New Music Page / Live at Madame of the Arts (Minneapolis)

Last night I played a short dance set at Madame of the Arts in South Minneapolis.

I’ve posted the tracks on my new music page at

Thanks to everyone who showed up! I hope to see you all again next time

Hello Art-A-Whirl Friends!


If you’re here because you saw me at Art-A-Whirl 2014, welcome, and thank you for checking out my site!

I don’t have a web store set up yet, but if you’re interested in prints or commissions, please email me at ivybaumgarten (gmail) and let me know what you’re looking for! I’m still in the process of getting some of my larger prints made, so if you have a specific size you’d like, I should be able to accommodate.

If you decide to have a look around, you’ll see I also do some other things like games, programming, and music. If you want to collaborate on a game or other project, I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’re near Minneapolis.

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This weekend is NE Minneapolis biggest art event, Art-A-Whirl. It’s a free tour of artists’ studios throughout Northeast (most of them are in a few big buildings, and there’s a free shuttle between each stop). You can look at or buy art from hundreds of different artists in all sorts of media. It’s one of my favorite events and part of the reason I decided to live there.

This year, I was invited to participate, so if you plan to go to Art-A-Whirl or will be nearby this weekend, I’d love it if you’d visit. My table will be in the red Waterbury building at the corner of Broadway and Central. I’ll be selling one-of-a-kind small canvas paintings, and I may have some prints available as well.

Here are some details and links to the event info:

2014 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16th – 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17th – Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18th – Noon-5:00 p.m.

Waterbury Building
1121 Jackson St
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mini-paintings: black and white monsters and ghosts, as well as a neon pink butt

Mini-paintings for sale

Waterbury building

Waterbury building


Imaginary Funerals

Avery Mcdaldno recently launched a new game journalism website, Imaginary Funerals. It has a diverse (and still diversifying) cast of contributors, and a candid, personal feeling which I think is really special.

Imaginary Funerals is a collection of voices, talking about story games, queer games, play, immersion, and related ideas. It’s a space to share personal experiences, new thinking about games, and free games that have caught our attention.


I had the pleasure of writing one of the site’s first articles, “The Secret”. Please have a read, and be sure to check the other articles—there have been some very insightful and beautiful things written there since.


Chicago-style deep-dish pizza in cast iron (vegan)

Here’s my recipe for a 12″ Chicago-style deep dish, which seems to serve two or three. The crust ends up about 3/4″ thick on the bottom, and I can’t eat more than half of one without pain or regret.

It takes about an hour and uses a 3″ deep cast iron pan. You could probably use something else. I used vegan margarine and cheese, but you can exclude these, and probably most of the oil too, if you’d prefer.

Photo of a cheeseless pizza with golden crust and crispy browned veggie toppings

Preheat 450.

2 cups flour, 2.25 tsp yeast, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp salt, almost 1 cup water, stir with a fork until you can pick it up without it sticking to your hands a lot. If it’s too sticky, rub flour on your face and put some salt in your eyes and go back in time to warn yourself to use less water.

Knead for a few minutes, slather the whole thing in oil, knead more, and flatten it out. I just picked it up and started flattening it with my hands and let gravity do the rest. Toss it around if you want. I won’t tell anybody.

Oil the pan and press and shape the dough all the way up the insides. Let it sit over the burner with the vent tube or near whichever geothermal features happen to be presenting themselves in your kitchen at the time to rise for a bit while you chop toppings.

When all the toppings are chopped, lightly spread some margarine on the crust put the pizza in the oven while you fry whatever needs frying in a different pan. 3-7 minutes?

For toppings I sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, garlic, chopped tomatoes, and slices of Smart Dogs chorizo (as pepperoni). I used a ton of capers too, but left them out until bake time.

Clear off a region of the pan and plop about a half-cup of tomato paste in the pan to warm it up. Cover the tomato lump in red pepper flakes, oregano and basil.

Pull the crust out of the oven, spread the tomato paste on the crust without squishing it too much, dump in and spread the toppings around, add a sprinkle of Daiya if you like, bake for 7-10 more minutes.

Cut and serve. Unless it’s really hot or it starts falling apart, if you see someone using a fork, you may want to keep an eye on them.

Another art post!

I just found a bunch of drawings I hadn’t posted here!

#1GAM: One Game A Month

I’m joining 1GAM:

It’s a bit intimidating but very exciting!



I’ve started a page to track my complete ludography.

Sorry About Forever

Last Month, I submitted “Sorry About Forever” to the Ludum Dare 28 game jam. The theme this time was “You only get one.” I expected to see a lot of permadeath games. Most games like this make you lose all progress when you fail. If you want to keep playing, you have to start from the beginning. I decided to try making one with a much stricter interpretation—if you fail, you can never play again. Ever. You can play it here: Use arrow keys to run(left & right) and jump (up). The one-play mechanism uses a technique called browser fingerprinting, which can pretty reliably identify your browser without IP Addresses or cookies.