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My idea: Instead of having a single theme, all entrants get a unique theme from the list of the most upvoted suggestions.

  • It adds a fun social aspect "hey look at the theme I got, what's yours?"
  • It keep things fresh while rating other people's games
  • One thing I think helped make LD successful is how theme suggestion/voting builds the hype for the event. Plus it puts everyone into "game ideas mode" a few days before the jam. So keeping that aspect of LD would be useful.
NB. To make this even more different from LD, maybe it could be about imposing a game title rather than a theme? Not sure if it would be better or not

Great, thanks.

Indeed it totally makes sense for Itch.io to have its own jam, but hosting Ludum Dare in particular would be a major change in the event's life, so it feels best to have the community leaders decide first.

Maybe there's a cool variation to find on the LD rules/calendar to make Itch.io's jam have its own DNA?

Created a new topic What if LD36 happens?
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Thanks for setting this up, it's nice to see how close itch.io is to the Ludum Dare community! I'm starting with the hard questions:

What if LD36 eventually happens? While PoV said he wouldn't host the next LD, movement has started (led by Sorceress) to maybe take things over. As explained on one of her posts, one of the options is indeed to host the game jam elsewhere (chances are it would be here :P), but nothing has been completely decided yet.

I'm not speaking in the name of the community, but after speaking to Sorceress it seems like the plan is to leave the poll open for a bit (maybe the week-end) and then take an official decision. Having itch.io give us the option to host things here is great, but if the community decides to host LD as usual, do you think you'll cancel Itch dare?

Thanks for clearing things up