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Game Progress Script

I originally wrote this script for RMXP, although adapted to RMVX (both scripts are available below). Sometimes it’s useful to know how far into a game you are. This script measures your progress in the form of a percentage (click on the screenshot to see what I mean). When you have completed certain tasks, you can add to the progress percentage. The inspiration for this particular script came when I was reviewing the Status for my game, The Gladiator Project (TGP), thinking that something was missing, though I just didn’t know what. But then it came to me that, since some Roman Gladiators fought their way to the top, I…

More Windowskins VX #3

View More Windowskins Here are some more RMVX windowskins. All of the windowskins on this blog are compiled on Windowskins page, where you can view examples of these (and all the other) RMVX and RMXP windowskins. Right-click and save the image to your hard drive. Cerulean Chrome Cloudy > Grape Orange Sun Saffron   Water           The next windowskin update will be for RMXP, including conversions of some of these RMVX windowskins.

RPG Maker DS Release Date

Enterbrain formally announced (in October) a release date for the long anticipated RPG Tsukuru DS, as it’s called. The title is expected to cost 5460 yen, but there has been no news about a US or EU version or release dates announced so far. The release of RPG Tsukuru DS, originally scheduled for release in Japan on January 28, 2010, has now been postponed until March 11, 2010. This was announced on the Enterbrain website (11 November). Nintendo Orimashita, devoted to developing RPG Maker for the launch date [January 28, 2010] for the DS For RPG Maker, has decided to change the release date to make further improvements on the…

Woodcutting Tutorial – RM2K3

Woodcutting DemoThe link to the demois no longer available here. This is how to create a basic woodcutting process in RM2K3, similar to that used in Runescape, but without the experience points gained. Using the “defaults” from a new Project, first create two common items: Handaxe and Logs. Also, create a variable to store the number of logs chopped. In this example, 0001:Wood. Next, create a map and place a few events on it, setting the event graphics to trees. Make sure you name each one differently, as each one also has a matching switch. For this tutorial, I created 4 “tree events”, named Tree1, Tree2, Tree3 and Tree4. Create…

Poll Results – December 1-13

The results of December’s first poll are in! Voters opted for more RMXP stuff (windowskins, scripts and charsets). So, it looks like my copy of RMXP will need to come out of hibernation. At the moment, my preference is RMVX as the RPG Maker of choice for my project, The Gladiator Project. The reason for that is because RGSS2 is much more versatile, with several additional features not available in RGSS, that suit my needs for the project. That said, and with the poll results in mind, what I’ll do for the next few entries is this: RM2K/3 – A basic "woodcutting" tutorial, which I recently rediscovered from a Runescape…

RPG Maker XP Windowskins

View More Windowskins Here are some RMXP windowskins. Clicking on the windowskin will redirect to the RPG Maker Times Resource Center (no longer available), where you can view examples of these (and all the other) windowskins.I am not an artist, but like experimenting with different things, although I do find it easier to create RMVX windowskins than RMXP ones. Final Fantasy I Final Fantasy IX Parchment #1 I’ll try and create some more RMXP windowskins as I feel inspired, or convert existing RMVX windowskins to RMXP format.

More Windowskins VX/VXA #2

View More Windowskins Here are six more RMVX windowskins. The windowskins on this blog have been compiled under the Windowskins page, where you can view these (and all the other) RMVX/VXA windowskins. Black Marble Pink Marble Old Parchment #2 Old Parchment #3 Skin Leather Valentine The next windowskin update will be for RMXP.

Poll Results November

November’s poll is now closed. Thanks for all who visted this blog and voted. The results of the poll are: 42% of visitors use RPG Maker VX 46% use RPG Maker XP 15% use RPG Maker 2K/3 And 23% use all the RPG Makers Of the search engine results, the following percentages indicate which RPG Maker has been searched for, whether it was resources, scripts, etc.: 35.64% searched for RPG Maker VX 39.28% for RPG Maker XP 6.93% for RPG Maker 2K/3 And 18.15% for other RPG Maker related stuff And of those, thus far, windowskins or windowskin generators for RMVX is the most popularly searched for, with RMXP windowskins…

Character Maker XP Online

There are quite a few Online Creators for RMXP/RMVX already, mostly Japanese sites. I recently discovered – quite by accident – a French site, Nine Sages (sadly offline because of lame-ass hackers!), which has some absolutely stunning Title and Game Over pictures, in addition to some fabulous resources. It’s well worth checking out. The pièce de résistance for me was finding a working character maker for RMXP. It is still limited in the amount of resources for characters, but it does have enough to make some decent character sets. The generator can be found here. It is in French, but does not need translating as it’s easy enough to use.

Scripting Nightmares

When it comes to scripts, I personally do not like those that directly modify or overwrite the “default” scripts, especially the menus and command positioning. While most are designed as simple plug ‘n play scripts to make their implementation quick, simple and easy, they do invariably interfere. A prime example is where you have created your menu as you want it, then you “install” someone else’s script, which calls on a new window or scene, and it modifies that script. The result is that sometimes the selection cursor returns to a different position after canceling and returning to the menu. What this means is that you need to sift through…

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