It’s me again! After just shy of 3 years, my time has finally arrived once more! I’m hosting the MiniLD! So, without further ado, gather around and let me tell you a story…
The Purple Squirrel was a happy squirrel, she ran and jumped and played all day; she loved her life and she loved her friends. But one morning, she realised that the days had started getting shorter, and that fewer and fewer of the other squirrels were willing to play with her. Eventually, she found herself alone. Frustrated, she stopped one of her so-called friends and asked, “Why won’t you play with me? I see you running around all day gathering things, but you won’t stop and play with me!”.
Her friend turned and he curtly told her, “We are getting ready for the long nights, we are preparing. You should prepare too.” and with that he bounded back up the tree and vanished in the leaves.
“Hrmph, that sounds like hard work, I don’t need to prepare“, she protested to herself, “Bring on the long nights”.
The Purple Squirrel continued to play all alone, inventing little pastimes as her peers busied themselves. She barely even noticed that December had arrived and it was time for Ludum Dare!
All the other squirrels logged into IRC, started streaming on Twitch and happily worked away, munching on their hoarded Diet Coke and Pizza. They weren’t all happy with the theme, some complained, but damn it, they were all prepared and they were going to do this!
The Purple Squirrel ran back to her little nest and quickly tried to set everything up. She didn’t know how to stream and she had no snacks; her editor was a mess and her Photoshop trial had expired. She spent hours getting everything ready, she gathered together her tools and made a quick trip to the Squirrel-Mart for supplies. She could finally start, but now she was tired…
“Just a little nap”, she said, “a wee half hour”… and she dozed off.
Moral Of The Story? PREPARATION
Which rather conveniently happens to be the theme of my MiniLD! It shall be (officially) held on the 29th and 30th of November, but you are of course welcome to submit any time between now and then (as soon as the submit links are up).
Since it’s so close to the next Big LD™, I felt preparation was a fitting theme. Use this Mini to prepare, but also fit the theme of preparation into your game somehow. Maybe it’s a strategy but all the decisions are made up front, maybe it’s a rogue-like and you have to choose all your equipment at the start, or maybe it’s about running a pizza place. Whatever, PREPARE!
What: MiniLD #55
Who: Grieve (and you)
Where: Here (and over there)
When: 29th and 30th November
Rules: Preparation (or the normal relaxed Jam rules, whatever)
BONUS: For all the Ludum Dare historians out there, it’s worth mentioning that PREPARATION was actually the theme of the 3rd ever LD, over 11 years ago! If you are one of the ever-shrinking demographic of folks who actually had a functioning computer back then, maybe you want to dust off that old zip file of poorly conceived C, give it a lick of paint and use it as preparation for this mini.