Category «Game Jam»

Mini Ludum Dare 37, a not-game jam (part 1)

Last month, which means 2012's September, it was up to me to host the "Mini Ludum Dare" - the 37th installment of this relaxed little game jam. As I love Ludum Dare and the community it surrounds I signed up as a MiniLD host at least a year in advance. And suddenly, it happened! I chose the theme "Not-Game" (as I also love irony) and wrote a lengthy announcement post, so people would know what not-games even are. The secondary theme "Real Real-Time" was meant as much as an alternative for those who hate not doing games, as it was also another kind of food for thought.

I'm proud to be able to report that a whopping number of 54 (not-)games were submitted, with only two of the entries not being related to the themes in any way, this one and that one. The entries are very diverse - some are sophisticated and clever, some are neat, and only a few are just jokes which mock the theme (which I don't mind).

My own entry is a 3D model viewer. To make it more enjoyable, the 3D models are presented in a very game-similar environment, but ultimately it's just a random-generated museum. I call it "The Modeleum", and you can submit your own OBJ models, if you want. In the beginning I wanted to create some kind of a "internet visualizer" which would present images and links of a website in a gallery-like 3D environment - unfortunately, getting the pictures from a site which is more than just a simple HTML document proved to be quite tricky (and not much fun to do).

Jana submitted a two-player board game named "The Bored Game", and I can honestly tell that it's fun to play despite (or because of) its obvious simplicity. All you need to play it are the rules and some colored cards (or a printer).

Now following is the first batch of games and not-games that were submitted. The order is random-ish, because this is not about quality or popularity!

A Bad Day On The Toilet, by Thurig: You sit on a toilet and all you want is to take a dump. But you have the totally funny Crohn's Disease and now it becomes a live-threatening adventure!

A New World, by plule: The daily work can be very relaxing, if all you have to do is staring at a screen staring at a screen starting at a screen staring at a screen staring at a screen staring at a screen

Adrift - A realtime castaway simulator, by Tyen: Don't get seasick! You stand on a boat and watch the sky. Doesn't really need more!

Alternet, by Jedi: Everyone can participate - a multiplayer sandbox with randomized Wikipedia textures. It's a big world to explore, and can get bigger!

Bus Stop, by Connors: You sit on a bench. You wait for the bus. Minutes later, the bus comes. You get on the bus. I don't know what happens if you don't enter it!

Conway's Game Of Life on Arduino - anachrocomputer: You need a Nokia display for this one - and an Arduino!

Cube Mark, by Arowx: A lot of cubes pop up, until your computer slows down. Then: a number appears!

Dot, by Gallefray: Can you hear it clickin'?

Escape!, by fr-automatik: Wait, this is the wrong Ludum Dare! But, oh well, it fits nicely. A man in a prison, and a lot of opportunities to get out.

Game Developer Life, by Jacic: This thing contains nothing but pure truth: everybody hates your games. (Okay, now and then your mom should appear and say that she loves it even though she doesn't know what it is.)

GTFTSTG - Go the Fuck to Sleep the (not) Game, by aquasheep:  This is a benchmark for how much you're qualified to be a parent.

Hello World, by timgarbos: Please leave a message after the *beep* ... - well, I created the one behind that thing! Search for it! A moving capsule in a cube world - usually the first thing you do in every Unity project, but this time it's actually pure enjoyment.

Math Pet, by dem0: I think I should feed it. But why the hell does it want me to calculate 123*456? I'm not the one sitting in a computer!

A Grid With Some Adventure In, by Norgg: Well, it is a grid, with some adventure in. (But only if you actually type in something adventurous.)

Chameleon, by Tempest: Quick, open your colored pencil box! A new way to use your good old webcam.

That's it for now! Rest comes later!

Ludum Dare 24 and Mini Ludum Dare 37

The voting results for the big Ludum Dare 24 are in! The theme was the long awaited "Evolution", and together (which means Jana, Björn and me) we created a game that could be described as the evolution of Shodan or a similar evil AI. In our entry kernel exception you start with two robots (and a security cam) and try to get in control of a whole randomly generated space station by hacking and zombifying its inhabitants.

After the more or less disappointing results  for my last Ludum Dare game, Wunderworld, I'm quite happy about the average ratings for our team effort: out of exactly 400 entries for the jam, we are #15 overall, and even cooler, #12 in the graphics category (which is kinda what we hoped for, as our team had two artists).

It was also nice to get mentioned on as one of 73 memorable games.

But wait, there's more!

Right after the results were published, the Mini Ludum Dare 37 started - and this time I am the one doing the hosting. A lot of thinking went into the theme, and therefore there are two: Not-Games is the main theme, and for everybody who doesn't like simulators / serious games / art games, I created the alternative theme Real Real-Time (which means that your entry should depend on the real time outside the computer).

The main reason why I chose those themes was the urge to trigger people to do more unusual games, at least more unusual than usual. Something to make people thinking outside the box. Not-games are a nice way to think about the rigid definitions of what we believe games are and should be, and if there should be rules regarding game design at all. The real-time thing is another direction in this regard.

I hope to see some exciting entries for this Mini Ludum Dare, and I surely will write about them here on our blog!

TRI takes a nap

Tri sleeps a while

Hey Rat fans and TRIer,

after so many months of developing and prototyping we unfortunately have to let our little TRI take a longer nap. The reason is quite simple: money. The purses need to get refilled, which means we do some contract work for now. We are very sorry for this delay, and have to confess that we were always a bit naive about the release date. TRI was growing, but too much into a direction we couldn't handle anymore. This also means that we will adjust the design and scope of the game to be a better fit for a two-headed team.

But we will continue working on TRI - by the beginning of next year!

And you will hear from us soon enough. There is still the voting going on for the Ludum Dare #24; the Indie Buskers will be back with special guests for a second jam; and Friedrich is going to host the Mini Ludum Dare #37 at the end of September. TRI may be asleep now, but the Rat King isn't!

Stay tuned!

Kernel Exception - Ludum Dare #24 August 2012

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