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RPG Maker Troubleshooting Guide (Update 1)


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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

NB: Check back at the blog page for the most recent update to these troubleshooting steps

Diagnosis

1.       Does the game window load?

         a.       If yes, continue

         b.       If no, see “Wrong locale – Game.exe”

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 locale the game is launched with is not the same as the locale the game was extracted with. E.g. the ZIP file was extracted using the Japanese locale but Game.exe is run using the English locale or vice versa. If these steps do not work, try "Wrong locale - File extraction" then try again.

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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Hi, anonymousJS(or whoever is looking at this). Thank you for this amazing troubleshooting guide. Your guide carried me to the very last step of fixing my problem. To tell you the truth, this is probably one of the most useful guides I've seen in a while! Sadly, I couldn't find out what exactly I did wrong at the very last moment. I am not an expert in this field and I might sound like a complete idiot but please stay with me. I got Locale Emulator installed using the link you provided and installed 7-Zip 32 bit x86 from the official site to download it. I followed the exact procedures you've listed and got to the step where I used 7-Zip (with a deleted "Lang" folder) in conjunction with the Japanese Locale Emulator to extract my Japanese game. When I peaked inside my extracted game I was delighted to see the text turn from an alien language to Japanese. I thought I got this sorted out but when I right-clicked it and did "Run in Japanese" or "Run in Japanese (Admin)", I saw nothing happen. The game didn't even load. When I just left-clicked out of curiosity the game DID load but I got blank text boxes instead of English(It was a English Translated Version but still required the emulators and all that). I did everything I was supposed to but I didn't get what I anticipated or expected for. I am willing to send you screenshots or whatever it takes for you to resolve this problem. If you are reading this I thank you out of my heart. Even if you are not anonymousJS I deeply and sincerely thank you as well.

Sincerely, SUPE

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