About Will Edwards

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


Ludum Dare 36
Ludum Dare 33
Ludum Dare 32
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

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
Awarded by udo
on August 29, 2013
Prettiest Text Adventure Award
Awarded by royvanrijn
on April 27, 2012

Will Edwards's Archive

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


↑ If you read one article today, read this one! ↑

Happy Hunting for your Game in this Mosaic!

Posted by
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 2:40 am

After a slight hiccup using some LD29 thumbs in my previous LD31 mosaic, I thought it best to offer up a corrected mosaic for your viewing pleasure:



↑ your game is in this mosaic! ↑


Happy hunting :)

Entire Game on One Scream

Posted by
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 12:56 pm


Your LD31 game

is in this mosaic:


Happy Hunting 😀


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 😀

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 😀

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.


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