It’s Official: LD here we come!

LD (Ludum Dare) is approaching in a rapid pace, it’s this weekend!

Yet again I’ll participate with Atomic Vikings! And we’re going to have a blast of course!

Last time we participated we managed to snag rank 10! It’s going to be hard to beat but I hope we succeed cuz this time we have 2 additional members with us!

Riina, a 2d artist who joined us the days before the last LD but was unable to fully participate, she did turn up just in time to help us make a better looking logo for the game.

Olive, a 2d artist who joined just a few days ago. He’s very talented and very eager to make games! He’s multitalented, He can code a little and make some music as well.
He made this game on Android, and I highly suggest you should check it out: Tiny Fruit


Both are of course welcome to the team and let’s kick some A-double-S in LD!

Our “We’re-in-post” can be found here if you want more details!


Why I Love … Ludum Dare

Hey there,

It’s been some time since I made my last post and now I thought it was time again. I’ve been thinking about making this post for a couple of days now, what to write, how to phrase things and what I actually want to say.

It should be simple, I mean, the title of this post is quite simple. But the feeling I get from Ludum dare, I can’t describe it with any words known to man. I’ll give it a try anyway.

I hold the Ludum Dare community close to my heart. Every single member, young and old.
On each single event (arranged 3 times per year) I feel great joy as I see the attention brought to the event and the entire indie-game industry. Seeing how the main IRC-channel tripples in participants the day before the event launch forces my eye to shed a tear of joy and makes my lips form into a giant smile.
Seeing how the flow of tweets hits you like an avalanche is an amazing feeling. Knowing that you’re a part of something huge.

Hey, I’m focusing too much on the event itself…
The core community, that spends 24/7 of their time in LD’s IRC channel, are just amazing. If you ever have a programming problem, question or just want to discuss new technologies you’re welcome to LD’s main channel. Everyone is very helpful and open-minded. I’ve seen countless of interesting discussions, countless of people receiving aid with a piece of code and litteraly thousands of ideas being discussed.
When I enter the IRC chat every morning, it feels like I arrive at a campfire where everyone is gathered. I take a seat and I feel like I’m at home.

That’s another amazing thing with Ludum dare (and indie gamedev in general). I met some of my closest friends via the community, none of them is from my country(Sweden)! Before I encountered Ludum Dare, I’d never taken part in an international gamedev project. Now, I’ve taked part in several and I’m even leading some of my own.
The level of international coorperation seen in the community and event are just out of this world.. If we could bring this to a global scale and into the heart of every single human being, we wouldn’t be far off achieving a World Peace…

The greatest tool the human possess, is the imagination…

So, If you’ve really managed to read all the way down here.. I thank you.

And always remember…

Programmers – Never stop typing.
Artists – Never stop drawing.
Musicians – Never stop playing your instruments.
Writers  – Never stop imagining.

GameDevs Unite.

Just a thought…

…that I find kind of sad…

Within the first hour of the theme announcement during this weekends Ludum Dare challenge.. I saw several developers saying in the IRC that they won’t attend cause of the theme… It’s just heartbreaking to see that they didn’t give the theme a real chance..
The following first 12 hours I saw severals posts on the Ludum dare page dictating the same thing, more developers quitting…

In my mind, it’s important to really give it a try. Sure I may hate the theme.. But following the theme is optional. Sure you’ll get really poor “theme-ratings”… Who cares? Make a game, make it awesome and if you can – Implement something that represents the theme.

To me… The theme is not important.. Making a game is… And having fun of course…

LD weekend is over, back to routine.

Yes. The weekend is over.
Technically it was over yesterday, but as I took a day off work to be able to participate fully in LD it was still weekend to me.

So our entry is up for rating. It has been for a few hours. Overall, the bugs are a painful presence but at least so far the the comments have been positive, people really seem to enjoy the graphics :).

During this week we’ll polish more on the game. Remove bugs, destroy it and rebuild it. So just because the LD event is over, we won’t stop caring about our game.  A new version is to be expected in a few days.

Atomic vikings isn’t going to sleep either. As soon as tonight we’re going to have a meeting concerning how the weekend went and what we’re going to do until next LD.
We’re going to kick-off our own game project, which will be part of a game pack we’re making. The game pack will basically be what we call “tribute pack”. The games in this pack are tributes to old classical games. Where we take a lot of inspiration from the oldies and put them in a modern environment with our graphical style.
We also found a lot of bugs in our engine that needs to be fixed. We also learned that the structure of the engine need to be fixed, version 0.2 of Viking2d will be very different from version 0.1 at least.

We finished!

We finished our game in time for the submission, with 2 hours left!
We did have to cut out a few features but we’ll add them later this week. We’ve decided to continue polish a bit on our game and make a proper game out of it.

The weekend has been stressful, hard, filled with tears blood and sweat. We’ve worked our asses off and I hope you guys will enjoy the game!

You can read our submission here and you can also download the game.  Ludum Dare

Now it’s time for some rest, got work tomorrow. Cya then!

Final round!

Final round is up! And as anticipated: ’10 Seconds’ is there. I predict it will probably be the theme and I’ve already started spawning some ideas around that theme.
What can you do in 10 seconds? Actually. Quite a lot. So I hope we won’t be seeing a lot of games where you just have to click the screen to most you can for 10 seconds…
I’d love to see some awesome small games where you have to solve a puzzle in 10 seconds… Save someones live in 10 seconds… Survive in 10 seconds… I don’t know! Awesome games at least!

It’s only tomorrow… Then it’s time for Ludum Dare… I can’t wait!!! (Yes. This deserves a fufufu).

Are you curious? What did I vote for the final round?
I’ve been giving away my voting preferences for the previous 4 rounds.. Should I give away what I voted for the final round ? 😉
Of course 🙂 Here they are!



Round 4! Getting close!

The timer has now passed 1 day, 18 hours. I’m starting to feel the tingling sensation in my stomach, just like a little child on christmas eve.
What will the theme be?
Am I ready?
What game will I make?

Questions… Questions are spinning around in my head ^^. Questions that won’t be answered until Saturday 0300…
Although, The concept construction meeting isn’t until 5 hours later, 0800…
We’ve not decided yet if we’ll stream the actual meeting. But at least most of the development will be streamed 🙂

Btw, I voted in round 4, Here’s my votes!