The jam's theme was Sacrifices must be made. I wanted to make a dark top-down game with multiple world areas, and a head on the cave wall that gives you missions and tells you what to do. The head on the wall should have told me to plan my weekend better :-)
Not my best game jam, but it was a useful engine test and I plan to reuse some of the code and graphics in future projects. I fell out of practice doing weekend game jams in my one year break since LD40, looking forward to doing a better job at LD44.
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.
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.
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!
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.