Dev Blog – Skyforge Part Two, Battlers!

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First we will take a look at the big boss, Lord Alias’Thra

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If you remember from the previous blog post, I usually start with a rough silhouette

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Here you can see I have a slightly less rough outline, and I’ve started rendering some of the areas

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more rendering

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And here he is, in all his vainglory.

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Initial silhouette sketch

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Join me here for the next installment of battlebacks as I continue to refine this BattlePACK!

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Its Episode 12 and we are almost done with our Plugin Previews! Which means that we have almost no time to figure out who is the yogurt thief! Also, that today will be filled with awesome plugins, I guess.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we won’t have the big guns today, instead we will need to wait until tomorrow for those! But we do have several cool plugins to show off. First up we have Save Event Locations from Yanfly, allowing your maps to keep events where you last left them. Yanfly has also created a plugin to easily have NPCs chase the player. And from Yami, we have Transfer and Steal States, letting you move states from one character to another.

Click below to see these and MORE in action, on the RPGMaker Channel!

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And now, with time running down, we need to hurry to identify the Yogurt Thief!

The RMW Investigation team has selected >Talk to Ralph

I find Ralph and Eric sitting near the set, waiting for the next scene to roll. Eric is browsing through a magazine, while Ralph is idly munching on an apple.

“Hello, Ralph, I need to ask you a few questions about some recent happenings,” I say dutifully.

“Sure, anything to help!” he says enthusiastically. Eric looks over the top of the magazine he is reading.

“Recently there has been a rash of… very serious food thefts. First your pudding, and now my yogurt. The post it claiming your pudding seems to have been removed and thrown to the side. And the culprit who stole my yogurt seems to have been trying to frame you. Though as Eric has told me, this is clearly false as you were too grumpy…”

“Hey!” he interjects, shooting daggers in Eric’s direction.

“… to have eaten a delicious mango yogurt that day. As such, I believe the key is to find out who your enemies are.” I nod, amazed at my own deductive reasoning.

“Enemies? I can’t think of any, I get along with everyone!” He beams with a giant goofy smile.

Eric flips the page of his magazine, never looking up. “What about that Prince whose bride ran off after you instead of marrying him?”

“All I did was save her kingdom! I didn’t want to marry her!”

“Or that vizier you accused of murder.”

“All I said was that it always seems to be the adviser in these situations! And did you see his mustache! He looked like a villain!”

“Or that white haired pretty boy swordsman, what was his name, Oscar?”

“That was a friendly rivalry!”

Eric finally looks up from his magazine, fixing Ralph with an exasperated stare. A few seconds tick by in silence.

“OK, fine, I have enemies, but no more than any heroic hero doing good has,” he grumbles, barely audible. “Its not like we KNOW they are after me.” He idly kicks a small rock that had inexplicably ended up in our studio petulantly.

Hmmm… It seems most of Ralph’s enemies don’t have access to our set. That means they must have snuck on. I thought we were dealing with a member of the cast. That gives us more options. We can investigate the evidence we have already gathered, or talk to our security guard to see if there were any weird reports.

>Talk to Alex
>Talk to ROB (Security Guard)
>Examine Note
>Examine Post It.

Which of these Plugins do YOU plan on using? How are you going to use them? Do you have any interesting ideas for Transferring and Stealing States? Join us in the comments below! And don’t forget to vote for the next step in our Yogurt Theft investigation!

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Hey, it’s episode ELEVEN. If you don’t know what is going on, we are previewing plugins, and also, investigating a yogurt theft in the staff kitchen on the blog. Obviously the latter is more important, but I understand if you are here to investigate the plugins instead.

Last time, Ralph, Eric, and our other heroes (and potential food thieves), expressed concern for our MV heroes who have gone missing without contact. Will we hear from them again? Will Ralph and Co need to save them, or will they escape on their own? Or maybe they just forgot to put batteries in their inter-dimensional walkie talkie?

Today, from Yanfly, we feature the Region Restriction plugin, a neat way to keep NPCs from blocking the path of your party as they wander through your world. We’ll also be showing off a cool plugin to enhance the mouse controls of MV, allowing you to make the game even MORE intuitive for the player. Also, we have a few utility scripts and then a video on Parallax Mapping tips!

But I’m sure you don’t want to hear me talk about plugins, you want to see them in action. Click below to check out the episode, then come back for the next chapter in our investigation!

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And now, for the case of the missing Yogurt. Last time, we learned that Ralph couldn’t have taken the yogurt, as his mood was entirely wrong for when he has eaten something delicious. And that is where I asked you to help. I think that, together, we can catch this evil, depraved, immoral, and inconsiderate yogurt thief.

The RMW Investigation team selected: >Examine Fridge

I open the fridge to take a look, and what I see is a horror show. When was this thing cleaned last? There are stacks of leftover takeout and tupperware leftovers, and a gallon of milk that I believe was last opened in the Super Dante days. As I move some things around, the vague smell of rotten eggs invades my nostrils.

In the drawer where I normally put my yogurt, there is nothing. Well, nothing that is mine anyway. I find a half eaten summer sausage in a ziploc. The label on it is indecipherable. I’m not sure whose it is.

As I rummage through the fridge, I hear a voice behind me.

“Hey, I just need to get to my lunch.”

I turn, narrowing my eyes to see what interloper is interrupting this very serious investigation to see Aluxes standing behind me. “Not now, this is an important investigation into theft,” I respond adamantly.

“Wait, is this about the pudding! I told Ralph there wasn’t a post it on there saying it was his when I found it! And I said I was sorry already!” he blurts.

“What, no. This is about my yogurt. My beautiful, innocent mango yogurt. But wait, you admit to being a food thief!” Aha, a lead. “If you’ve done it once, of course you would do it again!”

“No way! Anyway, I’m allergic to mango, see,” he turns his wrist over to reveal a medical alert bracelet of holy protection +4, with his mango allergy engraved on the underside.

“That is… that is the saddest thing I have ever heard,” I say, tears welling up. The emotion this evokes in me cannot be described. The pure sorrow. “How can anyone truly be happy without mango?”

“Are you… are you OK? Do I need to get someone, uh, I think I’m going to be going now.” Aluxes excuses himself, leaving with repeated shallow bows as he backs out of the breakroom.

Realizing I could not spend any more time contemplating the sad fate that was his mango allergy, I return my investigation to the refrigerator, I notice something crumpled up and what seems like deliberately thrown in the back, behind some kind of Chinese food that was beyond identifying at this point. A post it note. On it reads “Ralph’s Pudding, do not eat!!!!!!!!!!!!”. In the corner, underneath the frankly excessive amounts of exclamation marks, there is a rough drawing of an angry Ralph.

Could Aluxes be telling the truth? Maybe the post it was removed before he saw it? Or did he remove it himself and is now deflecting the blame. It seems we have even more mysteries on our hands than when we started. What should be our next step?

>Talk to Ralph
>Talk to Alex
>Examine Note
>Examine Post It

So what do you think of the plugins we’ve previewed today? Ever been annoyed at being caught in a corner by an NPC? Like the looks of those mouse enhancements? Tell us in the comments below. And don’t forget to vote for the next step in the Great Yogurt Thief Investigation in the comments here or on our Facebook.

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Hello, fellow RMers, its that time again. The tenth episode of our RPGMaker Channel Plugin Previews is here!

Ralph and Eric are joined by their friends, and the time has come to exact revenge on the yogurt thi-, I mean, its time to check out more plugins. Will we learn more about Alex’s adventures through time and space? Will Aluxes instigate more jokes out of Eric at Ralph’s expense? Will someone bring me a yogurt!?

Anyway, another day of previews have come, and we’ll be checking out two really useful scripts by Yanfly. The first, the Battle AI Core will give you great new options to make your enemies smarter and meaner. And the second, Region events, will let you assign common events to entire regions for when they are stepped on, giving you plenty of options for implementing mechanics fast and easy.

But now on to the important part, wiping that smile off Ralph’s face for stealing my… wait no, no, click below to check the episode. That was the important part.

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Finally, I can talk about what really matters. During the episode, I had a chance to talk to Eric. He told me Ralph was grumpy all day yesterday, so there was no way he had eaten my delicious mango yogurt, it would have cheered him up. And Eric knows Ralph better than anyone, so I trust him. Hmm… This means someone is trying to frame Ralph.

Who should I do next to solve the case of the missing yogurt? Make sure to vote in the comments here, on Facebook, or on the forums!

>Talk to Aluxes
>Talk to Alex
>Talk to Ralph
>Examine Note
>Examine Fridge

So, have the plugins in this episode given you any ideas for your game? Have a vote for my investigation into that diabolical yogurt theft? Tell us in the comments below.

And remember RPG Maker MV is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on our preorder bonuses, Pick it up Today!

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(Editor’s Note: We now continue our regular scheduled intros without our previous writer, who has left us to become a train hobo, or something. Who cares.)

Eight glorious episodes of the RPGMaker Channel Plugin Previews are behind us, and now to hit the home run in the Ninth!

The days are ticking down to the release of RPG Maker MV, and Ralph and Eric aren’t done yet. They have more questions to answer, and more plugins to preview. Will Eric have to make up for Ralph’s general obliviousness? Will whatshisname do something else totally obnoxious?

Today, we have the ultimate time saver Plugin from Yanfly: Base Troop Events, to make your repetitive and time consuming default battle eventing super super simple. Also on display, a quick tutorial on how to use the Main Menu Manager plugin to put a shop right in the menu! And in response to the many, many requests we have received, a brand new, just finished Text Wrapping script is also on display!

Join us in Episode 9 of the RPGMaker Channel to see these and more by clicking below!

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Do you have any plans for some default battle events now that you have the Base Troop Events to play with to cut down on the dev time? Does the shop in the menu tutorial give you some great ideas for your own in menu systems? And how much will you love some default text wrapping? Join us in the comments section below.

So with more plugins revealed, its time to preorder RPG Maker MV, right? Do it today!

Now time for some yogurt… hey, wait, what is this in the fridge.

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My yogurt. *cry*.

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(Editor’s Note: Last Chance. Do not screw this up. DO NOT MENTION A BABY. THERE. IS. NO. BABY.)

Wow, we’ve made it to Episode EIGHT. Only 6 more days to RPG Maker MV’s release and there are still many many launch plugins to show!

Feeling quite rested and with full bellies, Ralph and Eric take a break in a quiet meadow to bring us yet another day of Plugin Previews and another round of your questions answered! Will Eric be able to keep him on track? Will Yanfly have to show off yet another unrevealed talent to save the day?

In this episode, Yanfly again shows off coding prowess, presenting us with the ability to add permanent status effects to our characters, using the Auto Passive Effects states plugin. Our fluffy coding master also brings us the Main Menu Manager, a convenient way to alter the commands in the main menu and how they work.

We also have Yami’s Hospital plugin, just in case Ralph suffers from exhaustion again! But enough talk, have at you! Click below to check out the full episode.

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Do you plan to change your menu? What do you plan to alter and why? How about Auto Passive Effects? Thinking of a way to use that in your game? Join us in the comments below!

Ready to jump into RPG Maker MV? Get it on launch day by Preordering today!

A baby once bit my sister… (Editor’s Note: You were so close. So close. *Cry*)

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: I swear if you say anything about a baby, you’re sacked.)

Hello my fellow RPG Makers, and welcome to Episode 7 of our RPGMaker Channel Plugin Previews!

Ralph is back, thanks to the healing powers of Yanfly’s cooking (Is there anything that androgynous ball of fluff can’t do?) and he is ready to answer your questions, show off some plugins, and strike back at the evil Darobach Empire. (Editor’s Note: WHO?!) With Eric at his side, there is no villain he cannot overcome! (Editor’s Note: The only villain here is your incompetence)

Now, its time to upgrade our Items, with Yanfly’s Item Core and Item Upgrade slots. We also have Shaz’s More Escape Codes Plugin, and a complete overview of MV’s character generation system! So click below to take a journey to learn even more about RPG Maker MV!

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Are your items going to be enhanced? Which of these do you think is going to make it in your game? Join us in the comments section below. Also. Baby. (Editor’s Note: I hate you.)

Make sure you are ready to go the day it releases, with all these plugin packs and two bonus resource packs by Preordering RPG Maker MV Today!

Also, please save my job (Editor’s Note: You don’t deserve saving)

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Day Six of the RPG Maker MV Plugin Previews have arrived, and we continue to astound! (or at least, we hope we do).

When we last left our heroes, Ralph was laying in a hospital bed, dying slowly from an unknown illness (Editors Note: He was tired, not DYING! Actually watch the clips!). Eric was forced to continue on without him, putting on a brave face despite his soon to be deceased comrade. (Editor’s Note: He was taking a NAP!). Will Yanfly be able to heal our poor hero? Does Yanfly look cute in a nurse outfit? (Editor’s Note: Are you serious?!) Will we ever find out whose baby that is? (Editor’s Note: What baby?!)

Are you ready for some more Plugin Action? Then be prepared to check out Yanfly’s Skill Cooldowns! Yanfly also is showing off some tips and tricks with a video on The Molten Giant! (Dun Dun Dun). We also have a few more scripts to show off, including Battleback Scroll, Battle Voices, Escape Dungeon, and more!

Now, get ready to cast Escape Blog, and click below to check out the 6th episode of the RPGMaker Channel Plugin Previews!

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Wow, I think I need to take a bit of cooldown myself after checking out that episode. Good thing our New Episode skill cooldown is set to 24 hours! Who knows how high my hype would get otherwise.

So how do these plugins inspire you? What are you going to make with them? What do you think of our Tips and Tricks section. Join us in the comments below.

And don’t forget, be ready to use these scripts and more on October 23rd, by Preordering RPG Maker MV Today!

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Four days of previews down, and many more to go. Episode Five  is here!

So what is in store for us today? Will we learn if Eric is single? Will Ralph learn what that even means? Will we finally learn who the father of the baby is? (Editors Note: Wait, what baby?! Have you been going off script again? Are you even watching these episodes?)

Its once again time to glitz up your battles, this time with Yanfly’s Skill Core to spruce up the combat itself, and Victory Aftermath to show your rewards in style. Or maybe you’re a fan of “No Pain, No Gain” and need the HP Skill cost script to bring that for your characters. And last but not least, why not jazz up your Battle UI with Luna Engine Lite?

So click below to see what Ralph and Eric are up to today!

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Are any ideas for character skillsets coming to you now? Maybe using something from the Skill Core? Or maybe you want that character who uses HP to fuel his attacks? What would be the theme for his skillset? Are you dreaming of ways to make your Battle UI your own? Tell us all about your plans in the comments section below.

You can gain use of all of these plugins for no pain at all. All of these plugins and more will be ready to use for all RPG Maker MV owners. Preorder today!

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Our RPG Maker MV Plugin Previews are continuing down the track with Episode 4!

So whats do Ralph and Erik have in store for us today? Do you want to see more of Yanfly’s brilliant Action Sequences to spice up your battles? An easy to use Item and Enemy Encyclopedia system? Or maybe a couple of more fun ways to make your battles pop with Luna Engine Lite and the Battle Mode Change plugin?

If any of those sound awesome, and they do, then you are in for a treat. Jump on the train and watch Episode 4!

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So which of these Plugins are you planning to use? Have a skill in mind for one of those Action Sequences? Can’t wait for your players to dig into the bestiary to learn more about their foes? Or maybe just give your Battle UI a facelift with Luna Engine Lite? Tell us how you plan to use these plugins and more in the comments below.

Be ready to use these plugins and more the day RPG Maker MV releases, PREORDER NOW.

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