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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2 comments by Woseseltops on Feb 28th, 2015

Hi all! As promised last time, this week and the one after next week I'll tell you about the new Olbs that are in development for Olvand rose. I'm adding these new Olbs because collecting Olbs has become a lot more attractive now we have caves, so I might as well add a few new cool ones. This week: invisibility.

Why?
The beauty of Olvand's gun system of course is that everybody can pick their own playing style. That doesn't mean, however, that there are no similarities in the ways people play. So far, I've been able to identify three main playing styles (although people often use hybrids as well, so you might wonder how useful this categorization is):

* A ranged one, where people use Olbs with long ranges, and kill monsters without coming too close.
* A tanky one, where they use a combination of strong insta-kills Olb combinations, as well as some healing Olbs in case they get hit.
* Something using the freeze olb, where they first stun/silence the enemy, and then come a little closer quickly to kill it off.

A playing style that I am really missing here, and that I believe could add a lot more fun and variety to the game, is a more stealthy style, where you could avoid the enemies altoghether if you do it right. Or, to look at it from another direction, it might get a bit boring that you have to kill EVERY single enemy you encounter. Having some stealth option to make the enemy lose track of you might give you the needed variety.

What?
My first try at introducing a more stealthy playstyle is the invisiblity Olb:


I'm not happy with this symbol, but it turns it out it's pretty hard to capture the concept 'invisibility' in a symbol, let alone a 6 x 6px symbol. This is the best I could do, so we'll have to do with it for now.

In any case, what the Olb does is make invisible the thing it hits for 15 seconds. Combine this with the mine olb, and you can quickly make quickly make yourself invisible:


In combination
But what makes Olvand's Olb system really shine, at least in my humble opinion, is the fact that you can combine any Olb with all of them. What special combinations are possible with this new invisibility Olb?

* In combination with the mine Olb, you create an invisibility mine. You can put it somewhere for yourself or somebody else to get invisible when desired.

* In combination with the freeze Olb, you can create invisible iceblocks. Iceblocks where already used often to create obstructions for enemies, but with this combination you can even make invisible obstructions. The quickly light up when you bump into them, though, so players know what's stopping them.

* In combination with the health Olb, your health and level become invisible temporarily. This way, your opponents cannot see whether you are an expert at full power or a nearly-dead newbie, which can either save you from a deadly attack or prevent that your opponent flees quickly..

* In combination with the fire Olb you can create a fire that makes you invisible when you stand close to it. This way, you can create an area in your game where, temporarily, nobody can see you. If hope this will lead to awesome tactical play, similar to how the bushes work in League of Legends.

... and of course, there is much more (as I said, you can combine it with any other Olb), but why don't you guys discover the rest yourselves once Olvand rose comes out?

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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KyleXreX
KyleXreX Dec 27 2012, 2:52pm says:

The game looks awesome! I see them ladders in the ground and would love to know how mining works in this game :) other then that, it is perfect.

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Dec 28 2012, 1:36pm replied:

Thanks! Mining works similar to Terraria, with the only difference that it is topdown, and that it is done by shooting at the rocks until they break. This can be done with all olbs, except for the ones that give light (for example, the fires, as seen in the video).

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Phenominum
Phenominum Dec 27 2012, 10:14am says:

Awhh, didn't got invited :(

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Dec 28 2012, 1:28pm replied:

I'm sorry :/ More invites will come soon!

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Scottvrakis
Scottvrakis Dec 25 2012, 9:05pm says:

Hey Wose, I got the invite and started playing, but
A: I dunno how to craft or start! Q.Q.
B: I get disconnected from TestServer 1 and 2 often so I lose everything.
What do I do?

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Dec 26 2012, 2:58am replied:

Hi! Thanks for playing! I'll send you a personal message about it; I want to reserve this space for more general questions about the game :).

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KenanCatic97
KenanCatic97 Dec 17 2012, 3:08am says:

Is this game finished yet, i have been looking forward to it.

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Dec 17 2012, 9:37am replied:

Finished? Not even the most basic features are in ;). Since this is a one man hobby project, it's going to be months, if not years, before this will go into beta. But that of course doesn't mean the game isn't playable or enjoyable before that time - at least, that's what I hope ;).

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KenanCatic97
KenanCatic97 Dec 20 2012, 2:59pm replied:

How can i play the game, i cant find the download link :/

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adrien676
adrien676 Dec 20 2012, 5:34pm replied:

You have to wait to get a beta access.
Register your email on the Olvand website, then wait.

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Dec 21 2012, 2:28am replied:

Thank you, Adrien! Indeed, I let in testers in small groups, to keep everything under control (as it's an online game). There will be a new group soon!

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