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…

Is it… Friday…?

It’s friday, friday…. No.. Not gonna continue that song…

But yes, it’s friday. It’s the weekend before Ludum Dare #27.
It means this weekend will also be filled with game dev 😀

Tonight we’re going to run some final tests for AV gameegine. We’re going to participate in the LD Warmup that started yesterday and we’ll see if we can find any critical bugs before LD. I wonder how it will go 🙂
A side-note. We will probably be streaming while we’re playing around with our warmup-game. So make sure you follow @atomicvikings so you dont miss us when we go online.


Yesterday I was bored and I didn’t really quite feel like working on the engine. So I turned my attention into one of my older projects… A Java IRC Bot. I’ve written a couple before. Yesterday though I started a new one, from scratch. I brought with me new technologies that I’ve learned working on the engine and I must say… This bot is atleast 10x better than my previous one… It reacts faster, it has a better authentication system, it’s more configurable and it’s more scaleable.. It’s just freaking awesome 😀
This bot will in the future be assisting us in AV in our IRC channel. Not as a moderator or anything, more like, if we need information from our system we can call for it via the bot. Like latest tickets, statistics and stuff like that 🙂

I started working on it around 1900 and I was finished at around 2300.. Then I started adding more commands and ofc.. It turned into a late night. I hate when that happens.. ^^.