Nordic game enthusiasts will have the chance to participate in the upcoming 30th edition of the quarterly occurring online game jam, Ludum Dare, at 4 different locations throughout the Nordic.
While everyone can participate from home in the Ludum Dare competition and game jam by simply registering at the official Ludum Dare website, 4 teams from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland has taken it into their own hands to host a real world version of the Ludum Dare #30.
During a Ludum Dare, there are actually two different events running at once. A competition, where you are forced to work alone on your game, and only have 48 hours to finish it – and a more typical game jam, where you are allowed to work in teams, and have 72 hours to finish your game.
The finish Ludum Dare#30 gathering, which runs from August 22nd to August 25th, is hosted in collaboration between SharkPunch – a small independent developer team from Finland consisting of ex-Disney Interactive veterans, whose newest game recently flew through Steam Greenlight – and HUB13, a Startup Hub in Helsinki, Finland.
When we talked with Harri Manninen from SharkPunch, he ensured us that there would be plenty of snacks at the event, despite this being the first real world Ludum Dare event the small company is hosting. Apart from the snacks, SharkPunch hopes to see several veteran game developers from the Finnish community at the event – especially for the Ludum Dare Game Jam competition:
“The game dev scene in Helsinki is extremely active, so we’re expecting several veteran developers to take part in our event. Obviously the LD solo compo rules are quite strict, but for the Jam compo entries I think we’ll have an awesome crowd and community at the event to engage with. It’s all about the community.”, said Harri Manninen.
In Denmark, both of the real world Ludum Dare #30 gatherings will be located in Aarhus. One at “Open Space Aarhus“, and the other at StartupCity. The Swedish edition will be hosted by isotop in Stockholm, Sweden. NordicGameBits will be present at the Ludum Dare held at StartupCity in Aarhus, Denmark, so swing by if you want to say hello.
The theme for the upcoming Ludum Dare has yet to be announced, so there’s still time to head over to the voting section of the official website, where you can vote “yes”, “no”, or even “slaughter” – if you really just do not like the theme. When we talked with Harri from SharkPunch, he revealed to us that he secretly would like “Chaos” and “Don’t stop moving” to win, but what’s your favorite theme?