Posts Tagged ‘Ludumdare’

Until Tomorrow

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 10:00 pm

So this is what I have been up to. I have not had enough time and that will probably continue as the day progresses. Probably going to be a jam entry.

progress

MiniLD #73

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 9:05 am

Hellow everyone,

In this post, I’ll show you the progress on my MiniLD 73 engine!

It’ll be a platformer and you need to get music by picking up items and if you run out of music you die!

Currently, I’m working a little bit on the UI and such,

but soon I add the items into the game!

FUNRiDE! Play With Your Friends!

Sunday, December 25th, 2016 7:43 am

Story:

They’re all tough,
They’re all determined,
But there’s only –one room– in this arena (which is also one room ;D)
Animals from all over the world have gathered together to decide
which animal is the ultimate ride and the best survivor?

Pick your animal, choose the way you control it and start the entertaining fight!
You can play against bots, or your friends (on the same keyboard)!

CLICK TO PLAY FUNRiDE!

Round1-optimized by HealTheIll


Set Characters:

Charactersgif by HealTheIll

Pick the animal you believe the most (there are 17 so far!)

*all models were designed in MagicaVoxel and it was our first time using it, it’s a great software! you should check it out!

you can also pick a name, choose whether a bot plays it or a human and how you want to control it.

Play!

After everything is set, you’re ready to go!

gather as much speed as you can and push your foes away!

the fastest animal will push farther,

*hint : you can also use the fence to bounce yourself and gather even more speed!

Powerups

1) Boot with wings – speed up
2) Cake – shrinks your character
3) Blue Potion – grows your character
4) Red/Blue Capsule – let you pass through objects

Have fun! and don’t forget, there’s only one room in this arena! and it better be yours!
CLICK TO PLAY FUNRiDE!


SUNFURY

SUNFURY Team:

>Tom – Unity programmer
>Rom – Character Designer
>Artur – General Designer
>Assaf – Music

We must say, that we really had too many unpredictable occurrences,
therefore we couldn’t work full time on the game
yet, we’re pretty satisfied with the final result,
especially because it’s our first time trying Unity and going 3D
(All our previous games were developed in Gamer Maker engine)

Hopefully you’ll like what we came up with :)

Oh and, it’s very recommended to play with your friends since the bots aren’t that smart atm ^-^”


Plans for the future:

Better Graphics – particles, lots of effects, better GUI

More POWERUPS – we already have some in mind, but if you feel creative and have an awesome powerup let us know and we might add it +credit to you

Better AI – Tom is researching machine learning (using generation Neat algorithm) and it’s going pretty well, in worse case, we’ll try to program better one ourselves

Maybe More Arenas – we already thought about some other unique arenas such as an arena made of trampolines but we’ll see

Network Game – play against your friends online!

Mobile Version – we might think about a mobile version, but there’s still time until we get to that…

if you have any other ideas that you think will improve the game please let us know and have a big credit if we accept them!


CLICK TO PLAY FUNRiDE!

Legendary Legionnaire 3 – Food Massacre | Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @bananafourlife)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 8:00 pm

Hey fellow gamedevs,

We are a team of german students that participated the fifth time now. We name ourselfs “Banana4Life” and have developed the game “Legendary Legionnaire 3 – Food Massacre“. It was really fun to develop a successor to our last two ludum dare entries that was totally different in terms of gameplay, but takes place in the same universe, where a legionnaire tries to kill the alien overlords.

You can rate and play our game here: Legendary Legionnaire 3 – Food Massacre

You can find our last two games for the full experience here:

But now lets get to the post-mortem. Some circumstances led to us being 7 people this ludum dare. Two up from the five last time. Surprisingly this did not lead to much more confusion and some work that would always be done in the last hour (like UIs) were worked on earlier. All in all the many people were a good thing and the single person could concentrate better on their task.

After our first steps with Unity and C# last time we used it this time too, however this time we really encountered problems with it. After we did version control with git for some hours in the first day, we switched to Unity collaboration which did all the merging that had to be done for each pull, but also led to loss of data especially in the scene. We generated the whole map in a script, however the UI constantly lost parameter assignments after pulling from Unity Collab. This was really annoying and we want to have a solution for this problem the next ludum dare. Maybe we will even try something new in regards to the engine next time.

As we always try to make the ludum dare more interesting by trying out new stuff, we got our hand dirty with 3D this time. Nobody in the team has created 3D models or code for a 3D game before so we sticked with voxel models as you see it in the picture up top. This proved to be a good decision, because I (Jonas) as the artist for the last game always did pixel art before and could transfer my skills to the third dimension. The game logic as we did a restaurant management game with a top down perspective was two dimensional.

For the 3D modelling we used MagicaVoxel which is a great tool for voxel art and from the twitter of the creator will probably be perfect after the next update. Before the jam our idea was to rig the models and create the animations ourself, but Niko did decide to use the auto-rigger Adobe’s Mixamo. The animations look great even on the voxel model. This leads into the biggest pain point of this ludum dare. We rewrote our movement code three times and did not even work in the end. In the first iteration, the logic was separated from the animations, but the animations did not really work for some reason. The second iteration made heavy use of the animation state machine, however we found that the animation state machine did not really work as expected. Triggers did not trigger at the right time and somehow we could not retrieve if the state machine was currently in a transition. The third time we used the root motion of the animations, which were however for the running animation not straight and introduced their own set of problems. Nobody was satisfied with the movement in the end, however we just focused on the gameplay on the last day and submitted a game which was good.

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(The particle system of Unity works great.)

A small degradation to last time was that the same setup for the streaming did not work and we completely dropped streaming for the first and last day, whereas we streamed all three days with a cool setup last time.

What went right?

  • We expanded the story of our legionnaire.
  • The game is playable and the idea still seems fun.
  • We were really productive and learned a lot.
  • Due to the many people in the team I could focus on graphics entirely, which lead to cool models and particle effects.
  • We implemented the hardest parts first (for example pathfinding) and after that connected all lose ends to a cool game.
  • Almost all planed features went into the final release.
  • We slept a reasonable amount of time.

As you see the most important parts went right and I think we did a pretty good job developing the game, however a few crucial things went wrong.

What went wrong?

  • We thought the theme wasn’t really that great. People please don’t vote these restrictive and uncreative themes.
  • The movement code and animations is where everything went wrong. It was the core feature and did not work until the very end where it was the least shitty. This also delayed all the features of the game to the last day.
  • Version control

What we want to do better?

  • Have a better theme. 😛
  • Learn how to write movement code.
  • Solve the version control problem.

I hoped you liked my writeup and visit our website for more of our games. Greetings,

Jonas
Team Banana4Life

P.S.: Play and rate our game please.

Survive the Barbaric Vikings

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 2:38 am

Our second Ludumdare but this time we had less time but still had fun!

Things we learned

  • Creating weapons that the AI and player use exactly the same way. Don’t have to change anything specific for the AI or player.
  • Animations in Unity. Our doors were animated in Unity because they have their own colliders that move
  • Complex animations with layers etc.

We couldn’t get in everything we wanted but its still enjoyable with its infinite wave generator!

HOW FAR CAN YOU GET!

screenshot1 screenshot2 screenshot3 screenshot4

Click here to play our game

 

The Compo is Finished! But my game is not :O

Posted by (twitter: @geekdima)
Monday, December 12th, 2016 2:46 am
Floor is Lava Banner

Floor is Lava Banner

So yeah, I didn’t have enough time to finish my game. I still published it, but it only has 2 levels.
You can check it out here: ludumdare.com post

So what happened? Well, during day one I only worked on the game for few hours (busy weekend and such) but it was pretty productive. I made a prototype with my friend’s and Standard Unity’s assets.

Level 2: Bedroom

Level 2: Bedroom

On the second day things went south though, I woke up to find myself oversleeping half a day and to add to that the busy weekend wasn’t done yet, and to add to that my mood wasn’t the best. Cue demotivation.
So taking all the time I could from day 2 I created menus and started creating levels in Blender. I only managed to make 2, but I squeezed in few sound effects I made with my mouth.

So that’s the story of Floor is Lava, please do check it out, I hope you like it!
I’ll leave you with this post compo vid: youtubez

Oh, and. Good luck with the judging everyone!

The Art of my first Ludum

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 12:43 am

Hello, my programming half is busy plugging away to get things working but, since I unfortunately have run out of time on my end, I thought I’d share the art I’ve done for our game.  You should see it up for judging sometime tomorrow I imagine.

I painted everything from scratch for this game, so all assets were created in a matter of hours since I also had other responsibilities during the weekend. They’re a bit rough but I think, at the small sizes, they get the job done.

I didn’t have any time to do concept art so I just dove right in and developed the yellow knight, which is why his run animation doesn’t work in both directions and he’s a bit more detailed than anything else. I’m not sure if he’ll show up in the final product. Originally this was the player character and you would be in a room with loads of monsters teleporting into the room (the glowy frames) and assaulting you.

Second was the monster, which ended up looking better than I thought it would.

Because of that, and time restrictions, we flipped the game on its head by deciding that the player would be the Spider-thing defending its nest from smashy humans. The humans keep spawning in from the entrances around the ‘cave’ running to kill either you or your eggs. Every few kills you will spawn an egg, and the eggs act as your life. Your only attack is a ‘acid spray’ AOE near-melee range attack. The death frames could be better but I like the goop puddle last one!

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy and since this is my first Ludum Dare entry I’ll be looking closely at other games to see how you handled the art!

 

titlescreen sprites

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First version is ready!

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Saturday, December 10th, 2016 3:38 pm

Whoo!

I finally got my multiplayer system to work, movement synchronization works great, casting spells at other players damages them as expected, I eventually got rid of an icky bug I had, and the game is ready to be played!

But!

It’s kinda boring… The game works perfectly, but the game mechanics are still a bit lame… I still have to add cool stuff, super attacks, defenses, power-ups, special FX, etc. in order to make the game actually interesting.

This time (in contrast to #LD36), I’m trying to stop myself from making an ambitious, storyline based, long game, and to make a simpler yet cool & fun game.

The idea :

the cursed toys from little Anne’s bedroom arise at nights. But, toys have their life-time, and when their inner clock shows that their time is over, they die, and, eventually, are thrown to the garbage bins. But the cursed toys are evil. They have the power to steal more time from others, using spells and curses. At night, you play a toy in Anne’s room, and you fight other toys in order to survive for as long as you can.

 

I hope this idea will attract players, and that the game actually succeeds, so, wish me good luck!

1st day is over for me, so I’m going to take a shower and go to sleep (to be more productive tomorrow).

 

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Stage 1. Generated Ideas

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Saturday, December 10th, 2016 4:23 am

Okay, I have few ideas and, as I promised, I arranged the vote! Write in the comments idea’s number that you like the most and the top two ideas will go into next round!
Oh yes, also i will develop very simple clicker-game as a bonus!

So, the voting started and will continue until 12:00 a.m.

 

  1. Quest room with procedurally generated rooms
  2. To clean the snow by shovel when you are being chased by snowmen that make snow.
  3. Santa Claus must to find a Christmas tree and put gifts there. At the same time not to wake up residents and have a short time.
  4. Regular TDS Shooter.
  5. Watch for the “pirates” in the cinema.
  6. Sandbox terrarium (thx to Leon Möhring)

Stage 1. Idea of the game…

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Saturday, December 10th, 2016 2:51 am

So, ideas…

Nothing in my head. STOP! New Year and winter is a good theme!!!
But also let’s take a look to game idea generators XD

http://www.insanityjam.com/idea/

risovach.ru

 

 

 

By the way, the best idea proposed in the comments will be awarded in my profile!

Ready to #LD37. Introducing.

Posted by
Friday, December 9th, 2016 6:35 pm


The first post of my #LD37 blog will be in acquaintance with me and my plans to this Game Compo.
My name is Egor Davidov, russian indie developer and freelancer. I started programming when I was 12 years old.

The basic profile – web development, but also I’m developer of games,Server administrator and application programming (eg IoT and Smart House).

That’s all information you need :-)

About plans and my project.
I did not come up with a unique idea for a game, the more vote for the theme of the contest is still going. Most of all I love the one-screen games, runners and simple RPG. I am sure that future development is to build on these areas! And certainly it’s will be in 2D!!! Becouse 2D is AWESOME!!!

For the competition I have chosen category Ludum Dare Jam, because this is my first experience of participating in this competition

 

And by the way, I am very respectful attitude to time management, so now I publish my work schedule, and at all times will adhere to it!

All the time will be divided into 5 stages:

  1. Thinking through ideas and concepts.
  2. Prototyping.
  3. Work on the design.
  4. Work on gameplay.
  5. Optimization.


STAGE


DEADLINE

  • Sleeping before sleepless seventy-two hours
10.12.16 06:00
  • Generate 5 or more ideas of game
10.12.16 10:00
  • Choose 2 best ideas by voting
10.12.16 12:00
  • Make concept prototype of each idea
10.12.16 17:00
  • Choose the best prototype by voting
10.12.16 19:00
  • Make the first playable version of the game
11.12.16 03:00
  • Turn bags into features
11.12.16 06:00
  • First working on design
11.12.16 14:00
  • First working on gameplay
11.12.16 20:00
  • Public Alpha Test!!!
??????????????
  • Turn bags into features
12.12.16 00:00
  • Second working on design
12.12.16 09:00
  • Making new gameplay features, selected by voting
12.12.16 15:00
  • Second working on gameplay
12.12.16 18:00
  • Public Beta Test!!!
??????????????

Glutenburg – Abridged Post-Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @echoflutedev)
Sunday, September 4th, 2016 6:52 pm

Hi!

I’m just posting a shorter version of my entry’s post-mortem, since I just typed up a longer version of it on my dev blog, here.

I didn’t really expect to finish my entry for this 36th jam, even with my poor planning, but I suprisingly did, unfortunately with many features cut out.

Because I had to cut out a lot of features, the gameplay was not very good, as pointed out by other people here who played it.

As far as a story for the game went, I didn’t put too much time into it, since the gameplay and graphics will strongly overshadow it. It was kept to a very minimum.

I was most proud of the game’s graphics, since it fared better than the other parts of the game. I also had the most fun creating the sprites and stuff.

As a first LD jam entry, I felt that it wasn’t bad at all, despite the lackluster gameplay. If this is a game that you guys would like to be developed further, post LD, it’d be great to hear your thoughts. If you haven’t played Glutenburg yet, check out my entry here.

Till next jam.

-E

Our Progress So Far

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 10:35 pm

Hi There, it’s Sunfury!  :)

We didn’t post anything yet cuz we were hard in the developing proccess,
To sum up, we could be in a way deeper progress of a game. (everyone says that? ><)

Our force for this ludum dare contains:
Rom and Tom-Programmers sitting next to each other and working non-stop (full time)
Artur-Pro Designer (when he doesn’t work)
Ilya-Pro Designer (when he doesn’t work)

Our First Day:

We thought about making a physic game using levers/swing as ancient technology, this is what we came up with:

Kingeat by HealTheIll

Shootexample by HealTheIll

All tough it came up kinda fun and funny, we saw no potential in keep developing it (it may be too repetitive)

We reconsidered our options, thinking about more ancient technologies and we came up with pulleys (video) .
We decided to take the risk and test those pulleys.

after wasting  like 5 hours thinking about these pulleys and how we gonna make them intersting we crashed.
Day 2:

We wasted most of day 2 testing and trying to implement the most fun yet realistic physics and gameplay.
Working with Game Maker using Box2D, we tried using built in pulley  joints, but we found it too basic for our needs.

after hours of work in the end of day 2, we ended up with this:

Wegotsomthing by HealTheIll

You play as a well-known architect in Egypt, you’re there to solve their problems and well, mainly help them build their pyramids.
you do it by stretching ropes through the map.
The more we played with these mechanics the more we saw what a great potential this game has, hopefully we will think of some great puzzles tomorrow

Day 3 Plans:

-polishing (physics, effects, sounds…)
-challanging puzzles
-combining designs

hopefully, we’ll finish this game and make it somthing we’re proud of and hopefully somthing you’ll like too  !

if you guys can think of any interesting ideas to make our game better we would LOVE to hear them and give you credits of course if we use them  :)
Yours truly, SunFury

check out our Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr 

Touch the Monolith! DONE!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 11:19 am

With a bunch of time to spare.

Touch the Monolith is a micropuzzle game akin to something like WarioWare but without a time limit. Take your time.. back in time to the Dawn of Man and make some discoveries!

Try it!
http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-36/?action=preview&uid=47199

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art

fire

wheel

Progress Update!

Posted by (twitter: @ToastedGames)
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 10:50 pm

Dementedface McGee seems to have gotten himself into a bit of trouble… DON’T RAID PYRAMIDS KIDS!

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