Studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Game Design
One day I'll compete on the world stage

Game Designer/Character Artist
Hello, and welcome to Evil Productions! Are games what they really seem?


Does anyone like Dragon Quest?


I love this series, it was one of the first few RPGs I ever picked up when I was a wee little kid. My first foray into Dragon Warrior VII imbued in me a craving for adventure that would stick with me for the rest of my life.

Admittedly, I have found the games rather hard (because I usually like to conserve my MP fiercely), but they still remain one of my favorite franchises.

Dragon Warrior Monsters is super amazing too.
Slimes are great.

I love this game.

[RMVX ACE] A way to set conditional branches from an ActorID stored in a variable?

Halp pls. The entirity of my game may rest on this.

My game has actors that I can't specify. Some of them are created via script and assigned an ActorID, so I can't tell which actor is which.

Boy was I thrilled to find out I could find out their ActorID's via Variable>Game Data>Party Member's ActorID.
But then I realized that I didn't know how to create Conditional Branches drawing from this variable.

I wanted to to do things like... if the party member was left in town then I could call up the conditional branch to change the sprite of the event depending on what class it was, or be able to add stats to this Actor through events.

I thought it'd be something like... I don't know,
author=My guess
$game_actors[$game_variable [61] ].add_param(1, 1)
I doubt the double square brackets would work huh...

Is there a way to call events for an actor via actorID stored in variable?

I have plenty of other questions to ask
author=Wrecking my brain
How to make critical rate rise when MP is lower
How to make HP fall like Poison when MP is 0
How to set a condition to check a stat of any actor is above a certain amount

but I probably should be spacing out my questions since I've been posting in every single other RPGMaker forum for help.
Aaaaaah... I really shouldn't have done this idea for IGMC without a programmer...

Building RPGMaker Events Challenges!

Deep within the panic of IGMC, I came to realize that other than within the throes of gam mak, developing a game, we don't really have ways to practice Game Design and building events. So I thought of this challenge as an idea!

So without further ado, with the pursuit of improvement in mind, each person posts a gameplay function (e.g. a treasure chest that has random loot) to achieve through events, and the next person who posts has to solve it, via explanation or screenshots of Event Pages, and then issues the next challenge for someone else to solve!

1. The challenge you issue you must already know how to create.
2. You're encouraged to reach the solution without relying too much on scripts.
3. You're allowed to suggest more efficient methods of approach, but no being mean about it.
4. Your answer to the challenge does not have to be exact, but as long as it hits around close to what is needed to be achieved, it's good.

Although eventually this topic might probably end up as a help topic, I thought that it'd be good for some to not only practice, but also those who're looking for solutions might find their answers browsing through the answered challenges of this thread. Hopefully the difficulty of challenges ramps up over time too.

So the first challenge is:

A 4-digit number passworded door!

Favorite kind of battles/battle system?

What's your favorite battle system or kinds of battles?

For example, if you're dungeon-delving, would you rather mow down tons of enemies with fast-paced quick thinking-based battles, or have to go down slightly less number of encounters but they're slow, tactical battles?

Game developers that don't... like making games...?

If you knew me in real life, I'm a blazingly passionate guy when it comes to game making. I would gush for hours on end about ideas that could be shoved into a game. The idea of creating games excites me to no end. Which is why some recent events really confused me.

School has a mandatory internship module, so I've been interning at an indie game studio for about 2 months now. I thought I would be having a ball of a time, I've been waiting for this moment my whole life. But I've never felt so out of place.

During lunch breaks trying to chat with people I came to realize nobody here really likes making games. So far what I've heard from them is 'It's just a job'. The games they're making doesn't seem to be built on ideas they think are fun, but ideas they think that work out so far and they're tacking it on. No one here really discusses the game or has remotely any hype about it.

I'm in a perpetual state of disbelief. Games are such a fun medium, I didn't think anyone who got into the industry and stayed there would continue thinking 'it's just a job'. But now I know people like this do exist.

I know it's probably unprofessional to gripe about a job I'm being paid for but it's... it's a big culture shock to me. From being around RMN and other sites, I expected the world out there to be 'This game is great!' and 'Let's work together to make this!' I know that probably I wouldn't always meet people who are as passionate, who wouldn't spazz over E3 uncontrollably like I would, but I didn't expect apathy towards it. Maybe my hopes were set wayyy too high.

What do you guys think about the thought of a portion of the game industry just in it for the lucrative market over the enjoyment of making something exciting?
My best friend once warned me 'If you make something you love your job, you will come to hate the thing you love' and I fear that. Do you think out there, it's true?

Man. Jobs are scary.

Recommend my brother some RPG/RPGMaker games?

My bro recently developed an interest in RPG games (I don't know what game he got ahold of. It looks like a Five Nights at Freddy's with turn based fighting or something), and he's asked me to let him play more.

He's 12, his whole gaming life, admittedly because of my bad big brotherhood showing him games above his age level, mostly consists of shooter games, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Smash Bros.

So it's quite a boon for him to show interest in RPGs.

Can you guys recommend some RPG games for me to shove into his new computer so he can try them out.
Preferably good RPG Maker games too, because I'd like him to also develop an appreciation for indie games as he does, compared to if I gave him a AAA RPG game which may end up building a reluctance to playing indie games, a little like how I turned out.

And it may be a bit shameless to ask, but if as possible as can be, if they were free too, just in case if I invested money into trying to build a preference for RPG games and in the end it turned out he doesn't like them :(

Thanks in advance, guys!

A Nivlacart of Art!

HEY GUYS! I'd like to post art here every now and then.
I do a fair share of fanart. I don't have as much game asset art as I'd like to admit, apart from my work on Antagonist. Here's to hoping I can add more here as time goes on.

(all the links are broken because I renamed the album which I linked them from, I'll repair them one by one as soon as I am able)

My latest 5 arts!

Sooo... GamerGate

I've been wanting to ask about and discuss GamerGate a bit because I still don't really get what it's all about despite all the reading I've done. They all seem to contradict each other.

(I understand this may be a touchy subject because when I asked about it on the RPGMaker forums they closed the topic almost instantly but uh, I do want to know more about it, so I hope this doesn't turn into an argument throwing foodfight)

From what I've read, do correct me if I'm wrong.
This is what they originally standed for:
Gamergaters are people fighting for ethics in gaming journalism. They think there is too much room for biased opinions and bribery in it, and they want an established code of ethics so as to make sure that there is a proper level of respect and appreciation for games.

Anti-Gamergaters are against it because they do acknowledge that gaming journalism has always been this hard-to-regulate subject, but that's because journalists, reviewers and critics are people with their own opinions, and should be allowed to review and critique a game as they'd like.

But then a video about Women VS Tropes in Video Games happened, and then some people supporting GamerGaters began to flame the hell out of female journalists and the like, and putting their personal information on the internet and everything. And then it turned to something like:
Anti-Gamergaters are people fighting against Gamergaters because Gamergaters are a bunch of misogynist losers who are clinging onto old ways of gaming where there are musclely powerful men and shallow female sex object characters and that games are a privilege for men and women should take their opinions and stay out of gaming.

Gamergaters are fighting for Egalitarianism because Anti-Gamergaters are full of radical feminists who seem to be trying to push female superiority in gaming. What Gamergaters want to achieve is equal rights for both sides, as well as fairness in gaming journalism, but it's hard to achieve when radical feminists are pushing their agenda onto everybody.

So... I got boggled because I'm trying to get in on this debate, hoping to understand and maybe at one point I'd pick a side to stand on... but... It's hard to tell what they're really fighting for? At this point they seem to be only seeing the harmful members of each other's parties and thinking that's what they're fighting for, and trying to stop each other from doing that. They attacks are unfortunate, but I'm trying to see them as a separate issue from the cause they were initially fighting for to begin with.

I'm sure probably somewhere in there I'm wrong about something, that's why I was hoping for a little clarification.

At first I blindly thought to support the Anti-Gamergate side after hearing about all the death threats female game journalists got, but once I read about the cause GamerGate was initially for, I got conflicted. True, people have their own opinions of games, but I've seen review sites that advertise and push certain games because they were paid to do so (thanks to certain people trying to get in on the game business just for the money. Darn businessmen). MMOHut used to be one of my favourite review sites until I realized it just became a business outlet.

What is GamerGate? Is supporting it a good or a bad thing? Is it important to know about?

Usability of the 'Magician' class?

I was just browsing some MMORPG game videos and sites, and I began to question a certain staple class: The Magician. In most games the magician is regarded as the staple long-range damage dealer, incredibly fragile but incredibly damaging.

But when I tried to line them up against the other classes, some things didn't seem to make sense.

For example, when comparing them to Archers, another long-range damage dealing class, the Magician in most cases seem to do the same thing, but better. And then a lot of games try to play it off by making Archers specialize in debuffing and laying status ailments on the foes (sometimes redundant when a lot of MMOs make status ailments super weak, that it'd be much faster beating it to death than bothering with them in the first place), or just making Archers run around slightly faster; it doesn't seem like a fair tradeoff.

Some games claim that Magicians are able to hit the elemental weaknesses of enemies, making them a superior choice for the pros. Which... was a strange thing to me, because a lot of games don't have a way to tell you what the mob's elemental weakness is, nor do they make it very rewarding like in games, say, Persona. You get a 1.5 damage boost, uh, that's it. It's even worse when most games give a Magician skill tree that eventually branches and focuses on only one elemental type. You're almost guaranteed to be doing normal damage for 2/3s of the game (and sometimes you still do more than Archers).

Some games intentionally make their Magician classes expensive to play with the heavy reliance on expensive MP Pots. A game that did otherwise and got my thinking going was Onigiri Online. They advertise their game really badly by focusing on the wrong bits, because there are some really creative game elements in there. Their mage classes have their Block command replaced with an MP Charge. And I thought it was genius! Allowing mages to fight at the same usability as other classes that would be able to still fight had they no MP.

But then I thought maybe some players really like that, it being an expensive class. They could play with another easier class, get cash, then switch to the Magician for more... Erk, no, it doesn't seem so great that a whole class was singled out just for 'replayability'. Not only does it claim Mages are like a master race, it makes it seem like the point of the game is to ditch your beloved Warrior class for the expensive Mage class because that's what your money's for. Is it justifiable to have a class reliant on spending money on potions just to fight consistently?

I rambled a bit, sorry.

But basically I'm just questioning how Magicians are designed in so many games. I get that people like playing a certain class in most games, no matter how disliked they are (I'm a Sword kinda guy myself), but all classes shouldn't fulfil the same role but just with different armor and skill animations; neither should they be given a clear advantage over another class (Magicians and Archers).

What do you guys think of Magicians in games, MMOs and not?

Are there good examples of well-designed Magician classes out there?

[RMVX ACE] ATB Battle System Scripts?

I've plenty of ideas that rely on a Active Turn Battle script, but with the basic RPG Maker battle view, the first-person one, instead of sideview battlers.

I used Fomar's ATB script back when I made Antagonist, but a lot of problems cropped up when paired with other scripts, such as Yanfly's Skill Counterattacks and Yami's Charge Skill because the concept of number of turns became blurred.

Are there any other ATB scripts I can try out?
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