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July 17, 2017

Great news! The new motherboard came in and everything worked perfectly! I did have some headaches once Windows 10 was installed, but other than that, it's been nice. I do eventually plan to load up elementary OS on a separate drive, but that will have to wait for now. Either way, the current specs for my PC are as follows:

Motherboard: Asrock B250M Pro4 LGA 1151 (socket)
CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5Ghz (2c/4t)
GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition (dual-fan)
RAM: Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) 288-pin DDR4 2133 (PC 17000) SDRAM
PSU: Corsair CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Semi-Modular
Case: Tesseract Mid-Tower (Black/Blue - Window & LED lights)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home (not my first choice...)

Because phase one is finished, I am now using it to play games and work on some other things. Game creation will be happening again real soon, but some things are keeping me busy in real life, thus it will have to wait a few more days. Either way, I have tested the MV games I was working on and I can finally test them properly for battles and things of that sort. Still some slight lag for certain things, but it's MUCH better. On a different topic, I'm going to be trying out the Android operating system on my computer as a desktop alternative to both Windows and Linux. They say it works exactly the same as the phone version, just with a nice desktop interface to work with, so I guess we'll see.

For the time being, I plan on doing another, better polished Tiled tutorial with the Auto Tile Converter function being shown. Hope people like it when it's done. One last thing. I've changed the format for the news page to include 5 posts rather than the 4 I was doing before, so that's different. other than that, keep and eye out for game and maybe even some music updates soon!

Update - 7/19/2017
So Gigabyte finally fixed it and are sending it back. Now I have to wait for it to get here, test it out and see if it's properly working. If it is, then I'll be gladly selling it for about the same amount of money I bought it for. That should make things about even. After that, I can think of buying a new 1080p monitor with HDMI and DisplayPort. Very minimum of HDMI for best results.

July 11, 2017

So, due to a class action lawsuit against DeVry, my former college, which I guess I was a part of, I have received a check as part of the settlement. It's nice because this couldn't have come at a better time. My motherboard issues only grow more stressful as I have heard nothing back from the manufacturer yet, Gigabyte, about them even receiving my board, but I know they did since I checked the tracking information. Because of this settlement check, I will be purchasing a new motherboard and have it shipped to me next-day, on Thursday, so I can finally get up and running. I've waited too long for it.

That means I will be taking the board they send back to me and selling it because I do not wish to wait any longer. I will, however, make sure it's working before I sell it to ensure they gave me a proper working part. Otherwise, back it goes. Aside from that, this last month and the start of this month were not very good due to multiple instances of bad luck and awful timing. Not just due to my computer woes, but other things. With that said, this has made my month better, but we'll see if it lasts that long if the new board is working. If not, more sulking will ensue. Either way, I've been keeping busy.

Planet Explorers, on Steam, is an okay game. Not great, but not bad. I am getting a nice amount of hours on it due to the Story Mode being a bit better. The map is nice and beautiful with some interesting story so far. The things I can nitpick about it are the combat is very clunky and jumping is broken to a point. Imagine being able to scale a mountain just by jumping on the side of it and standing on air just by running into it. That's pretty bad. Still, there is fun to be had, especially with the creation system.

Anyway, game development will begin again once I have my new PC working, so here's hoping it'll happen during the weekend!

July 2, 2017

Well, to my utter dismay, the power supply did come in, but it did not work, leading me to believe the issue was, in fact, the motherboard, which was out of the return period since the start of April. That means I have to send it to the manufacturer, at MY expense, for them to fix it. As if I haven't paid enough for all this, plus the time wasted. This has been a rather stressful two to three weeks and quite frankly I'm getting tired of waiting for my PC to be finished. However, there's nothing I can do about it except wait. Starting to wonder if it'll be truly worth it.

Either way, because I was so tired of waiting, I installed my new video card into my current machine and the difference it made was amazing! Not earth-shattering, but it certainly made gaming fun again. I plan to keep it in there until I get my new motherboard and get everything up and running. After that, I'll be buying a new video card for my mother's PC and one for this one. The old one that was in this one is really dated, slow and runs way too hot, so it's time for a change. For those interested, I plan on getting my mother an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550 Ti 2GB GPU so her experience can be upgraded to something much smoother and for myself, the card that will replace the old 9800 GTX+ will be a GTX 750 Ti 2GB. Both really good cards and I plan to buy them second hand off eBay to save some money on them.

On another note, because I've been so caught up playing some games to have some fun again, progress on any games has been slow, but I did make a little bit of progress on the TFDemo game I showcased. Added a couple new areas, got a nice graphical resource from the guy that made the resources in the first place before they were released in an update for the pack and plan on adding the first cave area with a puzzle. Not sure how it will work out, but I will slap something together or simply test it without a puzzle to see how it all fits together.

Well, the Steam Summer Sale is almost over, so tomorrow I should be able to buy some games I've been wanting for a while. I'm excited about that because it's something good to look forward to! Been a while since I had a batch of shiny new games to play and ones that I would enjoy. Only one title I can't play until my new PC is built, but I plan on making a small video series for it, so here's hoping it'll be worth the time and effort. Until then, continue to enjoy your stay and see you around!

June 24, 2017

Still waiting on the power supply, but it will be here on Monday. Still, it feels as if it's taking forever. Every day that goes by without it being here is like a punch to the gut.

That being said, I am working on a couple of other small projects while I wait. One is a small little testing platform for the Tiled plugin using a 32x32 tile base, the same used in RPG Maker VX Ace and other newer 2D RPG's. It's using the RPG Maker DS tileset that was formatted for Ace and gives an SNES-era look, which is just great. The other is using an even smaller tile size of 16x16, the native size for most SNES jRPG's ever released and the old RPG Maker 2003 program. Great size, but it makes for very tiny graphics on modern screens. This is why I have gotten a plugin that allows for fullscreen playing and I've edited the core scripts to give give a 2x stretched and blurred look instead of just using MV-sized, or even Ace-sized, sprites and tiles. I'm going for a particular look here. This is normal gameplay at 1x:

And this is what it looks like with the blur and 2x size:

Needless to say, it doesn't look great at 2x, but it's not supposed to. And since there is no dot matrix effect or even a motion blur for RPG Maker MV, this will have to do for now. I will be placing these projects in the Games page, so if you want to read up on them, please do. I am excited to be working on these while I wait for my power supply to come in so I can finish working on Tale of Heroes and my other ElementalCores project. See you later!

June 17, 2017

Been a few days since I last posted. The site has changed a bit in the background. I have set up the structure of this site differently from before, so any non-direct links or bookmarks to other pages will no longer work. And easy solution to this issue is to simply remove the .html part from the bookmark or link and you should be okay. Site will probably not undergo another change like this for a very long time.

Either way, things have been busy around here and I've also been working on new ways of creating maps for any RPG's I make, thus making it much easier for me to create elaborate, beautiful, clean looking maps for my games without much issue. It also means I can make games with smaller or even bigger tiles, if I wanted, so that I can use older graphics resources I bought or even make my own since the smaller the size, the easier it is for me to make them. Either way, I guess we'll see how that works out.

My new PC is still out of commission, if you have seen my posts on Facebook, RPG Maker Web, Steam or Discord. If you haven't, well, the power supply came in defective. I was able to get it shipped back to them the following day, on Monday the 12th, and it just got to them yesterday, in which they processed the return rather quickly, determined it was in fact a faulty unit and will be sending me a replacement. Now I have to play the waiting game. Still, at least I'm not being charged for the replacement, so that's fair. The rest of the computer is still working and set up, so I just need the power supply, again, and my initial build will be completely...hopefully.

On that note, I have created a neat little SNES piece that is a re-arrangement and technically a demaster or demix of music from RPG Maker DS for the, well, Nintendo DS. The reason it's called a demaster or demix is because it's not being produced in higher quality, but rather going backwards from DS audio to SNES audio. With that, it means I had to cut out some tracks to make it conform to SNES standards, but it was well worth it in my opinion as it came out pretty good, all things considered. Give it a listen and hope to see you back here again!

RPG Maker DS - Advancing Army (SNES Mix)
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