A game made for Ludum Dare 26


Small Tale is a minimalist RPG, which aims to tell a story without telling the story. The inspiration for this was a much smaller tale: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." We wanted to try something similar; a game that told a story through implication and imagery, instead of exposition. Theories are welcome in the comments! 

This was done for the 72-hour Jam, but we decided to impose the same rules as the Compo (blew the 48-hour deadline, though we lost most of a day due to tech difficulties and prior engagements). The engine was coded entirely during the competition, using Java, LWJGL, and Slick-Util. None of the visual or audio assets were made prior to the Jam either. 

Considering that this was our first Ludum Dare, we're pretty happy with how the game came out. Here's hoping you enjoy it too, it was a blast to make!


  • Buttons - Mouse and Left Click
  • Move - Arrows
  • Attack - A and D
  • Jump - S


Special Thanks

  • The small but dedicated Twitch TV audience who kept us company while we worked.
  • A Legit Viking who shall remain nameless, but offered much Historical and Mythological Consultation, and provided vital Scandinavian Fact-Checking Services.


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