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Smile Game Builder and RPG Maker Tutorials, Plugins, Resources, Windowskins

Happy Christmas 2014

Wishing all who visit RPG Maker Times & Companion a Happy Christmas! Instead of the usual message, I decided on something different. Here’s a funny animated short for you to enjoy!

Windowskins Sections Need Attention/Fixing

It was recently brought to my attention that some of the Windowskins Tutorials weren’t working. They were redirecting to the old subdomain where they were hosted, which was taken offline, so it was returning a "Page Not Found" error. The subdomain was made temporarily available again, thereby giving the person who pointed out the error and me a chance to access the site. And, as I was browsing around the windowskins section on this blogsite, I also noticed a few more errors, which I will be fixing. The windowskins subdomain will be permanently taken offline again by the end of the month, but all of the pages there will have…

A Few Site Upgrades

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m planning a few site upgrades to make things easier. Overall Improvements The primary focus is on improving overall performance and speed, reducing some of the clutter that’s developed because the blogsite has become quite large. This includes rewriting the taxonomy, categories/tags, and sidebar displays and, of course, this may take some time so I’ll start with the most popular posts/pages and sections and work from there. Improving overall SEO is also a must. Many fetch bots have encountered a few errors as well, often increasing the bounce rate and decreasing performance. Navigation/Page Menu The navigation is rather cluttered in my opinion…

Game of Fixing Errors Chess

Errors are an inevitable part of creating a game or maintaining a website. In many ways all the pieces of code are the chess pieces and all the planning is the chess board. You move the pieces across the board until you can manoeuvre them to either stalemate or check mate. The stalemate is where you’ve hit a blank wall with errors, so you have to backtrack all previous moves to determine where you went wrong. The check mate is where you’ve succeeded in fixing the errors. You always have to be one step ahead, knowing the moves up to the point the error occurred or knowing how to prevent…

Site Is Back Online

RPG Maker Times & Companion (and its subdomains) are back online. On and off for a while now the blogsite has been experiencing "500 – Internal Server" and "508 – Resource Limit Reached" errors with no apparent resolution. There weren’t any set patterns as to when they’d occurred either, seemingly randomly, including when I was writing and publishing posts, so I’d often lose the content and had to start again. From there it was a matter of pinpointing the exact nature of the problem, a long process of sifting through error logs and root files. Having a 500 error made no sense at all since the databases, site settings, plugins…

More Site Problems! @%&#!

RPG Maker Times & Companion has been having a quite a few problems lately. Previously it was a "500 – Internal Server" error and then it was a "508 – Resource Limit Reached" error. While those seem to have been resolved for now, there appears to be more anomalies on the site. The 508 error was established as being due to an unexpected increase in traffic to the site. I was told by Tech Support that it was caused by the fact that the domain is using a shared host and to compensate for the traffic increase they had to temporarily disable the site to distribute bandwidth more evenly for…

More Site Problems! @%&#!

RPG Maker Times & Companion has been having a quite a few problems lately. Previously it was a "500 – Internal Server" error and then it was a "508 – Resource Limit Reached" error. While those seem to have been resolved for now, there appears to be more anomalies on the site. The 508 error was established as being due to an unexpected increase in traffic to the site. I was told by Tech Support that it was caused by the fact that the domain is using a shared host and to compensate for the traffic increase they had to temporarily disable the site to distribute bandwidth more evenly for…

Otherworld Progress…Hmmm!

It’s the little niggly things that cause the blank stares: a missing closing bracket here, an extra end there, or an unlinked snippet of code you really have no clue why you wrote in the first place. Sarcasm aside, to be fair, some noticeable progress is being made on Otherworld. I’m in the process of converting the Map/Compass HUD (for RMXP) to RMVXA but specifically designed for Otherworld. It’s only hard-going because I’m too tired. The moral would be don’t do it right after an 8-hour shift at work, having not slept for 16 hours! I might as well go to sleep and start working on it again afterwards!

RPG Maker VX Ace Half Price Thanksgiving Sale

For Thanksgiving, RPG Maker VX Ace is half price! The sale ends December 2, so take advantage of this offer and grab a copy from Steam while you can. Other RPG Maker related content is also reduced, including the amazing Luna Engine, which I am going to buy since it’s payday tomorrow (I was planning on getting this anyway!). From now on, whenever similar deals occur, I’ll try and update RPG Maker Times & Companion accordingly, as well as new resource packs as they become available.

News: Ratings System Prototype

A while ago, I mentioned a ratings system, including a special award, the Wulf’s Choice Award, for exceptional games and utilities. I’ve started developing a prototype system, which I hope will present a fair assessment of the reviewed games/utilities. It’s still an embryo, but this is how it’s progressing with a few ideas I’ve been playing with. The above ratings are for games only, with a similar, separate ratings system for tools and utilities on its way. I’ll also be working on a high quality award for the Wulf’s Choice Award, maybe with an additional option for visitors to rate the games/utilities themselves. Then, monthly, the highest scoring games/utilities will…

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