Recolored Aero

March 29, 2008 at 10:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I realize I haven’t updated in quite some time… Unfortunately, the month of March has not yielded a whole lot of progress for The Blue Star. I have several new VGM projects amongst other things that have monopolized my time as of late. But just this past week I jumped back in again… can’t stay on hold forever! I decided to redo Izaya… I was inspired by the excellent mapping in some of the projects over at rmxp so I took it upon myself to improve my technique. I’ve learned a few things:

Izaya with sunbeams
(This is my new version of Izaya… the sunbeam fog is purely cosmetic right now, I haven’t figured out how to add it in game yet)

-The more water you can work onto the map, the better. Streams cutting randomly through things, waterfalls adorning the mountainside, etc. It makes everything look nicer.
-Rounded and diagonal autotiles go a LONG way in making a map look more professional. The original RTP water autotiles are square, causing your streams to look like blocky staircases. I spent countless hours trying to make my streams look decent before, but with rounded ATs it’s so much easier.
-Fogs, especially animated ones can really add to a project. I played one game called “Imagine a World” that made excellent use of moving sunbeams and clouds, and now I really want to learn how to implement something like that into my game. I have scripts for lighting particles that I should really take advantage of too.
-What seems cluttered and repetitive might actually make the map look better. At first I tried my best not to reuse tiles (like, you’d never see 2 of the same flower on the screen at a time if it could be helped). But after playing some rmxp demos, I noticed that really nice looking maps often utilized the same tile over and over again (trees and bushes for example), and it actually made it look great! So I tried it out for myself and low and behold, it improved my map!

I was also very thankful for the help of Sharky who recolored Aero for me. Now she blends well with the RTP…

Recolored Aero

Demo!!!

March 1, 2008 at 9:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

                          
So happy I am to announce that the Blue Star v.0.1 Demo is finally online and ready for download! You can find it at the “demo” section of this website… don’t forget to also download the rpg maker xp RTP (you won’t be able to play without it)… there’s a link to that download above the demo. I hope you enjoy it! I wanted to write more about it, but I’m so tired, so I think I’ll save that for tomorrow. I’ll probably also work on a project thread for the forums tomorrow. I’ve never done one of those before… but I’m somewhat excited to finally have something to post 😛

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