RPG Maker Times Companion v3.7

Welcome to the newly revamped RPG Maker Times Companion blogsite.

As of February 13, 2014, the RPG Maker Times and RPG Maker Times Companion blogs have merged.

This will now be the official blog for RPG Maker Times and will no longer be a "companion" site. The original RPG Maker Times blog will remain, but it will be used mostly for any updates that appear here.

I will be doing a lot of work on it over the next few weeks (on my days off from work), tweaking keywords/tags, posts and layouts, and updating any old posts with links that no longer work.

Note: There are still some anomalies with the layout and design (CSS), but these will be resolved as time goes by. If something isn’t working – such as "Page Not Found" or a missing link or image – check the To Do List to see if it’s being resolved. If the problem isn’t on the list, feel free to comment below, but remember we have ZERO tolerance for spam/robot comments. Thanks!

Update: Q-Engine v4.0 Release Notes

Q-Engine Logo

The Q-Engine v4.0 is being restructured and rewritten with newer cleaner code before its final release. I’d like it to be perfect first and thoroughly tested before uploading it to the blogsite. This also includes the add-ons:

  • Animated Title Screen Add-On
  • Equipment Add-On
  • Status Screen Add-On
  • Game Over Add-On
  • Combat Add-On

And also eventually:

  • Animated Game Over Add-On
  • Character Add-On
  • Map Add-On

If you’d like to be a pre-release beta tester, write "BETA TEST" in the comments below. Nearer the time, you’ll have exclusive access to the script right before its release to test for errors and/or incompatibilities.

Update: Windowskins

Several windowskins have been updated and added. Hover over the link to see a preview, then click the link to go to the appropriate page.

Update is where the windowskin has been updated, including description or incorrect graphic fixed. New refers to newly found and implemented windowskins, not necessarily newly created ones.

New Script: Map/Compass HUD

Map/Compass HUD Script

The Map/Compass HUD script is available. It places a window on the map displaying the current map location and the party’s compass direction (the direction in which it’s moving), as well as the XY coordinates.

Originally written specifically for my upcoming RMXP project Paranormality: Portals, but I decided to release it as a standalone plug-and-play script.

“Fortune’s Tavern” – The Fantasy Tavern Simulator

Please help support Fortune’s Tavern Kickstarter Fund to help with development.

Fortune’s Tavern is a real-time fantasy tavern-simulator, where you assume the role of Mathias Gambridge, owner of this notorious tavern. Your job is to rebuild and renovate the ailing tavern amid a turbulent world at war.

Making a profit is made difficult with infestations, hauntings and zombies, and guests bent on killing one another. There is a plethora of unique features to boost your income and make life reasonably pleasant for your guests.

There is a Kickstarter fund set up for this interesting game, so please consider contributing towards its development and you’ll receive some unique items when the game is released. Come pay day I will be making a payment towards it.

I also have the opportunity and pleasure to be one of the winners of their recent competition, earning me the right to be immortalized as a unique NPC in the game.

Updates: Windowskins

Portal Page

Under development is a portal page to display all the sections (and subsections) on this blogsite, including resources, tutorials and scripts. When completed, this will then be updated as new material is available here.

Windowskins

All of the windowskins have now been updated. The list shows which versions are available along with a preview of each windowskin. As far as I know there aren’t any more, but if I come across some I haven’t implemented yet, I’ll update them accordingly.

Universal Configuration Settings Module

The Universal Configuration Settings Module (UCSM) will be undergoing a few changes, since most of my scripts will now no longer be exclusively reliant on the module. Instead, this will be re-released as a module script where it’ll be possible to change default or global settings, such as fonts or windowskins.

Project Update: The Paranormality Trilogy

The Paranormality trilogy is a series of games for RPG Maker, loosely based on a set of unpublished short stories and novellas I wrote, actually inspired by some of my own experiences.

The entire trilogy focuses around paranormal investigator Jack Urban. Alyssa, his sister, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, so his mission has become to find out exactly what happened to her. His quest for the truth will take him to the Other Side and back, pitting him against some of the most nefarious daemons in the Seven Realms.

Portals revolves around the events leading up to her disappearance and is the prequel to Darkling for RMVX and Nexus for RMVXA (planned as future projects).

Update: Tweaks & Add-Ons Script v1.3.3

The Tweaks & Add-Ons has been updated to include:

  • Class Icons: Each character can have its own unique icon to represent his/her class.
  • States As Icons: States are displayed as icons instead of the default text.
  • Health States: Depending on HP percentage, a new health state is displayed, e.g. if HP is between 25% and 49% the character’s Health State is "Heavily Injured".
  • Skip Title Option: Enables developers to skip the title completely for game testing.
  • Gold Comma Delimiters: Inserts commas into larger amounts of gold, e.g. 10000000 becomes 10,000,000 for easier readability.

Several additional Bitmap methods – draw horizontal line and draw title – have also been added. The manual will be uploaded later.

Site Updates: Windowskins, Tutorials & Resources

Several site updates today, including:

Update: FileFactory Issues

Important Notice: Some downloads formerly downloadable from FileFactory have been temporarily disabled. This is due to a multi-layer issue with their installer that may or may not cause a potential risk to the system, and I’m absolutely NOT having any of that!

  1. Malwarebytes detects multiple "threats" during the extraction process with some of the temporary files. I have, however, been reassured in the past that these are false/positives due to the way their installers work. That said, some adware and crapware was detected after installation – definitely not tolerated!
  2. It also appears that after extracting the compressed files from the EXE that there is a flaw that prevents the RAR file containing the RM2K3 project demo files from extracting properly. This results in a "can’t open file as archive" error, but this is likely a result of the Malwarebytes intervention.
  3. After extraction is complete, the installer opens a new browser tab encouraging the use of their Premium services. While I generally don’t have a problem with upgrading, I consider this method as "nagware" and will not tolerate it.

Update: It also appears that since using the FileFactory installer, some adware WAS installed along with it that appeared in browsers as woeebsaavers, injecting advertisements into search results. I’m only updating this as an awareness. My FileFactory account has subsequently been deleted.

I do not tolerate this at all, so all files will now be self-hosted, secured and thoroughly tested before uploading them. All of the downloadable content on this site has been thoroughly scanned beforehand using Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes (Premium) and Panda Cloud Cleaner. This probably isn’t necessary, but it’s a precaution I always like to take to ensure safe installation.

The pages affected by this are:

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I’ll resolve it as quickly as possible.

“To The Moon” by Freebird Games

Freebird Games’ To the Moon is an award-winning indie adventure RPG about two doctors who travel through a dying man’s memories to fulfill his last wish: To go to the moon.

Evocative, intriguing and compelling. Heart-warming in places, tearful in others, but with a plot that kind of unravels bit by bit and just the right amount of humour injected in it to balance it out.

The music is awesome, especially the piano theme music! It also has the game Whack-A-Mole, which I used to be good at (my record is 95%!). Highly recommended!

You can buy it on Steam, along with the beautiful To The Moon soundtrack.