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Visual Novel Maker's creators announced they'll release the VN design program next year (instead of this fall). They say they're tweaking and wanting to deliver the best program. Is anyone else interested in using this software?
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This going on the assumption that just like all programs that have easier basics, VN maker will be more difficult to grasp once you're no longer working within the range of what they're offering you. For example I can assume that importing original sprites will immediately be more difficult than with Ren'py. I have seen such increased difficulty for novices/noobs like me before when working with seemingly more accessible programs, once you hit an error or problem though that's when you're just completely stuck without any chance of fixing it. Take for example Steam itself, it does seem like an easier system for downloading games but there's this bug that prevents me from going to any of the pages of the recently uploaded free games section except for the first one. Steam just freezes until I decide to go another section. Unlike a regular site I have no way of fixing that or even knowing where the problem lies.
VN maker pro's:
-Those sprites and backgrounds that are creative commons already uploaded within the game, starting VN makers who don't have artistic skills will have it much easier to make a basic highschool game because they won't even need to look in the CC section around here.
-The coding does seem easier to understand and apply for noobs like me, though whether it's actually easier in practice is a whole different matter. And unlike ren'py which spreads across a few different programs (Ren'py, Editra, something to write in like Word, something to draw in) everything can be done in one program.
-I saw it also allows animation as a standard feature with CC, that'll be a big plus for any new developers looking for a format to work with.
VN maker cons:
-I expect it will be more rigid through it's design of being more easily accessible. Yes, you can do the things they offer much easier but once there's something not covered by them you can consider it impossible. For example if they don't have a 'moveinright' command or the possibility to input custom positions it will be significantly more difficult to implement these.
-As a result of point one, any team with a programmer will probably stick to/switch to Ren'py for its better customising so the more organised projects will probably stay around here.
-It'll cost money. That will discourage a lot of people just looking to dabble in making VN and seeing if they like it, especially the beginning writers whom I expect to benefit most from this program. Especially considering there are various free programs that can do and look pretty much the same minus the CC sprites.
I think the practical success will hinge on these factors:
-Whether they'll do the Creative Commons thing right. This seems to be the main attraction point of this program and they'll need a good, extensive and easily maneuvreable database of these STARS as they call them. If they won't offer medieval, feudal, scifi etc. sprites, bg, sounds etc. aside from the highschool ones then most developers will move on to another engine after one project. Plus each of these will need to be diverse enough to accomodate the developers tastes. As a result they will have to be downloadable content probably to prevent making the program itself too large for computers, and that presents the problem of making a good online shop to go along with this program. Enter the potential problem of paywall or insufficient choice.
-Whether the legal details around the project are clear and not problematic. If there are some troublesome legal issues around making commercial games with VN maker for example it will ruin them.
-Whether the easy looks of the game are actually easy to get into. Being easily excessible to newbies will be the most important factor of success here.
But personally, no. I don't plan on using VN maker in the future.
Want some CC sprites?
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But, well, I am currently engaged with Novelty and TyranoBuilder as in I have a ton of request that I have to make into video tutorial [if you are one of people I promise 'I will put your question into my to do list' then you know I am working on it, really...] so another engine will means more work for me lol.
Not too mention that I heard the price will be quite expensive [I don't use dollar here so yeah, I am the type that buy stuff on discount lol, that's how I get my TB 'w' ] and since I don't have credit card I will have to buy voucher offline, exchange it online using web to Steam voucher and then finally buy the stuff.
So yeah, tl;dr
If the price is right and I have time to play with another engine I will definitely buy it.
Everything is customizable, and it comes with ready to be used graphics if you're just a beginner. It's a point and click, but advanced users can script to do more fancy stuff, so there's always an option to tweak and adjust the way you want things to look like.
If I wasn't already using an engine for my project, I'd use VNM. Should hopefully have an official release soon!
The release date basically hinges on the helpfile documentation to be completed, which is almost done. So you don't have to wait much longerdreamfarmer wrote:I'm really looking forward to VNM, just because of RPG Maker MV. Stock asset libraries are also pretty exciting, even though I have other angles on art these days. I've been holding off on starting my projects for months kind of waiting for VNM. I'm now sloowwwly moving forward toward Ren'py because who can wait forever? But I do really hope it shows up soon.
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I don't love TyranoBuilder, but at least that dev is fast to respond to people. So far the people doing VNM are really dropping the ball when it comes to communication.