Ludum Dare 35
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Thanks everyone for coming out! For the next 3 weeks, we’ll be Playing and Rating the games you created.
You NEED ratings to get a score at the end. Play and Rate games to help others find your game.
We’ll be announcing Ludum Dare 36’s August date alongside the results.

Archive for the ‘LD #21’ Category

I want to share something with you guys and get your feedback. Feel free to agree or disagree. But before I continue, I just want to say that I’ve participated in 8 Ludum Dares so far, and they’re what I look forward to, I love them. Ok, now I’ll give my little spiel.

After making your game in the 48/72 Hour Time Limit, we get to check out and Rate other people’s games. When rating somebody’s game, we are allowed to give them x out of 5 stars in 8 different Categories. These Categories include: Innovation, Fun, Theme, Graphics, Audio, Humor, Mood, and most importantly, Overall. I’m going to talk more about the Overall category in a minute. Let me just talk about something else first:

As many of you may have noticed, probably for a while now, your results don’t seem very honest. The results you get may seem surprising, this could be in a bad way, or in a good way. You’re either pretty disappointed, or you’re really happy. This is because you didn’t get a ton of votes (i.e.: ~20-70 votes, which is what a lot of people end up getting). Think about it, there were about 2,800 other games out there. Do you think that with 50 votes out of the 2,800 entries you’ll get a really honest evaluation? You shouldn’t, because unfortunately, that’s not the case.

If 5 people rate your game and they all give you a 5 on Fun, the average would be a 5/5. If 10 people rate your game and 8 of them give you a 5 on Fun, and the other 2 give you a 4, the average would be a 4.8/5. Now the game with an average of 5/5 is ranked higher than the game with an average of 4.8/5. But the game with an average of 4.8/5 should be ranked higher because it had similar scores, and more people played it. Now I’m pretty sure that in the end the game’s categories aren’t ranked based on just the amount of stars given but still, I just wanted to give you something to think about. The rankings aren’t all that honest. I noticed that many of the Top Ranked games only had about ~30-70 votes. You’ll see that the games that got the most votes weren’t up there in the Top 100. But they did, however, have more real honest evaluations, while the others with ~30-70 votes were just lucky enough to get a handful of good ratings which therefore gave them higher rankings. The Top 100 are great games, no doubt, but are they the best out of the 2,800? We don’t really know for sure.

Ok, now I’m going to talk about this Overall category. The site says that your game is ranked overall based on your Overall category ratings. Do you think that we should be allowed to rate the Overall category? The Overall category should be based on the other categories rounded up. The site should give us the Overall Rating, not us. Here’s just one reason why: I’ve seen many people give a game great ratings, like 4-5 stars on every category, and then they would give the Overall category a 3. Umm… What? Shouldn’t you base the Overall category on the other categories? If you gave all the other categories 5 stars, then why would you give the Overall category 4 stars? The Average Overall Rating would be a 5, so give it a 5. But since people don’t always do that, let the Robots do the math and give us the Overall Rating, not the Humans.

I’m not entirely sure how Mike (Founder of Ludum Dare; Support him on Patreon!) can make the evaluations more honest because you can’t just have 2,800 people play all 2,800 games, that’s just ridiculous. But it’s just something to think about.

Give me your thoughts in the comments please.

Thanks for listening!

Flatland: Fallen Angle wins an award, now Free!

Posted by (twitter: @pdyxs)
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 10:07 pm

Flatland 1

About 6 months after coming 6th in Innovation in Ludum Dare 21 (web version of the game is here), I made a new version of Flatland as a team project, as a part of starting up our new studio. We made, marketed and released the game in 96 hours (over a 3 week period), fixed it up a bit, released it again, and then won an award for best writing in an Australian game. We also got a lovely write-up from Rock, Paper, Shotgun about the game.

In all that time, I didn’t post anything here, because, well, yeah. No real excuse. Suffice to say, none of this would have happened had it not been for Ludum Dare.

6 months after all of that, we’ve decided to release Fallen Angle for free! There’s a plethora of options for playing the game on our website (torrents, kongregate, and direct download), as well as a bunch of special extras we’ve put together for the occasion (including a 60-page e-book chronicling the entire development experience, a soundtrack and making of videos). Check it out, and please let us know what you think of the game!

Almost ready..

Posted by (twitter: @bumpkinRich)
Friday, August 24th, 2012 12:37 pm

Well. I think I’m as ready as can be. I’ll be able to answer that after the weekend. Going to me trying to relax this evening and resist staying up into the early hours to see what the theme is… but we’ll see what happens.

Just want to say a big thanks to my family who are being really supportive and arranging their lives around me this weekend so I can take part. Thanks guys xxx.

Here’s where it will all be happening.

Where it all happens

My place of worship

[Experimental] Ludum Dare Data Visualization

Posted by (twitter: @cboissie)
Monday, July 16th, 2012 6:05 pm

About:

Hi there!

A few months ago, I proposed a quite vague idea about a new “cartography” module for the upcoming LD23. Web Cartography is more and more used because of its curiously innovative and interesting aspect.

europeanPoliticalWeb

EuropeanPoliticalWeb (Linkfluence)

The picture above was made by a French startup and is representing the European Political seen through the web. (Based on semantic web crawlers) .

Now you may ask: “What’s the damn connection with Ludum Dare” ?

Just a few games…

With the increasing popularity of the event, we see more and more game proposed for each LD session. Also, the initial idea was to realize a cartography of the submitted games.

 

Why? 

To have a better visualization of the whole game submissions. Take a look to statistics in an original and interactive way.

  •  Which games are  available for a specific platform? Multi-platform?
  •  Which games have more votes, coolness? (main nodes) => Imagine a visual helping tool for voting.

…and numerous other possibilities.  (Why not something more realtime-oriented based on database snapshots?)

 

Proof of concept:

Using available public data and python scripts, I extracted and classified data concerning each game entries of a given Ludum Dare composition (platforms, ratings, creators,votes…). I’ve written a small web application displaying  large directed graphs, generated from these data sets.

You can find my work over here: http://cboissiere.com/projects/ldviz/

Don’t be afraid by the messy aspect of those graphs, it’s mainly because of the huge size of the data sets. And don’t forget it’s still experimental =)

And of course, the source code is over here: https://github.com/cboissie/LD_Viz

 

Tell me more:

It’s basically two kind of graphs:

  • WordCloud: We extract each words from all game titles. The words used together in a same title are linked to each other. For instance, if you click on the “TINY” node, you will see all the words that were used conjointly (like “WORLD”, or “PLANET”). The size of the node is proportional to the word occurrence.
  • MultiPlatform: In this graph, games and their respective platforms are linked (Windows, OSX etc…). The size of a platform node is proportional to the number of game ported on this platform.

 

Instructions:

  • You can change anytime the dataSet (between LD21,22 and 23) and the graph type.
  • Zoom with the mouse wheel.
  • Click on a node to see its immediate neighbors.
  • The “Start algorithm” button apply a “Force Atlas 2” algorithm to the current graph (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force-based_algorithms_(graph_drawing)). You can stop the execution of the algorithm by clicking again on the same button. This algorithm will place the nodes in a more convenient way, give it a try!

 

TL;DR :

 

Here’s a quick web app prototype for visualizing interactive graphs of game entries from old Ludum Dare compos. You can see two kind of graphs: Word cloud (most used words for a specific theme) and Multi-Platform (Game names associated with their respective platform(s)). http://cboissiere.com/projects/ldviz/

 

Feel free to contact me at  clemzbox[at]gmail[dot]com or via Twitter.

Untitled 1.0 Released

Posted by (twitter: @Ythmevge)
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 8:55 am

I recently finished and released a Post-Compo version of Untitled from Ludum Dare #21. In Untitled you are stuck inside an Abstract painting, and need to reach the bottom to escape. There are Abilities and Traits that you gain for selecting a color, as well as score pickups to be had.

Trailer

For more information you can visit the Untitled Website, or the Untitled IndieDB page

 

/ ESCAPE \ Published and Released for iOS/Android

Posted by (twitter: @schonstal)
Thursday, January 12th, 2012 11:56 am

Hey guys, you may remember our game, / ESCAPE \, from Ludum Dare 21. Many of you seemed interested in a mobile version of the game, and now it’s here!

iOS
Android

Kongregate has chosen us to be their first ever published iOS/Android game. We did most of the work porting the game to the device, but Kongregate was very accommodating about integrating the new API and offered us some amazing deals when it came to advertisement! Hopefully we’ll see more games with Kongregate login/badges in the future!

Here’s the LD page

(Not really a) post mortem

Posted by (twitter: @secret_tomato)
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 6:56 pm

It’s not really a post mortem, well it sort of is, but not for the game I made this Ludum Dare. That’ll come in  a while after I sort out my thoughts on it. I might do a technical post mortem first.

Anyway

It’s about my previous ld game(again, sort of), which has been my first proper contact with game-making after a long long time. As if I put it (making games) on a shelf and forgot about it for many years and let it collect dust and cobwebs. It’s something I can do that makes me happy regardless of the end result. It’s something I can do that takes nothing and time and makes something, and at the end of the day I can sit back and look at something which wasn’t there before.

And you guys are to blame for me finding it on that shelf.

People liked this game of mine for some reason(the ones that understood it) and some made a point to tell me in IRC they remembered and liked if from all the way back then which blew me out of the water. Days later I still can’t believe that happened. So now that said game is on the android market and the ubuntu software center and desura and such I feel that I should give something back to the people who inspired me to keep going.

So what I’ll do is post a bunch of desura keys for that game of mine every day till Chritmas.

Let’s start with 2 for now and see where that takes us:

R42VR-VIU5B-ZBR2T-EL8BD-RIZIK

PUOJQ-X0BD5-I2QG2-E26MQ-KZCQC

My Ludum Dare Christmas Gift has arrived !

Posted by (twitter: @shiftyweb)
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 4:03 pm

Hi All !

I just received my Ludum Dare Christmas gift ! The sender is Polm23 who doesn’t know what to send me so He looked at my LD21 submission which is Pastagus Fantasy. A crazy shoot’em up that is a tribute to Parodius and other amazing shmups. So He decided to offer me Gokujo Parodius on Super Famicom ! He also adds a weekly manga pre-publication magazine and some flyers of the mythic retro game shop the well named Super Potato.

His gift is just AWESOME ! Obviously like a lot of people here I’m a retro gamer and so a fan of Parodius games and I love receiving Japanese stuffs ! Fortunately I didn’t have this one and can’t wait any more to play it !

So once again a big thanks to Polm23 ! You are the best ! And here is a photo of what was inside the package.

Merry Christmas Everyone !

Game from the past

Posted by
Friday, December 16th, 2011 12:49 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test my previous Ludumdare21 entry. LD is a nice combo and good change to make great games in short time. http://www.kongregate.com/games/Ataverti/butterfly-eater

T.E.D. Games, Inc.

Posted by
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 3:43 pm

First time I’m doing this.  I’m gonna do the LD Jam.

Stuff I am going use:

  • Language: C#/Microsoft XNA Game Studio
  • Graphics tools:  GIMP, Blender(Possibly)
  • Sound tools: SFXR, maybe Audacity
If I use people as voice actors and or base models, would they count as part of my team?

I’m in, may the best man win!

Posted by
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 7:11 pm

This is my first time participating in the Ludum dare, and actually my first time hearing about it. I will be using Unity3D for the game. I want to make a really awesome game, but really anything in 48 hours is amazing. I am really excited to see what I and everyone else comes up with, good luck to all!

Software: Unity, Blender, Gimp

Language:UnityScript

indie(Magazine); Issue #15 – LD Edition

Posted by
Sunday, September 18th, 2011 12:53 pm

indie(Magazine); Issue #15 was just released, and it’s 90% about Ludum Dare!

Inside the issue:

  • LD#21 Wrap-Up article
  • Top 3 reviews (compo and jam)
  • Interviews with the makers
  • Post-mortems

And there’s still more!

Read it!

Cosmic Heist Postmortem

Posted by (twitter: @Dark_Oppressor)
Sunday, September 18th, 2011 3:50 am

So, Cosmic Heist was my entry for the recent Ludum Dare compo. It was a major success by my reckoning, as it was completed in time. That aside, however, I would like to write a little about how things went.

What went right

I spent some time coming up with a couple of interesting(ish) ideas, but ended up throwing them out before settling on what became Cosmic Heist. When I designed the game that actually ended up being made, I actually cut out tons of things, and cut even more as I developed it. This is one area that I really want to improve (I, like many others, am horrible at the “cutting things until it’s right” part), and I feel I made some good progress during this compo. I was able to reject tons of ideas, some good, some bad, but all non-essential.

I had a decent personal code base to start from, and already knew all about the language, libraries, and tools I used beforehand, so I was able to jump right in.

I left some time for play-testing and bug fixing/tweaking near the end, but ended up not needing very much of it. The game was small and simple enough that it wasn’t too buggy by the end, and my wife and I tested it some as I worked on it anyway. However, I would definitely leave this buffer time again anyway, because it really kept things stress-free.

The menus ended up looking/working/sounding great, and I added a cool animated menu background near the end that I really liked. I’ll probably use some of the work that went into that stuff off into the future in other projects.

The music turned out to not suck as much as I thought it would. That was actually my highest-scoring area in the competition, and I am still somewhat unsure what to make of that. This was my first time really making any music, and I don’t really have experience playing/reading/etc. music either. But it doesn’t sound too bad, so I am counting that as a nice success.

The controls are really fluid, and are my favorite part of the whole thing by far. The way you control the ship is great, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I actually didn’t spend much time tweaking that, and by implementing everything I needed for it, I had a whole system for various enemy ship movements, too.

What went wrong

The player’s ship is a bit oddly shaped. This makes it hard to see where you are going. I didn’t realize this at all (duh! isn’t it obvious! the ship points in the direction I drew it to point!) until people began commenting on it. Certainly something that would need to be fixed.

Some people kept looking for the shoot button. I didn’t make it very obvious (at all) that there is no shooting in the game. You just pilot your ship, and enemy ships try to plow into you.

There were a couple of features I wanted to get in, but had to cut due to time constraints. I wanted enemy ships to shoot at you, and every level was supposed to start at a shipyard, from which you had just stolen a ship.

There might be a problem with the Linux build of the game, as one person mentioned they couldn’t get it to run. Unfortunately, it runs fine for me, but I only have two machines to test it on, and they are both almost identical in both hardware and software. If anyone has or can test the game on Linux and tell me if it a) explodes, b)doesn’t run at all, or c) runs fine, I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Conclusion

All in all, as I said, I was very pleased with the outcome, and I even got some people to play my game, so that was really exciting. I hadn’t ever participated or followed LD until now, so I didn’t have any idea what to expect. I honestly didn’t think anyone would even see my game! Thanks to everyone who rated mine. One thing that I regret is that I didn’t have time to rate any games myself. I did play a few, and they were all great. Next time, I want to set aside some time to rate a good number of games.

 

Links

Ludum Dare entry

Cosmic Heist on Cheese and Bacon (my website)

Cosmic Heist on Google Project Hosting (MIT License)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indie(Radio); – Interview with Maple

Posted by
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 9:59 am

indie(Radio); Broadcast #15 starts in 5 minutes. We’re doing an interview with Maple, who was one of the members who made Next Time I Won’t Trust The Man In The White Van.

If you’d like to listen in, please go to http://www.indieFunction.com/radio.php. If you’d like to talk to us during the show, please jump into our IRC channel, #indieFunction on the irc.afternet.org network: https://qwebirc.afternet.org/?channels=indieFunction.

-Bret Hudson

Finished my game after all

Posted by
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 5:28 am

I wasn’t able to finish anything for LD21, in the end I started all over for the jam, but didn’t get that finished either. Last week I spent some more time on it and now it is finally ready: Asteroid Escape.

In this game, you are exploring caves in an asteroid when suddenly lava starts to rise, which you have to escape.

In total I spent about 34 hours on this, but spread out over several days. I used haXe and my own base code and Random Art Evolver. There are 7 levels.

 

 

Results for Unrest – Top 25 for Theme and Innovation.

Posted by (twitter: @lattyware)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 12:53 am

Well, I finally got a look at my results for Unrest:

#23 Theme 3.92
#24 Innovation 4.00
#114 Overall 3.31
#122 Community 3.00
#177 Humor 2.13
#217 Fun 2.77
#305 Graphics 2.50
#371 Audio 1.00

For a game that was mainly based around concept, and my first entry, I can’t imagine a better result. I managed to get in the top 25 on both theme and innovation, which I think classes a game based on idea more than anything else as a success. I even managed to get a 1 for audio without having any in the game XD.

So yeah, really chuffed with that as an end result. Hopefully next LD I can make something with a bit more gameplay.

I unfortunately didn’t get very high with coolness – I ended up testing most of the Linux entries, and a fair few of the web-based ones, but never got around to testing the Windows ones, so my apologies there.

Overall, I’ve had fun, and look forward to the next one, I’ll definitely plan to compete again.

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