It’s Thursday and that means release day is Back…grounds.

TOKIWA GRAPHICS is back with more beautiful painted backgrounds for you all! First up we have the Training Hall and Roadway set. Both backgrounds come in four variations: day, sunset, night, rain. Have your characters hit the road, and train hard with these additions to the TOKIWA GRAPHICS backgrounds!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

Next up, we abandon the familiar and safe confines of the roads of civilization, and go deep into the wilderness. With Pack No.6, visit the Deep Forest and Volcanoes! The perfect place for some dangerous encounters, again with each background coming in the day, sunset, night, rain variations!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And for our Deal of the Week, 50% off Tyler Waren RPG Battlers – 1st 50!

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September is here, and there is no stop to our weekly releases! So let’s take a look at the first releases of the month.

Joining packs 1 and 2, the TOKIWA GRAPHICS Classic Monsters Pack No.3 brings 4 new monsters to their style. With both sprites and battlers, bring the Mimic, the Succubus, the Fire Elemental, and the Living Sword to your game!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store.

New to the store, Rinober brings a hand drawn style to the new Futuristic Cities tileset. With A1-A5 tilesets and two B-D tilesets, one for interior and one for exterior, as well as 16 new character sprites, and 30+ new objects all in this hand drawn style this new pack will get your modern/near future game going strong!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And for our Deal of the Week, pick up the TOKIWA GRAPHICS Classic Monsters Pack No.1 for 10% off!

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One final release day for August, and its a HUGE one. Five new packs to give voice to your game!

And by that, I mean literally, let’s add some voices to those adventures!

First up, we have our two Heroes and Villains Voices English packs! Nearly 300 voice lines, male, female, hero and villain to add to your game.

Between these two packs, you’ll have plenty to spice up your battles and journeys with plenty of common phrases to bring voice to your characters!

Listen to some samples and learn more in the links below:

Vol 1: RPG Maker Web Store | Steam
Vol 2: RPG Maker Web Store | Steam

But maybe you want to bring the Anime or JRPG feel to your game, an easy ask with the Japanese Heroes and Villains Voices Packs!

These three packs contain 550+ lines for heroes and villains.

Covering a wide variety of common situations and exclamations, these lines are easy to integrate into your project.

With these voices, you can easily add that extra JRPG flair to your game.

Listen to some samples and learn more in the links below:

Vol 1: RPG Maker Web Store | Steam
Vol 2: RPG Maker Web Store | Steam
Vol 3: RPG Maker Web Store | Steam

And for our Deal of the Week, 50% off of Animations Collection I: Quintessence!

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Brainstorming Characters

in Design

With the Original Character Contest II still ongoing, I started thinking about how to make interesting characters. So I’ve decided to share with you one method I use to brainstorm new ones.

First thing I do is grab an index card. Then, I think of a single word that describes some archetype of character. It could be a fantasy “class” like warrior, or mage. Or it could be a group of people, say “nerd” or “jock”. Or if you are a complete weeb, you could even write anime personality types like “tsundere” or “yandere”.

Write that word at the top of the index card. I’m just going to go with “Warrior”

Next up, I’m going to take three lines, and in those three lines I’m going to put three things about his personality that are things that you would expect from the keyword (in this case warrior). The point here is to go “Ok, so what does a “warrior” mean?”.

So I think it over, and I add my three lines:

  • Will never back down from a fight.
  • Incredibly serious.
  • Very tactical thinker

Now that we’ve come up with 3 traits that support the archetype word, it’s time to make the character a little less stereotypical. Take one line, and describe something about the character that is very different than you would expect.

For my warrior I’m going to go with “Can’t do magic, but still knows a whole lot about the arcane.”

Now I come up with two more things. One is the characters goal, the other is their downfall.

For the goal, I try to think of what the character wants out of life. What would make them happy. This doesn’t have to be something they even know would make them happy. Just where they would need to be in life to be satisfied.

For our example warrior I’m going to put: “Become a renowned General.”

Next up, we have the downfall. This is some trait the character has that gets them in trouble. It doesn’t have to be a negative trait, just a trait that will often cause problems for them.

I’m going to go with “Overworks themself.”

Now I have a good bit of information. It’s time to take that brainstorming, and turn it into a character. The key is to take what we’ve “learned” about the character and put the context and background to it that makes those traits make sense.

For instance, with this character, we could make them an orphan that originally was adopted into a magic school, but they had zero aptitude. They couldn’t actually cast anything. They understood it intellectually, but just couldn’t make a spark happen. Failing out of the school, they fell into depression. Until they met one of the King’s knights, who took them under his wing, and taught them sword and tactics.

They took this as an opportunity to succeed, and they were never going to fail again. That is why they studied everything as hard as they could. Weapons. Tactics. They even continued studying magic, because the better they understood it, the better they could implement their allies into his strategies. And that seriousness carried into their adult life.

That could be an interesting character. And the whole thing was designed while I was writing this article. Hopefully this brainstorming method helps YOU create an interesting character.

How do you brainstorm and create your characters?

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It’s release day, as well as the beginning of the last week of our Summer Special Sale! Be sure to check out all the deals, but now, on to our releases!

We may be still celebrating the Summer Special Sale, but if there is one thing I’ve learned from my online friends its that you can never start celebrating Halloween too early. So spice up your games with some spooky zombies! And not just any spooky zombies, but zombies you build yourself in the character generator.

Pick up the Zombie Man Generator on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And while you are in the mood for spooky, composer Brandon Purvis has the soundtrack to round it out. A collection of 10 songs, some sad, some spooky, but always haunting, The Haunting Melodies music pack will set up the slow moments of your horror game.

Check out Haunting Melodies on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

But I mean, this is a horror game with zombies. Can’t be slow all the time, so ayato sound create has the perfect sound to fill in those intense moments! Metal. Brutal Crisis features 14 hard hitting pieces that will rock your players to the core,

Take a listen to Brutal Crisis on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

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It is release day again, but first, let’s have a little reminder that…

…. the RPG Maker Web Summer Special Sale is still ongoing! Up to 80% off everything in our store, from engines to DLC! In addition, we are running the Original Character Contest again this year. No art skills needed, so jump on over to our forums and become the face of RPG Maker for the next year!

And now, what you are really here for: What’s new today?

Ever wanted to do weapons with different looks in combat, but never had enough variation to do a whole game? Medieval Fantasy Weapons Pack has you covered. With 12 Short Swords, 12 Greatswords, 24 Staves, 24 Magical Wands, 12 Axes, 12 Spears, 12 Small Blades, 12 Bows, 12 Flails and 12 Scepters, you’ll not only have enough to make a game, you’ll have enough to make an epic!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

These school girls aren’t demure, they’re ready to rumble. Battle Girl Characters Pack 1 hits the scene with 8 female characters, each with 3 outfits: School Uniform, Nurse, and Fantasy Battler. Each comes with a sprite, sideview battler, and emotion sets for their Uniform and Nurse outfits, and enemy battlers, busts, facesets for all three! In addition, you also get 28 modern/future backgrounds for them to explore!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

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It’s release day, but it is a whole lot more than that this time! First up, we have a huge announcement!

The RPG Maker Web Summer Special Sale is here! As summer winds down, enjoy up to 80% off RPG Maker engines and DLC! It’s the perfect time to pick up the last thing you need to make your project sing, or get a friend into RPG Maker on the cheap!

There are tons of DLC to choose from in the sale, but let’s now take a look at the ones released today.

Katakura Hibiki has taken some of the iconic RPG Maker MV characeters, and reproduced them in the beautiful and distinctive Katakura Hibiki style! The mage-fighter (male / female), knight captain , soldier, swordman, demon, earth / fire / water / wind: spirits all join the other Katakura Hibiki monsters!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

Travel back in time… no not to the day of the Samurai and Ninja, but to the day of NES Samurai and Ninja games! Samurai Force brings you 25 BGM, 20 ME, and 10 BGS designed to give your retro Japanese game the chiptune sound of yesteryear!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

From Richard John S, Eternal Melodies is a JRPG inspired pack designed to give your game the same atmosphere as some of your favorite games. 15 BGMs composed to cover the full range of JRPG action and adventure await!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

But that isn’t all, to celebrate the sale, we’re also hosting the sequel to one of our favorite contests!

Come join the Original Character Contest II over on the forums! a brand new contest to highlight a hero of your design. Your character could even become the face of RPG Maker online for the next year! Read the rules and join in on the forums here!

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A new month and time for some new releases from some august RPG Maker composers!

First up, from Bittersweet Entertainment, Dignified Fantasy Music Vol. 4 -Royal Palace-! Following up on the first 3 volumes, -Royal Palace- adds 30 new tracks bursting with symphonic sound, with tracks designed for battle, adventure, drama, emotions, danger, and more!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And from TK.Projects, we have a new collection of Music Events, the Symphonic RPG ME Perfect Collection. Designed specifically for RPGs, this collection will give your events the big sound needed to evoke big emotions. This pack contains 100 MEs from Fanfares and Horror, to Mystery and Sadness!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And for our deal of the week, get the pack that started the series with Dignified Fantasy Music Vol.1 for 55% off!

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Here in the Modern Timeline…. it’s release day again! With this release day, we’re dressing up the present with two Modern + Inner Basic Tiles packs!

First up is our Modern + Inner Basic Tiles for MV! Everything you need to make a swank apartment or house interior that you wish you lived in. Includes materials for walls and floors, plus all the decorative tiles for Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms, Bedrooms, plus animated tiles and more! All designed for the 48×48 tile size of MV.

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

Second, for our friends out there still using VX Ace, we have the Modern + Inner Basic Tiles for VX Ace! This pack is similar, but with different tiles to accommodate the 32×32 tile size of VX Ace. You get all the types of tiles you get in the first pack, but designed for the smaller tile size!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And for our Deal of the Week, if you are looking for a different art style of modern adventure, check out POP! Horror City for 50% off!

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New Release: Classic Heroes

in Announcements, Weekly Deal

This week, let’s celebrate iconic heroes, with the Classic Heroes pack!

The newly released Classic Heroes pack features 6 characters, 3 classes, the Warrior, Mage, and Archer, in both male and female in 8 colors and two skin-tones with every single resource you need for your game.

Busts, Facesets, walking sprites, and even special side view animated battlers. Feature these iconic classes in  your next game!

Read more on the RPG Maker Web Store and on Steam.

And for our Deal of the Week, pick up the JSM Party Theme pack for 50% off!

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