Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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by madameberry - Compo Entry

when you encounter
one of your kind
you must use their own
weapons against them

wise, humerous
sensitive, ancient.
four types of poets.
can you best them all?

[FIX: The game would crash if open for more than a few minutes. I /think/ I fixed it. Please let me know if it still crashes.]
[PORT: Ported to HTML5. You can play it directly on now!]
[POST-COMPO Version: The HTML5 version is now the Post-Compo version. If you would like to rate my COMPO version, please download.]

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Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:28pm

You've won me over. The art style is perfect, the concept took me back to Beowulf, and the results of mad-libbing Norse poetry has never been better. Congratulations on making an amazingly simple, fascinating, and creative work.

drludos says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:45pm

Excellent idea, I love your take on the theme! The game has an incredibly relaxing mood, with beautiful art and good music.

My only complaint would be the lack of feedback. I "beat" two poets, but during the game it's sometimes hard to see if you did an interesting poem or not (the crowd is cheerful sometimes, but maybe they should "boo" at bad poems too?)

Any very innovative and creative entry, congratulations!

local minimum says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:47pm

Fabulous! Such poems I constructed. I didn't fully read or understand what made a poem good or bad according to the crowd, but that didn't really matter so much. Most fun was in the poetry slam itself anyhow.

The text was a bit hard to read though. If the font had had some border around its characters to make them stand out a bit better and maybe collect the completed lines float up to the top so you could easily read them without being covered of the next line's composition alternatives.

It should also come with a handy screen-shot button if a poem turns out particularly good. Also, if there was a place for the best poem ever written according to the games metric...

generic_ghost says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:48pm

Wow! Fantastic graphics and concept. I had a lot of fun putting together the poems but I was no match for my second competitor. A great game worth expanding and adding a story to.

Cheshyr says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:42pm

i am confused and enthralled. music and graphics were great, and i'm still trying to figure out some of the poetry. :-p great game.

Ludipe says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:59pm

Hi there fellow Construct dev! ^^

I thought the idea was very original and the art is lovely. I think it's not clear enough how to make "good" or "bad" poems, and that's something that should be pointed out.

The art is great and sets up the mood, but maybe the text should be a bit bigger, you have a lot of empty space on the screen and you could use some of it to make the text clearer.

Good work!

MightyToast says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:15pm

I love the take on the theme. Very original! The aesthetic and setting are spot on, and the crowd's reactions were fun every time you got your poem right.

ManicMiner says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:18pm

I'd love to know how it actually rates the poems - I get that you are supposed to match the "style" of your rival, but I'm intrigued to know how clever the system really is...

Either way, the reason I am so fascinated is because I just played the game for about an hour - it's absolutely glorious!

Lukbebalduke says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:45pm

Cool art style and music =). But it is a little bit hard to those that don't have a good english.

TobiasNL says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:51pm

def one of the more interesting concepts,too bad it wasn't that strong in communicating it by having a bit buggy rhymesystem. OVerall nice atmosphere, would recommend for a play.

graebor says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:58am

Very cool, love the concept! Constructing little poems in this way was a lot of fun, regardless of whether or not they were "successful". My only real complaint is that it's a bit hard to read small white text on that part of the background.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:17am

As one commenter put it, it's kind of great to "mad-lib" poetry. Loved the art style and the music. My only complaint, if Had one to give, was that the font in the title screen was bit hard for me to read? Other than that, perfection.

micahcowan says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:10am

Managed to beat two, but still had no real idea what I was doing.

Great, ambient music and graphics!

UndertakerInf says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:08pm

This was great! I'd keep playing if I understood the rules more clearly.
Also, the verse options are covering the previous verse and I'd like to see the full verse before accepting it (sometimes it was not what I expected).
I'd play this again, definitely, if I could tell how I was doing. I didn't best any poet, but there was some hollering after a couple of my verses, specially the ones which were good, so I guess I won those.

DrPrettyPatty says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:28pm

Didn't crash for me (Web player in Firefox on Windows), and great entry! Very clever idea, nice music, nice graphics, and interesting verses! Like others said it would be nice to get more immediate feedback if your poem was bad, but when you realize the crowd just remains silent you can use that as a clue. Awesome job!

commodoreKid says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:54pm

The idea is great but I think it could be realized much better. Feedback is missing and I didn't even know what I do to win actually. Style is nice though.

madameberry says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:16pm

Post-jam version updated! Thank you for the feedback!

dallonf says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:05am

I have no idea how well I was doing, but somehow I didn't care. The charm and personality here is off the charts.

kabutakogames says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:05am

Beautiful pixels - I feel our games are a kind of soulmate ;)

Apr 27, 2015 @ 8:46pm

Really beautiful graphics, great concept! It took me a minute to understand, but I enjoyed it! I included it in part 6 of my Ludum Dare 32 compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

May 6, 2015 @ 10:11pm

Very interesting and innovative idea.
Nice take on the theme.
The problem is that I have no clue of how well or bad am I doing, and I don't have any idea of how am I suposed to construct the poems.
I'm no native english speaker so my intuition for the right word combinations is unexistent

May 7, 2015 @ 4:56am

Intriguing, but I didn't really understand if I was making a good poem or not (they at least sounded good to me though).

tikilittle says ...
May 8, 2015 @ 1:32am

Poetry Slamming with the big dogs. I really enjoy throwing down some mad stanzas and going toe-to-toe with a competitor. It would be cool to have the option to fight off with a human player.

yuigoto says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 4:00am

This is pretty unconventional, but it's great!

Loved the mood, the graphics, the music, the crowd!

I'm no match for this! :P

mathmadlen says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 1:43am

A joy to play, very creative, beautiful and wistful - loved it!

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