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    JRPG Japanese Devlog,  RPG Maker MV

    Organizing RPG Maker Maps

    Hiya, beloved heroes! Runa again! If any of you fellow RPG Maker users are having trouble keeping your massive list of maps tidy, I whipped up a quick tutorial about how I organize my maps in RPG Maker! I love the RPG Maker engine. But as I’ve been fleshing out JRPG Japanese’s world with towns, houses, and dungeons, my massive list of maps is getting harder and harder to navigate through. Especially given that there is no click and drag to sort your maps in RPG Maker. Every time I open RPG Maker MV, I spend too much time scrolling through the list of maps on the bottom-left side, trying…

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    Audio Devlog 03

      JRPG Japanese Audio Devlog #03 New microphone GET and auditory devlog episode 03 DONE AND DONE! Why should you heroes READ about what’s going on with JRPG Japanese when you can HEAR me ramble about it instead? The game update bulletpoints What progress has been made since last devlog, you ask? Let me list thy bulletpoints: Pixel art: Ken sprite sheet (although not 100% done, it’s just about there!) OST: Secret mage library song DONE Forest dungeon theme DONE Map mockup designs: Mage library and mage town DONE Mermaid kingdom Desert town Jail dungeon Asian town (plus indoors maps) Inside of dwarven houses Kingdom map Elven town (Because I…

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    Audio Devlog 02

      JRPG Japanese Audio Devlog #02 Hello there, heroes! Welcome to episode 02 of the JRPG Japanese auditory devlog! Since I love audio and have discovered I love talking in front of a microphone, I’ll continue making these audio devlogs just for you, heroes! Because why READ about what’s going on with JRPG Japanese when you can HEAR me ramble about it instead? 😀 Game milestones complete: OST: 4th track (Asian town) done and DONE Map design: Dwarven town DONE Meet Ken Today, I talk about Ken, the protag of JRPG Japanese! For anyone who hasn’t met him yet, I talk you through his character reveal post. If you haven’t…

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    Audio Devlog 01

      JRPG Japanese Audio Devlog #01 Hi, heroes! This time, I’ve tried something a little new for this JRPG Japanese devlog. Like a bunch of you, I’m an auditory learner. So for those who would rather listen than read, I got you covered! Today, I mustered up courage to record myself, Runa, talking to you one-on-one in an introductory about JRPG Japanese! If you’ve read my previous devlogs, what I talk about might be nothing new for you. In fact, a lot of the audio’s script is repeating info from what I write about on this website (since this is my main JRPG Japanese HQ on the interwebs). But if…

  • Art & Artist Shoutouts,  JRPG Japanese Devlog

    Aesprite: Making my first pixel art logo

    Hiya, heroes! Guess who’s been dabbling in Aesprite to make a new logo for JRPG Japanese? This dev! My Aesprite pixel art logo This was my first attempt at pixel art and my first attempt at Aesprite. My goal was to remake my logo to a pixelized version, as well as add the “JRPG Japanese” title to it. Though it’s not perfect, I think I did pretty good! Here are some other alternative versions I tinkered with before coming up with my final ver: You can do pixel art, too! Turns out, pixel art is a lot of work, but it isn’t as hard as you might think! You can…

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    Art & Artist Shoutouts,  JRPG Japanese Devlog

    Ken pixel art by Sonreirblah

    HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOY?? HAVE YOU SEEN THESE BEAUTIFUL PIXELS??ಥ_ಥ It’s artist shoutout time! Talented pixel artist and super-chill streamer Sonreirblah awarded me my Ken from JRPG Japanese A Language Learning Adventure in her beautiful art after I won an art contest of hers! Support an artist, and give her a follow on Twitter or Instagram! What’s Runa up to? Listening To: Suikoden II – Even Farther – World Map Theme 2 Watching: My  Ken ‘s beautiful pixels~ He’s such a doll! Playing: Fragile Dreams Eating: …I WAS eating blueberries, but now I’m all out;__;

  • JRPG Japanese Devlog,  RPG Maker MV

    RPG Maker Plugin for Furigana

    Hello there, heroes! Runa here with a quick devlog to showcase the RPG Maker plugin for furigana that will be used in JRPG Japanese: A Language Learning Adventure! In a completely unrelated note, but update nonetheless, I wanted to let you all know that my Instagram account is down. No, I did not delete it. Instagram did on grounds of “violating terms”, which I haven’t. No luck with any of my appeals yet. So if/when I ever get my Instagram account back, you can STILL keep in touch with me on Twitter. Now that THAT sorry news is out of the way, it’s time for the plugin introduction. The RPG…

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    JRPG Japanese Devlog

    JRPG Japanese Character: Yumi!

    Me and my lovely character illustrator, shugulupsketches, are ready to introduce the world to a new playable character of JRPG Japanese, Yumi! Yumi’s design Yumi is an elf, so she’s got lots of that earthy-colored goodness. She’s got the classic elf-green in her cape, while sporting a brown set of gloves, boots, and tunic that you can ONLY get in the village she’s from, “Erufu no Mura”. I gave her a beautiful, blond ponytail to express that “foreign” elven beauty. To give her a more feminine look, we added pink and lace to her undershirt and decorated her cape, gloves, and tunic. Knowing Yumi, she probably sewed that pink fabric…

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    JRPG Japanese Devlog


    Update: This devlog is now released as an Auditory Devlog, so you auditory learners can listen instead, too! So I’ve been crunching numbers. I’ve run estimations at printing shops here in Japan and the US. For 200 copies of a 200-page, full color paperback, I was looking at roughly $4,500 JUST to print them. And that’s not including shipping, regardless of on-demand, or me, handling shipping myself. Which got me thinking. From a financial standpoint, if I’m going to be spending thousands of dollars to print a book, why not use that money to, say, buy art (sprites, maps, backgrounds, assets, tilesets, GUI), audio (sound effects and a full soundtrack),…

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    JRPG Japanese Character: Ono

    Greetings once again, heroes! Today, I announce Ono, new character and member that’s joined the JRPG Japanese party! JRPG Japanese: Ono: A new character appears! Me and my illustrator, shugulupsketches have been working hard coming up with designs of playable characters in JRPG Japanese. Today, we present Ono, our mega-tough ax-wielder with a heart of gold! He may be a bit slow (in more ways than one), but he’s really a good, loyal egg, and we’ve decided to keep him and this design we’ve come up with. Ono’s design Spoiler alert, but he’s a knight. (Like you couldn’t tell though, right? By his expensive-looking, kingdom-paid getup?) He’s got money for…