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    Ludum Dare 22 Results!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, January 9th, 2012 7:07 pm

    This is the end, my friend. Here are the results:

    How did I do?

    You can view your results here:

    My Results: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=me

    The individual category results are just above your comments.

    Top 50 Games

    Check out winning competition and jam games here:

    Compo Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=top
    Jam Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

    Winners are decided by the Overall category.

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    Categorical Top 25s

    Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 8 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

    Categorical Top 25s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-22/?more=1

    (And for the press, a shorter Top 5’s is available here)

    *NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 50 style lists per category.

    More Ludum Dare 22 links

    Keynotes!, with Fydo, NieloGD, and special guests Sos and Dogbomb
    Theme Voting Results
    Post Event Post
    Survey Results by Breakdance McFunkypants
    – DogBomb’s 100 Game Video Extravaganza
    Wallpaper of 890 games, by ExciteMike

    Ludum Dare 23 – April 2012 – ** 10 Year Anniversary! **

    It’s pretty crazy when you think about it, but the next Ludum Dare event coming up in April will be our 10 year anniversary. Yes, we’ve been doing these silly events for 10 years now! Wow! Be sure to stop by in April for the big one! Lets break 1000!

    Ludum Dare at the Game Developers Conference

    Phil and I are regular attendees at the Game Developers Conference, so if you too are attending, stay tuned. Last year we did a meetup as well as an afternoon Game Jam at NoiseBridge. It was a lot of fun hanging out with with everybody. We don’t have our plans figured out for next year yet, but stay tuned!

    January Mini LD, hosted by The Grieve

    Afraid of life without Ludum Dare?

    Tune in next week for a brand new Mini LD event hosted by The Grieve. Unfamiliar with Mini LDs? It’s like a regular LD without the weeks of voting (and waiting).

    Suggestions

    If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/01/09/suggestion-post-2/

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 22 such a HUGE success! We hope to see you again in April! Lets break 1000 on the 10 year anniversary!

    – Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    New Entry Voting Category: Mood

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Friday, December 16th, 2011 9:23 pm

    So as of Ludum Dare 22, we’ve added a new entry voting category: Mood

    With a theme like Alone, we realize the possibilities for storytelling, sadness, and generally playing with emotion are plentiful. There’s been much debate whether Humor should be retired in favor of a more general category. Mood has been our favorite for a while now, but as a term it doesn’t exactly emphasize humor in any way (if anything, humor gets lost in mood). So to appease both fans of the funny and fans of the serious, we’ll try both.

    We hope you like the addition of Mood to the entry voting categories list.

    Ludum Dare 22 Theme Voting Begins!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Sunday, December 11th, 2011 12:07 pm

    Theme voting begins! Tune in every day this week for a new round of themes.

    [ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
    [ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

    Special thanks to Sos for setting up the community “hot or not” style theme pruner, and everyone that helped us get our final list.

    Upcoming Game Jams and Meetups during Ludum Dare weekend

    Here’s a list of real world game jams and meetups taking place over Ludum Dare weekend:

    If you’re hosting a Ludum Dare related gathering, let us know! Make a post here on the site with details, and we’ll add you to the list!

    Other News

    Ludum Dare 21 Results!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, September 12th, 2011 7:00 pm

    It’s that time! Three weeks and a whopping 599 games later, here are the results:

    Top 50 Games

    Due to our HUGE recent increase in submissions, we’ve bumped the top 20 to a top 50. Check out the best competition games here:

    Compo Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?action=top

    Winners are decided by the Overall category. In addition to the top 50 compo games (solo, stricter rules), here are the top 50 jam games (solo and teams, relaxed rules):

    Jam Top 50: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?action=top&cat=Overall(Jam)

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    NEW: The lists have gotten so big lately. So to keep the site fast and snappy during the heavy loads (events and results), we had to truncate them at 50. Don’t worry though, you can see your individual categorical ratings on your games page.

    Categorical Top 25s

    Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

    Categorical Top 25s: ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?more=1

    (And for the press, a shorter Top 5’s is available here)

    *NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 50 style lists per category.

    More Ludum Dare 21 links

    Keynote!, with Breakdance McFunkypants and special guest Sos
    Theme Voting Results
    Post Event Post
    Wallpaper of all 599 games, by ExciteMike

    Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, food, deskphoto, desk, timelapse

    October Challenge 2011!

    Yes, we’re doing it again this year. Details about the upcoming event will be posted soon.

    In summary, yes, basically the same thing as last year. Go make money. :D

    Ludum Dare 22 – Coming December 2011!!

    Stop by again this December for our next regularly scheduled event. We’ll try to have a date nailed down a month or two ahead of time. Don’t forget the mailing list, and Twitter.

    September Mini LD, hosted by increpare

    Still got that Ludum Dare fever?

    Tune in Friday for a brand new Mini LD event hosted by increpare. Unfamiliar with Mini LDs? It’s like a regular LD without the weeks of voting (and waiting).

    A Busy Busy September

    Mini LD isn’t the only thing going on this weekend. Breakdance McFunkypants has posted a comprehensive list of 7 game jams going on this weekend (and/or ending/crossing this weekend). Check it out.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/08/29/5-jams-in-one-weekend/

    Don’t let the URL fool you. There was more going on than initially thought. :)

    Suggestions

    If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2009/08/30/suggestion-post/

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 21 such a HUGE success! We hope to see you again soon!

    – Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    Last chance to play and rate LD21 games

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Saturday, September 10th, 2011 2:51 pm

    The clock is ticking down! This is your final chance to play and rate games!

    In these final hours, PLEASE give games with a low number of ratings a try. You can use this following link to view a sorted list of all games with the least number of votes:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-21/?sortby=rate_in&q=

    Tune in late Monday night (about an hour after the clock strikes zero) for the results.

    Ludum Dare 21 Theme Voting Begins!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Saturday, August 13th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Theme voting has now begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of theme voting.

    [ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]
    [ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND ]

    Special thanks to Sos, Quin, and many others for helping prune the theme list.

    Other News

    Results for MiniLD #28 are Live!

    Last chance to say “I’m In” and be part of the keynote!. Closed.

    Breakdance McFunkypants is writing a book on Game Jams.

    ghbrvlowabrvfladberogvlwrvfwlo games wants your games to put on CD!

    Dark Acre Jack suggests Google Hangouts (video chats) during LD21. **WILD**

    Arowx suggests adding tags to your I’m in posts. **NEW**

    Important

    We have now installed Caching (W3 Total Cache) on the LD Blog. Contact PoV (Mike K) or Phil Hassey if there are problems.

    Ludum Dare 20 Results!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, May 23rd, 2011 6:56 pm

    It’s been a long 3 weeks for some, but Ludum Dare 20 has finally ended.

    Here are your results:

    Top 20 Competition Games

    You can check out the top 20 competition games here (including ties):

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-20/?action=top

    Winners are decided by the Overall category. To see the complete list, hit the “Show All Entries” link at the bottom.

    Categorical Top 5’s

    Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-20/

    *NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 20 style lists per category.

    More Great Games from the Jam!

    The Jam is huge – simple as that. With 64 games this time, the Jam is now larger than some of the earlier Ludum Dare events. I regret that we still don’t do more for the jammers, but don’t fret, we are thinking of you. We’d like to encourage everyone to check out the Jam games, and leave a comment. Here are four to get you started:

    Rainbow Riding Hoodz by Mr_Hk_ and team

    Tri by ratking

    Lonely Fortress by Winterblood

    Again, this is just a taste of some of the great games to be found in the Jam.

    See them all here:

    ALL JAM GAMES (64) <--

    Seriously, go check them out!

    More Ludum Dare 20 links

    Keynote!, with Sos
    Theme Voting Results
    Entry counts in the final minutes, by me
    Wallpaper of all entries, by ExciteMike

    Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, food, deskphoto, desk, timelapse

    IndieGames.com’s 250 Indie Games You Must Play

    Editor of IndieGames.com Michael Rose has recently released his new book “250 Indie Games You Must Play”. I know we’re a pretty significant source of great freebies and not-so-freebies (see the featured games in the sidebar), so I fired off a question last night: Did any Ludum Dare games make the book?

    Mike had this to say:

    Yep, quite a number [of times] actually :)

    We here at Ludum Dare love talking about ourselves, and though we may not have coffee tables to prominently show a book on, coffee is a significant source of caffeine, so I’m sold.

    Visit your favorite Amazon and pick it up.

    Ludum Dare breaks 2000 on Twitter!

    As the organizers, Phil and I tend to amuse ourselves each event with little statistics to gauge the growth of the community. One I’ve been keeping a close eye on for LD20 is our twitter follower count. Early this morning, the @ludumdare twitter account finally broke 2000 followers! Wow!

    We use the twitter account as a way to share little updates. Reminders, press coverage, and the occasional amusing quip we catch in the Twitterverse or on IRC. If you’re in to that sort of thing, and do the twitter thang, follow us!

    Also if you haven’t already, sign up for the mailing list. Even if you do hound twitter reading each and every post, we make an effort to get the most important news to you via e-mail too.

    Ludum Dare 21 – Coming August 2011!!

    Like usual, stop by again in August for our next regularly scheduled event. We’ll try to have a date nailed down a month or two ahead of time. Don’t forget the mailing list, and Twitter.

    May Mini LD #26, hosted by drZool

    I agree, August is quite a ways away. How about this weekend then? Yes, tune in Friday for a brand new MiniLD event hosted by drZool. He’s been teasing with D’s all month… I wonder what he’s up to?

    Suggestions

    If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2009/08/30/suggestion-post/

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 20 such a big success! We’ll see you again in August!

    – Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    Final Round Voting!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Friday, April 29th, 2011 6:31 am

    If you haven’t yet, go here and cast your vote for the final theme:

    [ FINAL ROUND THEME VOTING ]

    For a complete list of theme voting results, go here. If you haven’t yet watched the keynote, GO HERE. Seriously, check it out, it’s great.

    Theme Announcement

    The theme will be announced once the clock above hits zero. The website tends to gets hammered at the start time, and we can’t get the theme results if we can’t visit the site ourselves! So instead of refreshing the ludumdare.com/compo/ website constantly, we recommend checking one of the following places for the theme:

    www.ludumdare.com (the hub) | @ludumdare on Twitter
    irc.afternet.org in #LudumDare

    Historically, IRC gets the theme first, so if you want it soonest you should go there. Twitter and the hub page should get it next, followed by the website and the mailing list. Traffic should lighten up within 5 minutes, so feel free to come back and start blogging. Hopefully we can avoid bringing the server to it’s knees this time. Thanks everyone!

    Ludum Dare 20 Theme Voting has begun!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 3:25 pm

    Theme voting has now begun! Tune in every day this week for a new round of theme voting.

    [ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 (SILLY THEMES) ]
    [ ROUND 4 | ROUND 5 | FINAL ROUND ]

    Special thanks go to LegacyCrono for setting up the Google spreadsheet, and everyone that helped prune the list to a more manageable size.

    Ludum Dare 20 – April 29th-May 2nd Weekend

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 8:52 pm

    Like the topic says, Ludum Dare 20 is coming the final weekend of April (29th+)… and for the first time, crosses slightly in to May (PoV scheduled himself too much work early April… bad PoV… also Easter).

    Watch the clock at the top of the site for your local start time, and hit up the rules page if you’re new to Ludum Dare. See y’all soon!

    Ludum Dare 19 Results!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, January 10th, 2011 7:01 pm

    It’s official. Ludum Dare 19 has finally ended. Here are your results:

    Top 20 Competition Games

    You can check out the top 20 competition games here (including ties):

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-19/?action=top

    Winners are decided by the Overall category. To see the complete list, hit the “Show All Entries” link at the bottom.

    Categorical Top 5’s

    Here at Ludum Dare, being the best game isn’t the only way to win. Games are rated in 7 additional categories, with a special “Coolness” category highlighting people that went above and beyond to be sure you got a vote.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-19/

    *NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 20 style lists per category.

    Ludum Dare 19 Jam Games!

    Ludum Dare 19 was our 2nd run of the new combined Competition and Jam event, and the results do not disappoint. So in addition to the 242 entries created by individuals for competition, there are 43 more games created teams or individuals that decided to take an extra day to polish their game. Be sure to check those out here:

    ALL JAM GAMES (43) <--

    [ ALL COMPO GAMES (242) | ALL GAMES (285) ]

    Wow!

    So THAT was Ludum Dare 19

    We are keeping score here, and again, the latest event managed to annihilate our prior best … IN DECEMBER of all months too (our historically lowest month). Back in August, we were impressed that we inched 10 ahead of our prior best, with 213. This time, we were just 15 entries shy of 300! And if you look at the theme voting, more than 600 people cast a vote for the final theme!

    And THAT was Ludum Dare in 2010

    Lets crunch some numbers…

    Event Games: 203+213+285 = 701
    Mini LD Games: 2+21+2+6+14+24+9+7 = 85
    October Challenge: 24
    Total Games for 2010: 701+85+24 = 810

    Thanks to Sos for helping me with the math.

    Seriously, every single one of you that participated, whether you finished a game or not, you’re awesome. Phil and I (Mike/PoV) took over running Ludum Dare in 2007, and every event since we’ve been constantly impressed at how much it’s grown, and continue to be amazed that it keeps growing so much. What will 2011 bring? Will we break 1000 games?

    A big thanks to all of you for helping us make 2010 such a fantastic year.

    More Ludum Dare 19 links

    Lots of timelapse videos to dig through. I still haven’t had a chance to watch them all, but I’ll give them a browse soon. I’ll try to do that this week.

    Keynote!, starring Some Bear Thing — With Special Guest Mjau
    Ludum Dare 19 Timelapse Videos, list assembled by Fififox
    Entry counts in the final minutes, by me
    LD Census, by demize
    Wallpaper of all entries, by ExciteMike

    Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, food, deskphoto, desk, timelapse, bear

    Ludum Dare at the Game Developers Conference

    Attending GDC? Stay tuned! Like last year, Phil and I want to get a whole bunch of us together somewhere, perhaps more than just once! :)

    If you haven’t already, sign up for the mailing list, and we’ll keep you informed. Also, you can follow Ludum Dare on Twitter.

    Ludum Dare 20 – Coming April 2011!!

    Like always, stop by again in April for our next regularly scheduled event. We’ll try to have a date nailed down before GDC (Feb 28th), so we can brag about it at the conference. Again, don’t forget the mailing list, and Twitter.

    January Mini LD #23, hosted by Jonny D

    Fans of LD19’s Silly Themes, take note! Jonny D has a surprised planned just for you. Tune in this month for a very special Mini LD.

    Suggestions

    If you have any suggestions for us (website, observations, etc), we continue to collect them in the comments here:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2009/08/30/suggestion-post/

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making 2010 such an incredible year for Ludum Dare! We’ll see you again in April!

    – Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    Ludum Dare 19 has ended! Time to rate games!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, December 20th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Both the Compo and the Jam have finally ended. Thank you everyone for joining us this December for our 19th event. By the time the clocks hit zero, we had 285 entries!! **

    243 Compo, 42 Jam! Wow! New records across the board!

    Since the holidays are coming up, we’ve decided to make judging last for 3 weeks instead of the usual two. Everyone has been randomly assigned 20 games, so please make an effort to play as many of those as you can. The list will grow over time, revealing more games to play.

    Our next major event (Ludum Dare 20) will be in April 2011. Stay tuned to the mailing list for details.

    Also! Game Developers Conference attendees, stay tuned! Like last year, we’re looking to arrange a meetup. Details will be here on the website, but I’ll be sure to ping the mailing list once things are more concrete.

    Thanks again everyone for coming out, and we hope you have a safe and Happy Holidays.

    * * *

    PS: ** InaVegt, please check your game and post a comment. For some reason it’s flagged as disabled (an LD website bug?). Let me know where it should be (Compo/Jam) and I can fix it.

    Ludum Dare 19 Compo ends

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Sunday, December 19th, 2010 6:28 pm

    The competition portion of Ludum Dare 19 has come to a close. Once the clock hits zero, you have one hour to submit your game for inclusion in the Compo. After that, all new games are added to the Jam.

    [ Rate Games | View All | Submit a Jam Game ]

    Judging has begun! If you are a Mac or Linux developer, it’s recommended you make a Windows version available as soon as possible. Go here to add additional builds to your entry.

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making Ludum Dare 19 such a big success.

    Jammers, get back to work! :)

    Ludum Dare 19 has begun!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Friday, December 17th, 2010 7:02 pm

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