Description

If you do not have time to read everything, you can only read the sections with a red asterik. (*)

Special thanks to Ocean for making the logo!



On a cold, dreary winter night...

In 2009, YDS gave us RMN Christmas Card, a short game in which you explore the town of RMN during christmas, and talk to the members of the community who are the NPCs in the game. It was followed a year later by RMN Midsummer Dreams. There was a third game planned, but it never ended up materializing.

In 2017, I made a fanmade sequel to RMN Christmas Card to bring a game I love to a new era of community members. Many of you joined.

Earlier this year, I announced RMN Christmas Card: New Decade Edition. I'm happy to say that RMN Christmas Card: New Decade Edition (Now simply called RMN Christmas Card 2020) is still happening, and is now an official RMN event!

To anyone that joined RMN Christmas Card New Decade earlier this year, please join again as I have lost the submissions. It can be the same thing as what you submitted for that. I apologize for the inconvinience.

What is it, exactly?

If you have played any of the RMN Holiday games, you can probably skip this section. If you haven't, while I do recommend giving them a go as they are very fun, I understand that not everyone has the time, so I'll summarize for you:

In RMN Christmas Card, members can submit dialogue here and be placed into the game as NPCs. Joining in is very easy, as unlike most other events, you are not the one making the game, you're just saying how you want to appear in it. Development is being taken care of by yours truly!

There are other contributions you can make this time around, so keep reading if you're interested!



How can I join in?*

Now that we have an official event page, to join in you can make an official submssion! There are a few different ways in which you can contribute to the project;

Appear as an NPC - If you decide to join in, this is the only contribution that is obligatory.
To appear as an NPC in the game, please submit a notepad file to the event page that contains what you want to say. The name used in the game will be your username on RMN to avoid confusion.
You can also request a small sidequest or any other specific details, but please keep in mind there is a chance they might not make it into the game.
It's not necessary to make your own sprite, but please do specify any details you find important (skin color, gender or preferred appearance for non-binary members, etc...) otherwise I will probably pick something at random. If you do wish to make your own sprite, you may do so as long as it is in the style of REFMAP for rpg maker 2003. You can see an example spritesheet here. I will be using the same sprite from the 2017 game for members that joined that event, unless otherwise requested.

Mirak also made this blank character template for anyone interested in making their own character!

Appear in the art room - In a new feature to Christmas Card 2020, if we get enough submissions we will have an art room where you will be able to look at art drawn by members! Festive art is preferred, but as long as it's RMN related anything is welcome. No NSFW art please.
If you wish to submit a piece for the art room, please upload the image as a submission, seperately to the notepad file. Keep in mind that as the game is being made in rpg maker 2003 your image will be indexed to a 256 color palette. Do not worry about the size of your image, as I will likely implement a function to both view the image at once and zoom in on it.

Appear in the music room - Same thing as the art room; if we get enough submissions I will add in a room where you can listen to music composed by members, or possibly add in an item that lets you play the music wherever you want.
If you wish to submit a piece for the music room, please upload the audio file as a submission, seperately to the notepad file. Keep in mind that as the game is being made in rpg maker 2003 the only accepted file types are MP3, WAV and MIDI.

What should I say?*

Anything! Funny submissions are well encouraged, the sillier the better. If you'd rather just wish people a merry christmas, that's alright too. There is no limit to what you can say as long as it is within reason. For example, no, you can not submit the entire bee movie script. Profanity is allowed, but try not to go overboard. You can also say something for specific members (optional, of course). The only limit is your imagination.

An example submission:
I would like to say "I was working on an evil plan to take over RMN. Then Liberty found out and kicked me in the face. Impressive, but very painful."
Give me a white male sprite, please.


Remember to submit as a notepad file and not as a comment!

When do submissions close?*

Submissions will close on the 7th of December. Please make sure to submit before then as the game is meant to be released around christmas time!

I would appreciate if users could submit as soon as possible if they are planning to join (at least their dialogue, the art and music can wait) as it's hard for me to make progress on the game without knowing everyone's dialogue.



What's new in this game?

If you are simply interested in joining in, you do not need to read this part. This is simply a segment for people who are interested in learning a few more details on the game itself.

RMN Christmas Card 2020 is both a remake AND a sequel at the same time. Years after the events of the first game, RMN is now a bustling metropolitan city and naturally, everyone has new things to say. But with a timeless new threat resurfacing once again, it seems only fair that time itself plays into it. In RMN Christmas Card 2020, you can travel back into time through portals to RMN Christmas Card 2017! Everything from the 2017 game will also be available in the new game, but improved!

Mapping has seen a huge upgrade from the original, and the dialogue has also been touched up to be much nicer. I did not touch any member submitted dialogue, but the main narrative is now much more well written. Some unfunny jokes have been replaced with better ones and the infamous villain will have more of a presence than 10 seconds of screentime. There is also a lot more polish to both the gameplay and the cutscenes. Overall, RMN Christmas Card 2020 is not only supposed to work as a new game, but a replacement for the 2017 game that's improved in pretty much every way.

Here's an early look into the game, showing RMN in the present day on the left and in 2017 on the right.



Happy holidays, RMN!

Details

  • 11/01/2020 10:10 PM
  • 12/08/2020 10:10 PM

Registration

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Participants Entries
Dragol
Dudesoft
kentona
Darken
Hexatona
Archeia_Nessiah
pikachu 2127
Liberty
sixfootblue
Mikemc
Zeuzio
Caz
Dyluck
Healy
Momeka
Decky
orochii
Dyhalto
calunio
jomarcentermjm
Marrend
Oblic
anyon175
Bart_Sol
Gourd_Clae
Aegix_Drakan
iddalai
Jpratt
watermark
Snowy_Fox
Irog
SunflowerGames
Addit
lonestarluigi
coelocanth
Vaccaria
Housekeeping
kainworks
Sidewinder
unity
CashmereCat
pianotm
AtiyaTheSeeker
Illy
Kylaila
Cap_H
El_WaKa
GreisDomain
Frogge
oddRABBIT
KrimsonKatt
Mirak
lavendersiren
Punkitt
Oathwood
Hazelsoft
aquatorrent
Starmage
TsunamiJurai
OzzyTheOne
Punk_Kricket
OldPat
Arcmagik
JustAShyDoge
Muffle
Delsin7
ItsJustAClint
CrazyBabi
DemonClaus
rpghorrorfan
CarlosDavilla
TheRpgmakerAddict
Azzie
16bitking
DungeonDevDude
Harmless
PixelatedInkBottle
BloodFortress
Aldu
UncreativeMedia
Marmalade
CactusCompanion
jkl
Mottley

Posts

Joining in but I don't have a character sprite to use (or have any idea to make one). so I just uploaded a reference of a OC of mine and myself.
Snow now comes with music! At first I tried it as an MP3, but the loop sounded terrible with the format's inherent 40ms of silence at the start. So I've made it a compressed WAV, which makes it sound pretty period-accurate to RPG Maker 2003 anyway.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
32378
Does it have to be new music or can it be stuff we've already done?
Frogge
I wanna marry ALL the boys!! And Donna is a meanc
18995
author=pianotm
Does it have to be new music or can it be stuff we've already done?


Old stuff is fine, though I would prefer old stuff is only submitted as long as it still fits with the festive theme.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
32378
I hope my npc sprite description was okay - I honestly blanked on what to suggest other than what I wrote. I lean hard into the whole 'punk' aspect of the screen name lol

I can't wait to see everyone's characters and stuff in play! :D
Decky
I'm a dog pirate
19645
submitted :3
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
32378
Submitted. Sorry, I packaged it all in a zip folder.
Good thing I checked this thread. I didn't realize I'd have to submit something for 2020, or I'd only get my old 2017 cameo.

My TXT file has a minor subquest. Just a trio of riddles for the player, with a "prize" at the end. Prize in quotes because I don't give anything specific. It'd be a good place to have someone else's Quest Item though.
Oh yeah. I think I did sign up for the 2017 game. Welp, time to make my NPC self have a tougher time than just not finding anything to Christmas shop, except for alchohol if I remember correctly. I should probably replay the old 2017 game to refresh my memory.
AtiyaTheSeeker
In all fairness, bird shrapnel isn't as deadly as wood shrapnel
5424
Well, this took me longer than intended. I still wanna make ze art, but I have my edited REFMAP sprite and my dialogue. Not sure if the image is formatted right for "plug-and-play" into a proper 2k/3 sheet?

My dialogue has a few bits of stuff for me to yap after the first interaction. I'd prefer it to be randomly chosen through eventing if viable. Maybe two or three of the optional quips to pick from that you like the most?
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6625
just make me a normal rando in a docker hat.
As promised, the hotdoggin resort rp event stuff is over, so I'm working on stuff to enter this thing. Text was easy enough, but charset will take a bit longer. Hopefully not too much longer.

Any additional art stuff will likely be submitted much much later, as I also have to get chapter 1 of left beef finished before december.
And done. I hope my grammar won't kill some puppies.
Does the '256 color palette' Also apply to the character sprites?
And are faces allowed?
Frogge
I wanna marry ALL the boys!! And Donna is a meanc
18995
author=UncreativeMedia
Does the '256 color palette' Also apply to the character sprites?
And are faces allowed?


Yup, it applies to all graphics in rpg maker 2003.
Faces are unfortunately not allowed.
Mirak
Stand back. Artist at work. I paint with enthusiasm if not with talent.
9300
I've put up my sprite, dialogue and one song. I'll make an art, and then make another song and more art if i can. :D
IBTL! Description and a map I made, which became my profile pic for a while.
All right! All done, charset + text, feel free to mess anything you want Frogge!
Oh I'll see if I can produce some art later, but I don't promise anything yet! :P
Finito! Very happy to be join this adorable event! <3