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 May 16th, 2015

Hi all! One thing about technology that really keeps surprising me, is the fact that for some things, people simply 'expect' some things to work, while they are endlessly amazed by others. To take an exmaple from my daytime job as a language technologist: Google Translate is by far the best piece of machine translation there has ever been, while all I hear people say about it is that it 'doesn't work really well'. On the other hand, smartphone keyboards that predict what people are going to say keep surprising their users every day. Or, from the area of speech technology: people get annoyed when speech recognition doesn't put on screen exactly what they say... but are already baffled when the text-to-speech module produces something that more or less sounds human-like-ish.

So, to summarize, we have two kinds of technical problems: the problems where the solution will amaze people, and the problems that people never realized were a problem. Fortunately, creating games largely falls into the first category... except for its multiplayer aspect. When I hit the multiplayer button in some game, I just expect it to work, and get annoyed when it doesn't.

And this is a classic mistake I made while developing the new AI for caves, which I told you about in [so] [much] [detail]: I only tested it with a single player, all the time assuming that it would work for multiplayer as well. So when I started testing that earlier this week, kind of assuming there would only be some minor issues to fix, I unfortunately discovered the whole thing came crashing down when a second player even _entered_ the cave. Oops :( .


So that's the thing I'm forcing myself to work on these days. I say forcing, yes, because working on something you thought was already working isn't really interesting - and the fact that multiplayer player fixes are really annoying to test when you're alone only makes it worse. To give you an idea of the things I'm fixing:

* The server should keep track of the AI in the cave for each player INDIVIDUALLY - so when player A lets the server know a monster succesfully reached a particular location, that doesn't mean it also happened for player B.

* The monsters should continously be aware of ALL players around it. So if they kill player A, they should go on chasing player B.

* When a monster gets into a particular state, like frozen or invisible, that should be visible to everyone in the cave.

Etcetera, etcetera. To fully focus on getting all this working (and also because there isn't much interesting to tell), I'll stop myself from blogging until this work is done. Stay tuned!


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
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 Creator
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
mygelz Jan 5 2013, 11:45pm replied:

Ohh okay : )

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KyleXreX
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 Creator
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
KyleXreX Jan 5 2013, 12:36pm replied:

I already am :D

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FahriAuditore
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 Creator
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
mygelz Jan 4 2013, 12:37am says:

Thanks for the invite :)

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nsansa
nsansa Jan 3 2013, 1:39pm says:

Woseseltops can i please be invited to the olvand pre beta? I would like to join because it looks like a very interesting and fun

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Jan 5 2013, 2:51am replied:

Of course! I'll add you to my list, so you'll be in on of the next tester groups :).

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nsansa
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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