A List of Tutorials for Beginners


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A list of RPG Maker VX Ace Lite and VX Ace Tutorials for Beginners

Excellent Overview of Starting out with RPG Maker

A Starting Point for New Users by Andar


Simple Village Mapping Tut, by Dezz

Mapping in Five Easy Steps, by Indrah

Ground Levels on Maps, by Musashi

Intro to shift-click mapping, by BigEd781

Shift-click mapping, further explained, by seita

Exterior Map Roofing Explanation by Andar

see also - mapping tutorials in the official tuts, listed below

EVENTING TUTORIALS - through switch use only - no variables in use

GrandmaDeb’s The Ten Easiest Things You Can Do with Events

GrandmaDeb’s Conditions, Triggers and Event Pages

see also Event Triggers Part 1 and 2 in Official Tuts below

GrandmaDeb’s Switches Demo

Grandma's Tut to Fix Ace Lite BattleBack Problems on Sample maps

Fog Pictures Eventing, by Encrypted Knight Advanced beginner level

How to pause after showing a picture, by Lunarea

EVENTING TUTORIALS - including variables

Switches and Variables, by Despain (almost all about switches)

Switches and Variables part 2, by Despain

Celianna’s Variables Guide

Switch Puzzle using variable counter, self and global switches, by DBChest

Push Boulder on switch puzzle, by Bird Eater

Simpler version of boulder movement with “cannot move” message, by Galv

Application of x/y coordinates to mapping issues, by Kryterion

Event for controlling lights on map, by Shaddow (uses variables, switches, autorun, parallel process, conditional branches)

Interesting Zelda Style puzzle event, by OldMan - advanced

see game and story design tuts in the official tuts, listed below

Terrain Tag applications
Using damage floors to affect skill levels

ceiling tile and ground tile discussions to be added

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These tutorials give an overview of game function, excellent advice on game production, a great start on a first project and bring depth of understanding to those wanting to use RPG Maker VX Ace.
Frequently Asked Questions for VX on this site - many questions will apply to Ace
FAQ topic

Please do not repost or reproduce GrandmaDeb’s lists. Thank you for this courtesy.
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Was gonna do more, but I am tired, so here is all I can add for now - a short list of Ace Tuts:

Updated 08 09 13

*******List rewritten - see below*************
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You updated this just on time for me to notice it! Thanks a ton Granny, this saves me a lot of sorting and searching!


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Working on a List of Tuts. Generally speaking I am trying to list them in order of
difficulty, and to offer a broad base of tuts. Categories are not firm yet. Cheers!

Here we have collected the tutorials posted for RPG Maker VX/Ace from this site. Right now it includes five out of the
seven pages of tuts. My intent is to include enough tutorials that a reasonable person would be able to have all of their
basic questions answered, so I have also included some of the tuts from the Non-Maker Specific Tutorial list.
Eventually I will pare the list down, removing tuts that are less clear, or have topics which are well covered in other
listed tuts. Please do not be offended if your tutorial is eventually removed. I will probably end up removing some of
the ones I wrote myself. =]

My goal is to serve the game maker who comes here wanting to learn. They may be looking for a few ideas about
something to include in their game that is at about the next level up in their skills. They may want to find inspiration for
new capabilities which are well within their reach, but would otherwise not occurred to them. I know I have
had my eyes opened a few times as I have read through these tuts. There are a lot of great ideas out there! =]

So hopefully, these tutorials are roughly in an order that starts with early capabilities and grows as the list progresses.
Obviously, keeping things in categories requires a loose hand in the order. Eventing is not well sorted yet.

Please PM me about broken links and misspelled names.
Please PM authors about missing images and other tut-related problems.

Introduction to RPG Maker

A Starting Point for New Users, by Andar
How to install and begin using RPG Maker VX/Ace, Firen
About First Projects, by Dark Gaia

Earliest Skills/Game Mechanics

Making a Demo File and Uploading it, by ShinGamix
Tileset Importing Guide
Releasing Ace Games without RTP files, by Mister Big T

The whole banana.... Beginner's Guides

Let's make a game, by Soulpour777
Beginner's Guide to RPG Maker VX/Ace, by Kelsper
Beginner Tutorial Video Series, by Tommy Gun
Ace Basics Video Tutorials, by Skimoman
Overview of Event Commands, by Yanomry


Mapping in Five Easy Steps, by Indrah
Mastering the Tile Editor (with Shift Clicking) by BidEd781
ShiftClick Mapping, by Seita
Luchi-Chan's Mapping Commandments, by Luchino
Mapping Tips, by Ocean's Dream
How to make a simple village map
Very Easy Improved Water, by BustedEd
Dark Forests and Jungles, by CrayDragon
Discussion of Proper use of Water Tiles
Better Looking Water Tiles, by Felix Trapper
How to use Mack Roof Tiles, by Candasis
Application of x/y coordinates to mapping issues, by Kryterion
RMVX/Ace Tips and Tricks, by Archeia
A discussion of ceiling tiles

Basics and Introduction
Ten easy things to do with Events, by GrandmaDeb
Map Transfer in Regions with a single event, by VideoWizard
Ace Switches Demo, by GrandmaDeb
Event Triggers Blog Post Part 1
Event Triggers Blog Post Part 2
Conditions, Triggers and Event Pages, by GrandmaDeb
Various Applications
A Beginner's Guide to Cut-Scenes, by Voxgizer
Simple On-Map Enemy Encounters, by ReconVirus
User input of Password, by Dagny
Boulder Pushing Event tutorial - “Big Toby’s Video Tutorials”
Fog Pictures Eventing, by Encrypted Knight
How to pause after showing a picture, by Lunarea
Direction Based Line of Sights Events, by the Infamous Bon Bon
Warp Whistle (navigate map with cursor,) by Sacarious
Animated Power Bar and Button Masher, by TitanHex
How to make a Sokoban Puzzle, by Shaz
Make a Harvest Moon Game, by DoNgocNhan
Moveable Selector Box, by TitanHex
Fishing System, by TitanHex
Multiple Battle Backgrounds per Map, by Immortal Dreams
Audible Footsteps, with resources, by Aceri
Create a Falling Pit with Region IDs, by Dagny
Common Events, for experienced users, by Zeriab

Events using Variables
Basics and Introduction
Switches and Variables Part 1, by Dagny
Switches and Variables Infographic, by Dagny
Using Map Coordinates Part One, by Dagny
Variables Guide (for beginners,) by Celianna
Switches and Variables, part 2, by Dagny
Eventing Tutorials, VIDEO by Soulpour777
Application - Puzzles - Boulder Pushing and Other Puzzles
Using Map Coordinates, Part Two, by Dagny
Push Boulder on switch puzzle, by Bird Eater
Boulder Pushing puzzle and Treasure Chest 'splain, Video by Big Toby
Pushable and Pullable Objects, by Galenmeteth
Lost Forest Tutorial, by Kuvo
Timed Sorting Game, by Paddy (aka NO!)**missing images**
Application - Game Systems
Simple Karma/Morality Syatem Video Tut, by Tommy Gun
Hunger and Thirst System, by TitanHex
Banking System, by Adonikam
Gardening System, by RzrBladeMontage
Evented Time System, by Acetonide
Uber Time System, by Yanomry
Achemy Level System, by Bob Saget
Various Applications
Number Displayer, by TitanHex
Animate a Picture, by TitanHex
Picture Menu, by TitanHex
Custom Events Menu, by TitanHex
Furniture Selector, by TitanHex
Make a Working Elevator, by Besus
Map Location Display System, by Soulpour
Create a MiniMap without Using Scripts, by ReconVirus
Allow User to Select Actor's Class, by Bob Saget
Card Roulette, by TitanHex
Player Character Choice, by TitanHex
Understanding and Using Indexes, by TitanHex
Intermediate/Advanced Game Variables, by Seita
Interesting-eventing-points, by Zeriab
How to use Key Items, by Tommy Gun
Data Backup Event System 2, by Pk8
On-Map Enemy encounter system, by Adon
Make a 3 location Teleport, by Mike_your_bro
Wait until Button Input, by pk8
Using Terrain Tags, by Reat

Eventing Systems involving Script Event Commands, Scriptlets, or Scripts

Event Chase within Range, by LilCoolDude69, with event script calls
Puzzle which lights lamps, by the Infamous Bob Bon with event script calls (optional: use KALE and Yanfly's BCE)
Custom Transition/Screen Wipe, by Neon Black
Remove Save Option from Menu, by ReconVirus with script line deletion
Field Skills/Skill Selection, by TitanHex with scriptlet
On Screen HUD Meter Video Tutorial, by Tommy Gun, which uses scripts, but does not require them
Disable Dash 2, by PK8
Grappling Hook, by TitahHex
Mirror Puzzle Demo, by Bird Eater, using scripts
Guild System, by Oriceles, using scripts

Graphics for RPG Maker

Guide to Simple Tileset Edits, by Indrah
Make a Snow Covered Tile, translated
Make a Diagonally faceing Sprite, translated
A discussion of A2 ground tiles
Template with indicators for Sprite movement,by JohhnyOmaha
Using the Mack Character Generator, by Chorros
Use Particle Illusion to make Animations, by Timmah

Script Usage and Application Tuts

Easy Tile Swapping, by Tsukihime
Using the Party-Based Script to change face graphics to coordinate with selected actor graphics, by Tsukihime
Using Drop Item Sets to control Enemy Drops, by Tsukihime
Using Scroll Rates to Simulate Depth Perception, using Overlay Maps, by Tsukihime
Using Bit Switches, by Tsikihume
How to Absorb Elemental Damage, using negative numbers via Feature Manager, by Tsukihime
Animated Windows, by Tsukihime
Create Skills that only affect certain enemies, using Tag Manager, by Tsukihime
Key Item-triggered Events, using Event Trigger Labels, by Tsukihime
Keep Track of User and Target of a Skill or Item,using Common Event Variables, by Tsukihime
Items and Skills Time Cooldowns,using Victor Engine Basic Module and Action Conditions by Victor Sant
Element Shifting Bosses, using Victor Engine Element States, Enemy Attack Conditions, & (optional) Yanfly Element Absorb by McTricky

Scripting Helps

Autotile IDs, by Pk8
Script Call Equivalents of Events, by Archeia
Notetagging, by Fomar0153
Anatomy of Windows (scripting,) by Fomar0153
Evaluating Script Incompatibility, by Tsukihime
How to Disable Scripts, by Tsukihime


How to make the most of Custom Formulae, by Fomar0153
How to make the most of Custom Formulae, Part Two, by Fomar0153
Skill Ideas for Custom Formula, by Titanhex
How to make a Custom Battle Scene with Forced Inputs, by RyokuHasu
Ace Damage Flow Infographic, by Archeia
Get Around Dual Wield glitch, by ThreadGillpr
Use Battle Events to steal from Enemy, by Dagny
Customize Skills without scripts, by Andar
Custom Attack and Defense Skills for each actor, by Meridianbot with scriptlets
Add Autostates with Battle Events, by CWells
Learning Skills based on Use in Battle, by Immortal Dreams
Real Time Combat Tutorial, by Shad
Using Battler Transformations for Animation Sequences, by Tsukihime, using scripts
Clone Enemies in Troop without scripts, by CWells
Simple Level Scaling without Scripts, by Lohenien

Battle Systems

Guide to Yami's 'Battle Symphony,' by Macatlas
Fate/Extra Evented Battle Systems, by bodibastos

Generator and Resource/Database Management

How to add files to Ace's Generator, by Lunara
Formatting Sprite Graphics, Importing Video Tut, by Tommy Gun
Manage Resource Subfolders using Hard links, by Tsukihime

Creator Tools

Improving the Event System, by Tsikihime
Tile Labelling Reference, by Archeia
Create a Collision Map, by Tsukihime

Audio for RPG Maker

How to use Audacity to make BGM Loops, by Shu

Game Design and Development

Beginner's Guide to creating an RPG Story, by Koopa
Mini-Games Discussion, by TrogButtz
Puzzle Design 1, by Dagny
Puzzle Design 2, by Dagny
Making Memorable NPCs, by Dagny
Writing an RPG - what not to do, by Sander
Organizing your Developing Story, by Holder
Dungeons, by Dagny
Battle Encounters, by Lowell

Special Implementations

Install RPG Maker in Ubuntu, by Peltron

Link to main page
These tutorials give an overview of game function, excellent advice on game production, a great start on a first project and bring depth of understanding to those wanting to use RPG Maker VX Ace.

Make Your Own Game series

tut 1 overview of program structure
tut 2 intro to mapping
tut 3 creating characters
tut. 3.5 script use and notetags
tut 4 equip, items features
tut 5 other types of maps
tut 6 creating encounters part 1
tut 7 creating encounters part 2
tut 8 events part 1

Event Triggers Part 1
Event Triggers Part 2

Blog post on types of Puzzles

On Mapping and Resources

Lunarea's Map Planning

Lunarea's Inner Town Mapping

see Make Your Own Game Series Tut 2 and Tut 5 above for more on mapping

Tileset Importing Guide

anatomy of an autotile - Understanding Resource Specs

animation database edits

Ace Mapping Features

Map Planning written for VX but has good thoughts for Ace

Resource Development
Creating Tiles by Lunarea, parts 1, 2, and 3

Game Mechanics and Design

Game Design Development Document to use in Excel available for instant download (for new or older versions of Excel) available on main tutorial page

story design
story design 2

Tuts from Other Sites
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Thanks for the resource dump :-D


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Since this thread is pointed to, a lot, and I've read it's not a necropost if you're posting in tutorials that I would go ahead and post the references that have broken links, and ones that, while the links aren't broken, no longer provide access to resources.

Simple cave mapping, by RyanA

Penta’s Advanced Mapping tips

Celianna’s Variables Guide

Overview of Event Commands, by Yanomry
The link to this works, but his files are no longer available to download


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A bit more and I will want you in my friend list just to use your siggy to learn new tutorials! TYVM!


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The only problem I have with this list is that lack of Lite specific tutorials (like how to do properly things with the restrictions inherent)
Otherwise I'm super thankful for this!

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