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List of Game Dev Tutorials

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    Free Game Dev Music

    Free Visual Novel Music

    There is an internet vast and full of stuff for putting together specific stuff with other stuff to make intended stuff. Having tested so many games for this site, I thought, "surely, all these fun audiovisual orchestrations must be tapped into some incredibly useful material source." When I went to learn myself what was involved in making my visual novel, this surprisingly was not so simple. Do not get me wrong, I'm here to give you the goods, but when it comes to music, or graphics, or anything really, the way copyright protection works is stern yet often confusing. So,…

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    Character Profile Advice: Writing Believable Characters

    Character Profile Cloud

    Making a character seem real is essentially the sport of writing in a nutshell. The irony of it is most people have built into them everything needed to assess the realness of others in the real world. But what you might have in practical people skills, gets filtered into unbalanced gray areas, in the field or on the page. At times, I find myself with a slew of important characters without consistency. Do not worry, that is okay. Or, perhaps, you've mastered this skill. In either case, the aim of this article is to help you apply what you already…

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    Writing About Place: Worldbuilding For Games And Stories

    As a matter of urgency, Mr. Dave Pizza--for as long as I muster it--will bear witness to a fusion of game dev stuff and book/writing stuff. It's already begun really, but I'm scrambling to realize this vision. So anyway, this article is going to be a how-to on "writing about place." You guys are going nuts over some of the How-To's, so Joseph M Tapdancing Kwisatz Haderach, I'm gonna deliver the goods. This article is equally accessible to creative writers, visual novel devs, and game devs. The devs are, of course, in the worldbuilding phase, but perhaps there is even…

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    GoDot TileMaps A Quick Beginner’s Tutorial

    Let's talk about GoDot tilemaps. Have you ever played a 2D platformer or Metroidvania and wanted to know how it is made? Maybe you are already making one. I'm back for another insight into the cryptic, enigmatic, secretive, open-source world of indie game development. Tongue-in-cheek there. But I am reaching out to you devs out there to talk about some very useful primary knowledge in GoDot TileMaps!

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    Dialogue Blip Sound Effect for Tyranobuilder

    Welcome back to another article in my how-to series for gamers and game makers. Today Iโ€™ll be talking about making a dialogue blip sound effect in Tyranobuilder free! Sometimes known as dialogue blip. You might be able to use this in Renโ€™Py or VN Maker, or even other dev projects. Tyranobuilder is where Iโ€™ve staked my claim though right now. The sound effect is universally compatible though, just change the part where you actually implement to the protocol for whatever tool you are using. Okay, letโ€™s get started.

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    Free Visual Novel Background Images: Using GIMP

    Welcome, inspired readers, writers, and ambitious game devs to a new tutorial to assist in your personal game dev projects and how to make free visual novel background images at no cost. I've been truly inspired by how many people visited my character generator tutorial, that I'm back for another. I mostly cover indie game highlights with several visual novel reviews. But I am also developing a visual novel in Tyranobuilder, which you can find here. I have taught myself how to try many different techniques in creating background art for visual novels.

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    “The Character Creator:” And Other Generators

    character creator

    I talked earlier today about using character creators for game creation, particularly visual novel. I went on a hunt, first on Itch.IO, but then on Google. It took me less than a minute to find a free 2D character creator. I made a video of it being used. I trimmed the video so you didn't have to do a click play to a full Monty scenario. Check it out though, I was able to customize clothing, facial features, facial expressions, and body types.