Press Any Key Script (RMXP/VX/VXA)

Download Script You know how some games have a “Press Any Key” on the title screen in place of or before the main menu? Now, I’ve been wanting to write a script like this for a while. In fact, I started writing one for the Q-Engine. Here’s a script that does just that. And the best thing it works with RMXP, RMVX and RMVXA.

Happy Halloween 2012

Just a quick note to wish all my visitors, past and present, old and new, and frequent and infrequent a Happy Halloween. Image borrowed from Aldiko Despite the recent events in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, life must go on. It has to! Mother Nature will always show us who’s really boss and will happily demonstrate her power to us should we underestimate or abuse her. We have a lot to learn from her. So, hopefully, as with 9/11, where we go from here will lead us into a better world, where we can work together in peace and harmony to build that better world for our children and grandchildren….

The Deep – High Quality Resource Pack

Here’s another awesome resource pack, purchasable for $5.49. This pack, entitled The Deep is ideal for those dungeon-delving adventurers to explore. When I say these resources are high quality, I mean they are high quality and I’m totally enamoured of them! You can buy The Deep resource pack at RPG Maker Web website. This showcases the Battle Scene using some of the high quality battlers available in the resource pack. Image borrowed from RPG Maker Web.

Three Spam Sandwiches, Please!

Due to an increasing amount of spammy comments, the CAPTCHA has been turned on (again!) and all comments now need to be modified. Unfortunately, Blogger has no facility to modify the comments and delete offending content. That’s why I prefer WordPress. I was considering migrating RPG Maker Times to WordPress, but that probably wouldn’t be viable given the blog’s size. In the meantime, however, I’ll be scrutinising comments and if they contain any of the following they will be trashed: Contents irrelevant to the blog, Website or HTML related contents, Contents relating to software downloads (unless RPG Maker related), and User names and URLs contain irrelevant content, including pornographic references….

RPG Maker Lite – Free For All

RPG Maker VX Ace Lite has been released. This is basically a dumbed down version of RMVXA itself. Quintessentially, it’s the same as the Trial version, but without the 30-day limit and with the following additional limitations: 10 heroes 10 classes 126 skills 16 items 60 weapons 60 armours 30 enemies 30 troops 25 states 110 animations 10 common events 6 Tilesets 15 events per map Maximum of 20 maps Furthermore, there is no call script because, like the Trial version, the Script Editor has been disabled. The Character Generator also does not contain all of the available materials, the same as the Trial version. This is very useful as…

Finally A New Nav Menu

RPG Maker Times has finally had a long needed, often deferred facelift. Regular visitors will notice that the top navigation menu has changed from its old incarnation. It’s much simpler now, but is easier to update should the need arise to add items to the menu. After careful consideration, and much experimentation, I opted for this format because, with the advent of RPG Maker Times Companion, the need to have the dropdown subsections is greatly reduced. Most of the links are tag-based, so if you’re looking for specific engines you can easily skim through all of its related articles. Furthermore, many links go to the various index pages of RPG…

Animated Title Screen Redux RMVX

The Animated Title Screen Redux RMVX 1.6 is an experiment with sprites and layers. Although it started out as an experiment purely with sprites (showcased in a previous video), it developed into a simple title animation and then into something more complex, with the addition of a message or credits on the Title Screen. It may or may not be integrated into the Q-Engine in the future. The title itself, “The Chronicles of Yrth”, is taken from a novella I wrote in the early ’90s, which was completed but never published. This will be a future project, based loosely on that novella. The background music is Living Voyage by Kevin…

Navigation Menu Changes

The next big project for RPG Maker Times is its top navigation menu. The current one is way too out-of-date now and there’s no question that it needs updating. Because this blog is quite large, spanning four years worth of updates, it’s a mammoth undertaking. Now, I’m not entirely sure how this should be done. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and experimenting with the different ways of updating the menu to reflect the evolution of the blog and RPG Maker Times Companion. Here are some ideas I’ve considered: Simple Menu – A menu displaying only the main areas of the blog, such as Resources or Tools &…

HUD Designer (RMVXA)

VXAce HUD Creator Forum Homepage A HUD (Head Up Display), which is an interface overlaying the screen to display parameters and other information, always adds aesthetics to a game. In fact, many SNES games have HUDs. One in particular comes to mind: Zelda. The hearts container at the top of the screen is a HUD. There is an online WYSIWYG HUD generator for RMVXA, where you can create your own by dragging and dropping elements into place to create one of your own. There are only four options at present – Rectangle, Gradient Rectangle, Image and Text – but I’m sure more will be added at a later date. Notwithstanding,…

Open RPG Maker – Feature Review

Open RPG Maker is the “new kid on the block” and, while it’s still under development, it still shows enormous potential. The game engine is not implemented yet, which includes playtesting (this will begin when the Editor is finished), but many of the functions are. So this review is based on its features and functionality. Preliminarily, I’m quite impressed with it. What Is Open RPG Maker? According to the blurb: Open RPG Maker is aimed at being a free and open source clone of the RPG Maker series by Enterbrain. The end goal of the project is to allow users to create 2D console style RPG games similar to the…