Hi there,
We’ve just launched a new iOS app called “RPG Creator”. Like RPG Maker, it’s a tool designed to help you easily create RPG’s. Check out the launch trailer below.

RPG Creator is a completely separate product from the RPG Maker series for PC, with a different development team (and company).

We believe that in the future, RPG Making should be a fluid experience. In the experience we dream of, you would be able to start a project on your PC, draw maps and event on your tablet, record sound effects or voice acting lines on your phone and then bring it all together on your PC again to finish up and send out to every platform. This is the first step towards that goal.

If RPG Creator proves to be popular, we will invest more heavily into it’s development, such as looking at ways of integrating it with RPG Maker as well as creating an Android version.

To help spread the word about RPG Creator, we’ve got a few events going on.

RPG Creator Rebate
RPG Creator is Free to Play (ad supported) but you can also pick up the “Premium” version which has some extra features. As a special thank you to the RPG Maker community, we’ve set up a Rebate. If you purchase the Premium version of RPG Creator, simply forward a copy (or screenshot) of your receipt to games@degica.com and we’ll set you up with a $5 credit for the RPG Maker Web store.

RPG Creator Giveaway
We’re also running a giveaway for the next 2 weeks. There’s iTunes gift cards, RPG Maker Web Store Credit, and Degica Games up for grabs! You can enter below:

RPG Creator Giveaway

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So with the Learning Together Event currently ongoing, and our sale in full swing (visit the store for 30-60% off EVERYTHING), I thought it was a good time to talk about something that is at the core of the event. I’m going to teach you to teach better. Yep. It’s time to get meta.

Teaching is something I’ve always been interested in. In fact, for a long portion of my life, I actually wanted to work as a teacher (I still, in fact, wouldn’t mind it, but I think I’m a little to set in my ways to go back to school for it). I’ve always enjoyed seeing people grow in skill and knowledge and know that I was a part of that growth.

So, you want to teach. You want someone to learn. Well, here are a few tips on things I’ve found make you better, whether you want to teach one on one, or you are going to be writing tutorials. From this point forward, I am going to refer to however you are teaching as a “lesson” just so I don’t have to specify both writing and teaching one on one each time.

Identify WHAT You Want to Teach

It is important to have a clear idea of what it is you are trying to communicate with the lesson you are currently teaching. This may seem really obvious, and it IS, but you need to always keep it in mind. It is incredibly easy to get off topic onto things that aren’t relevant to what you are trying to get across.

Ok, yeah, I'm not upgrading to Paladin, I'm going to be a Dark Knight, that one is so much easier.

Ok, yeah, I’m not upgrading to Paladin, I’m going to be a Dark Knight, the teacher is so much better.

Every time you get off subject it muddles the lesson. Muddled lessons are hard to understand. Stay on topic.

Know What Your Student Knows

Another important thing to identify is what your student ALREADY knows. When teaching one on one, this is a little bit more simple. You can evaluate their level of proficiency just by looking at the things they’ve done.

With a tutorial, it is a bit tricky. You can’t know for sure what the 5, 10, or maybe 10,0000,000 people who will read your tutorial know. Instead. Look at what your tutorial teaches. Now, infer what someone who needs this knowledge SHOULD know. Yes, there are cases where you aren’t going to be accurate. Maybe someone is trying to punch above their weight class, but that is OK. Keeping it in mind is important, not always being 100% right.

*furiously pressing A button*

*furiously pressing A button*

The reason you want to do this is easy: You don’t have to repeat information the student already knows. You can reference it. You can keep your lesson streamlined. If you have to teach every concept, from the most basic to the most advanced, in what your lesson teaches, every single time, your lessons will be huge. Just like in the last section: Keep your lesson on point. Get in, teach what you want to teach, and get done.

Always Explain Why

There are two questions that are most important when teaching someone something new.

The first is How. Most people don’t mess this one up. To do this, do this. It is pretty simple. The second question, though? People forget that one all the time: Why?

Why do we do it that way and why does it work? These questions do more than walk people through the steps of accomplishing what you did, it expands on it, and gives them more insight into the tools used. Knowing WHY you do something and the mechanics of why it works, allows users to imagine more ways to use those functions.

It's really about loops in fishing game mechanics.

It’s really about loops in fishing game mechanics.

And the more ways they know to use something, the more they can teach THEMSELVES. Many times when I write a tutorial, there is an end goal of the tutorial, like teaching how to do a timed button press mechanic, but underneath, the tutorial was really about teaching how to use a specific tool. In the case of that tutorial, it was loops. Knowing how to make a timed button press mechanic is specific. Knowing how to use loops opens a lot more doors.

Keep It From Getting Dry

It’s really easy to let a lesson you are giving get super mechanical. You explain in exacting words, in an exacting tone, and get your exact meaning across. It will also be so boring your student(s) have checked out 10 minutes in and are just drawing hearts in their notes around the names of their crushes. Wait. Let me consult with my daughter and make sure that is still a thing the kids do these days.

"Uh huh, of course, let me see your notes. Oh, I see you have a crush, with a little heart drawn around... . . . 'Being the Hero'. Really?"

“Uh huh, of course, let me see your notes. Oh, I see you have a crush, with a little heart drawn around… . . . ‘Being the Hero’. Really?”

This one ISN’T easy. I know that I fall into a boring style sometimes myself. I usually try to keep things more lively by staying with a conversational tone. I type similar to the way I talk and try to sprinkle in jokes here and there, especially in picture caption asides (which I picked up from a certain comedy website). As long as you don’t distract from your main point: spice things up.

If you are boring, it just makes it harder for the student to engage.


So what do you think? Are these tips helpful? Do you have your own teachable teaching tips for us? Do you have questions about the tips above? Join us in the comments below!

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The one thing that you’ll be doing, no matter how long you use RPG Maker, is learning.

Whether you’ve been using the program for 2 months or 2 decades, there are always new bits of info to learn, from the program itself, to coding, to resource creation, to just better game design!

We always stress how important it is to never stop trying to improve your skills, and so we are throwing a giant event to bring the community together in this valuable endeavor.

Welcome to our Learning Together Event!

And to go along with the event, we’ve decided to add in a STORE WIDE SALE from now until noon September 23rd PST!

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You can pick up any of our RPG Maker Engines for half off! This is a great time to upgrade to the newest engine, RPG Maker MV, yourself, or perhaps pick it up for a younger family member you can help teach!

Already have all the tools you need. Well don’t worry, you can also pick up the building blocks for your game as well.

All RPG Maker Resource Packs, both graphics and music, are also 30-60% off!

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But don’t forget about the event itself! In our community event, you can be one of 10 people to win a $50 RPG Maker Web Store Gift Card!

How do you participate? By Learning and Teaching with your fellow RPG Makers. Make tutorials, help answer questions on how to use the program, ask your own, just talk about game design in our discussion forums… There are tons of ways to get involved.

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Even the RPG Maker team is continuing to learn. With our upcoming Visual Novel Maker release getting closer and closer, we’re learning a lot about an entirely different genre of games!

Jump over to the forums and get to work improving your skills, and helping everyone else improve theirs, and in no time, everyone will be a better RPG Maker!

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RPG Maker MV has just had a brand new update on Steam, adding support for Japanese, Korean, and Traditional Chinese to all Steam versions!

MV’s OSX version had already had Japanese support on Steam, but now it is also available on Windows, and the Korean and Traditional Chinese language versions are brand new to RPG Maker MV!

This puts one of the easiest to use game creation engines in the hands of more people than ever before!

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To celebrate all these RPG Maker users, present and future, who will now be able to use RPG Maker MV in their native language, we’ve decided it is a great time for a monumental RPG Maker MV Sale!

RPG Maker MV will be 50% off for the Next Week!

That is the highest discount RPG Maker MV has ever had, and the perfect opportunity for you to update! Already using RPG Maker MV? We also have three DLC making their debut on Steam!

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DLC 1 brought to you by Pioneer Valley Games, Medieval: Knights Templar extends their Medieval sets with pieces to make your own powerfully heavily armored knights!

DLC 2, from Joel Steudler, perfectly complements PVGs graphics packs, with music built on Ye Olde Style instruments, in his Medieval Music Pack!

And for DLC 3, Murray Atkinson brings you the Epic Strings, featuring dynamic music for your game built on string instruments such as harps, violins, and cellos!

Get RPG Maker MV at 50% off, buy some DLC new to Steam, or just get it all! But don’t wait, the sale on MV ends in a week!

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So you have your party. Let’s say 8-10 glorious characters recruited to your cause. And now the story continues! But of course, you want those Party Members to all to continue to develop and be interesting! But if you let every single one of them comment during every single cutscene… yeah we’ll know what they are thinking, but it drags out the “cinematics” of the game.

So you need to find an alternative way to have your characters chime in on the current situation, their feelings, and their just general attitude.

What Not To Do (Original Dragon Quest IV)

First, let’s describe what not to do.

You have cool characters. Entire CHAPTERS of the game are devoted to each one. Then you get to the fifth chapter and you recruit them and…

Boom. None of them ever talk again, just becoming an extension of the Silent Protagonist blob that is the party.

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The Dragon Quest series is a property of Square Enix.

This is literally the last thing Nara says in the original Dragon Quest IV. Now, in the remake for DS in Japan, as well as the remake version internationally on Android/iOS, they implemented a Party Talk feature, which is a good solution to this problem. Though not one of the main ones we are going to talk about in this article.

Give Each Character Sidequest Lines (Mass Effect Series)

The Mass Effect series, and by extension pretty much every Bioware game that came after it, ties each of their characters to a sidequest or series of sidequests.

This is a really good way to deal with the problem because it does something that other solutions don’t really do: It lets the character work through some unresolved issue or grow in a way that isn’t directly related to the plot.

Mass Effect is a property of BioWare.

Mass Effect is a property of BioWare.

Such as Garrus’s mission to take down Dr. Saleon, which leads to you being able to talk him down from Cowboy Copping Dr. Saleon, or let him shoot the Salarian for his crimes against sentient beings.

Sidequest lines for the character make them more than an extension of the main plot. It enhances who they are outside of what is going on in the game. And that is why it is a great choice for games.

Make a Home Base Where You Can Talk To Your Party (Suikoden Series)

If there was ever a series of games that couldn’t have each of the parties talk up in every cutscene, it is the Suikoden series. With 108 recruitable characters (though not all of them are combatants), the Suikoden games have MASSIVE casts. If each of them said something for every scene, the game would be 80 hours of just dialogue.

But with 108 characters, they have to have somewhere to stay! Like a big castle, or a ship in the one no one likes to talk about…

Suikoden is a property of Konami

Suikoden is a property of Konami.

This home base gives the player an opportunity to discover what every character thinks almost every step of the way, but it doesn’t slow down the game. The player can interact with the ones he wants to, on his own time.

Give Characters a Way to Contact YOU (Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE)

While Mass Effect does the first two examples, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE does BOTH of the previous (you can find the characters hanging around the city), it also introduced something I found absolutely brilliant:

The characters could get in touch with you, using a nonobtrusive “social media” app in the game, that was on the main characters phone and used the Wii U Gamepad as the phone screen. This let them insert quirky character moments throughout the game, without ever breaking the flow of what you were doing. You would just see an alert in the corner of the screen that you had a new message, and you could check it when you felt like it, without ever going to a menu.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is a collaboration between Atlus and Nintendo.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is a collaboration between Atlus and Nintendo.

It also added things like texting idiosyncrasies in the characters, and cute little stickers that match their personalities used in line.

This added mechanic really brought the game and it’s characters to life. Instead of just existing when I poked at them, the characters now existed and contacted me on their own. And it never broke the flow of the game.

All of these methods can do a lot to make your characters stand out more for your players. What do you do in your game to make them stand out? What do you think of these methods? Tell us in the comments below!

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First things first: I’m not talking about ways to make your game EASY. Difficulty is something that plenty of people want in a game. Just ask MegaTen fans. What we want to eliminate, though, is hassle.

One of the most frustrating things in games, at least to me, are things that just take time, or are just fiddly, rather than being challenging. So let’s look at a few ways we can make things easier on the player, without changing the challenge level of the game.


Skippable Tutorials

Ok, we get it. Your game has some unique mechanics that you want to explain in detail. That is great.

When I’m playing your game for the second time, or I have already read a rundown of those mechanics before starting, I don’t need to sit through 10 minutes of a character explaining it to me. Add a way to skip the tutorial, or just bypass it entirely.

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Hey, Hey. Hey Listen.

Final Fantasy VI did an excellent job on this, giving you an entire building of tutorials, but you could easily just not talk to anyone there if you already knew the mechanics. You don’t have to make it so that I can just avoid talking to them altogether though if it fits better into the flow of your game, all you have to do is give an option when the tutorial starts to say, no, I don’t need this.

Tutorials, for people who already know the game, are just time wasters.


Give Me Some Way of Remembering What I’m Doing

Life doesn’t always cooperate with my desire to play games (Honestly, there is a game I want to be playing right now, but instead I’m writing this article). When things get busy, it can be weeks, or even MONTHS before I pick a game back up again.

It is bad enough that I have to get back up to speed on the mechanics, but don’t make me have to remember what was even going on in the story.

Give me some way of referencing where I need to go next. This can be done in several ways, quest logs are probably the most popular, but my personal favorite is a party chat option.

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Why can’t dark lords get a nice bungalow on the beach?

The first game I remember doing this was Phantasy Star IV, and it always stuck with me. It was a fast way to grab info on where you were supposed to be going at the time, and it also gave a fun bit of extra characterization for the playable characters.

Of course, a quest log is still better for also recording sidequests, so if you have a lot of those, I would suggest doing both.


Have The Game Tell Me When I’ve Finished Something

As we have previously established in the last entry, I have the memory of a goldfish.

Sometimes, when doing a sidequest. I forget how many of something I need. Or how many I have. Every time this happens that means I need to go to my menu, go to the quest log (if you have one, if I don’t, I might have to go all the way back to the quest giver!) to check how many I need, then go to the item screen to see how many I have.

Yes, this isn’t the worst thing in the world, but I’ve found myself checking 3-4 times during a quest. “Oh, I forgot to check if that one dropped one of the things I need, time to check back in the menu”.

They were not creative in the name of their retirement community.

They were not creative in the name of their retirement community.

A good way to fix this is to have the game TELL you when you have collected enough of an item, or talked to the right people, etc, to finish the quest. Just have the character talk to himself/the party to declare the quest over. As an added bonus, have it tell me where to turn it in, too!

It is such a small touch, but it saves a lot of time for your players, especially if your players are like me.


Dungeon Shortcuts

I’ve trekked to the bottom of the caverns, I navigated all manner of puzzles and traps, I’ve annihilated the monster terrorizing the town.

And now I have to do the whole thing in reverse. See, here is the thing. I’ve already done the challenging part. All you are making me do is repeat stuff I’ve already done. Just let me out!

There are several ways to do this. Skyrim accomplishes this by having something near the final room open that loops back around to the beginning of the dungeon. The Dragon Quest and Pokemon games both give me items or spells that let me leave a dungeon immediately. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE manages to do both of those in combination and adds teleporters that unlock throughout the dungeon.

This teleporter in the Dark Lord's castle doesn't seem like a trap at all. Really.

This teleporter in the Dark Lord’s castle doesn’t seem like a trap at all. Really.

Traversing the same area for a second, third, or fourth time doesn’t add difficulty, it adds TIME and monotony. Don’t make your games monotonous.


The main focus is to make the game challenging and enjoyable. Nobody wants to play a slog of a game. Adding quality of life enhancements helps make it easier for your players to focus on the CHALLENGE of your game, not the minutia.

What about your game? What methods do you use to make the game more convenient for the players? What do you think of these, and other “quality of life” enhancements to games? Need some advice on your own mechanics? Join us in the comments below

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The Humble Store is having a sale on all the games and engines published by Degica!

With 10% of all your purchases going to the charity of your choice, it is an excellent time to grab RPG Maker MV for yourself, or maybe for a friend or family member.

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Already have MV? Why not check out one of the older engines at a heavily discounted price? Remember, they all include the license to use ANY of your RPG Maker materials in any RPG Maker engine. That means a lot of music you can use across the entire series!

Classic RPG Makers also make a great present for children, so get them started making games at a young age at a low price!

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Need something for inspiration while you take a break from making your own RPG? Try out some of the best commercial RPG Maker games that have been released!

Skyborn and Echoes of Aetheria, two RPG Maker gems by Dancing Dragon Games, are just what you are looking for.

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Perhaps you are looking for the iconic and classic Aveyond series? Here is Lord of Twilight, Gates of Night, The Lost Orb, and The Darkthrop Prophecy, all 4 chapters of Aveyond 3, with incredibly high discounts!

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And of course, while you are there, why not check out Degica Games many, many non-RPG Maker titles.

You can play excellent shmups like RefRain and TRIZEAL Remix, beat’em up Code of Princess, the puzzle platformer Umihara Kawase Trilogy, fighting game Koihime Enbu, or the escape room game Crimson Room “Decade”!

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Make sure to check out the entire sale! Don’t miss out on this chance to pick up the RPG Maker engine and fulfil your dream, or maybe even just pick up an amazing game!

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So I’ve been playing a lot of Persona 4 Golden lately. Probably a bit too much. (I might possibly be writing this article at 6:45 AM after not sleeping all night because I need to meet deadlines and I got a bit too distracted).

So when I was looking for a new tutorial, I was drawn to a nice “quality of life” mechanic that P4G had in it: When travelling around in the non-dungeon parts, you can push square to bring up a menu of locations rather than having to manually walk to them.

It sped up moving from place to place, it didn’t make the game easier, it just made the game take less time to do routine stuff.

So I rebuilt that in RPG Maker MV.

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I did handle it a bit different in my demo. Here is how my version works:

  1. If you are outside in the town, pressing PageUp will bring up the travel menu, giving you the option of buildings to travel into.
  2. If you are inside a building in the town, pressing PageUp takes you right outside that building.

I also want to do this in a way that it is the easiest to implement in each town. This means moving everything I can to Common Events. As with all eventing tutorials, this may or may not be the most efficient way to do this. There are always plenty of alternate ways to do these. But this is the way I did it, and it works.

To do this I’m going to make 3 common events, 1 Parallel Processing event on the town map, and then an alteration to the transfer events going into and out of the buildings.

The first thing I wanted to do was build a single common event that works whenever you are inside to check if you are pressing the PageUp Button. Why a Common Event rather than just putting an Event on the map? This way I don’t need to copy the event to every map. I just need to have the transfer events into the buildings turn on a Switch to turn the Common Event on, and when you leave, to turn it off.

So what is in this Common Event?

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… Another Common Event.

Ok, I know that seems weird, but bare with me here. If we set things up where all of that is handled by the Return event, we can also have the ACTUAL exit to the building also just call the Return Common Event.

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Literally, this is the entire event for the exit of the buildings. That is it. But what is in that Common Event?

…That is getting ahead of myself. First, if I’m going to do all exits with one common event, that means that I’m going to have to have stored the information on where the exit goes to!

All of my entrances are entered from below the transfer event. So the easy way to do it is to store that information is just to store the Map ID, the Player X, the Player Y into three variables, then add 1 to the Player Y variable. This will place the coordinates to 1 south of where the player is. Adding this in before the player transfers inside will create an easy, repeatable event that will automatically grab the correct spot. We can throw this in another Common Event, and every single entrance event can have it called before transferring in.

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It’s that easy. Make a Quick Event Transfer, throw in the Common Event call.

So now, let’s look at the Set Return Point Common Event:

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As you can see, I also went ahead and added the Switch to turn on our Button Check Common Event.

And now, we finally have the context to understand the Return Common Event!

ReturnThis is a combination of 3 things

  1. A standard Quick Event Transfer using the Variables you stored as the location.
  2. Turning off the Button Check Switch.
  3. Zeroing out all your Return Coordinate Variables.

With what we have now, we can now click PageUp and leave any building we enter. Pretty cool huh?

So now, let’s make what I actually intended to make in the first place, the Quick Travel list.

This is what this event needs to do:

  1. Check if the PageUp button is pressed, a simple conditional branch.
  2. Give the player the option of all the locations.
  3. Save the return coordinates.
  4. Transfer the player into the building they picked.

3 is where we have a problem. There is no easy fast way to do this one, unfortunately, so instead we’ll just have to set it up manually. I figured out the coordinates for each one, and set the coordinates into the variables manually. This is the event I ended up with:

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And that is it. It works. As I’ve typed this, I’ve thought of three or four ways to handle small details of this in different ways. But this one, it works, and I can repeat it in other towns fairly easily.

And that is what you should look for: Does this work, and if I’m going to have to do this process again, is it easily repeatable?

Have any questions? Check out the demo! Still have questions, or maybe some advice? Join us in the comments below!

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Previously made for RPG Maker VX Ace, the Futuristic Heroes & BGM Resource Pack has been one of our most popular packs.

Frontier Works is proud to present Futuristic Heroes & BGM MV — a new resource pack with material that has been re-mastered and redefined specifically for use in RPG Maker MV. Featuring the familiar characters in standard RPG Maker MV style, this new pack gives you the opportunity to bring more futuristic flair in your projects.

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Already own the VX Ace version of Futureistic Heroes & BGM? Then receive 50% off on the MV version on the RPGMakerWeb Store or on Steam through September 12th!

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Haven’t picked up the VX Ace pack? Then use the coupon code fm-mv10 to get 10% off the purchase through the RPGMakerWeb Store. (Offer ends August 20th)

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Don’t delay, get this excellent pack from Frontier Works today! Head over to our store to learn more!

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The long awaited RPG Maker MV version 1.3.0 is here! If you are using the Steam version, RPG Maker will automatically update to 1.3.0.

If you are using the standalone version, you will need to download the update HERE!

We would like to remind everyone to make sure to do the following steps before updating to ensure that when the update happens so your changes won’t be overwritten:

  1. Make a backup of your project(s).
  2. Make a backup of your Generator folder if you edited it.
  3. Create a new project or go to the NewData folder in your RPG Maker MV root folder. Copy the new js and index.html files (except plugins.js so it won’t overwrite your Plugin Manager Parameters) to your existing project(s)!

If done correctly, you should have this:

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But now that that little warning is over, let’s talk about what is new!

Graphics library upgraded to pixi4

This update means faster rendering of WebGL tiles, fixes video memory leaks, and just generally improves MV’s canvas performance by a significant amount.

Simple Encryption!

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You can now Encrypt your games, both images AND audio using a simple encryption built into the Engine!

Splash Screen Plugin!

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Want a splash screen before your title screen showing off your studio name, or just a bit of a thank you to someone? We’ve added a plugin just for that. By default, this is on in all new projects.

Object Selector Options in Tool=>Options

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Have an exceptionally long Item list in your game? Now you can switch your Object selector to an extended style, much better suited to a list of epic proportions.

Plus More!

  • Copy Event Editor content as either text or HTML
  • New Plugin: “ConfigureRootElement.js” to setup the DOM element of a game (dlc/KadokawaPlugins)
  • (optional) Additional Fantasy sample database (English: NewData_FantasyEN, Japanese: NewData_FantasyJP)

Have questions? Ask in the comments below, or in the announcement thread on our forums!

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