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We Want RPG! and Joyce Skye

So… I’m not sure if I should post Joyce Skye.  It’s not that it’s bad, but…  I made it for a specific person.  If you want me to post, say the word and I will, but now I’m not so sure…

So, I started working on “We Want RPG! Episode I”.  Here’s my characters and the plot and stuff.

Characters:

Arthur:

Arthur is a retired hero who, after defeating the evil demon overlord Menalos tried to go back to living an average life.  He saw too many crazy things and coincidences in the world, and he wanted to get back to his house as soon as possible.  He grew up and now resides in a house he rented in the town of Meadowbrook.  Unfortunately, he has not paid rent on time, and now owes a great sum of money.

Will:

Will is an old friend of Arthur’s who used to work with him in the “good old days”.  He was a perfectly normal mage back in the day, but one day, he found a tome called, “The Magic of Wealth”.  Inside were hidden spells that could turn anything to gold.  He could make money fall out of the air.  He soon became one of the richest people in the world.  Then the tax collectors found out.  He was left with a measly one percent of his riches.  He still “makes” money, but he does it in secret, and in small amounts, because it hurts the economy.

Setting:

Cereus is made up of two islands, one where society currently stands, and one where the ancient ruins of a city remain.  There are two towns on Main Cereus, one being the prosperous city of Baydon, and the other being the peaceful hamlet of Meadowbrook.  The Emerald Castle where King Harold resides is northeast of Baydon inside the forest.  Cereus is a monarchy.

Backstory:

After saving the world from the Arch-Demon Menalos by gathering the four magic crystals, Arthur decided he was done with all this heroic stuff, and moved to the country of Cereus.  He rented a house in the small hamlet of Meadowbrook.  He paid his rent every year with the money he received from killing Menalos. Years went by.  Soon Arthur spent so much time resting and enjoying the peace that he completely forgot about the rent.  His payments piled up too high, and the tax collector stopped by to pay a not so friendly visit…

I’ve just completed the intro today.  I’ve cut most of my customization plans, but I’ve kept all of my exploration mechanics.  The game will be free roaming.  Go where you please and do what you want.  You just have one week to do it.  (Game Time)  The goal of the game is to earn money.  I have not encountered an RPG where you can earn more money.  999999999999999999999999999999999 is the maximum amount of G you can earn.  Wow!  Expect screenshots of the game soon.  Already, this game is a blast to program!

-TheBrogrammer

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“IF.” tileset and demo

Today I finished my first demo for “IF.” which turned out O.K. It features 3 different endings, and about 10-20 minutes of gameplay.  It’s enough to give you a taste of the game.  If you want to play it, check it out here.

I’ve got something for you. I’m going to share a little on how I made the light effects in “IF.”  I slightly modified the default RTP tileset by decreasing the brightness and upping the contrast.  Here it is:

I sobered it up quite a bit, didn’t I?  Feel free to use this in your RPG Maker VXACE games commercial or otherwise.  Just credit enterbrain.  I need no credit for this edit.

Maybe I’ll post my complete edit in one handy zip file when I make more progress on “IF.”

-TheBrogrammer


Hello All

Well hello everybody!  This is TheBrogrammer.
Thought it was about time to start one of these blog things, so here I am.  Some of you may have heard of that free-for all contest that the RPG Maker site is hosting.  I thought, “What better way to start an RPG Maker blog than to post your RPG Maker story?” So here is my entry:

I’ve always loved and respected those old 16 bit console RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy III.  They have this timeless feel to them.  They made me realize that video games aren’t just toys.  Video games can make you laugh, rage, and maybe even cry.  While I played these titles, I thought, “I want to make people to feel these emotions.”  So I started looking into game development software.  On my search, I discovered the RPG Maker series.  It was almost everything I hoped it would be.

So what does RPG Maker mean to me?  To me, RPG Maker is not just a tool that allows me to entertain;  RPG Maker is FUN!  RPG Maker combines art, music, and writing into one activity.  Awesome!  I can express my creativity to the max, and tell the world my message!

Here’s my first attempt at a game with RPG Maker.

I started using RPG Maker XP about two years back.  RPG Maker XP will always have a soft spot in my heart.  I loved the graphics, the music, and most of all, I loved the editor.  It was incredibly easy to make a game.  I made a 1 hour RPG called “A Light in The Shadows” during my free trial.  It was awful, but I loved it anyway.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Groooaaan... So baren...

Yep.  I wasn’t the best mapper back then.

Wake up indeed.

Wake up indeed.
Not only was the game poorly mapped, it was poorly tested.  There were glitches galore!  Yet I still love this game.  It was the very first game I made, and it will always be special to me.  (Don’t expect me to release it anywhere though!)

So how far have I come since A Light in The Shadows?  Well, I now own RPG Maker VXACE as well as XP, and I’m an active member of the community.  I’ve released two more games.  They were both decent, but just that: decent.  I’m learning from my mistakes, and I’m getting better at making games every day.

Compare these screens to those last ones:

A screen from my first publicly availiable game.

A scene from "IF." Chapter 3.

Well, that’s my story.

Are you ready to Make Your Own Game?

Are you ready?

-The Brogrammer