Ludum Dare 31
December 5th-8th, 2014

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Fart sounds were by my mouth, not my bottom

Posted by (twitter: @eastes)
Monday, August 25th, 2014 1:58 am

 

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BRIEF POSTMORTEM

  • I only had 24 hours so I went sleepless. Too excited to sleep.
  • The physics of the bird was the hardest to tweak. It still needs a lot of work
  • Procedurally generated world.
  • Fart poo noises was done by my mouth, not my bottom.
  • Music was done with garage band

Playable here http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?uid=34676

Yipieee! Its done <3 "World Connector Club"

Posted by
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 6:04 pm

that was really hard work… but i finished it. Im so happy now <3

this time I focused more on the presentation, so the actual gameplay is not very complex.

its also very short… you can play through it in 2 minutes. but if you want more score you must play longer.

its a bit arcade like..

The World Connector Club is waiting for you ;)

and again the game is a bit strange…XD

splash

Just starting now. Wish me luck!

Posted by (twitter: @eastes)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 4:46 pm

I’m entering the compo and I’m just starting now.

I’m going to do a bird simulator where you connect worlds with poo.

Using blender and unity 3d.

Wish me luck!

 

Are you hyped? ARE YOU HYPED!!!!1!?

Posted by (twitter: @_udo)
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 2:29 am

I’m hyped.

Also, it looks like my cat will be monitoring my progress very closely:
2014-08-22 11.05.20

After trying out some new software yesterday, I’d like to offer the following public service announcement to all people composing their game music with GarageBand like I have been: migrate to Logic Pro X, right now. The “old” GarageBand (v6 I believe) was pretty good, then the new and castrated rewrite came out which made me very unhappy. Logic Pro is better than both of them, not only as far as being more powerful (duh) but it has excellent usability to boot.

Aaaand I’ve been dicking around with Blender for the first time. Feature-wise it looks kinda okay, but I couldn’t overcome my hatred for its UI… this time. I’ll try again soon, maybe when I’m in a better mood ;) The thing about Blender so far is it’s not an absolute nightmare like, say, Gimp – but it still feels pretty unintuitive. So I’ll be sticking with Cinema 4D for this LD, again.

Ludum Dare #29

Posted by (twitter: @@LostKeyGames)
Friday, April 25th, 2014 6:11 pm

I’m livestreaming over on youtube. Twitch wasn’t working.

Engine – Unity

Art – Blender

Code – MonoDevelop

Procrastination – Reddit

Stream – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Cx50QN7ew

Cheers,
Khelton

I’m ready to lose my Ludum Dare V plates

Posted by (twitter: @eastes)
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 4:51 am

I’m ready for #29. It’s my first time.

Tools: Blender, Unity, GarageBand (iPad, as I’m a PC), Photoshop

Since I’m weak at art, I’ve been experimenting with a low poly art style for the last few days. Here’s what I came up with.

Low poly artwork done in blender

Low poly art style test done in blender

 

Dropout time! (&a guide for plot-heavy designers)

Posted by
Monday, December 16th, 2013 4:57 pm

Yay! That was so much fun, though. Unlike LD25 with the team, I felt so little stress I thought I was dreaming!

NOT MY ENTRY. NOT MY ENTRY. NOT MY ENTRY. Lifted from http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/08/22/post-ld-still-dreaming/ because it was (1) relevant and (2) Ludum Dare related. ^_^

 

I don’t currently intend to become the best game jam dev evar, hehe, I just had fun making something, even if I didn’t get all the way with it in the time limit, I will always have the ability to return to it and flesh it out. I love LD because of what people end up doing with the always loved-and-hated theme both during and after! :)

Postmortem and top-down, plot/world-focused game design heuristic (for those of us who ain’t so good at starting bottom-up from a gameplay mechanic) after the jump:

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After a restart and about an hour of work…

Posted by (twitter: @dManabreak)
Saturday, December 14th, 2013 8:20 am

So, here’s the result after an hour or so. I restarted everything, because the original idea didn’t really work out as intended. Now, it’s going to be a chess with a twist! Of the last hour, I spent most of my time modeling and texturing the tokens. Now, it’s time for the game logic… And, if you want to see me struggle through this, check out my stream at http://www.twitch.tv/manabreak_ld :)

End of Day 1

Posted by (twitter: @MarcCook_)
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 2:43 pm

So after loads of errors with Maratis 3D including crashing every other build and textures not working on a build i decided to switch to Unity and take it more casually than I was intending. The idea is still the same; explorable environment with a story told in 10 second snippets in an abandoned lab. Im also trying to take a clean art direction with 64×64 textures to give it a crisp look.
Heres hoping day 2 goes better than today.

Small room in need of texturing.

Small room in need of texturing.

First Ludum Dare

Posted by (twitter: @MarcCook_)
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 3:09 am

Ive decided to give LD a go even though im an artist with basically zero programming skills. Bearing that in mind my ‘Game’ is going to be more of an interactive environment/art peice and the 10 second theme will be used as a method of telling the story via 10 second long audio clips(most likely).
Im using Maratis 3D and I currently have the player moving around. Now on to modelling the first environment.

Strat Souls: WIP 12

Posted by (twitter: @AnomalusUndrdog)
Monday, July 29th, 2013 3:54 am

OH HO, LOOK WHAT I HAVE OVER HERE

This land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind.

IceBreaker – PostMortem

Posted by (twitter: @pentaphobe)
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 1:14 pm

Intro

IceBreaker is a minimalist free-pause RTS-ish thing (probably better described as an FTL-like, though bearing little similarity) set in a Cyberspace similar to the one portrayed in William Gibson’s Neuromancer (a book which changed my adolescent life and is at least partially responsible for my getting into programming).

I didn’t get much (okay, any) journal-writing done during the weekend, though there’s a vague run-down of events in the project’s github page.

So consider this (rather large) postmortem post-hoc overcompensation. (and apologies in advance for the spam)

Blender was extremely helpful for rapidly producing the future-retro look

Blender was extremely helpful for rapidly producing the future-retro look very quickly, even the sprites were tiny renderings with wireframes

You can’t quite tell, but it’s a stripped-down RTS:

  • no resources or buildings (instead you have gestation periods for replication)
  • since you can’t build unit factories, you instead have to replicate (and be vulnerable), but if you’re standing still you will heal
  • there /are/ classes, but they are restricted to *strength* (hit amount) and *vitality* (health)
  • it’s meant to be broken down into very short levels, generally with you collecting/destroying something which is being protected.

Statistics

  • Four litres of coffee consumed
  • A whole forest of tobacco
  • 3,617 lines of code
    • That’s 60 A4 pages if printed out
    • According to Wolfram Alpha that’s:
      • about 17.8 metres ( 58 ft ) tall
      • 6.6 storeys high
      • and about half the diameter of the Hindenberg
    • Very sore wrists (hush, you!)
  • somewhere between 3 and 6 hours of sleep

Screen shot 2013-05-01 at 5.18.22 AM

What went wrong

  1. strong underlying system
    • unlike my last two LudumDare attempts, I knew what I wanted to do very quickly, I wrote about three pages of ideas and then stopped when I realised I’d already made my mind up to do the first one.
      However I didn’t flesh out the details as much as usual and so started building the basic framework while pondering, knowing I could change the details later on.  This resulted in a lot of code ( ~60ft worth! ) that, whilst extremely useful was probably not necessary to get the basics of the game done.
      I remain convinced that it was doable within the alotted time period (the post compo version is only an extra 4 hours work, with the last 3 mostly being unnecesary tweaking)
  2. not enough testing of environment
    • I did more preparation than previously, but I wasted time on a few things which could have been sorted out before the compo:
      • setting up the live stream stole about 1-2 hours, admittedly I was feeling a bit braindead/overwhelmed/uninspired so this was a better utilisation of time than say, nothing.  But this should have “Just Worked”
      • Final builds (I’ll get to that)
  3. using an unfamiliar framework and language (again)
    • In my first LD, I used AS3/FlashPunk which I’d picked up a couple of hours before the compo.  In the second, I used Java/LibGDX and didn’t complete – whilst I had familiarity with Java I was very very new to LibGDX and as a result spent wayy too much time googling.  This time was a fair bit better (Haxe is quite similar to Java/AS3) but I still had little to now experience with either it, or HaxePunk
    • HaxePunk is quite nice, but unfortunately not quite “there” yet for me, I wrote a disproportionately large amount of patches to the library in order to get basic features to work normally.  This stole quite a bit of time, but it was far too late in the project to change ships.  I look forward to using it more though.
  4. refactoring at the halfway point
    • despite having most of the system quite well designed in my head, I had to stop and write a vast swathe of code on day 2, partially to undo the odd choices of my sleep-deprived self the night before
  5. sleep (braindead 6+6 hours)
    • I should have done it sooner, and more.  I’m quite good without sleep, but I ran rampant on the code-base when I  started getting exhausted.  Much time was spent rectifying this spaghetti.  I’m not sure how long I actually slept (somewhere between 4 and 6 hours), but I easily lost 12 hours to silly choices and then the bleary-headedness upon waking.

      an early screenshot complete with pointless UI and ugly tiles

      an early screenshot complete with pointless UI and ugly tiles

  6. didn’t demonstrate theme clearly enough (despite following it)
    • I had basic gameplay down very early in the project this time, but the sleep-spaghetti resulted in about 10-12 hours of programming which left me (effectively) where I started
  7. planning
    • I actually planned quite well in a lot of ways, but some very fundamental (and rudimentary) aspects were overlooked initially, resulting in much confusion and wasted time
  8. submission process panic!
    • I tested my environment this time to avoid this exact thing.  However I discovered (at submission time) that whilst my project ran perfectly in the Flash standalone player, it would silently fail completely in-browser.  It turns out all I had to do was add “-web” to the build command, but it took me far too long to discover this!
  9. no end-game detection or automatic level progression
    • despite “shipping” with a few levels, the submission process issues resulted in my missing the 20 minutes that I needed to finalise this important factor of a “short-level based game” and the gameplay suffers for it.

What went right

  1. strong underlying system
    1. Yes, it’s a dirty trick having this in both sections.  But I maintain that the approach was a good one, early efforts resulted in the tutorial system being a mere 45 minutes to implement, and most new features were added extremely quickly
    2. I used JSON for most of the configuration of the game, allowing rapid prototyping of enemy AI, character attributes, menus and the tutorial system)
  2. using Haxe and SublimeText 2
    1. This was a pretty awesome combination, I look forward to being able to justify the $70 license for SublimeText2 (this was my first real experience with it, and it was wonderful).  I have been using (shudder) Eclipse for a while despite my lack of appreciation for IDEs in general so it was nice to have a “real” development environment again.  However I’ve gotten rather dependent on Eclipse’s easy mass-refactoring, and you can really tell (names of things changed through the course of the project and thus there are some things named Agents which are actually Actors and so forth)
  3. the game idea
    1. I think this concept is pretty sound, and I enjoyed playtesting it.  Definitely building some more levels and a little more “Juice” and thrusting it in the face of anyone who walks by
  4. music and art
    1. There were a few times when my brain completely went on strike, so it was good to change gears and work in Blender or Renoise to build some of the feel, having these elements in game was also fantastic for morale.
    2. The music was made in about 5-15 minutes for each of the two tracks
    3. Art was quite quick too, despite a few false starts
  5. tutorial system
    1. I’m really happy with the tutorial system, which could also double as a mission introduction system.  It hooks into game events and each dialog of the tutorial can have a number of events required before it appears, or disappears making it very easy to make a clear (and importantly, responsive) tutorial.
Tutorial system

The in-game tutorial system is quite smart, if a little overenthusiastic

Last words

Thanks to everyone for an awesome experience yet again!

Project source (github) | Project page | Live stream (twitch)

I strongly encourage you to try out the Jam/Post-compo version after you’ve rated, as it’ll be a lot more clear what I was trying to achieve

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