RPG Maker 2000

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RPG Maker 2000 (RM2K) is the second Microsoft Windows version of the RPG Maker series of programs developed by Enterbrain [1]and published by ASCII.

RPG Maker 2000[edit]

RPGツクール2000
Developer(s) ASCII Corporation
Publisher(s) ASCII Corporation
Series RPG Maker series
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 2000-04-05
Genre(s) Game development software
Mode(s) Single player

RPG Maker 2000 was originally released as RPG Tsukūru 2000 (RPGツクール2000) in April, 2000 in Japan. Although, outside Japan, it has only received weak distributions among Taiwan and South Korea markets, it has undergone unauthorized translations into various languages, and illegal distribution via Internet.

RPG Maker 2000 was the most popular RPG maker of its time; being discussed on many popular websites, and enjoyed a large userbase for many years.[2] This was amplified by the fact that many popular RM2K sites refused to adopt RPG Maker 2003.[citation needed] RM2K was first taken over by RPG Maker 2003, but has now been superseded by RPG Maker XP and is no longer as popular as it used to be. RPG Maker 2000 was also one of the RPG Makers to be illegally translated and distributed by the Russian programmer Don Miguel.[3]

Features[edit]

Compared to RPG Maker 95, RM2K features lower-resolution graphics than RM95, using 16x16 tiles instead of 32x32 tiles, but has other visual improvements such as a higher frame rate, weather effects and panorama backgrounds. It also includes an extra layer for tiles, jumping characters, additional functions and customizable message and menu boxes.

RPG Maker 2000 uses a 320 x 240 screen resolution for playing games, and has 16x16 pixel tiles, with 24x32 character sprites. Its default green message-window and menu systems are one of the first signs that a particular game was made with RPG Maker 2000, although it can be customized. Some may view these low-res graphics as a limitation, but they could also be viewed as an advantage, because the low-res graphics are not only more compatible with older computers, but sometimes they can be much easier to draw.

RPG Maker 2000 uses a Dragon Quest-like battle system which features a classical turn-based, "front-view" battle system, where the enemy faces you directly on the screen and you do not see your characters on screen. With some tweaking, the battle system can be made to look somewhat like a "side-view" battle system.

The music featured in RPG Maker 2000 consists of a large collection of MIDI and, less commonly, WAV files. Through the use of unofficial patches, MP3 files can also be used, though reliability with said patch has always been an issue. RPG Maker 2003, the successor to RPG Maker 2000, has included official support for MP3 files by popular demand from its users.

RPG Maker 2000 was the first in the series that introduced the "Runtime Package", also known as "RTP", which was also adopted by the later PC versions. The RTP is a whole set of default graphics, music, and sound effects that are used in RPG Maker 2000 and, in most cases, the RTP must be downloaded to the computer to play the games made with RPG Maker 2000. Thanks to the RTP, created games can lessen their file size if a lot of material from the RTP was used.

Bonus contents[edit]

Japanese version of the RPG Maker 2000 included following demos:

  • Hanayome no Kammuri (花嫁の冠?, lit. "Crown of Bride"), by Shin Araki et al.
  • Abyss-Diver #0, by Kenji Shigetoshi
  • Kaizoku (海賊?, lit. "Pirates"), by Amanda Dyar
  • Queen Kū (クイーン・クー Kuīn Kū?), by Shinji Fukuda
  • III, by Makoto Yaotani
  • Ugomeku Yami no Toride (蠢く闇の砦?, lit. "Fort of Wriggling Darkness"), by Yuunya
  • Shūdōin (修道院?, lit. "Religious House"), by Yuwaka

They were not appended to the English translation of Don Miguel, while Don Miguel incorporated his original sample game instead. Materials included in those games are free to use, and often utilized for actual RPG making.

RPG Maker 2000 VALUE![edit]

RPGツクール2000 VALUE!
Developer(s) Enterbrain
Publisher(s) Enterbrain
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 2003-05-14
Genre(s) Game development software
Mode(s) Single player

This version includes the following changes to RPG Maker 2000:

  • Event
  • Event command 'text display' (文章の表示) supports using player's name as variable via \N parameter, and the variable number can be replaced via \V parameter.
  • The number of pictures can be displayed simultaneously is increased from 20 to 50.
  • The display priority of combat animation is changed to above picture.
  • In event command 'key entry processing (キー入力の処理), the direction keys up, down, left, right can be changed separately.
  • Combat
  • Enemy character's HP displays is set to 5 columns width.
  • Default message display speed is faster.
  • The number of steps in random encounter is less varied.
  • If the damage becomes 0 because the effect variation rate is 0%, the actual damage value is changed from 1 at random times to always be 0.
  • Battle events 'display selection branch' (選択肢の表示) and 'process value entry' (数値入力の処理) are added.
  • Audio
  • New supported playback formats include MP3, and WAV (Microsoft ADPCM codec). MP3 can be used as background music.
  • Others
  • Minimum supported operating system is changed to Windows 98.
  • 32 new sample games[4]

RPG Maker 2000 VALUE!+[edit]

RPGツクール2000 VALUE!+
Developer(s) Enterbrain
Publisher(s) Enterbrain
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 2012-09-27
Genre(s) Game development software
Mode(s) Single player

This version includes following:

  • RPG Maker 2000 VALUE!
  • RPG Maker 2000 VALUE! handbook (RPGツクール2000ハンドブック) graphics pack
  • Online product registration.
  • Minimum supported operating system is changed to Windows XP.

Network RPG Maker 2000[edit]

ネットワークRPGメーカー2000 
Developer(s) DWANGO Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) ASCII Corporation
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 2000-07-07
Genre(s) Game development software
Mode(s) Multi-player (max 8)

Network RPG Maker 2000 (ネットワークRPGメーカー2000) is a multi-player variant supporting up to 8 players per game. The game map is displayed in isometric format.[5]

The multi-player server was run by TECHWin.

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