Design your own RPG and save!

June 30, 2007

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a look at RPG Maker… I remember being informed of the first release of the game in a “hey, that’s kindof cool” way, but as an editor for making one’s RPGs… it seemed overly difficult. Fast forward a decade and RPG Maker 2003 seems to have been the latest edition. I’ve never heard of it and I’ve never known of what it can do… But Aethis in vgmusic‘s IRC channel posted the following video and to my eyes… it certainly looks just as good or better than half the RPGs that ever graced the Super Nintendo game system. Now if I start comparing it to the “best” in console RPG sub-genre… I might find things that the editor can’t do that a real programmer can… but for a single product (and the RPG content displayed below), this is fairly impressive.

On the other hand, many of the sprites and graphics are “borrowed” from Final Fantasy IV… and it’s difficult to know how good this same video would look using the… uh… let’s say art talents of a single independent fan. Still, I respect that the design is possible.

Just thought I’d also note that “RPG Maker” may not be fully covered on Mobygames since only the versions which come with a pre-assembled game world as a demonstration (in other words, a game) are eligible into the database. MG does not cover standalone programming tools and editors.

On yet another hand, this might just be the logical extention of having to compete with powerful game editors such as Neverwinter Nights or The Elder Scrolls games.


Just assume I’m on a world travelling vacation…

June 22, 2007

I’m still too busy to get back to get back to my NGAD project… but certainly this blog hiatus has gone on longer than I wanted (though not unfortunately longer than I expected). Part of the problem is that I keep chatting about “meaningful topics” to people in a 1-on-1 format… and once that’s done, I don’t feel like repeating myself for the benefit of my blog.

So…. since I have nothing useful to say, I’m going to start doing what a lot of bloggers do… and just post more videos that I find fun. In the offchance someone is watching this page on RSS or some other form, this will give them some updates to watch. And as for me? Well… having a video embedded gives me an easy way to share the video with friends.

Bloody Tears… what a catchy tune… no, that’s not me playing.