Pixel Tutorials
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Walk Cycles, Part 3

Jan 2 15

In my previous pixel tutorials, we explored the basic walk cycle. We looked at the differences between the 3-frame and 4-frame walk cycles, and finally completed a smooth 8-frame cycle for a front-facing sprite. The lift-plant-push motion of the legs, which we discussed at length, is the key motion for the walk animation. This is the […]

Walk Cycles, Part 2

May 24 14

Whew. It’s been a while, but I’m here with the follow-up tutorial on Walk Cycles. Make sure to check out the previous tutorial on the subject before continuing. In the previous tutorial, I went over what a walk cycle is. How they work, and how they are commonly implemented in video games. I discussed the […]

RPG Pixel Art: Working Fast

Apr 29 14

One of the things that I’m proud of is that I’m relatively quick when it comes to pixel art. Sure, most of that come from experience. But a lot of it has to do with my process. It’s especially useful for working on large-scale projects, such as RPGs, which can very quickly become overwhelming. Doing […]

Walk Cycles, Part 1

Dec 24 13

It’s been a while since my last pixel art tutorial (over a year! sorry guys!), in which I introduced the basic ideas of animation. It’s time we dive into animation itself, and we’re going to start off by looking at one of the most important animations in game development: the walk cycle. We’re going to be looking […]

RPG Maker

Video Tutorial: Password with Name Input

Mar 12 13

Learn how to create an event where the player must input a password. The event makes use of the ‘Name Input Processing’ command.

Video Tutorial: Steal Command

Feb 25 13

Learn how to use battle events to create a skill where the player can steal items from enemies. This tutorial is an introduction to battle events and random variables.

Game Design

A look at Skyborn

Mar 29 14

I recently played Skyborn. It’s one of the more attractive commercial RPG Maker games out there, and there’s been a lot of talk about it, mostly good. You can find it on Steam. Still, I wasn’t expecting much from Skyborn. I’m pretty critical of RPG Maker games, and despite the impressive steampunk aesthetic, I wasn’t sure […]

A look at South Park: The Stick of Truth

Mar 6 14

So yesterday I beat South Park: The Stick of Truth. I loved it. I’ve always been a fan of South Park—its blend of cultural satire and immature toilet humor usually works surprisingly well. And I enjoy how episodes often call back to previous episodes. There’s a continuity to the series, which isn’t something that people […]

Your Fantasy Setting: The Law

Feb 7 14

Yo. I haven’t written about Your Fantasy Setting in a while. Last time I did one of these, we talked about economy, and fleshing out your game’s world by thinking about the role of trade and currency. Today, let’s look at another aspect of your fantasy setting: the law. Sure, on some level, you’ve likely […]

Managing Resources Part Three

Jan 28 14

Today is the final part of a three-part article series about implementing and managing resources in your game. If you haven’t been following along, check out the first two articles in the series. Part one discussed the nature of resources in games, and went into some detail about different types. Part two dove deep into […]


Podcast #19: Side Content

May 30 14

This week, Despain, ReynardFrost, and Kilim enthusiastically dive into the subject of side content. What kind of side content is right for a game, the pros and cons of the positioning of the extras in your game, and the integration of side content into the main game. Check it out. Like us on Facebook to keep up with new […]

From the Blog

The newest RPG Maker program, RPG Maker MV, was recently released. I don’t like RMMV’s UI– it feels awkward and outdated, especially when compared to other modern software like Photoshop, Game Maker Studio, etc. I also feel like RMMV really missed the opportunity for lots of improvements to the program; things that seem like no-brainers. […]

So I recently made a game in 30 days for an indie game competition. Here’s the game page (with screenshots and download, etc): Symbiote Today, I want to talk about the player animations in Symbiote. One of my main goals with the game was to have really solid and fluid animations for the player. I […]

Symbiote Game

Aug 6 15

Hey guys! I’ve been CRAZY busy the last month, busting my ass to make this game. This is my entry for the 2015 Indie Game Maker Contest. There’s more about the contest here on GameDevFort. If you enjoy the game, consider voting for it! :) So the game I’ve made is SYMBIOTE. It’s an adventure-platformer, […]

Man O War Beta

Apr 4 15

So I made a thing. Over the past week, I’ve been teaching myself to program (with the help of my friend Nate). This is a little game that I’ve been working on. You might wanna check it out. This thing is technically in a “beta” state. I don’t know yet exactly what I’m going to […]

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