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I’m really, really happy with my Ludum Dare game this time, so I thought I’d share it some more!
I took a post-modern approach to connected worlds – people live in different worlds based on their perceptions, but are connected by ‘reality’, whatever that is.
What went right
I brainstormed a whole bunch of potential mechanics for the concept of different perspectives. I actually thought of 4 different characters, and quite a few more ideas. I then implemented the mechanics one at a time.
With around 10 hours left, I decided to stop designing levels, and not add any new mechanics but instead focus on polish, and pretty particles. I could have included more mechanics, but I think the polish was much more important.
I also programmed it all from scratch! No game libraries (not that game libraries aren’t great too)
I plan on uploading a timelapse, and a post-compo version with a few more levels in the next few days (depending on how busy I am)
Post-Mortem & Story
I know this might be a bit late but I’ve had a busy week, so here goes anyway. This post is divided into three parts (sandwiched with unashamed self-promotion at either end). The first tells the story of the event and what I went through creating it. It’s quite detailed, so if you’re not interested in that bit please jump ahead to the post-mortem and feedback sections, in which I critique my work and reflect on feedback from you guys so far.
For Ludum Dare 30: Connected Worlds, I created a game called Harmony, one of the many space-themed entries that made it into the gallery for the event. The game revolves creating an equilibrium in military (often accidentally spelt with two ‘L’s throughout the game, forgive my sins) and economic powers between the inhabitants of six planets so that they can live together peacefully. This is achieved by the player carefully selecting the geographic properties of the planets each of the six races start on and using various powers throughout the game to influence the rate of growth of the civilisations.
The game essentially takes place over three phases: the setup phase, in which the player creates the planets and settles the races; the pre-space phase, in which the player is given time to balance each of the races strengths pre-emptively; and the final space phase, in which planets start to interact with each other, the results of which can be catastrophic should the player have failed to setup and balance in the earlier points in the game.
You can read the story (with pictures!), post-mortem and feedback after the jump.
You have to send special signal to make connection to another planet.
Signal is a result of adding multiple lasers with different colors (RGB).
Lasers beam are created from generators(flying balls).
You can apply specific color to generator using crystals and your laser.
Your task is to prepare your SIGNAL similar to TARGET signal.
To change target, press [space].
I started with idea of making 3d “laser and mirrors” type of game. Where you would have mirrors with different colours, and your beam react different on each one. I even succeed but find it very difficult to control beam direction. After fighting 1 day to make it enjoyable I dropped it. Finally I ended up with concept of split colour to R G B code and make objective to generate given colour (RGB code) to connect to another planet.
After last LD where I fight a lot with creating graphic by my own, I decided that next (this) LD I will start in jam. Possibility to use already created assets so I could spend few hours on creating effects, or level design and then focus on gameplay was good decision.
First time I used electric guitar for sounds effect and I’m very happy of it. I planned to spend more time on recording audio, but because of loosing time on first idea that I dropped I could use only audio that I recorded for tests. Anyway final result is ok, and I’m sure I will make something better next time!
I’m thinking about possibility to run over planet, explore new crystals and then prepare special signals. Then each signal could create something, or make special attack for different targets.
Do not hesitate to try!
Hi everyone the game I created for this LD is ‘When Worlds Collide‘
You can play, rate & brutally criticize it here!
Direct unity web player link here!
– Randomly generated solar systems, planets, moons etc.
– Hover your mouse over planets to see planet name, planet population, and planet wealth
– Grapple multiple planets to haul them around the solar system
– Solar system radar displaying location of planets and the sun
– Player health
– Destructible planets and moons
– Dogfight with enemy fighters (pretty tough; got it in last minute)
– ‘Spacebar‘ = Grapple planets
– ‘F’ = Fullscreen
– ‘Enter/Return’ = shoot
– ‘R’ = Create new solar system
– ‘WASD’ = Move up, left, down, right
– ‘Left Click’ = Hide controls
– ‘Mouse Hover’ = View planet information
The game is a little rough, but I feel pretty confident with how much content I got into it. There isn’t a definitive goal but it’s still an interesting free roam concept
It’d be awesome if you guys & gals would check it out and tell me what you think and give it a rate. And again, criticism is encouraged. Have a good one!
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Play as a rogue wanderer, with a mystical gun capable of absorbing lost souls for ammunition.
Stop the creatures from another realm from capturing enough souls to grow to their true forms!
If you want to wander in a surreal world, try my entry “The Other Sky”. The Ludum Dare version only has 3 levels, but hopefully I could make a better version in the future.
I really enjoyed making this game, but I wished the I could make the levels more intricate. The theme unfortunately induced me to try to make something very ambitious. But other all I had fun.
With our game, Melody’s Long Ladder Home (play it here!), complete, it’s time to look back a post mortem of our experience in Ludum Dare 30.
- We – my friend Will and I – learned allot. We learned how to best use our tools (especially Stencyl) in the future, and we learned about the awesome game dev community out there.
- Our live stream was fun and fruitful. We got to interact with interesting people and had a blast doing it. We did over 12 hours of total streaming over three days (which is nothing compared to the 24 hour Extra Life marathon stream we do).
- Our game turned out well. We really like the result, and actually impressed ourselves with it – we weren’t sure what we were going to come up with, but this turned out well.
- Turns out Stencyl has some technical limits, and we kinda pushed beyond them. Namely, we overloaded it and started getting 3-5 FPS while testing. Fortunately the game exported fine and runs smoothly outside of Stencyl.
- Some idiot running our live stream’s video feeds (me) forgot to turn off the full screen webcam for several minutes on two separate occasions. Not really a big issue, but c’mon… that’s a rookie mistake.
- I personally didn’t sleep worth a darn the entire competition, so I’m looking forward to a long night’s rest tonight.
Long story short, we had fun and hopefully everyone else participating had fun as well. See you guys next time!
This was my first gamejam entry ever. I knew the Ludum Dare was coming as a friend had asked me to join his team, but as the voting result got out, I got swooned in the hype and decided to try entry of my own. Get something finished. At the same time, it was good intro to Unity & programming – neither of which I’m that practiced with.
What I went right:
-Scope: small and simple was well within the time limit and my coding skills.
-Atmosphere, Thanks to unity particles. Sure, they are done with presets, but it made nice boiling sea. As my main challenge was coding, models were very minimalistic, worked here.
-Music composed with a generator. Fast and good enough.
-Support: having helping minds to bang against when solving issues and good documentation to refer to.
-Learning. There was lots of that.
-Finished it! Yes!
What went wrong:
-Coding, while it went alright, even some more experience under the hat would’ve enabled so much more. Better effects, more effects, smoother everything, better controls.
-Testing. I’m not certain it is possible to complete the game as it is supposed to. Luckily, some triggers collision detections bug and make it possible. Actually generating and validating levels like these would be interesting. topology problem. Afterwards got good feedback regarding controls and field of view, but that was already past the deadline.
What was missing:
Mainly a proper player character and more levels. A Menu, story screens, some animations, more sounds and music, timer based scoreboard and testing.
Proper Name: Went for the silly compound word just for the sake of visual of quirky triple l’s boderd by symmetrical i’s. Amh, yeah.
First completed LD. This was a good intro for the starting season in the uni, got confidence knowing that I can make it. Inspiring, wanting to work more on graphics and I’m certain I’ll participate again!
Thanks to the friends and family making this possible.
I appear to be afraid of making games.
My LD26 submission was an immersive world with graphics and audio, interactions and special effects, challenge and progress. It was clunky, confusing, cheesy, and short, but it was a game.
When LD27 rolled around, I looked through my feedback and made a plan. Graphics and interface were the biggest complaints I received, so I focused on a clean interface and smooth graphics. In that, I succeeded… but at the loss of a complex goal, and immersive interaction. The comments indicated such, but I didn’t get the hint.
LD28 added back some of that interaction, and gave the player a means to manipulate the ways they interacted with the game. It added back a challenge and goal, but lost the graphical and auditory polish, and it required content to really shine. Most of my time was spent on the upgrade interface, which was lauded, but the game suffered for it.
I didn’t feel too bad about my LD30 submission. I mean, it was missing 90% of my desired features, the graphics got skipped again, and I didn’t have enough time to playtest it well, so it’s statistically unlikely you’ll complete even a single objective… but that’s Ludum Dare right? 600 lines of code later, the inventory system works, the random goal and automatic goal-checking works, the random resource generation and base-color modification works, and the entire backend ties together in a bug-free manner. There are simple particle effects, some moody ambient audio, and a few hurried attempts at humor… It’s still a moderately successful submission.
The comment that really kicked me in the gut was, “Nice GUI Demo”. I know they didn’t mean it maliciously, but really? The worst part is, I can’t argue with it. I watched my timelapse, and I spent almost the entirety of the Compo mucking with the GUI. You don’t interact with the planets (yes, those were supposed to be planets), you push buttons. Everything is a button. You don’t live in this world at all. It worked for Adventure Games, but I guess we grew out of those in the late 90’s.
Immersion is hard. And evidently important.
Amidst the complaints Elder Scrolls Online receives (yes, random neuron firing here), one is how they focused on a nearly GUI-free experience. I’m beginning to understand their decision.
My goal for Ludum Dare 30 was to make a game that didn’t disappoint me. Instead, I think I discovered one of the issues holding me back. Just as good, I’d say.
- I only had 24 hours so I went sleepless. Too excited to sleep.
- The physics of the bird was the hardest to tweak. It still needs a lot of work
- Procedurally generated world.
- Fart poo noises was done by my mouth, not my bottom.
- Music was done with garage band
Playable here http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?uid=34676
My first ever Ludum Dare! I was dared by a coworker to enter and make a game on Friday!
Enjoy playing Jacob’s Ladder here!
Jacob’s Ladder is an attempt at meeting my goals here.
I have had many successes through the last two days!
[x] Intro Splashes / Animations
[x] learned to make materials / textures / normal maps
[x] GUI Buttons
[x] city maze : Jacobs Ladder level
[x] Audio, Music, Sounds
[x] Secondary Main Menu / SubMenu
[x] how-to-play / controls / input
[x] footstep sounds triggered when walking
Didn’t get around to adding :
[ ] skybox
[ ] Cross Maze Level (from brainstorming session at start of LD30)
I surprised even myself on what could be done it such a limited amount of time. I learned a lot and can now add the scripts I created to a personal script library to use in other game dev projects!
Ludum Dare For The Win!
(Screenshot) I don’t know why I give the characters such creepy faces: the game is a basic platformer XD
Graphic assets: done
Tomorrow, I’ll have to do all the level-design & the sound fx. Everything should be done without too much panic for the Jam. (And I will even have time to watch some 30 Rock episode).