How to design the Main Menu and Game Menu separately

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How to design the Main Menu and Game Menu separately

#1 Post by twincentaurs » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:37 pm

In the vn I'm working on currently, I want the main menu navigational screen to be centered, but I still want the game menus (what pops up for preferences and everything else) to remain on the side. I tried the easy way and centered the navigation screen; it looked good on the menu, but it had also centered the game menu's navigational screen, because they use the same menu. This is just a little fan game I don't want to spend a ton of time on so I don't really want to redesign the entire menu for this one thing. Is there a way to separate the two menus so I can move them independent of each other yet have the same functionality?

Sorry if my question is dumb, this is my first project.

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Re: How to design the Main Menu and Game Menu separately

#2 Post by philat » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:37 pm

The easy, if belabored way - duplicate the contents of the navigation screen inside main menu with a different style instead of using use navigation.

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Re: How to design the Main Menu and Game Menu separately

#3 Post by twincentaurs » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:07 am

philat wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:37 pm
The easy, if belabored way - duplicate the contents of the navigation screen inside main menu with a different style instead of using use navigation.
Haha, thank you, I ended up trying that about an hour after posting the question. Might not be the prettiest, but it works well. :)

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Re: How to design the Main Menu and Game Menu separately

#4 Post by MaydohMaydoh » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:21 am

Just to add to this, another thing you could do is give the navigation screen a position depending on if the main menu screen is shown.
Something like:

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screen navigation():
    vbox:
        if renpy.current_screen().screen_name[0] == "main_menu":
            xalign 0.5
            
        ##etc
Where your default position is to something like xalign 0.0. Aligned to the left.

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