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RPG Maker for Teens [Paperback]

Michael Duggan

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May 31 2011 For Teens
Make your RPG ideas come to life! RPG MAKER FOR TEENS shows teens and other beginners how to create their very own role-playing games, sword-and-sorcery quest games that feature turn-based combat, inventories full of unique weapons and armor, and fierce monsters prowling in dungeons. Using RPG Maker VX, a complete computer game application software, means that prior programming experience is not required. You'll follow easy-to-understand instructions and hands-on tutorials as you first build a sample game, and then your very own RPG as you work your way through the book. With RPG MAKER FOR TEENS, you'll learn everything you need to create fun, fantasy RPGs that you can play and share with others, including how to build a game world, invent characters, stage battles, put together quests, and edit and publish your finished game.

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Introduction. 1. What is a Fantasy RPG? 2. Making a Fantasy RPG. 3. Building Game Worlds. 4. Placing NPCs and Writing Dialogue. 5. Setting Up Events. 6. Adding Custom Game Elements. 7. Staging Enemy Encounters. 8. Quest Design. 9. What Next? Glossary. Index.

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Michael Duggan is an Oklahoma-born author and illustrator with a background in game and web design. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in Game Art and Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Michael currently lives in the Ozark Mountains with his wife and step-kids and is an applications developer and digital media instructor at North Arkansas College.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Software missing, otherwise nice intro! Aug. 6 2011
By Erik1988 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
My teen is going through The Game Maker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginnersand is loving it. These are more action based games that teaches him basics of programming logic and handling if/then type of statements, timers, some collisions, etc. He's really latched onto it and even though he's done with the book he's experimenting with the current capabilities as he developed his own Tron Light Cycle type of game. He's eventually moving into 2D and 3D scrollers with the second book in the series The Game Maker's Companion, ISBN 1430228261 (not sure why I can't link that book here).

When I received this book for review I had high expectations when comparing it with the other books.
But we find ourselves playing RPG's and MMO's more times than not, so I was hopeful.

1) Book is easy to read with lots of illustrations and black-n-white pictures

2) Nice introduction to the "team" of engineers used these days to develop a game. Thus there is a nice talk about the multiple career options one can pursue in the development field. Working in the software field, I appreciated the time spent on explaining there are more jobs out there than just coders.

3) Recommended tools/resources (pg 80):
a) PC
b) an image editing program - you could use GIMP as a free program if you wish
c) a sound recording program - though of less quality, you could use Window's built in options
d) RPG Maker software - NO CD provided! You must download the 30-day trial. If you like it, then buy it for $60. A light-version to get through the exercises would have been better
e) Art supplies - drawing pencils, pens, markers and paper

4) The book then progresses by describing the elements of an RPG and the reader is led into the many elements of world-building. Having played pencil&paper RPGs for years (such as D&D) and having written a few fantasy stories (one short story published), I found the world building to be a great overview of the key areas needed for a fantasy rpg game.

5) Then we finally get to fire up the program and start designing our world from the top down.
First with the shape of your continent(s), then down to the city then town then inn level.
We eventually move into character creation, dialogue, levelling, storyline, combat and questing amongst other things.

6) The book wraps up with places you can publish your game in order to bring visibility to your work.

7) Even though 95% of everything is done through the GUI, there is some coding you can get into. I like how the foundation for RPG maker is based on Ruby/Pearl. Thus if my teen wanted to move onto more advance stuff, he could pickup books on these languages and go from there.

OVERALL:
Lacking from this book was a longer than 30-day copy of the software and exercise examples & sprites already provided. (yes, the full version already provides some stock sprites) You can get around these things, but realize there is an additional cost to the book.

Otherwise, I really like the logical progression of the book, the focus on RPGs, and the easy of use of the RPG Maker program.
I can't wait to give this book to my teen as I think he'll eat it up and it will be a good addition to the other types of game program he's been exposed to in the other books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone has learned from it Feb. 11 2013
By T. Generalao - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my 12 year-old daughter who wanted to make her own RPG 2 Christmases ago. She went from not knowing ANYTHING about making a game, to a couple games by summer. She is still using this book and has become a pro at RPG Maker. Great book for the youngster wanting to make an RPG.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so sure... Aug. 27 2011
By Mark Berela - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know if a teen with the aptitude for creating online RPG games will need a book like that. Likewise, a teen that does not have the aptitude may be tempted to read this book, but will find it to be 300+ of tedious reading. It is a very qualitative text. It does not discuss coding so much, as conceptually how to create a game. How to name characters. How to come up with a map for our game. Hints about face graphics. Creating personality. Etc. Most of these things will be hard to teach, and a simple text on the topic will not turn on the lights and make the creative juices flow. If your younger teen is interested in creating an RPG, he/se might be better served playing with a online game creating platform and getting hints from other games, YouTube, and online forums.
5.0 out of 5 stars great for everyone April 13 2014
By marcus haskin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
alot of the info is available online.............this book is worth every penny i spend way too much time trying to get simple questions answered before i found this book as a resource.
3.0 out of 5 stars n March 21 2014
By Kathryn A. Cardona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
purchased rpg maker for my grandson age 11 he read it fine but when we tried to download the software our computer anti virus software Norton claimed it was compromised and had a virus and would not let us download the software even tried to buy it after we paid for it it still would not download ended up contacting my c/c company and quit trying to download the software so we will try another software that is downloadable, contacted rpg maker and they said was our problem and Norton anti virus!.I would not recommend the software the book was great.
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