Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Game Engines and Programming Languages

Hello, today I shall talk with you about Every Programming Language and Game Engine, that I have either experimented with or can currently use on my computer.

RPG Maker 2003 (RTP doesn't fully work on x64)
RPG Maker XP (RTP doesn't fully work on x64)
RPG Maker VX (RTP doesn't fully work on x64)
RPG Maker VX Ace (RTP fully works on x64, and I have released 1 game so far on this engine so far)

Netbeans 7.2 IDE (Oracle Java: Java Development Kit (JDK) 7)
Python 2.7
Pygame 1.9.1 (Python 2.7)
Python 3.2
Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express (C# IDE)
Microsoft XNA 4.0 (Game Studio IDE)

Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine 6.14 SDK (Runs on Python 2.6)

Servers and Sourcecode Databases:
SilkSVN (SVN Repositories)
GitHub for Windows (Git Repositories)
FileZilla (FTP file transfers)

Archive-rs:
IZArc (Almost all Archives)
WinRAR (only Roshal Archives (.rar))

Other Programs:
Gimp 2.8 for Windows (Image Manipulation)
Google Chrome 22 (Research)
iExplorer 3.1.0.1 for Windows (iOS Management)

Tatty- Bye,
Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Charcoal Studios

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Game Update - 9/13/2012

Hello Everyone, As of yesterday I have my first RPG Maker Game, "Rocky and the Mystical Quest". Hosted at an External Partner Site. I am still the "Master Admin" of the Pikachu's Paradise Forum Board; And, I am friends with the Forum's "Webmaster" Pikachu. But, the game package on the Forum Board is kinda unique, as it comes with all you Need to know about playing the game. Now the game Directory is compressed in the "Roshal ARchive" format (charcoal_studios.rar), I used WinRAR 4.01 (64-bit) to compress the data; using the RAR3 compression algorithm. You need to Have at-least WinRAR 2.9 installed to extract the Data. (if you don't want to spend money on WinRAR, try the latest version of IZArc(RAR extract only)).

 Tatty-Bye,
 Rocky Lincourt
 CEO, Charcoal Studios

 External Links:
 Pikachu's Paradise Forum
 Get WinRAR
 Get IZArc

 Our Forum may be slow like an graveyard currently; But, it might pick up speed. So, please consider Joining us and Growing the Community.

 Tatty-Bye,
 Rocky
 Master Admin, Pikachu's Paradise

Sunday, September 9, 2012

RPG Maker RTP Tips

Hey, Tonight I am offering my help with a Problem I recently fixed for myself. You see, I always thought that I couldn't play any RPG Maker Games, besides those made using the RPG Maker VX Ace engine; Because I thought that It was the only one that had support for 64-Bit Operating systems. But, as it turns out while I was chatting with my friends online at StormCross Studios; The old RPG Make RTP  (Run Time Package) Engines will work just fine if you Right-Click the file "Game.exe" and Select the option "Run as Administrator". This helped me out, because now I can play all of the old Games that I love so Much; Like for instance:

Bloodsphere (RPG Maker XP)
Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords (RPG Maker VX)
Aria (RPG Maker VX)

Those, are but just a few examples of the RPG Maker Games that I can Play again.
I am very excited about playing these games again. Well, that basically all that I can think of to say to you all right now.

Tatty-Bye,
Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Charcoal Studios

External Links:
Please visit my friends at,
StormCross Studios


Monday, September 3, 2012

WinRAR and the RAR Archive format


RAR stands for Roshal ARchive. It is a proprietary archive file format that supports data compression, error recovery, and file spanning. It was developed by a Russian software engineer, Eugene Roshal (the first letter of his surname contributing to the name of the archive format), and is currently licensed by win.rar GmbH.
The filename extension used by RAR is .rar for the data volume set and .rev for the recovery volume set. In previous versions, if a RAR-archive was split into many smaller files (a "multi-volume archive"), the smaller files used the extensions .rar, .r00, .r01, .r02 etc.
Version 1 and 2 archive files were often used in conjunction with a parchive file archiver to create parity files for error recovery when using less-than-perfect file transmission and storage media such as newsgroups, satellite transmission, and optical discs. Version 3 has eliminated the need for third party post-processing.

Compression algorithm:
The RAR compression utility is proprietary, with a closed algorithm. RAR is owned by Alexander L. Roshal, the elder brother of Eugene Roshal. Version 3 of RAR is based on Lempel-Ziv (LZSS) and prediction by partial matching (PPM) compression, specifically the PPMd implementation of PPMII by Dmitry Shkarin.

Software:
RAR files may be created only with commercial software WinRAR, RAR, and software that has permission from the licensor Alexander Roshal (Eugene's brother). Third-party programs that can only read (unpack) RAR files include: WinZip (Windows), 7-Zip (multiplatform), Bandizip (Windows, Mac OS X), IZArc (Windows), PeaZip (Windows, Linux), Zipeg (Windows, Mac OS X), ALZip (Windows) and PowerArchiver (Windows), along with the free version of unrar (which is available for Linux and FreeBSD). Mac OS X readers include StuffIt Expander, The Unarchiver, and Zipeg. Stuffit Expander is also available for Mac OS Classic with RAR support for this platform.

WinRAR:
WinRAR is commercial software (with 40-day trial) available for Microsoft Windows. It is the only graphical tool that can write modern RAR files (RAR version 3). WinRAR's command line equivalent, RAR, is also commercial software (with 40-day trial), available for Windows, Linux, OS X, MS-DOS, OS/2, and FreeBSD. Additionally, the unrar tool from the same distributor can be used on the aforementioned platforms to extract RAR files but not to write them.
Roshal created the RAR file format and developed programs for packing and unpacking RAR files, originally for DOS in 1993, which were later ported to other platforms. The main Windows version of the archiver, known as WinRAR, is distributed as trialware, requiring payment after 40 days (although it can still be used after this period, albeit with nags). Shareware versions of this program are also available for GNU/Linux, OS X, DOS, OS/2, and FreeBSD, though they are all called simply "RAR".
RARLAB distributes the source code and binaries for a freeware command-line "unrar" program, although it is not under a free software license. This program can only decompress/extract, not create RAR files.

Other software:
There is a free software decompression library called "unrarlib", licensed under the GPL, based on an old version of unrar with permission from the author Eugene Roshal, but it can only decompress archives created by RAR versions up to 2.x. Archives created by RAR 2.9 and later (which are most RAR archives found today) use a different format which is not supported by the free library.
The paid versions of Stuffit Expander decode RAR files.
The freeware unarchiver Free RAR Extract Frog opens all types of RAR files and comes with short instructions in over 50 languages
The open source software archiver 7-Zip decompresses newer RAR files using a closed-source, free-of-charge plug-in under the "unRAR license"; the license makes the plug-in source-available but not free software.
The Unarchiver is another open source unarchiver which can decompress newer RAR files.
The free software Linux archivers File Roller, Ark, and Xarchiver can use the free UnRAR program to decompress RAR files, if they are found in the system path.

UnRAR.dll:
UnRAR.dll is a free of charge dynamic-link library (DLL) that can be downloaded from the official WinRAR site.

External Links:
Wikipedia: RAR
Wikipedia: WinRAR
WinRAR: RARLAB (Primary Homepage)

The Current Stable Release of WinRAR is:  4.20
WinRAR has versions for both Windows 32-bit (x86) and Windows 64-bit (x64) Operating Systems.

YouTube Videos:
WinRAR 4.20 Full Version For Free!! by WolfTM2008
How to Extract Multi-Part .Rar Files by idiot1579
Free Download WinRAR 4.01 Full Version by djhacksbeats
How To Get Winrar 4.0.1 Full Version For Free (32 Bit & 64 Bit) by BrilliantPCHelpHD [Note1]

Key Legend:
[Note1: This actually is shown as WinRAR version 4.01, in the program]

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Useful Text Editors: gedit

Well, the text editor known as "gedit" is an Text Editor project  for the Gnome Desktop Environment.
However, the project also has Official "Stable" Binary Builds for Mac OSX and Windows 32-Bit Operating systems as well. Now, I have used gedit for Windows  before; and the main useful feature is it can Open and  Read the Gnome Desktop/Linux Text Files. This is very useful, as these documents (when viewed on a Windows PC) don't have any File Extensions. (for Example: .txt, .rtf, .doc) In my opinion, Windows is one of the only Operating Systems, that uses an File Extention for almost every Program and Text Editor. So, in Conclusion "gedit for Windows" will let you open these Linux (as well as a few Mac OSX) Text Document files (the ones with no Extensions) on a Windows PC. The Windows Version of  gedit, will also let you convert the Document into one that can be read  in another editor.

Windows Notepad - Text Document - .txt
Windows Wordpad - Rich-Text Format Document - .rtf

Doing this may prove very Useful, as on Windows PCs the files without the Extensions, have to opened Manually every time. So, I recommend Opening the files then "converting them to an readable Windows Document. Though I haven't figured out how to do this, yet. Also when using Windows PCs, you can't  set the Program to open these files using gedit as the default program every time; because it lacks an file extension, thus it can't be determined as an actual file type associated with any known Program. So, under "file type" in the description it just says: "FILE". But, you can Open these files Manually, either through gedit or by selecting the file in Windows Explorer. (right-click the file then select "Open With", then choose "gedit")

External Links:
Gnome: gedit text editor (Official Homepage)
Wikipedia: Gedit text editor

Friday, August 24, 2012

Important File Extensions

Hello Everyone,
today I'll be talking about some of a few important File Extensions, this could prove very useful in sorting out what Rom Image Files are for what kind of Emulator . And, also what Files may be important when playing a computer game. So, I shall compile an list of these file types; and what Emulator would be the best to Emulate the Rom Image file.

Legend: Extension - File Type - Owner - Best Program to Use (for Windows, In my Opinion)
*The term "Unknown Data" means that I currently don't know that Info, yet.

.gb - Gameboy Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - Visual Boy Advance Emulator
.gbc - Gameboy Color Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - Visual Boy Advance Emulator
.gba - Gameboy Advance Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - Visual Boy Advance Emulator
.nds - Nintendo DS Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - DeSmuME NDS Emulator
.nes - Nintendo Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - RockNES Emulator
.gcm - Nintendo GameCube Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - Dolphin Emulator
.z64 - Nintendo 64 Emulator Rom Image file -Nintendo - Project64 Emulator
.smc - Super Nintendo Emulator Rom Image file - Nintendo - ZSNES Emulator
.swf - Shockwave Flash Object - Adobe Systems, Inc. - Adobe Flash Player (SA Projector)
.iso -  Optical Disk Image file (ISO-9660) - ISO.org - Lightning UK! ImgBurn (Create&Burn)/ Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive (Mounting)
.a26 - Atari 2600 Emulator Rom Image file - Atari - Stella Emulator
.rgss3a - RPG Maker VX Ace Encrytped Archive - Enterbrain, Inc. - RPG Maker VX Ace
.rvdata2 - RPG Maker VX Ace Data file (Game Save file, "save01.rvdata2") - Enterbrain, Inc. - RPG Maker VX Ace
.rvproj2 - RPG Maker VX Ace Project file - Enterbrain, Inc. - RPG Maker VX Ace
.smzip - StepMania Package file - Chris Danford (Creator of StepMania) - StepMania 3.9
.gcf - Game Cache File - Valve Corporation - Valve Steam
.mcr - ePSXe Memory Card file - The ePSXe Team - ePSXe PS1 Emulator
.esm - Elder Scrolls Master Data file - Bethesda Softworks - Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, and Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (For Example: Morrowind.esm (Core Master file) and Bloodmoon.esm (Expansion Pack Master file))
.esp - Elder Scrolls Mod/Plug-In file - Bethesda Softworks - Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, and Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim  (For Example: Blood Glass Weapons.esp (Plug-In))
.ess - Elder Scrolls Saved Game file -Bethesda Softworks -Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, and Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
.a52 - Atari 5200 Emulator Rom Image file - Atari - MESS (Multi-Emulator Super System) Emulator 
.bin - Sony PlayStation BIOS Binary file - Sony Entertainment - Required for Emulation by All PSX and PS2 Emulators  
.bin - Nintendo DS BIOS Binary file - Nintendo - May be Required for Emulation by Some Nintendo DS Emulators.  
.crs - StepMania Course Data file - Chris Danford (Creator of StepMania) - StepMania 3.9 
.cht - SNES Emulator Cheat File - Unknown Data - ZSNES Emulator 
.elf - Sony PlayStation Executable file - Sony Entertainment - PCSX2 Emulator or an Home-brewed PS2, PS3 or PSP  Console
.dol - Nintendo GameCube Executable file - Nintendo - Dolphin Emulator or an Home-brewed GCN or Wii Console 
.ips - Internal Patching System Patch file - Unknown Data - Lunar IPS (LIPS) 
.dek - Magic the Gathering Virtual Deck (Library) file - Wizards of the Coast - Wizards of the Coast: Magic the Gathering Online 
.omod - Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion Mod Archive file - Unknown Data - Oblivion Mod Manager (For Example: Moonshadow Elves.omod (Mod))


[Note1: PS1: pSX Emulator or ePSXe Emulator, use this BIOS: scph7500.bin (or scph1001.bin)] 
[Note2: PS2:  PCSX2 Emulator, use this BIOS file: scph39000.bin] (It is against the Law to "Hotlink" to or "Host" a Sony PlayStation BIOS file on your site, You just have to Google the "File name" yourself) 
[Note3: NDS: the DeSmuME Emulator or the No$GBA Emulator or the iDeaS Emulator, use these BIOS files: arm7.bin or arm9.bin] (It is also against the Law to "Hotlink" to or "Host" a Nintendo DS BIOS file on your site, You just have to Google the "File name" yourself)   
[Note4: Almost All of the File Extension information was found on The Central File Extension Registry: FileInfo.com]




Friday, August 10, 2012

Rocky and the Mystical Quest 7.0

Well, I managed to add allot of new things and other type of features to the game.
As of version 7.0 of the game. I added allot of custom data to the game; such as Audio and Video. I also
added some new custom images.
Also with this version, as with all versions after version 2.5 of the Game, the Game's version will be
Listed in the End Credits.

I also added an few new maps, fixed up all of the Events a bit, added a few more Events. I added some new Monster data as well.

I credited all of the Music and Video that I used in the Game in the Game's End Credits as Well.

All Initial Party Members (Rocky Lincourt, Roxie Rosario, Sir Andy Lincourt, Ally Daniel), Start the Game at Level 20.
All Secondary Party Members (Moka Akashiya, Motoko Flintwood) Will be added to the Party
at Level 25.

At the  Frostheim Inn, you can swap the Character "Sir Andy Lincourt" with the Gun user "Motoko Flintwood"

At the Cavalier Oasis you may swap the character "Ally Daniel" with the Katana user "Moka Akashiya".

Also, there is some Ultimate Equipment in my Game:
Weapon: Death Scythe Evans [Axe], Dark Element/100% chance of causing  the "Death" state.
Armor: Holy Rosario [Accessory], +500 on All Stats/Immunity to all Statuses (incl. Death).
Armor: Holy Silk Cloak [Body], +500 on All Stats/Immunity to all Statuses (incl. Death).
Both Armors, have the same effect; but, the Cloak is an Body class Armor, thus freeing up your Accessory Slot.


Thanks,
Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Charcoal Studios

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Games

Everyone, I added an Blog Page on this Blog for three of my Game Projects, that is made by this Non-Profit
Company "Charcoal Studios". Now there is the page for my first "RPG Maker VX Ace" Game Project, It's pretty decent for my very first RPG Game. I call it: "Rocky and the Mystical Quest", now that has 2 downloads one that requires the installation of the "RPG Maker VX Ace RTP" and one that doesn't require you to Install the RTP.
The Second page, is just my Signature Pokémon Fire Red Rom Hack, called: "Pokemon Charcoal Version".
That will the last release as I am working on converting it into an PC, using RPG Maker VX Ace.
Now, the third page is just my Pokémon Crystal Version Rom hack. I call it: Pokemon Menthol Version, it's nothing special really, I made the hake only because I was bored.
These all of the current updates.

Thanks,
Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Charcoal Studios

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hello

Hello Everyone,
I opened this blog to share my RPG Maker VX Ace projects and Pokémon GBA Rom Hacking projects
with people. All of these projects are done mostly as an hobby, since my company is 100% non-profit I never sell my games. And it's just me working on them in my spare time.
Please look at we have to play.^^ lol

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