Downloads Being Reconfigured

All of the downloads (from scripts to demos) are being reconfigured to make it easier and more convenient to access, depending on preferences. Scripts can be downloaded directly from RPG Maker Times or via my Pastebin. Yes, I’m finally using my Pastebin; I’ve had the account for over two years but have never used it. So all downloads will have both options. If you use my scripts, don’t forget to observe the copyright notice in each and credit me accordingly please. Many visitors might have noticed that the downloads (whether script or utility) haven’t been available. This was mainly due to several updates that had unexpected consequences. This has now…

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…

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!

Windowskin Conversion – RMXP to RMVX/VXA

One of the most sought-after searches (according to Statcounter anyway) is about converting windowskins between RPG Makers. There are several methods for doing this, but one of the best and easiest ways is Hiper Windowskin Maker. Import RMXP windowskins into Hiper Windowskin Maker and you can convert to RMVX/VXA by selecting the parts and applying them to the RMVX/VXA windowskins, which can then be saved and imported for use. RMVXA windowskins are exactly the same as RMVX ones, so there’s no need for additional conversion. However, RMVXA’s windowskin colours (defined in the "System" tab of the Database) overrides the background graphics. For this reason, I’d recommend my RMVX to RMVXA…

Update: 3D Resources Fun

As my foray into Daz3D and Bryce continues, I’m having a lot of fun creating 3D content and scenes. I realized that Daz3D has changed a lot since I last used it – I think version 2 or 3 (it’s now up to 4.6). I also recently acquired Bryce and Poser, although I’ve not really done anything with them yet. These aren’t particularly good, but I’ve added them here to give a rough idea of where I’m intending to go. Although Daz3D is easy to use, I’m still going through as many tutorials as I can. Getting the resources – whether charsets, portraits or battlers – just right can be…

Projects Updates

Keep up-to-date with the latest projects I’m working on.

Fortune's Tavern: Fantasy Tavern Sim – Funded!

Fortune’s Tavern Congratulations to the Fortune’s Tavern team! The project has been successfully funded! I’m looking forward to playing the game and to reviewing it on this blogsite. It’s scheduled for release in the second quarter of next year but, as a backer of their Kickstarter project, I’ll receive a copy earlier so will be able to thoroughly playtest it. I was originally interested in the project because of its unique concept. I’ve seen a few similar sim games on Steam, such as Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, but never played them. So I decided to contribute towards the Fortune’s Tavern. (Please don’t send me requests to back your project,…

Fortune’s Tavern: Fantasy Tavern Sim – Funded!

Fortune’s Tavern Congratulations to the Fortune’s Tavern team! The project has been successfully funded! I’m looking forward to playing the game and to reviewing it on this blogsite. It’s scheduled for release in the second quarter of next year but, as a backer of their Kickstarter project, I’ll receive a copy earlier so will be able to thoroughly playtest it. I was originally interested in the project because of its unique concept. I’ve seen a few similar sim games on Steam, such as Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, but never played them. So I decided to contribute towards the Fortune’s Tavern. (Please don’t send me requests to back your project,…

RPG Maker VX/Ace in Ubuntu

A while a go I tested RMVX on Ubuntu and, while it did run it wasn’t without its problems. Things seem to have progressed since then thanks to several updates to Ubuntu itself and Wine/Wine Tricks. Apparently, it’s now possible to install RMVXA onto Ubuntu (11.10/12.04+ LTS) with very few hitches. Full details on the entire installation process can be viewed on the RPG Maker Web Forum. Now, at this time I can’t test this out because my old dual-boot Windows 7/Xubuntu computer died a while ago. I haven’t bothered reinstalling Ubuntu on this one. Playtesting, which was a major issue with RMVX when I tested it, doesn’t seem to…

Sprite Icon Tutorial for RPG Maker

Here’s a simple tutorial for creating custom RPG Maker icons and sprite sheets in GIMP (Photoshop should work as well since they have similar functions). I’ve been using GIMP for years and this tutorial taught me a few things as well. This doesn’t go into too much detail on how to create quality icons, but it does give you an idea and provides the easiest way to do so.