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The end of the universe
The latest rounds of stats are up. Go get 'em.

We are closing in on 5 million cumulative downloads (wow!), and have over 3000 games with a download (2012 of which are completed). That's a lot of games to play. And wonders of wonders, Game Design & Development had the most posts last month!
Stat Runner 2049
In the dystopian world we survive in currently, the next round of RMN stats is up. We have 2000 completed games now (and 3123 games with a download). Liberty is less than 50 posts away from reaching 20,000. Total number of unique posters per month is way down to 372 - but I wonder how many from before were bots?
The 2017 Misaos
Prediction Thread!

The Misaos are an annual award event given to indie games made in the RM community. 'Misaos' is the general name for the awards such as 'Best Atmosphere', 'Most Technical Prowess' or 'Game of the Year'. You can liken it to a "People's Choice" award, as the games are nominated and voted upon by the community-at-large.
Antti Luode's 1393 songs
LockeZ finds an amazing resource and decides to share! Looking for music to use in your commercial or non-commercial game? Why not check out Antti Luode's ridiculous collection of really neato music?

Links in the thread! Give LockeZ your thanks for finding!
A true statsman
Circling up those monthly stats for y'all! Did you notice that we have more completed games than games currently-in-production? This is a total anomaly from when RPG Maker Network first started! Anyone completing ANYTHING was a special event!

Also, we have over 150 million game views now, and are approaching 5 million collective downloads. Pom Gets Wi-Fi is only 4000 downloads away from reaching the 200,000 download milestone alone!
Looming Spire Notes - Runes
In the Looming Spire, Runes are magic emblems hidden throughout the Spire. Each Rune hearkens back to ancient times, a link to the elemental governing force that ruled a kingdom. Finding each one will be imperative to unlocking the mystery of the Spire and breaking the curse that plagues the hero's homeland.

In the Looming Spire, the hero will find many items that will assist on his journey, including various equipment to help in combat, and ancient relics which will allow him to overcome obstacles. Runes, however, will cover both areas, granting powers that can be used both in AND out of combat.
Thounsands of Stats
4.5 million downloads is pretty good. Pom Gets Wi-Fi is almost at 200,000 downloads alone.

Forums posts and number of unique posters is down. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
REVENGE EXPLAINS EVERYTHING - CLICHÉS TO HATE
I love good storytelling and I love when an idea catches me completely off guard and creates a deep, emotional response. But because of this passion, I find most of the stories, especially in video games, repetitive and boring, not just “inspired” by great art, but rather lazily pushed forward by deadlines, limited to overused clichés in assumption that “if it worked before, it’s going to work for the 500th time, right”?
Let's break the silence. This game is almost finished.
  • UPRC
  • 05/19/2017 05:43 AM
So, Blackmoon Prophecy II. It's almost done. I'm currently working on the second to last mandatory dungeon in the game. I expect to be working on the final dungeon by the start of June, and am tentatively hoping to be 100% done with the game over the summer (realistically looking at the middle of July).

I'm not really sure WHAT to say, so I'm just going to list off what's in the game, what to expect, etc.
Disposable equipment
One of the things I've pondered as a mechanic for Forgotten Gates is disposable equipment. It's a lesser-used but still not-unheard-of mechanic for RPGs: as you make use of a weapon, armor, or other piece of equipment, it becomes dulled, battered, or otherwise unusable. Some games will gradually decrease the effectiveness of the equipment as it is used, and perhaps allow the player to repair it to full strength periodically.
Yooka What? Rareware returns with Soma Spirits!
  • zDS
  • 04/28/2017 02:19 AM
Soma Spirits is a small-ish turn based RPG filled to the brim with heart, soul, and all sorts of synonyms for charm. All custom assets by a game designer and his composer. The whole experience was a light-hearted twist on the genre as a whole with a bucket of worthy influences that shine through something that is ultimately the developer's alone. Inspiring, motivating, and overall warm and cozy... Let's review this thing!
Day Dreaming Derpy Dev Log #13 Progress Report and FAQs~!
So v0.2 has came and went, and I’ve been really happy to hear your feedback since release. This is the first major content update, so expect future updates of a similar nature to go just the same as The Sweetie Belle Update, i.e. new dreams, characters, game balancing etc.

I also wanted to address some common problems I’ve noticed and try my best to remedy them here and in the game.
It is our Fate
The latest round of stats are up. The limit has been increased from 10 to 25 in a lot of the stats! You might be recognized now! Check it out.

We now have 2999 games with a download.
Devlog #2: Inventory & Menus
Gloomy greeting, reader.

I’ve spent the weekend working on the menu and inventory system for the game. It’s not yet 100% but it’s far enough to show how it’s going to look like.
King of Stats
The latest round of stats are pummeling the site with their metrics!

Remarkably, we have over 4000 media submissions for games now. Media is technically the newest kind of submission on RMN, and it has already outpaced reviews, articles and scripts. Smashing!
Honest attempt at the JRPG big leagues.
  • zDS
  • 03/09/2017 10:05 AM
Shadows of Adam is a JRPG with every resource and I believe engine crafted by scratch. I I am a video game developer who actually uses RPG Maker to make JRPGs for it is my favorite genre and one I am quite passionate about. It is a dream to be successful and release the vivid JRPGs that form within my head. Shadows of Adam is quite high up there in that dream. It is my duty and pleasure to have played and reviewed this one.
Winterruption Fan Voting
Participants were tasked to create a game with at least ten sidequests within it, if not more, and those required ten must make use of ten of the names listed in the event, either as direct reference to the quests themselves, or as inspiration for them.

Please take some time to try out these games. Many of them aren't terribly long, and all are cool and quirky and worth playing in their own way. Then cast your vote!

The poll will close on March 10th, 2017
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Deadline
I am writing this because of all the people who are dropping out of the winterrruption event. To those dropouts I am dedicating this article.

I am also writing this because an attempt at scoping is the first thing I do after I get a concrete initial idea for any project I have done (RM or otherwise) over the last 10 years. I could talk about scoping projects in general, but this is gonna be fairly gamedev centric.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: SOMETHING CLASSIC
An interview with Something Classic, creators of Shadows of Adam.

The latest target of my 'Wait, Solitayre has an interview series?' is Something Classic, the development team behind Shadows of Adam, an old-school RPG due for commercial release on Steam on February 23rd!
[RMMV] COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY
There's been quite a few issues with RPG Maker MV since its release and many have bemoaned that certain features or processes are lacking. Well, lack no more! Degica and Kadokawa are now working on implementing the ideas of the community into the engine!

They will need your help to do this, however...