This was my first Ludum Dare and it was awesome! Reading The Game Jam Survival Guide was a huge help and I recommend picking up a copy. This book unlocked the arcane art of game jamming once thought lost with the sinking of the USS Gametantic, back during the dark age of 8-bit famine.
What I learned to do better:
Spend more time making sounds, music, and textures.
Stay away from Reddit.
Understand shaders and particle systems better.
What I did right:
I kept my idea simple, stayed hydrated, and spent some time outdoors.
Got functionality working first then proceed to lipstick my piggy.
Also I made sure to maintain my pregnant wife’s happiness.
In the end it was a great success and I feel good about myself, just in time to realize I have to go back to work in the morning!