Hello everyone! It’s that time again, another Ludum Dare!
I have to admit I’m pretty excited about the themes. Here is the final list from which the theme will be chosen:
- You are the weapon
- A light in the dark
- Keep growing
- 3 rules
- Unusual magic
- Color changes everything
- At the beginning there is nothing
- Combine 2 incompatible genres (e.g. turn based racing)
- You really shouldn’t mix those
- Floating islands
- It spreads
- The environment changes you
- You are what you eat
I have started a small idea list for each potential theme so that I’m ready to go.
I will be doing this LDJAM pretty much the same way that I did my last one
- Wait anxiously for the theme to be unveiled
- Spend all of Friday night with my trusty notebook thinking about the theme, developing the game plan for Saturday and Sunday, looking at DaFont to pick a font(s), think about the musical composition
- Saturday morning I will get up early (not by alarm clock just excitement will get me up)
- Create the Unity project, setup the Web GL build pipeline, create an HTML template for the Web GL page, and put the Web GL empty build online – this ensures that I have a full pipeline ready to go and I can iterate fast and keep uploading latest builds.
- Get the main gameplay mechanic working
- Set up the title screen and ensure that there is a proper end game screen
- This should take up until about 2 or 3 in the afternoon on Saturday – now I will walk away from the computer having the complete pipeline ready
- Spend the rest of Saturday on my iPad in Garage Band working on the score (about 2 hours)
- Finish work by 6 at the latest
- Wake up early Sunday as well
- Flesh out the middle part of the game by building out the game around the mechanic that was developed on Saturday
- Integrate the musical score into the game
- I will finish this around 1 or 2 on Sunday
- Spend 2pm-3pm play testing and polishing
- Upload the final build to the web at 3pm and make sure that all the pieces work correctly on the web GL build (fix anything that doesn’t work)
- Finish by 4 or 5pm
In my personal opinion it is absolutely critical that you don’t burn out. A tiny bit of planning can save you a lot of wasted work. That is why I absolutely will not touch a computer for the LDJAM until Saturday morning. Friday is JUST for planning and whatever I come up with on Friday – I will see through to completion. There is no time for a change of scope during LDJAM – so plan well Friday, rest well, and make Saturday and Sunday uber efficient.
I will report back tomorrow afternoon with a status update and Sunday with a post mortem.