RPG Maker XP

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I don’t want to detail the long and boring story of how I came about it, but in my general browsings of the internet several weeks ago I came across an interesting little program called RPG Maker XP. RPG makers are nothing new; I’ve been seeing them for years. The catch is that, with the internet as omnipresent as it is, I can now browse projects created with these things online. If you check out the forums in the link above, you can see some of the finished projects — and some look pretty good! Although I don’t have the system, it seems to have a very extensible the system for scripting your own systems (to replicate Final Fantasy game mechanics, for example) or use original graphics (that they’ve snagged from Final Fantasy games).


Admittedly, a program like this does nothing I couldn’t do myself. But having it all delivered in a package like this might even be worth the $60 price tag. And despite the price, it’s enticing to think of creating my own little RPG game, with control over combat, character creation, dialogue… I mentioned it to an acquaintance of mine who is heavily invested into scripting Neverwinter Nights. From my understanding, Neverwinter Nights has a pretty powerful suite of tools for editing, so perhaps I should check that out myself.


Nevertheless, I’m uncertain if NWN offers the sort of control I want — I have yet to see anything for that game that wasn’t D20 system, and while I enjoy D20, I don’t see it as the supreme achievement of all RPGs past and future. A lot of people tend to [i]like[/i] being presented with new systems and finding out how to optimize their characters within that system, but D20 is pretty well mapped in that regard.


Right now I have downloaded one of the projects from the RMXP.org site and am [very slowly, since time is short lately] playing through the game. The game I’m looking at is Quintessence: The Blighted Venom. So far I’ve been impressed with the quality of the music, and the graphics, while obviously not 3D pixel mapped pixel bump voxel polygon shazam, seem nice. All of the screenshots I’m using through this post are from that. The writing gives the impression that the author is not a native English speaker, as some constructions are a bit strange, but I haven’t seen any outright Engrish yet.


I’m hoping I’ll be able to play through a couple of these projects so I see a good range of what the software is capable of. And, even if I decide not to buy it, which is likely since my free time is so limited, it’s still a repository for what looks like free sprite-based RPGs in that classic style.

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