Olvand is a little multiplayer sandbox RPG, where the players live in self-built towns and can go on all kinds of adventures together. Imagine living with your friends in a small town in the mountains, or creating a new group of friends in a pub in the metropole you all live in. There will be several minigames the inhabitants of a server can play together, among which will be combat based games like King of the Hill or Capture the Flag. You will be able to play against other people in your city, or as a city against another city, or as a whole server against another server. The combat works with self-built guns, in which all kinds of powers can be combined to create unique effects. You can sign up to be a tester on olvand.com.

Some pictures of what I want to add in the future:

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1 comment by Woseseltops on Sep 20th, 2014

Hi everyone! Olvand Violet, the next release of the game, is nearing completion, so I thought this would be a good time to start another series of blogposts, showing my progress and telling you about design decisions.

How I created something fun by accident
As you probably remember, the main feature of Olvand violet will be a cave system; a randomly generated area consisting of rooms and hallways, filled with monsters to beat, with Olbs (new 'spells', you could say) as a reward at the end. Like always, my plan was to have a basic, working version in the first upcoming release, and add all the fun stuff in the 2-3 releases after that. That's how I did it with the new lighting system, for example.

Therefore, I linked the cave generator I created earlier to the server software, implented that monsters shoot at you when you get too close, and didn't expect too much of it. However, as soon as I tried to 'beat' the cave (that is, reach the end and get the reward), I noticed that all kinds of things didn't feel right. The whole thing was much too long, for example, there were too many enemies, it was too dark, you had be too close to the enemy before it attacked you, etcetera. So I tweaked settings like this a bit, and it improved, but wasn't perfect... so I tweaked some more things, got a litte more improvement, and so on.

But then, suddenly, something unexpected happened; around the 20th time I restarted the game to test the results of my tweaks, I completely forgot what I wanted to test and instead played until I had my reward. It happened multiple times after that, and one time I even 'lost' 2+ hours on actual playing the game. At first I got a bit mad at myself for losing focus, but then I realize I actually had achieved exactly what I was aiming for: something which is fun and addictive. It's just that I accidently reached that goal much earlier in the process than I'd expected. Instead of wanting to know whether that one thingy now worked better, I actually wanted to know what was behind that corner, I actually wanted to kill that monster, or test a new gun set-up to see if that would help me reaching the end of the cave faster... I actually wanted to play the game.

A big fat disclaimer
Are you, the players, going the experience caves the same way as I do right now? I hope so, but probably not. A large part of the fun is that fact that I created it all myself AND that I know what is still coming. I can see through the flaws, so to speak. You, instead, will only see partially broken feature that is also still very basic. In other words, please don't interpret this blogpost as me telling you I made something that will amaze the world (yet) - I'm just surprised that I managed to amaze me.

 If you want more development, see [twitter] or [facebook]. If you want to be a tester, you can subscribe on [olvand.com].

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mygelz Jan 5 2013, 9:52am says:

I've been trying to connect to Testserver1 but it keeps on saying "Connection failed. Maybe a firewall is blocking you?" even though I already added Olvand to the Firewall exeptcions. HELP :D

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Woseseltops Jan 5 2013, 11:42am replied:

Hi, thanks for trying Olvand. At the moment, all servers are down, see problem 3 on the support forums: Indiedb.com . If you have more questions, please ask them there; I want to reserve this place for more general questions about the game! Thanks!

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mygelz Jan 5 2013, 11:45pm replied:

Ohh okay : )

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KyleXreX Jan 5 2013, 9:00am says:

I'm stoned, every day I stare at the Olvand site searching for the register button.

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Woseseltops Jan 5 2013, 11:34am replied:

Sorry, there isn't one. I only have a 'leave your e-mail address below if you want to be in one of the next groups' text field ;).

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KyleXreX Jan 5 2013, 12:36pm replied:

I already am :D

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FahriAuditore Jan 4 2013, 7:00am says:

i have send the invitation request 2 month / 1 month ago (i dont remember) and then i send again the request is that okay? and why im not invited thx :D

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Woseseltops Jan 5 2013, 2:56am replied:

Hi FahriAuditore, the reason you haven't been invited is that the waiting list is quite long at the moment. I've been inviting groups more often lately, and I plan to make the groups larger as well, so it hopefully won't take THAT long anymore. Thanks for your interest!

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mygelz Jan 4 2013, 12:37am says:

Thanks for the invite :)

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nsansa Jan 10 2013, 11:13am replied:

Woeseseltops just so you know i registered on the olvand site with my email callen@mysgbis.net please respond as soon as possible

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