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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)


    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

    Results: December 13th Weekend Wins

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, November 1st, 2013 5:32 pm

    Here’s the results from the poll.


    Looks like we’re doing it the earlier week.

    Quick Poll to determine Ludum Dare 28′s Weekend

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, October 31st, 2013 9:17 am

    Hello! Yes we’re running a quick poll to see which weekend is better for Ludum Dare 28.

    Click here:



    October Challenge 2013

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, September 27th, 2013 2:46 pm

    Well it looks like September is nearly gone, so it’s time to kick off for October Challenge 2013!

    The October Challenge is a special Ludum Dare event I started three years ago. More and more people are making games today thanks to Game Jams and events like Ludum Dare. And more and more people talk about selling games, but don’t do it. Well, it’s time to start doing it. Put simply:

    Finish a game — Take it to market — Earn $1

    That is your goal. That is the October Challenge.


    October 2013 Resources and Opportunities

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, September 27th, 2013 2:38 pm

    If you’d like to share a resource or opportunity, post a comment below 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 19th! ($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

    Marketplaces (Web)

    Portals w/ Ad share



    • Paypal – Old Faithful
    • Amazon Payments – Payments powered by Amazon
    • Google Wallet – Payments powered by Google
    • Google IAP – In App Payments by Google
    • Stripe – Simple WebAPI for payments
    • BMT Micro – Long time favorite of many PC/Shareware authors
    • Sellbox – Sell directly from your Dropbox or Google Drive. Special rate 3% for all October Challenge Games (1% if you promote your buy page). *NEW*

    Hardware Surveys


    Welcome to Ludum Dare 27!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 8:18 am

    Hello and welcome to the 27th weekend game making extravaganza known as Ludum Dare!

    Final Round Theme Voting has begun. This is the one that counts! The highest rated themes from Rounds 1-4 have been collected here to battle for theme voting supremacy. Which will you choose?


    Without further ado, lets move on to the videos!


    Keynoting Ludum Dare 27 is David S. Gallant, better known for his controversial Indie game “I Get This Call Every Day“. Check it out!

    Warmup Weekend – Ludum Dare 27

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, August 15th, 2013 9:15 pm


    Theme Slaughter Begins!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 8:24 pm

    Phew! Apologies for the late start on this. You would not believe how busy I’ve been. Click above and help us reduce the nearly 3000 themes suggested down to a more manageable size. Thanks!

    Ludum Deals for LD27

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, August 5th, 2013 3:43 pm

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


    • 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 a link to your finished game.
    • AtanuaCircuit Logic Simulator – For the truly hardcore, build a game without even a CPU. Sol_HSA is again offering free licenses to anyone that takes on the ultimate challenge. Details below.
    • Construct 2Make Games, No Programming Required – On Sale 10% off until August 26th (2PM GMT+0)!
    • CraftStudioCooperative Game Making Platform – Free Weekend! Get access to all the premium features for Ludum Dare weekend.

    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).

    Real World Ludum Dare 27 Gatherings

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, August 5th, 2013 1:00 pm


    Ludum Dare 26 Results

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, May 20th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Baked Potato with Melting Butter PatI was trying to think of a joke involving thousands of potatoes and Ludum Dare, but 2346 games is nothing to joke about. That’s incredible. I’m at lost for words. Lets just get to the results:

    How did I do?

    You can view your results here:

    My Results: ludumdare.com/…/?action=me

    The individual category results are just above your comments.

    Top 100 Games

    Check out winning competition and jam games here:

    Compo Top 100: ludumdare.com/…/?action=top
    Jam Top 100: ludumdare.com/…/?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 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/…/?more=1

    *NOTE*: You can click on the titles of the categories for Top 100 style lists per category.

    Ludum Dare 27 – August 2013

    Whew! What a dare! You had a good time right? Great! We’re doing it again in August! We don’t have a specific date chosen yet, but stay tuned for that. Follow us on Twitter or join the mailing list to stay informed.


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


    Thanks everyone for coming out and kicking off an amazing new year for Ludum Dare!

    - Mike Kasprzak (PoV)

    IndieCade <3′s Ludum Dare

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, May 17th, 2013 9:20 am


    The folks behind IndieCade got in touch with me to tell me they love what we’re doing here at Ludum Dare. So much, that they want to offer you a discount off the usual submission fee. To take advantage of the deal, do the following:

    1. Visit indiecade.com/submissions/ and fill out the entry form.
    2. Mention Ludum Dare in your description.
    3. Use coupon code “dare13” in the payment section to receive 40% off.

    Early submission deadline ends May 31st ($80), and the late deadline is June 30th ($110).

    TOOM by Mike Kasprzak and Derek Laufman

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, April 29th, 2013 8:12 pm



    @laufman and I are so, so very tired.

    Regrettably we did have to cut a lot of stuff during the final crunch (the ominous character I’ve been teasing all weekend). Still, we finished something, and we’re both quite pleased with that. We might come back to this, after a we get some time (days) to sleep.

    I hope you too had a great Ludum Dare weekend. Be sure you come back to play and rate some games.

    And be sure you’re back for Ludum Dare 27 in August. Stay tuned!

    Raw Meat

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Monday, April 29th, 2013 3:01 pm

    Where’d all the time go?

    Meat Space

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Sunday, April 28th, 2013 2:34 pm

    Mmm… Meat Space… Space Meat. Mmm… back in action w/ @laufman.

    I’ll be around to help people with submission issues in a few hours. I’m trying to make this game above do more cool stuff. Tweet me with your Ludum Dare username if you’re having troubles logging in.

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