|Here is a list of game-creating programs, for you to enjoy. I do not have these programs on this server, but I will give you links to a site that does.
RPG Maker 2000|
Download from Crankeye
Easiest program out there. Has a Dragon Warrior-type battle system (only the enemies are visible, & it's turn-based). I think on Crankeye you hafta get the RTP seperately, so make sure you get both the program itself and the RTP. The greatest thing about this is that it is 100% customizable. The character sprites can be anything you want, as can the chipsets, monsters, music (as long as it's a MIDI), and... just everything. Neat, huh?!
Resources for RPG Maker 2000 can be found all over the Web, but my personal favorite is Charas-Project. Other excellent resources and examples of some expertly-made games can be found at Gaming Ground Zero. Or, if you want to make things for yourself, game sprites and some chipsets can be found at The ShyGuy Kingdom and the motherload of MIDI's is Video Game Music.
RPG Maker 2003|
Download from Crankeye
More recent version of the previous. Has an old-school Final Fantasy style battle system (characters visible on the right side of screen). Also added "Classes" to the mix, and supports MP3's as well as MIDI's. Basically, a better version of RM2k.
Resources for RPG Maker 2003 can be found all over the Web, but my personal favorite is Charas-Project. Other excellent resources and examples of some expertly-made games can be found at Gaming Ground Zero. Or, if you want to make things for yourself, game sprites and some chipsets can be found at The ShyGuy Kingdom and the motherload of MIDI's is Video Game Music.
RPG Maker XP|
Download from Crankeye
The best and most recent in the RPG Maker series. Has a Script Editor allowing you to customize every aspect of your game (as long as you know C++... but scripts are also available at the Crankeye forum and many other places on the Web). Supports higher graphics (uses JPEG's rather than PNG's) and all kinds of other stuff. I haven't explored this one to its full potential, but it seems to me that this is what most hardcore future video game designers are looking for.
Resources for RPG Maker XP can be found all over the Web, but my personal favorite is Charas-Project. Other excellent resources and examples of some expertly-made games can be found at Gaming Ground Zero. Or, if you want to make things for yourself, game sprites and some chipsets can be found at The ShyGuy Kingdom and the motherload of MIDI's is Video Game Music.
Game Maker V 6.0|
I'll hafta find where I downloaded this from...
Not intended for RPG's, but you can make anything with this if you really tried. Best for arcade-type things, methinks. It includes several demos, such as a Pac-Man, Asteroids, some other shooting game, and something else, and maybe another something else, too. I don't think its purpose is to be the foundation of something as complicated as an RPG or platformer (but I try anyway o_O;).
Download from ToolkitZone.com (its official site)
Ridiculously complicated in comparison to RPG Maker. I've never actually used this, but watching my brother try to work with it makes me laugh. I know of one game called "Dark Age" which was made using this, but the message I'm getting is that if you really want to make an RPG, you want RPG Maker and not this.
Download from AdventureMaker.com (its official site)
Have you ever played PC games like Shivers, The Seventh Guest, The Eleventh Hour, or Starship Titanic? All of these are first person mystery-type games, in which the storyline is continued by means of clicking on the screen to move around and explore, and solving puzzles, picking up items like keys to unlock doors and find YET MORE PUZZLES and stuff. Adventure Maker lets you do that kind of stuff.
The highlight of downloading this is not the program itself (at least, for me). The package also includes Music Maker, a simple program that lets you create your very own MIDI's (necessary for RPG Maker!). But only if you're musically adept, which I am not. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! You also get Creative Painter, a remarably simple image program. My brother is using them to draw monsters and battle backgrounds for a game he's making with RPG Maker XP.
Hafta look up where I downloaded this from...
Now we're getting to the programs that aren't free. Well, Quest Creator is free to download, but you'll have to buy the full version if you want to actually fulfill its title and create quests. If you feel like paying for it, you get to make Shining Force (or Fire Emblem)-type battle systems (characters move across playfield by the predetermined distance they can walk, and attack enemies by getting close to them).
Not available for download, but its official site is Nwn.Bioware.com
You've seen this in stores, haventcha? Along with an incredible gaming experience all on its own, NwN also includes a Toolkit, allowing players to create their own adventures, which are hosted on the Bioware server and can be played by people all over the world. I'm sure users of RPG Maker would love to hear that the NwN toolkit is a fully-functional three-dimensional world. 3-D, I tells ya!! But if you want to get into the complicated stuff, I hope you're familiar with C++...
I recommend the Platinum Edition. :3 Deekin rules!
Blades of Exile|
Must look up where I downloaded this from...
Like Quest Creator and Neverwinter Nights, this is a fully functional game in its own right, and the fourth in a series of games called "Exile." As with Quest Creator, you'll have to buy the full version before you can make your own stuff.