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April 25th, 2008, 5:43 PM
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[alink id="rules"]General Rules[/alink id]
[alink id="reqs"]Thread Requirements[/alink id]
[alink id="plot"]Plot and Story Ideas[/alink id]
[alink id="tuts"]Tutorials[/alink id]
[alink id="general"]General Guidelines[/alink id]

What is RPG Maker?RPG Maker is a series of programs developed by Enterbrain that allows you to create your own role-playing game.

What is RTP?The Run Time Package is a collection of the common files shipped with each respective version of RPG Maker.
Basically it consists of graphics, music and DLL files used when creating a gamedisk.

Where can I get RPG Maker?Before purchasing, you can try out a 30-day trial of either RPG Maker XP (http://tkool.jp/products/rpgxp/eng/download.html), or RPG Maker VX (http://www.tkool.jp/products/rpgvx/eng/download.html).
If you wish to purchase the software, you can purchase RPG Maker XP here (https://license.ntitles.net/purchase.asp?m=D2404C91A7044E4B85FACBE99DD5C50B&u=8415BA932B9B405398B140BC809DD502) and RPG Maker VX here (https://license.ntitles.net/purchase.asp?m=D2404C91A7044E4B85FACBE99DD5C50B&u=1EB5F8524A6B4F5482A2E08DF3D7D503).

Where can I get the RTP?You can get the RMXP RTP here (http://tkool.jp/products/rpgxp/eng/download.html), and the RMVX RTP here (http://www.tkool.jp/products/rpgvx/eng/download.html).

Are there any alternatives?Yes there are!
Among them are Game Maker (http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/) and Sphere (http://www.spheredev.org/wiki/Sphere:Latest).
[/css-div]Game Development Rules
These are the newly revised rules of the Game Development section. You are obliged to thoroughly read these rules and adhere to them.
As of the time of the posting of these rules, any of the old rules (unless listed here) are void and do not apply anymore.

Any active threads created before these new rules are exempt.
Inactive threads have been archived.

[a id]rules[/a id]General RulesIn addition to these rules, community rules apply as well.
Theft is not tolerated.
You may not distribute the work of another member as your own nor should you use it without permission.
Do not talk about Emulation / ROM-Hacking here.
You may do so in the [URL-inline=forumdisplay.php?f=156]appropriate section[/URL-inline].
[css-span="color: #AA0000;"]Do not ask how to obtain illegal versions of RPG Maker XP!
It is against the rules of PC to provide warez.[/css-span]
Do not ask about release dates.
Unless the author has specifically mentioned a release date then you may not ask when the game is going to be released.
Do not ask to become a beta tester.
If it hasn't already been mentioned by the author, then don't ask.
Team recruitment.
If you want to recruit a team to help you work on your game, you may do so here.
If you've just started out on your game, then don't request a team until you can document it properly!
Be constructive.
When commenting on a game, make sure you do so in a constructive manner. Simply replying with "This game looks awesome, keep up the good work!" is not a very good reply. For a detailed explanation on how to give constructive criticism, go [url-inline=showthread.php?t=62480#crit1]here[/url-inline].
Make sure you can handle any (and all) criticism directed towards you, even if it's negative!
Double posting
You may double post if you are the thread creator, provided the post contains updates to your game.
Thread revival
You may revive a thread within a two month period of the last post date.

[a id]reqs[/a id]Thread RequirementsThese requirements apply strictly to threads posted in the [url-inline=forumdisplay.php?f=126]Games Showcase[/url-inline].
Program/language developed in.
You must specify which program and/or language you have developed the game in. You can do this by using the thread prefixes.
Introduce your game.
A concise introduction of your game.
Do not mistake this for plot! They are not the same!
The plot.
The story must be at least two paragraphs, this means more than ten lines of text.
This requirement is for the finished post and not how it appears in the editor!
The visuals.
You must provide at least four in-game screenshots (exceptions may be made if video is included instead).
Title / game over screenshots are not counted!
Thread moderation is on in Games Showcase.
If your game thread does not meet any of the following requirements it will not be approved.

[a id]plot[/a id]Plot and Story IdeasIf you are not ready to showcase your game and/or just want to share your plot/story idea you may do so in the [url-inline=forumdisplay.php?f=127]Plot and Story Idea Space[/url-inline] section.
Do not request a plot/story/title.
You may not ask another person in this section to write a plot/story and/or think of a game title for you.
Help and assistance.
You may seek assistance, provided that it is related to your idea at hand. Technical help should go here.
[a id]tuts[/a id]TutorialsThese rules pertain to the [URL-inline="forumdisplay.php?f=112"]Tutorial[/URL-inline] section. Do not request tutorials!
If you wish to request one, you may do so in the Help and Requests thread.
Be specific.
Make sure you note in the thread title which program the tutorial was intended for!
[css-span="color: #AA0000;"]Test your tutorial!
Make sure your tutorial has no flaws that might make it unusable before posting it![/css-span]
Credit the original author.
If you did not write the tutorial, make sure you credit the author who wrote the original tutorial.
No duplicates.
If there's already a tutorial that serves the purpose, then do not post one.

[a id]general[/a id]General GuidelinesGeneral guidelines of the Game Development section as a whole.
Before posting, please use the search function to avoid repeats.
When showcasing anything, your post must be detailed, thoroughly written and understandable!
If you need any help, use the Help and Request thread.
If you only wish to show off a screenshot of your game you may do so in the Screenshot Showcase thread.
The Unwritten Rules thread provides an insight into how parts of this section function.
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