RPG in a Box is a set of tools for easily creating 3D grid-based/voxel-style role-playing and adventure games—everything you will need for building and sharing your own game, all packaged together in a box, so to speak! This "box" will contain an assortment of editors (centered around a map editor and a voxel editor) that will allow you to make your game the way you want. I will be striving to make the software user-friendly so that no knowledge of programming, computer graphics, or modelling will be required, all while still maintaining as many customizable aspects as possible so that your game can be unique.
This is a single-person project that I spend a lot of my spare time on, and I am extremely dedicated to seeing this through to becoming a fully-featured tool. At this point in time, I have some of the base functionality implemented, and I would like to gauge interest from the community and gather feedback and suggestions. Although it will not remain free after it moves out of the early development phase, you will always be free to distribute or sell your games - no strings attached. I would just ask that you send me a link so I can see what you have created with it! I appreciate your interest in RPG in a Box and thanks for visiting my page! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to know more.
Over the past month I've been putting a lot of focus into a new and improved documentation site for RPG in a Box. The task of creating comprehensive documentation for every aspect of the tool is rather daunting, but I have set up a goal for myself of completing one page or section each day. I've started by setting up detailed pages for each of the available scripting functions to provide information on each function's usage along with specific examples, visual demos, etc. After I complete the few that are remaining, I plan to move onto editor guides for the Map Editor, Voxel Editor, etc.
You can access the new documentation site here: Docs.rpginabox.com
The scripting reference that I have been working on can be accessed directly using this link: Rpginabox.com
Another exciting thing that I have been working on involves the Tiny Dungeon tileset by Oryx Design Lab (Oryxdesignlab.com). A while back I stumbled across this awesome sprite pack and I got the idea to convert the sprites into voxel models and use them for a demo game of some sort for RPG in a Box. The style is a great fit for the engine, and it's been a lot of fun converting the tiles, characters, and monsters into 3D! I've included some screenshots below showing a before & after of the original examples by Oryx using their sprite pack together with my maps using the converted voxel models.
In between the documentation efforts and the Tiny Dungeon project, I've managed to get some development done here and there as well. :) I added some new scripting functions for fading in and fading out, as demonstrated in the GIF below. These should be useful during cutscenes, for example when you want to make a visual change to the scene.
Another feature I added involves an improvement to the "Missing Dependencies" dialog that is shown when attempting to open a map containing resources that no longer exist. You now have the option of selecting replacement resources for any that are missing! This can be used as a workaround if you'd like to rename some tiles, for example, without permanently breaking any maps containing those tiles.
Lastly, another very minor change I implemented was to support interaction cursors for tiles. Previously, this feature would only work with objects. To demonstrate this in my Example Game, I created this simple "stairs" icon that I assigned to the dungeon entrance tiles.
Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in RPG in a Box! Let me know if you have any questions or would like to know more. :)
The latest development update for RPG in a Box includes details about dialogue box changes, language selection, and spatial sounds.
The latest development update for RPG in a Box discusses the new UI Theme Editor features for customizing your game's dialogue box appearance.
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