Almost everyone knows about Ascii/Enterbrain’s RPG Maker by now – from RM95 to RMVX – but these are not the only programs capable of producing RPG games. RPG Maker Times has been going for quite some time now, including its predecessor blog RPG Maker 2K3 Master (now closed), and its primary focus has been on these three most well known RPG Makers.
As part of its growth, however, it’s about time that RPG Maker Times expanded, encompassing some (or all) of the other RPG makers available today. Of course, this may take some time as I’ll have to try them proper.
Below is a list of some noteworthy others (most I have tried at one point or another).
- BYOND – BYOND stands for “Build Your Own Net Dream”. With it you can not only create RPGs but other types of games too. This is a quote directly from the website.
BYOND is the premier community for making and playing online multiplayer games. Enjoy hundreds of games created by our community, by people just like you. BYOND supports board and card games, role-playing, action, strategy, and more!
Making your own multiplayer games with BYOND is free. As a game creation system, BYOND is powerful and flexible, with an easy-to-learn language that stands apart from any other game maker, tools for developers, plus articles and tutorials. Building multiplayer games is easy with built-in online support. Find out how easy it is to create the game of your dreams. Your game could be the next big indie games sensation!
- Dungeon Craft – Formerly known as UAForever, this awesome program that “mimics the features and functionality of SSI’s Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures” (FRUA). While the original FRUA was DOS-based (the version I experimented with), Dungeon Craft is an updated version compatible with Windows-based systems, but with concerted efforts to “to duplicate FRUA/Gold Box behavior as much as possible”.
It does not appear that the website has been updated since 2009, but the forums and community is very much alive, and the software is free and open source.
- O.H.R.RPG.C.E. – OHRRPGCE stands for Official Hamster Republic Role Playing Game Construction Engine. It is a “free open-source utility that you can use to create your own RPG game in a style similar to the classic Final Fantasy games on the NES, SNES and GBA which have so shaped the RPG genre”. Although actually 13 years old (original conception) and still an “active work-in-progress”, there is a strong Wiki-based community.
Here’s a list of other RPG makers, of which I know next to nothing. Perhaps I’ve heard of them, or seen reviews of games created with them, but have no practical experience thereof.
- RPG Toolkit – Does not look as though the program itself has been updated for some time, although the community is quite active. It might be worth checking this out at some point.
- Rune Sword – CrossCut Games is responsible for Runesword 1 and the much improved Runesword 2, which include powerful editors to “create your own”. I don’t know much about these, although I do remember playing RS1 awhile ago, but couldn’t get the editor or game to work efficiently on my computer (probably due to low specifications). I may try RS 2 again sometime in the future.
- Verge – Nearly everyone has heard of the Verge, another 2D RPG maker engine, capable of producing some excellent Final Fantasy or Phantasy Star styled games.