For Clarity Sake

Mar 10 2023

Hey there, fellow deities!

Let’s talk about “earthly news”. Remember those handy updates above the diary that keep us in the loop about what our heroes are up to? Sometimes they get a little too creative and puzzling, making it hard to understand what’s going on down there.

So we’ve made some changes to make divine observation easier. Now, the news headline tells you exactly what your hero is doing. “Fishing on 13th milestone”, “Sleeping in Bumchester” or “Trading in Herowin” — it’s all simple and clear. And the earthly news itself is still there in all its ridiculousness.

To check out this new feature make sure your Godville app is up to date (Android, iOS).

In other news, spring has sprung! That means it’s time for our annual Spring Content Cleaning. If you come across any poorly worded, inappropriate, or overused game texts, let us know in this forum topic.

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Something to React

Jan 31 2023

Hello, fellow deities! Let’s dive into the latest updates together.

“Know Your Monster” Revamped
The newest season of “Know Your Monster” is finally here. Every day the newspaper will give you a unique monster image for you to guess. This season features Picturizer-generated baddies, so get ready for some hilarious and totally surreal creatures. A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped with it.

New Forecasts
Do you remember the forecasts — the daily notes in the newspaper that alter the heroes’ lives? As you may have already noticed, three new forecasts have been added to the mix.

The first one allows heroes to trade items much faster. The second brings POIs closer and makes them more frequent. The third gives pets a well-deserved day off, temporarily disabling their abilities.

Additionally, the old rule of “one better, one worse” for daily forecasts has been removed, allowing for a more random and amusing pairing.

Message Reactions
The recently added guild council message reactions sprinkled some spice to guild chats. They are meant to be harmless and pleasant, but if a guild doesn’t like them for some reason, a guild leader can now turn them off.

Today we’re adding the same spice to personal messages — you can now react to them too! Just update your app and you’ll be good to go (Android and iOS).

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Holiday News

Dec 21 2022

Good news, dear gods and goddesses!

Firstly, we took another regular dive into the giant pile of Ideabox submissions and fished out the best. Hope you enjoy hundreds of fresh earthly news, monsters and artifacts. Big thanks to all authors and ER editors!

Secondly, we added a neat guild feature: if a guild or one of its members gets featured in Godville Times, all guildmates will be automatically notified in their Guild Council.

Now, onto the main event: the Christmas season! Well, Godville is surely ready to celebrate, just look at the festivities list:

  • Keep an eye out for snowflakes ❄️. These delicate and beautiful crystals can be found by defeating monsters, catching reindeers 🦌, or fished out of frozen ponds. Gods can also get an extra snowflake from the godpower capacitor in Godville Times.
  • These snowflakes are not just fun to look at and lick – they are useful. They can be traded for gold and used as wildcards in the bingo game. And if a hero gets a whole bunch, sometimes he makes a snowman and gets presents after heroically defeating it.
  • Another thing to look forward to is the abundance of holiday gifts – these can drop from monsters, snowmen, and even the bingo game. These can be activated for free and offer sweet and valuable rewards. By the way, there is a quick way to get a gift – each bingo extraction will give one right away.
  • Any god with the Dungeon Forge can put a Christmas tree in their dungeon for other heroes to find and get some holiday presents.
  • Be sure to visit Laplandville, the festive town located next to Godville, for some discounts and holiday spirit.
  • Santa Clawses and Satan Clauses are back, spreading holiday cheer, gifts and even tameable with a bit of luck.
  • FInally, there are special Christmas side jobs and holiday POIs to savor as well.

The celebration will last until January 2. Happy Holidays!

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Picture This

Nov 29 2022

Good news, everyone! Just as usual.

Godville Content Picturizer
Did you hear about image generation neural networks that create amazing pictures from a simple text prompt?

Here in Godville we have a lot of text and not so many pictures. So a few months ago we hooked up a neural network for creating Godville-related art, named it Picturizer and gave early access to some gods.

It went really well, so today we can finally open Picturizer for a broader audience — namely, all gods with Ideabox IQ >= 10 (image generation takes a lot of processing power, so we can’t make it available for everyone, at least not for now). For those who are curious, but can’t access it yet — here is how it looks like.

To sweeten up the experiment we will reward the best pictures with gratitude points. (If you already used Picturizer and submitted images, check it again to see if anything was approved — we’ve rewarded dozens of pics.) The approval will happen every week for at least the end of this year.

You can find the Picturizer link in the Ideabox monster’s section. Feel free to discuss it and its art here.

Guild Council Reactions
The internal guild chat is a nice aspect of any talkative guild. Now it could also be colorful, because you can finally add reactions to Guild Council messages. You know, these colorful thingies like 👍, 🔥 and 😡 that some people really like for some reason.

To use this feature be sure that you’ve updated the Godville app (Android, iOS) to the latest version released today.

Winter is Coming
By the way, winter is just a day away. That means heroes can expect three things.

Firstly, more frequent fishing — in winter fish nibble even without a bait. Secondly, icebergs in seas colored thingies they’re just like reefs, but save your supplies while the ark is on it. Thirdly, Christmas presents are getting closer… but let’s keep that one till the next announcement.

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Seasonal Spookiness

Oct 29 2022

Ghostly greetings, fearsome gods and goddesses!

The annual Halloween Festival is here, so it’s time for spooky stuff. Let’s welcome:

  • undead monsters — they need to be killed twice and they’ll drop special loot, including…
  • glowing pumpkins — these are free to activate and can occasionally turn into really valuable things
  • pumpkinezed artifacts — these things have emojis, which instantly makes them popular among zoomers and traders

There are also two new eerie things:

  • the mysterious Ghost Town (conveniently located at the 13th milestone) is now obscuring the diaries while heroes are inside.
  • a new kind of beastie in the seas that is so enormous and dangerous that it can be seen right from the start. It also has a manimal or fenimal, so sail ahead if you dare.

The spooky event will last for the next three days — aside from the new beastie, which will stay for a fortnight.

New Sail Stuff
Speaking of seas, let’s welcome two new sail variations:

  • lighthouses that emit long and narrow light beams instead of the usual (and boring) circles;
  • a sea with lots of mostly harmless vortexes — one can use them as randomized shortcuts.

New Bosses Ability
There is a new ability for bosses — decoying. Decoying boss spawns multiple dummies during the fight – they are harmless, but good enough to deceive heroes and attract their strikes.

Hope these new additions will add more fun to the eerie feast. Happy Haunting!

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Pack Pets and More

Sep 30 2022

Greetings, dear gods and goddesses! Once again, we’re glad to be back with some news.

New Kind of Pets
As you know, the wildlife of Godville is under constant evolution. We are happy to present the latest development: pack pets.

Pack pets have some unique qualities. Obviously, they help heroes to carry more stuff (more when pet levels up). Secondly, a hero with extra space can buy more healing potions for upcoming travels. Thirdly, such pet can carry extra proof of killing a wanted monster, so a hero can defeat two wanted monsters in one trip. (Btw, somewhat abstract “proof of a wanted monster death” is now known as a “hide of wanted monster”.)

Here is the cool thing – you all can choose the monsters that will become pack pets. For the next 24 hours, cast your vote here or send in your suggestion via Ideabox->Monster. In 3 days we will update this post with selected pet names and the levels required to tame them.

UPD: Here is the list of pack pets: Contraband Mule (needs level 45+), Reservoir Dog (65+), Piggy Banker (85+), Stag of Holding (105+), Insomni-Yak (125+), High Horse (150+).

Another pet related quality of life improvement: from now on the game will show how much gold the hero needs to bring to a prayer for healing a wounded pet.

Reworked Crossword
Neat changes are coming to newspaper crossword as well. There are three new kinds of crossword words: dungeon bosses, sail beasties and locations that your hero occasionally mentions in his diary. Yay to variety!

Also, it now has Easier Mode: every day, at 13:00 UTC (9:00 AM EST, 6:00 AM PDT) the crossword will uncover a couple more letters. If word guessing was too hard for you, try it now, you may like it.

Souls News
It’s been a month since the start of soul collecting, so it’s time to admire our harvesters. Now you can see the Souls progress on the gods’ pages and the overall picture in the newly opened pantheon of Soulfulness. This deed also has its own achievement: Soulcatcher.

Also, there is a brand new application for the Souls Extract – it can be used to expire adventure cooldowns, so a god can send a hero to Arena, Spar, Dungeon or Sail right away. You can find the new button in the Spirit Refinery.

Make sure to update iOS and Android apps to enjoy all the new features.

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Going Souls-like

Aug 25 2022

Let’s start with the news for everyone: the second season of Know Your Monster is here. Every day a picture of a monster will be published in Godville Times — guess the name of the monster to send your hero a special present. KYM will go on for a couple months, so don’t miss out. Huge thanks to all the artists who submitted their work into GodWiki.

But the main dish today is for the experienced deities who already completed all major goals of the game. If you already built a temple, finished an ark, collected pairs and wrote a book — rejoice, as now your hero starts another tremendous project for your enjoyment!

It’s time to take care of the soul… or souls, to be precise. They are essential in any world. Souls come in various shapes and forms – dark, wicked, pure, etc – and could be saved, sold, enlightened, freed, you name it. Obviously, there must be a place for them in Godville. So let our heroes harvest a whole bunch of them — for yet to be known, but very godly reasons. Five thousand should be enough — just don’t get too scared with the number, it won’t take longer than usual.

There are three ways to catch souls. Firstly, a hero can extract them from special soul monsters which he will occasionally meet in travels. Secondly, many lost souls take hot baths deep underground, so they could be found in a dungeon’s basement, two at a time — one in the treasury and one from the treasure boss. Thirdly, souls could be obtained after completing a side job.

Neat thing: the souls that a hero finds differ not only by names, but also by their spirit. Once your hero finds a soul you’ll get access to Spirit Refinery — a sort of divine distiller for all soul-related things. There you can refine them for a special soul extract that can be used to grant a special boon for the hero.

As usual, a god doesn’t have to do any of the above. Godville is still a Zero Player Game, so the hero is capable of finishing this task on his own, it just takes longer. Play along as much as you want. To make things more exciting, a new pantheon is coming soon.

Make sure your Godville mobile app (Android, iOS) is up to date for the new goodies to work properly.

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Minding Ideas

Jul 13 2022

Greetings, dear gods and goddesses! As usual, we have some exciting news.

New Side Jobs
Please welcome two new kinds of side jobs. The first one should be a no-brainer for the heroes as it only requires writing in the diary. The second one rewards finding boss parts, which can be found in various places — from dungeons and mini-quests to fishing.

New Bosses Ability
For the first time in years bosses gained a new abilityсhipping. These guys can chip away bits of the heroes equipment, dealing it some damage and lowering its level. Besides making bosses more varied, it could also come in handy for equipment side jobs.

Lots of New Phrases
Once again the time has come to sort out Ideabox submissions. We’ve been doing just that for the last few weeks, plowing through half of the Ideabox sections. And we’ve just added hundreds — seven hundreds, to be precise — new phrases for diary, duels and dungeons. Thanks to everyone involved!

Reworked Ideabox Form
We also reworked the idea submission form. Firstly, before sending a phrase you can now select the phrase type — this will help ER-editors in voting and improve the idea’s chances to be accepted. Secondly, now there are phrase examples — just like in ER. Third, you might get some tips in a submit popup. Fourth, the form now has quick links to Ideabox guidelines and common variables list. All these are optional, but we hope they will be helpful.

Apps Improvements
The game’s mobile apps have been updated (Android, iOS). Beside the above mentioned new Ideabox form, there is also a new search feature: use search box on the Friends screen to find any god (not just friends) by their name. Finally, the old Mini-remote on iOS is now more visible and handy.

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Happy 12th

May 10 2022

Hey, you know that today is a special day, right?

Twelve (12!) years ago Godville opened its doors to everyone looking for lazy adventures and occasional giggles. Back then we couldn’t even imagine how it would all pan out, but apparently you – gods – liked it.

Today our heroes are adventuring up and below the ground, over the seas and even venture into less tangible dimensions. We sure hope it won’t stop there and there will be even more interesting things for heroes and their deities to enjoy.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the support from our incredible community of Godville gods. Constant influx of ideas and feedback from you is what keeps the game interesting and fresh – even after 12 years. Thank you all!

Moving on to the more practical part. First of all, make sure to congratulate your hero with a godvoice to get a festive pack of godpower charges. Use godpower capacitor (while not in a duel) to get another bonus. Be on the lookout for the special anniversary monsters gleaming with godpower. Do that for the next 3 days to keep this party going.

Let the celebration begin! Feel free to congratulate everyone in the comments. There is no special bonus for this, just the good vibes for us all.

Happy 12th, everyone!

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New in Towns

Apr 27 2022

Good news, dear gods and goddesses! Two whole pieces of news.

New Towns
Remember the last April 1 frenzy with towns spangled map? And the voting that followed shortly after? We’re glad to announce that some of the most liked towns are here to stay on a permanent basis. Find them on the map: New Ork, Unpleasantville, Witt’s End and Underwhere.

Interestingly, these towns have a new feature: upon entering such a town the hero will often get a welcome gift. Tourism promotion is intense these days.

If you ever tried visiting your hero using a phone’s web browser at you probably weren’t too happy with how it all looked, because it was made for PCs.

Well, not anymore. From now on the web version of the game looks good on phones too. It looks similar to our Android and iOS apps and supports almost all the features of the game – duels and other adventures, messages, notifications, color themes, etc. It should be useful if you can’t use the app or just want to have something else as a backup.

You can always switch back the desktop version from the Menu tab (and forth using the link underneath the diary).

One more change that affects the desktop browser version of the game as well: from now on craftable items are marked with a blue dot; tapping on the item’s name brings up a crafting popup.

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