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RPG Maker Help Guide

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This guide is not a complete guide and only covers the most common issues encountered when trying to play RPG Maker games. For simplicity, this guide assumes you are using Windows and the only locales are “English” and “Japanese”.

Versions covered: XP, VX, VX Ace

Diagnosis

1.       Does the game window load?

         a.       If yes, see “Wrong locale – Game.exe”

         b.       If no, continue

2.       Does the error message refer to a Japanese filename (see Figs. 1 & 2)?

         a.       If yes, see “Wrong locale – File extraction”

         b.       If no or not sure, continue

3.       See “RTP not installed”

         a.       If your issue is not resolved, continue

4.       In the game directory, open the “Graphics” and/or “Audio” folders

5.       Are any the filenames in those folders unintelligible or appear corrupted (see Fig. 3)?

         a.       If yes, see “Wrong locale – File extraction”

         b.       If no, contact someone

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Figure 1 – English filename dialogue

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Figure 2 – Japanese filename dialogue

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Figure 3 – Corrupt filenames in folder

Issues

Wrong locale – Game.exe

This occurs when the game doesn’t agree with the locale for whatever reason (I’m still working it out)

Solution 1:

Recommended for users who don’t intend to switch locales frequently

1.       See “Change system locale”

2.       Run Game.exe

Solution 2:

Recommended for most users

1.       Install Locale Emulator

2.       Right click on Game.exe

3.       Click “Locale Emulator” > “Run in Japanese”

Wrong locale – File extraction

This occurs because ZIP files created in Windows frequently use the creator’s locale and Windows forces extraction tools to use your locale. When these locales are different, the list of filenames cannot be read properly.

Solution 1:

Recommended for users who are not tech-savvy or don’t intend to switch locales frequently

1.       See “Change system locale”

2.       Use file extractor to extract ZIP file

Solution 2:

Recommended for advanced users

1.       See this post

RTP not installed

The RTP is a resource pack that contains many common and default assets used by RPG Maker games. This is not included in most game downloads in order to decrease file size.

Solution:

1.       Go to this site

2.       Select the version of RPG Maker used for the game

3.       Download and install

Appendix

Change system locale

1.       Open Control Panel

2.       Navigate to “Clock and Region” > “Region”

3.       Select the “Administrative” tab

4.       Under “Language for non-Unicode programs”, click “🛡Change system locale…” (see Fig. 4)

5.       Say “yes” to the admin pop-up

6.       Select “Japanese (Japan)” from the drop-down menu

7.       Click “OK”

8.       Restart your computer

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Figure 4 – Region settings, Administrative tab

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Peerfect, many thanks, I followed your instructions and it runs ^.^
though I've noticed the non auto translated seems to not acknowledge my inputs outside of fullscreen mode... Also jesus is the autotranslated version supposed to look so god awful?

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