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#1 Offline evil_jaga_genius

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Posted Aug 15 2017 - 12:23 PM

A collection of thoughts, bear with me.

 

1.  Among the Doom modding community there are community mapping projects.  Map makers of all skill levels come together to build thirty-two levels for the game.

 

2.  There are a lot of RPG Maker games in the BZP Software Library.  Some are considered cult classics, so I'm told.

 

3.  RPG Maker clones are easy to come by and are advertised as requiring no programming whatsoever.

 

The resulting thought:  What about a community project where a bunch of people can come together and make a game in RPG Maker style?  People without any game-making skills can come and join.  And it'd be a fantastic way to breathe some new life into the Fan-Created Media forum.

 

I could write the first chapter of the game to start things off.  Then someone else (or a group) writes the next chapter, it gets added to the game, then another person writes a chapter, it gets added, on and on and on.  We could keep the game in a GitHub repository, to make it easier to keep track of the changes.

 

Then, after so many chapters, the story ends (or is left hanging for another RPG), we can release the final version of BZPower's first community RPG video game.

 

We'd need a couple things to get started.

- An RPG Maker clone. I was thinking about using Open RPG Maker or RPGBoss.  They're free and run on Windows, Mac and Linux.  I really don't want to have anybody pay for RPG Maker just to join in, or get locked out because they're using a Mac.

- Sprites.  If someone could donate a sprite kit they've made to use in the game, it'd be great.

- A setting.  We'd need to decide where the RPG is going to take place.  Personally I'd think it'd be great to have a game on Okoto, but I don't know if using Gen2 as a setting would drive people away.  Or, it'd be cool to have a game on Mata Nui, before the Toa's arrival.  Sort of a 'lost chapters of MNOG' feel.

 

The player characters could be OCs meant to fill specific roles - like, people could come up with OCs for (bear with me) Fighters, Rogues, Wizards, and Clerics.  We could have a poll to see which of the characters were most popular, then have them make up the player's party.

 

This is all speculation and interest-gathering at the moment.  I need to learn how to use RPGBoss or whatever to begin with, that and I have literally no idea how I'm going to organize something like this.

 

But if this piques your interest and you think it'd be a fun thing to make together, could you please upvote this post?  It'll give me a rough idea of how many people would contribute to a project like this.  Oh, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

 

-Jaga

 

EDIT: Here's links to RPGBoss and Open RPG Maker.


Edited by evil_jaga_genius, Aug 15 2017 - 04:26 PM.

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#2 Offline Pohaturon

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Posted Aug 15 2017 - 06:23 PM

I've more than a passing interest in game development, though so far any professional experience I've had were with writing and marketing. I've looked at RPGMaker (own one of the versions too) and similar "no programming" game dev tools and have toyed with the idea of putting together a Bionicle fan game, but lacking any artistic skills, the patience to do my own pixel-art sprites and a general lack of time have put me off. 

 

As such, I'd totally be on board with this idea in terms of writing, making characters and such, though I'd likely be useless for art. I'd also be willing to help in technical aspects like balance, design and progression if this takes off.

 

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of talented people here who'd like to help, but organising these things is usually always where they fail unfortunately. It's really hard coordinating strangers effectively remotely.

 

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#3 Offline evil_jaga_genius

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Posted Aug 19 2017 - 10:05 PM

I've more than a passing interest in game development, though so far any professional experience I've had were with writing and marketing. I've looked at RPGMaker (own one of the versions too) and similar "no programming" game dev tools and have toyed with the idea of putting together a Bionicle fan game, but lacking any artistic skills, the patience to do my own pixel-art sprites and a general lack of time have put me off. 

 

As such, I'd totally be on board with this idea in terms of writing, making characters and such, though I'd likely be useless for art. I'd also be willing to help in technical aspects like balance, design and progression if this takes off.

 

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of talented people here who'd like to help, but organising these things is usually always where they fail unfortunately. It's really hard coordinating strangers effectively remotely.

 

:kakama:

Thanks for the thoughts... yeah.  Organizing the whole thing is going to be the biggest stumbling block, if it even gets enough interest for that... gah.  Unfortunately by the lack of comments / upvotes I'm really not sure if there would even be enough people to make this worthwhile.

 

It's just, I know that RPG Maker games are a part of BZPower's history, and I hate to see that die, y'know?


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#4 Offline squidmaster

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Posted Aug 24 2017 - 04:02 AM

I would love to make an rpg that sound sweet I dont know much about game developing but I am a medical and weaponized robotics student so I know basic programming 

 

 

but while it is possible for an individual or tow to build A game, the more people we have the easier it will be and so far only two people have replied to this topic

 

 

im also fairly good at writing and can help in character bio's and backstory and stuff like that


Edited by squidmaster, Aug 25 2017 - 08:20 AM.

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