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    About Will Edwards

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


    Ludum Dare 30
    Ludum Dare 28
    Ludum Dare 27
    MiniLD 40
    Ludum Dare 25
    Ludum Dare 24
    Ludum Dare 23
    MiniLD 31

    Will Edwards's Trophies

    Huge Data Processing
    Awarded by SaintHeiser
    on September 14, 2014
    Outside the Box Game Idea Award
    Awarded by rfgpfeiffer
    on August 31, 2014
    Gamification of Rating Games Award
    Awarded by ViliX
    on August 26, 2014
    Hacker Newser
    Awarded by udo
    on August 29, 2013
    Prettiest Text Adventure Award
    Awarded by royvanrijn
    on April 27, 2012

    Will Edwards's Archive

    Notch’ll be Back!

    Posted by
    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 12:00 am

    Notch sells Mojang to Microsoft and goes “back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments”!

    Hey Notch, we can’t wait to have you around LD31!

    (And sadly maybe Notch should use an anon account each contest so he can enjoy it)

    YOUR GAME is in this MOSAIC!

    Posted by
    Monday, September 15th, 2014 2:45 pm

    After you’ve played my game, feast your eyes on yet another mosaic made up from all the LD30 games:



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

    This time, the tiles have been placed optimally using a Kuhn-Munkres solver for the Linear Assignment Problem!  Terribly interesting algorithm, terrific result!

    This isn’t the first mosaic I’ve made; you may also like these, made by random swaps and buckets of runtime:


    Ludum Dare Comment Ratios

    Posted by
    Monday, September 15th, 2014 3:05 am

    Last Day of rating time left, folks!  Get playing, get commenting!

    And after you’ve played my game, you can ponder these stats:

    Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 12.36.21

    This shows what percentage of contestants have commented on others games.

    I had suspected that a lot of players comment in quick succession on different games, suggesting that they hadn’t actually played them in any depth.  However, thankfully, the stats really don’t back that up.  There are some examples, but really surprisingly rare.  People really don’t sit down and speed-rate and comment a lot of games; lets hope for the best that they are playing them instead ;)

    As my game relies on people commenting, I’m eager to get everyone commenting.  Here’s my game’s penetration:

    We are tracking the location of 721 LD30 contestants.

    524 contestants have successfully used the game, entering their user name and looking at the map; that’s 20% !!!

    56% of these have been back more than once!  The median is 3 repeat visits!

    450 contestants have updated their location in the game; the other 74 were satisfied with the game’s guess.

    But, here’s the kicker, only 324 have rated my game :(

    And only 202 people have have commented on my game.  A handful are not contestants, but the rest … I can’t see you light up on my map :(  Here’s how my map is lit up when I check it now:

    Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 13.00.26

    I would like you all to go comment on other people’s game, not just my own!

    Last Day Now… you know what to do!

    Now Go Play and Comment!

    The Long Cold Comment Tail

    Posted by
    Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 2:16 pm

    I’ve been tracking commenting habits on Ludum Dare as my game depends upon it.

    Comments are a good proxy for ratings, and comments have been dwindling.

    Why am I posting?  It seems nobody is here reading :(

    Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 23.05.03

    It’ll be interesting to see if comment rates pick up as the deadline looms.


    Games with the most comments:

    239 Close Your Eyes – nonetheless (Web, Source)

    230 Sinister – Joe Williamson (Web, Source)

    221 Connecting LD30 to the Real World – Will Edwards(Web, Source)

    206 Heart Star – AdventureIslands (Web, Source)

    189 Chipset-0 – deepnight (Play (flash), Source (Haxe), Timelapse)

    163 Waterfly Octus – gillenew (Web, Source)

    160 Starpiercer – Alexander Kulikov (Web, Windows, OS/X, Linux)

    159 This Little Piggy… – InfectionTeam (Web, Windows, OS/X, Linux, Behind the Scenes Video)

    150 NOODLE FEELING – Magdev (Web)

    149 Super Alien Bro – nerd burglars (Web, Linux)

    Busiest commenters:

    646 ConnectTheWorlds – mrexcessive (Web – HTML5, Source)

    331 Alice Anxiety – jukimv1986 (Web, Windows (21mb))

    235 Star Tycoons – MechanicMoon (HTML5 (Web), Windows, Android)

    235 Salvation – 43iscoding (Web, Source)

    224 Symbiosis – vividhelix (Web, Source)

    224 Connected Retro Worlds – yodamaster (Web, Source)

    216 Data-Man – Hyoga-3D (Web, Linux)

    200 Super Alien Bro – nerd burglars (Web, Linux)

    191 Where Did The Stars Go? – mechabit (Web (Unity), Tumblr, Twitter, Website)

    187 Collision – Sunflower (Windows, Source)

    The good news is that, compared to last week’s stats, now only three games have no comments:

    < None – alie (Windows)

    < The Plague – Zim the Fox (Source, READ BELOW!)

    < None – Hob623 (Web)’

    You know what needs to be done … now go play and comment!

    Europe Dominates Ludum Dare!!

    Posted by
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 1:06 pm

    The USA is reporting a stronger-than-previous presence in Ludum Dare, but Europe still dominates!

    Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 12.54.39

    Click for an interactive map!

    Over 600 player positions are now known!  There’s 198 players reporting in from North America, 25 from South America and 378 from Europe.

    PLEASE FILL IN YOUR OWN POSITION, we’re all dead interested to see how it all turns out!

    The Snake in the Amazon, Tiger in India, Dragon in China and the Wallace Straights are just some of the art still to be uncovered on the map.

    Web-playable games most popular!

    Posted by
    Friday, September 5th, 2014 6:34 am

    After you’ve played my game, you can ponder this lovely stats table:

    jam 48ers web,
    windows linux unity android osx,
    jam 1044 0 680 531 249 37 27 197
    48ers 1495 1005 746 348 81 22 257
    web flash html 1685 580 364 113 23 291
    windows 1277 534 59 21 439
    linux 597 63 8 382
    unity 118 0 37
    android 49 7
    osx os/x 454

    How to read it: the columns and rows are labelled by the terms I searched for.  The numbers in bold for each column show the total entries, and its also split out by jam and 48-hour comp.  The other numbers show the intersection of two groups, e.g. there were 8 entries that provided by Linux and Android links.

    In my own game, which was a kind of meta-game, I originally meant you to be able to filter people by target.  Sadly time run out and the feature was cut ;)

    The most-commented-on games are also Web games.

    Ergo, LD31, focus on a web game!

    Interestingly, there were 1685 “web” entries, and 5 Unity entries did not mention a “web” target…

    FACT: Ludum Luddites still use Windows!

    Posted by
    Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 4:34 am

    After you’ve kindly played my game, you can ponder this:

    If you take the game thumbnails (pretty mosaics here!) and average them all together, you get – logically – the average LD entry!  And here it is:



    See the faint Windows window border title bar at the top?  Undeniable proof!

    How average is your thumbnail?

    (Previous analysis of LD29)

    Ludum Dare Stats

    Posted by
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 9:46 am

    After you’ve played my game, you can feast your eyes on these stats ↓

    As my game scrapes the LD30 game contest entries, I gather a lot of stats about who comments on whom.  And, I believe, comments are a good proxy for playings and ratings.

    We’re over a week into the 3 week voting time, and already the activity on the site has dropped significantly.

    Here’s the comments over time (PDT):


    The high peaks are at 12 noon each day; it seems people play and rate in their lunch hours!  Even as the number of comments per hour drops steadily, it still has a local maximum at 12 noon each day.

    I know I play, rate and comment during my lunch breaks … but I’m not in the PDT timezone.

    In fact, I have the supposed location of 617 players so far (seen my game?) so I could actually do an ok job of determining the local time they comment, and perhaps its not their lunchtimes?  I may do this…

    I was expecting the comment rate to pick up again at the weekend, but seemingly not.

    There are 2,539 entries, of which 1,044 are jam entries and 1,495 are 48-hour comp.

    There are a staggering 43,495 comments!

    3,536 of those comments are replies by the entry author, commenting on their own entry.

    764 of those comments were posted by 365 Ludum Darers who didn’t enter LD30.

    18 entries have no comments at all, and 1 entry has only the entrant commenting.  Sad!  I’ll put a list at the end so you can go do something about it!

    The top-10 commented-on games (so far) are:

    212 Close Your Eyes – nonetheless (Web, Source)

    195 Sinister – Joe Williamson (Web, Source)

    187 Heart Star – AdventureIslands (Web, Source)

    175 Connecting LD30 to the Real World – Will Edwards (Web, Source)

    161 Chipset-0 – deepnight (Play (flash), Source (Haxe), Timelapse (soon))


    All LD30 Games in this Mosaic!

    Posted by
    Monday, September 1st, 2014 11:30 pm

    AFTER you’ve played and commented on my game, you can feast your eyes on this mosaic ↓

    ↑ Your game is in that parrot! You just have to find it… happy hunting :D

    I picked a parrot picture because in my game there are still some wild animals to be found on the map in some of the jungles… happy hunting there too :)

    You may also like my interactive map of Ludum Dare participants

    Ludum Darers in Real World

    Its really really fun to watch your pins appear on the map when you play my game, and light up and reveal the ahem annotated map as you comment on other LD30 games!

    Please do comment on my game too so you light up my map when I play my game! That’d be the nicest compliment of all.

    This isn’t the first mosaic I’ve made for this Ludum Dare 30; you may also enjoy hunting for your entry in this map:

    All LD30 Games in this Mosaic!

    Posted by
    Friday, August 29th, 2014 12:20 pm

    AFTER you’ve played and commented on my game, you can feast your eyes on this ↓

    In keeping with the theme and my drive to connect the real world and the Ludum Dare virtual world:


    ↑ Your game is in that map!  You just have to find it… happy hunting :D

    You may also like my interactive map of Ludum Dare participants

    Ludum Darers in Real World

    Its really really fun to watch your pins appear on the map when you play my game, and light up and reveal the ahem annotated map as you comment on other LD30 games!

    Please do comment on my game too so you light up my map when I play my game! That’d be the nicest compliment of all.

    I have made some small tweaks to my mosaic placement algorithm since I made the LD29 mosaic, to do consider longer swaps than just two.  The results are intriguing, and I can discuss my counter-intuitive results in a technical blog post sometime soon perhaps.



    Posted by
    Friday, August 29th, 2014 4:34 am

    I’m struck by how many of the games also fit other candidate themes we voted on.

    Most games also fit one or more of:

    Another World

    Day and Night

    Many also fit:

    You Are Already Dead

    Do you spot any other patterns?

    Ludum Dare is European!

    Posted by
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 1:47 pm

    Ludum Darers in Real World

    As you can see, there’s a nice tight bunch on the east coast of the US, but otherwise LD is a very European affair!


    Now in my game there’s lots of strange map goodies all over the world, and I’m particularly pleased with Iceland, but who will be able to unlock them?

    UPDATE: There is a Ludum Darer in Iceland – thx Banni!  And there’s even players in the middle of the Amazon jungle!  How cool is that?!?!?

    I am also tracking comments over time this LD, so will be able to make some pretty charts later as scoring draws to a close.

    Oh, and I need to set about making another LD mosaic

    The average LD gamer uses… Windows 7!

    Posted by
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014 5:45 pm

    If you take all the photos on the internet and average the pixels out, the average pixel is … Orange!

    Yes I know you’d have guessed pink with a splash of white, but this is serious science folks ;)

    Emergent Orange.  People puzzle about this; is it gamma correction, is it florescent lighting, is it sunlight, is it … puzzling eh?

    Anyway, you may recall I’ve been making mosaics of the titles and screenshots you use when you enter LD?  Here’s the Mona Lisa from last LD:

    I took those images and averaged them all together.  And here’s what I get, the average LD entry pic:


    There you have it!  A tad orange, but most striking of all is the Windows 7 title bar etched into it like a TV channel logo on a CRT!

    So you use Windows 7 eh?  Please make a web game anyway, so I can play it ;)

    My script is here, you can see if your own photo collection is Emergent Orange!

    My Probation Officer suggested I get a hobby… hope she approves LD!

    Posted by
    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 6:30 pm

    (title is just joking)

    I’ll be using my barebones.js library, and you can too!

    Its got a ready-to-use RTS-type map and a noise explorer and I used it for previous LD entries e.g. my platform game.

    I played around last week familiarizing myself with the Javascript physics engine p2.js, and put a simple exploration into barebones.js.  I’m not super happy with p2 physics not the API, but its probably user error.  I think it’ll work well enough for a contest.

    Here’s some barebones.js screenshots from some games I started and abandoned since the last LD: willcity_01Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 15.21.09

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