Game Jams

These are prototypes made for (mostly) 48h game jams. I'm trying to get better at making small but playable games from scratch in a very short amount of time.


Pestering Peddler #

Released on • Seattle Indies Game Jam (48h)

Pestering Peddler screenshot
Pestering Peddler screenshot

The theme was Definitely not a scam. The game is about pestering people until you convince them to listen to you, which is when you have a chance to make your pitch.

Making this was a rush, equal parts writing code and remixing in code from past and present projects to get it all done in the short 48h.

Back to top

Despot 3900 #

Released on • Ludum Dare 39 (72h)

Despot 3900 screenshot
Despot 3900 screenshot

The jam theme was Running out of Power. I interpreted the theme in a different way than most and made a game about a despot whose power is waning. You interact with two factions that don't like each other: peasants and nobles. You choose an action to perform every turn, and the goal is to accumulate wealth and live a long life.

Took 72h again instead of 48, it seems to be a sweet spot for me. Focused on game design, programming, and graphics in that order, and was able to reuse some utility code from my LD38 game, which was key to moving fast.

Back to top

38th Century #

Released on • Ludum Dare 38 (72h)

38th Century screenshot
38th Century screenshot

The jam theme was A Small World. 38th Century is a simple world simulation game. When a century is up, use the clues you noticed every decade to make the best investment for the century ahead (in one of defense, health care, industry, or science). If your prediction was correct, your population will be sheltered from the inevitable disasters that strike every 100 years.

Took 72h this time, but still had to cut a lot of the content and features I planned to include. Spent the first day designing instead of jumping straight into programming. Did better at reusing code from older games, and tying this into a game with a beginning and an end.

Back to top

Space Station Plunder #

Released on • 7DRL 2017 (7 days)

Space Station Plunder screenshot
Space Station Plunder screenshot

A space roguelike game made in seven days. Fly your ship around different space sectors, battle other ships, mine asteroids, and trade with merchants.

Planned all the week's work in detail before starting, which really paid off even though I still over-scoped.

Back to top

Motel 37 #

Released on • Ludum Dare 37 (48h)

Motel 37 screenshot
Motel 37 screenshot

The theme was One Room. Get a room at Motel 37 and run a few errands.

Used my time better than before and got something a lot closer to a real game with goals and content. I wish I'd have taken 72h to work on it, the extra day would have made a huge difference.

Back to top

Church 2 #

Released on • Cool Jams Inc (48h)

Church 2 screenshot
Church 2 screenshot

Every participant was assigned a random theme, mine was Church 2.

This was the first time I used the Entity-Component-System architecture that I've been working into my game engine. Got a little more done than at Ludum Dare 36, but all you can really do is walk on the map and trigger some events. Spent way too much time drawing the cathedral!

Back to top

Rushed Dinosaur Dare #

Released on • Ludum Dare 36 (48h)

Rushed Dinosaur Dare screenshot
Rushed Dinosaur Dare screenshot

The jam's theme was Ancient Technology. A CGA-style game (320x220 in 4-color mode) where you travel back in time to annoy a Stegosaurus. Gameplay inspired by the classic Moon Patrol.

This was my first 48h game jam, learned first-hand how short that really is :-) It was also my engine's first new project test in years, so this game attempt lead to a lot of improvements down the line.

Back to top