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Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend [9 PM EST] — Theme: ??? (Slaughter Ends Soon!)
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    About PoV (twitter: @mikekasprzak)

    Mike Kasprzak, AKA "PoV" is your fearless leader. He plays this role so the others don't have to. He didn't start Ludum Dare, but has been around since the beginning. Even though it's wrong, he speaks the word "Dare" as it would be spoken in English. He does that with "Euler" too, which should make that guy pretty mad.

    Mike is a game industry veteran with more than a decade of experience, and multiple console and mobile games to his name. Currently he owns and operates Sykhronics Entertainment, an Independent Game Developer based out of London, Ontario, Canada. Sykhronics is best known for the iPhone game Smiles, which was a finalist in the 2009 Independent Games Festival Mobile, was the winner of the Intel Atom Developer Challenge's "Most Elegant Design" award in 2010, and won the 2011 Developers Choice Award in Transgaming's GameTree.tv Developer Competition. Also PuffBOMB, a classic Ludum Dare entry of his that went on to be a finalist in the Slamdance Guerrilla Game Making Competition and be named a "Top Dog" on legendary gaming archive Home of the Underdogs.

    Mike is currently working on STACHE.

    Mike was a contributing author on an iPhone book nobody remembers and used to write for independent games website GameTunnel.

    Mike's funny story is that he "won a car" in a compo. He's been a full time independent game developer for too long.

    Company: Sykhronics Entertainment
    Twitter: mikekasprzak
    Blog: TooNormal

    Mike's Notable Compo Entries
    LD12 - towlr [towlr.com]
    72H2 - Zooble [Link]
    LD03 - PuffBOMB [puffbomb.com]
    LD02 - Sheep Strike
    LD01 - Trout!
    LD00 - Fun Game (not actually fun)

    Entries

     
    Ludum Dare 26
     
    Ludum Dare 23
     
     

    PoV's Trophies

    The "If you got another result than PoV, you are probably wrong" Award
    Awarded by klianc09
    on August 22, 2013
    The Stroustrup Award for Writing a Web-Based Game in C++
    Awarded by Jacob
    on April 24, 2012
    The IRC Math Teacher of the Year Award
    Awarded by Henry McLaughlin
    on October 29, 2011
    Being POV ld20 edition
    Awarded by sol_hsa
    on May 5, 2011
    The "Why Does PoV Get All The Cool Trophies?" Award
    Awarded by Henry McLaughlin
    on December 11, 2010
    Being POV
    Awarded by KoryWazHere
    on December 8, 2010

    PoV's Archive

    Warmup Weekend – Ludum Dare 29

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 11:39 am

    Are you psyched for Ludum Dare 29? Yeah! Are you ready for Ludum Dare 29? No!?? Then between now and Ludum Dare 29′s start time, you’re encouraged to test your tools. We call it Warmup Weekend (but we don’t mind if you’re early or late). Make some art, import it, and draw it on screen. Make some sounds, import them, and play them on cue. If you’re using a new development tool, figure out the development cycle. Learn how to make a release too!

    Bullet point summary:

    • No rules or limits. This is practice.
    • Learn your development tools! Write some code, run it.
    • Make some art, get it on screen, make it move.
    • Print some text to the screen. Print some text to a log (if applicable).
    • Make some sound, get it in game, make it play.
    • If you’re motivated enough, make your experiments in to a game!
    • Make something that should take “hours”, not 2 days.
    • Then package it up, put it online.
    • No time or day limit. But if you have no other plans this weekend, why not?

    If you like what you’ve done, feel free to share it.

    [ Submit Here | View all Warmup Games ]

    Discussion: Lets talk about Live Video

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, April 10th, 2014 6:29 pm

    Streamers! Lets have a chat.

    So we’ve got a cool Twitch widget in the sidebar. Well, I think it’s cool. Me, I like to flip through the various broadcasts streaming during our main events. It’s kind-of like I’m spying on you, but it’s okay, we’re cool right? ;)

    One of the main criticisms of the Widget is that it really only shows the most popular streamers. During main events, this can be especially frustrating when there are hundreds of fellow participants streaming. During the off season it’s less of a problem. One suggestion I seem to get often is having random streams in the widget, which would help, but at the same time I think there’s merit in knowing who’s popular too. The solution is probably some combination of both, but at the moment I’m unaware of a way to get random streams from Twitch. If you have any other suggestions, feel free.

    And on a related note, is anyone broadcasting on a schedule? Are you good at keeping that schedule? Share any other insight in to ‘being scheduled’. Would a shared TV Guide be of any use to anyone (broadcasters, viewers)? Are we missing good streams due to a lack of a good directory?

    I’ll admit, I’m really kind of fascinated by this video stuff. When I’m not working on games, I’ll often find myself watching a stream (long live NASL), or big tournaments (can’t wait for Evo). What we do (making games) is very niche, and probably not the most exciting thing to watch either. But I don’t really care about that fact. I like it. I like what everyone is doing. I want to do more of it too.

    So lets spitball. What do you like? What sucks? What would be awesome?

    Talk about your streaming habits, as a broadcaster or a viewer. Is it a once in a blue moon thing for you? Do you mix it up with some gaming? Maybe you think it’s dumb? I can’t do everything, but I still want to hear it.

    I don’t know where else to ask this. I don’t know any other community of gamedev streamers.

    Ludum Dare 29 Theme Slaughter!!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, April 10th, 2014 1:16 pm

    ENDING SOON! GO SLAUGHTER NOW!

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    Ludum Deals for LD29 [5]

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 11:30 am

    Deals! Here is this LD’s list of offers, bargains and other things.

    Development

    • AGK App Game KitCross Platform Game Development SuiteFREE (reg $59.99) for Ludum Dare! Add to cart, and use coupon code AGKLUDUMDARE1. Offer valid April 19th to 28th! Trial here.
    • CraftStudioCooperative Game Making Platform – Free Weekend for Ludum Dare! Get access to all the premium features April 24th to 29th.
    • GameCreatorDrag and Drop Web Game Creator – Access to most features including full analytics during Ludum Dare weekend and the 3 weeks of voting. Use the promo code: Ludumdare29 after registration.
    • PlayCanvas3D Collaborative HTML5 game dev platform – Get a 12 month Pro account, worth $180, for free if you submit a game to Ludum Dare using the PlayCanvas development platform. Email support@playcanvas.com with your username and a link to your finished game.

    Content Creation

    • Pixexix ProProjection Painting Tool – 66% off ($10) though April.

    If you’d like to submit your own deal, you can post details and a link in the comments below, or send me an e-mail. Keep in mind I don’t have a lot of time, but if you need a confirmation or just to ping me once it’s posted, go ahead and mail me. When I have a chance I’ll add it to the list.

    Also it MUST be relevant to what we do here (i.e. make games).

    Discussion: Ending MiniLD’s and the October Challenge

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 3:50 pm

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    Broken User Registrations

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 12:10 pm

    Hey folks! I’ve had to (temporarily) break new user registrations in my search to track down how the spammers are signing up. It may be a couple days before this gets resolved, as I need real data to be able to track them down. Thank you for your patience!

    Edit: Apologies, still not done. Seems I caught a nasty cold, and have been out of commission a few days. Soon though.

    Spam Spam Spam

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Saturday, March 15th, 2014 12:57 am

    Hey folks! Apologies for the frontpage spam. We’ve been running anti-spam plugins for several years now, and they’re still catching thousands of attempts, but there’s this really ugly onslaught going on now that none of them can stop. Anyone following the RSS would be wise to discontinue for the time being. We’re deleting the users manually as we see them, but regrettably these bots are way more persistent than us.

    I definitely plan to resolve this, even if that means writing a custom anti-spam plugin. Alas I’m away at GDC this week, so I will not get a chance until I return. Soon though, soon.

    Thank you for your patience.

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    Ludum Dare GDC Gathering

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, March 10th, 2014 1:02 pm

    Hey folks! I’ve been asked several times about the GDC Gathering. Last year, there was a mixup at Tads, which I suspect had something to do with making the reservation as early as I did. Fortunately it did work out, but I’m hoping calling later is less confusing for them.

    Tentatively, Confirmed, the gathering will be on GDC Tuesday (March 18th) at Tads Steakhouse, starting sometime after we get out of the summits at 6:30 PM. Feel free to stop by whenever (They kick us out somewhere between 10:30-11:00 PM). We’ll be in the upstairs area at the back. The reservation is under the name “Mike“, but feel free to just walk in, go to the back, and walk upstairs. If you see nerds, you win.

    http://www.tadssteaks-sf.com/

    Tads is an inexpensive ($10-$15), cafeteria-style Steakhouse. My apologies to the Vegetarians, but it is a very meaty menu. Feel free to eat elsewhere and join us after. We like it ’cause it’s private, close to Moscone, don’t charge us a dime to reserve, and they’re open past 8 PM (i.e. Westfield).

    EDIT: The Mysterious Sony Talk

    Hey Folks! Looks like Sony has scheduled a mysterious Extra Talk (announcement?) on GDC Tuesday, 5:45-6:45. Some of us (including me) may choose to attend, so we may be late. Just FYI!

    Real World Ludum Dare 29 Gatherings [19]

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:38 am

    While Ludum Dare is typically an online event (make a game from the comfort of your home), many real world events happen around Ludum Dare. Here’s the list:

    If you want your event on the list, post a comment letting me know where your event is. Be sure to include a link to further details (either here on the blog, or elsewhere).

    Tentative Ludum Dare 29 Date

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Saturday, February 8th, 2014 9:24 pm

    Well, it’s time to kick off Year 12 and do some scheduling!

    See, I typically try doing this on Twitter, which is notoriously bad for being a stream that people miss. So for a change, I’ve decided to do something sensible: make a post about it here on the website. How novel?

    Tentative Date: April 25th-28th Weekend

    I like to schedule events as late as possible in the month, and best I can tell, there are two very good reasons to prefer the last weekend of April.

    • April 4th-7th Weekend
      • Really Early Sadface :(
    • April 11-14 Weekend
      • PAX East (Major Gaming Convention) – Boston, MA
    • April 18-21 Weekend
      • Revision (Demo Party, formerly BreakPoint) – Saarbrücken, Germany
    • April 25-28 Weekend
      • :D :D :D I LIKE THIS ONE :D :D :D

    If I’ve missed any other major game industry related events, let me know in the comments.

    Being a coder and C64 Geek, I’m a total DemoScene nerd. Between Revision and Assembly (Summer), there’s really not much left. I’d hate to miss watching the live streams (yet again). ;)

    PAX East, I’ve actually exhibited at. Boston is a lovely city, with a wonderful gamedev community. I’m not attending this year, but I’m sure I will attend again soon. Plus the locals would kill me. :D

    So that’s my 2 cents. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, or to let me know of other very important things happening certain weeks. Thanks!

    Only the Finest Steaks for Ludum Dare

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, December 12th, 2013 3:29 pm

    This afternoon I did battle with a large slab of Beef Tenderloin.

    https://vine.co/v/h2bqUJVPHJn

    We fought for over an hour, but the spoils made it worthwhile. More than a dozen thick super-tender steaks dropped as loot.

    Steak

    Cooking anything fancy this weekend? Share it! Use the “foodphoto” tag.

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 28!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 10:19 pm

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    Obama’s Ludum Dare Keynote?

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, December 9th, 2013 10:22 pm

    Okay, not really, but the timing is awfully good. And he talks about making games. That’s probably as close as we’ll ever get.

    Enjoy. :)

    Mailing List Migration

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013 8:43 pm

    Hey Folks,

    To end the spam problem, I’ll be shutting down the current mailing list after this message goes out.

    Please move any discussion to here:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2013/12/08/mailing-list-migration/

    Soon after I’ll be setting up a new mailing list and adding everyone. Due to the number of requests, I haven’t unsubscribed anyone. If you wish to unsubscribe, instructions will be made available as the new list goes live.

    Until then!

    Good night gamecompo@sykhronics.com. It was a good 11 years.

    I suppose this was overdue anyway. The mailing list was originally set up to be a common list for some of the older compo/jam events from a decade ago (Ludum Dare, 72HourGDC, PyWeek, etc). Ultimately though, the list was almost always about us.

    I still think a mailing list is useful (and of the 3000 members, some of you might too). So I’ll be setting up a dedicated announcement list soon just for us. Only members of the Ludum Dare administration will be able to post.


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