Ludum Dare

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Ludum Dare is a game programming contest where individual contestants attempt to create a complete game (code, artwork, sound) in a period of 48 hours. Note that, while participants must hand in the source code for their submissions, to release it as free software is not required.[1] Each edition of the competition has a theme which the contestants must base their game around.

"Ludum Dare" means ludum play, game and dare to give in Latin.

Ludum Dare was run by Geoff Howland in LD1, 2, and 3, Mike Hommel ran LD 4, Richard T. Jones ran LD5 and 6, and Phil Hassey ran LD10 and 11.[2]


An up-to-date overview of all LD competitions held is available on their website.[3]

Date Title Participants Submissions Winner
April 2002 LudumDare #0
July 2002 LD1 - Guardian
November 2002 LD2 - Construction/Destruction
April 2003 LD3 - Preparation
April 2004 LD4 - Infection 341 67
LD5 - Random
April 2005 LD6 - Light & Darkness
December 2005 LD7 - Growth
April 2006 LD8 - Swarms 150 66
January 2007 LD8.5 - Moon, Anti-Text
April 2007 LD9 - Build the level you play
December 2007 LD10 - Chain Reaction 52 Hamumu
LD10.5 - Unexpected/Surprise
April 2008 LD11 - Minimalist mrfun
August 2008 LD12 - The Tower Hamunu
December 2008 LD13 - Roads increpare


There is a mini competition that runs once a month, with less stringent rules, created to keep the contestants busy in the off season between the main competitions. The rules were changed in an effort to provide a more relaxed feel to the competition. Some of the changes include: teams are allowed, existing art/sound/media/etc. are allowed, theme is not voted on, but chosen by the person running the competition. It first ran in June of 2008. [4]

Concurrent with the main contest, Ludum Dare also runs a Game Jam with more relaxed rules. In particular, the total time is 72 hours, teams can compete and any libraries/frameworks/... are allowed.[1]

External Links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rules and Guide on the Ludum Dare website
  2. Ludum Dare FAQ on the Internet Archive's old copy of the Ludum Dare website
  3. Ludum Dare Competitions on the Ludum Dare website
  4. MiniLD #01 on the Ludum Dare website

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