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    Future Summer

    Posted by
    July 21st, 2014 12:03 am

    I made a game over the weekend for Mini Ludum Dare 53rd. The theme was – The Future Is Now.

    The name of my game is ‘Future Summer’.  It is a combo of first person platformer, 3rd person mouse click to move, and cinematic scenes of the camera moving.

    The game was made with my usual process – digital painting, 3d modeling, texture painting, and finally game design with Unity3d.

    Go play it at GameJolt – Future Summer, and get more details/process at BroBeurKids – Future Summer

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    Mini LD #53 – The Awakened World – Finishhhed

    Posted by (twitter: @http://twitter.com/McDaan)
    July 20th, 2014 11:45 pm

    Early morning last minute push FTW!

    Yesterday the progress looked grim, I was the main bottleneck in the programming departments, Jod had his stuff done. Ah the problems of Team work.

    This world has a doomed fate! Only you can save us, by manipulating the world through time travel on a grand stage in the struggle between Awakened and humans.

    Play it & Judge it:


    My contribution: a pretty interesting World simulation. Pity you don’t see much of the details…

    Jod’s part is, as always, strong story, mood & writing!

    Exit : Escape from the bunker

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 10:15 pm

    Hi folks. I am proud to present to you my first project available on Desura. It is a small-scale FPS based on the old-school pixelated style. To start this game I have used this crazy source, but I have changed many many many aspects – it’s totally different now. In random mazes the player must find his way to pass through 20 levels filled with aggressives creatures to reach the surface (LD29). In crates we find ammo, supplies and health – also some skulls which we can throw in the face of our enemies (find the golden skull)… I have some keys which I distribute for free. If you want try my game, send me a private message by Desura and I will give you a key. You will be friendly if you post a review on my page. Thank you for you support my friends ++


    Mini LD Post Mortem: Dysfunctional Country Timeline Simulator 2014

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 9:29 pm

    Well, I finished. That was… an experience. I set out to create a procedurally-generated timeline that follows the story of a lovably-dysfunctional country, and I think I achieved my original vision, sans one thing (but we’ll get to that later). For now, let’s do this post-mortem in order.




    Pretty much everything, up until the last day. I was relieved when I first found out that we could split up our 48 hours rather than enduring one stressful marathon session, and that made the experience very chill and enjoyable. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I fully embraced that legendary “feature-creep”, and while this greatly slowed progress, what I am left with is a virtually-innumerable number of possible events that can happen to your little country.


    When an event is generated, it goes through a narrowing-down process. First, the overall category of the event is picked from the “event tree list”, as I have called it. The options are: (Political Affairs (20% Chance), Internal Affairs (25%), Pop Culture (50%), or Unique Occurrence (1%)) For this example, let’s say political affairs was picked. From there, an “event branch” is picked. This particular selection includes: (Change In Power (15%), Law Enacted (25%), Political Scandal (20%), and Diplomatic Relations (40%)) After that, each of these branches has many variables to make each event call unique.


    This doesn’t even delve into name generation, where I basically sprinkled random.randints like salt on an extra-bland bowl of rice.

    This brings me to my next “What Went Right”: Name Generation. I gathered up the top 100 baby names for both boys and girls, a list of over 2000 popular surnames in Europe  (Even the rawest list I could find was still a beast to copy into a list in a way that Python could understand it.), and various spelling lists to add nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Although this probably was the most tedious step in my dev process, it was oh so worth it. Figure A:


    Figure B:


    My third of my triumphant triumphs was the way that events have a domino-like effect on the next ones. While much of what happens in a given event is throwaway fluff, Timeline (that’s my entry’s catchy abridged name) remembers quite a lot. This effect can be blatantly seen in examples like this:

    changeshaveeffectsIt can also make for very interesting event sequences, as seen in this interesting executive solution to a problem.

    here's what i think of your strikeTechnically, the president (with a fitting nickname) did free Nate from prison.

    (Sidenote: I guess I should probably mention the dates, which I think are really cool. Basically, you give Timeline a number of years to generate and it will evenly space (with some healthy standard deviation to mix things up) 50 events per year from today’s date on the calendar, including leap years and all that. Python’s calendar and datetime modules sure are nifty!)

    My final and most right of the things that went right is just the sheer unpredictable nature of the game. Not a single timeline that anyone generates will ever by the same as anyone else’s. This makes each generation feel exciting and unique. (To me, at least.) This also made me feel the need to take screenshots of some of my favorite events, as I knew that no one else would likely see exactly the same ones. Here are some of my favorites:

    you had one job

    hands off my juice box


    (Not suspicious at all, right?)


    I am pleased to say that overall, on the front of what went wrong, I can honestly give an answer of “Not much.” Like I said earlier, I was pleased to be able to break up my 48 hours over the past week, but that led to one big P-word: Procrastination. As I blissfully coded away, I focused too much on my time limit (which I kept track of with a nifty little desktop timer), and not enough on the actual deadline of Sunday at midnight. I still had a comfortable 20 hours of time remaining on Sunday afternoon, but since 00:00 GMT is a significant amount of hours earlier for me, that meant that I had to quickly cut corners to put out a game on time. This led to a stressful couple hours, during which my laptop crashed, my internet decided not to work, and Py2exe, a program that I have relied on many times before for turning my Python files into executables, decided to flat-out break. I was luckily able to get Timeline submitted on time (heh), but I had to compromise on one significant feature: graphics. My original plan for Timeline was to be a navigable timeline (makes sense, right?) where the user could display and skip over color-coded events as they pleased. Instead, I finished with this:

    command windowDon’t let the gnarly-looking command window discourage you from playing, though! It’s still plenty easy to generate and skim through whichever events your little heart may desire. I just had something different in mind. (Hey, perhaps that will be the sequel!)

    The second thing that I wanted to implement but didn’t have time for were starting and end-game events. I wanted to provide the reader with some sort of closure for their beloved country, but at the moment he or she is just slapped with a blunt “The End.” Maybe I can say that I wanted the reader to be creative and come up with their own ending! Yeah, let’s go with that.

    Finally, I wanted to expand name generation just a smidge more to have slight differences between art, song, and video game names. Right now, all three media types use the same function to get their titles. There’s no noticeable side-effects for the most part, but every so often you’ll get something like this:

    instant classic

    I think it’s fun to imagine how this game would be played.


    Mini LD 53 was an almost-completely positive experience for me, and although I would have liked to have known about the 12-hour submission grace period before I almost threw my computer into the sun trying to finish in time, it has taught me some valuable lessons about efficiency and increased my ability to visualize what the code I type will do, without running it. I encourage all of you to download Dysfunctional Country Timeline Simulator 2014, and post what you discover! Finally, I’ll end this mammoth of a post with one of my favorite screenshots that I took while testing my game.

    lawP.S. I used a timelapse program to document the entire 34-hour process, perhaps I’ll throw in some music and upload it somewhere! :)

    Mini LD 53: Ion

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 7:23 pm
    Important Patch Update: July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST
    Hello Guys! and welcome to Ion v1! In this fun game, you avoid the enemies while trying to get to the flag at the end!
    -20 levels
    -Endless fun!
    download now!
    Ludum Dare Link

    Inmortals for Mini LD 53

    Posted by (twitter: @ehtd)
    July 20th, 2014 5:32 pm

    I created a very small game for this Mini LD 53. It is called Inmortals.


    I also wrote a small article about the development here:



    The game can be played here:



    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 3:47 pm

    So i’ve recently been working on a game. Which is called Arminius: The Gem Of Peace. So basically you have to retrieve the stolen gem of peace before the kingdom of Arminius crumbles. Link to demo is here: http://carter-rogers.itch.io/arminius-the-gem-of-peace-preorder

    Yamanu Game Engine 1.0 – Video

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 3:28 pm


    There were some people who downloaded and used Yamanu 1.0, and so I thought, if the documentation wasn’t thorough enough, then a video would be okay to show! Here it is:


    (Sorry, couldn’t embed it the way I wanted)

    You’re welcome!

    - Gandalf1209

    Progress (and bugs)

    Posted by (twitter: @Zazanxors)
    July 20th, 2014 11:02 am


    So in the process of preventing the enemy from tripping backwards and suffering a gran maul seizure, we’ve apparently given him the ability to glitch through walls. Like I said, I suck at A.I.

    In other news, the base construction and terrain are coming along nicely. The basics of building is done, and what’s left is to allow for multiple block types and defenses. On the front of enemies, we’ve got to create spawning, give them health and actually make them dangerous.

    In short, we’ve got a long way to go and a lot to do. Even so the knowledge gleamed learning to not suck at Unity will really help in the long run, and will prove valuable come August’s Ludum Dare. Besides that, watching the A.I. I wrote fail miserably was incredibly funny. Hopefully we’ll pull this off, but even if we don’t, fun was had.

    Oh, and I am so including an option to ‘un-fix’ all the glitches on the A.I. – there’s no way I’m restricting that fun!

    On not finishing…

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 10:40 am


    I had a lot less time this weekend than I hoped I would, so it looks like I won’t make the deadline. I learnt a lot about some of Game Maker’s more advanced features and I’ll continue to work on the game until its finished. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else can do!

    Time Constraints and Coding Complaints

    Posted by (twitter: @TheOccasionalK)
    July 20th, 2014 7:20 am

    Hi all. So we are approaching the end of our allotted time – midnight. Correct me if I am wrong though, but we can finish up later than the 21st at 00:00, right? I have about 10 hours of my 48 left, and I would love to ACTUALLY use all of them.

    My game (which still has no name) is coming along though. Lots of dark elements, world exploration, and deep(ish) quotes. The basic framework is solid – it’s basically down to hardcoding each worldspace and its logic. Oh, and some final pieces of art; all this hand-painting is taking its toll on time though. My approach to the theme may not be to everyone’s taste, but then again it’s my game so you can all shove it . :P

    Coming Along

    A strange version of our world, where you play as a small bird on a quest.

    Because this is my first LD experience, I have come to a a few realisations – the main one being that I am far too pedantic about performance-oriented and neat code. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted  code blocks because they are simply unneat, or wasting time of non-gameplay breaking bugs/control issues. If it doesn’t feel perfect, it bugs the hell out of me. But I’m learning to ignore it in this case – there’s no time for OCD-esque behavior here.


    Happy coding everyone. See you on the other side.

    So, please, Move! Post mortem

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 5:10 am

    I know the event is not finished yet, but I’ll write it anyway.  I have nothing else to do at the moment :P

    It is the second time I hit the “submit” button and this time I think I can consider myself proud of this. My first game didn’t go very well. Lots of bugs, missing levels, features not present due to the lack of time. Things that happen to all of us during our first experiences. But this time I think it is different. I used a different approach. Instead of hard-coding the game for two days without any break like the nerd-est person in the world, I prefered writing a book-like game. No more advanced breath taking bind blowing physics (ha-ha) and graphics (double ha-ha, but it actually took me half a day and a lot of energy just to draw the player animations, lol).

    Just THREE simple images(I drew them in two hours) and text. A lot of text. It was pretty simple to display it on the screen, since I was using my beloved SFML library (I fell in love with it at first sight :D ).

    So… what is the text all about? Knowledge, my friends. Knowledge, and a bit of quantum physics.

    Will we ever run out of new things to discover? I think it is the same question as “will we ever run out of new music?”. I don’t know. Who knows. We just know that everything, every discovery, even the “impossible” ones, like finding out more about the dark matter, for example, CAN be achieved.

    They say our imagination is our limit. I don’t think it ‘s true. Maybe it’s like knowledge. Like music.

    All we know for sure is that we have to keep moving, never stop, don’t look back for too long, since maybe we are the only human beings in this universe who can take the full controll of it.

    That’s all.

    Oh, and yeah, I quoted A.Einstein in the last part of the game, regarding the implications of quantum phyics in the macroscopic world.

    I hope you like this entry and please, the most important thing: let me know what you think.


    See you the next ludum dare :D

    Progress report mld53

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 3:26 am

    Some progress to report:

    • Simulation of world powers is running.  Needs some tweaking and initial values, but it runs. Excellent work by Daan.
    • Graphical representation of the state of the world with regards to the largest powers (Russia, China, Europe and America) works and is a surprising amount of fun.
    • Main storyline is written except for the endings.
    • Story events and outcomes written. Needs tweaking after being run through the simulator.
    • Some simulation events written.
    • Graphical interface to show event-outcomes still needs to be done. Fingers crossed!
    • Ctulhu is surprisingly cute.
    • It is a lot cooler today. Thank god. Back to work!
    Ignore the fact that China controls the middle east. Or don't.

    Maps! Controlled countries!

    I am back and totally in!!! :D

    Posted by
    July 20th, 2014 2:05 am

    Ay – up, fellows Ludum Darers!!!

    Just lettin’ you know I am back from my 10 – day trip, just in time to make MiniLD #53 game ( I had few hours to make it!!!), and I made it, so check it out:

    The quest for the capsule!!!


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