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 Mar 14th, 2015

Hi all! Alright then, the second new Olb of Olvand rose: poison! Let's stick to this 'why', 'how', 'in combinations' format, because it allows me to tell everything I want:

The idea behind poison in almost every game with combat is simple: instead of dealing all damage at once, the damage is dealt over time. That is, as players, you don't immediately see the full consequences of a poison attack. Although a simple idea, the non-transparency this creates can lead to very different behavior.

Let me explain with an example. Say an opponent has 100 health, and we hit him with an attack that does 95 damage. Logically, the player will get scared (only 5 HP left!), and will run away before your next attack has cooled down. Now imagine we also do him 95 damage, but with a poison. Instead of removing all the HP in one go, we do it slowly, over time. Most players are so used to trusting their healthbar, which still looks relatively filled, that they won't fully realize the danger of the situation... so they will stay, giving us enough time for another attack that will remove that last 5HP.

I love how this simple difference allows a bunch of new strategies, so you can imagine I'm kind of eager to get it in the game quickly.

The basic poison Olb will work as follows: if you get hit with a poison Olb, you won't lose any HP, but you will get the new 'poisoned' status. There is no way to show this status in the current GUI, by the way, so I've made a whole redesign for that as well - more about that later. If you use the Olb in its bare form, it will bite three times over the period of 30 seconds, deleting the same amount of HP every time. After that, the effect wears off.

This is what the Olb looks like:

It represents a snake tooth, which I think (or hope) is a lot more intuitive than the question mark for invisibility.

In combination

As for any Olb, the real fun only starts when you start to combine it. Three examples:

* Combined with the heal Olb, you get the exact opposite effect: instead of losing health, the 'victim' gains health. This can then be used for a strategy that is the exact opposite of the strategy above: if you would approach a near-dead enemy with full health, s/he is very likely to run away. If howeveryou have even less than s/he has, s/he might in fact stay... only to find out that you gain health over time when it's too late.

* When combined with fire, it creates a fire that goes out, and then goes on again after some time, which repeats three times. A thing that I often notice is that people and monsters hide when it's bright somewhere, and reveal themselves in the dark. This would be smart counter-attack to them: the enemies reveal themselves and poof! the light goes on again.

* Combined with the invisibility Olb, you get invisibility that wears of and then returns three times. While this might not be that useful when used alone, it can be very poweful when used as a whole team. Imagine being the enemy of a team using this effect, and seeing the opposing players appearing, disappearing and then appearing at another place again constantly. I would panick :).

And, as usual, there is much more, as this Olb too combines with every other Olb in the game. Play the game to find 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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kaytavo Aug 25 2013, 4:38am says:

about bigger bags and or carts:
i assume they are not yet implemented
but do you plan on adding them with in the next update or so?

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Woseseltops Aug 25 2013, 1:17pm replied:

Indeed not yet implemented, but they're high on my list now you can build things which need a lot of material. Not sure if they'll make the next update, though (but thanks for the reminder :) ).

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kaytavo Aug 25 2013, 1:24pm replied:

no problem thanks for the awesome game ;)

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Guest Aug 25 2013, 1:42am says:

Hey Woseseltops, thanks for allowing me the chance to try your game.

I made my own server to dink around in, and learn some stuff if any one would like to join me... IP is server should be correctly set up and ready to go. I have a town at spawn any one can join with a few houses available. Feel free to deforest within the town's borders, just be sure to remove stumps

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kaytavo Aug 25 2013, 1:29pm replied:

i figured out how to add my server to server list so, just select Tovanis

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kaytavo Aug 25 2013, 1:43am replied:

Sigh, forgot to sign in, this was me...

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kaytavo Aug 25 2013, 6:44am replied:

the spawn town is looking good so far, now I just need people to join... Also, please Do Not finish or start and buildings in or around the spawn town. the unfinished small houses are my way of sorting supplies

P.S.: if any one joins please let me know through Steam or Skype, same name as on here

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Aug 25 2013, 1:18pm replied:

If you want to play with others, don't forget you have an unlimited number of invites at olvand.com ;).

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OMGOSH1911 Aug 24 2013, 7:27pm says:

I received my alpha copy!! This is gonna be awesome. Unfortunatly, my antivirus thinks it is a virus. Then makes Desera not respond. I cant even close desura with task manager. I will keep trying though. (this isnt a bug report)

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Woseseltops Creator
Woseseltops Aug 25 2013, 2:04am replied:

Allright, good luck. If you have any bugs to report, please do so in the forums Desura.com

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siveon Aug 24 2013, 1:50pm says:

Thanks for the game, man! I've been looking foward to this one.

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