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General Discussion / RPG Maker Fes
« Last post by KK20 on June 25, 2017, 08:47:12 AM »
So the latest RPG Maker installment is upon us now, at least on a world-wide basis. RPG Maker Fes(tival) runs on the Nintendo 3DS; finally, a game console version in years (was the last one, in English, for the Playstation? I know one was released for the Nintendo DS only in Japan). I took it upon myself to look thoroughly through the engine and what it could offer. I needed to know what is actually possible. Despite the game being out in Japan since late last year, there really hasn't been much information.

This thread is for any discussion, news, updates, and tricks relating to anything about RMF.

Limitations
I'm sure we all knew there would be a lot of features pulled out to compensate for the handheld system. But the amount of things pulled is a bit staggering than I thought. For starters, here are the hard number limits:
  • 99 Maps, strictly of sizes 32x32, 64x64, and 128x128; 3 drawing layers
  • 16 actors; 16 professions (classes); 64 items, weapons, and armor each; 128 skills/abilities
  • 99 monsters and troops (enemies are in sizes small, medium, and large; there are unique troop formations that restrict how many of each type you can have--at most, you can only have 6 small enemies, 3 medium enemies, and 1 large enemy; you can randomize the number that appear)
  • 64 teleport locations, which also handles vehicle starting locations
  • 99 event commands; 10 event pages; 2 conditional checks per event page (except for the first one); not sure if there's an event limit per map as it's not indicated anywhere
  • 500 switches and variables each
  • Each game takes 9 blocks of memory, just over 1MB; almost every new object created takes memory (e.g. a new event takes roughly 100 bytes)

Now for events
  • Move commands are very limited--to move characters, you have to draw them a path to follow, no "move forward x spaces" or the like; only other commands are jumping and turning
  • You can show two variables on screen in a window positioned in the corners (pretty neat)
  • Variables are neutered--you can't make them interact with other variables and the only operations you can do are set, add, and subtract (values range from 0 ~ 999999); there's also no way to do anything like "heal HP based on a variable"; their sole purpose now is for page conditions and setting some database attributes to equal their value (e.g. you can make a sword's attack be equal to a variable ala an upgrade system)
  • Conditional branches only exist for user-input commands, like yes/no or entering a password; you have to rely on page events' conditions to get the job done

It will take quite a bit of ingenuity to make some staple features present in previous installments of RM.


Impressions
Graphically, the assets are pretty great. It would be really nice if they could export these to the computer-versions. The tileset style is somewhat reminiscent of VXA, but the charsets are closer to MV. Currently, there is only a Fantasy theme which has a decent amount of icons and characters to choose from. The tileset is chock-full of buildings, terrain, and objects. Music selection is somewhat samey. Thankfully there are going to be more themes released, two confirmed are Sci-Fi and Modern. I believe Modern is going to be free while the Sci-Fi will not. Shame really.

You can upload one game to their online service for others to play for free (RMF Player is a free download) with each subsequent slot requiring about $1 USD. Again, a shame, but at least this kinda entices users to make a GOOD game and not flood the servers with buggy test-demos.

Interfaces are streamlined well, though it sometimes gets confusing with all the different button inputs to change tabs. You really should utilize the 3DS's touch screen for almost all menu navigation. The only irksome thing to me is the load times between scenes. For example, if I want to edit an event's command, I have to
Event Editor > Choose Map > Move cursor to event > Open event page > Open event commands > Choose command > Edit the properties
where each > is a pause ranging from half a second to almost two. And that really adds up in the long run. This might be mitigated with the New 3DS, but I can't confirm.

As the above limitations mentioned, making creative systems in your game will require a LOT of thinking. Just making a simple push event (like using Strength in Pokemon) takes 5 events, 1 switch and variable. Want to make it so that you have to push it onto a button? Now it's 7 events, 2 switches, and 3 variables. It really does complicate simple features that could be made in mere seconds in RM2k. The latter took me about an hour to create. Just the fact that variables have very few uses makes it frustrating for me.

The game does receive updates. Currently I'm using version 1.1.2; a small update was released launch day for EU/AUS in the form of 1.1.3 (probably typo fixes). I'm hoping these updates bring along new creative features. I'm assuming it does as I have seen some videos on Japanese games that had things like zooming in on a character sprite, which is not possible currently.

Is it worth $40 USD? Being half the cost of RMMV, not really. Adding the fact that they're "nickle-and-dime-ing" you for future content is enough as is. I'd probably spend $20 at most for this in its current state. Until they update it enough to warrant a purchase, I'll continue messing with this pirated-copy. Maybe information will start picking up once NA gets it on Tuesday.
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by LiTTleDRAgo on June 25, 2017, 05:38:36 AM »
Sorry Kise, I'm currently in a remote village without my laptop and rmxp.
I'll be back in a week.
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Tutorials / [XP]Teleport Skill
« Last post by Wraith89 on June 25, 2017, 12:47:13 AM »
Teleport Skill

I became bored and I just wanted to share a mechanic I have in some of my projects.


Introduction

A teleport skill is something I saw in Pokemon, particularly the Pokemon Casey (Abra) which uses Teleport to flee from battle, making it tough to catch. It also has an overworld effect where it transports you to the nearest Pokemon Centre. For a while I made a Teleport skill using common events and also gave it an effect where it would fail against mandatory boss battles, but I found the skill to be lacking though escaping without fail on regular monsters is pretty cool. There was no conditional branch to check whether one was in battle or not, so I thought of something to make this actually work in both overworld AND battle! All I needed was a switch, but I felt dumb for not thinking about this in the first place, considering I did the same trick in my transformation skill. This tutorial will show you how to make a teleport skill that works both in overworld and in battle. There might be a script for this, I do not know, but I think it is easier doing this without any.

Also I apologise in advance for Korean in the pictures. The English copy of mine no longer runs on my computer no matter what I do so I will try my best to translate the things to English as best as possible. I believe these also work in latter installations of RPG Makers, since VX/Ace seems to have similar interface with the eventing. I'm unsure about MV however.

What We Need
  • One Actor / Hero (or more, it can be used on anyone really)
  • Two Common Events (Or One)
  • One to Three Switches, depending on what you want to accomplish
  • Three to Four Variables (Zero if you do not need Overworld Teleport)
  • Optional: One New Animation
  • One Extra Page in Troops Tab
  • Literacy

Set Up

First let's just make a simple teleport animation. You can do whatever you want really with this, and if you already have your own animation, you can skip this step. Just take the RTP animation for CAST MAGIC and COPY it. Then expand the list so it can contain more than whatever the default amount is.. I believe it is 100, so make it 101 or whatever, depending on what you have. Then paste the animation so you can copy what was there.

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Afterwards, delete the settings above and add in the following instead:

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At Frame 2, play SE Teleport 3 always, and "Remove Object" with around 40-50 frames. This really depends on your computer, but I found 40 to be fine on my teleport animation. This is for better effect when "teleport failed" message comes and such. I will be honest and say the Cast Magic animation is lame, but I just picked something very simple for this tutorial. You should enhance these animations on your own.

Now we should set up two Common Events, one called 'Teleport', and another called 'BattleOff', or whatever you wish to call it, like so.

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(Note: Second Common Event is not required if you only wish to allow teleport during battle)

Actually, because we are in the Common Events window, we might as well set up the switches we need. First, let us go to the second switch "BattleOff". Make this PARALLEL PROCESS, and where it says "Conditional Switch", click on the arrow. Make Three Switches, one called "Battle", one called "MandatoryBattle", and one called "Dungeon". Once again, you do not need to name it exactly as I named it, just pick what you would like, as long as you remember each switch's functionality. The switch you want the conditional switch as is BATTLE.

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(Note: If you only wish to allow teleport during battle, only "MandatoryBattle" switch is needed, unless for some strange reason you want the players to be able to teleport away from bosses).

Common Event 2 ought to look like this:

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There is a reason I made Common Event 2. It is to provide the functionality of checking whether one is in battle or not, since the default Conditional Branch did not provide it. Unfortunately, this means we go to the Enemies Group tab, and set up pages to turn on Battle Switch during Battle. Make sure the setting are the following:

Condition: Turn 0 + 0X
Span: Battle
And then turn the switch called Battle ON.

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It should in the end look like this:

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The green box means, use that COPY box and paste it in the other Enemies Group slots as well. Unfortunately, there is no way around this if you want Teleport to function both during battle and outside battle. If you are not interested in teleporting outside of battle, skip this step, and you do not even need that common event #2 nor the Battle Switch.

Next, we ought to create the actual Skill Teleport. This is what I did:
Scope should be set to all Allies (makes a bit more sense than one person just running away while the rest of the battlers are surrounded by foes).
Use should be set to Always, unless you only wish for Teleport to work in Battles only, then adjust it accordingly.
Common Event should be set to the first common event, which we called "Teleport"

As for the rest of the settings, the MP consumed can be whatever you want. Make sure everything else is 0, except the accuracy, which is 100%. Also, I remember when I first made this, Teleport would make that strange "Miss!" appear after using it. In order to prevent that, we can trick the system. On the status change window, make it so it removes some temporary stat boost status, such as weaken, or sharp, since those are temporary and you are escaping the battle anyways. However, that will come in an adverse effect of removing the status when you make teleport fail against bosses. Maybe you can get rid of Stun, which is an instant 1 turn status, or some dummy status that will never be inflicted. I would recommend the latter.

It should look like this:

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(the yellow box are things you can probably configure yourself, and the status change thing, remove a dummy status)

Finally add it to some actor in the class menu. I gave it to Hilda in this tutorial because teleport and magic and things. Mage is an obvious choice, but some people would probably give it to a ninja for smokescreen effect.

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Teleport (Battle Event)

Do not test out teleport just yet! We did not finish the Common Event set up!
Going back to Common Event 1, set a Conditional Branch for "Switch Battle ==  ON"

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Now if that is true, we need to set up another Conditional Branch inside, where it should be "Switch MandatoryBattle == OFF". This is for those cases it is a special battle, or bosses or any cases where the actor should not be able to flee, unless for some reason you want Teleport to be possible anytime anywhere.

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Of course, this means when it is during battle and if it is not a mandatory battle, then... we can add another item to this list: "End Battle", which is in events page 3. As the character teleports, the battle will then end.

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However, if it is during battle, but the particular enemy is MANDATORY to fight, then in the "Else" branch, just add something to the effect of "But it failed!" as a message or something. I personally put a Sound Effect and the message "Teleport cannot be used here!", like so:

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If you are only looking for Teleport during battle, you are pretty much done here. The first "Battle" switch is pretty redundant in that case, but just in case you want to experiment with having an overworld teleport event, that is there. But now we can test out teleport and see how this works.

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And now, I am going to demonstrate Hilda can disappear from creepy Zombie guys, because nobody wants to stay around Zombies too long.

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... I am sorry that screenshots really do not do this event justice. But I promise you, if you set up everything correctly, then it should work.

But what about those boss battles? Let us set one up. For example, we can take the Lich monster from the RTP and make him a boss. Go to Enemies Group tab, add the Lich or whoever you want as the boss or an unescapable battle, and like before, add the Battle switch and set condition to "Turn 0 + 0X" and span as "Battle". But now, you must also add "MandatoryBattle" switch to turn on also. The battle page should look like this:

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Now I will playtest this and see if things work as intended:

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And there we have it! We are unable to escape the Lich fight because of that switch. If this is really all you need for Teleport, you can stop reading here. Otherwise, keep going so we can set up Overworld use of Teleport.

EXTRA: You can use G_G's First Strike Skill code if you wish to make Teleport go first. Just an idea. No, Pokemon does not do this, thankfully.


Setting Up Overworld Event



Now that you set up In-Battle Teleport, how can we make Teleport work outside? It actually involves a bunch of eventing and configuration, but it is not at all difficult.

We have to go back to Common Event #1, Teleport, and add a new conditional branch, within the "Else" branch from "Battle == ON" switch. Basically this means "If this is not a battle, then..."

Within that parameter, add another Conditional Branch "If Switch Dungeon == ON". This will check whether the character is inside a dungeon or not, because generally that is where you would want to teleport.

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When one is inside a dungeon, there would be a prompt asking whether you would like to teleport outside. It is not necessary, but I like doing that. I think, though, the MP gets wasted before the prompt comes up, so when you hit NO, you can add "change MP" for actor, but I do not think there is a specific actor MP change. I could be wrong, but I cannot bother to check at the moment. Anyways, I have a prompt with choices Yes and No. I set it up like this:

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When YES, we will want to show animation (on page 2 of events) for "Teleport" animation we made a while ago. Now we have to make a set of three variables, one for MAPID, one for MapX, and one for MapY. This ensures the coordinates Teleport is at will change depending on certain settings. We do not want Teleport to ALWAYS take one to a fixed location, unless that is what you want, then you will not need these variables. Also if you would like, make the character face down after the teleportation, which is generally the case in most RPGs, but it is up to you.

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Also, this is important, but TURN OFF the Switch for Dungeon after using Teleport, otherwise the character can teleport right after exiting the dungeon, which would be weird. Of course you can set parallel events in every map to turn the dungeon switch off where it does not apply, but do you really want to do that?

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I added other things, such as Sound Effect, and changing colour to reset, and removing picture 1. The reason for these is because sometimes I make caves which the colour hues are different, and picture 1 is also a "light picture" that follows my character in certain deeper parts of caves, so I want that removed when teleporting outside. There are other things you can add, or find it unnecessary to use some of my things, but I put those in for my own purpose.

Now in the branch "Else" from "If Dungeon == ON", you can just add the usual "play sound effect" and text "Teleport cannot be used here!" This means if you are not in a dungeon, teleport cannot be used.

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Once you have finished this, you are actually finished the Common Events section!


Back In The Overworld

Now to demonstrate overworld functionality, I created two 5 minute maps to show how teleport works. Do not make maps like this, because ledges are not always THIS straight in real life. It looks weird, honestly.

Create a new event in front of the entrance of a cave. We want to adjust the variables, with Map ID to equal the Map ID, Map X to equal to the actor's X position, and Map Y to equal to actor's Y position. Also make sure the event is "Player Touch", so as soon as the player crosses the area, the variables are set up as so. If my explanation is confusing, here are some pictures:

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I put it in both sides, the entrance and exit, so that when the player touches either place before entering the cave, she will teleport out in those locations. Now for the actual entrance event, make sure to turn the Dungeon switch ON before transferring the player to the inside of the dungeon. This will make it so that the Teleport skill is enabled while inside the cave, though you can alternatively do this with a parallel event which erases itself inside the cave.

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For inside the cave, make sure the Dungeon switch is turned OFF before exiting the dungeon, so that the player is unable to teleport when outside the cave.

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Finally the maps look like this:

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That extra event in the cave is just a parallel process that changes the cave's colour hue and the likes. Do not worry about that.

Anyways it is time to test things out:

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As expected, teleport does not work outside.

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Using teleport inside takes us back outdoors to the last location which was done. And yeah, I forgot to set the character to face down, but there is your little demonstration of how Teleport can work in battle and outside battle.



Extra

If you want Teleport to randomly fail during battle, you can make another variable. We will call it "Random". We can go back to the first branch of "Teleport" and add "Set Random" to a random number between 0 to 100, or whatever number of your choice.

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Now just make a conditional branch inside MandatoryBattle == OFF section, by setting the random variable's number, and then adding another conditional branch, checking Random's value. For example, here I want Teleport to work 70% of the time, so I made a conditional branch, "If Random is Greater than 30", then Battle Ends. Otherwise, the message, "Teleport failed!" appears.

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The Random Number Variable has many applications, and can be used in a lot of other skills and events which can be useful for varied gameplay, so make use of your variables!

That is all! I think this system is relatively easy to use and can have interesting applications. Skill can be added to any amount of characters and it only uses up that same common event for all.
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Resources / Re: problem to open mrmx-os
« Last post by Oscar26 on June 24, 2017, 07:21:43 AM »
kk20 your suggestion functioned me. thanks
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Resources / Re: problem to open mrmx-os
« Last post by Oscar26 on June 24, 2017, 07:05:17 AM »
where is the steam version??
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by Kise on June 23, 2017, 10:09:13 PM »
Here's demo, two maps show two mentioned issues - http://www13.zippyshare.com/v/dZOO92DU/file.html
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by LiTTleDRAgo on June 23, 2017, 09:26:51 PM »
can you send a demo?
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by Kise on June 23, 2017, 06:56:44 PM »
Unfortunatly that didn't help. One more thing - I noticed, that when player just stands still in a way of 'through event' with on event touch nothing happens (not always). The event is triggered only (mostly) when player moves.
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by LiTTleDRAgo on June 23, 2017, 06:09:16 PM »
Try this

Code: [Select]
#==============================================================================
# ** Game_Character
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#  This class deals with characters. It's used as a superclass for the
#  Game_Player and Game_Event classes.
#==============================================================================

class Game_Character
  #--------------------------------------------------------------------------
  # * Move toward Player
  #--------------------------------------------------------------------------
  def move_toward_player
    abs_sx = (sx = @x - $game_player.x).abs
    abs_sy = (sy = @y - $game_player.y).abs
    if abs_sx < 1 && abs_sy < 1
      move_away_from_player
      turn_toward_player
    end
    if sx < -0.5 and sy > 0.5
      move_upper_right
    elsif sx > 0.5 and sy > 0.5
      move_upper_left
    elsif sx > 0.5 and sy < -0.5
      move_lower_left
    elsif sx < -0.5 and sy < -0.5
      move_lower_right
    elsif sx < -1.5
      move_right
    elsif sx > 1.5
      move_left
    elsif sy > 1.5
      move_up
    elsif sy < -1.5
      move_down   
    end
  end
end
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RMXP Script Database / Re: [XP][VXA] Drago Pixel Movement
« Last post by Kise on June 23, 2017, 01:29:09 PM »
I really like this script, it makes overall movement so much more enjoyable. I'm using also Event PM addon, and I have one problem with it. I have ingame events approaching player with event touch as trigger, and... they get confused when player stands on the edge of a tile. Is there be any way to fix that issue? I thought that adding 'through' option would work, but it didn't.
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