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    October Challenge 2014

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    September 29th, 2014 3:51 am

    As September comes to a close, it’s time to kick off the October Challenge 2014!

    The October Challenge is a special event Ludum Dare started four years ago. The purpose: Just as Ludum Dare encourages you to make game, the October Challenge encourages you to sell a game. Or put another way:

    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. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to not only make something, but to finish it and do everything necessary to start earning 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 won! Easy as that. You’re now a pro.

    I’d like to invite everyone to share resources and discuss markets, business models, advertising, and anything related to making that $1. I’ve collected a list of marketplaces, vendor services, and even some opportunities you can take advantage of over here:

    October 2014 Resources and Opportunities

    If you need a place to start, you can check out this guide I wrote for our first event. Selling games isn’t just finishing it, but there is often paperwork and fees to take care of, and those take time. Do them early to make the most of your time.

    Also, do share your progress on your upcoming game with us here on the site.

    I’ve posted a few FAQ answers in the comments, so look below. Good luck everyone!

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    The Future of Ludum Dare (Part 3) – The Beginning

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    September 26th, 2014 2:32 pm

    The long awaited conclusion, or rather, the beginning. (Part 1, Part 2)

    The video sums up the plan. If you want to contribute, hit one of the links below.



    If you want to help by doing work, join the mailing list. I’ll let you know when we’re ready.

    Honestly, I have no idea how realistic this is, but here we are anyway. You don’t see Patreons as high as $3000 (you rarely see $200), but you guys asked for it, so here we are giving it a try!

    * * *

    Lets talk specifics.

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    Ludum Dare Steam Curator

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    September 23rd, 2014 12:56 pm

    Hey, do you Steam? You should follow us on Steam. We now maintain a curated list of games that started in Ludum Dare that made their way to Steam. Follow us! Help us share Ludum Dare games with the world. :)

    MiniLD 54 – The Race to October

    Posted by (twitter: @edibletoaster)
    September 16th, 2014 5:00 pm | 66 love | 42 Comments »

    Results for Ludum Dare 30

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    September 15th, 2014 7:56 pm | 45 love | 21 Comments »

    October challenge a year later – Help us to get on Steam

    Posted by (twitter: @AtraxMedia)
    September 30th, 2014 9:10 am

    Speaking of connected worlds…this is our black and white puzzle platform with negative mechanics and logic gates tiles thingy we made for the last october challenge:

    A year later we ask the awesome ld community to help us to make another little step to success: get on Steam!

    Also until October 2nd the game is free on Desura: grab it!


    October challenge – Here’s my plan!

    Posted by (twitter: @RobinerdMusic)
    September 30th, 2014 7:31 am

    For october challenge I’m expanding on my take on the classic pencil and paper race game, also known as vector rally or racetrack. It started as my miniLD entry made in only 7 hours, and I have now expanded it with local multiplayer.

    This is currently on Kongregate and I’ve been doing some basic promotion in social media. More work on that and possibly more levels and functionality coming up within october.

    I will release this soon for Android as well. I can not spend much time on this, but I aim to make it polished enough to sell at about 1 dollar in google play. I already have some small games on there, but I see this as a small and fun hobby project!

    More coming soon!

    Check out the game so far at my entry page if you wish.
    Pencil Racetrack screenshot multiplayer

    Robotz v1.2a[DEMO]!

    Posted by
    September 29th, 2014 7:23 pm
    Hello Guys, and welcome to: Robotz v1.2a[DEMO]
     *the version is the version of the demo, not necessarily corresponding to the future Robotz v1.2a version*
    In this version the following was done:
    -New game icon!
    -No boundaries!
    -Faster player speed!
    -Less coins for more shots!
    -New demoOver image!
    get it now!

    Stolen game

    Posted by (twitter: @lucasncv)
    September 29th, 2014 7:11 pm

    Hi guys, does anyone know kanogames.com? They’re using the game I made for LD28 without my permission. I tried contacting them by email and twitter and got no response whatsoever. Is there anything else I can do? Have you ever been through this?

    Link to my game there and here.

    Splotch! MiniLD#54

    Posted by
    September 29th, 2014 1:37 pm

    Hi there! Splotch is a fun frustrating (let’s be honest here) little physics-based puzzle game where the objective is to guide the balls into their portals by drawing lines for them to ricochet off. You’re up against the world to get the six level course completed in the shortest space of time possible. Up for the challenge? ;)

    Click here to play Splotch.


    LD 31 intro :)

    Posted by
    September 29th, 2014 12:56 pm

    I just started learning more about motion graphics.

    I found it interesting to use them as intro for games.


    What do you guys think ?   :)


    *PS.   sorry for missing sound, that’s totally a different area to explore later on  : )

    I have no idea what I’m doing

    Posted by
    September 29th, 2014 12:18 pm

    Hello World?

    A Burrito Too Far

    Posted by (twitter: @Lahssoo)
    September 29th, 2014 4:22 am

    Well, I made it in time (barely) : here is our MiniLD 54 : A Burrito Too Far.

    In this game, you are invited to a party filled with Mexican food (ok, I’m sorry for the racial stereotype, but I found it funny :p )… And what happens when a bunch of people got to go to the toilets at the same time? Well… IT’S A RACE!

    A Burrito too far

    So, it’s a multiplayer runner; we got a hard time with this one, and I’ll write a post mortem whenever I have some time, but right now, it’s time to go to work (and I didn’t sleep at all T_T)


    Project page is right there.

    October 2014 Resources and Opportunities

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    September 29th, 2014 3:40 am

    If you’d like to share a resource or opportunity, post a comment or send a tweet to @mikekasprzak (or if you prefer e-mail go here).

    Opportunities and Contests

    • PC, Mobile, Web – Independent Games Festival – Highly regarded Independent Games event with cash prizes, due October 22nd! ($100 Fee)

    Marketplaces (Mobile)

    • Mobile (Apple) – iOS App Store – iPhone, iPod touch, iPad ($99 year)
    • Mobile (Android) – Android Marketplace – Android phones and tablets ($25 Fee)
    • Mobile (Android) – Amazon App Store – Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (Free?)
    • Mobile (PS Vita, Other) – PlayStation Mobile – Target the PS Vita (and more) with C#
    • Mobile (BlackBerry) – Appworld – PlayBook Tablet and BlackBerry 10 phones (SDK)
    • Mobile (WP8) – Windows Phone 8 – Windows Phone 8 devices ($19 Fee)

    Marketplaces (PC)

    • PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) – Steam Greenlight – Community Voted PC Distro ($100 Fee)
    • PC (Windows & Linux) – Desura – PC Game and Mod storefront with a Steam-like client
    • PC (Windows & Mac) – GOG.com – Classic PC Gaming portal and storefront
    • PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) – Itch.io – PC Game Distribution (Free)

    Marketplaces (Web)

    Portals w/ Ad share



    Hardware Surveys


    Ludum Dare tray timer

    Posted by (twitter: @https://twitter.com/mintarcade)
    September 27th, 2014 6:56 pm

    Ever wanted tray timer to remind you of the next big Ludum Dare event? Now you have it. I’m giving you small utility for Windows users. Program sits in tray and show you reminding time when you hover with the mouse over tray icon. If you click – small window will appear showing you time to till big event, both beginning and end, can be used for Twitch streams too. Easy to setup for your needs. Enjoy.


    LD30 is over

    Posted by
    September 27th, 2014 7:32 am

    Now that LD30 is over I want to share my LD29 game release on Google Play. This is my android version of my game Skin for the theme “Beneath The Surface”.  It has a new title Derick the Littlest Demon and has more levels, better art, new mechanics and enemies.


    You play as a small demon that must remove humans from his cave. After you kill them you can possess their bodies and hide in them or turn them into zombies.


    Get it on Google Play

    Android Free Demo

    Unity Web Demo

    Uploading Some Music

    Posted by (twitter: @_udo)
    September 27th, 2014 3:44 am

    Over the years I made quite a few tracks for Ludum Dare and other projects. I’m putting them online for anyone to use, so if you find anything you like: go ahead! :)


    > On SoundCloud

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