Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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On the Growth of Ludum Dare and the Selection of Themes

by Crowbeak - Compo Entry

Made in Twine. Sound effects made in BFXR, graphics hand-painted in Paintrush, a Mac program functionally equivalent to MS Paint. (Except my avatar, used at the end to credit myself.)

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JoeProgram says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:17am

I chain slaughtered Chain Reaction. Hilarious!

GAFBlizzard says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:23am

Kind of hilarious and kind of reflects my own feelings.

peterthehe says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:16am

A lovely take on LD life. I can relate to it on *almost* every level (including FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU)

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:49am

LudumDare Simulator 2015. 5/5 on Humor

danialias says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:01pm

Haha, that was nice. TIME WARP! Now I can try a different route (and hopefully anger Crowbeak to level 8 :D)

0x0961h says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:21pm

10/10, would play again.

PTSnoop says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:14pm

Well, that was... refreshingly meta.

hissssssssss says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:10am

I was pretty stubborn about insisting the narrator is stubborn.

wg_phancock says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:47am

Hahaha So.very.meta.

I think you proved that all of us are monsters for voting for this theme.

Tuism says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:02am

So meta, great writing! :)

There are a few great tidbits of info in there, and I liked the way your choices seemed to matter, which is a great thing for a text adventure. Sounds were great, and the emoticons were excellent too.

Seems to be quite a deep branch! Gotta check it out again :)

cowboycolor says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:22am

Oh my gawsh :D

madjackmcmad says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:35am

Murder Chain Reaction over and over again!

Jelinib says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:42am

Funny and yet insightful! Especially since I'm new to Ludum Dare, this helped me learn more about its history. The emoticons did their jobs very well--very creative! Glad I played this. Thanks!

ruerob says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:48am

Thank you for this game! I like how it takes up some little things which happen every LD. Like the screaming about the 'bad' theme.

CheesyRamen says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:20am

I really enjoyed this! Makes for a good introduction to those new to Ludum Dare!
Also, it made me feel like a monster for constantly trolling the narrator ;)

UncleChris says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:11pm

I really liked your point of view, such a cool way to play with the themes and being a "monster" about them. Thanks!

Sparrow says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:36pm

I laughed so hard at this! Great job!

hdong says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:15pm

That was quite enjoyable and thought-provoking. Turned out to be way deeper than I expected. I'm new to Ludum Dare and I found this quite informational as well. Nice game!

Shackhal says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:37pm

Refreshing game. I can only thinks that the theme is referring as the one who plays the game. After all, we are the monsters who choose the theme hahaha.

Of course, the graphics are below average, but you don't care about that, right? Anyways, it was fun. I only rage you to 6 on the second play. First was 1. After all, I'm a veteran too xD

Overall, the game passes.

squarepug says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:12am

Ha this made me smile. I actually "played" it twice to go on a different journey thru it, you've put a surprising amount of depth in it :D

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:43pm

What da.. Ok I got it!
(epic chain reaction joke lol)
(I agree with you, I don't really like this theme but in the end I found a nice idea! :D)
BTW funny entry! ;D

defacid says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:04pm

A good attempt at a meta-anti-theme-game but some of the colors/images were really off-putting and that sound was horrible and loud haha

I think the theme is okay - definitely not one of the ones I wanted to win, but ehhh...

ArthG says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:17pm

So grumpy. So old.

Aug 28, 2015 @ 6:42am

Hahaha so true.

el-pepi says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:28am

Amazing. The most original "game" I have seen on this compo.

MrTwister says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:07am

hahahaha, This is pretty much every LD ever.
It's a very well put together "simulator" though. Loved the time warp and the player-narrator interactions.

I'm glad you still made this game despite not liking the "theme" because this was hilarious! Made me smile a damn lot for sure. Nice job!

WubAlliance says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:04pm

Fun little web game! 5/5 for humor, some of the comments actually made me laugh out loud. The ASCII art was awesome, and the sound effects were a nice touch. Very enjoyable entry, I played through several times to get all the endings. Nice job!

ALobker says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:26am

"Yes, you are." x57 before I gave up

Xanjos says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 10:50am

This was so enjoyable to play through. Loved all the meta-references to Ludum Dare itself (Also maybe I should start taking a gander at the irc channnel at some point).

Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:58am

You monster! I just had a nightmare that the theme was "You're the monster" and... :D

sandbaydev says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 7:24pm

Heh, fun little ludum dare simulator :) Plenty of options to go through. I actually liked the graphics a lot :D

boardtobits says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 5:47pm

Interesting. Very meta, obviously, but entertaining. Clever to include stats at the end.

rodobodolfo says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:09am

Very clever! As I was playing I was thinking of the comments to leave arguing that the theme was different enough and open to interpretation but in the end you allowed me to do that in game! Great work!

ZNCatlaw says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 10:06pm

I rate this very highly! At first I was playing because I thought "pfft, what does this old-timer have to say about the theme! It's a great theme!" but you actually made a very nice, friendly, compelling game with lots of "team spirit" and stuff. Good job! You're a real Ludum Dareling!

Sep 12, 2015 @ 8:55pm

I made the narrator angry...

I'm just happy I managed to finish a game for this theme! My 'You Are The Villain' entry was rubbish.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Sep 15, 2015 @ 4:18pm

I'm glad this got #14 humor, nice work. :P

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