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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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0 comments by Woseseltops on Jan 24th, 2015

Hi all! Last time, I already showed you a little bit of the cave name generator. Let's go into more details of why I implemented it and how it works.

Why
If you read this weblog regularly, you know there are a few main problems with the game I try to fix. A problem that players often identify, but that I rarely mention, is the fact that there isn't much variation in the game world. If you get lost, there are very few 'anchor points' you could use to find your way back, because all places look so alike.

While this is true, fixing it is not my main priority, as I feel the negative emotions caused by this problem are small in comparison to some other problems (like the problem that it is unclear what to do in the game). However, it is really really problematic when it comes to caves, the main feature I'm currently working on. Caves are scattered across the landscape, and their main selling point is that they are randomly generated. However, if players won't be able to tell the caves apart in the landscape, they might as well not realize that all caves are different.

So how do I help players telling caves apart? Giving all of them a wildy different exterior is probably the best solution, but I'm not sure whether I would be able to find the right balance between them being pretty, clearly different, while also making it clear that they are all still caves. I believe the second best solution is that there should be something that strikes the eye INSIDE caves that is different for each one. That's where cave names come in:


And on a more practical note, this allowed me to write another generator algorithm, which is love, because it's a piece of code that is completely separate from the rest of the game. This means I can write it on any computer, wherever and whenever I want. This name generator, for example, was already created more than a year ago in a hotel room and on a plane while on a business trip to Bratislava.

How
All right then, how does the algorithm work? I'm a computational linguist by profession, so I'd love to tell you now that I have used some supersmart and intelligent algorithm to analyze existing names, discover patterns in the language, and use that to generate a brilliant generation module... but it's actually a really simple system that glues syllables that I like.

Not sure what 'kind' of names I wanted, I decided I wanted to try to make a generator that created names with a more magical Elvish feel (say, Tolkien's Sindarin) and a name with a more harsh, Klingon-like feel. I collected syllables for both; think of syllables like 'aer', 'loth', 'las', 'el' for Sindarin, and things like 'K'tah', 'Kra','gho', 'tach' and 'oq' for Klingon.


The next thing I did was some experimentation to find out whether these syllable 'sound' good in the beginning, middle or end of the names. For example, 'ien' works really well at the end of names to give it an Elvish feel, but not some much at the beginning, and the Klingon-like 'Kro' works really well at the beginning of words, but not so much at the end.

Want to know what the algorithm can do? Here you go:

Klingon-style
Al Banang, O Ghochinkri, Kronooq, Tan Quetuorf, Qaghomagi , Karia, Val Kruoorf, Tah Pin'ria, Quetach, Val Ban'ria, Banmagi, Chighochaq, Tan Queria, Pintach, Kratamagi, Quekri, Qatuang, Tah, Katalkri, Chonvalpok, Shin Bantupok, Chonria, Tan Gai'ang, Krutak, Queang, Quegan, Kla'otak, Ka'ang, Shin Qagan, Chonang, Tan Qatulia

Sindarin-style
Glorond, Araberia, Ganbeon, Riestel, Lothelas, Celaeien, Mithala, Elel, Araäeria, Ellaria, Lothbeir, Gloron , Laiond, Nimegria, Glorbeon, Rias, Ellaäeël, Mithel, Nimir, Celbeëll, Lothria, Lothbeien, Nimas, Imellas, Glorbeël, Lothbeala, Glaeron, Gloregel, Laiegian, Aerbeël

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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gggfab00
gggfab00 Jan 24 2015, 9:51am says:

i want this game
send gggfab00@gmail.com please please please
thank you

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Rarkid1
Rarkid1 Nov 23 2014, 7:41pm says:

Please anyone inv me kiko_sk8ter@hotmail.com ty ;)

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Imsociallyawkward
Imsociallyawkward Nov 22 2014, 10:05pm says:

ah would anyone invite me to play this? It looks super awesome and id love to try it!

mrmadwulf@hotmail.com

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ZeroInFo56
ZeroInFo56 Aug 2 2014, 1:04pm says:

If anybody would like an invite to Olvand, inbox me. They're completely free ^.^

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megaodin
megaodin Dec 17 2014, 10:57am replied:

If you really do it (nadie252525@hotmail.com)

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ezzalla
ezzalla Nov 22 2014, 11:37am replied:

I want to please, as it is impossible to play it without an invite
ezzalla1@gmail.com

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TheAskeK
TheAskeK Nov 10 2014, 2:03pm replied:

I would really want one, my email is: theaskek@gmail.com
And thank you so much ;D

- Aske

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Deadlieuwe
Deadlieuwe Aug 12 2014, 4:19pm replied:

i want :D

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ZeroInFo56
ZeroInFo56 Aug 27 2014, 11:13am replied:

Inbox me with your Email for an invite! :)

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Looks really interesting and really needs a good playerbase!

Oct 8 2012, 8:30am by fastfire10

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Generating names for caves automatically: T.co

Jan 24 2015, 10:18am

Woseseltops the invicible T.co

Jan 17 2015, 5:17am

I just came up with my first game design principle: T.co

Jan 10 2015, 1:00pm

@the_hiller Yes - T.co although it's usually pretty quiet out there when there's no testing round going on (like now).

Jan 7 2015, 1:10am

Climax mode: T.co

Jan 4 2015, 6:21am

Just had my first somewhat fun experience with the new AI director. We're getting closer.

Dec 31 2014, 7:16am

T.co More about the cave director (and a little late, sorry ;-) ).

Dec 29 2014, 12:48pm

@the_hiller Sending an email to @gmail.com">olvandgame@gmail.com would really help :)

Dec 29 2014, 12:47pm

These guys have chased me through the whole cave... I need to reprogram their AI's T.co

Dec 21 2014, 9:49am

T.co Some insight in the cave director I'm currently building.

Dec 14 2014, 1:13pm

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