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!

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The Paranormality trilogy is a series of games for RPG Maker, loosely based on a set of unpublished short stories and novellas I wrote, actually inspired by some of my own experiences.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

Updates: Lost & Found

I was going through some of my old DVDs and found some RPG Maker materials (including projects) I thought were long gone. There’s a lot of RM2K3 stuff I thought were lost for ever, so I had to reinstall it to check it all out. These are some of the discoveries:

  • Charset: Vehicles Charset. This has already been updated, with several others to follow.
  • Charset: Several animal charsets for RM2K3 and RMVX/VXA. I’ll update these soon.
  • Demo: Chests Tutorial Demo. Apparently, this is the old demo before the additional tutorials were added. There appears to be a map missing, so I’ll try and resolve that as well.
  • Demo: Woodcutter Demo. This was originally written as part of RM2K3 tutorial that never actually made it online. So this will be updated as well, but I’ll also convert it to RMXP, VX and VXA later.
  • Resources: I also found some of the missing resources for RM2K3, including the resource templates, so I’ll finally fix them.

Wulf’s Choice Award – Coming Soon

With so many good quality games and software available for RPG Maker, both commercial and non-commercial, I decided to create the Wulf’s Choice Award. Not only is this to give games creators recognition for all their hard work, but also to provide them with kudos for well-crafted RPG Maker games.

I’m still working on the "ratings system", with which I’m aiming to give a fair assessment of the key areas involved: graphics, sound/music, gameplay, storyline, scripts and additional features (such as mini-games and side-objectives) for games, and functionality, features, usefulness and presentation for utilities.

Along with either a mini-review or a full review, the Wulf’s Choice Award will be given to exceptional games or software that stand out because of their original concepts and contents, based around these key areas.

As a longer-term project for the future, I’d also like to introduce a section to promote creators’ projects, along with a mini-blog for updates, with the possibility of a People’s Choice Award, where other players can give their own awards to games or software they like.

RMXP Scripts: Tweaks & Add-Ons Script RMXP

The Tweaks & Add-Ons script is available. It adds several tweaks to RMXP, including for layout. It also adds some unavailable features and functions and other enhancements.

Read more about it on the Tweaks & Add-Ons page.

Revisiting An Old Friend: RMXP

Since getting RMXP again (through the earlier Humble Bundle deal), I’ve been experimenting with RGSS again. Surprising how much I forgot.

Anyway, as a side-project to the Q-Engine and The Gladiator Project, I’ve been working on some "Tweaks and Add-Ons" for RMXP, including an alternative Status Screen layout. These are mostly simple tweaks at the moment, but more add-ons are planned for the future.

I’m also thinking about writing an Extra Stats script for RMXP, but not sure yet.

It’ll be updated on RPG Maker Times & Companion as soon as it’s finished, along with the relevant details.