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Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend [9 PM EST] — Theme: ??? (Theme Voting!)
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    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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    Ludum Dare 19 Theme Voting

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Saturday, December 11th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Theme voting has begun! Tune in every day this week (Sunday to Friday) for a new set of themes. The highest scoring themes from the first 5 days will be voted on for the 6th and final day (roughly 20 themes). The winning theme will be revealed at the start.

    Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 *SILLY THEMES* | Round 4 | Round 5

    Final Round

    Special thanks to Pekuja and Deepflame for doing the majority of the pruning.

    Useful links: LD Gathering Discussion

    Ludum Dare 18 Results!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Monday, September 6th, 2010 5:00 pm

    Ludum Dare 18 judging has finally ended, and 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-18/?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-18/

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

    Ludum Dare 18 Jam Games, Compo Games, oh my!

    Ludum Dare 18 was our first trial run of the new combined Competition and Jam event. So in addition to the 172 entries created by individuals for competition, there are 41 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 (41) <--

    [ ALL COMPO GAMES (172) | ALL GAMES (213) ]

    Overall, the response to the Competition and Jam has been extremely positive. But now that the Ludum Dare 18 has come to a close, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/08/25/did-you-like-the-jam/

    * * *

    And THAT was Ludum Dare 18

    What an incredible event! Thanks everyone for making Ludum Dare 18 such a big deal.

    When the smoke cleared, we had a total 213 games across both the Competition and Jam! This is our current “high score”, 10 entries ahead of Ludum Dare 17 in April (203).

    During the final theme voting round, we collected nearly 500 votes in a single day! If we’re to take that as the number of participants, that means Ludum Dare 18 had an over 40% completed game rate! Wow!

    Theme voting results can be found here.

    Press Coverage (Viral Timelapse Videos)

    As for other happenings, Ludum Dare made an impressive showing in the gaming press, especially the timelapse video from one Notch. Kotaku, Engadget, Digg; You name it, they covered it. 200,000 Youtube views later…

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/08/25/ludum-dare-18-press-coverage/

    In addition, IndieGames.com and Bytejacker are back with a quick look at many games from the competition. Go see if you were one of them.

    Ludum Dare 18 Meetups

    Even though the Ludum Dare competition is a solo event, that doesn’t mean you have to work alone. Here’s a look at some of the gatherings that took place Ludum Dare 18 weekend.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/08/17/ludum-dare-jam-live-at-cb2-bistro/
    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/08/21/ludumzilla-at-cb2-indies/
    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/08/22/new-england-meetup-video/

    If I missed any posts, let me know and I’ll update this list.

    Other Ludum Dare 18 related links

    - Number of competition entries in the final minutes
    - Watch the Keynote, hosted by Mike Kasprzak (PoV)
    - View the Theme Voting Results
    - The “ALL GAMES” wallpaper by ExciteMike

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

    * * *

    Ludum Dare 19 coming December 2010

    Our Winter event, Ludum Dare 19 will be in December. Date to be finalized as it gets closer.

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

    Mini-LD #21 “Greatest Fear” this month!

    Can’t get enough Ludum Dare? Later this month, tune in for another MiniLD hosted by SophieH (GirlFlash). Details about the upcoming mini can be found here.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/09/04/announcing-mini-ludum-dare-21/

    Unfamiliar with the Mini-LD? Mini-LD’s are smaller competitions hosted by Ludum Dare veterans. They’re held monthly in the off months between our major competitions. Tune in to the website every month for details on the latest Mini-LD competition. Curious who’s up next? You can check out the host list on the wiki.

    Ludum Dare Games at Toronto Exhibit

    I was asked by a friend for a list of “art games” from Ludum Dare events (current and past). I gave him a few off the top of my head, but LD is so big now, I could use everyone’s help making a list of Ludum Dare “art games”. For details and to give me your suggestions, see this post.

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2010/09/06/ld-art-games-at-exhibit/

    Feel free to nominate games you made. ;)

    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 18 such an incredible success. We’ll see you again in December!

    - Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    Ludum Dare 18 Judging

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 8:03 pm

    Judging is on!

    On the voting page, all participants are assigned 20 random games. If you can make an effort to play and rate these games, then we’ll get a good distribution of votes for all games. The more games you play, the higher your placement on the “Coolness” charts. The list will grow as you play more.

    If a competition participant forgot to include source, please don’t down-vote them, but politely remind them to include it. All verified, thanks sfernald.

    [ VOTE HERE | VIEW ALL ]

    Interesting Links

    - ** MEETUP ATTENDEES! CLICK HERE!! **
    - Number of competition entries in the final minutes
    - Watch the Keynote, hosted by Mike Kasprzak (PoV)
    - View the Theme Voting Results
    - The “ALL GAMES” wallpaper by ExciteMike *NEW*
    - Question: Did you like the Jam? *NEW*

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

    Ludum Dare 18 Compo – Mere hours to go

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 2:30 pm

    The competition is winding down! There’s only a few hours left to finish your game and submit. Feel free to work up until the deadline. It is now submission hour! You get an hour to fill out the submission form. Once the hour mark passes, we’ll be setting a flag that groups all further submissions in to the Jam instead of the Competition. To submit, click the links at the top or right here:

    [ SUBMIT HERE | VIEW ALL | EDIT YOUR ENTRY ]

    If you need to fix any stability/crash bugs after the deadline, that’s alright. Also, if you initial version is available for one platform, you’re welcome to include ports after the deadline. Use the edit link to make changes.

    If you need a place to upload, try DropBox. Sign up for a free account, place the file in your “Public” folder, then you can use More Actions->Copy Public Link to get a URL to it.

    Ludum Dare 18 has begun!

    Posted by (twitter: @ludumdare)
    Friday, August 20th, 2010 7:02 pm

    The theme: Enemies as Weapons

    Check out the results of the voting here. Check out the keynote here.

    And if you haven’t already, check out the new Rules and Guide page for what’s new in this, our first Ludum Dare Competition and Jam Dual Event!

    Interesting Tags: montage, motivation, foodphoto, deskphoto


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