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Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds
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    Planetoid Pilgrim – POSTMORTEM: Space Exploration and Morality Experiment

    Posted by
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 5:14 am


    Hello, everyone! I’m Shaquille Stoutamire (Defacid/Acid) and I had a lot of fun with Ludum Dare this year! I’m really excited that, even though I still had a lot going on, I managed to finish my entry! It’s not as fleshed out as I wanted it to be, but I submitted it in time… with a whole minute to spare!


    - Randomly generated worlds with terrain and plantlife variations

    - Pretty decent gravity and rocket physics (there are definitely bugs, but it’s relatively solid)

    - Basis to a leveling system


    - Fleshing out the level system to actually DO something

    - Adding outposts and environmental interactions like gathering resources and using them to survive

    - Spending too much time on the planet generation: I had already build a similar system before, funnily enough for a previous Ludum Dare, but I ran into an error didn’t want to look at it or use that code base – when I do a game jam, I like to work from scratch in the engine/IDE that I’m using. Next time, even if I’m not going to copy and paste, I’ll at least look. :P

    - Actually fleshing out the morality element. Right now, the player themselves has to ask the question of “Why am I killing these little guys?” when experience doesn’t change anything about the gameplay. But I wanted to actually add something of value to the mix like planets losing color saturation when you kill enemies, but you get something in return so you have to weigh whether or not it’s worth it to kill these defenseless little guys.

    - Clearing my schedule for the event. It was unavoidable (school, watching my son, my car broke down haha) but it still definitely hurt my game. I lost AT LEAST 24 hours due to obligations and 8 to sleeping. So I ended up with about 12 or so game dev hours at the maximum. :(

    I’m going to port my game to HTML5 within the next day so that more people will play it! But within the next 20 days, I’m going to play as many other compo entries as possible! I will make sure to play and rate every game of every person who rates and comments on my game.


    Posted by
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 11:10 am

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    Cosmic Conga Title

    Cosmic Conga Screenshot

    Cosmic Conga is a fast paced strategy game that may… or may not be, balanced :P

    Most of the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive (thanks everyone!) with the one exception of a psychotically insane AI difficulty.

    Fancy a challenge? Try and beat the original LD submission Play [Web]

    Sick of that stupid AI? Try our brand spanking new ‘balanced’ version Play Balanced [Web]

    I stress ‘balanced’ as I’ve spent so much time testing this build I’m not entirely sure what constitutes ‘difficult’ anymore :P

    Thanks to everyone who helps make Ludum Dare possible,

    And congrats to everyone who submitted, the entries keep getting better every time.


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    telecaster – exploration space game

    Posted by
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 8:39 pm


    Telecaster is a game where you click Planets to Telecast to them in your Ship. Once abroad, various local effects occur that affect your mission. The goal is to acquire as many resources as possible in your exploration of all castable planets. 

    Written in ImpactJS using an old template (Hence why this is a Jam) 

    EDIT: (8-24-14 1:50pm PST) Way more to do, way more planets, better sprites, tons of kind-of-instructive text! 
    You take your crew on an epic voyage through the telecaster, embarking on strange new worlds and frequently being sought out by the local wildlife. You are are a voyage to get as many Crystals as possible, they are required by your civilization to survive. If your crew dies, your fuel runs out, or your hull gets destroyed: You and your people lose. Winning is simply a trade off between the long sought out Crystals and the precious (but expendable) lives of your crew. Post screenshots of your high score with a brief bio of your Captain for a chance to be included in the next round of new planets! 


    And also a reddit link!


    Space Battle SoundCloud

    Posted by (twitter: @quaIiaa)
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014 3:20 pm
    Song: Space Battle

    Song: Space Battle

    Explore space!

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014 6:37 am

    That’s how our space exploration idle game looks like at the moment. You will be able to manage ressource and population production, research space travel and discover new stuff!

    Space Exploration Idle Game

    Progress at start of Day 2

    Posted by
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014 4:38 am
    So, I finished day one, got some sleep (okay, maybe a lot of sleep), and now I’m ready for Day 2.
    I’m really basically done already, now it’s just time for polish (can’t have missiles just popping from one place to another and call it ‘teleporting’), more effects, and so on. Also need to build a UI for the win/lose screen, the intro and title screen.

    Going to space!

    Posted by (twitter: @@MechanicMoon)
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014 2:42 am

    Greetings from Mechanic Moon Studio!

    We are now working on a brand new project for this #LD30. Our temporal title is “Star Tycoons” and with this game we want to create a space simulator centered on planetary commerce.
    Sounds awesome isn’t it? Let´s get into business!

    Players will take control of one of the two main corporations who rules one planet with the purpose of monopolize the passanger and cargo transport market. In order to do so, players will conquer moons and establish trade routes between them. Did I mention that there is a huge neutral space station in the middle?

    If you want to win this game you will have the chance of hiring transport spaceships to trade three different resources. Remember that laws of offer and supply will apply here, do your best to make your colony prosper or perish!


    Our develop Schedule is the following:

    -Saturday: In one hand main graphic design was made but on the other hand we achieve a big leap in coding and GIU. For example, we already have emerging and moving windows on the main screen.

    -Sunday: It´s time to create the path between planets and moons as well as the planetary development issues such as trade ports and satellites. In a second step we will implement the resource trade system. Lastly (and hopefully) we will develop the enemy corporation AI system.

    - Monday: Dynamic and random events so you cannot expect what is coming next. And if our brains didn’t melt it would be the time to test and implement several of the past tasks as well as implementation of final art and sounds/music to the game.

    Stay tuned for more information about our Project. We are really thrilled about this! Space, were going to the space!

    Space Trading Game

    Posted by (twitter: @https://twitter.com/damrem)
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 7:07 pm

    Screenshot at halftime

    I decided to take part in LD30 a bit late, but here it goes… I am making a space trading game using Haxeflixel under Flash Develop.

    My main issue now is the inventory management, that I did not forethink enough, so I will have to refactor things towards more mapping. I feel like haxe enums and typedef would be useful here, but 2 days are not enough to play with those… Since I got stuck tonight, did work on the GFX and the UI.

    I guess I won’t be able to make the original plan, which was to have several ships to manage, to transport people as well as goods, and to defend against space pirates…But got to cut things off! At least, I hope I’ll have time to add some more merchandizes and GFX.

    Good night to all, and rest well before day #2!

    I’m Back!, And Starting a new project(NEED YOUR IDEAS!!!!)

    Posted by (twitter: @JammyJames123)
    Thursday, July 31st, 2014 2:07 am

    Hi guys and gals, I am back. After my extremely long time away from game dev xD. But yeah, I am working on a new game. Called Space Life(Don’t know if that is already taken but I don’t think it is) it is a 2D clone of 0x10c( “nought to the ten c” ) which “Was” a project notch was working on before he scrapped it and said he would rather work on small games. Although, it has the communtities touch to it. It is set very far into the future. Too many numbers for my brain to remember xD.

    But yeah, I was thinking if you guys could give me any ideas on the game-play. Remember this game is set in the future, so please don’t add anything like “Wooden Slingshot” xD. Also, the game is a RPG(Role-Playing game). Just to keep that in mind. So the game will vary in classes, races, skills, vehicles, weapons, personalities, planets ETC. The game also features an on-board computer(Like notches D-CPU, only that it is more futuristic and no-way features any of notches storyline ETC). So here is a thing of things you guys could possibly add to it:

    • Races(E.G. Humanoid, other “Off-world” species)
    • Classes(E.G. Smuggler, Soldier, Civilian,  rogue, pilot, what ever you can think of :P)
    • Planets(E.G.I plan having a lot of these, so every type of player can “Fit” into the game)
    • Random Encounters(E.G. Ship failures, Smuggler raids on your ship, going into a black hole)
    • Currencies(Different types for different planets)
    • Languages(For different races/species)
    • Weapons(Guns, Ranged, Melee(Any type of weapon))
    • Background stories of Characters and planets
    • Types of Music people listen to in the world
    • Food
    • Drink
    • Dating system(E.G. Calendars, time keeping(How is this done on different planets?)
    • Anything else you would like to add

    Remember, I want the game to be everyone’s idea. You guys can shape the world, add things, remove things ETC. Just no bad things…



    The help is REALLY appreciated :D :D :D

    -James(The guy’s post you wasted like 3 mins of your life on)

    P.S. You can also mail me at coolcodman123@gmail.com if you have any further queries or things you would like to add.

    Games I liked so far!

    Posted by (twitter: @@fox_in_soxx)
    Sunday, May 4th, 2014 12:32 pm

    It’s hard to belive, but it’s not even a week after we finished our work on Losing it and moved on with our lives. Bud even after the three days of development, Ludum Dare didn’t end for me. Quite the opposite. I started checking different games from other creators and damn… There are really many great game developers.

    I saddens me, that I will never be able to try all of the 2497 entries, but I can just hope, that the community really chooses the best among the bests.

    So till now, I tried and played more than 50 entries. I know that’s nothing compared to other users, but taking in account my busy life, it’s more than I expected. And I thought it would be nice to choose few of the games I enjoyed the most and let other people know about these little masterpieces. It’s easy for a really well made game to get lost in the sea of other entries, so I took my time and decided to introduce you to a handful of creations I enjoyed: (Not in particular order)

    1. A happy place

    - More of an atmospheric experience than a classic form of a game, but if you don’t mind these kind of projects, you can’t go wrong with A happy place. This, again, is something I would describe as illustration of interactive art, but I let you decide on this matter.



    - Short, fun and impressively polished. This 3D experince puts you in the role of a sculptor, who tries to carve an alephant from a stone cube. The truth is, you are not really carving into the stone, but rather trying to get rid of the stone parts covering the elephant. But watch out. You can’t hit the sculpture itself, so your destruction can become a bit tricky. Extremely fun!


    3. Planet Corp

    - I have no idea how the guys managed to finish a game so polished, but Planet Corp is fun, pretty and even well designed. It doesn’t come with any amazingly innovative ideas, but enhances old concepts and makes them fresh. Definitely a nice entry.


    4. Ridiculous Glitchez

    - It’s hard to get into the gameplay at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you are rewarded with fun and catchy mechanics. I admit, I am very fond of shiny and chaotic effects, but if they don’t hurt your eyes, you will enjoy a very appealing experience. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try!


    5. Yojimbrawl!

    Grab a friend and try this crazy 2-player fighter. A combination of classic fighter genre and a little bit of Nidhogg makes this game a unique title. Multiplayer entries get easily lost in the heap, but this one is worth your time.


    So, thanks for checking this list and give those cool games a try! They totally deserve it!

    Space: It’s So Hot Right Now

    Posted by (twitter: @franklinwebber)
    Sunday, January 5th, 2014 10:52 am

    Space is so hot right now. I recently purchased a NASA shirt from Target, the movie Gravity came out, I was playing through Strike Suit Zero and Lady Gaga is talking about performing in space. All of this inspired me to compose a few tracks with Space in mind.

    Planet Landing


    The album is a single continuous song with a slow, atmospheric start that transitions into tension filled tracks and others with driving beats. All of the music is free to use in your games with attribution. And if you do use a song: message me (@franklinwebber); I would love to see your work.



    During the long car rides, to see relatives, I drew 32×32 images to accompany each of the tracks. It was great fun. My first foray into the world of pixel art.

    Captain at His Chair

    Have you considered playing… Nero is Falling?

    Posted by (twitter: @leafthief)
    Monday, December 23rd, 2013 5:32 am

    Nero is Falling Title Image



    Hey guys. Last week we (@iossif Code, Design; @leafthief Art) finished our first team-game for the LD#48 game jam: Nero is Falling.
    We called it a “dramatic sci-fi puzzle game” in which you have to get off a spacecraft because it’s running out of oxygen. Your fellow crew members seem to have given up – the only way off the ship is an escape pod. However, only one of six pods is working.

    Nero is Falling ScreenshotNIF - MapEscape Pod

    So what players are actually doing is running around the ship using the arrow keys, trying to figure out which escape pod is the right one by talking to crew members and checking consoles (X).

    NPC portait from NERO is fallingThe version we submitted to the jam can be a bit confusing and has some rather rough edges but still: we’d very much appreciate if you GAVE IT A SHOT. We would also love to hear what you did/didn’t like about the game because we are currently discussing a post-jam version.
    Hope to be hearing from you,

    @leafthief and @iossif



    “ALONE/AWAKE” is done.. and so am I.

    Posted by (twitter: @paperblurt)
    Sunday, December 15th, 2013 8:39 am

    Done with my game now.

    It’s a Twine experiment which I’m not that pleased with. But I’m in the compo and I rather be a part of this than miss out. Tried to work a bit with animations, but due to really poor skills when it comes to animation (I salute those who can!) it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would..

    Anyways. Hope you’ll enjoy it, and that the “game/story/experiment” might provide you with something fun.

    // PaperBlurt


    Progress is being made!

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 15th, 2013 6:39 am

    So here’s a link to my webplayer:


    Aaaaand here’s a quick screenie:

    The progress so far

    The progress so far

    The concept is that you are humanity’s last hope! On board the last spaceship, is the only nuke the fleet has left. However the ship is heavily damaged and only has one engine left. Shot into a quantum tunnel aimed at the target planet, dodge the (non-existent) asteroids, comets, enemy ships and ship fire to destroy the enemy homeworld.

    You only get one button: Space to activate thruster.

    (‘a’ spawns a sphere that comes towards you – debug test!)

    Next things for me to do:

    - Add obstacles to dodge

    - Add HUD which helps to dodge obstacles

    - Add objective distance readout

    - Concept of speed and speed boosts

    - Menu/Splash screen

    - Intro

    - Audio (traditionally comes last!)


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