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My adventures with game development is REALLY sporadic. Despite having an idea of what I want to make and how to make it, for whatever reason whenever I open the engine I get mentally bombarded with “But I haven’t got XYZ ready yet! I can’t make anything!!!” And then I don’t feel like worknig on the game anymore. It’s silly, but it happens *sigh*

But I’m slowly starting to make the necessary things for the project. My dad gave me the idea of making the game somewhat South East Asia-themed. Something like “What if Takayama Ukon went down to South East Asia under happier circumstances, instead of because he was being chased by the government for beign a Christian” kind of thing. But in the end we just threw out history altogether and make it into a random samurai guy on a diplomacy/sightseeing trip down SEA.

Aaaand one of our stops is pesudo-Singapore:

Screenie

Now it kind of feels funny bringing this up because Lee Kuan Yew just passed away earlier today, but… eh…

Anyways. If you never heard of it before, the original(?) name for Singapore is Singapura, which means “Lion City”. Singa = Lion, Pura = city. So in this game the “singa” is like the kingdom’s royal mascot or something, heh. Originally for this quest I was gonna use the default chimera as the “singa”, or maybe the Byakko from the special Japan-themed graphics pack, but I thought “Heck, it’s Singapore. It’s not Singapore without the Merlion.”

So I made a merlion:

Merlion edits

It’s cobbled together from some kind of fish monster and the Guardian Lion-dog thingy (komainu). It’s ugly and terrible and horrid, and I love it XD

Now to make the pixel form. It’s the painful part, because for whatever reason the Japan pack doesn’t have the sprite version of the komainu. I guess I’ll just… try fiddling with the tiger sprite or something.

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My adventures with RPG Maker

I first encountered RPG Maker about five-six years ago when my sister showed the trial version of RMXP to me. At that time I was still deep in Phantom of the Opera craze, so it didn’t really occur to me to use it. I do play RPGs, but the idea of making one was completely over my head.

A year after that, I gathered up my courage and opened RMXP. I spent 10 minutes staring at the screen and scratching my head, completely unable to do anything beyond making a new project. My 14-year-old self was not yet quite aware of the power of internet, you see. It didn’t occur to me to attempt to look up tutorials online. All I knew was instructional books, and for all I know, such books on RMXP do not exist! Not in the country where I live anyway.

It all changed when I finally decided that making games is what I want to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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