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  1. Try making sure the full path to Game.exe contains only ASCII and Japanese characters
  2. Found the culprit for the window not loading (debug in spoiler) TL;DR: A non-unicode file system function is called and checked before the game even loads the display libraries Edit: forgot to mention that the file it checks is the game's directory. Thus, if the folder the game is in has foreign characters in its name, the game won't start.
  3. 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 NB: Check back at the blog page for the most recent update to these troubleshooting steps. I have been frequently revising this and the site won't let me edit after about a day 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, continue. b. If no, see "RTP not installed" 4. In the game directory, open the “Graphics” and/or “Audio” folders (and sub-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, see "Wrong locale – Game.exe" Figure 1 – Dialogue for an English filename. Refers to a file called "001-Blue01" Figure 2 – Dialogue for a Japanese filename. Refers to a file called "タイトル" Figure 3 – Corrupt filenames in folder Issues Wrong locale – Game.exe This occurs because older versions of RPG Maker use the region-tied versions of system call functions. Any characters from outside the region will break these functions and cause them not to work. In the case of using the file system, this is fatal. 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” If neither solution works: 1. Make sure the full path (from C:\ down) to Game.exe contains strictly ASCII and/or Japanese characters (only if game is 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 Figure 4 – Region settings, Administrative tab
  4. I have a theory.... *tests theory by downloading from this page* Nope, this is packed as Japanese, like I (prematurely) assumed. Are you, perhaps, not running the game in Japanese? This version of RPG Maker is rather picky about locales.
  5. I've actually written a blog post with a troubleshooting guide for this kind of issue. From what you've described, I would recommend trying the steps under "Wrong locale - File extraction" Seeing this caused me to check and realize that I did make an error in my original writing of my blog post, so I've made an updated version (linked above). If you are indeed extracting it with the Japanese locale, you should be able to run it using the Japanese locale. You can verify if you've indeed extracted with the Japanese locale by looking in the graphics folder and seeing if any of the images in the "pictures" folder (e: the "characters" folder works too) have incomprehensible names (like âAâNâA_000.png or kt01é═é▐é▒_000.png) e: = Edit
  6. IMPORTANT I have a mistake in step 1. The "yes" and "no" options are mistakenly switched. Unfortunately, I cannot edit this post anymore so I'm re-posting this as a new entry in this blog
  7. 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 Figure 1 – English filename dialogue Figure 2 – Japanese filename dialogue 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 Figure 4 – Region settings, Administrative tab
  8. I would recommend exiting and reentering the area you saved in if you want to be certain that area is up to date. Technical explanation: In short, this is because save files save a copy of the map they are in. When loading from a save, the game will use this copy over what's in the game files. Map transitions load the map from the game files. Thus, exiting then reentering the map by a map transition will make the game use the correct version of the map.
  9. Cheat sheet made. Feel free to share this with your friends
  10. 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 Figure 1 – English filename dialogue Figure 2 – Japanese filename dialogue 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 Figure 4 – Region settings, Administrative tab
  11. My apologies. It seems as though I misdiagnosed your issue (all the more reason I need to make a cheat sheet). You need to download and install the RPG Maker XP RTP. You can download it from here. Make sure to select "RPG Maker XP" before hitting download. You won't need any special procedure for extracting and installing this.
  12. MONSTER POST WARNING!!! I really need to make a cheat-sheet for this. I recreated your error message and it only occurred in one scenario for me: extracting and running the game using the wrong locale for both. You'll need to use the Japanese locale to run the game after successful extraction for... reasons I don't fully understand. Extracting the files using the Japanese locale is essential because otherwise the filenames get garbled: To change your system locale to Japanese: Open control panel Clock and Region > Region Select the administrative tab In the box labeled "Language for non-Unicode programs", click the button with the shield that says "Change system locale..." Say yes to the admin prompt Click the drop-down menu and press "J" Select "Japanese (Japan)" Hit OK Restart when prompted Extract the game Your game folder should look like this if you were successful: Run the game To emulate a Japanese locale for file extractors: Follow these instructions. If you feel bold you may try using a different file extractor with this. Your game folder should look like this if you were successful: To emulate a Japanese locale for the game itself: Using Locale Emulator normally should work
  13. There are 2 options, change your system locale BEFORE extracting the game from the zip file or emulate the locale change. Emulating the locale is easy enough for the game but unzipping requires some fiddling. I happen to have written a post explaining how to do just that here.
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