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    Posts Tagged ‘theme’

    Theme Thoughts

    Posted by
    Friday, August 22nd, 2014 8:16 pm

    Here are some ideas I am playing around with. I have no clue where to go with this, but maybe these thoughts can help someone else out.

    1. Most obvious is parallel dimensions or space travel between planets

    2. In a modern sense, it is talking about something like the internet connecting the world

    3. In business it also refers to people and organizations being connected – via something like the internet

    4. I’m also thinking about connecting so called “different worlds” together, for example genders or nations

    5. Something abstract like connecting the world of books with the world of acrobatics (just an example)

    The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

    Posted by (twitter: @caranha)
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014 9:56 am

    For those who know me an care, I’m in! :-D I am busy and tired as hell this month, but that is not enough reason to break my streak of 8 LDs in a row.

    Looking at the final theme list, the feeling that I have is that for the last 3-4LDs the finalists have been same old same old… So I am kinda already building my game in my head. I had a neat idea a few weeks ago which I will try to boot off this weekend.

    Good luck everyone!

    Theme Statistics!

    Posted by (twitter: @phigames)
    Sunday, May 4th, 2014 11:26 am

    Ludum Dare needs more charts. That’s why I made some.

    Theme Voting Statistics


    Ludum Dare 29

    April 2014
    LD29 Themes
    Comparison between the scores in rounds 1-4 and in the final round.
    LD29 Themes
    Comparison of the number of themes from rounds 1-4 involved in the final round.

    Fun Facts:

    • The list in the results post seems to be a little bit buggy. 5 themes are listed twice, sometimes with incorrect total score.
    • “Death is Useful/Good” has been in the Top 5 of the final round for 4 Ludum Dares.
    • “You Are Your Own Enemy” received the most +1’s (2491). “Contrast” received the most 0’s (1283). “Glitch” received the most -1’s (2717).
    • This Ludum Dare has been the most successful one with 2497 games in total, followed by LD26 (“Minimalism”) with 2346 games and LD27 (“10 Seconds”) with 2213 games.
    • The competitions in April seem to be generally more popular.
    • The relative amount of Jam entries has been increasing. More than 40% of all LD29 games are Jam entries.
    • If you google “Beneath the Surface”, the first link related to Ludum Dare is on the first page.

    Click below to see more!


    About Theme use

    Posted by (twitter: @VanMerwan)
    Friday, May 2nd, 2014 12:53 am

    About Theme use

    Original comic

    I had this idea for awhile…

    Posted by
    Friday, April 25th, 2014 7:44 pm

    I think I voted for this theme and it got picked and now I’m like, “Dammit!”  I had an idea for this theme specifically, but it’s probably way out of scope, and I really want to do it with the Oculus.  Wait, that’ll be part two!  Also, a part of me thinks I’m taking a very literal, very obvious interpretation of “Beneath the Surface”.  Hopefully my aesthetic and viewpoint can make it seem rather not so obvious.  My goal before the end of the night is to have the first “portion” done.  Saturday will focus on the entire flow and begin art polish.  Sunday will be a rush to the end to finish — as usual with game jams, :-P

    Mini-Theme: The Konami Code!

    Posted by (twitter: @Pitzik4)
    Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 11:16 pm

    So, you know those little mini-themes that have been in the past… how many Ludum Dares? Things like “Goat”, “Potato”, and… “Bieber”, I guess was one. Usually just showing up as little Easter eggs, but in a lot of the games. Those were all failed themes in the voting, I think, but whatever.

    How about this for a mini-theme for LD29: the Konami Code! Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start/enter. Just make something happen in your game when the player enters the Konami code! Some sort of Easter egg. It will be fun!


    Wow, it’s like an NES controller with no style.

    So, that’s all. I’m definitely putting this code in my game! I hope to see it in some of yours!

    Ok, got the idea down, now time to get on working!

    Posted by (twitter: @caranha)
    Friday, December 13th, 2013 8:04 pm

    “You only get one” is not a bad theme at all.

    I spent one hour thinking about the different ways that I could tackle this theme, and had quite a few ideas. One thing that came up almost immediately was a “shoot them up” where you only get one upgrade – every level you must choose which upgrade you are going to use for that level.

    Now, that seems such an obvious Idea, that I tried to think a few others before setting.

    Something that also came up was a “dating simulator” – You only get one also fits very well with that. The problem is that dating simulators depend too much on their art and content to be fun, and that is something that I know I can’t do well in just a weekend. After playing with the idea for a while, I soon tossed it out.

    Another idea that came up was “EXTREME GEOCACHING” – basically a dungeon game where you have to find a hidden item, and you can get the help of one friend, who will give you some sort of power. Then I realized that this is just a more complicated version of the first idea (one power), and a variation of my first LD game to boot. To the trash!

    Another idea is some variation of “You only get one (try)” – but that seems even more obvious than the first idea, and no good implementation comes to mind.

    So I’m going to go with the Shoot Them Up thing. If the idea is not unique, how can I make it an awesome game?

    One word: DINOSAURS!

    Made like 4 separate Prototypey Things No Game #LD48

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 25th, 2013 4:24 pm


    Hey Guys, makehimanoffer here. This was my first actual Ludum Dare jam thing. I’ve done plenty more jams before though. But alas, this wasn’t my jam at all at all. I didn’t really like the theme at all. 10 Seconds was sort of annoying with whatever coming to your mind being: like X but in 10 seconds.

    Like I had plenty of ideas, but with regards, implementing them.


    You’re about to OD on acid in 10 seconds, so you have to take more acid to extend your perception of time. Platformer where more acid = more powers. But I quit it after I got platforming in because I was meh about the whole thing.



    Like the first one but as a topdown roguelike similar to binding of isaac. But there’s already a binding of isaac so I didn’t bother continuing on past room generation.


    This one I liked, but I really felt was missing something. And I will possibly expand upon it later. You’re present with a button and over the course of 10 seconds a bio of a person is give, you must decide whether to push the button and kill them or let them live. If the death is just you gain points based on when you pushed the button. if not you lose points.


    It was cool concept. I could definitely expand upon it in an interesting way. But for the most part coming up with the bios was alot of effort. For something where I feel the emotional impact of what you were doing was lacking. More Design is needed.



    This was basically a way of trying to have some fun. It was called Tense Conditions. And you basically would masturbate on a house by pressing space rapidly. Would have expanded. But got sick of the effort of this. In case I scrapped it tomorrow.





    So that basically rounds up a fairly meh experience at Ludum Dare. Wasn’t a fan of the theme. Bit me in the ass this time round.

    Oh well. I’ll be back for the next one. Cheers





    A good idea is not necessarily a good theme

    Posted by (twitter: @caranha)
    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 6:53 pm

    Let me put my rant hat on:

    Death is useful +426

    “Death is useful” is a really cool idea. I’m pretty sure that a game made around this idea would be really unique and interesting.

    But I don’t think it is a good theme for Ludum Dare. The reason is quite simple: It directs too much. It points very clearly to a direction, and removes a bit of surprise, a bit of creativity.

    Ludum Dare nowadays has upwards of 1500 submissions. With this many games, I think a good theme has to be as open ended as possible. In short, not a “sentence” term (“death is useful”, “you are the companion”, “protect your enemy”), but rather a “noun” theme (“Glitch”, “Illusions”, “Colours”, “Castles”).

    A noun theme allow first time LD’ers to make simple games with simple interpretations of the game (A 2D platformer in a castle), while veteran LD’ers can spend their creative juices trying to surprise us out of our socks (A dialogue-adventure game where the end goal is to convince feuding families to collaborate in the construction of a castle to defend against foreign invaders).

    This LD, let’s try to choose an Open Ended theme, even if it doesn’t sound cool at a first glance (or because it doesn’t sound cool at a first glance!). You can always use the cool candidates that didn’t make it to further define the open-ended game (A castle-building game where progress must be paid for with the deaths of your workforce!)

    Off with the rant hat

    LD27 Round 4 of 5… ALREADY? D: ZOMG

    Posted by (twitter: @crowbeak)
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 6:11 pm

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    LD27 Voting Round 3 or How the Camel Got Its Hump

    Posted by (twitter: @crowbeak)
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 4:41 pm

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    I’ll be in!

    Posted by (twitter: @gamepopper)
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 3:17 pm

    For the first time, LD27 will be my first ever Ludum Dare entry.

    I’ll either be using Construct2 or Flixel to build the game.

    Make sprites with Photoshop.

    Sound effects with BXFR.

    I’ll go into better detail in another post. I need to think of some ideas based on the popular themes.


    I don’t know if in or not…

    Posted by (twitter: @powderblock)
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 10:58 am

    I have posted saying I will be in, which I fully want to live up to. But at the same time, some of these themes are just a bit too dark for me.

    Just to name a few:


    IF any of these are picked, I’m out. I can’t deal with any more dark shit in my life (let alone 1500 other people’s take on it) right now. Sorry.

    How I made X=3-1 (Jam Theme winner)

    Posted by (twitter: @VanMerwan)
    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 2:35 am

    The first thing I said to myself before the start of the Jam was this : “I will do my best to respect the theme in every aspect of interpretation or development.” Then the theme was announced : “Minimalism“. I was very frustrated because I knew that obeying THAT theme would kill almost every fragment of creativity I have could put into it my game. I wasn’t creating a personal game anymore, but a thing resulting of the maximum extrapolation of an invasive theme.

    My thoughts are a battlefield with Conformism (C) against Anticonformism (A).
    I do hate the C part, but it’s keeping me sane. This is how I proceed, talking to myself :

    • A : What is the Minimal in a Game?
      C : Interactivity. Without interactivity, it’s just a show.
      A : But is a show a real game with unconscious inputs and inexplicit outputs?
      C : Don’t mix show and game or people won’t understand.
    • A : What is the Minimal in Interactivity?
      C : An input, an output.
      A : It seems to be true with 2 people (considering Player and Game).
    • A : What is the Minimal Input or Output?
      C : A click and displaying a pixel I think.
      A : Where are your arguments?
      C : In common games you just have to click and pixels are small and light.
      C : Remember, people need to understand.
      A : MAN, stop attacking your liberty of thinking by using understandability as a filter.
      C : Do a game for your yourself if you want BUT UNDERSTAND that shareability is primordial in LD.
      A : Go **** ******** C!

    — Cerebral Meltdown —
    I’m not going to show you everything, because it took hours.
    And my head hurts.

    • A : So… what’s the minimal game engine?
      C : Notepad.
      A : LOL, are you trying to mimic me? You’re bad at this, you know.C : It was a serious answer.
      A : It was unoriginal originality, around 10 people will have the same idea.
      C : So what’s your idea?
      A : No game engine.
      C : WHAT???!! We are NOT going to make a game??
      C : GOOD JOB, YOU’RE RIGHT : 0 octets, that’s Minimal!
      C : Who won? Everyone who did NOT submit a game.
      C : You’re going to be hated for that.

    — Conformism ragequit — Long wait — Conformism comeback —

    • A : Bro, try to understand me,
      A : I was saying : no “standard” game engine.
      A : Let’s use Ludum Dare website as a game engine.
      A : One possibility : Title = Question ; Download links = Answers.
      A : Let’s minimize everything
      C : Wow, you’re a genius, no kiddin, but can we?
      A : It’s not forbidden, I think. Let’s submit in “Jam”. In case of.
    • C : So, what’s the minimal question for you?A : “How are you?”
      C : Answer links : “Fine, thank you” and “Not so well”?
      A : I don’t like this, the question must be more challenging.
      A : What about “X = 3 – 1“, btw : weird name, easy to see.
      C : That’s not challenging at all.
      A : Well, it looks challenging so people UNDERSTAND where the game is.
      A : Remember, there’s no downloadable game, no Flash, no HTML5!
      C : Why not “48÷2(9+3) = ?“, we will get more points in fun.
      A : Too hard, and minimalism has a difficulty interpretation.
      A : Note : We must do minimalism in the most diverse field of interpretations!
    • C : Where the “download” links are going to redirect?
      A : Maybe to wikipedia, to the true or false page.
      C : I like the “true” or “false” idea, it’s very “game-like”.
      C : However, some people will not understand that wikipedia is a part of the game.
      C : They will say “the link is broken” or something else.
      C : I will write “you need a web browser” so people don’t search a “physical” game.
      C : And it’s funny at the same time.
    • A : Good idea, hhmm, for the links I will write true or false in images.
      A : I will then upload the images and use their direct links.
      A : It’s important to lure people into thinking we spent minimal time and skill.
      C : I think you’re right.
      A : Haha.
      C : Be careful, some people will look at the URL, so upload the false image several times.

    And that’s roughly how I got this :

    Theme(Jam) 4.65
    Humor(Jam) 4.40


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