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I need some help on making a rpg game... I know some opengl but that won''t help making a 2d rpg will it? I really don''t know where to start. i''m going to be using c. Where do you start in programming rpg? thx silas

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I wouldn''t know where to start seeing as I don''t even know windows programming yet but you may want to pick up the book Roleplaying Games in Direct X or something like that by Premier Press Game Development. Just type Premier Press in google and do a little digging you''ll find it. I know you can buy it on Amazon.

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yes, you can use opengl to make a 2d game, each "sprite" would be a quad with a texture, and you''d have to use the orthagonal projection (is that the right word? i''m not looking it up right now)... check out the tutorials on nehe.gamedev.net, there is a tutorial about setting up OGL for a 2d game.

as far as where to start programming an RPG, it depends on your design. you should really work out each and every detail and write it down before you start coding; otherwise you will get lost in your own mess long before you have anything done.

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Start by using text. Really.

Either descriptive or go roguelike (roguelike will probably be better if you intend to go 2d-graphical later). Start hammering out whatever systems you need (combat, conversational, simulation, whatever is the focus of your game). Get that stuff ironed out (hah!) then retrofit a GUI and graphical tiles over the RPG engine you''ve done. Pow.

Or, maybe you''ll grow fond of what you''ve done, and end up with a long term roguelike ala nethack, moria, etc.



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well the easyest is olso the most sisi way of getting out. Fisrt here are the two engine that you can use: LibCon or SDL. SDL More Consider because the project is still live and update. But libcon Still have it''s good point. But i really consider to continu learning opengl or event start directx. And I have a great book for you if oyu do soo. Window Game Progamming for dummy. Its got all to start making your first game or rpg

Kevin

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Yea I''m going to get the book... I''m still going to do it in opengl now that i know it some what... I never want to go to directx b/c I have a linux mac and windows machine so i''m going to try and port the game to mac when i get done with it. Is there any good tutorials on making a simple rpg? not the text kind.

thx silas

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If your gonna start with text play a few MUDs (www.mudconnect.com) and try and build one. After your done you''ll have the basics for a 2d rpg and some network code to eventually bring it online. That''s just my theory anyway, I haven''t tried it myself.

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It does sound you''ll need a bit more experience before taking on a RPG (which is not as easy as you might think). But anyway, to get you started you could head over to

http://nehe.gamedev.net/nehegames/zelda/zelda.asp

And run + dig through it''s source. That''s assuming you''d like to do something in the veins of older Final Fantasy games (characters on scrolling maps)

Good luck!

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