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Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Alone in the LD

Posted by (twitter: @codexus)
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 3:10 am


OK so the theme is “Alone” (you probably know that).

So here are my thoughts after 1 hour of waking up/brainstorming:

  • Survival horror, rather obvious but it’s still my #1 idea. It might be a lot of fun to create. I can make ZBrush zombies and monsters which I love to do :D  But a decent 3D environment takes a lot of time and I’ll probably end up with a not very polished game (as usual).
  • SETI. Find out if you’re alone in the universe. Nice but what would the gameplay be like? All I can think of is rather simulationy and GUI heavy which is not my style. (or shmup, now that you’ve found life, exterminate it! :D)
  • “Home alone” themed tower defense. Might be fun
  • Dating sim / visual novel. :D But I don’t have the right skill set for that (my drawings are horrible)

So I guess I’ll get started on the survival horror to avoid getting stuck doing nothing.

Fruit loops!

Breakfast of champions


My initial thoughts after hearing the theme

Friday, December 16th, 2011 8:25 pm

Dog chases kitty, kitty chases mouse, mouse lives to eat cheese

What does this have to do with anything? Well I’m not 100% on how this will all go down, but I think I should go full throttle with the idea since the first thing I came up with was the win condition, and I’m guessing that’s a good sign.

So how do you win? You do not win.


Not until the cheese stands alone.

Can’t decide which idea

Posted by
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 9:04 am

Trying to think ideas for the game, I believe that Escape is a hard theme because is an open and closed theme at the same time, you have freedom in a lot of variables but you cant escape from making a game where you are Escaping from someone/something to reach some goal, or at least I lack of imagination.

I thought about making some wordplay like E-Scape or Esc-Ape but don’t think it will be so cool.

So, in the end, I decide to use the word like it is and make an Escape game, the first idea I had was to make something philosophical like playing a game where you want to achieve total freedom but that was impossible and the idea of the game was to transmit exactly that, total freedom don’t exists (sad game).

After thinking more ideas, I decided to make something really simple and try to finish it, so my last idea is a simple game like Canabalt where you play as a Vampire escaping from the Sun light, with some features like Robot Unicorn Attack where you can dash in the air.

Lets see what happens, maybe I get a better idea later and abandon this game to do the other one.


Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 2:33 am

Woken up, checked the theme, been out of a walk to get the ideas flowing.

I think I have a rough idea of a suitably simple, if not particularly interesting, game to shoot for. Time to get stuck in to code!

I’ve got my game idea for the Mini-LD.

I’m interpreting the theme as follows:

  1. Getting it done is the most important thing
  2. The actual “theme” is less important
  3. It’s a Mini-LD, so the rules can be bent
  4. Therefore: It’s more important to get the thing done, so the actual “theme” can be neglected and it’s not too much of a big deal

That being said, my idea has very little if anything to do with the potential themes. I really love the idea, though, and want to make it happen.

The premise has a wide scope, though, and I’ll only be able to get a subset of it working during the Mini-LD. That’ll be a good push for me, though.

The game is about a fox that has to get eight elemental crystals (Fire, earth, water, air, and four others I’ll figure out) into their respective altar-type places to get the Forces of Nature back into balance before the World is Destroyed. The Mini-LD version will have the first crystal and a “To be continued…” at the end.

The game will be a Metroidvania where the player collects various skills. The Mini-LD version will have at least two of them.

Looking forward to this,

— Mr. Dude


Posted by
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 4:51 am

ideasThere’s an idea in here somewhere, but as usual I’m geting bogged down trying to the language I’m using (this time Javascript and the HTML5 canvas) to do what I want it to.  I need to stop messing around and just get something controlable moving around on screen.  But first to grab some festival food.


Posted by
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 2:33 am

Having spent the morning thinking of ideas, eating breakfast, thinking of ideas, playing UT3, thinking of ideas, I think I’ve finally come up with something.

The idea
There’s a city (“enemy” city). It’s full of people (and buildings). Things are drawn in abstract glowy lines style, or something, as if you’re watching it through some sort of special vision (which you are). Most of the buildings have no real function, other than that there’s some people in them. Some are more special, like police station, hospital, psych hospital, gun store, liquor store. Something like that.

Now, you have some sort of mind control weapon which you can use on citizens to convert them into your weapons. When they are converted, they will simply fight for you automatically, including trying to fetch guns etc. Of course, other people will probably defend themselves, and it will also attract police and, later, army. Police is more difficult to convert, and army are even more difficult.

Goal is to take over or destroy the city (haven’t decided yet). You only have a limited energy for your mind control device, so you must use it strategically, but luckily it will recharge faster when fighting is going on. I think it could be fun.

Work wise, it needs to generate cities (should be easy enough), then write the rendering code (probably easy), then there’s the actor stuff which will probably be the hard part, followed by balancing. Graphic wise, I will need representation of people. Currently I’m thinking just a vertical line + and icon if they are of a special type (police etc).

Not yet sure if army/police/normal people will have vehicles. Also not sure if I’ll make several custom designed levels, or I’ll just let people specify the variables for the generation. We’ll see (hopefully).

The ideas
Here’s the more general ideas I had before I came up with this idea:

  1. Scroller/overhead walk around, catch and throw enemies at other enemies, allow for chain reactions, preferably more abstract representation of things. There should also be coins to collect, of course!
  2. Sort of psychological propaganda game, you convince the enemies to destroy the other enemies.
  3. Some sort of commerce/trading game where you must make deals that are better for you than for the enemies (probably doesn’t fit).
  4. Some more lighthearted idea would be nice… INSERT IDEA HERE.
  5. Variant on 1, more of a puzzle game, you can capture certain kind of enemies, and then throw/fire them like a weapon of something on other enemies, over distance or over barriers etc. Stunned ones can then be used as weapons.
  6. Ultra Fleet.. oh wait, already did that.
  7. Maybe also a variant of 1/5, but instead of capture throw/fire, we mind control the enemies directly, and then control them while they go on rampage, or just hit switches, or whatever.
  8. Or there could be a shooter where the weapons are named of LD participants.
  9. Or taking 8 further, the game can be a series of boss battles, where each boss is an LD guy, and they attack with something from one of their game, then when you win over them, you get them as a weapon. Sort of fun, but might create some legal issues since I’d want to use some iconic object from some of their previous games.

    Disregarding the enemies as weapons, this could be a fun idea to try make as an slightly bigger project, outside a compo. Then there could be complete levels, with enemies of their previous games, building up to fighting them as a boss.



Posted by
Saturday, June 12th, 2010 1:03 am

I intend to participate in this mini, and even though I’m hosting it it seems pretty fair, because I don’t actually know what I’m going to do yet. But I have several ideas…

  • A transportation game, sort of like Transport Tycoon. Little innovation value, but probably fun to program and play.
  • Sort of a reverse version of the above, where you instead of handling transportation and trying to make a profit from that, you are the customer of transportation. Either as a government kind of thing, or just a company with stores and factories. A little more innovative perhaps, but I’m not sure how it should play yet.
  • A factory/conveyor puzzle game, where you build or process some kind of product. Inspired by Manufactoria, among other things. Also not very innovative, but a good thing with puzzle games is you can make lots of levels for them, if the elements are good enough, and they tend to be fun.
  • Some sort of industrialization sim, where at a start there’s just a bunch of low tech farms, and then innovations makes things more effective, there becomes a surplus population, cities are formed, new industries are formed, and so on. Think it would be really interesting, but probably too large for an LD.

So just have to figure out which to do… so far I’ve just got my base code up and running.

Start of the day

Posted by (twitter: @Catmoo)
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 1:32 am

Once again I am taking part in Ludum Dare, had a tough decision this year as I could have gone to a discussion on Alan Wake and met Sam Lake, however that was cancelled due to travel issues (plus I chose to go with Ludum Dare when deciding anyway).

So I’ve started my day with an awesome breakfast


Beans on toast

Beans on Toast (apologies for the low res image, having internet issues so i had to keep it small)

I have an idea for my game, just gotta start getting it altogether now, I would mention it, but I want to keep it a surprise :) Hopefully nobody else will be using my idea, keep it nice and original, that is as long as I can finish it in time :)

Oh yeah and I’m using Game Maker, as I can hardly code.

Long morning of exploration ideas thinking

Posted by
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 4:36 am

Well in this LD I promised my self to keep things technically simple as usually I spend some 70% of time trying something new. This time I want to reuse some old code/idea and try to keep it smiple.

Well first thing that come to my mind was to reuse this experiment Alone In Darkness So some dark caverns exploration with a twist of not seeing much all the time. Other then that traps, treasures and stuff… Buuut I don’t think that it is such a good idea… Lot needs to be done technically and probably making graphics for it won’t be so simple aether.

Another direction of my toughs was space exploration and I think I will go with that. I had idea for such game for a long time but it is too complex for 48hours so I will be cutting that idea down to simple elements for next few hours and trying to gather some prototype code together too see if has any promise at all. Wish me luck while I wish you all luck with making cool games in next 1-2 days :)

Exploring Ideas

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 4:19 am

Hmmm – “Exploration” – what a theme.

It sounded really interesting at first and I’m pretty sure I voted it up, but now I’m having a bit of brain-fail trying to come up with a feasible idea. I’m tempted to try my hand at some procedural generation, but that’s gone badly for me in the past…

Well Then

Posted by (twitter: @frimkron)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 1:00 am

Good morning! Well I guess this is a pretty late start even for us GMT’ers…

“Advancing Wall of Doom”?!

Last night when “Yo Dawg” was in the top 5, I started planning for the worst case scenario and actually came up with a pretty good idea for it – some kind of Warioware mini-game affair where our protagonist must race against the clock to make a game with a “Yo Dawg” theme and halfway through realises that he can make a game about making a game about making a game about…

But anyway, I sort of have an idea for the Advancing Wall theme. I’m about to start scribbling on paper and flesh out the design.

So, here are my weapons of choice this time around:

  • Python 2.6 – such an awesome language
  • PyGame – really does take the “C++” out of game development
  • pythonutils – a library I have lying around with some basic utility classes
  • Eclipse IDE with PyDev plugin – people tell me to learn Emacs but having written Java for so long I just can’t part with my IDE
  • Graphics Gale – best thing I know of for creating animated sprites
  • GIMP – for any CG artwork I might need
  • GoldWave – for editing sound effects
  • Cakewalk Sonar – if I actually get time to rustle up some music for this one
  • SFXR – Dr Petter’s incredible sound generator tool – like MsPaint for sound effects
  • Pen, paper, food, maybe even sleep!

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