A Submit-Mortem of my First Recreation-Jam
Initially revealed on my weblog:
Just a few years in the past I participated for the primary (and solely) time within the Ludum Dare Recreation Jam. I needed to be taught some recreation development and after discovering the Recreation Jam idea I believed it could be a great objective to attain. I had a month earlier than Ludum Dare 46 began.
On this publish I wish to do an evaluation of the errors I made whereas creating my first “recreation”.
Wikipedia has an incredible clarification:
A recreation jam is a contest the place individuals attempt to make a video game from scratch. Relying on the format, individuals would possibly work independently, or in groups. The competition length normally ranges from 24 to 72 hours.
Guidelines fluctuate relying on the precise contest. In Ludum Dare, a theme is chosen by vote and individuals have 72 hours to submit the sport.
The theme for Ludum Dare 46 was “Hold it alive”.
If you wish to partecipate in a recreation jam with out a staff it may be onerous to do all of the above your self. I can code and I take pleasure in it, however I dread something inventive. Fortunately, you need to use property created by different individuals (after all provided that the sport jam and the unique writer permits it), and I counsel that you just benefit from that.
At first I attempted to create my very own property, however It is actually onerous and time consuming creating unique music for a recreation when you’ve got no thought what you are doing.
Fortunately I did not waste an excessive amount of time and after a couple of hours of attempting I gave up creating my very own property and simply used one thing already performed by others. It isn’t a nasty factor to make use of one thing created by another person.
Suggestion: Do not be afraid to make use of property created by others (if they permit it).
Earlier than even understanding the theme, I knew I needed to create a recreation with an excessive degree of issue.
I do not know why, however I like to create onerous video games (I previusly did some fundamental degree design on different video games and I beloved to make my ranges as onerous as potential).
The issue is that in a recreation jam contest the video games are rated by different individuals, so it wasn’t an incredible thought to make it so tough that solely a fraction of the gamers would take pleasure in it.
Additionally, making onerous video games is… onerous. You must accurately stability the sport in order that it is tough, however not unfair. You need to give gamers the flexibility to be taught and beat it with ease, you’ll be able to’t simply bloodbath them within the tutorial degree.
Properly, I did not suppose an excessive amount of about that. In my recreation the flame of your torch fades with time and if it goes off you are useless. Within the first degree I put some textual content to create a fundamental story and to do a fast tutorial.
Sadly, I did not take a look at it by truly studying and comprehending the tutorial texts I had put in, as a result of I already knew what I wrote, so It did not got here to thoughts that I ought to’ve stopped the flame fading throughout that first tutorial. Mainly gamers would die whereas studying why they have been dying. Not an incredible recreation design.
Suggestion: Make it possible for your recreation is gratifying.
Nonetheless following my want to make an “onerous” recreation, I did not wish to spoil the gameplay to gamers an excessive amount of.
Sadly, individuals enjoying video games in a Recreation Jam competitors are individuals too and so they need to play a minimal quantity of video games earlier than their very own recreation could be awarded. As such, they normally will not waste extra time than what’s obligatory on a recreation. They cannot simply wander round my recreation attempting to grasp what one of the best path is, or to find new dynamics.
Suggestion: Make the gameplay clear.
I believe that is all. That have was enjoyable and I hope I am going to be capable to do it once more someday.
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