Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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Connecting LD30 to the Real World

by Will Edwards - Jam Entry


REAL WORLD <-- connected --> VIRTUAL WORLD

Use arrow keys to pan, and + and - to zoom or use scroll wheel.

(**** Due to an interesting browser compatibility issue, the scroll wheel may be inverted for non-Mac users. Weird! Live with it ;) ****)

View and play Ludum Dare 30 games whilst exploring a nicely illustrated world map!

I track the games you comment on, and the players who comment on your game. I use this information to expose more and more of the underlying map to you.

(I scrape the LD website and don't want to to put too much load on it, so I'm not scraping very often. Rather than be impatient, go play and rate a few games and come back to see how the map progresses!)

I hope you find it fun, pretty and pretty useful!

Special thanks to Wombatica, who contributed some of the cool map illustrations. Its really worth pretending you live in some far-flung part of the world e.g. India in order to expose his handwork *hint* *hint* *cough* *splutter*!

Downloads and Links




JNyknn says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:10am

This is amazing. It may not be a game, but it's still amazing! I did not know there are so many Ludum Darers on Europe!

wombatica says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:32am

Gamification of LD the contest :)

Teejay5 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:15am

I've always wondered where other Darers were and who the closest one (probably) was! This is great!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:15am

WOW. Now that is original. Genius. I'll be playing it for the next few weeks.

gryphoness says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:16am

Super clever. Love it.

Rahazan says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:19am


royvanrijn says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:23am

Hah, what an awesome idea, gamification of Ludum Dare! This it how I'm going to vote all entries from now, keeps voting fun!

Thumbs up for innovation/originality!

neosam says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:25am

That's a grat idea! Love it! How did this page who I am?

pusheax says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:37am

Very cool idea. I like the 3d transition effect at the beginning.

Posva says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:31am

Very nice! I got placed on Paris because I was using a proxy when I entered for the first time. Is there a way to change my position ?

caranha says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:37am

This is fantastic! I am going to use it a lot!

Two usability comments:
1- For some reason, scroll wheel up zooms in the map and scroll wheel down zooms out the map - it feels like it should be the other way around.

2- Also you cannot drag the map around, only click to move it, which is a bit unintuitive.

But super awesome idea, have all my stars!

sam1373 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:54am

The interface could be a bit better, but the concept is great!

concalf says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:58am

Really nice idea ... but where can i invert the mouse wheel? :D

magmaCrab says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:59am

Cool! For some reason, I got located in the middle of the ocean.

Terrabalt says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:01am

Now the fourth wall have been shattered.
thank you.

wombatica says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:07am

We need more Luders in India!!!! And the amazon basin!

mrexcessive says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:22am

Will - really, really good job... This should win I think, just for the sheer cheek of subverting the idea and pointing LD at itself, can see this becoming a favourite interface for LD in the future... very great !

fcpfoof says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:30am

Very cool thingy ;D.
(I needed to disable HTTPS Everywhere on GitHub, just for people for whom it doesn't work properly).

PTSnoop says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:47am

Ooh, intriguing. It took me a little while to figure out how to navigate, I was expecting to drag the map rather than just clicking on it. But apart from that, great work!

kewry says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:43am

Really amazing tool you've built

PixelMind says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:16pm

This is awesome! :D

liquidminduk says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:49pm

this is great! however because in Beijing China we have to use a VPN, it says I'm in Japan (my vpn location), none the less, this is amazing stuff!

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:54pm

@liquidminduk yes the guess-by-IP is just a cheap trick. You can always move your location manually before clicking on the [My location's ok!] dialog!

Dohan says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:14pm

You made playing games a game, that's a 5 stars on innovation, no doubt. Also, connecting the LD world with the real world... Another 5 stars for theme!

strong99 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:32pm

Overall idea perfect, innovation? perfect!

Raphy says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:54pm

Haha amazing idea and tool !

I'm gonna use it to play other games. By the way, I was located in Paris but I'm not there (I'm in Nantes), dunno if it's a bug or not. Well done!

Kerdelos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:39pm

Awesome concept but i found the map a little bit hard to read.

BroCade says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:16pm

This its pretty much the best thing!

Fera says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:16pm

awesome. :D

BroCade says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:17pm

This its pretty much the best thing!

ViliX says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:18pm

Man. This is SO neat! This game wins like all of the LDs. Amazing job!

commodoreKid says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:18pm

I cannot really open the game. It says 'Sorry, could not initialize webGL'

miwuc says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:49pm

Brilliant concept, congrats!

ViliX says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:07pm

I gave you an award on your profile for this game.

Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:31pm

Very cool. I'll be checking back to see how my map develops.

bvanschooten says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:46pm

Great to see who's jamming near you!

wombatica says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:51pm

Darers in Iceland! And someone in the Amazon jungle!!! How cool is that!

MidgeS says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:05pm

Wow, this is awesome :)
Nice to see where other members are located.

Jacob123 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:06pm

This is really cool! It's interesting to see where all the LDers are.

dickpoelen says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:08pm

Oh my god this is briljant!

MrTambourine says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:09pm

I don't know what hammer and sickle is doing in the center of Poland. This symbol should not appear there, learn history.

RegularSlinky says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:12pm

This is absolutely incredible. You turned ludum dare into a game its self!

stasss says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Great idea.. but i don't see Minsk (Belarus) ludum, is it possible to fix, or how to ad Minsk? Great work

jgthespy says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:16pm

This is really cool

Oana says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:17pm

This is really cool!

FrederickK says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:19pm

I doubt that I'll find an entry more ingenious than this.
Awesome job and thanks for encourage people to vote more!

Xgor says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:21pm

Great concept and a great way to keep track of the contestants.

psychonull says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:21pm

Its amazing!, so clever and innovate. and also creepy :P
Great work, I'll to be come back to play it and also I'm gonna check the source!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:25pm

I don't know if this really qualifies as a game, but it's SO DAMN COOL that I don't even care. This is the best interpretation of the theme I've seen, and I don't think I'll ever see anything as good as this in the theme department ever again. Amazing.

andrewkennedy says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:33pm

What a clever idea! It's probably the most meta thing I've ever seen. I'll be bookmarking it so that I can keep checking back!

tbamberg says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:46pm

Really cool idea. IS there any way to change my position? It has me in the middle of the country, and I'm on the coast

markman says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:46pm

Pretty cool, man. The meta 'gameplay' and concept appeals to me. Make more stuff like this!

abeing says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:46pm

really nice idea!

kyru says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:47pm

Very neat idea, knowing more about the make up of who is in this competition is pretty interesting.

arhpositive says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:54pm

Fantastic idea! I loved it. I'll certainly check here for my progression, and I'll probably vote this game as the 100th game if I ever make it that far, along with a screenshot link of course. :)

Banni says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:05pm

Very nice! Looks like I'm the only entry from Iceland this time around. I'll try to recruit some co-workers for the next one.

I like the 'capital of Iceland' joke, but you should move it slightly NW to my pin - that's where the actual capital is :)

Lizzip says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:11pm

This is very awesome!

wombatica says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:12pm

@MrTambourine, sincere apologies on that. Yes we do know our history, that's an artists'error based on rough-guessing geography without country borders on the underlay. As I said, sincere apols. Also, the hammer and sickle is intended as strictly comical / visual effect, no political statement.

Split82 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:40pm

Amazing idea :) I'm really glad you created this!

Lokiman says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:48pm


Navigation on the map is little bit weird but I like the idea very much.

...and I see that we are 3 guys in the Czech Republic! :D

Donar says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:54pm

That's awesome ... thanks for this entry ;)

pighead10 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:58pm

Really interesting!

pjimmy says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:10pm


Aglavra says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:18pm

Nice meta-game, bookmarked it to come back many times in next weeks.

bentog says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:23pm

It was kind of hard to put the pin in place, but this is really cool. Also, thank you for not using the Mercator projection! GO BRAZIL!

gillenew says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:32pm

this is awesome!!! :D
in my opinion was the game that best fit the theme

LTyrosine says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:51pm

Here we have one thinking out of the box. Fantastic;

blurryroots says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:55pm

Very creative way to contribute to this amazing event. Thank you!

ponk says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:05pm

WwwooOOooOoooWWWw.... !!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:34pm

This is actually a really cool idea! Thanks for making this!

43iscoding says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:52pm

Very cool idea!

Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:53am

It's great to see where all the games were made. I seem drawn to the far flung isolated pins most.

JavadocMD says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:22am

Awesome idea. :)

TeamQuadratic says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:38am

Brilliant concept! Nice job!

syawqy says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:11pm


defacid says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:18pm

This... wins the game jam!

J-d-H says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:19pm

Nice Ludum Dare Dev & Game Browser

Jaucheman says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:26pm

Awesome, this is the best entry I've seen so far :D

Sargonius says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:36pm

I think it should get 6 stars in Theme and Fun. Amazing!

DustyStylus says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:15pm

Outstanding! Very well done indeed! At first I was like, "oh, just a map", but then you can expand the view by encouraging reviewing others, that's genius. :)

TheMorfeus says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:22pm

Well, considering the fact that i sent the game from poland and it's showing up somwhere south to argentina, its not very accurate

hexagore says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:32pm

I appreciate the meta interpretation of the theme. Very interesting! Will look forward to seeing what happens with it. Plus, another new way of finding games to play..

DvanderAart says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:42pm

Nice one although i cannot find myself. There are a whole lot of dots on one spot and i am probably one of them but i cannot tell/.

JackDegree says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:55pm

Haha great idea, quite impressive, and probably the most original take on the theme so far.

NRathbone says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:34pm


Altourus says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:46pm

Very Nice

oxysoft says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:48pm

This is so fucking brillant

breadstix says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:56pm

Flat out amazing. One of the most original entries I have ever seen in LD. You should be proud!

gnerkus says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:59pm

This is HUGE! Thank you so much! Will you do this in December?

DDFranky says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:59pm

This is an AWESOME idea! Love it!

eruiz00 says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:27pm

good idea for this contest. More fun with this app than many games!

Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:39pm

Hah, that's awesome. It's a bit of a stretch to call it a 'game' but it's a brilliant idea.
The interface could be improved if you went for a 'click-and-drag' sort of map rather than a 'click-to-move-here' kind of map. Also it would be nice if you could set your own location a bit more precisely.

kei says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:44pm

This is great.

Lokarunith says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:47pm

Great Idea! 5 sharp stars for innovation

udo says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:04pm

Checking in from France.

Very nice idea. I can't actually see my name on the map where it's highlighted, but I suppose that's because I overlap with another user.

Banderi says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:33pm

Ok, this is absolutely amazing! Fun, uber-original and perfect for having fun *inside* the fun of the event itself :D Great work!!

Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:02pm

What a great experiment. Amazing!

lkr says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:08pm

Fun meta-game :)
I'll be keeping this one up in a tab during the voting period. I've found several interesting games by trying to fill blank spaces of the map already!

csanyk says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 1:32am

Wow. Ludception. I bow.

Scott Baker says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 1:35am

You win Ludum Dare! This is absolutely brilliant. You took the theme to a new level, and it's great. And if you think I am only commenting so I can see your pin change colors... well yes, yes I am.

pvtroswold says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:15am

Wow. I've never been able to search for games via locality before! No idea how this was done, but it's fun!

jprogman says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:30am

Very interesting! Doesn't work on Firefox, but it's working on IE.

mactinite says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:58am

What an awesome tool! I love it.

gardenhead says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:27am

Great tool/game!

naksrifati says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:47am

Fresh idea, interesting to watch the origin of all the game developers)

flatgub says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:55am

Awesome, incredible idea, i'd like to see one of these for every LD x3
-Flatgub <3

TravisChen says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:58am

This is really a great service. Good work.

sephyka says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:16am

Wow, genius idea!!
I can't use it at work because of a proxy, but it's okay at my home. It's a very useful tool to discover other entries, for example lost in the middle of nowhere.
What a pity all entries at the same place are superimposed on the same arrow button. Good work!

Teesquared says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:31am

What a great way to encourage more voting. It's a game and tool all in one. It is a small world after all.

Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:36am

Neat! Not much else to add. :)

psychomonster says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:38am

Omg... what da f... this is a great idea... innovation price this ld... it connects the ld community all over the world! Nice

CoolIron says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 8:00am

God of the awesomeness! That's fantastic! Great job!

KigurumiDevs says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 8:08am

that's really neat :)

x1212 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:16am

great idea!

SteveSalmond says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:42am

Love it, well played Mr. Edwards :D

eemmbbeerr says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:54am

This is awesome. I didn't know of another participant in my country.

Ofursnati says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:09am

Beautiful. Nice job.

vividhelix says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:10am

Great take on the theme!

Managore says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:37am

This is an incredible take on the theme! It's really great to see entries that are so ridiculously out of left field. And promoting people to leave comments on games makes it even better.

martim00 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:09am

Great concept!

Malapropos says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:12am

Great use of the theme. I withheld my comment until now, because I was having some problems getting it to work earlier, but now it works great.

Ventura says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:57am

I cannot change my location, i am living in another country now :(

Ventura says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:58am

oh, sorry, yes i can! :D i just had to click in the map

Moosefly says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:49pm

Brilliant! Aside from the user experience tweaks others have already mentioned, I can't think of anything more to comment on.


ajayajayaj says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:11pm


goffmog says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:40pm


someone says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 8:25pm

Really cool idea.

Fanatrick says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:08pm

Really cool :D

twintrite says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:41pm

That's super cool. Unfortunately after setting your point you can't change the position now I'm from Algeria instead of Germany ^^ At least now my point stands out from the rest and maybe that leads to more people playing my game :D

ramoncb says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:27pm

I think someone already told you but... this is indeed an amazing idea! =D

Also, thank you for sharing all that cool stuff too! And sorry my bad english ^^

biscuitWizard says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:57am


Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:24am

This is awesome! Excellent interpretation of the theme, and very straightforward. I love it!

SoupWithBits says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:44am

Too juicy! Now I'm gonna play a lot more games.

Crefossus says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:17am

Tons of possibilities for gamifying it. It might be fun to have quests where the player has to rate/comment specific people or x num of people from certain countries.

nonetheless says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 9:25am

Amazing job, great idea :)

jjhaggar says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:13am

This is great! :D Right now I'm reviewing my whole country games now! XD Play & review is much more fun this way! :D I hope that in future editions LD implements your game by default! :D Just a little flaw, when you rate/comment somebody's game and they rate/comment your game back, the choice of colors doesn't seem to be quite right XD An image worths more than 100 words Please, add this to your css, for our eyes' sake XD
#element {
color: white;
text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;
Great game anyway! Top score in almost everything! :D

SaintHeiser says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:19am

Whoah! The game idea is intriguing!
Lets see what it gives at the end of LD =)

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:22am

@jjhaggar there's a long list of features and usability enhancements I'd like to fix but refrain from due to not wanting to go as far as a post-compo version; however, your shadow is perhaps minor enough emergency patch to be allowed through? Fixed.

jjhaggar says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 12:20pm

Thank you very much for fixing it so soon! :D I think I speak in name of most people here when I say that now our eyes are happy again! ;D

Literal Games says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 12:22pm

Nice, rated it a bit differently because it's not really a 'game' but it's really cool, and gets 5 for innovation!

Calciumtrice says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:05pm

This is a very clever interpretation of the theme and does a nice job of implementing and game-ifying it. I like it!

LexGear says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:07pm

Wouldn't load? :(

Safari, Yosemite, OSX

yodamaster says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:54pm

Very cool! Not a game actually, but very cool and fun!

StencylTuo says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:01pm

Nice little "game". :)

wombatica says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:16pm

I think this is a game, an exploring one. The moment someone picks a game to try based on clearing more of the map, or checks back to see how much more map they've cleared I think they've been gamed. And if you move your location to India just to see what's drawn there {hint} then you are cheating, which is proof it's a game in my book. I get why it's controversial, and it's a good thing to challenge the boundaries. It'd be a sad day if all entries were app-like, I love the straightforward games too. But for now I would definitely like to see more gamification apps entered, as long as they are cool and fun which I'm sure they will be:)

Jod says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:38pm

Pretty cool idea, I like it!

Sunflower says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:07pm

Oh gosh, this actually *is* a game!
Could some people move over to the oceans so that players would be able to get full map coverage, please? ^^"

Sunflower says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:12pm

One thing I'd really, really like though: for it to open the game page of the person I click on. That would make navigating to proper games much easier.
...or there is such an option, and I somehow miss it? >.<

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:13pm

Sunflower it works like that but you have to be zoomed in enough; use the mousewheel or + and - keys to zoom, arrow keys to pan.

Sunflower says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Ah, forget about it, I'm a doofus. Apparently I had to zoom in a bit (zooming was a bit counter-intuitive, since I learned to zoom in with rolling up and zoom out with rolling down; here it's the opposite) and then I could normally click and the link appeared. Thanks for making such an awesome thing. ^^

maloki says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:37pm

Love the concept! Great to see the community in a different perspective. :D

rRootagea says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:42pm

holy cow that's the most meta thing I've ever seen

Zerkruemler says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:49pm

Cool idea the perfect connection of Worlds

klianc09 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:20pm

I think this is a great way to encourage comments on other peoples entries, as the feedback of other people is one of the things I really like doing Ludum Dare for.

_Rilem says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:28pm

This is so cool :D
It would be awesome to be able to check this every LudumDare.

vico87 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:36pm

Great idea!

Nooner Bear says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 9:16pm

The closest person to me also has "Bear" in their name!

AtomicVikings says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 9:52pm

Awesome! a not-game. Atomic Vikings has this:

Great work!

SK16Games says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 1:12am

Wow, very nice experiment! As I'm from Denmark I feel a little offended... Not that you named our country Legoland, but the fact that you didn't even put the sign in denmark, but just at the border to germany... -.- Haha cool "thing" though, 5 in Innovation and 4 in theme!

radmars says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:22am

Wow this is awesome! Controls are kinda backwards though, the mousewheel should be reversed and it should be click and drag to move around the map IMO.

Sunflower says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 10:33am

Actually, now that I think of it, it'd really be cool if the spots that aren't covered by any player in the regular area would be covered by the nearest player (or a group of nearest players, since there seem to be many people tucked very close to each other at some spots), thus making it possible to get 100% map coverage even if some places are sadly uninhabited, like, say Antarctic. I suppose in such case Voronoi diagrams would be a way to go...?

(yes, I'd really like to see how the whole world looks like...)

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:19am

@sunflower thanks for the encouragement! The best thing about this entry has been the LDers who use it as a tool and keep playing and exploring the map.

Originally I was going to build a Risk-gsme using real locations, but infrastructure e.g. scrapers and servers took longer than I budgeted and I couldn't invent a fair feeling ruleset.

So it turned into this :). There is a long list of possible improvements and further games, and if approached by the LD organisers I could do a fancy version with decent scrolling etc and bells and whistles for general use for next LD.

skiddings says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 12:19pm

Very cool idea!

PapyGaragos says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 1:09pm

This is a cool idea. My only concern is that it could encourage people to leave comments that are not helpfull at all...

Just look at the number of comments on this page that are only a few words! "wow", "awesome", "great", "this is cool" might be good ego boosts, but they are not constructive critisism. There is only a few people adressing the weird control with the mouse, or the fact that you can't reveal the whole map.

Anyway, you get the top score in innovation and theme from me :)

Crowbeak says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 2:16pm

This is really cool. I look forward to uncovering more of the map.

Jhelle says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 2:18pm

Awesome idea! I'll be coming back to this after rating some other games.

Somehow the scroll is inverted, but doesn't matter that much.

SoulGame says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 5:43pm

This is a very convenient tool and a nice twist to the original theme.

Aug 31, 2014 @ 6:11pm

Wow, it's not really a game but the concept is so cool. Now I really wanna play all the LD games to see the full map uncovered XD.

Jedi says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 6:53pm

Entries like this are what make me really sad that community isn't still a category I can give you a 5* rating in. Well, at least there's the one for innovation ;)

Really cool stuff!

InfectionTeam says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Well I can only give you five stars for innovation, but you deserve MANY more ;)

t4u says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:30pm

My brain exploded because of how awesome idea this is.

TKia_ says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 4:00am

Now this is innovation! XD

jukimv1986 says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 6:08am

This is so great I do not have words to express how good it is! A meta game in Ludum Dare!! That really encourages people to comment on other people's games and then check how are they doing on the map. Next LD this should be part of the official site. Amazing work!!

Tanner says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 8:06am

It's ugly. But it's a tool i would want to use.

suve says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 10:58am

Brilliant. Could use some more polish, but it's still a useful tool - and fun to use, too!

damrem says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 12:48pm

Excellent interpretation of the theme! I'm actually using it to rate games :-)

Chaoseed says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 1:14pm

It's kind of like how the Ludum Dare website is the ultimate connection, connecting everyone's different worlds together. I had a similar idea, but I was going to have stats and crafting or...well, I dunno, I didn't have any time that weekend to make a game. Anyway, the point is, very clever idea. ;)

xandy says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 2:53pm

nice meta game!

DeltaF1 says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 9:48pm

This is really useful! Thank you for this innovative approach to the theme, and to LD in general!

lekochen says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 3:57am

This is awesome!

caranha says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 6:56am

I already commented before with a few suggestions, but here is a few more suggestions from playing with it:
1- Remove all players so I can see the map in its glory
2- Filter players by has commentes/was commented by (so I only see the players I haven't commented yet, or vice versa).

Cheers, and again, fantastic entry.

kirbytails7 says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 7:52am

A bit finicky, but I love it. I think this should just be something that happens every LD.

Split82 says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 9:22am

One more tip: It's really hard to pick one name if there is more than one in the same city. Maybe if you can show a list of users when I click on a pin.

deepnight says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 11:09am

Not really a game, but I really appreciated the way it connects LDers and helps to discover new games :)

renatopp says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 12:24pm

Not a game, but very cool tool!!! I wonder if LD could adopt this officially!

renatopp says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 12:25pm

Oh, and please fix the zoom wheel! c:

mechabit says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 2:45pm

Hey, web admins! Integrate this map into the main ludum dare site! I can't believe this really useful feature isn't already integrated into the competition!
Revealing the map is a nice incentive to try out games from different perspectives as well, more worldviews makes for more rounded individuals/game devs. Top notch.

Citsua says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 5:11pm

This is genius. Really, it's motivating. I wasn't located exactly at the right place but that's not really important.

snooze82 says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 7:29pm

Nice gamification idea :D I like it

Aaants says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 7:39pm

Really cool :)

Rialgar says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 10:35pm

This should become an official feature of the website

bytegrove says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 11:28pm

Cool idea! I had some trouble with the controls though, the zoom feel inverted and I think using mouse drag instead of clicking would make the movement easier. The hitbox on the pins seems a little off as well. Really cool to see a meta game here though.
For me it looked like you are super close to where I am, is that just the default or the weirdest coincidence(first pin I highlighted, haha)?
I like the brute force approach to which you implemented this!

MechanicMoon says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 2:52am

Hell yeah! Great idea! Really nice concept to conect aaaaaaall this worlds! ;) Now.. we are on the map!

Mach60KAS says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 3:09pm

Very interesting concept and interpretation of the theme! Great idea all around. :)

Code White says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 3:36pm

Wouldn't it be awesome if this won the Jam? I know I shouldn't rate it, it's not even a game, BUT IT'S SO COOL!!!

panurge says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 8:12pm

Great stuff! I much prefer finding games to rate through this method than Ludum Dare's own listings. Very creative idea with a slick interface. Thanks!

wombatica says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 7:44am

If this becomes a community app then artists among us should band together secretly with Will before the next LD and do a new map. This map was rushed for obvious reasons.

Gamification of the gamification could include a 'road trip' mode where you have to connect two locations on the map. Or a strategy game where you somehow invade, occupy and conquer locations like Risk.

Sep 4, 2014 @ 5:05pm

Scary, but also great entry!!!

Miziziziz says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 7:04pm

Dang! this is really cool

Snicklodocus says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 9:05pm

This is really cool. I love all the little funny touches on the world map. Great idea and execution. My only complaint is scrolling with the mouse wheel is inverted from what I'm used to, but that's minor.

rantt says ...
Sep 5, 2014 @ 12:53am

Well this is very Ludum dare, the idea, very original :)

badlydrawnrod says ...
Sep 5, 2014 @ 9:12pm

Clever, clever, clever.

jahmaican says ...
Sep 6, 2014 @ 9:06am

Funny, but I don't really get them hammer and sickle drawn on Poland, I think you might be a little bit late with politics!

Sep 6, 2014 @ 12:37pm

Liked the way you used the theme, such a unique take on it.

Sep 8, 2014 @ 12:51pm

Found this because of your blog post. Nice!

IamAcoconut says ...
Sep 8, 2014 @ 4:31pm

This is so cool! I liked how you drew stuff around the map! There is a bug where if you click on "Show me Ludom Dare", but that's not really a big deal, cause everyone here should know what it is. Either than that, awesome entry!

local minimum says ...
Sep 8, 2014 @ 6:12pm

Meta is great! It took me a while before I got to place my own marker. I don't know why it failed the first time around. And it was sort of hard when there were so many other markers around... Really enjoyable gamification of rating and commenting on games. It would have been nice to have some stats about percent of world covered and percent of games played. Possibly also percent of markers seen within the fog of war of the games you've played.

MaesK says ...
Sep 8, 2014 @ 9:37pm

Awesome (game?) map!

SketchyGalore says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 2:09am

Wow! That's really awesome! :D

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 4:01am

This was @#$@#$@#$ brilliant!

Lythom says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 7:15am

Hi there, here some feedback about this experience.

What I liked :
- Being able to know who made game near me a try more "local" games.
- Overall view of jamers positions in the world
- Right in the theme =)

What imo could be improved :
- UI Juiciness. Make button move or play sounds when the are pushed. Indicate more precisely what button is for what action. To sum up : get some reads about UI good practices. Even if you don't do much UI, it's always worth knowing UI good practice for game design inspiration because there are lot of connections between UI experience and game experience.
- Graphics. Hand drawing is ok but at least some anti-aliasing would help getting a smooth rendering.
- Not a real game experience, but I'm not sure it could be improved in this case because it's more a service than a game, and I appreciate that. Gamifying is hardly ever making a better product.

Overall I enjoyed your entry as a gate to other games, you really created connections, and for that, thank you =)

Bognet Team says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 8:18am

Nice idea of doing an LD-census! Also feels nice to see I'm not the only LDer from my country!

Sogomn says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 9:07am

So awsum!!

pythong says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 9:35am

Sorry, could not initialize webGL :'( ? newest Firefox on a Win7

lotusgame says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 10:16am

What an excellent idea ! I wish i could attack others or stuff like this :p

Pierrec says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 5:22pm


cstudios says ...
Sep 9, 2014 @ 7:02pm

Nobody else from slovakia? to bad :(

hadesfury says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 1:38pm

I really like to reposition my location

Sunflower says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 7:06pm

Either you started scraping more rarely, or it doesn't work for some reason, since I still don't see area around the person I commented on a few hours ago. :<

runvs says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 7:23pm

Nice Idea and it really helps the LudumDare Spirit!
The intro reminded me onjames bond never say never again table game with largo.

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 8:19pm

@Sunflower sorry there was a glitch and I've given my cron job a nudge and it looks like its back now

hyouko says ...
Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:50am

Hell of a neat concept. Reminds me of something I built for a hackathon at work, actually! And it got me to go out and play more games, so it achieved its purpose.

WetDesertRock says ...
Sep 11, 2014 @ 1:47am

Well done, wasn't sure what I expected, but this was certainly more than what I was expecting.

JetL33t says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 12:58am

The idea is pretty fantastic :P

Rage Paint says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 3:43am

Haha, very cool. Sitting at about 250 ratings/comments combined and have most of the US and western Europe visible.

NicePenguins says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 12:15pm

Haha nice !!

Sep 13, 2014 @ 12:15pm

cool stuff. hopefully we can see more of this kind of thing next LD

bushmango says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 2:48pm

I really felt like I left more comments than that! Can you make one for the next LD? It's great incentive to rate more games :D

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 3:04pm

@bushmango you likely have :)

I can only place the comments on the map for those who have told me their position. Currently about a third of players can be placed, and you commenting on their games will reveil on my map.

brookman says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 4:00pm

This idea is incredibly creative! AWESOME!

nilstastic says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 4:44pm

Excellent idea! The main problem is that i almost forgot to comment on your entry since i got lost commenting others. Good work!

The Lag Pack says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 6:08pm

I really love this, I want to play the all. :D

Sep 13, 2014 @ 9:49pm

I answered your plea, and uncovered some of Madagascar for you :) It's great that you're doing some good pro-comment work on this site!

Sep 14, 2014 @ 3:33pm

ETC (from Creative Sectors):
It's an interesting take on the topic with a twist that amaze me how creative the LD community can be. It's a clever and brilliant idea.

NicePenguins says ...
Sep 14, 2014 @ 5:46pm

Same Meta Stuff here : (in an individual way)

OFF says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 5:15am

last comment for me
Actually it lack of some score... ;)

Next time i will play to game of people near me.. that's really funny to imagine that someone is nearer than you think.

Best jam!

Sep 15, 2014 @ 6:42am

this is probably the coolest game this LD! just amazing!

jimmymcmillan says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:56pm

This is very snazzy indeed!

DvanderAart says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 2:55pm

Very very cool concept.

Yword says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 3:19pm

Really interesting and clever idea! It's so cool to found out other entrants from my country. Well done!

Sep 15, 2014 @ 5:15pm

I really wanted to try this, but...

I can't see any pins, just the blue background. The red section disappears after "I admit it." and "Cool! Let's Play!", but never gives me a login window, or the three icons in the screenshot. (on both Chrome and Firefox on MacOSX; Safari doesn't even load the background)

Is it broken?

Do I have to comment here BEFORE playing in order to unlock the login window?

Sep 15, 2014 @ 5:37pm

I'm getting this error in Firefox a few seconds after clicking "Cool! Let's Play!"

Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at ws:// websocket.js:6
"websocket" "ws://" "encountered an error:" error { target: WebSocket, eventPhase: 0, bubbles: false, cancelable: false, defaultPrevented: false, timeStamp: 1410802454997684, originalTarget: WebSocket, explicitOriginalTarget: WebSocket, isTrusted: true, NONE: 0, CAPTURING_PHASE: 1 } websocket.js:32
"websocket" "ws://" "closed"

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 6:25pm

@DarkArtsAndSciences have you got httpsanywhere enabled?

Kayelgee says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 6:31pm

I wish I had seen this earlier :D

havana24 says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 6:34pm

I think this is must be a feature of the site!

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