Posts Tagged ‘keynote’

Charity Game Jam Keynote Video

Posted by (twitter: @McFunkypants)
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 2:00 pm

Announcing October Challenge 2012

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 4:02 pm

Welcome to Ludum Dare 24!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 4:16 am

Welcome to Ludum Dare 23! 10 Years of LD!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 12:43 pm

Hello and welcome everyone to Ludum Dare 23, celebrating our 10th year of the event!



Welcome to Ludum Dare 22!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, December 15th, 2011 5:13 pm

It’s nearly time to kick off our latest and greatest event yet: Ludum Dare 22. Final Round theme voting now live, so go cast your vote for the theme. Prior results are here.


Like last time, join us LIVE in the #ludumdare IRC channel on for the Theme Announcement! Can’t make it? Follow us on Twitter, or sign up for the mailing list.

This time around there are several real world jams and gatherings going on over the weekend, far more than we’ve ever had. For a complete list, go here.

Also, since live video streams seem popular lately, we’ve set up a link on the front page for them. Find a complete list over here.

We’re running on a brand new server, introduced (unfortunately) half way through the last event. We (Phil specifically) went through and did a lot of optimizations to our site code. Removing excessive SQL queries, disabling unnecessary plugins, and making numerous other tweaks. We’re hoping this time we have it right. We’ll be keeping a close eye to make sure everything still works. If we’re lucky, Phil and I will have a chance to make entries ourselves! :)

On with the festivities!


Announcing October Challenge 2011

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 9:01 pm

October is upon us, and it’s time to kick off the October Challenge 2011!

The October Challenge is a special Ludum Dare event I started last year. More and more people are making games today thanks to Game Jams and events like Ludum Dare. As a result, more and more people have declared “I want to start selling games too”. Well, it’s time to stop talking and start doing. Put simply:

Finish a game — Take it to market — Earn $1

That is your goal. That is the October Challenge.

Disregard all the usual Ludum Dare rules (no restrictions). Finish any game you previously made during a game jam, something else you’ve been working on, or heck, something entirely new. But we know you can make a game. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to not only make something, but to finish it and earn money from it. That’s all. No specific rules or platforms. Make good on that goal or promise to start selling games.

Finish your game before November 1st, and submit it to your respected market. That is the challenge. And once you earn your $1, you’ve done it! Easy as that. You’re now a pro.

I’d like to invite everyone to share resources and discuss markets and business models. I’ll help collect your links over the next couple days for others to find. If you need a place to start, you can check out this guide I wrote for last years event.

Also, do share your progress on your upcoming game with us here on the site. I’ll be opening a submission form soon to collect a list of completed games as they happen.

Keynote Invitation

What’s a Ludum Dare event these days without a keynote? Here’s me saying the same thing, in video, with strange editing and ambiance! Give it to your friends who HATE to read.

That’s all from me. No more waiting. Time to get started. Go go go!

Welcome to Ludum Dare 21!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 9:04 pm

Hi everybody!

It’s nearly time to kick off the latest, and what should be yet-again our biggest event yet: Ludum Dare 21.

Theme voting is well under way, with Round 4 closing soon, and Round 5 to follow with ~20 of the highest rated themes from Rounds 1-4. If you haven’t already, go cast your vote:



Hoping to avoid a repeat of April (15 minutes late ’cause I couldn’t flick the theme switch), we’ve since gone ahead and added a caching plugin to the website. Also this time, I’ll be checking the results early, before the swarm hits us.

And *NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK*, IRC and Twitter will be getting the results FIRST!

On to the festivities!


Headlining our 21st event with a keynote is Breakdance McFunkypants. Check out this fantastic combination of hip shades, mad-skilled infants, and puppetry:

Sos is back with more of what you love, YOU!

Declarations of intent intermixed with some fine LD game footage. Check it out:

A huge thanks to both Sos and McFunkypants for making such extravagant videos. You guys are the best!

That’s it from me. Stay tuned for your Final Round theme voting, and the event. Good luck!

Welcome to Ludum Dare 20!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 12:13 pm

Hi everybody!

It’s just about time for the big two-oh, kicking off our 9th year with the first event of 2011!

2010 was an amazing year for Ludum Dare, with over 800 games created by the community! We’re always optimistic, but have extremely high hopes for 2011! Will we break 1000?

Last year we introduced the October Challenge, a special event that saw 24 people not only finish, but bring games to market (app stores, sponsorship, shareware, donationware, etc). That’ll be back again this October, so stay tuned for that. But we know some people that just couldn’t wait! 1 Month Game started by Sophie Houlden is a shared blog community for those that are up to the challenge. Check it out! And speaking of community, #ScreenshotSaturday is a twitter phenomenon spearheaded by Pekuja that has exploded! Check out the latest images at And if you’ve ever been curious what the community is up to in addition to Ludum Dare, we have Planet Ludum Dare.

Of course, we can’t forget the Jam at GDC. This past March, on the final day of the Game Developers Conference, several of us attendees met-up at the Noisebridge hacker-space in San Francisco to “hack”. Here’s some photos from the gathering:

Extra special thanks to Terry for suggesting the venue. We hope to see more of you next year.

That’s enough reminiscing. Time to get down to business.

Ludum Dare 20 Keynote, with Sos

Hey cool guy, it’s keynote time!!

This keynote is brought to you by Sos, our first non-admin to do a keynote. Check it out, I think it turned out really great.

That’s all for now. Good luck, and we hope you make something great this weekend.

Welcome to Ludum Dare 19!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, December 17th, 2010 6:25 pm

A new Dare, a new Keynote. This almost didn’t happen (nobody had time to film one), but thanks to advanced internet technology, we have a bear-thing giving us the words of inspiration we all crave. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Ludum Dare time!

And if you want more keynote, hit the jump for a backup keynote created by mjau.


Welcome to Ludum Dare 18!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 20th, 2010 6:43 pm

Wow… so, I just finished my keynote, and just finished uploading. Here it is. Get psyched!

Welcome to Ludum Dare 17

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 5:55 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to Ludum Dare 17! Our first major compo of the futuristic year 2010! It’s been a big year for us so far, so lets keep that momentum going!

The theme will be announced shortly, see above. If this is your first Ludum Dare, I’ve prepared a handy little guide you can read. More details can be found on the wiki.

Keynote Address

Now to get you fired up for 48 hours of game making greatness, here’s Phil Hassey.

From all of us at Ludum Dare, good luck!

Welcome to Ludum Dare 15!

Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
Friday, August 28th, 2009 3:30 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, this — is Ludum Dare 15.  The big one-five.  And talk about big.

We have many many new things to share with you today, so read this post carefully.

New website look and Avatars

You’re seeing it right now.  A shiny new theme to compliment the shiny new version of WordPress.  And after some web hackery, we also have Avatars (i.e. gravitars).

To set your little picture, you need to sign up at  Gravatars follow you around on all the wordpress blogs you post on, by hashing your e-mail address.  So all you should need to do is sign up at both sites (, and using the same e-mail address.  Easy.

New Submission System

We have a brand new submission system.  Gone are the days of “Final” tags and confusing image upload problems (that I usually end up fixing).  Now we have a lovely brand new streamlined entry submission system put together by everyone’s favorite philhassey, Mr. Phil Hassey.  When you’re ready to submit your entry, hit this page.

Again, that’s no more final tags!  Hooray!

NOTE: The submission system hosts images, but not downloads.  If you need help hosting your entry, ask in IRC or make a comment/post requesting help.

NOTE2: Please only create an entry once you have a download ready.  You are not required to declare your intent to enter.  Just show up, sign up, and submit once you’re done.

Keynote Address

That’s right.  What better way to say Ludum Dare 15 is a big deal than to say it in recorded digital video.  So without further ado, check out the Ludum Dare 15 keynote address with Mike Hommel (hamumu).

Voting Categories

We’ve gone ahead and refined the voting categories for the competition.  They are as follows.

Innovation – How interesting, original or unique an entry is.
Fun – Unique yes, but is it actually enjoyable?
Theme – Good, clever, or interesting uses of the theme.
Graphics – Is it pretty?
Audio – Does it sound nice?
Humor – Does the game amuse you. The concept, the presentation, etc.
Overall – Do you love it?
Community – Journaling, sharing workspace photos, meal photos, motivational posters, recorded a timelapse video, etc.  How well did they tastefully go above and beyond to participate, as well as tell and show you what they did?

Coolness (i.e. Voting) – This isn’t actually a category you’re voted on.  Rather, it reflects how well you voted on entries during the voting phase.  People that play and vote for 25%, 50%, and 75%+ of the entries get awarded bronze, silver and gold icon medals in the coolness category.

More Stuff

You can join us in IRC.  #ludumdare on  You should be able to find more than a few people to answer your questions there throughout the weekend.

We have some common tags for types of posts. deskphoto for pictures of where you work. foodphoto for pictures of your meals. motivation for silly motivational posters you decide to make. timelapse for timelapse videos. Try to use those so people can more easily browse them.

Seth (mrfun) fixed the World Map (*cough*… that I broke).  You can  see where people around the world are entering from, and add yourself.  In addition, we collect humorous quotes from IRC throughout competitions and the off time.  We’re adults, so some of the things said may not be suitable for minors.  Those you can check out here.

We do mini Ludum Dare competitions in the off months.  Veterans take a month, pick a weekend, and provide a theme.  Check back regularly to catch the latest Mini LD.

And if you’d like to stay informed of future events, we have a mailing list.

From all of us at Ludum Dare, good luck!

Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

[cache: storing page]