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From February 13, 2014, the original Blogger RPG Maker Times blog and this one have merged.

This will now be the official blog for RPG Maker Times and will no longer be a "companion" site. The original RPG Maker Times blog at Blogger will remain, but it will be used mostly for any updates that appear here.

Plugin: Currency Formatter (RMMV)

Currency Formatter Plugin

The Currency Formatter plugin converts large currency numbers to an easier-to-read format.

Thus, 100000 becomes 100,000 or 100k (depending on the option used).

In time, I’ll add a few more options to it:

  • Currency position (left/right)
  • Icon instead of currency text
  • Message text options to change settings in-game

Happy New Year 2016

Another year has flown by, but that means another year of opportunity, with new ventures, new goals and new games!

One of my resolutions is that Otherworld will be completed this year.

Happy Christmas 2015

Happy Christmas 2015 from RPG Maker Times (however you celebrate it) and a happier game-dev New Year!

Happy Christmas 2015 from RPG Maker Times

Happy Christmas 2015 from RPG Maker Times

The winners of the Design A Logo Contest were notified of their prizes; I just haven’t had the time to update on the site yet. I will in the New Year!

Few Updates, Little Time

I’ve not been able to update the blogsite or projects sites primarily because of work.

With the run-up to Christmas, I’m required to work more shifts so unfortunately don’t have much time. While this is frustrating, the money is good. It’s also a stable job. Nowadays, stable jobs are hard to find.

After Christmas, things should start settling down again, giving me more time to focus on RPG Maker stuff and some of the other projects I’ve been planning for quite some time, including writing.

I’d like to conclude this post with a quote from Lord of the Rings, which seems appropriate here:

Well, what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past Age, full of its own comings and goings, scarcely aware of the existence of Hobbits, for which I am very thankful.

Random "Loading…" Image Pluginlet (RMMV)

RPG Maker MV Plugins

For my project The Adventures of Tryggr I created a randomized "Loading…" screen to showcase some of the locations Tryggr visited.

It was originally going to be game-exclusive, but after some consideration I decided to release this publicly (along with several other plugins/pluginlets) I created.

This short and simple, but effective, pluginlet enables you to use your own images for the Loading screen and randomize them to spice it up a bit.

You can download the pluginlet here.

Title Screen Add-On Plugin (RMMV)

Title Screen Add-Ons Plugin

The Title Screen Add-On plugin for RMMV is finished.

It was originally written as a series of pluginlets exclusively for The Adventures of Tryggr, but I decided to release it publicly before the game is completed.

The pluginlets were eventually merged into one plugin to make it easier to maintain and update.

Its main features are:

  • Pretitle Movie
  • Header/Footer Subtitles
  • Scrolling Images
  • Weather Effects

Upcoming RMMV Plugins I’ve Been Working On

RPG Maker MV Plugins

I’ve been working on some plugins for RPG Maker MV, taking FULL advantage of my vacation (back to work tomorrow), and at the same time adjusting to the way things are structured in MV’s core JS files.

One of the cool things about all this digging and poking around and exhuming the code is that my previous knowledge of Javascript (such as it is) is starting to come back to me. That means I’m starting to see the correlation between Javascript and the way MV’s JGSS is structured around it.

The following video showcases some of the plugins I’ve been working on. These ones are actually near to completion. They just need a bit of fine-tuning, particularly with the customization options. After that, they’ll be available for use and downloadable on RPG Maker Times.

Some notes about each of the plugins featured in the video:

  • Pretitle Movie: Already done, but updating it a bit./li>
  • Background Animation (Working Title): Adds a bit of animation to an otherwise static Title Screen. Adding more customization options to be able change a number of things with the animations.
  • Subtitle Text: This is complete, but I’m adding the customization options. ¶ This isn’t actually mentioned in the video, but is included, because it’s become part of my Title Screen Add-On plugin, which I’m still not sure about
  • Title Screen Weather Effect: Well, it is winter and I figured a nice snowy theme would be in order. You can have rain and storm as well. I’ll be working on other effects, such as autumnal leaves falling or somesuch later.

I’m hoping to write more in time, ultimately depending on my work schedule, especially with the run-up to Christmas.

Pretitle Movie Plugin for RMMV Finished

Pretitle Movie Snapshot

The Pretitle Movie Plugin is now finished. You can choose the movie to play and it will run before the Title Screen. You can download it here.

This is the first "official" plugin I wrote. While I’m familiar with Javascript, I’m not so familiar with MV’s JGSS, as it is Javascript but its structure for MV is a bit different. And I’m still getting used to it and finding my way around.

So, for those who can use it, it’s free for non-commercial projects, but please read the Terms & Conditions for additional use terms.

Design A Logo Contest Now Closed

Design A Logo Competition

The Design A Logo Contest to win RPG Maker VX Ace and resource goodies is now closed.

Thank you to all who participated. We hope to have more competitions in the future, this time to win a copy of the newest in the RPG Maker family, RPG Maker MV, along with some resources. We don’t know when this will occur, but definitely in the New Year!

In the meantime, we’ll be going through the submissions and deciding which ones will be shortlisted before making that final decision on the winners. And we’ll announce them soon.

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Adventures of Tryggr Troll – Offical RMMV Game

It’s now official!

Tryggr the Troll WILL have his own interactive-fiction style RPG Maker MV game! And he’ll eventually have his own website! He’s rather excited, as we are! Can you tell?

Tryggr Troll Dance

Tryggr Troll Dance

Tryggr is a character I created a while ago using Daz3D just for fun. Since then I’ve been creating various poses and scenes for him. When RPG Maker MV was officially released, I received my copy (having preordered it) and started playing around with the new RPG Maker. The result was a very short something, purely to test its HTML5 and Android capabilities.

When I showed the wife, she became quite animated and told me that it had the potential to develop into a kind of interactive-fiction, story-driven game. So after some discussion, we decided that we’d both like to work on it together.

For this reason, development on the Adventures of Tryggr Troll will officially begin!

We’ll begin development on the game as soon as we’ve finished writing the story. And, yes, this IS Tryggr’s actual graphic in the game. More details will follow as and when it develops.