Degica, the localizer and distributors of the RPG Maker games to the English market have today announced two new services for fans of the RPG development software which depending on your intended game design and design skills, may prove to be quite useful. The first in their Members+ service which you can purchase in either yearly installments ($42.00 every 12 months) or trimonthly installments ($14.00 every 3 months). This service provides you with the following extras (Descriptions taken from official website):
1. Access to additional custom resources:
You’ll have access to some of the most talented RM resource creators out there. You, and the other Member+’s, will have a special requests forum where you can make suggestions for new resources. We’ll take your suggestions and release regular resource packs. You are free to use these resources for your personal or commercial projects.
2. 20-40% Discounts on Future Purchases:
As a Member+, you’ll be able to pick up anything from the RPG Maker store at a heavily discounted price.
3. Promotion for your Games/Projects:
Host your games via the new RPG Maker Download Center. We’ll be going through submissions on a regular basis and featuring our favourite ones on the site, blog, and newsletter.
4. A Blog
Always wanted your own blog or dev diary? Didn’t want to worry about setting up a site or hosting? We’ve got you covered! Set up a blog and start posting within minutes.
5. Special Usergroup and Badge for Forums
Pimp your forum profile with a new usergroup and Badge designed exclusively for the Member+ program.
6. Improved File Manager
Faster downloads and more upload space for the RPG Maker Download Center.
10% of all Member+ proceeds will be donated to the Child’s Play Charity which aims to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world. For more information on this program, visit the official website for it HERE. While it might not be for the casual RPG developer, those who are looking to develop something a little more serious may consider it to be a worthwhile investment.
The second item on offer is for those of you who want to set your RPG’s in more modern times. The company also released the RPG Maker Modern Day Resource Pack for RPG Maker VX Ace, bridging the gap between the numerous fantasy-inspired sets on offer and the few more modern designs that was perhaps one limitation of the RPG Maker series. This set will contain a base set of tiles for the construction of a city (Roads, Streetlights the works) and home development. The following is what they are promoting as on offer:
Modern Day Tiles Base Set
This Resource Pack contains Two Tiles (An inner set and an outer set). Each set comes with auto-tiles for buildings/walls, floor tiles, and various objects.
The Inner Tiles have objects for Kitchen, Living Room, Bedroom, Bathroom.
The Outer Tiles have objects for traffic (signs, lights) as well as decorative town items (benches, streetlights)
This set can be purchased for $6.99 – following which they can be used in both commercial and non-commercial RPG Maker projects. A license for using this set alone for other game-developing engines other than Enterbrain’s RPG Maker series and IGM can be purchased at a cost of (As of this post) $39.99.
For more information on this set, check out its official website HERE.