What is RuinValor?: To understand what RuinValor is you must first gain knowledge of how it came to be. The roots of my desire to make video games can be traced back to Neverwinter Nights; while the singleplayer certainly leaves something to be desired the multiplayer was the jewel amongst the stone in my mind. Packed with a toolset editor, the ability to create, modify, and share worlds of your own is what interested me the most. Couple that with an in game Dungeon Master mode to enhance story telling for the hosts player base and what you obtain is a powerful set of tools that assist in maintaining interest in a game long after its initial release. I have long believed that if you put the proper tools in the hands of the people who make content ( modders and such ) the life of the game can be infinitely extended. Despite our advances in game development there are still very few games that allow for this method of delivery of a story. It is for this reason that RuinValor gained the momentum needed to actually create a game. Throughout the design process I have ensured the core concept for all systems put in place rely on the single factor of customization. Ensuring this core concept is maintained will create a "modular" game design that will result in the most control available to any server host to date. Key features of our game will include:

  • Destructible World: Build, destroy, and rebuild as many times as you like. The world is fully dynamic and will mold to your every will and desire!
  • Advanced Crafting: Take part in one of the most advanced crafting systems found in any game. Save recipes that you have learned and share them with your friends! Craft epic level items with an advanced in game system requiring you to time your crafting skills depending on the crafting type put in place.
  • Custom Crafting Elements: Take the base crafting system and mold it to work for any type of crafting method you can think of. Smelting, leather working, cooking, and whatever else comes to your mind. This system can be easily modified to support whatever type of crafting you could conceive and in doing so allow for a truly dynamic feeling.
  • Augmentation System: Further customize your weapons, armor, and items with an augmentation system. Use anything that you find in the world and apply its properties to the new things you craft/find/obtain. Want a frying pan of vampirism? Find a vampire and take its remains and cook some food with it! Walla you now have a frying pan that does vampire damage!
  • Own Land/Control Regions: Claim land and regions based off of the size of your city/nation. The more buildings you create the more land you can acquire.
  • Clans and War: Create parties, groups, and alliances to control different sections of the land. Go to war with other groups/alliances to try and control their land.
  • Modular Design: As a server owner remove or add elements of our core game as you see fit. Want to host a pvp server where the main purpose is fighting? Remove all crafting and building and let them go at it with just their skills and character creation. All of this is done with a few clicks of the mouse!
  • Constant Updates: Just as we will have our player base generating content we will be doing so as well. Our goal is to have monthly or bi-monthly updates that will add new content such as weapons, items, armor, crafting tools, war machines, UI elements, shaders, and much more. Our game is a living product and we do not plan to abandon the development process once it has been released.

"MINECRAFT CLONE!": It saddens me that I have to spend time saying this but god knows if it is not said now people will ask for a response later. Some people who dwell under bridges and charge tolls for passing ( trolls ) will attempt to say "this is nothing more than another minecraft clone". Their deductive reasoning skills will have been proven as they clearly spent more than five minutes understanding a concept that most 13 year old children understand. Games have not changed in the decades they have been in existence. Just because games are made from another idea does not discount their ability to be good rather this is what is called progress. I urge those quick minded trolls to take a moment and look at what the core of this game is and try to get past that it has blocks. To curse a game for such a thing is like yelling at all the zelda like side scrolling 2d platforms that exist today. We dont do that now do we? So why would you waste time pointing out that this game is like another game because it has blocks? Here are some helpful things to note so as to clearly understand why our game is not like minecraft:

  • Fast loading terrain ( with multithreading support )
  • Dynamic sky control ( by server owners or admin privileged users )
  • Questing system ( with in game creation tools )
  • Game support for vehicles and other model based objects
  • Near 100% modifiable systems ( you can literally remove the use of items if your server desired it )
  • DX10 and DX11.1 shader systems ( minecraft cant look this good even if you pushed it to its limits )
  • MOD API built in, with full support for easy moding and changes ( including UI elements )
  • World based events ( if your server is one that subscribes to world events you can watch as your server changes based off of the things we add via the lore )
  • Trading ( player to player )
  • Land owning ( see who owns what land via the worldmap )
  • An ending? ( not some silly thing called the end! )
  • And much more is planned for the development along the way

As you can clearly see we have everything a person could desire and then some that makes our game 100% different from minecraft. Let me pose a situation to you, all books look the same ( except for some sexy cover art or something ) but the contents of those books can vary vastly from novel to novel. Do not be so quick to judge something based primarily off of what method it chooses to present its story; rather take the time to get to know and understand the choice for its delivery and find yourself more knowledgeable as to its purpose.

Will there be multiplayer: Indeed there will. The primary development of this game will be for the multiplayer experience; although this will not hinder or stop the development of the singleplayer process. We feel that most game companies today do not focus on the multiplayer aspect of their games unless developing an MMO. We are banking that by putting effort into the social interaction and making it a key factor of our game will increase the longevity and replay factor because of its sociable elements. In simple words, "Playing with friends is fun!".

Will the game have singleplayer: During the development process singleplayer will simply be a mimic of the multiplayer version of the game. As we grow and add content we will start to develop the singleplayer campaign. We plan to add content through what we call "World Events". These events will add new chapters and quests to the storyline and by doing so make more content available for the multiplayer worlds as well. It is through this delivery method we hope to provide near endless content while maintaining a solid level of quality to both single and multiplayer version of the game.

Expected Release Date:? We are aiming for a Q4 2013 release. This is heavily dependent upon our Kickstarter and Greenlight process. If both of those are a success we could have a alpha/beta release sooner. This project has been done by three of us thus far and none of us have been paid. Development takes time when its not your only job!

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Game Update #10

1 year ago News 1 comment

It has been a while since this blog has been updated and we are very sorry about that. Some of you might have heard but I was deployed (I am in the US Navy) for a few months and while gone had less than desirable internet. Although not much has been done to this blog plenty has gone on in the background. As you can see with our intro image we have redone the Gorgane texture. I feel that this new direction is a whole new level of art/skill coming out and thus will result in a more rewarding game experience. So lets get down to what has been added. Current Additions:

  • Updated Water Fog ( now matches depth )
  • Created/Updated Skill System
  • Create Events System
  • Added custom fonts
  • Created Mega Blocks (model based blocks that can be rotated)
  • Created Combat Mode
  • Created Admin Mode
  • Created Build Mode
  • Created Zoom in option ( ability to zoom in and out in third person )
  • Added equipment items
  • Added combat damage
  • Added blood splatters
  • Added death animations
  • Added basic sound engine
  • Updated “SkyControl” with new features such as dynamically changing backgrounds

In addition to these changes we have created numerous art assets to be used with the game. With an overhaul to the gorgane we thought it only fitting that the ground, water, and sky all got a rework. In an upcoming video you will see these all working hand in hand. For now I will leave you with some teaser images:

RuinValor: NPC Faction Combat + Blood Splatter Decal

RuinValor: NPC Faction Combat + Blood Splatter Decal

2 years ago News 2 comments

This weeks news update will show off blood splatter, NPC combat, and what happens when you spawn 100+ npcs in our game!

Wisp + Gorgane + Night!

Wisp + Gorgane + Night!

2 years ago News 0 comments

Check out the wisp model in action with particles. We also showcase the gorgane and day/night rotation.

Game Update #8

Game Update #8

2 years ago News 6 comments

It has been a bit since our last news post, but it has been worth it since we have a bunch of information to share. Dynamic shadows, Recreated Lighting...

Game Update #7

Game Update #7

2 years ago News 5 comments

As of right now the main focus has been preparation for the Intro Trailer. Having something that catches your audience and keeps them wanting more is...

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Helmlock Aug 22 2013 says:

Looking sweet!

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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 22 2013 replied:

Thanks for the comment.

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Helmlock Aug 23 2013 replied:

Awesome work deserves to be commented on! Keep it up!

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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 23 2013 replied:

You are not doing half bad yourself. Great game and I see you picked up ExampleGamer as well. Good guy with lots of knowledge. How do you like working with UDK?

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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 21 2013 says:

Added video showing off the gorgane normal map texture

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flox122 Aug 17 2013 says:

tracking this hot game

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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 17 2013 replied:


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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 9 2013 says:

Just finished the GPU particle system. We spawned near 1milion particles in a confined region to see how things would work. We took less than a 10fps hit and it ran smooth as one could hope for!

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ethanethan Aug 6 2013 says:

it has dwarves?? TRACKING

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riuthamus Creator
riuthamus Aug 6 2013 replied:

Indeed, they are one of my favorite races as well! Should have some good armor and play styles for them

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Atmosp Jul 29 2013 says:

COOL,can't wait to try it!! :D

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