Person Shooter

Posted by
Friday, August 21st, 2015 1:52 am

Saw this and had to share .. be inspired to think outside the box 😀

Pluto’s Heart Wallpaper

Posted by
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 7:48 am

A mosaic of LD32 thumbnails:


I’m in, and here’s a mosaic wallpaper

Posted by
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 6:06 am

The wallpaper is made from thumbnails of LD32 entries.  Enjoy! :)

click for full-size!

I made a list of games you should play!

Posted by
Monday, May 11th, 2015 4:35 pm


1) print this poster out

2) and as you play your final games,

3) find their thumbnail in the mosaic and cross ’em out!


You may enjoy finding my own game in there too… PukeMan! 😉

Happy hunting 😀

(UPDATE: a blog post reporting recent attempts at improving the mosaic making algorithms)


Posted by
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 2:01 pm

The Rise and Fall of the Lone Game Developer

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