43rd LD Game Jam on Nov 30 — Joining for the First Time

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It’s that time again for Indie Game Developers. It’s the Ludum Dare 43rd Game Jam and it will start on the 30th of November this year. For the first time in my life, I’ll be joining the event and I’m looking forward to it!

The Mechanics

For anyone who doesn’t know what the event is about, it’s basically making and completing a game within 72 hours and you’re encouraged to make your game around a certain theme that people voted on.

You can either work alone or in a team. It’s really up to you. And quoting from the Ludum Dare Rules, you’re free to use any tools or libraries to create your game. You’re free to start with any base-code you may have.

Lastly, you’re free to use 3rd party Artwork/Music/Audio assets, or assets you previously created, but you’ll have to OPT-OUT of the respected voting categories (Graphics, Audio). You can opt-out of a voting category when you submit your game.

That Sounds Challenging! How do I join?

You just need to go to the Ludum Dare website – https://ldjam.com/ and create an account. After that, you’ll have to wait for the event to start and for the 43rd Game Jam, it’ll be on Nov 30th – 9:00 PM EST. Once the event starts, submissions are open.

To submit a game, you’ll have to host it somewhere where people can download your game. (e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive) Make sure to make it publicly accessible.

Finally, as quoted from Ludum Dare FAQs – After the event, everyone gets to play and rate other people’s games. For some, this is the best part of Ludum Dare. If you want to get feedback on your game, or to ultimately place in the Final Resultsyou need people to play your game. The easiest way to do that is to play and rate other games. Every time you do, you get a Coolness Point. The more points you get, the easier it is for people to find you. If you leave good feedback, that’s worth Bonus Coolness Points

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