Ludum Dare 40 Post-Mortem

I haven’t used this blog in a while, mostly because all my recent work has been for my Woodsy Studio projects. If you want to see what I’ve been up to, check out our latest games over there and definitely take a look at our Kickstarter for our next game, which we’ve had a hell of a time publicizing.

This weekend, however, I participated in my first Ludum Dare and, since it was a solo event, I figured I’d write up my experience here. Ludum Dare is a game jam-style event held (worldwide, with no specific location) three times a year. There are two branches of LD, the Compo and the Jam. The Compo is 48 hours and has far stricter rules–only one person per team, all content must be made in the 48 hour period–while the Jam is 72 hours long and allows for premade assets.

I chose to do the Compo for a couple reasons, not the least of which is that we’re busy with work on Echoes of the Fey and the 48 hour time limit was appealing. However, as someone who is, shall we say, a little lacking as an artist and very lacking as a musician, the need to create all my content was somewhat intimidating. I figured I would only go forward with it if I could come up with an idea from the theme quickly, because time would be lacking if I had to make my own textures, music, and sound effects.

The theme was “The more you have, the worse it gets” and I almost immediately know what to do: a collectable score-attack game where each pick up decreases the fidelity of the game itself. During Echoes of the Fey Episode 0, I helped optimize the game, made in UE4, to run (looking ugly) on a laptop with integrated graphics. I figured I could use some of those tricks to intentionally restrict resolution, texture quality, and frame rate no matter the system quality.

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26 gy Update – Box Art and Trailer

A few months ago, I’d planned on releasing 26 gy by mid-December. It’s not out yet, so it’s update time.

A few things things kept me from my planned release. Jury duty and a brutal flu hit me at the same time and pushed me back. The closer my intended date got to Christmas, the more I wanted to wait a bit longer. 26 gy is hardly a holiday game and releasing while everyone is on vacation and playing big games sounds like a death sentence.

But here’s the good news! First up, I have official box art.

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Now, granted, there isn’t going to be a boxed version of 26 gy. It will be up on my itch.io page and (with any greenlight luck) Steam at a later date. But, hey, the industry keeps calling it box art so here we are.

Second, I have a trailer featuring a bit of gameplay and some of the original music. No official date yet–testing could take one week or three and I’m not ready to commit–but I can say it will be released in JANUARY. And this time I mean it.

I’m also returning to this damn blog, which I’ve largely neglected over the last month. Not only was I trying to make up for lost time with 26 gy, I was playing a lot of Fallout and I let that take away from blog-time rather than dev-time. So even if you’re more interested in my jokes, baseball, or video games thoughts rather than a low-fi horror game, I’ll have stuff for you here!