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Smile Game Builder Tutorial #8: Time and Date

SGB Tutorial 8: Time and Date

This tutorial is an overview of the Time and Date function (in the Advanced Variables Option). It demonstrates how you can use and display the local system time in message boxes. The initial intention for this tutorial was a simple calendar system, but due to the nature of parallel events, it wasn’t working as it should. (I recently discovered this and know how to fix it for the actual calendar system tutorial.) Video It’s important to note that the "issue" with adding to the time and it going beyond 24 hours is irrelevant and unimportant. It IS possible to insert an event "subroutine" to check and modify the time/day. Duplicate…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #7: Advanced Variables (Part 1)

Smile Game Builder 7: Advanced Variables

Advanced Variables is a newly updated function that allows you more scope when manipulating variables. You can use it for such things as storing date and time, player stats and camera settings. This tutorial is an overview only, but I’ll use advanced variables much more in future tutorials. Having this feature opens up the possibilities even more, notably for creating stunning games. Video I’m unfamiliar with some aspects of the Advanced Variables, as I have yet to try them all out. Over time, no doubt that’ll change as I experiment more with it and familiarize myself with its nuances. I’ll then share any new tricks and tips I find. Future…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #5: Working with Conditions (Part 2)

Smile Game Builder 5: Working with Conditions (Part 2)

Continuing on the Working with Conditions Tutorial, we set up an event where a woman approaches the player after you have a certain item (lemon balm). She then asks if you want a potion before running off into the nearby forest. I reuse a single variable, rather than just using switches for conditions, and creating new ones for different options. (This also works with RPG Maker, by the way.) Video Next Tutorial The next tutorial is about Camera Control (a new feature released some time next week). Hopefully, this will coincide with this update. If not, some time shortly thereafter.

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #4: Working with Conditions (Part 1)

Smile Game Builder 4: Working with Conditions (Part 1)

This tutorial shows how to use conditions effectively in Smile Game Builder, including what they are and how they function. Conditions in SGB are the equivalent of switches in RPG Maker, but they’re used slightly differently in SGB. This multi-part tutorial explains in detail how to use them effectively. Video SGB Animated Talking Tree Model You can watch the Animated Talking Tree video I mentioned in the video on Jacob’s YouTube channel. It’s well worth watching and showcases exactly what you can do in SGB with the right skill and determination. Working with Conditions (Part 2) Part 2 will continue with conditions, where if you have a certain ingredient a…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 4) – Characters & Party Members

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 4) - Characters & Party Members

In Part 4 of the Characters & Party Members tutorial for the Smile Game Builder Tutorial series, I go through several requested options, namely, Eldred will join when: Video You can watch the other parts in the series (recommended): Next Tutorials First of all, after this, I’m putting tutorials in sequence, regardless of if they’re multi-part or single to make things much easier to follow and edit. In the next tutorial in the series, I’ll look at Conditions, including what each one does, how to use them effectively, and so on. I’ve received so many how-to requests regarding the Conditions that this might need an extension into several parts. But,…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 3) – Characters & Party Members

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 3) - Characters & Party Members

I published Part 3 of the Characters & Party Members for the Smile Game Builder Tutorial series earlier than usual this week. With Part 1, we had a brief look at preset events and added Marie, who wanted a flower. In Part 2, we added two more party members: Ignaz requested gold and Lisa wanted an egg. In Part 3, the penultimate part (for now) of the Characters & Party Members series, we add Eldred. His request is a random item before he’ll join the party. This demonstrates one method of doing just this, but others may prefer something else. Video Part 4 In the final one in the series,…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 2) – Characters & Party Members

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 2) - Characters & Party Members

Part 1 focused on the first party member, Marie, who wanted flowers before she joined. It also showcased my first attempt at creating a door without presets. Part 2, the sixth in the Smile Game Builder Tutorial series, adds two more party members: Ignaz (who wants money) and Lisa (who wants an egg). They’ll join your party if you give them the items. Video Notes I had to reedit some of the audio for this video, as post-production it became corrupted (old video software). I’m looking at several new video editors for editing future tutorials. In Part 3 of this tutorial, we’ll add Eldred, the final party member, who will…

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 1) – Characters & Party Members

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #3.3 (Part 1) - Characters & Party Members

The Characters & Party Members (Part 1) is the fifth tutorial in the Smile Game Builder Tutorial series. In this multi-part video, the focus is on characters and party members. Each party member requires an item or condition to join, so Part 1 demonstrates how to set them up using a combination of presets and advanced editing. Video Part 1 also contains a humorous first attempt at creating a door in an early beta build of SGB. You can skip to this directly if you want a quick chuckle. Notes Sundays will become "creation days" and Mondays “production days”, which means that every Sunday I’ll create the video and every…

Smile Game Builder – Tutorial #2: Creating Maps Overview

Smile Game Builder - Tutorial #2: Creating Maps Overview

This is my second Smile Game Builder tutorial, which is an overview on creating basic maps. This video doesn’t go into much detail, as everything is straightforward. It shows the basics of navigating the map in the editor, placement of tiles and adding events. Video What’s Next? In the next few videos, I’m focusing on events, from simple placements using the presets to more advanced eventing.

Smile Game Builder – Tutorial #1: Short Overview

Smile Game Builder - Tutorial #1: Short Overview

This is the first in a series of tutorials I’m planning for Smile Game Builder. This is just an overview on some of the customizations. Future tutorials will include anything from events to graphics to creating a full game with SGB. Video On A Side Note As a side-note, because I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been in a position to do any kind of tutorials or updates. I have Sundays off guaranteed, so I think that would be the perfect day for creating tutorials, and so on. I won’t focus as exclusively on Smile Game Builder as I have been, but aim to include other RPG Maker tutorials…

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