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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)

IZArc (Almost all Archives)
WinRAR (only Roshal Archives (.rar))

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


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)).

 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 …

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.

Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Char…

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 propriet…

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 F…

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 - …

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&qu…

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.

Rocky Lincourt
CEO, Charcoal Studios


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