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Our Ludum Dare 37 Games!

Our Ludum Dare 37 Games!

Check out all of the games our local community in Louisville created for Ludum Dare 37! Ludum Dare is a global game jam where people from around the world form teams and create brand new games in 48hours!

"4.5"

Jam Entry by senabryer

4.5 is a memory game. You are trapped within a small room repeating itself, each time adding a new item. Remember the item, or return to the beginning. Aside from the room itself, all the 3D assets were free ones from Unity's public store. Controlled with a mouse and keyboard.

Created by Sena Bryer @senabryer

Known bugs:
-can cause certain versions of Linux to crash (tested with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon)

Stuff I'd like to add were I to continue this:
-getting a web browser build up and running (assuming the filesize isn't simply too huge)
-making my own assets for it, or at least just getting a whole bunch more
-adding random elements to it to switch the room up instead of having the same one every time
-adding actual hallways to walk through instead of just simple blackout transitions

Play 4.5

"Baggage - A game of Roommate Bliss"

Jam Entry by chipmonkey

Working but unfinished.
Assets take a moment to load, give the black screen a few seconds.
Two roommates are locked in their one-room apartment. One likes music and if you place a disco-ball, radio, or TV in the room and they touch it, they will turn it on. The other one will turn it off. Drag and drop beds in the room so they can sleep. Other interactions weren't completed in time for the jam, but the idea is that roommates would have varied preferences: early sleepers would dislike night music, party animals would interfere with calm roommates. Fights over the lone toilet, food in the fridge, pets, etc. would cause roommates to be happy, unhappy, fight and, if things go poorly, die.
Music EXCEPT the TV routine are all custom.
Team: LilacLlama, ChipMonkey, ParisTurtle, Hyteck9, (and sort of UlrichVonBeck). Shout out to @GameDevLou

Play Baggage - A game of Roommate Bliss

"Battle Dads"

Jam Entry by Peach Pie Productions

Battle DADS is a 4 player "dont fall off the level" party-style deathmatch game. Knock off the other players to get points. The game by default has bots active.

- Press F2 to turn off AI to play with 3 other people on controllers

- CONTROLS:
- RT or LMB to charge lasers.
- LT or RMB to shoot machine gun.
- A or BUMPERS or SPACE to shield.

Created by Isaac Baldwin (IndieKeep) and Ben James (Peach Pie Productions)
from Louisville KY

Play Battle Dads

"Cleanstalkers: Hidden Agenda"

Jam Entry by cooperra

What happens when your cat-allergic parents drop in and you gotta tidy up quick?

It's CLEANSTALKERS: HIDDEN AGENDA!

Game is incomplete. First time using Phaser js. It wasn't as helpful as I thought (had to do my own ECS), but its Signals library was nice.

Try tapping on various objects to open and close them. No audio.

Read the rest of the dialog script here: http://cooperra.com/ld37-cleanstalkers/dialog/LudumDare37.txt

See the unused assets here: https://github.com/cooperra/ld37-cleanstalkers/tree/master/assets

Art by Darren Vogt
Programming by Robbie Cooper

Thanks for checkin' out our entry!

Play Cleanstalkers: Hidden Agenda

"Finding Home"

Compo Entry by abezuska

A game about an insecure snail learning about life and home from forest friends.

Some people have had issues in chrome, if you do please try downloading for Win/Mac/Linux or try running the web game in Firefox. -Thanks!

Play Finding Home

"Home Is Where The Heart Is"

Jam Entry by ambocclusion

Home Is Where The Heart is a weird little dating game. You show up unexpected in a homeless land. You must earn the trust of the 3 villagers and have them move inside of you. Make the right choices and do the tasks they ask and you can make everyone happy.


wasd to move and space bar is to interact with characters and objects

Allen-Michael Brower - Programming
Josh Grilli - Art/Animation
Ben Wiley- Music

Play Home Is Where The Heart Is

"Junk in the Bunk"

Jam Entry by roaringcatgames

Junk in the Bunk is a game where you play the role of a doomdsay prepper that has just finished his bunker. Unfortunately, a meteor is already on its way, and you have to rush to fill your bunker with the supplies you want with you through the end of the world!

Rush to store your supplies in the bunker before the end comes!!

**Unfortunately, you had just moved in, so there aren't a lot of stuffs in the house for you to put into storage. That, or maybe it's because we ran out of precious time to create more artwork. There seems to be a small bug with initiating walking up and down the stairs mechanic on the web version. We'd recommend you download it. **


Controls:
MOVE: Arrows or WASD
ACTION: Space or F
ZOOM: Z

Team:
Art - Loi LeMix - @loilemix
Sound & Music - Nathan Hutchens - @lucidbard
Programming - Barry Rowe - @barryrowe

Build with libGDX, Ashley ECS, and our own Kitten2d extensions for Ashley.

Built with 30 other developers at Warp Zone Louisville with Louisville Makes Games.

Play Junk in the Bunk

"Mail Room"

Compo Entry by guru-guru

Welcome to the mail room we got fun and games.

Play Mail Room

"Mean Streets"

Compo Entry by backlashblues

In Mean Streets, you're a kid dropping water balloons from your window on people passing by. You have 30 seconds and 10 balloons to get as many points as you can.

I ran out of time before I could add any other characters (including people you have to avoid hitting) or finish the animations, but it's playable. :)

CONTROLS:
Move: arrows or A and D
Toss Water Balloon: spacebar

Play Mean Streets

"Pew Pew Pew"

Jam Entry by Rise and Shine Games

We did not finish the idea. The game starts in the cockpit of a one room spaceship. The player can walk around with WASD or the arrow keys. The idea in this room was to have the player upgrade the ship and move to the controls to move to the shooter scene but for now the two scenes are toggled using the "K" key.

The next scene is a side scrolling bullet hell shooter. WASD or arrow keys will move the ship around the screen. Space shoots, and Enter changes weapons.

Play Pew Pew Pew

"Phase Shift Respawn"

Jam Entry by awesomerex

Local battle arena.

2 - 4 players can duke it out in this game.
Gamepad required.
Hold any button - join.

Controls
left stick - move
right stick - aim
any button - shoot

Hit the orange square to activate your bullets and make them deadly.
After shots are activated, shots will annihilate any player they touch.

Credits:
Programming
Eric Lathrop @ericlathrop
Rex Soriano @LoLo_R

Music & Sound Effects:
H9D Studios
Brian Schmidt
http://www.h9dstudios.com/

Made with:
PIXI.js
NPM "entity-component-system"

Play Phase Shift Respawn
Our Ludum Dare 33 games!

Our Ludum Dare 33 games!

…But which one?

J Luke, Julian Sterling

Oh no! Everyone has worn the same costume to the Halloween dance! You'll need to figure out which one you are, and then get the candy. Good luck!
Oh no! Everyone has worn the same costume to the Halloween dance! You’ll need to figure out which one you are, and then get the candy. Good luck!

Employee of the Month: A Binary Story

David Colgan, Dain Van Epps, Andrew Neel

You wake up, tired as always. You have to get to work, as always. But underneath your normal life there lurks some uncertainty. You have to decide how to proceed. Choose wisely in this binary text-based adventure story. Remember, people are counting on you.
You wake up, tired as always. You have to get to work, as always. But underneath your normal life there lurks some uncertainty. You have to decide how to proceed.
Choose wisely in this binary text-based adventure story. Remember, people are counting on you.

Finders Keepers

Allen-Michael Brower, Jeffrey Green, Josh Grilli, Noah Park

 Have you ever really needed to make some quick cash but had to do something downright terrible to get it? How about breaking into the homes of the residents of Monstervale? No you’re not robbing them, but actually bagging yourself some real monsters. There’s a high price being paid for their skulls and there’s no better opportunity then right here right now. What will you do with the money? Only time will tell. This is your chance to live the life of a terrible kid who lives down the street, are you a rude enough kid? Let the bodies hit the floor and put your power wheel in overdrive.

Have you ever really needed to make some quick cash but had to do something downright terrible to get it? How about breaking into the homes of the residents of Monstervale? No you’re not robbing them, but actually bagging yourself some real monsters. There’s a high price being paid for their skulls and there’s no better opportunity then right here right now. What will you do with the money? Only time will tell. This is your chance to live the life of a terrible kid who lives down the street, are you a rude enough kid?
Let the bodies hit the floor and put your power wheel in overdrive.

Ignorance

Stephen Abrams

MonsterLab

Ashley Revlett

Monster Lab is a simple incremental game, with pixel graphics. You are a scientist who must care for monsters while experimenting upon them... for science! The sadistic cruelty that's required to perform these experiments makes you wonder - who's the real monster in this situation?
Monster Lab is a simple incremental game, with pixel graphics. You are a scientist who must care for monsters while experimenting upon them… for science! The sadistic cruelty that’s required to perform these experiments makes you wonder – who’s the real monster in this situation?

Monster Simulator 2015

Ben James

Monster Simulator 2015 aims to bring you the most up-to-date and realistic monster experience possible! Need to get your fill of senseless violence and unnecessary gore, then accept no substitute!!
Monster Simulator 2015 aims to bring you the most up-to-date and realistic monster experience possible! Need to get your fill of senseless violence and unnecessary gore, then accept no substitute!!

Saturday Morning Destruction

Barry Rowe, Loi LeMix

As a monster, destruction doesn't always come naturally. So in the 80s, it became popular for young monsters to learn the proper destruction techniques through the power of dance. Many a morning were spent by young monsters watching the proper techniques to destroy. You must make sure you provide a great show to teach the next generation how to become the best monster they can be.
As a monster, destruction doesn’t always come naturally. So in the 80s, it became popular for young monsters to learn the proper destruction techniques through the power of dance. Many a morning were spent by young monsters watching the proper techniques to destroy. You must make sure you provide a great show to teach the next generation how to become the best monster they can be.

Space Drug Lord

David Jokinen

You are in charge of a space drug lab. Spot and get rid of fires and leave on a pod when you get enough cash. But the space station is crappy and fires randomly break out and doors randomly open. Also you need to keep track of the oxygen levels. Too much oxygen and fire spread faster. Too little and you will die. Remember to charge you fire extinguisher when it empties. Also note you lose money when a person dies but you gain money if you collect the remains.
You are in charge of a space drug lab. Spot and get rid of fires and leave on a pod when you get enough cash. But the space station is crappy and fires randomly break out and doors randomly open. Also you need to keep track of the oxygen levels. Too much oxygen and fire spread faster. Too little and you will die. Remember to charge you fire extinguisher when it empties. Also note you lose money when a person dies but you gain money if you collect the remains.

Treatment and Control

Alex Bezuska, Chris Kincaid, Eric Lathrop

Congratulations on your new job, citizen! You must report for duty on Monday to office #74 to distribute vital medication to our workforce.
Congratulations on your new job, citizen! You must report for duty on Monday to office #74 to distribute vital medication to our workforce.

You Are The Monster

Clay Morten, Frank Moussette, Rex Soriano,
Tiffani Stuart

You wake up one day and realize that you are a giant old man. Fed up with you're reality you decide to go on a rampage, Tearing down the city that allowed it all to come to this.
You wake up one day and realize that you are a giant old man.
Fed up with you’re reality you decide to go on a rampage,
Tearing down the city that allowed it all to come to this.

#UpYourGame June 9, 2015

#UpYourGame June 9, 2015

#UpYourGame
2015-06-09 7:00pm Tim Faulkner Gallery
1512 Portland Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40203
It’ll be like Speed-Dating for game developers!
This is to help connect artists with programmers to make better games in our area.
New people welcome!
The event is FREE to attend.
* If you are an ARTIST who makes 2D or 3D art (paintings, digital art, computer models, etc), with art that you can show, and are interested in possibly working on a video game, this event is for you.
* If you are a MUSICIAN or sound designer, with sound and music samples you can bring, who is interested in possibly working on a video game, this event is for you.
* If you are a game PROGRAMMER with a prototype of a game (or full working copy) and can show the game, this event is for you.
We need information on how many people will be showing games and art, so we can figure out how to organize the event.
FILL OUT THIS SHORT FORM TO ATTEND!
http://tinyurl.com/UpYourGame2015

Ludum Dare Live Streaming!

Ludum Dare Live Streaming!

gamedevlou-on-twitch
Watch GameDevLou participate in #LDJAM #LD32 starting tonight (friday) 04-17-15 7pm -2am!
This will be a stream from a camera in the corner of the room so we can catch all the action, over 16 game devs will be working hard to create brand new games in 48 hours based on the same theme!
Twitch stream: http://www.twitch.tv/twoscoopgames
 
Streaming schedule:
(ROOM)
04-17-15 7pm -2am!
04-18-15 9am -2am!
04-19-15 9am -9pm!

#GameJamTips for Ludum Dare this weekend!

#GameJamTips for Ludum Dare this weekend!


Submit your own by mentioning using the hashtag #GameJamTips!

Eric Lathrop

don't install any updates on your computer until it's over.

Jupiter Hadley

#GameJamTips Rename your game files [As to not say LD32 when we download them], Keep it simple. Know that whatever you make, I will enjoy :)

Joey Andrews

Know your limits and be realistic about what you can complete in one weekend.

Zak Chaos

there are no bad themes, just bad brains

Zak Chaos

consistency is far more important than technical prowess

Zak Chaos

drink water, get sleep

Os_Reboot

Make an in-game tutorial/help menu. No one reads game descriptions, no matter how much bold font you use.

Miko

go with whatever graphics you make first

Miko

finish all/most assets Friday

Miko

write down everything while brainstorming

Anthony quisenberry

only #gamejamtip I can think of that isn't intuitive is to know the kind of game you want to make going in.

Papy Pilgrim

Make something enjoyable, not a half-baked version of "that big idea" you have in the back of your mind.

Christer Kaitila

when stumped: shower/walk. =)

Brian Bucklew

sleep

Noah Ratcliff

I have two!
1) Keep your scope small, and polish big.
2) Get enough water, good food, and rest.

Christer Kaitila

pretend the deadline is sat noon: make an mvp that "works"

Christer Kaitila

stay hydrated! It works!

Christer Kaitila

when tired: sleep

Sarah Frisk

Make sure you sleep & take occasional mental breaks. Stepping back for a half hour can help clear mental roadblocks. #LDJAM

Sarah Frisk

Learn your tools before #LDJAM!

Will Blanton

tip for today: focus on things others leave out, the biggest and best thing you can do to your jam game is kick ass audio :)

Allen

throw away your first 5-10 ideas! they’re the super obvious ones. best advice i can give

Jonatan Söderström

My advice would be: don't rely on humor too much

rouge noddle

Oh, and don't assume people are going to read the instructions before trying your game. Include a tutorial if you can!

rouge noddle

Hmm - just the usual: keep it simple, have fun, and save the drinks for the end ;)

Will Blanton

heck yeah! 1) do what you're best at 2) do what you love 3) do something new! I'll think of later :)

Joe Williamson ‏

1. Have a pen and paper todo list always beside you. Easy to scribble notes on, and so satisfying to cross things off.

slaughterboy

stay small so you can focus on details if you want something that feels complete

kyle pulver

I always don't sleep on the 2nd night but that isn't very practical for most people haha

Joseph Baird

Don’t get hung up on new tech. Use what you know or risk fighting the tools the whole time instead of creating a game.

Joseph Baird

If you’re up late at night unable to solve a technical problem… Go to bed.

Joseph Baird

Work only in circles and rectangles the first two hours. Focus on crafting the interaction, then focus on crafting look/feel.

Joseph Baird

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. Just get things working. Scrappy is ok.

Joseph Baird

Focus on the first minute of gameplay. If you can build a fun, juicy first minute, and you have time, expand to 5 min.

Joseph Baird

Make a “Implement if there’s time” list. Every new idea goes there by default.

Sos Sosowski

Sure! How about... Make bad games!

Erin Robinson

Don't spend too long on any individual problem, and put things in using the simplest way you can think of

William Pugh

underscope underscope underscope

mildmojo✈

5. If you have audio, add a mute button/key.
6. If downloadable, make sure there's a way to quit! Esc key works well.

mildmojo✈

3. Eat! SLEEP! Solve roadblocks by walking away for a bit.
4. Audio: get some. Even if it's mouth sounds. Audacity, bfxr.

Lisa Brown

Get full nights of sleep and take plenty of time for food and breaks. Think of breaks as negative space to define your work

Lisa Brown

I like to go on a walk the first evening of the jam, or go out for food with my team. Physically remove myself from the PC.

Lisa Brown

Don't rush into things. Give yourself some time to ponder the idea, sometimes the second or third idea is better than the 1st

mildmojo✈

1. Reduce scope!!! Then reduce! Make concept expansion part of polishing.
2. Get a playable core loop ASAP & iterate.

Eric Lathrop

Limit your sugar intake so you don't have nasty energy crashes.

Barry Rowe

make sure you learn something new. If you need ideas try to prototype the project you are afraid of!

Leonard Wedderburn

get enough rest, work in a group if you can, keep scope small, know your tools and don't give up!

Loi LeMix

Get enough sleep & don't be afraid to break out of ur comfort zone. Challenge yourself and ur partner(s). Rawr!

barelyconcealed

Be prepared to hate the theme, and move on if you can't work with it. Also eat real food. Fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.

Two Scoop Games

Many voters will only play web player/ #html5 games, be sure to export for web if possible!

Two Scoop Games

if you can't host your game yourself, try itch.io!

ChompTheBit Recap!

ChompTheBit Recap!

Friday night was a huge success!

20 local developers from southern Indiana, Lexington, and our own Louisville based GameDevLou crew showed off their latest work to a big crowd at Zanzabar in louisville.

Zanzabar is a great spot here in Louisville that is known for having a multitude of awesome retro arcade cabinets and pinball machines.

The event was a big launch party for local studio Mommy’s Best Games‘ new mobile game ‘Finger Derpy’. Nathan and Amy Fouts (Mommy’s Best Games) had several fun activities planned, including contests with great prizes like custom Finger Derpy themed Louisville Stoneware plates!

Thanks again to Mommy’s Best Games, and Zanzabar for making this all possible, it was a great opportunity to show Louisville that yes, we do make games here, and they are rad!

Check out the games that were shown:

My old Kentucky Home

by: Amanda Wallace

Stash

by: Frogdice

Party Game Heroes including: the Lickening, Space Jeff, PPong, and more!

by: Matthew Hudgins

Disc Jockey Jockey

by: mildmojo

Spring Break 2033

by: Super Soul

No Limit Racing &
RUSH Wingsuit Racing

by: Zach Smith

Finger Derpy out now on iOS!

Finger Derpy out now on iOS!

Go get it free, Rate & Review to support local studio Mommy’s Best Games!

Finger Derpy By Mommy's Best Games on the iOS App Store
Download it here! (Don’t forget to Rate & Review)
Run your horse with your derpy fingers!
* New Way to Control: Tap two fingers like running little hooves. Just like controlling a canoe, only it’s a horse.
* Solo Mode: How far can you run? Dodge barrels, spotlights, turtles, cars, drums, and more!
* Unlock New Breeds: Each breed has its own special power such as Smash and Time-Slow!
* Upgrade Your Steed: Find Gold Roses and get Permanent Upgrades for your horse!
* Party Mode: Have your own derpy, 4-Player horse-races on a single device! 7 different tracks!
* Customize: Pick your ridiculous horse names, jersey silk styles and colors!
How horse-racing used to be, back in the good ole days.
Download it here! (Don’t forget to Rate & Review)
 
 
 

Chomp The Bit promo on local tv!

Chomp The Bit promo on local tv!


Finger Derpy  Chomp The Bit WDRB Fox 41 Keith Kaiser Promo Zanzabar GameDevLou Mommy's Best Games

Finger Derpy  Chomp The Bit WDRB Fox 41 Keith Kaiser Promo Zanzabar GameDevLou Mommy's Best Games

Stanley Squeaks  Chomp The Bit WDRB Fox 41 Keith Kaiser Promo Zanzabar GameDevLou Two Scoop Games

Local Games/developers on Local TV!

‘Out and About with Keith Kaiser’

So this early morning (and I do mean early… 4:45am!) some of us from GameDevLou had the pleasure of hanging out with Nathan & Amy Fouts of Mommy’s Best Games to be on a morning TV spot for their new game Finger Derpy! We all met at Zanzabar (where the #ChompTheBit event will be friday!) with Keith Kaiser and Eric from WDRB Fox 41 news. The shooting process for a live morning show was an interesting experience, it took place in small spurts that were sprinkled into the morning show live.

I (Alex) had the awesome opportunity to show off Stanley Squeaks and the Emerald Burrito, which is the Two Scoop Games entry for #ChompTheBit. I had no idea what to say, and nothing was rehearsed, but I think everyone did well and got across what we were trying to convey.

There are two videos up on the WDRB website now, so check them out here:
VIDEOS HERE!

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If you haven’t heard of Chomp The Bit yet, be sure to check out the RSVP page on facebook here for full details: Facebook Chomp The Bit RSVP

All you need to know about the event:

Chomp The Bit!

  • Come play local games!
  • Zanzabar
  • Fri 2015-04-10
Play local games at Chomp The Bit this Friday!

Play local games at Chomp The Bit this Friday!

Chomp The Bit pop up arcade Zazabar Louisville Kentucky
Play video games made right here in Kentucky and Indiana!
For one night only, come celebrate Mommy’s Best Games’ April release of “Finger Derpy” on the App Store with some home-grown gaming goodness. Game developers from around the region are bringing their latest and greatest games for you to play! For FREE!
-No Cover
-Open to the Public
-Lots of NEW video games!!!
-PRIZES!
-Talk to the developers and show them some love!
-Tasty Zbar food and drink available
Bring out the whole family for dinner and games.
Then have your kids drive themselves home at 8:00, so you can stay out late to drink and game with us!

6pm-8pm, all ages
After 8pm, 21 and up
When:
Friday 2015-04-10 at 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Where:
Zanzabar
2100 S Preston St, Louisville, Kentucky 40217
Please RSVP HERE:  Facebook Event Page
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