Chikun Dares To Develop In Ludum Dare 30
Ludum Dare 30, a “regular accelerated game development event” according to its site, started last weekend and is approaching its final hours. “For many people, it can be difficult to find or make the time create a game or prototype for yourself”, Ludum Dare’s about page states. “We’re here to be your excuse.”
Beginning in 2002, Ludum Dares have indie developers all over the world trying to develop the best game possible while adhering to a community voted theme within 48 or 72 hours. Those who enter the Ludum Dare Competition event, structured for one person only, or the Jam event, structured for a whole team of people. After the allocated time for the next three weeks, the community then vote on the developed games and vote the games’ merits over a range of categories, including innovation, fun, theme, graphics, audio, humor, and mood. Ludum Dare 30’s theme, is “connected worlds”.
There are no prizes beyond the accolades of coming out on top from potentially thousands of people across the globe with a game that people find enjoyable.
Anyone is welcome to compete which range from, according to Ludum Dare’s about page, “students, hobbyists, industry professionals from many well respected game studios, as well as many independent game developers”; one of which is Notch of Minecraft fame.
One team returning to Ludum Dare this year is developer chikun from Newcastle, NSW. chikun team member Mark Moore says that he feels his team’s odds are better than last time. “We were very unorganised,” he said. This time, however, chikun’s already prepared. Before the event has even started, members of chikun have completed side jobs to warmup for the main event this Saturday. “We learned how to use all programs so that we can be very flexible,” he said.
chikun came first in Ludum Dare 29 in the humor game jam category out of 1000 entrants with their title Turtle Simulator, and came 22nd overall. Mark said that Turtle Simulator was just a crazy idea. “The work was a lot of crazy, wacky ideas. Our writer was left to wander his mind and came… with the plot and story…. Anything to do with the game will make me laugh my head off, even if it’s just Art Garfunkel or Kenny Hammond.”
The success came as a shock to the team. “We didn’t have high hopes.” Looking back, Mark said he looks at Turtle Simulator as “an achievement, but also a disappointment because we can do so much better”.
Turtle Simulator provided players with a simulator like no other, where players live out the life of a turtle, featuring the likes of dogfights and Art Garfunkel.
If you’re interested in viewing chikun’s progress throughout the event, check out chikun’s livestreams at twitch.tv/flurkin and twitch.tv/lolshouse .