In another lifetime, four Ludum Dares ago, I entered my very first game jam with a little platformer called “HUGMONSTER”
HUGMONSTER was a Unity web player game (yes, there was a time when I wasn’t making only Android titles!) It had a title screen, and ending, and six or seven levels. It also had art completely composed of typefaces.
Very soon, HUGMONSTER will have its official, world debut as a mobile game, specifically designed for tablets! It features:
About a year ago (LD22) Gijs and I decided to enter the Jam. We coded (me) and drew (him) furiously for a few days and built Together Alone, a story-based puzzler where you could switch between controlling two characters to solve tile-breaking puzzles. We came in 2nd in the Jam, and we decided to start building a sequel.
That sequel became Together Alone: Love in Limbo. A new and improved story, gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, many new game elements and even a level editor. We just released our second beta version and are looking for feedback. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!
Big thanks to the Ludum Dare organisers; we thought about building a game for a long time, but this kind of competition is just the kick in the butt we needed to actually get going. We’re already busy designing our the next game, even. But first we need to finish this one. Your comments are appreciated!
I was supposed to write a post-mortem post for LD22, but never really got around to do it. I failed miserably, or at least failed happily. It was a lot of fun to be a part of the competition, but my end result wasn’t even a technical prototype, just a box I could move around in a 3D space, with a couple of lights thrown in, in heavy fog.
My idea was to make a “avoid the guards”-game, where you would try to sneak through a courtyard in thick fog, with some sort of 18th-century feel, avoiding guards with lanterns. I was thinking of some sort of British feeling, like a thieving Sherlock Holmes sneaking into a castle to steal the crown jewels.
Oh well, I didn’t get that far anyway! I spent 16 hours trying to make the floor look nice. But I definitely learnt that I should move on, and do the touching up later!
This is a screenshot of the result:
The finished result last time. Theme “Alone”.
The reason I’m writing this post now is that I’m participating in #LD24, so it’s time to move on! I will be using the same “framework” I used last time, but now slightly more prepared. Bust only slightly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can change anytime the dataSet (between LD21,22 and 23) and the graph type.
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.
Hey Ludum Dare folks, just wanted to keep you updated, so here’s a few… well… updates:
Update #1 – Earlier on the week, a local art show held a video presentation that had short movies and videos from sent in by people from the area. One of them was my Isolated Assault 2 Trailer. I was excited, as over 100 people filled a theater to watch it. Yay for video editing magic!
Here’s the vid, in case you haven’t already seen it:
Update #2 – I’ve been working a lot on music… and on Star Trek Online… and I’ve made a new playlist that you may want to check out! It includes songs from my previous games at Ludum Dare and in general. I’ve also released a cool dance song that I think sounds pretty good. I’m going to add it to the battle arena playlist.
Since the post about my greatest weakness, I’ve started a new project I thought I would never finish. I just called it “Parkour Project” because the main thing I was trying to implement was climbing and free-running. However, all my story ideas would’ve taken 5 years to implement. (Some stuff about un-corrupting a futuristic city with hovercraft)
So half-way through, I thought I should do the folks down at Ludum Dare some justice, and decided to do Isolated Assault 2. However, that meant I had to make everything from scratch again, because my current “Parkour Project” was using a completely different character set up. It took a long time, but I finished the character controls and improved the enemy AI and sounds.
The demo is now complete (the first 2 levels… I’m working on the others right now)
I’ll explain the rest in the FAQ, but why don’t you read it while the demo is downloading? :3
Will there be music like what we heard in Isolated Assault?
Yes! The traditional looping music track over the entire level is back, but I’ll also be including a new music system that plays certain tracks based on character situation and position. The original Isolated Assault track has been remastered and put into the first level. I will be mixing in orchestra sounding tracks with dubstep tracks (what I’m used to). This has been a fun new experience writing music in a new style, and also it’s interesting mixing in dubstep and orchestra to make one awesome music-packed game!
What’s this whole battle arena about?
The battle arena has changed since the build of the demo (sorry) and is currently under heavy development. I’m adding music, new spawn codes, and enhanced weapons, so be ready for the next demo!
When will the full game be complete?
Well considering I’m only on level 3 right now, and considering there’s going to be more than one chapter and a cool new story to implement… NOT SOON… However, new demo versions will be constantly built and I will constantly keep you guys updated on Ludum Dare and Unity Forums. I’m not actually sure if I should let you see more than the first chapter before it’s done… give me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Certainly an idea I have is that as I make the levels, I release the demo versions, so you can play it as its being made. (The continue button should work with multiple versions of the game)
Will the final game cost money?
Probably not. Most likely not. If this game gets on Steam (see below) they might recommend I make it cost money. But I don’t really want to do that because I owe you guys something, and making money is not important.
What’s your favorite changes from the original Isolated Assault?
EVERYTHING! Mostly the cinematic scenes though. It’s cool to match music up to voice and animations, so hopefully the taste of cinematics you get in the demo will be extended!
What are the controls and stuff?
Information like that can be found in the README file. (And also the credits)
Thank you all for supporting the original, and thanks for helping make a great LD that got this series started. Yep, I said “series”! I was sort of hoping to get the final version on Steam, but I have no clue what they’re looking for and the submission page looks very… professional. Any ideas? Do you think I should just submit and see what happens?
Anyways, any other questions can be asked in the comments, and be sure to stay tuned for updates!
Hey- its me again- the guy who makes completely uninspired ugly game maker games. What’s that you say- No, please, no more? Sorry but this time I’m inspired and the theme announcement will show me what to for this torney.
Obviously I’m still using game maker so don’t expect anything particularly good but I do have a couple of ideas which could be entertaining- one thing I’m sure about though- I’m making a multi-player game.