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    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.


    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!

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 26!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 11:04 am


    Welcome to Ludum Dare 25!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Saturday, December 8th, 2012 1:19 pm

    Hello and welcome everyone to a very festive edition of Ludum Dare. It’s time to make games, eat food, and be merry… for it could be your last. ;)

    Theme voting has begun. Every day this week we’ll begin a new round of voting. Wednesday we tally all the votes, and Thursday when we begin the Final Round. Lets do this!

    [ ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 ]

    [ ROUND 4 | FINAL ROUND | π ]


    Charity Game Jam Keynote Video

    Posted by (twitter: @McFunkypants)
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 2:00 pm

    UPDATE: www.charitygamejam.com is LIVE!

    See also: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/10/25/charity-game-jam/

    Announcing October Challenge 2012

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, September 27th, 2012 4:02 pm


    Welcome to Ludum Dare 24!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 4:16 am


    Welcome to Ludum Dare 23! 10 Years of LD!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, April 19th, 2012 12:43 pm

    Hello and welcome everyone to Ludum Dare 23, celebrating our 10th year of the event!



    Welcome to Ludum Dare 22!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Thursday, December 15th, 2011 5:13 pm

    It’s nearly time to kick off our latest and greatest event yet: Ludum Dare 22. Final Round theme voting now live, so go cast your vote for the theme. Prior results are here.


    Like last time, join us LIVE in the #ludumdare IRC channel on irc.afternet.org for the Theme Announcement! Can’t make it? Follow us on Twitter, or sign up for the mailing list.

    This time around there are several real world jams and gatherings going on over the weekend, far more than we’ve ever had. For a complete list, go here.

    Also, since live video streams seem popular lately, we’ve set up a link on the front page for them. Find a complete list over here.

    We’re running on a brand new server, introduced (unfortunately) half way through the last event. We (Phil specifically) went through and did a lot of optimizations to our site code. Removing excessive SQL queries, disabling unnecessary plugins, and making numerous other tweaks. We’re hoping this time we have it right. We’ll be keeping a close eye to make sure everything still works. If we’re lucky, Phil and I will have a chance to make entries ourselves! :)

    On with the festivities!


    Announcing October Challenge 2011

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 9:01 pm

    October is upon us, and it’s time to kick off the October Challenge 2011!

    The October Challenge is a special Ludum Dare event I started last year. More and more people are making games today thanks to Game Jams and events like Ludum Dare. As a result, more and more people have declared “I want to start selling games too”. Well, it’s time to stop talking and start doing. Put simply:

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

    That is your goal. That is the October Challenge.

    Disregard all the usual Ludum Dare rules (no restrictions). Finish any game you previously made during a game jam, something else you’ve been working on, or heck, something entirely new. But we know you can make a game. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to not only make something, but to finish it and earn money from it. That’s all. No specific rules or platforms. Make good on that goal or promise to start selling games.

    Finish your game before November 1st, and submit it to your respected market. That is the challenge. And once you earn your $1, you’ve done it! Easy as that. You’re now a pro.

    I’d like to invite everyone to share resources and discuss markets and business models. I’ll help collect your links over the next couple days for others to find. If you need a place to start, you can check out this guide I wrote for last years event.

    Also, do share your progress on your upcoming game with us here on the site. I’ll be opening a submission form soon to collect a list of completed games as they happen.

    Keynote Invitation

    What’s a Ludum Dare event these days without a keynote? Here’s me saying the same thing, in video, with strange editing and ambiance! Give it to your friends who HATE to read.

    That’s all from me. No more waiting. Time to get started. Go go go!

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 21!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 9:04 pm

    Hi everybody!

    It’s nearly time to kick off the latest, and what should be yet-again our biggest event yet: Ludum Dare 21.

    Theme voting is well under way, with Round 4 closing soon, and Round 5 to follow with ~20 of the highest rated themes from Rounds 1-4. If you haven’t already, go cast your vote:



    Hoping to avoid a repeat of April (15 minutes late ’cause I couldn’t flick the theme switch), we’ve since gone ahead and added a caching plugin to the website. Also this time, I’ll be checking the results early, before the swarm hits us.

    And *NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK*, IRC and Twitter will be getting the results FIRST!

    On to the festivities!


    Headlining our 21st event with a keynote is Breakdance McFunkypants. Check out this fantastic combination of hip shades, mad-skilled infants, and puppetry:

    Sos is back with more of what you love, YOU!

    Declarations of intent intermixed with some fine LD game footage. Check it out:

    A huge thanks to both Sos and McFunkypants for making such extravagant videos. You guys are the best!

    That’s it from me. Stay tuned for your Final Round theme voting, and the event. Good luck!

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 20!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 12:13 pm

    Hi everybody!

    It’s just about time for the big two-oh, kicking off our 9th year with the first event of 2011!

    2010 was an amazing year for Ludum Dare, with over 800 games created by the community! We’re always optimistic, but have extremely high hopes for 2011! Will we break 1000?

    Last year we introduced the October Challenge, a special event that saw 24 people not only finish, but bring games to market (app stores, sponsorship, shareware, donationware, etc). That’ll be back again this October, so stay tuned for that. But we know some people that just couldn’t wait! 1 Month Game started by Sophie Houlden is a shared blog community for those that are up to the challenge. Check it out! And speaking of community, #ScreenshotSaturday is a twitter phenomenon spearheaded by Pekuja that has exploded! Check out the latest images at ScreenshotSaturday.com. And if you’ve ever been curious what the community is up to in addition to Ludum Dare, we have Planet Ludum Dare.

    Of course, we can’t forget the Jam at GDC. This past March, on the final day of the Game Developers Conference, several of us attendees met-up at the Noisebridge hacker-space in San Francisco to “hack”. Here’s some photos from the gathering:

    Extra special thanks to Terry for suggesting the venue. We hope to see more of you next year.

    That’s enough reminiscing. Time to get down to business.

    Ludum Dare 20 Keynote, with Sos

    Hey cool guy, it’s keynote time!!

    This keynote is brought to you by Sos, our first non-admin to do a keynote. Check it out, I think it turned out really great.

    That’s all for now. Good luck, and we hope you make something great this weekend.

    Welcome to Ludum Dare 19!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, December 17th, 2010 6:25 pm

    A new Dare, a new Keynote. This almost didn’t happen (nobody had time to film one), but thanks to advanced internet technology, we have a bear-thing giving us the words of inspiration we all crave. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Ludum Dare time!

    And if you want more keynote, hit the jump for a backup keynote created by mjau.


    Welcome to Ludum Dare 18!

    Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
    Friday, August 20th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Wow… so, I just finished my keynote, and just finished uploading. Here it is. Get psyched!

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