RPG Maker: Telling the Old Story

Posted: 3-15-17

Last weekend, we made a lot of headway on the main story for Nefol. While sprites and events have sometimes held us back from moving forward, this time, I sat down and got a good chunk of story completed, including what I tend to think of as the “Intro Movie.”

You can see the previous movie that I created with random images back in 2015 using RPGMaker VX here:

I used some of the feedback we got from that movie in the new one – text sometimes went too fast & some of the unneeded frames were cut.

Anyhow, I didn’t want to go that route again. I instead made a bunch of more tribal-styled artwork for this movie, which looks like this:

Much improved!

I actually put this art together a few months back, and only now was far enough to put it all into the movie script and let it run.

Following that, I went on to create the night scene with ElderRai and young JinRai. Syn created sprites for me on the fly, and I made a few expressions that were needed for this section.

I also worked on building the small map for this scene.

This ended up looking something like this:

I’m finally getting to the point where I’m forging into what we called “Chapter 1.” This is unknown ground for me when it comes to scripting and figuring out how to make the story unfold. But it’s still a fun creative exercise, and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can push the events in RPGMaker to tell our tale!