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Ludum Dare 28 Real World Meetup

Once again Ludum Dare is having a competition and jam, and once again we are hosting the meetup for it!  There will be inspiration, and games, and all the things needed to make such things, like power and tables and chairs! (Bring your own laptop and other tools.)  Come on down and show us what you can make in a weekend!

See for more information and rules.

I will have more details and information as we get closer to the date.

See you all here!

Edit:  It's now closer to the date!  For old hands, the following information should be familiar, for new people, read the following!

The location is[masked]th Street, as mentioned, but you will need to dial #0230 on the phone near the door when you get there.  I or another staff member will buzz open the door for you.

The museum will on its regular open hours on Saturday and Sunday (12:00-6:00pm).  This means the general public will be wandering in and out, so don't be mean to them, but you are welcome to recruit them to be your playtesters.

I generally kick people out at midnight.  The alarm on my phone will go off at 11:30pm, at point I will make an announcement to make sure no one misses the last Bart train.  Every time there are rumors that a staff person will stay overnight to accommodate those who want to stay all night; such rumors have been occurring this time as well; but I make no guarantees on that.  I generally get in at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

We generally tell people to bring their own laptops and other peripherals needed.  Due to the museum getting sponsors and such, we have another room filled with computers, with free dev tools (Unity Blender Gimp Twine Scratch I can't remember all of the software on them).  So it won't be quite such a pain if you don't have a development laptop.  I still recommend you bring your own, though.

I still have no sponsor for food.  :(  My finances are such that I can't personally afford pizza for all of you.  There are nearby burrito places, pizza places that deliver, lots of options that are happy when we visit on a weekend because business is usually slow then.  We won't starve.  If your boss or company likes sponsoring small groups and would want you to hand out postcards and pizza, I would be thrilled.

The theme is announced when the event starts (6:00pm Friday night).  However, the servers at Ludum Dare, to my knowledge, never survive the masses refreshing the webpage at that moment.  It is also announced on the IRC server.  We will be watching it to get the theme to you as soon as possible.

There may be some video streaming occurring at the event.  Every time, I want to do some video to share the geeky fun that goes on, but every time I do a not-very-good job at this.  I will probably set something up, and if anyone has a better video presence than I do, I would be grateful for assistance.  If you are shy and don't want to be on video, let me know, and I will point the camera the other way.

I also like to finish with an informal "these are the games we made!" show and tell.  I also like to stream this.  This basically involves setting up the projector and doing a little play-through while you tell us about the game and the difficulties and bugs and awesomeness.  I also like to stream this, and if I get overwhelmed it may be the only thing I stream.

Wow, that's a lot!  If there is anything I forgot, I will add it here.  See you all soon!

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  • Jim C.

    Hey everyone. Sorry I bailed early. If any of you want to connect I'm at and

    December 17, 2013

  • Vincent Le Q.

    Thanks for organizing this. I only came for the last few hours but it was very fun, and I got to see all games presented.

    This is my entry BTW,

    I updated the graphics from the version showed live.

    December 16, 2013

  • Jethro

    Hi all! The MADE would be interested in writing a post for their blog about this event, and would also like to link to all the games created for this. So, in that light, it would be nice if everyone would post links to their game here, so I can collect them and send them that way. I know that some of you have already done so, but I also know I can't find them all.

    Also this way I can go over to LD and rate your game. :) In that thought, my game is at

    Even if you didn't make it feel free to post a link to your game here. For those of you who didn't make Sunday night, we showed seven games.

    Cheers and thanks to everyone for coming out!

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, thanks for a fun weekend! Here's the link to our game:

    December 15, 2013

  • Ethan K.

    Jethro, Here's my link:


    Max, A Girl & Her Cat's color palette, hints, pixel animation, and audio are tight!

    December 15, 2013

  • Max K.

    Sorry I couldn't make it back, guys. Crashed pretty hard. Finished a build, though!

    December 15, 2013

  • A. Karriem A.

    Cu there

    December 14, 2013

  • Max K.

    Hey guys, is it hopping over yonder?

    December 14, 2013

  • Max K.

    Gonna hang home tonight to concentrate on getting started, but I'll be in tomorrow when traffic isn't so narsty coming from SF.

    December 13, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Hey, I screwed up my foot pretty badly this morning, so getting to the jam space will be hard for me. Is anybody driving there, who can pick me up on the way? I live near Fruitvale BART

    December 12, 2013

  • Tyriq P.

    aah wish I could go but between things and other things it looks like I won't be able to make this one. Have fun y'all!

    December 12, 2013

  • Vincent Le Q.

    I'll be in Sunday only for the finallee. This will be my first game jam at a real world gathering. Good luck everyone

    December 10, 2013

  • Ethan K.

    I'll be there Saturday and Sunday, looking for you to play! Observing your experience makes the game a lot more fun.

    Due to Friday the 13th parties, I won't be there Friday night. If you're interested, I'll be making a simple, fun Flash game. Here's one Duncan and I made at the MADE earlier this year and others I and sometimes more people made at previous Ludum Dare game jams.

    December 7, 2013

  • Jethro

    Frequently I get asked how one prepares for a Ludum Dare. I frequently recommend that people partake in warmup weekend, if they haven't done gamejams before. However, I also frequently somehow manage not to mention this before it happens! To prevent that, I'm telling you now.

    If you haven't done something like this before, and you are worried that you can't make a game in two days, I'd say head over to this page
    follow some of their advice, ask questions there (or here), try it out!

    Because you have to rely on your tools and your knowledge so much, I frequently say the best way to know how to do a game jam... is to have experience having done a game jam. Unfortunately, I won't be partaking. Cheers!

    December 5, 2013

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