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im a writer by passion. recently decided to try telling a story through a game instead of a book.... but i have no idea where to start. the platform i will be using is RPGMaker or something similar... other than that im at a loss

i have absolutely zero knowledge of coding, which language i should learn, etc. Is there a certain language that is best for RPGM-type games?

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the platform i will be using is RPGMaker or something similar

 

 

Usually these sorts of "game construction" tools support only one (or a small number) of scripting languages. Modern versions of RPGMaker, for example, use Ruby (or something Ruby-like). 

 

So you should pick the tool you're going to use first, and then learn whatever language it demands of you for scripting your games. Usually the tool in question will have documentation or tutorials that can get you started with the scripting aspect.

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First, welcome.  For beginners, checkout the FAQ:  http://www.gamedev.net/page/reference/faq.php/_/for-beginners-r1

 

If you're interested in interactive fiction, twine is a good place to start: 

http://twinery.org/

http://www.auntiepixelante.com/twine/

 

We'll be here when you've got questions.

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Interactive fiction looks interesting, but I want to make a game so I can use the mediums of sight and sound instead of just words

Okay, sounds like I gotta pick a platform and figure out the language. I'll be back when I'm lost again

Thanks guys

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 Well even though i have no knowledge of learning to program, i can still give some advice, that could be entirely wrong so be warned.

 

From what I've learned, its incredibly hard to make a game right off the bat, everyone mainly says you need to ATLEAST get the basics down before making a simple game, and depending on what genre of the game is, the animation, etc. the language varies, so if you could specify that, it would be great!

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From what I've learned, its incredibly hard to make a game right off the bat, everyone mainly says you need to ATLEAST get the basics down before making a simple game, and depending on what genre of the game is, the animation, etc. the language varies, so if you could specify that, it would be great!

 

 
 
This is true if you are learning to program and building the game that way. If you are using a tool like RPGMaker or Adventure Game Creator, this is less true.

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im a writer by passion. recently decided to try telling a story through a game instead of a book.... but i have no idea where to start. the platform i will be using is RPGMaker or something similar... other than that im at a loss

i have absolutely zero knowledge of coding, which language i should learn, etc. Is there a certain language that is best for RPGM-type games?

 

I would recommend starting at the beginning, using capital letters at the beginning of sentences. There are posts identical to yours posted here daily, could you not find what you was looking for in those posts? If not, I would have expected your post to be more specific on what you required. 

 

As you have mentioned RPGMaker I assume you have read through their website, played a few demos to get a idea of what sort of games it is capable of producing and understand it uses a scripting language called RGSS2 based on Ruby.

 

If what I have assumed is correct, I am not sure what you are looking to get from this topic. If you generally just wanted peoples opinions on getting into programming, many other posts cover this, including the FAQ.

 

I hope I do not offend anyone from this message but generally you get more from people if you put more into your posts. Without knowing more about your requirements or interests I am just going to recommend you check out https://www.khanacademy.org/.

 

Good luck

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From what I've learned, its incredibly hard to make a game right off the bat, everyone mainly says you need to ATLEAST get the basics down before making a simple game, and depending on what genre of the game is, the animation, etc. the language varies, so if you could specify that, it would be great!

 

 
 
This is true if you are learning to program and building the game that way. If you are using a tool like RPGMaker or Adventure Game Creator, this is less true.

 

the best thing to start with is really small. something like pong. that is the best for real starters.

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I guess my advice to give to you depends on what you want to learn.

 

If you just want to make a game, and don't want to get involved with programming, and the whole thought of programming makes you feel uneasy, then yes i would recommend RPG Maker.

 

When i was a young-un, I started out writing "game books", where you turn from one page to another to affect the plot with your choices, so in effect i am from the same stock as yourself. I on the other hand really got into programming once i tried it, as i saw how the steps that the program follows are similar to those steps in the books i was creating.

 

If this is what you want to do and programming appeals to you then you should probably start with some of the tutorials on this site about how to write simple games such as Pong.

 

Good luck, whatever you decide! :)

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