Getting started with RPG Maker

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Getting started with RPG Maker


Post by Crazyninjaguy » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:27 pm

If you're just getting started with Game Development, or don't quite know where to start, then RPG Maker is a fantastic entry point.
The RPG Maker engines provide you with everything you need to create your very own RPG. All the graphics, music, and systems are already in place for you. All you need to do is create the environments using the map editor, and create the story of your world with the eventing interface.

All engines are available on Steam, or at

There are currently 4 widely used versions of RPG Maker, and we'll work down the list from the newest version to the oldest. Let's get started.


RPG Maker MV

This is the newest version currently released in the RPG Maker Series back in 2015.
It features a new plugin system using the Javascript language, so your RGSS scripts will not work in this version. However, over the past 4 years a decent library of plugins has been built up around the web.

RPG Maker MV allows you to distribute to PC, Web, and Mobile Devices, so for the newer developer it's a good choice as you have plenty of options as to where to distribute your game.


RPG Maker VX Ace

RPG Maker VX Ace brings back multiple tilesets which were ditched in RPG Maker VX, allowing for greater variety in your maps.
Your game runs on the RGSS3 scripting language, and exports to run on PC.


RPG Maker VX

RPG Maker VX improves upon RPG Maker XP in the scripting and eventing sense, but somehow managed to head backwards in the mapping department by limiting how many tiles could be on a tileset at any one time.
Your game runs on the RGSS2 scripting language, and exports to run on PC.


RPG Maker XP

RPG Maker XP was the entry point for many game developers, featuring an easy to learn scripting system, and diverse mapping system.
Your game runs on the RGSS scripting language, and exports to run on PC.

Whatever you choose, any RPG Maker program will be ideal for your first foray into Game Development
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