Get ready for Ludum Dare 33 !!
Get ready for Ludum Dare 33 !!
Hey Ludum Dare-rs! I heard you guys like game jams.
You might have heard of Game Jolt. In case you haven’t, it’s the largest indie game portal on the web, boasting nearly 900k members and a community that absolutely loves game jams.
Game Jolt is hosting a game jam called Indies VS Gamers, which takes your standard game jam to the next level. First off, they’ve teamed up with some huge YouTubers: PewDiePie, Markiplier, and Jacksepticeye. These three big shots will play the top five games from the game jam. Holy publicity.
Before we get to the next bulletpoint on why you should already be foaming at the mouth, let’s take a moment to clarify one of the rules: all games for this jam must incorporate the Game Jolt scoreboards API. “Ugh, really?” Yes, REALLY! This is because the game jam is going to include the other side of the equation: the gamers!
Players not only get to choose who wins the jam by voting on the Game Jolt website, but can compete against each other (and the YouTubers!) in each of the games, with the top 10 high scores of the five winning games being showcased on the jam page. Hashtag braggingrights, am I right?
It’ll start on July 17, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time EST (US) and end at midnight Eastern Time on July 20, 2015. The theme will be announced at the start of the contest. Voting will end July 27, 2015. More details can be found here.
Rest in Peace, Satoru Iwata.
Satoru Iwata (December 6, 1959 – July 11, 2015) was a Japanese businessman and programmer who served as the fourth President and chief executing officer (CEO) of Nintendo. He worked as a programmer at HAL Laboritory early in his career before joining Nintendo in 2000, succeeding Hiroshi Yamauchi as the company’s president in May 2002. Iwata directed the company to pursue development of the Nintendo DS and Wii consoles in 2006, helping the company to become financially successful among other game console manufacturers. He served as company president until his death in July 2015.
I just finished a game that I made for the Indie Cup 2015 Jam on GameJolt. I made it in under 72 hours to warm up for the upcoming Indies Vs Gamers Jam and it turned out surprisingly well. It was a ton of fun to make and I hope to add more content and further polish it in the future. Feel free to check it out Here if you want and constructive criticism is always welcome!
Well, long’m wanting to create an RPG or whatever. Then in January this year I decided to start an idea that provisionally named Sword of Fireheart, where the player would control Dario the protagonist of the story.
Dario has the important mission to save their village which was apparently frozen by an evil being, the gameplay is made by clicks, reminding some rpgs and several mmorpgs (as ragnarok, which I took some inspiration for various elements of the game).
Until the current state the game is complete and in Beta, the development has one month of life (as is done in January and then I paused the project), but I will further refine the graphics and add some more BGMs and SFX. I had plan to try greenlit but I don’t know very well yet 😀
Demo V22.214.171.124 on scirra arcade – https://www.scirra.com/arcade/rpg-games/sword-of-fireheart-845
Or download Windows, Linux or IOs desktop versions from itch.io – http://guilherme-vargas.itch.io/sword-of-fireheart
An excellent platformer by developer @adriannovell that has been making waves as of late. Play it for yourself! http://gamejolt.com/games/skyrider-the-journey-to-the-aircitadel/75697
I’ve posted several flowchart makers in the past, but they all have been
crummy and broken, but this one is not, for realsies!
I’ve been working on a tool that makes testing and hosting servers a lot easier. Hopefully it will enable more people to create multiplayer games next LD.
All you have to do is download and run it, enter the port your game runs on (locally) and it’ll give you an address you can share with people anywhere so that they can connect to your server. Unlike programs like Hamachi, players don’t need to download anything extra. You’ll get a a grappl.io:????? address, with a randomized port number. It works by routing data through the grappl.io server as a proxy of sorts.
I’ll post it again around the next jam when it’s more stable, but right now it’s still very in-development. It should work just fine in it’s current state, however.
In celebration of the announcement of Fallout 4 i’m hosting a jam on Gamejolt for Fallout inspired games. Make a game that is inspired by the Fallout series or takes place in a post-nuclear disaster world. It starts on June 15 and runs for 21 days. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome! Click Here for details and rules.
I am working on some game maker tutorials and so far i am on ep 3, with stronger enemies and health bars, feel free to check it out if anyone wants to actually make a game instead of play them on this site. you can upload these to any website. so i hope you guys enjoy
‘BABY BORN’ – A POSTMORTEM FOR YOU CAN SHAVE THE BABY
A CHIKUN GAME BY JOSEF AND RYAN
‘You Can Shave The Baby’ is a minigame experience that harks to the time-honoured Warioware minigames with a special dash of bizarre tasks that require the user to suspend their disbelief – and their sanity. The inspiration of the game draws from a series of weird and wonderful in-jokes Josef and I developed, incorporating elements from previous games we have made (all of which are available on our chikun.net website).
If you haven’t played it yet – check it out! Find it here, or on our site at chikun.net.
THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR ‘YOU CAN SHAVE THE BABY’
‘I want to make a weird game’. So we made one. Originally going down the avenue of wanting a hybrid horror-adventure in the vein of Yume Nikki, the project immediately turned into something else at the start of the jam.
The basic coding for the minigame format was fairly simple and self-contained once it was complete. In the vein of making minigames via Warioware: DIY the logic behind the games was easy: it needed,
(1) a timer, countdown and increasing speed,
(2) a win and lose state,
(3) different modes of user input that triggered success in minigames, and
(4) a life and score system to add progress.
After that, development was smooth sailing and the major focus of the programming was to tailor elements (2) and (3) to the unique specifications of each minigame.
As Josef was doing this it was up to me to ascertain the creative direction we wanted to take to give the minigames their personality, whilst retaining the challenge of the game. We made up a list of potential minigames, incorporating a basic description, and the win/loss states of each minigame.
Despite the bizarre nature of the game, many of the concepts revolved around non-sequitur comments, running jokes or references to previous games:
CHALLENGES AND LIMITATIONS –
HOW DO WE IMPROVE THE BABY?
All in all the game came together relatively efficiently, unlike the tension of previous Dares. My only concern during development was that we would not create enough minigames to sustain the interest of players – using the base 30 minigames in a level of WarioWare, I think there was always room to expand.
We came up with few actual challenges during development, but one large roadblock manifested in the last few hours of the Jam – a major storm hit the coast of NSW, Australia, and caused power outages that ended up lasting for a week from that very night. Fortunately, when the power went out on the morning of the last day, most of the work was complete – it was only a matter of uploading the game via phone and praying for electricity.
So what did we learn from making the game? How could we improve the baby game?
(1) Develop more varied and innovative game mechanics
Due to time constraints, many of the minigames revolved around either using the arrow keys on the keyboard to steer the direction of an object, or hovering or clicking the cursor to highlight a change in a graphic. Making tattoos, shaving babies, and putting on makeup all rely on the same fundamental mechanic. With more time to develop ideas we could have certainly provided the player with a more engaging and challenging experience.
(2) Actually related to the theme
A common criticism of our game was that it had nothing to do with the theme. This is completely correct – Josef asked me, “Ryan, how does this relate to the theme?” I replied to the effect of who cares. At the end I think I implemented some tenuous intro theme about coming across a hacking weapon in the form of a floppy disk, but the plot was certainly a last minute ass-pull. We made the game for the abstract minigames, and that’s about it.
(3) More animation and graphics for seamless game experience
Though the simplicity of the minigames in WarioWare are simple, there’s a lot going on in the animation department. With more time we could have implemented fades and transitions between the opening cinematics, provided more animations to gague success and failure, and actually provided an ending to give an end goal and thus closure to players after the novelty of the minigames wears off.
Regardless, it’s clear from the feedback we got that people feel ‘You Can Shave The Baby’ was unique in style and memorable. That’s all we could ever ask for.
BABY SHAVERS WANTED
Looking for premium, experienced baby-shavers to shave the baby.
Casual hours, $16.95 p/h to shave the baby.
Perks include holding the baby, talking to the baby, and of course the joy of shaving the baby.
Call (02) 9815 4000. Ask for “Randy.”
I want to talk freely for who wants to read some stuff about the last Ludum Dare jam (spoiler: it was amazing).
The Ludum Dare Jam is based on a theme voted the days before by the people. After the submission of your game, you should vote for other games made from other devs around the globe to get more visibility for your entry. The target audience for the game are actually developers! There is no any restriction of age to participate, so we had to rely on personal estimations. The feeling we had lurking on past editions was about 20–30 years old people, mostly male and of course all devs. That means that, for example, if you make a clone of Candy Crush Saga they will simply eat you publicly and threaten to burn your house. Just joking, of course (I would do the same, anyway :P). The topic of the 32nd edition was “An Unconventional Weapon”. The first goal was, then, find some great message or some great mechanic for them. Regarding session times, you will not have too much time to review each game: as I said, for each game you review you will gain more visibility. With more “coolness” factor you will receive more precious feedback and more votes. The second goal was that the game should have been fast to play and to understand in a 2 minutes session.
In our case, in Sentendo (a new game development reality we are trying to build here in Barcelona) we are three professionals. Each one of us has many responsibilities at the time, anyway we use to define some role (and responsibility) for internal organization: me the producer, Kostas the programmer and Jordi the artist. We all are game designers, the role is shared between the whole team since we all are good in this field (that means that each one of us sincerely thinks that the other 2 are great game designers, and for us that’s enough). For the Ludum Dare, Jordi was not with us due to a job he has with a client, so we were in two without any artist. The third decision was the roles definition: me as asset finder and adapter and Kostas as programmer. He quickly discovered phaser.io to develop the game in HTML5. This technology is great for a challenges like that, to improve the session time in our game. You don’t have to install anything to play it, just click and play.
Since there were no much time we opted to make something really neat and polished, something which people could enjoy easily and with a simple mechanic to implement. Again, you have only 72 hours to submit your game, and of course you cannot work straight all that time. We needed something with a simple and direct message, since we didn’t find a great mechanic to explore for the topic. The game was based on a book called “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”. One of the arguments of this book is about the high level strategy of some corporate: they buy off their competitors just to close their companies assuring more market share for them. We decided to create a clicker game with a skill factor: click on your competitors to “fire” them with your cash bullets, and click on the coins they throw at you. The market share is represented from a Growth Factor that you and your competitors will have. The score will be the Budget you can amass during your play session. Players will see little people come out from the crushed companies, but they are small compared with the buildings. Another metaphor about the human role in the real context of inspiration.
We wanted to make something simple, with a little deep on mechanics, but at the end we also made something difficult to balance on the fly. So the game is basically getting harder and harder and you will lose somehow. You can last more or less in the game, but you will lose. The competitors shot at you with their money to try and that will influence your growth factor. The attacks will be always more frequent and soon will become simply impossible to catch every coin coming at you. You will lose, you can try to achieve a better score, but you will lose sooner or later. That is a mistake for a skill-based game, in my opinion. The first change I would like to make to the game (and maybe I will do it) is to change the pacing to achieve the perfect balance between challenge and chance. You should last potentially forever if you are good.
First of all, that was tremendously funny. I worked with a real lightness in my head and spirit. The pressure is high and the time is few, but if you know what’s the real goal, the experience is only positive. And that is to have fun, simple as that. Prove that you can make a game, even with the few resources you have. You can make a game with pen and paper if you want. No matter that we didn’t have an artist, I opened my old graphic software on my old PC and start to search for a style to give to the game. That was awesome. Plus, I discovered great qualities in my colleague, Kostas. He has a great taste for animations, for example. Even if you design a game, if you paint some awesome sprite, there is some flavour that only a programmer can put. That is really an important spot for our future together.
Oh, I almost forgot, you can see the game we made here, if you want to give a peek.