Take a look at another way of developing, test first - code later. Changing the way you think will mean that you plan out what you want to build better, and save time later on when you come to build it. It took me a while to get my head around this concept, but I don't think I will go back to my old ways anytime soon.
You you need an excuse to build something, a competition is a great motivator. The main Ludum Dare event can feel like a lot of pressure, so here is a simpler (or less pressured) version to get you started.
It's very easy to get carried away writing code without making any notes about it. Have you ever come back to code and gone "what did that do?". Creating documentation shouldn't be hard. We will take a look at JSDuck a tool for generating documentation for you.
Update - The techniques described in this article are still valid, but the code for this has been transformed into a slush template.
Gulp is a task running, that is useful for automating development tasks. In this article I will cover an introduction to using it, and why.
I'm being inspired. Before I took my current job, I was hungry for games. I entered Ludum Dare three times, and I thought I did quite well. My job is a curse and a blessing. I get to work on some amazing projects and with some top clients (shameless plug). Because I'm inspired at work, I get home and don't feel the need to build more games.
21 Feb 2014
There is a lot of talk on the net about node build tools. It seems like there is a new one out each week. The most popular at the moment seems to be Grunt. It changed the way I built my sites, and helped to speed up my development. Time has passed, and I'm changing to Gulp.
So I entered anther Ludum Dare, with the theme was 'Minimalism'. I decided to build a game I've had in mind for a while. It is base in the classic Amega game 'Atoms'. To make it more confusing for me, I thought I would do a hexagonal grid.
After the warm up weekend I felt more prepared to build a game that the first Ludum Dare competition. The theme was 'You are the Villain', but it was nearly the 'end of the world' (due to the Mayan calendar ending). I took both themes on to spice it up.