Apr 252012

I’ve been thinking lately about random encounters.  I might be dating myself here, but I remember when they used to be a pretty common “feature” of RPGs.  In case you’re not familiar with the concept, the way random encounters worked was that whenever you were walking around outside of town, every time you took a step there was a chance that enemies would attack, initiating a battle scene.  These battles would just be a collection of random enemies, often completely irrelevant to the context of the story.  It was just as annoying as it sounds.

In general, these encounters interrupt the flow of exploration and story to provide players with the “opportunity” to earn some gold, items, and experience by winning a battle.  Most recent RPGs no longer include random encounters, in favor of clearly visible enemies that can be avoided.  For Nia’s Journey, I’ve been thinking it would be great to bring back random encounters.  Why would I do that?  Well, there are several reasons:

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Apr 192012

Alright, I think I’ve got it!

Manyara with coily-textured hair.

My best effort at a coily-textured afro.

The following explanation will probably only make sense to more experienced Inkscape users, but this style is a bit too complex for me to do a full tutorial at this point.  This texture can be achieved using a combination of several Live Path Effects. Continue reading »

Apr 162012

If you’re interested in drawing Afro-textured hair for real (as in with a pencil & paper) check out this tutorial over at Learn to Art.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this kind of “coily” hair texture in Inkscape without drawing it freehand.  I’m getting close to a solution, but it may be a while before I can put together a tutorial.  So far, it looks like my version is turning out more cartoony than realistic—which is actually just right for the visual style I am going for.

Apr 142012

It occured to me that some of the tutorials and other information I post may be useful beyond RPG Maker.  Let me know in a comment if you decide to use some of these techniques elsewhere!

Apr 132012

Hello, welcome to my first tutorial.  Here you’ll learn how create basic natural hairstyles using Inkscape.  It’s very easy; no drawing skill whatsoever required!


This is Manyara. She'll be our model for today's tutorial.

Tight curls are probably the easiest hair texture to create.  For this image I also used the technique from Chrisdesign Blog’s tutorial on straight/relaxed hair to draw the front hair where it is pulled back. Continue reading »

Apr 112012

Thanks for viewing my blog.  I will soon begin posting tutorials on how to create characters with Black/African features for use in RPG Maker.  If you want to follow along, you will need the following software:

  • Any version of RPG Maker (note that I will be working primarily with Ace, but will incorporate resources from XP as well.)
  • GIMP (free)
  • Inkscape (also free)

Watch this space for more info coming soon!

Apr 102012

I’m blogging the development of my yet-unnamed RPG Maker project.  Visit often to find tutorials, “seeds” (RPG Maker resources), and opportunities to share your much-appreciated feedback.  I’m still new to game development, so your comments could have a big impact on the final product!