EasyRPG Player 0.5 “Potion”

It took a long time but we finally reached a new milestone 0.5 with codename “Potion” and we promise you: The waiting time was totally worth it. Initially we planned to do a 0.4.2 release in-between, but we were busy adding too many new cool features. Therefore we wanted to integrate them properly before doing another release. If you can’t wait go directly to our download section.

Two of the bigger achievements in this milestone are a completely new audio interface and huge performance improvements. These changes had the biggest impact on the Wii version, for the first time you can experience completely working audio and a constant frame rate (in most situations). EasyRPG Player runs now as homebrew on the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita, raising our supported system count to nine! Another long awaited addition is the new user interface for the Android version, which should finally run properly on Android 6.0 and features a beautiful game browser.

Alongside these additional features we fixed tons of interpreter problems, improved the accuracy of both map and battle interpreter, which are now very close to RPG_RT, and implemented many missing battle commands. When your game did not run in 0.4.1: It should run now, otherwise please file a bug ;).

Table of Content

Audio Interface

One of the worst parts of EasyRPG Player was the Audio system. We use a library called SDL2_mixer for this, but it has some serious shortcomings for us: The problem is that we have to support arbitrary audio files, because any game uses different formats (Stereo, Mono, compressed WAV (ADPCM), uncompressed WAV (PCM), MP3, …) with different sample rates (e.g. 8 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz) and SDL2_mixer does not support arbitrary resampling of these formats, which usually resulted in noise. The worst was the MP3 playback, most files were not even detected as MP3 because the MP3 format has no magic (common byte sequence) in the header and the heuristic often failed. Furthermore some features like pitch changes (playback speed) were impossible to implement.

We are happy to announce that all audio problems are now completely solved! The solution to all these problems is our new Audio Decoder. We still use SDL2_mixer for the playback, but the whole decoding and resampling is now done by our own code.

The libraries and their purpose:

  • WAV: Using libsndfile (#859) and a built-in WAV decoder for PCM files on platforms with slow file access (embedded systems like PSVita and 3DS, #984)
  • MP3: Using libmpg123. Additionally we added an heuristic to detect the MP3 files which were previously not playing at all for example because they had an empty frame (0-bytes) at the beginning (#818).
  • MIDI: As a built-in MIDI decoder we use FmMidi which synthesizes the audio on-the-fly. This has the advantage that it is very small (we use it now for Emscripten, saves you 16 MB of download) but quite resource heavy (#752). Alternatively we support WildMidi, which is compatible to the files Timidity in SDL2_mixer used before (#923).
  • OGG: Using libogg and libvorbis. OGG is an EasyRPG extension, the only game we know that uses OGG is Oneshot, but this game is so heavily modified that it does not work in our Player at all (#923).
  • MOD: Using xmp or xmp-lite. Tracker files are supported in RPG_RT through Audioremony and very few games (e.g. AE) use them (#967). This is currently only enabled for Linux, Android and the Wii. Other platforms follow later (Windows and MacOS already support MOD through SDL).

All the resampling magic in the background and the pitch (playback speed) is handled by libspeexdsp or libsamplerate (#908).

Additionally we added a caching system for sound effects, this fixes many lags that happened on slow hardware (mainly a problem on Wii, #1016).

The worst system concerning audio was the Wii. It had no working resampling at all, everything played too fast or too slow. But all these changes allowed us, after waiting for three years, to provide a Wii version with correctly working audio!

tl;dr Audio is the smallest of our worries now…

Performance

Another annoyance in EasyRPG Player on slow embedded hardware (especially the Wii) was the rendering performance and the startup time. At the beginning starting Yume Nikki on the Nintendo 3DS took more than 5 minutes (the Wii had similar problems). The reason for this is that our FileFinder did an extra system call to get the filetype for each file it encountered, but this information is actually already provided when iterating the directory. Removing this unnecessary function call improved the startup time by almost infinity% (#846).

The next problem we had to deal with on the old 3DS was that it only reached 25 FPS. Due to many small improvements in the rendering code (e.g. not rendering the background when no transparent tile is on the screen or not using a Blit that respects alpha when the bitmap is opaque), we were able to reach 60 FPS on the TestGame map. These changes gave a ~25% gain on all platforms, which means the Player performs much better everywhere and gives a much smoother experience.

Even worse were Tone changes (coloring the whole screen) and Saturation changes (Greyscale and Oversaturation), these were the biggest performance killers in the whole Player. Besides that oversaturating was never rendered correctly, we improved the performance of all screen effects by at least 50%. And even better: When the fading part of the effect is finished and the colorization stays constant the speed penalty is zero due to an improved caching strategy which only renders the tone effect once per Sprite and Tilemap tile (#855, #1017).

And the last addition is an improved Bitmap caching strategy which keeps loaded graphics longer in the memory, this improves the performance for commonly accessed graphics (#1018).

Map and event interpreter

RPG Maker 2000/2003 has an interesting feature for event movement: When events walk behind each other in a row and an event that is not at the front of the row is blocked in movement it will ask the event in front to make way by preempting it’s update routine. When this was successful the event continues it’s move. This is completely different behavior to all other interpreter situations where it goes from lowest to highest ID and no way to change it (#884). Implementing this fixed the caterpillar system (#703) in Pom Gets Wi-Fi and resolved a hang that happened after “Stop!” message. That Stop situation was another corner case of that corner case: The event asked the other to make way but with another side effect: When the collided event executes a Wait event the wait will go down twice as fast! This quirk is now implemented (#937) and it doesn’t hang anymore. A hang in the intro of Aurora Wing got fixed in the same way. This was related to diagonal movement and the order of movements (#1030). Unfortunately the game hangs a few minutes later after the enemy finished his move and is still unplayable.

The Events “Set Teleport/Escape Place” and “Enable/Disable Teleport/Escape” got implemented. These commands are quite unloved, only a few Japanese people reported them missing (#690). Together with this we fixed another oversight: Items that invoke skills that toggle switches were not working.

When visiting an Inn the screen fades out, the BGM plays exactly once and the screen fades in again. When the Inn music failed to load the “Played once” flag was never set and the game froze (#956).

Classes in RPG Maker 2003 are a really strange feature and their handling is not intuitive at all. We noticed that class modifiers (Curves, Single/Dual Weapon, …) are not applied at all on startup, but only when “Change Class” in executed. This behavior is correctly implemented now, but the “Change Class” command itself still behaves wrong for some cases. We plan to fix this in the next release (#921).

Battle encounters are not triggered anymore when the Player is in the airship (#928).

The amount of snow got heavily reduced, the effect was adjusted and the snowflakes are smaller. This matches now better the amount of snow RPG_RT renders (#901).

In PeuterisGrey The heroine did two steps instead of one when moving. This was a problem in our handling of the remaining steps, these were decreased one frame too late (#872). Furthermore this game simulates deleting of characters in the message box by using instant speed commands “\>”. Instant speed was not correctly handled in all cases. The flickering in the message box is normal and happens in RPG_RT, too (#871).

We are aware of another bug in this game which results in strange screen scrolling, this is not fixed by now.

Multiple issues in Embric of Wulfhammer’s Castle got resolved: The Post-credits scene appeared twice. This was a bug in KeyInput handling when a message box was visible (#963). A paper note in the game was not displayed at all because we ignored the “Wait for Input” option supported by picture commands (#831). The battle animations used for the battlers were not correctly saved in the Player, resulting in a load error when using them in RPG_RT (#602).

Ib had problems with statues in the Yellow space which randomly disappeared and a hang in the disturbing doll room (#946).

Dragon Quest IV: The Legend of Rivast got stuck after displaying the custom menu. This was due to a race condition between events, because our message boxes rendered too fast. The rendering speed is now on-sync with RPG_RT behavior (#989).

The cursor was not moving in Dhux Scar when using the navigation map. The Key input event waits now when a message is visible (#929).

When opening the custom menu system in Calm Falls the normal RPG Maker menu opened instead (#940). Something similar happened in Vampires Dawn, the RPG Maker menu opened after the custom menu got closed.

A popular patch in the German Community is Ineluki’s MP3 patch. This adds MP3 support to very old versions of RPG Maker 2000 by replacing the harmony.dll with a custom version. The patch works through “link-files”, these are text files in the Music folder with name “audiofile.link.wav” and the first line in these files points to the path of the MP3 file. We provide limited support for this now, the linked Audio file (for doesn’t matter, but is only used for MP3) is played now as the BGM. Multiple BGMs and disabling of looping (no loop statement in 2nd line of the link file) are unsupported. This results in working audio in Calm Falls (#939).

The game 葬 (Sou) hanged after entering a new map. This was caused by an auto-starting event that takes 1 frame to complete and Player wasted one frame when restarting this event, which resulted in timing problems (#927).

Leaving of some maps was impossible in Echoes of the Past, they were automatically re-entered. This game uses a parallel event to trigger teleports based on the Player position and after leaving the map the Player continued his movement and triggered the on-touch teleport to the old map again (#903).

Dragonball Z: Legend of Z resulted in a buffer overflow in the Player. For debugging purposes we write the map name and the LMT path in a logfile and the write function uses a predefined buffer which is usually big enough, but this game used such a deep tree that it exceeded the limit and overflowed the buffer. We added a sanity check (#891).

.flow is a RPG Maker 2000 game, but it got converted to a RPG Maker 2003 game. Player detected it incorrectly and the menu was empty. This doesn’t happen in the original game because it still uses a RPG_RT from RPG Maker 2000. We improved our engine detection to handle this corner case correctly (#885).

flow-0.5-fixedAn interpreter hang in (修正版)のび太戦記~導かれし者達~ got fixed (#860).

The extremely long intro cutscene in もえ~伝 crashed because of invalid weather effects (#860).

Bullets stayed in the air and didn’t move in Desolate City (#860).

The picture commands in サ イコ・プラトーン(PsycoPlatoon) behaved incorrectly (#906).

もしもスマブラだったら: This is a really awesome Super Smash Bros. clone. A problem we observed here was that characters couldn’t fall out of the bottom of the arena. This was a problem in our screen code, the scrolling was off by two pixels (#892).

The gun in Doraemon: Nobita’s Resident Evil 2 did not hit enemies more than one tile away. Additionally the gun was always shooting downwards. This was due to a problem with move events that changed the orientation follwed by an event page change (#1019).

Message commands can contain command codes in \N hero names. Player did not interpret them before, which resulted in incorrect message rendering in The Longing Ribbon and other games (#460).

The Longing Ribbon: Fixed in 0.5Vampires Dawn: Skills that toggle switches (e.g. “Fledermausverwandlung”) were not consuming SP (#816).

When entering the bed in the spaceship in Yume Nikki the screen scrolled incorrectly (#801). The same happened at the beginning of Ara Fell when jumping over the first gap.

The bullets in the bullet hell game 特に理由のない暴力がウォーターⅠを襲う where not moving towards the player but got stuck or moved to the right making this game incredible easy (#1023). This was a bug in the handling of switch and variable events that only modify a single switch/variable. These event commands support setting of a range and the Player used the range code for the single case because start equals end in this case, but these games had invalid values for end.

Win’ Wind’ Windy’: The first intro screen was not rendering correctly. A similar bug was in stage 3-6: The Vampire was not moving at all (#1024). This was the same bug as explained above the video.

The game Razas got stuck before the start menu appeared because of incorrect handling of “Erase Event” in Parallel events (#1022).

Battle system and Interpreter

In previous versions the state of the battle system was very basic. The event interpreter was unfinished, states (Blind, Berserk & co.) were not correctly implemented and modifiers (e.g. SP halved, immune to some elemental attacks and others) were unsupported. Most of the battle improvements were tested against Ara Fell, this game should run (almost) error-free now (#897, #905).

For the battle system we used a different interpreter due to different event commands, but in RPG Maker 2003 you can invoke all the map event commands through a common event. Most event commands (Except the ones that make no sense in battle at all) were moved to our shared interpreter mode and run properly in battle now (#788). Another problem in the 2003 version is the strange execution order of event pages compared to RPG Maker 2000 battles where the pages are executed in a total logical order. The event page order got changed to:

  1. The Turn counter is increased (global battle and current actor counter)
  2. Pages with turn-based (doesn’t matter if battle or actor-based) event triggers or battle action triggers run
  3. The Battle action is executed
  4. Pages with other event triggers run

This replicates now the observed behaviour in the original interpreter (#488).

Variable Operations for Battles got added to the interpreter, the conditional branch “Monster is Target” was implemented, the enemy action condition “Party size” was added and the event command “Force Flee” got implemented.

The algorithm used for choosing the enemy actions got fixed. It selects now the candidate with the highest probability and then adds further candidates that are up to 9 less in probability and then picks one of them randomly. Before it used all candidates in the random pick. Furthermore enemy actions can toggle switches now.

The battler animations reflect a new state now immediately, before it was only updated when the battlers had a turn or got hit. Event commands can kill or revive battlers now and the sprites correctly switch to the proper state (#380).

The actor placement in Space Funeral: EARTH BIRTH was wrong because we used an incorrect default value for X and Y position (#851).

SpaceFuneral fixed in 0.5Monsters use now the battle animation with ID 1 when doing normal attacks. Battle animations that targeted the whole group were displayed incorrectly. Unterwegs in Düsterburg uses this when a battle starts to display the actors in the party (#782).

Terrain settings for battles were not correctly applied, resulting in incorrect background images being used (#789).

Heal items that heal or revive give now the correct amount of HP (#568). Automatic healing of states (e.g. X% heal chance when hit or Heals with X% chance after Y turns) is implemented now.

Formula improvements:

  • The Skill formula was wrong and usually resulted in too much damage making battles really easy
  • The Skill formula respects the flag “Ignore Defense” now.
  • Elements of the used weapon or skill are considered now in the damage calculation
  • When an actor wears an item with flag “increased dodge rate” the dodge rate is now 90%, not 70%
  • The handling of critical hit probability was completely wrong. We interpreted it as “X percent of attacks”, not as “1 out of X attacks”. Critical hits are now much more unlikely.
  • The defense command displays now the defending state correctly and the defense state is considered in the damage calculation.

The item modifiers “SP costs halved”, “Preemptive” (Gauge is full on battle start), “Using item costs SP” and “Increased dodge rate” are implemented now.

The gauge is not updated anymore for actors that can’t act (Sleeping).

This short video of Ara Fell is a perfect summary of many obvious improvements in the battle system since 0.5: The background is correct, the animations of the battler are fixed, multi target skills show animations on all targets and the damage calculation is correct.

New Android User Interface

The Android interface got a huge pile of improvements. The old interface used old legacy UI (for Android 2.3.3) everywhere and this caused many incompatibilities especially on Samsung devices. The most frustrating problem was the non-working menu which made Layout editing impossible. Thanks to the Android App Compat library we are able to provide a modern looking interface on all Android versions and solve all usability problems in one go (#919, #925, #982).

The new Android Gamebrowser
The new Android Gamebrowser
The new Android menu
The new Android menu

Another new functionality is the possibility to disable sounds in the application settings (#835).

Emscripten (Player for the Web)

Our latest version of Emscripten does not need PHP on the server anymore. Instead we use a JSON-based index file to resolve file references (#833). Please see the tutorial for setup instructions.

The first game using this new version is Dogengam which is hosted on itch.io. How about presenting your own game on a website, too?

Dogengam offers an exceptional, artistic style.
Dogengam offers an exceptional, artistic style

Timidity got removed and replaced by FmMidi, this reduces the startup time because you only have to download 4 MB now instead of 20.

We fixed a bug in the URL encoding, % and # were not properly encoded (#894).

Ports for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS

Thanks to Rinnegatamante the Player runs now on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS (#863, #973). The compatibility is similar to all other versions and they are regularly recompiled in our nightly build section.

A few issues are not fixed yet: The 3Ds version has no working Midi and a few sound effects are broken (loud static noise). The PSVita version has a bit of lag when too many sound effects are played and lacks the sound effect cache.

Please see the dedicated articles for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

PS Vita Video (Direct link):

Nintendo 3DS Video (Direct link). Warning: Don’t use headphones, loud static noise!

Misc

Yume2kki used invalid initial equipment which resulted in having some items after startup which you were not supposed to have. The problem here was that the hero had items of invalid type equipped (e.g. a Sword that was actually Armor). These items are now filtered and we noticed that many games had the same problem (#977). Another problem was that this game tries to save memory by referencing images outside of the expected path, e.g. they access a Title image as Panorama by using “../Title/Title”. Our FileFinder understands such paths now, traversal outside of the game directory is still prohibited (#976).

Nepheshel contained an invalid system graphic in the title scene, this resulted in a libpng error (IDAT: invalid distance too far back) and a termination of the game. We improved all picture related error handling and they fall back gracefully now and only show a warning (#856).

Bitmaps with a depth of less then 8 bit crashed. RPG_RT didn’t support them, see this as an enhancement in our superior RPG_RT replacement (#432).

Mac OS X does not set the working directory when being double clicked from the File browser, we added additional code which adjusts the startup directory. The Player behaves now like in all other operating systems when started this way (#705).

The encoding detection algorithm got improved, it detects now the language of Yume Nikki and Yume2kki correctly but still fails for .flow (#986).

While in TestPlay mode the Debug menu (F9) is now reachable through the menu. Besides editing variables and switches it supports now saving and loading, too. For quicker save access press F11. (#966)

New Debug Menu
New option Debug with access to the debug menu

The Windows RT version is currently broken, we are working on a fix and provide this release later.

The GCW Zero version is unmaintained and there will be no 0.5 release in it’s current state. If you want to help, please contact us.

For developers

Our code is now completely free of Boost dependencies. Any boost-related code got replaced with the C++11 equivalent (#842).

Our audio system got heavily changed and has many new dependencies. Please see the library list under “Audio Interface” for additional information. New libraries: libsndfile, libmpg123, libogg, libwildmidi, libxmp OR libxmp-lite, libspeexdsp OR libsamplerate.

We updated the CMake File, it is now on-par with autoconf again (#952).

EasyRPG Player for PS Vita

Rinnegatamante is still on porting spree and ported the Player to another platform: The PS Vita (requires the HENkaku exploit). As usual you find the download in the Download section (Continuous builds Other).

The hardware of the PS Vita is on-par with 3DS hardware (even though the Vita only has 444 Mhz), the games run quite smooth and there shouldn’t be big performance problems in most games.

Basicly everything should run (in worst case with some lag), all audio formats are supported.

Installation

Place the games (the folder with the RPG_RT.ldb) in subdirectories of ux0:/data/easyrpg-player, then you can pick them using the game browser.

The RTP (RPG Maker 2000/2003 Runtime Package) should be placed in ux0:/data/easyrpg-player/rtp/2000 and ux0:/data/easyrpg-player/rtp/2003

Reporting bugs

This is a community provided port without official support. If you think you found a bug please verify that it also occurs in the official versions (e.g. on Windows or Linux). If this is the case please report an issue. If you can’t reproduce it this must be a Vita only bug. Please report it to Rinnegatamante instead. He also has a compatiblity list there and would be happy when you contribute.

 

Player for Nintendo 3DS

The Player arrives on a new platform: The Nintendo 3DS. As usual for such ports you need a console with homebrew support to launch it. You can grab a 3dsx and a CIA in our Download section (Continuous builds Other).

The biggest part of the porting work was done by Rinnegatamante. Without his help the port would be still a slow, silent and crashing prototype. Thanks a lot.

Due to 3DS hardware limitations lags and slowdowns should be expected. The Old 3DS can handle many games but playing it on the New 3DS will be more fun.

Installation

The same rules as for the Wii version apply: Place the game (the folder with the RPG_RT.ldb) directly in the 3dsx folder to launch the game standalone otherwise place the games in subdirectories to use a game browser.

The CIA searches for games in the folder sdcard:/3ds/easyrpg-player.

The RTP (RPG Maker 2000/2003 Runtime Package) should be placed in /data/rtp/2000 and /data/rtp/2003

You can create your own standalone games by embedding a game into the romfs. See this tutorial for instructions.

Known issues

File input/output is very slow. Games that load many graphics or sounds will have a very heavy slowdown.

MP3 and MIDI audio are not supported yet. This will come in another release in May, stay tuned.

Reporting bugs

This is a community provided port without official support. If you think you found a bug please verify that it also occurs in the official versions (e.g. on Windows or Linux). If this is the case please report an issue. If you can’t reproduce it this must be a 3DS only bug. Please report it to Rinnegatamante instead.

Enjoy!

Yume Nikki on Nintendo 3DS
Yume Nikki on Nintendo 3DS

You want to port to a platform that isn’t supported by Player yet? Contact us!

EasyRPG Player 0.4.1 “Blind Attack”

It’s time for the first bug fix release since December. The new release features a heavily improved event interpreter, many fixes to the battle system and other minor improvements.

But at first something completely different: In December one of our developers held a lightning talk at the 32c3. Check out the article and the slides. And there is the lightning talk:

One port that is not maintained by us, is for the Pandora. The user “Ingo Reis” has a Youtube channel where he showcases all the homebrew for the Pandora. Check out running “Zelda Links Awakening” (Inofficial RPG Maker version) on the Pandora:

(If you don’t see a video follow this link)

Now back to the changelog. As usual we group the detailed changes in our blog post in “Interpreter”, “Battle system” and “The other stuff” ;).

Interpreter

The way how interpreter updates are executed in the original engine was figured out via many hours of testing and using a tool we invented (“event tracer”). This probably fixed hundreds of games. The games we are aware of the got fixed are Doraemon: Nobita’s Resident Evil (#692), Dungeoneer: A Beautiful Escape (#677), the combat system of Violated Heroine and speaking with Marin in Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Read the details in the linked issue if you want to know, how chaotic the interpreter is: #753

Event movement speed/acceleration was too high due to a script bug (#762), which made the school hunt event in .flow unplayable:

Above/Below hero events that collide with the Player character are now triggered. This fixes the game Dyhortfight. (#661)

After defeating Orca the game Wadanohara did not continue properly. This was a bug in the way how win-handlers are executed. (#702)

Orca was defeated
Orca was defeated

Nyria can rescue her mother now in Vampires Dawn 2. This was caused by a quirk in the way how RPG Maker encodes events. (#724)

The game Embric of Wulfhammer’s Castle got many issues resolved:

  • The “Frame” (a strange RPG Maker 2003 feature which overlays a frame over the map and is not scriptable) got implemented (#694)
  • Tile opacity was not restored after loading a savegame (#695)
  • Scripted events did not continue properly after losing a fight. We are not sure how this got fixed, probably same issue as Wadanohora. (#682)
embric
Left: Old version without frame and incorrect transparency. Right: New, corrected version

After using an Inn in 7thjojo a black screen appeared. #769

The Sacred Tears: TRUE crashed in the savegame scene. This was due a bug in the reencoding of strings in movement commands. This bug got fixed in liblcf. (#556)

Issues in Doraemon: Nobita’s Resident Evil got fixed by improvements to the event interpreter and by implementing “Condition: Started by Action Key”

Ara Fell heavily relies on variable changes for the fade-in effect on the title screen. This way we found a performance bug: The Player always refreshed common events when variables were updated. This doesn’t make sense because common events are only influenced by switches. Now the title screen in Ara Fell is fading in smoothly. Another title crash was caused by another data structure optimization of RPG Maker, this time in terrain data. (#785)

Events can now jump onto the field of the Player when they are above or below the hero. This fixes a game breaking bug at the end of のび太戦記ACE (Nobisen ACE). (#822)

Picture rotations calculates the angle now correctly. (#722)

The interpreter holds execution now when a vehicle is (un)boarded. (#768).

The ATB flag for RPG Maker 2003 battles is now saved and toggling and checking via event commands works now. (#796)

Calling a non-existant Event page shows a warning now instead of crashing. (#689)

When a message contained a “kill” (\^) command and a choice the kill flag was not reset and killed the next message. (#783)

Using of “*.script.wav” files result in a more descriptive warning now because they require Ineluki’s Key Patch which is not implemented (#731).

Exit Game (RPG Maker 2k3 1.11 feature) returns now to the Game Browser (if available) instead of closing the Player (#791).

Battle system

The using of skills and items in battle was improved. This fixes problems in Vampires Dawn 2 and Embric of Wulfhammer’s Castle. This affected especially equipment (swords & co.) which contained a skill. (#732). Equipped equipment is also listed now in the item window and usable as a skill. (#745)

Battle music did not play in Embric of Wulfhammer’s Castle (#600). This was again a liblcf issue, the battle music was not correctly set after loading a savegame created with the original engine (RPG_RT).

Spell drain (e.g. Blut saugen/sucking blood in Vampires Dawn) was draining HP and not SP due to a typo (#808)

Inflicting states (e.g. Poison) broke due to a bug invented months before 0.4. This works again now and additional effects (HP drain when poisoned) got invented. (#815) Furthermore RPG Maker 2003 battles did not apply states at all (#764)

The “0” (zero) was not always rendered in the Gauge battle system (RPG Maker 2003) because we failed in math (#678), e.g. in Vampires Dawn 2:

Missing numbers in the gauge battle style
Missing numbers in the gauge battle style

Another problem with Vampires Dawn 2 was, that it does not use cursors for actor selections. Therefore it was not possible to see which actor is highlighted for items or skills. The highlighted actor flashes now like in the original engine.(#825).

A crash was fixed in OFF when fighting with an enemy group which spawned additional enemies. Also the gauge of invisible enemies is not updated anymore and heal skills invoked by enemies don’t deal damage to them anymore. #723

The “Rundumschlag” Skill always missed in Unterwegs in Düsterburg because it had a base damage of zero (#766)

Return of Touhou Mother locked up in battles because it uses “Get Midi Ticks” for timing (#744). This is still not 100% reliable, at least the combo system won’t work.

The “End battle” command was not ending battles (#741, #739)

After reviving a character the dead state was not correctly removed when the item/skill had a power of 0. The revived actor gets now 1 HP instead (#825).

We fixed many deadlocks (battle hangs and you must close the Player) many happening because of death in the battle system (#825):

  • After reviving an actor the dead animation was not reset to the idle animation, which resulted in a hang because the battle system waits until the actor returns to the idle animation.
  • When an enemy and an actor reached a full gauge the same time and the enemy does the turn and kills the actor the dead actor will get the turn and hang the battle. Dead actors get now a gauge of 0.
  • The algorithm for picking the next movable actor had an error in the way how it looped over the party resulting in dead actors being selected which hangs the battle like in the previous case.
  • Enemy Self Destruct and Enemy Escape actions hang the RPG Maker 2003 battle. (#763)
  • The GameOver event command resulted in an hang when used in battles, too. (#771)

The algorithm for battles got improved and supports now the following features (#826):

  • Attribute multiplier and resistance are supported now (e.g. Fire skills that are weak to water enemies)
  • Weapons respect the “Attack attributes” now for getting damage multipliers
  • Weapons can increase the critical hit rate
  • Weapons can inflict conditions
  • Weapon can ignore the target’s dodge rate
  • Weapons consume SP now when they have a SP cost and are used as a normal weapon.
  • Atk, Def & co. changes as results of skill/item damaged are applied now in battle. (#767)

Save

Saving the next script line instead of the current one as the next executable line. This resulted in problems in loops because this way loops got exited when the saving occurred while an interpreter was on the “Continue Loop” command. (#770)

The way how states (Dead, Poison, …) are saved by RPG Maker was incompatible to the way we stored them. This was adjusted and we write more proper savegames now. Together with other minor fixes savegames created by EasyRPG Player are usable in RPG Maker Runtime (RPG_RT) now (though, in some cases, we found more incompatibilities)! (#670)

Android

Starting from Android 4.4 (KitKat) the SdCard is not writable anymore by default. This rendered our additional game directory implementation almost useless. The save directory is redirected now to a directory on the internal storage to work around this issue. (#534, #726)
The architectures armeabi, x86 and mips are supported now. (#413)

Our App is now also available in Korean language (#790).

The buttons enter/cancel/shift were not usable anymore in the layout editor, because their names were not translated. (#777)

You can now send bug report emails from the in-game menu. This feature is heavily used since then and we already got hundreds of emails. Thank you for your help improving the Player!

Emscripten

Player Emscripten failed to download sound effects invoked via “Play Sound” in movement commands (#509)

Because the emscripten version downloads game resources asynchronous race conditions can occur when assets finish downloading out of order. This was resolved now by rewriting the downloader to abort requests, that are not required anymore (e.g. because they were on the previous map or the BGM was already stopped).

OS X

OS X had a tearing issue in fullscreen (#704)

Wii

The Wii port got some love, too. Debug log messages are not spammed on the screen anymore (#742) and overscan issues got fixed. (#743)

Misc

System background mode “tiled” got implemented (#479), now the menus render correctly in AE:

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Correct, tiled rendering mode in the background

Fixed equipment can’t be changed anymore in the Equip scene (#800)

The savegame path stayed at the toplevel directory when using the game browser (#750). When launching multiple games from the gamebrowser, the first engine of the first was used for all (#755).

Rendering issues for HP/MP got solved in RPG Maker 2003 games (#715), for example in El Heredero del Rey:

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The numbers are now readable

“F12” and “end game” stop now the music playback when returning to the title scene (#756).

The ICU data file got updated to support Thai. Thai itself is currently unusable in Player due to missing font support. But this is a first step. (#746) Another encoding problem got resolved in Nobita’s Biohazard (Korean version). Some files were not found (#649).

The Player is now packaged via the Open Build Service. (#499). You can download packages for your favourite Linux distributions.

We support now Windows RT. Read the previous blog post for additional information (#728).

We work around a bug in the audio library (SDL2_mixer) we use, which fixes MS ADPCM playback (#710).

liblcf

As mentioned earlier savegames in Sacred Tears broke due to an encoding bug in liblcf. (#155)

The message stretch settings was not written to the save game data. (#170)

Battle and other music effects were not correctly loaded from a savegame. (#173)

The ATB (for RPG 2003 battle) field was added. One field less to go. The savegame compatibility gets better and better! (#171)

The savegame parser is now more fault tolerant and should crash less when encountering bad savegames (#175)

For developers

  • The CMake build passes the C++11 flag now #737
  • Autotools generates proper (not tainted) tarballs now. #712
  • The “platform” subfolder got removed and the files are now stored in the src directory like all other files #772

EasyRPG Player 0.3.2 “Hornet”

This was a quick one. In 0.3.1 we found a critical bug that hung the Player when loading some maps. This version is codenamed “Hornet” because that’s the 3rd enemy in the official English RPG Maker 2000, in Don’s translation the 3rd one is “Spider”.

Besides this crash fix we also introduced some other improvements that didn’t finish on time before 0.3.1: Battle animations finally work as expected everywhere, this includes animations on the whole screen and animation on targets, additionally sound effects and flash effects are executed now (#365, #574)

Another interesting one broke ゆめ2っき (Yume2kki). This game faded out the screen at the beginning and then showed a message box which got instantly closed using “\^” and showed the screen again. So this message box was never visible and completely useless (same for the fade out/in), but the Player had a bug that had the closing logic of the window in the drawing code which was never called because it is faded out. Now the closing logic is in the normal update loop and the game finally starts. It seems this game was designed on purpose to break the Player :D. (#577)

Music was not playing in the battle in OFF. The cause for this was that many parts of the Player code used the Database default music/sound effects and not the ones in the savegame data (the ones that can be altered via events). A gigantic “Search & Replace” resolved this issue everywhere. (#581)

Another annoying bug that crashed the Player randomly after ending a battle since a long time and nobody ever found a reason for is #580. But the cause is finally found: It happens when a battle animation plays on the map while the battle is started. But this is finally resolved so you must not be afraid of that crash anymore :)

Games that used bitmaps with a width that was not a multiple of four were rendered incorrectly. This affected the game “Mimicry Man”. (#583)

liblcf got some more chunks documented. These chunks are not yet used by the Player, but will be in a future release. Thanks to Cherry for the help! (#152)

 

EasyRPG Player 0.3.1 /\../\

The hot days are over and the developers move from outside to inside again. The result is the next bugfix release 0.3.1 (Codename: /\../\ (Bat), the flying friend of slime).

The most significant changes are as usual: Interpreter and battle improvements resulting in the best version of EasyRPG Player by now.

Another guy who likes bats is the main protagonist, “The Batter” in OFF. This game is now compatible with EasyRPG Player. Bat (0.3.1) makes the battles with The Batter and his bat better. Everything is better with Batter. Sorry for the bat puns :)

Besides OFF the following popular games got fixed: The battle against Sal in Wadanohara, drinking blood in Vampires Dawn, the intro of Vampires Dawn 2 (rescue your mother).

Yeah we know that the German community says that Vampires Dawn is overrated but for testing the battle system of the Player it’s great.

Just retest your favourite game, maybe it works now, too?

Events

In terms of events some really significant features were implemented.

  • Fix issues with Change Tilemap command (#495)
  • Characters on lower layer can pass the Hero now. (#486)
  • When using more then 50 pictures the picture data got corrupted and the Player crashed (#485)
  • Message command “\!” (pause) printed sometimes the next character (#515)
  • The ESC key was not recognized by Ahriman’s prophecy (#433)
  • The command “Continue event execution” when combined with a Move command does not result in random dead locks anymore, this happened e.g. in Unterwegs in Düsterburg before fighting any random encounters. (#344)
  • When the hero is moved by an event and touches “On touch” events on his route these touch events are now executed when the event that executed the move route ends (#331)
  • Another game that got fixed thanks to these changes is “Vampires Dawn 2”. When Nyria comes back to her house at the beginning you got an instant game over before because the timer did not start.
    Basicly these improvments fixed probably hundreds of games.

Battle System (#482, #552)

General battle improvements

  • Normal attacks can hit critical now
  • The enemy can now use skills that target a single battler
  • The enemy can now use the abilities: Escape, Charge and Defend (#330)
  • Probability calculations are respected [A]-[E]
  • States are partially supported
  • Support for “States auto heal after X turns”
  • Multi-target skills only cost the MP once, not for each target (#399)
  • Correct battle interpreter page execution order for RPG2k (#483), RPG2k3 is more complex and still executing incorrectly
  • Visual bugs in battle animations fixed
  • Actors with auto attack (condition) auto attack now ;)
  • Support for skills doing absorb

RPG2k3 battle related battle improvements

  • Support for battle styles alternative and gauge in RPG2k3
  • Actors with animation type “battle animation” work now (before only “Character pose” was working)
  • The actor animations respect the state now
  • Automatic placement of actors improved, was before totally wrong, but is still not correct :(
  • Interpreter supports Fork conditions “Last action” and “Actor/Enemy turn”, this fixes the tutorial battle in the game “OFF” and the battle against Sal in “Wadanohara”. (#529)
Gauge battle style and actors are displayed as battle animations
Gauge battle style and actors are displayed as battle animations
The judge is happy about the new battle interpreter
The judge is happy about the new battle interpreter

Other changes

  • RTP of the official English RPG Maker 2000 release is now used when installed
  • Tone change “Saturation” looks now correct and is faster then before. (#357)
  • Medicine and material items supported in Item scene (#524, #525)
  • Fixed a regression that resulted in rendering errors of the bottom window frame (#544)
  • Render priority for Star (☆) tiles fixed (#333, #546). This was a very old one, you probably noticed it while walking under trees, the character sometimes appeared over the tree for a few frames.
  • Minor bugs in the Ordering and the Shop scene fixed (#547)
  • The Filefinder on non-Windows systems failed to find files that were in subdirectories. Placing files in subdirectories is not officially supported by the RPG Maker editor (#543).
  • Remove bottom-half transparency from RPG Maker 2003 1.10 (English release) (#539)
  • The maximal values for HP is now 9999 for 2003 (was 999). Same for Exp (now: 9,999,999, was 999,999)

Android

  • Improved game browser, changing the encoding is now more obvious
  • Prevent screen from shutting down resulting in a hang (#493)
  • Because of inconsistent behaviour among devices the menu is now called with the Back-button instead of the Menu-button. (#511)
  • How-to-Use Popup on first run (#512)
  • .nomedia file added to prevent that RPG Maker graphics and music appear in Gallery or Music app (#532)

Emscripten (the web version)

  • Website redesign (#504)
  • Games with non-ASCII (e.g. Japanese) file names work now (#508)

Mac OSX

  • The OSX-build is now distributed via homebrew.

Nintendo 3DS Version?

Maybe you saw the video we linked on twitter but we don’t have any new announcements to make about this port, it’s still not usable, sorry.

liblcf

  • Nothing special here, some incorrect default values were adjusted and some fields renamed.

EasyRPG Player 0.3 “Slime”

We are happy to announce the next major EasyRPG Player release. We want to thank all our developers for the huge amounts of time they invested in improving the Player. The new release is called “slime” everyones favourite enemy. You can get it in our download section. But what is the 2nd most popular enemy? You will see when 0.3.1 comes out.

Official RPG Maker 2003 release

Before we write about the new features we have an annoucement to make. It was a really unexpected news for all of us: An official English version of RPG Maker 2003 was released. Instead of using an illegal fan translation you can buy a legal version now. This is basicly your only option because our own editor is still far away from being in a usable state. (No we were never in contact with Enterbrain and are not payed for this statement). We read that the sourcecode got lost. Therefore they have to use binary patches. This means the risk that gigantic new features are provided is reduced – Which is good for us. The new English RTP is automatically detected by the Player (#454), games made with the new version will work as good as the old ones.

New features

Now back to the new major release. It brings many important features, some of them were completely missing before, these are:

Vehicles

Vehicles (#219) was one of most important missing feature, breaking many games depending on them. A well known game broken directly at the beginning by this was Don Miguels Sample Game, you can now cross the lake together with Marcus! The implementation includes boarding/unboarding, vehicle teleport, on board music change, save and load position support, airship terrain based landing check and system graphics based airship shadow (#434, #436, #441).

Don crossing the sea
Don crossing the sea

Map loop

Another important feature implemented is the endless scroll map, vertical, horizontal or both. This was required by some games to work properly and some of them didn’t work without this at all. The implementation includes support of special movements, like jumping between loop edges, and takes care of event picture, panorama and camera movement. This change makes the dreams in Yume Nikki finally completely enjoyable. (#455, #457)

Battle improvements

The battle system is one of the most complex and most commonly used parts of RPG Maker. We added further additions to our implementation, including: Items dropped by defeated enemies are now added to the party’s inventory (#398) and multi-use items are really multi-use now (#420). Some skills crashed the game when used (#405).

When a timer reaches 0:00 the battle ends now. This is a strange behaviour because there is no way to call a timer based event in battle. But that’s the RPG2k way.

The event interpreter got some bug fixes: The command “End battle” is now supported (#393) and weather/tone effects are visible now on-screen (#396). The condition checks “Monster/Hero can act” and “enemy hp” were broken (#367)

We also fixed a deadlock that sometimes occured in the RPG2k3 battle system. (#474)

Save

As you know RPG Maker uses a binary format and we try to figure out the fields to improve compatibility. Our main problem is still the save file because we are the only ones who try to figure out the format. We don’t provide our own format but are compatible with the original RPG Maker savefiles. There were many new fields discovered, some statistic:

In 0.2.2 release we had 1103 chunks in all binary formats (LDB, LMU, …) of which 81 were unknown (92.66% known). Now with 0.3 new chunks were discovered resulting in a total of 1122, of which 31 are unknown (97.24% known). Yes, 19 new chunks were discovered, it’s possible that we discover even more. (#128, #132 and #133)

  • A nasty bug preventing parallel events from continuing after loading got resolved. (#474)
  • Fix savegame corruption for Russian games when encoding was specified in RPG_RT.ini file (#139)

Android

If you checked the PlayStore the last weeks you probably noticed that we made some updates to the Player. Thanks to a new developer (BlisterBoy) the Android version got significant improvements. He added support for the long-awaited button mapping, now you can enjoy all RPG Maker 2000/2003 because all buttons are available on the screen if you want. (#443)

Besides these there were some minor improvments:

  • Accessing the settings for changing encoding crashed the program when the INI file was missing (#435)
  • Support for Joysticks (#392)
  • German and French translation (#412)

Further extensions like support for different game directories and game/engine dependend will come later because our Android developer is currently busy with real life.

Run in the Web

As already mentioned in an earlier blog post EasyRPG Player runs now inside your web browser. This port was further improved and supports now asynchronous loading of assets. That means not the whole game is downloaded during start up which significantly improves the loading times. All images and music is downloaded on demand and map files are downloaded while the transition plays. Save files are locally stored, they are lost when you clear the local storage of your browser (#389, #417, #425 and #462).

How about playing a round of Ib? More games will come! We can also help you in releasing your own RPG Maker games to the web. Just contact us!

You will need an up-to-date browser. Firefox runs the games a bit better then Chrome. This could change when new versions of the web browser are released.

Other

Now about other fixes that don’t fit anywhere else:

The most funny one is probably a Polish fan translation of RPG Maker that translated a bit too much. The “stop music” event specified by file name “(OFF)” was translated as “(Brak)”. The Player accepts now both strings. (#391)

  • Frame skipping is now more smooth (FPS stay constant). Before frameskip was speeding up and slowing down the game which felt strange (#287)
  • PNG transparency was incorrectly applied in some cases. (#358, #430)
This is me reading the libpng docs
This is us reading the libpng docs
    • Referencing a variable indirectly via another variable wasn’t working correctly (#387)
    • Transparent textshadow color in Wadanohara fixed. (#394)
    • Common events were reset during map change. In Vampires Dawn this resulted in recasting of transformations after each map change (#402)
    • Switch items (e.g. save stones in VD) were not consumed. Same for skills of type switch. (#403, #404)
    • Timers are now visible on screen (#406)
    • Support for ThisEvent in CommonEvent (references callee of CommonEvent instead of crashing) (#412)
    • RPG2k VALUE (a newer version of RPG2k) uses a different way to encode the Key Input Event (“Enter password” in Don’s translation).  (#424)
    • Rendering of some sprites/tiles was off-by-one pixel (#428)
    • MoveForward moves now always correctly, map passability fixes and animation speeds more consistent with RPG_RT (#451)
    • Too many games relied on RPG Maker ignoring access to switch/variable 0, which is an invalid index. EasyRPG doesn’t warn about this access on-screen anymore. (#458)
    • 32 new chinese characters and Wong sign added to built in shinonome font (#464)
    • Bush depth (Character bottom becomes transparent over bush tiles) implemented (#468)
    • KeyInput command was improved. The game NASU (included with YumeNikki) is now playable! (#469)

liblcf

Most changes in our lcf parsing library were support for new chunks mentioned earlier under “Saves”.

  • We fixed a bug in the number parsing code that broke a few games (because the database failed to parse) (#128)

EasyRPG Player 0.2.2 “Brian”

After some months, here is a new maintenance release of the RPG Maker 2000/2003 game interpreter. This release has been focused on bugfixes though it adds some new features.

What is new for users?

Hangul support for Korean games. Before this release, all games using Korean characters were unreadable. The Baekmuk Gulim font glyphs have been added to cover them (#336). Nobody of the team speaks Korean, however we want to support all games possible written in any language.

Gray Garden Korean translation
Korean translation of the Gray Garden game

There is also initial work to add missing Traditional Chinese glyphs, designed by Dmytro Kushnariov (#359)

Fixed major bug regressions introduced in previous releases:

  • Fixed shop’s invalid item bug and refresh sell window when opening it (#305)
  • Fixed sprite flashing (#300)

Fixed picture rotation (position and initial angle) (#310)

Implemented rest (fade out and fade in) in the inn (#313)

Fixed Battle related features:

  • Battle: Added fatigue trigger, fixed hp trigger and cleaned battle_calling to make battle command interpreter work (#326)
  • Battle: Fixed the acquisition of battle backgrounds (#304)

Maps and tile related:

  • Implemented Save (Allow/Forbid/As in parent) map property (#293)
  • Improved tile animation speed (#306)
  • Regenerate autotiles cache after a new chipset is setup (#313)

Messages:

  • Fixed message flags clearing (#313)
  • Show gold window during inn prompt, skip prompt if price is 0 (#313)
  • Implemented closing windows animation (#313)
  • Fixed face not cleared after the event execution ends (#340)
  • Fixed font color when changing game system graphics (#345)
Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea
Fixed font color was affecting Wadanohara game

Multiple fixes and implementations in the event interpreter:

  • Improve animation speed (#235)
  • Fixed hero facing when triggered (#235)
  • Use the prelock direction for spinning animation like in RPGM (#235)
  • Use middle frame pattern when changing a character’s graphic (#235)
  • Update self movements when GetContinueEvents is true and reset move_route_repeated flag when a new move route is forced (#280)
  • Update interpreter after each autostarting event is set up (#280)
  • Stop event processing during transitions (#313)
  • Prevent destruction of parallel interpreters when map is refreshed and that interpreter is currently running (#325)
  • Fixed delayed deallocation when there are multiple parallel interpreters (#327)
  • Use the through-bool only for Through mode in movement events (#321)
  • Implemented transparent flag for Events (#302)
  • Implemented bush depth for character sprites and fix screen center (#326, #361)

Fixes to menu related issues:

  • Fixed segfault when item ID > max ID in Equip menu (#337)
  • Don’t play menu sound on cancel if menu access is not allowed (#289)
  • Always draw equipment stats (even when ’empty’ item is chosen) (#329)

Added Keypad 0 as Cancel button (#301)

Added MIDI support in OpenAL backend (#308)

Improved loading performance for some games by avoiding recursive folder mapping when not needed (#326)

Building: Patches for SDL and SDL_mixer were backported from Hg for Windows and Android to fix audio and wave issues (#353)

liblcf: Fixed various crashes when loading invalid data size blocks from some games (#120, #121)

Android: Added external gamepad device support.

What is new for developers?

Added code documentation generation option (Doxygen) to Autotools build (#323)

EasyRPG Player 0.2.1 “Carol”

The last month was filled with lots of activity on the Player development side. Therefore we decided to publish the first bugfix release. The compatibility should have significantly increased compared to 0.2.

What is new for users?

One of the more exciting features is the automatic encoding detection. This basicly means that you don’t have to set the encoding manually (via Encoding option in RPG_RT.ini) for games that are not from your region. In our tests we couldn’t find any games where the detection fails, but the manual setting is still supported. This also resolves a problem with the wave dash (~) in japanese games which was mapped to the wrong unicode character. (#258)

Lots of movement related issues were resolved:

  • Pictures locked to a map position are supported now (#44)
  • Events face the hero now when triggered. Movement mode “spinning” added and movement with fixed orientation (#253)
  • Fix passability between events of the same layer (#259)
  • Fix HaltAllMovement with repeating move routes (#259)
  • Improve jumping, allow to jump on the same tile (#259)
  • Always block player movements when a window message is shown (#259)
  • Don’t cancel forced move routes when a new page is set up (#259)

Fixes for the event interpreter:

  • Events on the upper layer (above hero) with “On Touch” trigger execute now (#264)
  • Fix rendering for tiles when replace tile command is used. The game Tetrix 3 uses this feature in a quite clever way: It uses two tiles for a bridge that are looking the same but have different attributes (“circle” and “star” flag). When the player walks over the bridge the circle tile is used and when driving by boat under the bridge the star tile is used (#142)
  • Fix incorrect termination of parallel processes (#255)
  • Fix passability of upper layer characters over the hero (#265)
  • Fix counters (tiles with “counter” flag) (#274)
  • The Tone command was sometimes displaying wrong colors (#265)

Improvements to Image handling:

  • Some BMP images contained invalid header data and failed loading (#248)
  • The image type is now determined by reading the header. Image files with incorrect extensions (e.g. BMP files that are actually PNG) load now (#163)
  • The Player loads a dummy image (checkerboard) now when an image is not found instead of terminating (#32)
  • When a picture was loaded twice, one time with transparency flag and the second without, the second picture was transparent, too. (#86)
  • If a graphic didn’t have a file assigned the Player falls back to sane defaults now (#139)
Checkerboard for missing graphic
Checkerboard for missing graphic

Improvements to Audio handling:

  • The type of audio files is now detected by reading the header. This allows e.g. playing of “MOD” files with WAV extension (RPG_RT got this feature via the Audieremony patch) (#74)
  • Fade in support (except on Windows due to a platform bug) (#62)
  • Increase channel limit from 8 to 32 to prevent “no free channels available” warnings. (#247)

Our Font got full Cyrillic and Latin Extended A to cover all Central and Eastern European languages (#245)

Russian game
Russian game (look at the beatiful parallax mapping!)
Polish game
Polish game

Messages:

  • The “gradient” color from System graphic was misaligned for wide chars and symbols. (#145)
  • Because of the way Japanese and Korean are encoded they use Yen (¥) and Won (₩) symbols instead of backslash (\) for message commands. These command triggers are now supported (#259)
  • Show faces on the right side and choice input was broken due to a regression introduced in 0.2 (#246)
  • In TestPlay mode messages can be fast-forwarded by pressing the Shift key (#196)

Skills that change switches were implemented. (#274)

Allow creation of Monsters without graphics (#125)

The Menu scene got some bugfixes:

  • Cursor position in Save/load menu fixed (#265)
  • Using null/empty items, skills or equipment doesn’t crash anymore (#254)

Map and Battle transitions are supported now and the default transition speed was adjusted.

The Title scene window position was fixed, the opening animation speed adjusted and HideTitle command is supported now (#49)

Our FileFinder supports files in subdirectories now (this isn’t officially supported by the RPG Maker editor but somehow works in RPG_RT). Yen and Won are supported as folder seperators now (same issue as for message commands) (#259)

Handling of the RTP was improved:

  • A warning is now displayed when there is no RTP found and RPG_RT.ini doesn’t contain FullPackageFlag=1. (#247)
  • More RTP 2003 translations supported. (#244, #283, #291)
  • Fix WINE registry UTF-16 parsing (#238) and add fallback support (#250)

The Android port was updated. Get it from the Play Store or get the APK from our download section.

  • Support for Xperia Play buttons (#232)
  • The select region menu (long press on item) got an autodetect option and contains more regions/languages now (#291)
  • INI writer corrupted the INI file when [EasyRPG] was the last line (#291)
  • MIDI playback tempo is now correct. A patch for SDL2_mixer (The audio lib we use) was backported to fix this (#291)
  • The OSD buttons were hard to see and are now less transparent (#291)
  • Timidity now ships directly in the apk. MIDI playback works now without any additional user interactions. (#291)
  • Added (highly experimental) standalone mode. This allows distributing of RPG Maker 2000/2003 games inside a single .apk. We will give more details about this in a later blogpost because there are still some issues we have to resolve. (#291)

The Wii port had outdated libraries and wasn’t completly working anymore. User carstene1ns was so kind to update them for us.

The on screen console supports linebreaks now (#256).

The command line interface got a new argument –start-party option to overwrite starting party members and the Player was crashing for arguments requiring values when no value was passed (#259).

The Linux distribution Mageia provides now a RPMs for the Player (maintained by Akien). Note that there are also AUR packages for Arch Linux since a longer time (maintained by carstene1ns).

What is new for developers?

The Player got an experimental double resolution mode. (#249)

Our jenkins system supports now building of pull requests. This allows faster reviewing of new code contributons if they work correctly on our major platforms.

We were mentioned in the Press

The japanese website Gigazine posted a very detailed tutorial about correctly configuring our Android port. The related tweet was retwetted more then 300 times. Thanks for this great article!

Our project got a page in the magazine “Advanced RPG Maker: Issue 3” on rpgmaker.net.

Somebody mentioned us on Hackernews which resulted in a small discussion.

Shoutouts to that japanese person who recommends our Android Player over Neko RPGXP and Choco R2k Player (another RPG2k/2k3 interpreter) because it doesn’t want internet permission and is not from a korean developer.

 

 

EasyRPG Player 0.2 “Alex”

Only 5 months behind schedule we are glad to announce the next stable release: Version 0.2

This version is named after everyones favourite hero “Alex”.

What is new for users?

As already stated in the Android post in December, SDL2 is used now. The major differences you will notice is that you can play now in fullscreen mode without having resolution changes, so all graphics are perfectly sharp and pixelated now :).

The Android port is now also distributed via the Google Play Store. The account is managed by our developer lobomon. Because the updates are uploaded by hand and are verified everytime by Google before publishing the releases are usually some days behind. You can find more up-to-date ones on our website in the download section.

Battle System (and random encounters) for RPG Maker 2000 and 2003 (#218) with some limitations:

  • Only traditional battle style supported for RPG2k3
  • Battle event interpreter not well tested
  • Conditions (Poison, Sleep, …) unsupported
  • Some battle commands unsupported (you get a warning in that case)
RPG Maker 2000 Battle System
RPG Maker 2000 Battle System
RPG Maker 2003 Battle System
RPG Maker 2003 Battle System

Support for saving and loading (#186). The files are written in the LSD format. In theory they are compatible with the original RPG_RT. Because the LSD-format is not fully understood yet, not all data is saved/loaded yet (we support ~75% of the data), but should be good enough for most cases. As a side effect the arbitrary 50 pictures limit was removed.

All missing move commands implemented (diagonal movement and jumping). Further more some issues with incorrect passability checks (Whether you can (not) walk on a tile) were fixed and the movement frequency is now more accurate when compared with RPG_RT (#224).

Support for half-width cyrillic fonts in our built in font “shinonome” (#216).

Russian language support (old: left, new: right)
Russian language support (old: left, new: right)

Support for command line arguments (See wiki page for further details, #225).

The game title is now read from the RPG_RT.ini and displayed in the title bar (#52).

When returning to the title scene (via End Game or F12) some data was not reset (#192).

In TestPlay mode pressing F11 opens the save scene.

The annoying, game blocking warnings messages are replaced with a quake-like drop down console and therefore don’t halt the game anymore. As a side effect you get full unicode support in the messages (e.g. for asian languages). (#193).

New output
New output

What is new for developers?

Readers was renamed to liblcf and relicensed to MIT license.

Improvements in the build system. The Player and liblcf should compile on more linux distributions now.

The makefiles for the PSP (Playstation Portable) build were removed. Nobody contacted us in the last years to maintain the (broken) PSP build.

Anything else?

Yepp. MarianoGNU is working on a new editor called “Editor-Qt“. It is making good progress but is Not really in a usable state yet, but you can grab the Windows binary from our jenkins system. The Linux version will be released later.

Editor Qt
Editor Qt
Editor Qt Database
Editor Qt Database

Gameplay Video: Battle system on Android