Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by TomenLuca - Jam Entry


Music can be switched off with the button in the bottom right corner. The sound effects will still play.

The goal is to reduce the opponent's amount of followers to zero by playing quote cards and convincing their followers to join you.

A card costs karma (purple gems). Your current karma is displayed in the top left corner. Your opponents current karma is displayed in the top right corner.

At the start of every turn you and your opponent gain one karma.

A card has a color-coded type, displayed under the name of the card. This type can be: body (red), mind (blue), soul(white) or spirit (green).

Every type of card counters one other type of card. This is displayed under 'Counters' on the card. Body counters Mind, Mind counters Soul, Soul counters Spirit and Spirit counters Body.

If you counter your opponents card with one of yours, you gain followers from your opponent. Most will go to you, while a few will go to the neutral camp. If your opponent counters you with his card, the same will happen, but for him. If neither of you counter each other, no changes will occur.

Some cards have special effects. These special effects only happen when countering with a card, unless otherwise stated on the card. These effects can range from doubling the amount of followers you get to gaining followers from the neutral camp.

Some cards also have effects with which you gain extra karma. These effects always happen regardless of countering, even if that is not explicitly stated on the card. Use this to your advantage.

If you can't or don't want to play a card, you can use the big purple button in the left bottom corner to play the meditate effect. The meditate effect costs no karma, but gains you one extra karma in addition to the karma you always gain at the start of your turn. The drawback of the meditate effect is that it is countered by every other type of card, so use it wisely and with caution.

Every now and then a random event happens. Be surprised!

And most of all: have fun!



Thank you for visiting our game.

Our game is about rising to the top as a guru by battling other gurus in a quote contest. The game is essentially a card game where the objective is to defeat all the gurus. A guru is defeated by reducing his amount of followers to zero.

We hope you enjoy our game!
And if you like it, please consider sharing it.

Tom and Luca

If you find any technical errors or have suggestions for the game, please let us know through the comments.


The game does not work! - Unfortunately our game does not work on Internet Explorer. It should work fine on both FireFox and Chrome. If you find any other technical errors, please let us know through the comments.

How big is your team? - We are with two: Tom and Luca, both programmers.

How much time did this take? - We both worked for about 45 hours on this game. We built it almost from scratch.

Why aren't you competing in the audio category? - The music loop you hear in the game is part of a composition that is free to use for freeware. We did not make it ourselves, so we chose not to compete in the audio category.

Why is there no tutorial or help screen? - When we were finishing up the game it was already deep into the night. We decided to focus on making the game playable first. Unfortunately the rules do not permit us to change the current version of the game to include a tutorial.

The game seems unbalanced! - We did our best in the 72 hours we had, but it's terribly difficult to build and balance a card game in that time frame. We focused on getting it working first and balancing second.

The battles take a long time! - As stated in the above answer we focused on building the game first. Battle time is a part of the balance of the game. We balanced it as best we could, but were unable to totally nail it down in 72 hours.

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Red_Fan games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:27am

Simply amazing! I love every bit of it! 5/5 in all categories!

Luke says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:36am

Really fun. Though battles(?) can take a while.

Eingya says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:41am

Took a while for me to get the mechanic (really needs some sort of tutorial), but once I did I had fun.

Simple, but engaging enough mechanics and the theming is great.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:47am

wow this game is awesome !! I spent half an hour playing it, it's fun, well polished, graphics are basic pixel art but really efficient in this type of game. Congratulations ! :D

NidzaKornjaca says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:41am

Cool game, well polished.
Gets a bit repetitive though.

gene-z says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:10am

VERY GOOD,, congrats

prymidion says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:15am


Boberro says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:28am

These battles are intense.

JaviCepa says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:53am

Amazing execution!! Really good use of the tweens and very good look overall. Catchy music too :)

LostTrainDude says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:36pm

It's the first card game I have ever found on the LD database (of course there could be a thousand others).

I loved the Random Event: sometimes a life saver, sometimes a killer, sometimes saves everything from stalemate. Simple, yet great feature!

Loved, of course, the humor and the whole quote yelling at each round.

While I did beat the game, I didn't always figure out what happened (i.e. why sometimes I didn't get or lost followers after some specific action, etc.), but it's perfectly fine. You did a great job in the short time span we had :D


BubsyPoochies says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:07pm

Loved the concept of the game, it's both hilarious and fresh! Followers commenting as they change sides are the best, we had a great time playing it. Wish the combat system had a bit more depth, but for a ludum dare project it feels more than enough.
Presentation wise it's varied and dynamic, wish you guys keep working on the project. The world needs less quotes and more games making smart fun of them. Great work!

publicidadeba says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:11pm

Clever and funny :D :D

treslapin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:13pm

Really fun!

mat1er says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:16pm

Maybe saving would make the game better (because he's long)

koocachookies says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:08pm

Awesome! I played it till the very end and i loved it! Congrats!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:25pm

Love the quotes, graphics, and UI. Very funny! The mechanic was a bit confusing at first, but really easy to pick up quickly. Its definitely challenging and can sometimes take a while, but I was entertained and now I need to unlock Bob Ross! Seriously great game! Good job!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:41pm


esayitch says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:01pm

Very stylish and original! Sounds got a bit repetitive but the game has a lot of soul (heh) and character. Great artwork, concept, and gameplay. Well-done! Good luck :)

Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:12pm

Wow! This is a surprisingly well fleshed out card game! I'm impressed! I feel like some of the nitty gritty details were a little poorly explained, but I had a good time overall building up karma and countering my opponent's cards. Overall, a very interesting, funny, and enjoyable game!

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:34pm

Amazing! It is so well made. I liked the things that the gurus said!

Rudenko says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:10pm


lurils says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:24pm

that was actually very fun, nicely done.

local306 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:28pm

Dang, outwitted every time haha

danthedev says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:05pm

I really enjoyed the wittiness in this game, the idea of gaining and loosing followers to people is really cool

I had two main criticisms:
1. I didnt quite understand why I couldn't choose certain cards sometimes
2. There only seemed to be one correct card to every round and sometimes you couldn't pick that card

These problems though I feel would be ironed out given more time. Solid idea dude!

Taffaz says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:32pm

Cool game, I love how you used Jaden Smith as a guru.

chabuduo says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:04pm

Fantastic work! Played for a good hour.
some bugs, there are neutral people drawn even it the count is zero
also a bit funky when the same card is present twice in your hand ( it shakes)
Great game!

Rex Peppers says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:21pm

Wow. Awesome job!

broknecho says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:32pm

Really cool concept for a card game. Karma pool worked pretty well! Sometimes the randomness of the cards would be a little tough to get a counter but overall great execution.

Was fun even if the battles were a little long.

Goutye says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:53pm

I beat Bob Ross o/ 743, I don't think I was great but great games dudes!

Ithildin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:59pm

Perfect five here, I was smiling the whole time I played the games. The idea is brilliantly executed, quotes are hilarious and visuals were really cool, too.

Amazing job! :D

Peekotus says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:09am

5/5 in all catagories this is so awesome! Needs more people to battle!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:44am

Really fun but if you die once you have to restart :/

ruerob says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:51am

Great art here! Both of you have done a good job here! It looks like you were a good team! Keep up the good work!

Logicon says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:30am

Really cool game, I got stuck in a situation VS gandalf where I no matter what cards were chosen neither of us could gain or lose followers, and random events never occured :(
Restarting fixed this and it was perfect, I had to restart though.

ninjascript says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:46am

This is awesome! The balance seems weighted towards a reeealy long end battle, but it's a blast getting there. Fabulous job all around!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:25am

Better than Hearthstone.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:36am

I love card games. Nice game and good jod with the humor!

adaFish says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:43am

This is excellent. The cards & gurus are hilarious and the art and audio are great. Really unique take on the theme, too. Great job!

mukult says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:42am

Damn I got outwitted...
Heheh!! The battles take a while to complete... maybe a way to make them a little bit more faster somehow! :)

Astro Cat says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:19am

Very nice and funny concept! Gameplay is addictive!

VideoDog says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:56am

Fantastic Game! Great Job!

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:58pm

This is a really well-made card game, it's surprisingly well balanced.
Not to mention I love the gurus and their references, the dialogue can be really funny sometimes. I cannot put this game down...uh stop playing I mean.

Firellon says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:21pm

Everything is excellent BUT connection with the theme. Rated 5/5 everything else, though

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:02pm

Took me a moment to get it.
Pretty different from all the action games I played so far.
Good job :)

Sam Twidale says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:38pm

Incredibly funny.

The simple pixel art graphics go surprisingly well with the bouncy tweening motion you used a lot. Nice work.

cgriff says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:38pm

A tutorial would have been great, but it's a cool idea executed with style!

OberynMartell says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:48pm

Wow! Really fun game! Could not pass Gandolfo! lol
Loved te art and the mechanics! Well done!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:24pm

:D amazing graphics mate i love it Pixel art is love <3 Good Job

cirpig29 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:07pm

Very nice and innovative.

newbeings says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:13pm

Awesome job! So much content for LD. Well done.

It seems like the strategy is to play cards that counter? Seemed to get me through pretty easily. That may be the first thing to balance/tweak if you keep working on it.

shellbot says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:40pm

Best game I've played so far. Really well done. Battle can drag on for a bit, but it's still very fun

Gornova says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:51pm

I love it !! Really good game, perfect theme! Well done!

randomhuman says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:09pm

Jaden Smith is kicking my ass.

dj_pale says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:28pm

Great job, played all the battles to the end with 130 points - although I still did not understand the extent to which I actually gained followers and had to turn off the audio loop :P Anyway - overall a solid game.

guoboism says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:01am

WOW! Great job! Likes:
Pixel arts,
God game,
Card game,
Funny lines

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:41am

I don't know what to say but simply awesome! It is good to see fresh new games here! Please, keep working on the game!

tribrain says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:02am

Excellent game! very innovative

Krafty says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:54am

This game was really fun, great concept! I got stuck on Arnold Schwarzenegger though, I wasn't getting random events and none of my cards or his were having any effect on our guys. It looks and sounds great!

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:48am

best game I have come with. 5/5 for almost all catogories! Love this game!

randomhuman says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 10:50am

I feel like my previous comment didn't express how much I like this game. It's fucking awesome, in every category.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:44am

lol, one of funniest I've played so far, also creative, polished and engaging, well done! :D

CremaGames says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:52am

Awesome. It's so bizarre it can't be bad.

DrFallos says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:59am

Interesting game! Growing crowd is good idea. Nice humans and guru)

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:53pm

Hilarious, Great job!
The quotes were and the follower's lines when they changed gurus were very amusing, I enjoyed Gondolf the most ^_^

ohmaigawd says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:46pm

This was fun! Very poished and humorous :D

Sir Magic says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:24pm

Loved it! Felt like a war of trying to make comebacks!

abuzreq says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 10:20pm

Wow! , really good !

lawendt says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:27am

Loved it!

radmars says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:31am


Seriously though, this is awesome. I just wish you didn't start over when you died! Only other issue is that the battles are a bit tedious, but otherwise this is great. Nice work.

Acerio says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:42am

I need a downloadable version of this game, it's too much fun

SunShiranui says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:53am

This is a 5 out of 5 for me. Very well done!

Warboys says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:21pm

Wow, just brilliant stuff. Nails absolutely everything. Only criticism I have is that the actual gameplay itself doesn't seem that deep, and the communication of why and how followers join you is a little off. Really innovative concept though and the theme is excellent.

Great job!

kaype says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:41pm

Damn, lots of polish on this one.

Also to make stuff look more pixel-y you might wanna filter your textures with nearest neighbor.

bradur says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:17pm

Terrific game! We lost to Arnold :(. But the gameplay & cards were absolutely hilarious. Everything fit together very well. Good job!

UrbanHelsing says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:37pm

Finally beat Bob Russ, took a long time. Final score: 242.
Good game.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:49pm

This game is pretty great-- this and "No Hobo" are the funniest game I've played thus far but this one isnt laugh out loud funny, its a smarter kinda funny.

This may be splitting hairs because there definitely is a learning curve and a strategy to this game but sometimes I feel like the best strategy is simply to always counter if you can and meditate if you can't and none of the conditionals in the card descriptions are in your favor. This isn't to say that I never had a moment where I was torn between which card to choose because there were times where that happened but it felt rare. Maybe I was misunderstanding the main mechanics, I don't know. Either way, with some slight tweaking this game is nearly a finished product.

You are a Pro TomenLuca, congrats.

fullmontis says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 7:58pm

This is a well done game with an interesting design. I think you did a great job in making it fun and balanced. And the humor is great!

jofra says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:13pm

Took a while for me to get the mechanic right :S
But this is a very cool and very polished game!!
Awesome job

DrTeaSpoon says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:32am

Lacking in terms of devotion to the jam theme. Loved the game though. Would be fun as proper card/deck building game. Though would have preferred for the game to take turns at who shows card first. Was too easy to manage hand to fit all purposes.

euske says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:51am

Although the gameplay was a bit tedious (as I was mostly presenting whatever countering card at that moment), but overall it's very well made. Congrats!

richardboegli says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:28am

Liked the graphics and music.

The quotes were funny, enjoyed them a lot.

canon says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:35am

Really refreshing seeing a card game on here! As someone who likes board games, I think this is extra cool. Very polished as well - progression, great art and music, and lots of humor as well. Props all around!

In terms of things I'd like to see, I can't strategize much in this game beyond managing my karma so I can have a good counter. Otherwise with a 3 card hard I'm just waiting to top-deck a good card. Also, maybe give the cards symbols as well as colors, so you can place on each card what counters which in a more readable way? Anyway great job!

Acuity says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:47am

Cleverly designed card game! Took me a while to understand what to do, but the game itself is fun once I figured it out.

justinooncx says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 10:11am

That was a fantastic game! My kind of shit right there! Funny, witty, tactical, all the good stuff! Didn't get to reach the last boss, though...

Neil says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 10:22am

I played this for way to long :)
This was excellent, very effective use of simple graphics, very slick UI and simple but fun gameplay!

Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:07pm

Very fun and hilarious game. Loev th humor, sound and music. Gameplay is also very fun. Good laying on the theme!. Good job!

Tapehead says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Really nice work here! you should not allow people to mute the music... tooo good in combination with all those dancing pixel people :D

Robber says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:13pm

glorious game!

smbe19 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:19pm

Great Game! Played for way too long ;)

wilbefast says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:33pm

Great stuff ^^ I really like strategy games and don't see enough in LD. Good and quite funny too. Doesn't really relate to the theme but, well, themes are just to give inspiration anyway - if you're already inspired I say go with it.

Constructive criticism: there is maybe not enough feedback for "not enough karma to use card" so I had trouble at the beginning figuring out how to play (didn't have enough karma to play any cards). Also as you had is central and your character is left it is not immediately apparent whose hand in whose.

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:52pm

Excellent entry with good mechanics and funny too!

Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Lovely game! I'll probably need to come back and play this again just for fun, since I couldn't give it a massive amount of time right now. The graphics are professional, the mechanics are very easy to learn, and the advice spouted by the gurus is absolutely hilarious. Just plain fun.

My only nitpick is that your success or failure depended a lot on the random appearance of the cards, but then, that's kind of hard to avoid in a game like this.

One of the funniest and sleekest LD entries I've played. Hope you score high.

Almax27 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:50pm

This is fecking genius. Hands down my favorite game so far! Great work.

comatomatoes says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:00pm

Really enjoyed the card flavor text! Good work!

DalsGames says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:04pm

Nice entry! Had to click a lot however, would have bee nice if the opponents screens changed by them self after some time. Nice art and i liked the tune :)

piper82 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:34pm

very good job. liked the art, especially the followers design. from my perspective even tho i got confused in first few clicks, you made enough visual cues to get into mechanics even without tutorial. i think you did very good job in 72h.

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:32pm

Love the humor in the game.

ElliotFiske says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 12:24am

Incredible game! Played it all the way through. I love the simple card-mechanics, and the quotes are an awesome touch (Jaden Smith is my favorite).

Great job!

Diel Mormac says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:06pm

Excellent game, I can preview this game in the top 10 of the competition!

It took me a good time playing and made me laugh so much!

I've beaten Galdalfo and Arnold Schwarzenator...


davidB says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:35pm

guru are hypnotics. funny text and battle.

pkenney says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:36pm

Impressive scope for a jam! An interesting strategy game with great graphics, nice humor, and pretty balanced systems. Great user interface with the cards, as well.

If I had to pick one tiny nitpick, I think the short music clip that was cycling was eventually a bit too much given how long I could sit and play for.

Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:13pm

I was really enjoying the game but when I got to Arnold it seemed to break, it was impossible for either of us to gain or lose followers, rendering the game both unwinnable and unloseable

Shurty says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 11:09am

Had so much fun with this one, only got a bug on the final level (cards weren't doing anything anymore). Else, it's a really awesome game, very well done !

Skywilly says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 12:29pm

Ahaha, it's a fantastic idea. Love it !

Drauthius says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 9:07pm

Man. My battle with Schwarzenegger got bugged. None of us gained followers. Very interesting concept though.

SHLFStudios says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:53am

Great art. Very polished. I didn't think the music matched the theme entirely, but that made it kinda funny. The gameplay wasn't my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed all the hard work put into it. I have never played a game like this in a game jam before.

Weloxux says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 1:02pm

Nice quotes, love the TCG-like gameplay, and the graphics are cute. The "fight" with Bob was perhaps a bit too long though.

davekalina says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 4:46pm

A fun (and silly) concept with an entertaining presentation, the card game mechanics are a bit messy, but still an impressive jam game!

LeafThief says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 7:51am

Once you get the hang of it it becomes quite fun. I like that strategies emerge over time and I found myself really considering what to do next, always with the feeling of having multiple options.
Made it past Gondolf and Schwarznator :)

terryg says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 11:15pm

Wow. Great job building this. Very impressive for such a short time. Took my son and I a little bit of time to figure it out, but that was actually part of the fun for us. Congrats on a fun game.

arzi says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 3:31pm

How philosophical! :D Quite a unique card game!

crucknuk says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 3:41pm

Nice entry! It has an excellent mood and it is very stylish! Good job ;)

eruiz00 says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 7:53pm

Can't understand anything, but what effects! what graphic! and what music!

KanedaXIII says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 8:59pm

Hahaha hilarious game! I really enjoied playing it, but where is the theme?

Claire1605 says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 12:43pm

Awesome game, lots of fun and very funny!

nassi says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 3:26pm

Losing all progress after being defeated by the third opponent made me ragequit. The game is already a bit repetitive as is, and making it more repetitive by forcing the player to redo earlier stages was annoying, especially so in a Ludum Dare game.

Nice aesthetic and lots of content though.

Zener says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 10:07am

The BEST!!!

Clabbage says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 5:42am

Very clever and insightful.

agilejoshua says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 2:57pm

Amazing that you got this done within the 72 hours - well done. Nice idea.

LandoSystems says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 4:57pm

great game. For some reason i was stuck on Gondolf. No followers were moving at all, but I loved the premise of this game. Great Jam Entry!

Tortoise says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 3:51am

Excellent work. Easy to pick up. I played it for longer than I expected.

DDunc says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Great game, definitely keep working on it--could have a lot of play-value with multiplayer support!

PowerSpark says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 8:37pm

Very well polished. I love the dialogue!

hexagore says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:32pm

Glad I decided to play a few more games. I thought this was pretty creative and fun. I can't quite believe its right that it should be possible to beat that final boss though :P

Guard13007 says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 7:36pm

Amazing! Would love to see this fleshed out into a full game!

Xanjos says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 12:02am

This was absolutely amazing to play from start to finish. AI was completely relentless but beatable (although it's a bit annoying when you and have to start over again) and the cards seems pretty well balanced (although there should really be an option to discard a card so you don't end up having a dead hand). Also the quotes from the gurus were hilariously accurate.

dvdfu says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:46pm

Hilarious entry, and super well-polished too! Great job.

_benhumphries says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:54pm

It's really fun and I like the idea. I appreciate the hard work on the little details like the sound effects and animated backgrounds. The only thing I can really complain about it is that it takes forever to pick up. The instructions are VERY long and hard to get through. I think that maybe the first fight should have been either a lot easier or it should have guided you through everything you can do (or both). Great job!

Jan 3, 2016 @ 9:05pm

Really cool game. Impressive design and balance. The quotes were often funny. Art and graphics were also great. Unfortunately I got stuck on the gandalf level. Followers didn't change regardless of cards being played.

Jan 3, 2016 @ 11:59pm

Cool graphics!

FireTwin says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 12:48am

Pretty funny, and maybe reminds us not to take sprituality too seriously, even though I myself am into that sort of thing. Can tell you had a lot of fun making this and hope to see more in the future :)

Haokarlos says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 10:39am

Good game, The graphics are awesome and really original idea. Great job

Mar 30, 2016 @ 1:56pm

Really lovely graphics, neat game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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If you made 2 games, unfortunately, the website doesn’t support multiple submissions per user. To submit your 2nd game, you will have to make a 2nd account. Only do this if you made 2 games. Alternatively, if one game is better than the other, then consider just entering the better game.

CAN I KEEP WORKING UNTIL THE DEADLINE?: Yes! Immediately after the 48 or 72 hours, we do something called Submission Hour. As the name suggests, it’s an extra hour for you to package, upload, and submit your games. If there were catastrophic issues trying submitting your game, or you misunderstood how submissions work, that’s okay. It happens. We’re flexible. If you need advice, check with the folks on IRC. If you need an admin, get in touch.

CAN I KEEP WORKING ON MY GAME?: Oh definitely! You should! But for the sake of judging, keep the Compo or Jam version around. You can include a link to the Post-Compo/Post-Jam version of your game on your games page, but sure your main links are the original version.

PORTS: Ports to other platforms can be done after the deadline. That said, the sooner you finish your port, the sooner people can play your game, improving your chances of placing in the final results. For best results, provide a Web version of your game, or a Windows version with no dependencies. Also be sure to rate at least 20 games to improve your visibility (Coolness).

MY GAME CRASHES, IS UNBEATABLE, OR I MADE A TYPO: We allow you to fix crashes, win condition, or tiny bugs after the deadline. In a sense, this is like “porting” to support more players. We leave this open to interpretation, but generally speaking your game should be identical to the game you submitted. No new features, just fixing mistakes you should have caught had you been better rested.

MY GAME DOESN’T SHOW UP: If you can’t find your game, it’s usually because the URL to your downloads are missing ‘http://‘. Fix your URLs ( and you will show up. Alternatively, if you just posted it, wait a minute. The cache may not have refreshed yet.

NOT LOGGED IN?: If you get a message about not being logged in, even though you are, it’s because your web browser cached the non-logged in page. You can fix this by either refreshing your cache or clearing your cache. CTRL+F5 in many browsers. Chrome is a bit more work. Press F12 to enable Developer Mode, then you can right click on the refresh button and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”. This option is unavailable if you are not in Developer Mode.

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