FAQ


Sampled here is but a small fraction of the questions I tend to get on this project. I'll probably be adding more as they come up, but for now, hopefully you'll find something to satisfy your curiosity!

Q:How can I contact you?
Q: Where can I get more from Lithier?
Q: Where can I get more games like this?
Q: I love this game! How can I help with the project?
Q: What's the difference between Lith and Lithier?
Q: Where can I access my save files?
Q: I downloaded the game, but I can't seem to open it. How do I run it now?
Q: I still have so many questions and/or I'm bored and looking for something to read! Isn't there more?


 Q: How can I contact you?

A: The most direct and immediate way to get in touch with me is by email: lithiers-at-gmail.com. Any concerns, questions, suggestions, offers, etc. are welcome, and at any time that I'm awake, I should know within minute when I get an email.

Other options for discussing things with me include the Chatango window in the sidebar of this blog, just to the right here. I have it open pretty much all the time, and if I remember to turn on the sound notification, you can usually talk with me pretty much instantaneously, assuming I'm not busy with something. There's also the MVOL Forum linked above, where you can talk both with me and with many other folks interested in the game. As of this time, I don't offer a messenger/steam/skype/whatever for public use, but I encourage you to make use of the three methods outlined above.

Also, please note that I am not interested in yiffing 6_6 Or meeting you in person, or giving you my personal info, or taking yours. I subscribe to the belief that the internet was a better place when people were anonymous, and could build their identities from scratch with nothing more than a handle. Thank you for understanding.

Q: Where can I get more from Lithier?

A: Besides designing this game, I'm also an erotic writer, and I have a fairly sizable portfolio of stories on SoFurry and FurAffinity, including three series of stories featuring Lith. I also have a personal blog which updates more regularly than this one, and I have a collection of more polished stories available for Kindle on Amazon! And lastly, if you'd like to know the minutiae of what I've got going on, check out my Twitter!


Q: Where can I get more games like this?

A: If you'd like to play other text-based erotic games, several are available! It's highly unlikely you haven't heard of it, but Corruption of Champions is an outstanding game and a direct inspiration for the creation of MVOL. Nimin is similar, but perhaps even more fetish-oriented if that's possible, and Flexible Survival offers another spin on the idea of adventuring in a hyper-sexualized and fetishistic world. I don't know of any games more closely related to the themes offered in MVOL in development right now, but I'll be keeping my eyes open! :3

Q: I love this game! How can I help with the project?

My Very Own Lith is a very personal project for me, because Lith is a character I've worked with and developed for a long time. This game is my chance to essentially create a definitive portrayal of who and what Lith is as a person, as a soul, and as a sexual entity. I've put myself under a lot of pressure getting some aspects just right, and I know that a lot of this game simply couldn't be written by anyone else.

That said, this project does have room for expansion and refinement, and if you would be willing to volunteer your time and/or resources to improving it, you would be more than welcome ^.^ Check below to see how you can help!

Disclaimer: While any and all help is appreciated, please understand that unless we make an arrangement to the contrary, you will not be compensated or rewarded for any contributions you make. If you contribute completely new text or pictures to the project, you will be happily credited, but you will be giving me full rights to publish the work as I see fit, including potentially profiting from it, unless we make an agreement stating otherwise.

Writers

The textual content of this game is so important to me that I can't ask anyone else to write any of it. However, if you would be interested in proof-reading my game for glitches, missing segments, misapplied grammar/punctuation and misspellings, see "playtesters" below!

Artists

MVOL is currently a very minimalistic game graphics wise, and the same could be said for the site. If you would like to send fanart, contribute graphics for the game, or enter a collaborative effort, you are more than welcome to email me with links to exemplify your work!

Coders

My personal area of focus is writing. I have had some education in programming, and I've managed to slap this game together mostly by piecing the basics together from other people's code, but I could always use help with Actionscript. If you have experience with AC 3.0 or a good deal of general programming experience and are interested in helping with coding the game or offering yourself as an adviser or hotline on the subject, please email me!

Supporters

MVOL is a free game, but it is my hope that I can turn the project into a profitable endeavor-- something that I can make a living off of, instead of just sinking a lot of time into getting some praise and watches. If you're interested in financially supporting the project in any way, please do email me! Alternatively, click here to donate easily via Paypal with account or credit card!

Playtesters

Coding a game is complicated, and no matter how much I go over it, bugs always seem to pop up once the players get their hands on it. If you have time, patience, a little computer savvy and an enthusiasm for breaking games, check out the details on becoming a "proofer!"

Q: What's the difference between Lith and Lithier?

The short answer is that Lith is an imaginary anthropomorphic cat, and Lithier is a guy that writes and codes stuff, often involving said imaginary cat. Lith is not my fursona, he does not directly reflect me, he is just my flagship character as a writer. When you're talking to me, please understand that I am not a slutty cat, and I do not want to be petted, snuggled, or otherwise "touched" out of the blue :p

The long answer: I'd like to clarify for my readers and players that I am a person that prefers to go by the handle of Lithier. I write, I code, I draw poorly, I answer questions at great length, and I make funny faces. I am a complex and not entirely agreeable person. I do not have a fursona.

In great contrast to this person is Lith, an imaginary, anthropomorphic cat. He blushes, and smiles, and does a great deal of things involving penises. He is a moderately complex but overall cute and cuddly cat thing. It is true that I fill out his personality and interests largely with a subset of my own, mixed with imagined things I am somewhat familiar with. In that sense, he is a part of me, and I express myself through him. But he is not me, and he does not represent all of me.

I have been addressed as Lith, and people have talked to me about the game while saying things along the lines of "I was cuddling with you and..." but this is, honestly, a little jarring to me. Lith is a persona I originally developed for entering chat rooms a long time ago, and you may guess easily at how I came up with his name at the time, but Lith and Lithier are still very different people.

I'm sorry if this has been a point of confusion for some of you, and I can certainly see how easy it would be to misunderstand my intentions here-- I often bring some very Lith-like aspects of my personality to the fore in talking with those who comment on my work, to be as polite and agreeable as I can regardless of what grisly personal habits I may have. It is my hope that this entry may clarify the issue to everyone's satisfaction. If not, you're welcome to shoot me a message or discuss it in the chat window to the right :3 Thanks for taking the time to humor my pontification!

tl;dr: I'm not Lith D: Lith is a cat. I'm some guy with a keyboard.

Q: Where can I access my save files?

In Windows, you should be able to access the files in your personal user folder, in a hidden folder called Appdata. In that folder, you go to Roaming/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects/, where there should be a single folder with a weird name. Open that and you may see about a bajillion folders. If you've played the game recently, you should find the files in the #localWithNet folder.

If you were playing an older version of the game, then they may be in a different folder: If you've downloaded the game to your computer to play it, you can go to /localhost/ and you should see the files for MVOL clearly named as such. If you played it from a website, you'll need to go to the appropriate folder like /dl.dropbox.com/ or /e621.net/. If you can't find the files anywhere and it's been a long time since you played, it's possible Flash automatically removed them, as it does with older files regularly.

Using these folders, you can back up your files in case you aren't going to be playing a while, intend to switch to another computer, or just need more than six slots for everything you're trying to do. Remember that MVOL_7 is the autosave file! And please, don't abuse the files. I can't do anything to stop you, but this game is the product of hundreds of hours of effort, and I design it to play a certain way. If you'd like to see more of the game, I encourage you to donate-- even a one-dollar donation gets you a cheat-enabled version of the game with lots of hidden content.


If you aren't using Windows, I'm afraid I don't know the specifics, but you may be able to get the idea if you google your operating system and "flash shared objects" or something to that effect. Good luck!

Q: I downloaded the game, but I can't seem to open it. How do I run it now?

A: It used to be that Flash was super compatible with just about everything, but it's been falling out of favor lately. Most browsers won't open it directly from your computer anymore. If you run into this problem, you can download a standalone flash player online to run it instead. You can search google for one you'd prefer, but I grab the "developer projector" directly from Adobe for this purpose.

You can get that by going here and scrolling down to your operating system, then looking for the "Download the Flash Player projector" link. That program should let you run any .swf file in its own little window, and is very compatible with MVOL, even supporting full screen mode.

Q: I still have so many questions and/or I'm bored and looking for something to read! Isn't there more?

A: There's a lot, actually! I used to run a blog on the side when I had a little more time on my hands, where I would talk about the origin of the game, my decisions in its design, as well as general game design and writing advice, philosophy, games I like, and just piles of random stuff. If this sounds interesting, the Introduction does a better job of explaining the blog as a whole and links sequentially to the rest of the posts to come! I don't really use the blog anymore, as I don't have the time, but there's still a ton of interesting reading to be found.

Besides that, a long time ago I held several Livestream sessions for coding and writing, featuring an interview segment where viewers could ask questions both of myself and of Lith. We covered all sorts of interesting stuff, though again, it's very dated now.

24 comments:

  1. huh well i read these and somehow the first to comment o.o i was just bored and i read them I've read your rant twice oddly enough, and I get the whole "not me but is a part of me but not quite" thing o.o i also am no writer and it will reflect here as you try and understand what i'm saying and secretly wanna strangle me..but awesome game ^^ lith reminds me of someone I know and it makes me love him more, and wow..i'm a horrible person typing all this into your question section!

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  2. Does any sort of Guide exist and if not, will there ever be one?

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  3. see this page on where to find your save data on other system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_shared_object#File_locations

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  4. have you considered a save file editor?

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  5. Why does my phone take this as a virus?

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    1. Hrmm o.o The only reason I can think of is that it connects to the internet, to send me data on how it's played so I can improve the gameplay. Weird!

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  6. Is it possible for this to be downloaded onto a kindle fire HD? I broke my laptop a while back and have yet to replace it so my kindle is all I have

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    1. You should be able to download it no problem, but it seems that to play flash files (like MVOL) you may have to use a third-party version of flash player. I googled "kindle flash" and the first result had an explanation for setting it up: http://fire.wonderhowto.com/how-to/install-flash-any-kindle-fire-0156999/ I hope that helps!

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  7. I downloaded the game, but is there a way to import my save file from e621 so I can play it locally instead of always having to use the website? I tried the methods you described but I can't find the appropriate folder for e621, and the in the localwithnet folder there is a MVOL_MASTER sol file that flash won't open.

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    1. Alright, I took a look! It seems that e621 actually calls their folder "static1.e621.net", so you'll have to scroll down to find it. But once you have a file in the right spot, you don't need to open it with flash-- just open the game from anywhere on your computer with your files placed in #localwithnet, and you should be able to continue where you left off. Hope that helps!

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    2. Aye I found that, copied my files to alot of places that make sense with a help of a friend, now it loads fine when I drag the flash file onto a browser to open it, it loads my saves perfectly. Sadly it won't load them if I open the game on flash itself, which is a shame since it runs better with it. Thanks a bunch for the help, and sorry for the bother ^_^

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    3. Actually, went and toyed a bit with some things and now it runs on flash just fine xD I'm so silly O_o Uh, do you have an idea how long the flash saves last before being cleared? (remember reading you mentioned that flash clears them after a while) and if a new version of the game comes out, will my saves be compatible with it?

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    4. Hmm, I took a quick look around for more info, and I can't actually find anything solid about flash files getting cleared automatically. There are cleaner utilities out there that might sweep it up, and it seems like that might be the main threat. So maybe it's less "after one month they'll disappear" and more "you may do something after a while that erases them without your noticing" xP So it can be a good idea to back them up just for safety's sake, but proooobably not actually necessary. And yes, your saves should always be compatible with later versions ^.^ And if you mean the standalone flash player, I'm not sure what the deal is with that thing, it's been giving players all sorts of problems with my game lately @_@;; But I'm glad it's working for you now!

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    5. Aye, it wouldn't work before, but I adjusted some files and where they're placed and now it loads fine and my Lith is happy, the major issue I found with the browser version is the text going all weird and filling the whole space of the page, which doesn't happen on the standalone flash player, it wasn't there on earlier versions too :o

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    6. Apparently that's a big thing everyone is seeing, yeah x3 It wasn't a problem for me a week ago, but now it is! Check my latest blog post for more info. I've put up a left-aligned version to fix the issue for now.

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  9. Hey, Lithier I absolutely love your work on this game and how it was made, but, I'm wondering when talking about Lith's past, Will you ever able to help him be proud of himself and not just say he's better off being a nobody? Instead of your character just standing there silently, a way to make him feel better or reassure him instead of just leaving it off sad? or are you continuing your writing on his story?

    Cheers! ^w^

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  10. okay so I was just playing on what I think was the original version of MVOL. I was always clicking on 'his feelings' and then clicked 'snuggle' then 'sleep'. for some reason lith had a nightmare and ran away. after that I got attacked by some kind of fucking monster...is that supposed to happen...?

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  11. I cant solve my Art Gallery...I think I am stuck....
    Also the Wooden Door is giving me the same "Catnip, Stinky Cheese, The Pond" Thing....
    Also I saw lith in the outfit with a staff...but I dont see it in the gallery....
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  12. "What's the difference between Lith and Lithier?"
    That first paragraph - lmao. You just made this a worthwhile read. Thanks for that. xD

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  13. I tried downloading the game but it won't open because it is a .SWF file. Know any way to fix that?

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    1. I've gotten this question a lot, so I've added it to the FAQ, second question from the bottom!

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  14. Does anyone know a guide to get some of the art gallery filled out?

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  15. Do you think it would be possible for you, in a later version of the game, to allow both the player and Lith to be females? I'm playing v.30 and earlier today I thought it might be interesting to make them both females, but I noticed that isn't an option. I picked myself as a female and Lith as a female, but apparently at least one of us needs to have a penis. I was just hoping you could also add the ability for both the player and Lith to be girls.

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