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Ludum Dare Game Jam

Ludum Dare 29 Game Jam is coming up in April

April 25 - 28th

http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/rules/ 

This will be the 3rd Ludum  Dare we've run a meetup for.

How we typically run the meetup for the jam: 

- We meetup on the Friday before the theme is released, and everyone can form teams or discuss ideas

- On Saturday we'll meet up at the university from 9am - 11pm (or earlier/later)

- Sometime in the next weeks we all meet up and talk about the JAM/ show off our games.


I would welcome people to come down to that even if they aren't participating, we're keeping it pretty casual, so if you want to just meetup on the Friday and that's it, that is cool too!

I'll get more details on the classroom once we figure that part out.

I would encourage everyone to come out. We will help you find a team if you're an artist/musician/ etc 

Let us know if you have any questions.

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  • Russ D.

    By the way there is a Ludum Dare sub-reddit if anyone wants to post their game there: http://www.reddit.com/r/ludumdare/

    May 2, 2014

  • David K.

    Had a really fun time during the short time I was involved! Fantastic to see teams come together to comple games, this event really provided some motivation. I was forced to learn a lot just trying to make a crappy video for our game (my first video ever).

    It's a teaser for Demon Shanker 2:
    https://github.com/jyapayne/DemonShanker2/blob/master/Video/ds2-teaser.mp4

    April 30, 2014

  • Radu M.

    This was a lot of fun, unfortunately I could only put in a few hours on Saturday so my ant simulator is far from finished and not in a stable state...following pheromones is a hard problem to solve :)

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Immense amounts of fun were had! I loved working in a team with the guys and sharing in the laughs and amazing puns. :)

    April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Shank you for hosting! How did your game end up?

      April 28, 2014

    • Russ D.

      Not a problem! My game turned out ok. Didn't get it finished so it's too short, but it was fun jamming away anyways.

      April 30, 2014

  • Russ D.

    Sorry I'm late to post! Here is my game:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-29/?action=preview&uid=25660

    I ran out of time so it isn't as long or as polished as I wanted but oh well. I'm looking forward to playing everyones' games!

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome game :) Reminds me of Journey. But I can't figure out what to do after I get to the end with all the guys in the circle. I took the green thing they gave me up to the sun, but nothing seemed to happen.

      April 29, 2014

    • Farhan Q.

      thanks for the feedback. Yeah, we didn't plan an ending, so there's nothing to do once you activate the statues.

      April 30, 2014

  • Craig P.

    I added everyone's Ludum Dare games to the website http://www.calgarygamedevelopers.com/ludum-dare-29/

    April 29, 2014

  • Ryan D.

    I forgot to add my game to the site. I didn't finish it but here it is if anyone wants to try it.
    It is a text adventure, you try to collect the crystals that will let you escape and avoid the monster that chases you (is attracted to sound). I didn't get the monster done, but everything else is there.
    (SOUND WARNING: THE BEEPS MIGHT COME OUT OF YOUR PC SPEAKER INSTEAD OF THE SOUNDCARD)
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5310361/TremorsText.zip

    April 29, 2014

  • Paul M. O.

    There was shanking, what more could you ask for!

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Randy

    Here is what team Demon Shanker came up with:

    http://rfurman.ca:81/games/DemonShanker2.html

    We will be posting the game on Ludum shortly!

    April 28, 2014

  • Craig P.

    It was great seeing everyone over the weekend. Someone correct me if my count is off but I think we had 12 participants at Waves, 10 participants at the U of C and two working remotely. If you submit, post your game link here so we can try them out. I'll also update our website to include them. Shanks.

    April 28, 2014

  • Farhan Q.

    The weather is shit, so i won't be making it out today (saturday).

    April 26, 2014

  • Kyle R.

    After much discussion we've settled on Waves on 17th @ 7pm. (I'll be there a bit earlier) Waves Coffee House[masked]th Ave SW #102
    Calgary, AB T3H 0N9 https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Waves+Coffee+House/@51.037626,-114.085502,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x537170205f4583ad:0x16ad1c5c96e2e5f8

    April 24, 2014

    • Jennifer D.

      Yay! :D

      April 24, 2014

    • Kyle R.

      Just to clarify, it's the Waves across the street from Tubby Dog. (in case that link didn't work)

      April 24, 2014

  • Pierce Z.

    Where would you be meeting on Friday?

    March 27, 2014

    • Ryan D.

      Has there been a decision about where everyone is meeting tomorrow?

      April 24, 2014

    • Russ D.

      Thought we had a place lined up, just realized it won't work. Trying to find another place now - more info soon!

      April 24, 2014

  • Farhan Q.

    I'm working with dylan again over skype/steam, so i'll be missing the coffee meetup. I might come by on saturday.

    April 1, 2014

    • Russ D.

      Am I still showing up as an Admiral of some sort? Craig demoted me over a week ago.

      April 24, 2014

    • Farhan Q.

      no it doesn't show anymore...but we all know....................­.....sir.

      April 24, 2014

  • Kyle R.

    The Ludum Dare Theme Voting has begun

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2014/04/19/ludum-dare-29-theme-voting-begins/

    log in and vote now!

    April 21, 2014

    • Craig P.

      What are the odds that Pepsi Consultant wins? haha.

      April 21, 2014

    • Russ D.

      I'm kinda disappointed that it didn't make the cut now. I had this vision of my game where you play a guy shooting personified Coke cans, getting a power up that turns you into 'Pepsi Max' and having Dr. Pepper come by every so often to heal you.

      April 24, 2014

  • Russ D.

    Ludum Dare deals have started:

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2014/04/09/ludum-deals-for-ld29/

    Included are several game-making platforms (inc. drag-n-drop and visual scripting), tile set, sprite, and animation software discounted or even free. Check them out!

    Personally I'm pretty interested CraftStudio - looks like a very promising tool for making games for a non-coder like me.

    April 23, 2014

    • Russ D.

      Thanks Kyle. I had looked a Playmaker when I was considering Unity. I've since picked up UE4 which boasts their 'Blueprint' visual scripting tool. So far I've had pretty good success with it.

      April 23, 2014

    • David K.

      For 2D games I recommend MOAI, it's easy to use and free. www.getmoai.com

      April 23, 2014

  • Paul M. O.

    I would love to join a team as a music/sound designer. I'm inexperienced in game development, but I'm a software developer by trade, so I would love to be a part of the implementation of the sounds/music as well.

    April 1, 2014

    • Kyle R.

      For sure! I'd be down to work with a music/ sound person. Plus I'm sure there will be a bunch of people in need of that music/sound. We can figure something out.

      April 22, 2014

    • Paul M. O.

      Awesome! Really looking forward to this!

      April 23, 2014

  • Craig P.

    This tool for generating game ideas came out today. Thinking I might use it for Ludum Dare (requires Unity plugin) http://www.quickfingers.net/sharp-game-ideas/

    April 23, 2014

  • Russ D.

    A classroom at the University of Calgary has been reserved for all day Saturday (9am-11pm, but we can go earlier / stay later if we want). Still working on a good spot for Friday night - if anyone has a suggestion post it!

    April 9, 2014

    • Pierce Z.

      Did we make a decision on the Friday location? I'd like to come, just need to know where it's going to be on Friday.

      April 22, 2014

    • Russ D.

      Not yet. Will post something before Friday.

      April 22, 2014

  • Russ D.

    The Ludum Dare Theme Slaughter has begun! Help narrow down the themes here: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/

    April 15, 2014

    • Craig P.

      Anything is better than "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Jennifer D.

      Craig that's a theme I like to call "Ignored" xD

      April 19, 2014

  • Hilmi A.

    How long would the meeting on Friday take place for? I

    March 31, 2014

    • Craig P.

      I do not know the plan for Ludum Dare 29.
      However historically LD27 we met at Waves Coffee, some of us stayed until 1am. LD28 we met at Starbucks, I think we left by 10pm. Anyone is free to leave whenever they want.

      March 31, 2014

    • David K.

      Waves is nice because they have a boardroom. Also I have office space nearby, but it's small, ideal for 4-6 people.

      April 1, 2014

  • David K.

    Sweet, my schedule is clear to make it! Already have some fun ideas to throw into the ring.

    March 27, 2014

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