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RPG Maker Times is having a makeover and part of that is a newer, crisper header image. And this is where you come in. These are taken in-game from Skyrim, so which one do you think is more suitable for the header for the RPG Maker Times blog, Twitter and Facebook header? Your opinions count and are greatly appreciated! You can vote either from the sidebar at your leisure or directly from this post. Whichever one has the highest votes will become the new header for RPG Maker Times across its network.

QEngine: Extra Message Codes Add-On Release Next Month

QEngine MV

QEngine MV As many of you may know by now, development on the QEngine for RPG Maker MV began some time ago. And it has continued on and off since then. Originally written for VX, its purpose was to incorporate all of my scripts from the former Scripts/Add-Ons Compendium. However, over time, I added several additional options, functions and features to it. And then, with its port-over to MV, came additional functions previously unavailable in its VX counterpart. Although, technically, it was possible to achieve this in RGSS2, I found it easier in JavaScript (because of my previous web design background). Once I started learning MV’s JavaScript architecture, I added…

RM2K3 and XP Pages Archived

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The pages for 2K3 and XP moved to Archives, while the posts remain intact. Reasons The reason for this is because I no longer use them, so no longer actively support them. The focus is now on VX, VX Ace, MV and Smile Game Builder. This is part of RPG Maker Times‘s spring cleaning and renovation. Most of the updates will be on Smile Game Builder and MV now, with occasional updates for the other second-generation RPG Makers.

RPG Maker MV Now for Linux

RPG Maker MV

RPG Maker Web announced their Linux support for RPG Maker MV!! And over 1,000,000 sales! Don’t forget the sale!!

Spring Cleaning and Renovation

RPG Maker Times Blog

After my previous post, Neglected But Not Forgotten, I started thinking. Since yesterday was officially the First Day of Spring, I figured it was time to spring-clean the site. Careful Consideration After carefully considering on the best course of action for this, I decided to drop support for 2K3 and XP. These two RPG Makers seem less predominant nowadays, and besides I no longer actively use them. While some game developers may still use them, according to general statistics, their usage is less frequent in favor of VX, VX Ace and MV. Hence, the decision. Most of the current posts containing references to 2K3 and XP will remain intact. However,…

Neglected But Not Forgotten

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Sadly, I’ve neglected this blog, but haven’t forgotten about it. It’s constantly in the back of my mind. I frequently entertain grand notions that one day I’ll uber-update it with all the latest RPG Maker news. This includes my own RPG Maker related projects. Unfortunately, this never seems to happen. This isn’t because of lack of commitment or dedication, however; it’s simply that I don’t have enough time. Since I usually work three nights out of the week, this leaves me four days to work on various projects. Actually, essentially it’s three days because I take a day off to rest and recuperate, and catch up on some well-needed sleep….

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #12: Tips & Tricks (Part 1)

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #12: Tips & Tricks (Part 1)

This short tutorial is dedicated to some small tweaks, tips and tricks to enhance or build your game, things that don’t really fit larger tutorials and FAQs. Regular Feature This will become a regular feature for tutorials, although sporadically, in the future. However, this all depends on a number of factors, such as new updates, visitors’ comments or inspiration. As time goes on I’ll discover more, so will categorize them as "tips and tricks" rather than an actual tutorial. Many of these will undoubtedly find their way into the actual tutorials as expansions or additions. Video The topics it covers are (clicking the link goes straight to the relevant section…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #11: Relationship System

SGB Tutorial #11: Relationship System

The Product Manager for Smile Game Builder wanted a dating/relationship system. The idea is that the player gives gifts or compliments to female NPCs to build "likeability" This tutorial is the result; it’s a basic relationship system. Each NPC has a "relationship rating", which changes accordingly. When this is high enough, the option for marriage becomes available if a rainbow amulet is in the player’s possession (an idea borrowed from Skyrim). Once you become married to a particular NPC, you can’t marry another one. Video Expansion Its setup, however, is as a preliminary and open-ended system for a larger dating routine, and it has the potential for more growth as…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #10: Event Triggers

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #10: Event Triggers

In this tutorial, I showcase using triggers, notably the autorun parallel trigger. The idea is to set up a meeting with three characters. Once they’re all summoned, a message automatically appears telling you to return to the house for the meeting. There, all of the summoned characters appear. I’ve used a number of switches and event triggers to achieve the goal of this tutorial. Note, however, a conditional switch set to off on the first page is unnecessary. It’s just good practice to put this in, mostly to keep track. Video Because the video contains a bit of preamble, skip to the tutorial if you want to. Next Tutorial I…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #9: Pictures

SGB Tutorial 9: Pictures

This tutorial showcases pictures. You can manipulate pictures to add life to your static images, so these are some of the techniques I’ve learned. There’s also a routine to add a Compass HUD to your maps, which change according to the direction you’re moving. And another section on creating basic splash screens as well. Video Map/Compass HUD Script/Plugin On the right are the links to my Map/Compass HUD script (RMXP) and plugin (RMMV). Although existing, these are not publicly available for RMVX or RMVXA. Download and use them, if they’ll prove useful, for non-commercial games only. Tutorial Notes The Map/Compass HUD only works in normal overhead view, and not in…

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