Thursday, April 10, 2008

RPG Maker XP (New Function)

RPG Maker XP
(New Function)

Introducing RPG MAKER™ XP, the latest entry in the RPG MAKER series that gives you the power to create your own original RPGs. Its popular and user-friendly interface has been carried over from RPG MAKER 2000, and its graphic capabilities, battle screen layout, and data packaging features are better than ever! By popular demand, this latest installment also contains a brand-new Scripting function. RPG MAKER XP is perfect for beginners and experts alike.

New Function
RPG MAKER XP is full of the functions you've been asking for, including game data encryption and a scripting feature that lets you change the very heart of the RPG MAKER engine. By improving the operating environment, the program can now provide support for a full-colour display and greatly enhanced graphic capabilities.

Powered-Up Graphics
The game screen has been expanded to 640x480 pixels, much larger than previous RPG MAKER titles. With support for PNG full-colour mode and alpha channel, you can adjust the settings for graphic translucency as well as specify the transparent colour. Plus, there are now three map layers instead of just two, allowing you to create even more complex maps.

New Battle Scene Layout
The new battle scene layout is a front view with the enemy monsters facing the screen. A great new feature is the ability to display graphics of the characters in the status window at the bottom of the screen. These graphics are completely customizable.

Introducing RGSS
Various RPG MAKER XP functions, from character parameters to the battle system, are created via programs called scripts. RPG MAKER XP is equipped with the Ruby Game Scripting System (RGSS), based on the Ruby language and customized especially for this program.
By editing these RGSS scripts, you are free to change or add to any of RPG MAKER XP's functions. Think of it as taking a peek into the engine of RPG MAKER XP and tinkering around with what's inside. Since RGSS is very similar to a programming language, it may take some time to master. Once you've mastered these scripts however, you'll not only be able to edit menu screens and the battle system but you'll also be able to create your very own event commands. Though this feature is geared toward expert users, becoming familiar with it will allow you to create even more complex and engaging games.

Enhanced File Handling
RPG MAKER XP allows you to encrypt your completed game data. Since all of your individual pieces of data are combined into a single file, you'll be able to keep your source data safe from prying eyes.