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Ludum Dare Launch Meetup

UPDATE - We are changing the Meetup location to the LaunchHouse in Shaker Heights. I will be ordering pizza & pop at 8:00 PM (optional $5 cash buy-in if interested) and then socializing / preparing for the Ludum Dare theme announcement at 10:00 PM. I am planning on being at LaunchHouse until midnight, possibly later.

UPDATE 2 - Just wanted to make sure that everyone knows this meetup is only for Friday night. The Ludum Dare game jam runs all weekend but this meetup is just to socialize and get a few hours of work done. After Friday night, you will need to work from home or another location. Also, we will not be facilitating creating teams or projects. If you are interested in forming a team, mention it in the attached comments.

Hello members,

On April 20th at 10 PM EST, the 23rd Ludum Dare game jam event will be kicking off and I am planning on participating. If you are unable to make this meetup and are still interested in Ludum Dare, mention it in the Comments section below and hopefully we can setup an IRC chat channel for the weekend.

Ludum Dare is a regular accelerated game development Event. Participants develop games from scratch in a weekend, based on a theme suggested by the community. The event attracts developers from all sides of the industry. Students, hobbyists, industry professionals from many well respected game studios, as well as many independent game developers.

This event is open to everyone. Participants can choose to take part in the 48 hour solo "Compo" event or form a team and tackle the 72 hour "Jam" event. I recommend that people interested in forming teams do so in advance using the Comments section of this meetup.

To learn more, visit these links or email me any questions you might have...

And here's the official announcement from the Ludum Dare website...

Ludum Dare 23 – 10 Year Anniversary – Weeks away!
Posted by PoV (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
March 31st,[masked]:49 am
Our 23rd main event is coming up in just a few weeks. It also marks the 10th anniversary of our very first event! You can check out the theme list of all the events run in the past 10 years over here, as well as some of the results (Our archival of the early days could have been better though).

Last time, Ludum Dare 22, we had an incredible 891 games submitted. This time we’re looking to break the record again, and what better way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary than to make over 1000 games!

So with that, we’d like you to help us spread the word! Tell your friends, tell your classmates, tell your co-workers, tell everyone! We want this next event to be big huge!

Veterans of Ludum Dare’s past, I want to send a special invitation out to you too. Especially if you haven’t competed in years, we’d love to see you back for this one. Ten year anniversaries only come so often ‘eh.

Thanks everyone! We hope to see you taking part in Ludum Dare 23!

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  • Matt P.

    I setup an IRC channel on Mibbit. Here's the server info: and the Channel info: #ClevelandGameDevs

    April 20, 2012

  • Matt P.

    I just wanted to share with the participants that the Final Round of community voting has just started here: . I'm rooting for "minimalism" and "tiny world". Also, the interactive keynote (a large 5MB Flash) by developer Chevy Ray has been posted as well. Be patient, it will take a while to load.

    See you guys tomorrow night!

    April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have future events like this, you can use my facility. Funutation has a multipurpose room for events like this. Can hold about 14 people comfortably. We offer this FREE to non-profits (for now)

    April 18, 2012

  • Matt P.

    Another quick update to the event posting. Please note that this "Launch" event is only taking place on Friday night. Participants will need to continue working from home or another location after it concludes.

    April 18, 2012

  • Matt P.

    Just wanted to share that Theme Voting for Ludum Dare 23 has begun! Each day a new set of themes will be voted on and thinned ot until the big unveiling on Friday. You just need to create an account on the Ludum Dare website to participate. Here's the link:

    April 15, 2012

  • Matt P.

    Please note that the location of this event has changed to the LaunchHouse in Shaker Heights. More info is posted in the summary.

    April 10, 2012

  • Matt P.

    Just wanted to mention that due to a family commitment on Saturday I am planning to work solo and fallback to using HTML5. I don't quite feel confident enough to use Unity, even with Sam's fantastic presentation yesterday. :)

    April 8, 2012

  • Jarryd H.

    IHOP is less than 10 minutes away from me. I'm going to try and make it to this.

    April 8, 2012

  • Scott

    I am interested in Ludum Dare this year. I think I might be ready to give it a good try. But I don't think I can make it to IHOP.

    April 8, 2012

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