Giving Spore: Galactic Adventures a try. Maybe making missions will help with my RPG writing and design skills. Granted, they're two completely different genres, but any source of inspiration/guidance is helpful.
I may be a bit of a masochist, but I love games/parts of games that try to kill you every single moment you play, akin to Tomb of Horrors. Have there been any notable RPG Maker games (Easy mode: CRPGs) with that constant feeling of impending doom?
Hero: This city cannot accept Gold to buy the items. Merchant: You can exchange Gold into TC,depending the rate of TC this time. Hero: Really? Then,i want to exchange 999999999G. Merchant: Let's see……Wait a second,are you Cheating again? Hero: Hell No!!! I earn it with myself!!!
I think of all the effects in my game, the light passing through fog has got to be my favorite....
...Also I spent all day trying to figure out how I had suddenly messed it up and made it start dropping frames like crazy. So I had all day to look at it... mocking me... with it's previous 60fps reduced to 30fps... At least it's fixed now.