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Hello!  I just discovered this program today, and although it's very interesting I've decided against buying it and I thought you might be interested to know why.  If this type of feedback is unwelcome then don't worry about reading or replying.  I don't mind.  Although what I have to say is harsh it is meant as a tool to improve, not as a way to be hurtful, so do what works best for you.

The main reason I decided against buying is that the results are not usable without extensive external editing.  The program is great as a starting point for generating ideas, but I already have access to free sprite generators that can do just that, and in the palette I want to use.  Spending $20-25 on a program that gives me ideas is just far, far too much.  A lot of this could be solved by understanding what goes into good pixel art and helping the generator create that.  Having shading options that don't involve gradients or adding noise would go a long way.  Maybe something similar to a bevel with a hard pixel edge?  I think some minor low color count anti-aliasing could be done procedurally as well.  But really, just having different chunks colored with a different hue can do some cool things, especially if you can limit how many are generated in each sprite.

The second reason was the price, and not just because it would simply be a starting point.  Even imagining this as something that could generate usable sprites without an external editor, it doesn't compete well with existing programs.  Aseprite is $15, Pyxel Edit is $9, GIMP and the other generators I've found are all free.  Yeah, none of them does what this does, but they have in overall more useful features.  Oddly enough, if your price point was $15 I wouldn't have questioned the price at all.  I don't know why $10 (or $5 on sale)  makes such a big difference, but it does.

I will probably be deleting the free version as well.  The 1 bit mode is an obvious limitation, I don't fault you for using it for your demo, but I don't think it gives a good indication of what's possible in this program without inclusion of an alpha channel or having a total of 3 colors so that you can see the body.

The way a user can draw regions for indicating where and when the  program creates the types of variations is brilliant.  There is so much potential for this idea.  Sadly, even after watching the video I haven't got a clear understanding of which element does what.  Some documentation on that is going to be very important.

I wish you luck on this project.

Glad you got it sorted out.  If anything else is confusing, feel free to ask.

That's fantastic!  Glad to hear.

It's made for hand placement, since all of the ground to water edge tiles are made to work with every single other ground to water edge tile, giving the map a lot of variation while still being tiles.  I suppose you could make them work in a procedural map, but I haven't done anything to make this work specifically for a generator.  It's in RPG Maker VX Ace format if that makes any difference.

Yes!

The icons were very well done, but they weren't what I expected.  I thought they'd be set up for use in RPG Maker with the same pixel scale as the tiles but the icons are made to take up the same space as the tile.  This means when you have 48x48 tiles, the icons at the same pixel scale are 48x48, not 32x32 like they'd need to be.  I get why this was done, to have the icons match in scale for all setups you'd only have a 10x10 space to work in at the original 1:1 pixel scale.  It just wasn't what I was expecting and won't be as useful to me as I thought.

That's seriously awesome.  Thanks so much.  I'll accept the praise tip instead.

Ooh, that sounds interesting.  None of my GM's ever did actual maps it was always random small toys and dice and maybe a drawing on a whiteboard.  I hope your players appreciate it.

If you purchased it from here then you have licence to use it in Unity.

Cool!  Thanks for the heads up!

And this, my friends, is exactly why I don't do freelance anymore!

Wow, that looks good! The animation is very smooth, good job!

I haven't quit, but I haven't been able to work on things as much as I like so progress is frustratingly slow. As soon as I have more I'll be releasing it.

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Sorry, I don't use Gmail for business. Is there a problem with Hotmail? I can get on another service temporarily so we can talk if you need me to.


BTW, if this is about a possible commission or offer to join a project, the answer will be no. I don't do commissions anymore.

It shouldn't be missing anything, but this is the second comment I've gotten about that in a short period of time. I'll redo the zip file and upload it again just in case, but it may not be right away. I have a few files I've been meaning to add in but can't without talking to someone about it first. I have a hotmail email, drakecastle, you can contact me there.

There has been some confusion before about one of the screenshots, which doesn't use the artwork as tiles. Specifically people usually are wondering where the gabled windows are. Those were not included as tiles, but with some minor editing you can get the same look. The parts to put those together should be in the same folder as the angled walls, if not please let me know and I'll re-upload the zip.

Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoy it.

Well, you could just write your own (don't need a lawyer, just a clear set of rules). I don't know of an existing one doesn't allow being distributed as assets, but you could avoid many of the problems with CC0 by switching to CC-By or OGA-By (the same thing but without the anti-drm clause).

Vexed! I was going to comment on how lovely these were when I noticed your name. Really, these look fantastic.

A friend of mine is using your tiles for a game. Until I saw screens from it I had no idea that these tiles looked so nice. I don't think your previews are showing them off to their fullest. You might want to have a few previews that are easier to see the tiles in, maybe jpged if you're worried about people just taking them.

http://pixeljoint.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11... Comprehensive and very helpful for avoiding common mistakes.

http://gas13.ru/v3/tutorials/sywtbapa_almighty_gra... I learned a lot from this one.

http://manningkrull.com/pixel-art/walking.php This is just a tutorial for making walk animations for side scroller sprites but it helped me understand walk cycles in general.

http://2dwillneverdie.com/tutorial/ Lots of good tutorials with tips that are the most useful for larger peices. It's advanced stuff, don't start with this one.

Huh? Sprites can be any size and the default is 48x48. I'm not sure where you got the number 56 from.

Yeah, I can tell from your links that you know your stuff. I think finding an art partner could be a good idea. Maybe you could try recruiting in a game creation forum instead, you'll be a lot more likely to find what you need.

I never go for those types of offers. Don't know of any professional artist who does, actually. It's nothing personal, it's just that most games are abandoned before publishing, and of the ones that get made the majority sell very poorly. It's a bad investment, and art is difficult enough to make a living off of without that kind of risk. You may be able to find an inexperienced artist who's willing to do that sort of split. You'll need to make a really great pitch for the game though, something that makes an artist want to claim the project as their own. Since the money offered is the equivalent of a lottery ticket you need to offer something else to get people to spend their time and effort on you.

Ah, I keep meaning to make a webpage, but I've never managed to finish one and put it online. Following me on here is probably the best way for now.

Sorry, i don't do commissions anymore. Good luck with your game.

Yeah, I get it. Sometimes a workflow that you are comfortable with and works is more important than effecient tools.

Hello! I've been slowly working my way through your backlog of time lapses. I don't remember how I found them, but they're very interesting. You have a very different way of working than I do, and though sometimes it drives me crazy, I've also learned a lot, especially about how to work faster on larger pieces.

Have you heard of Pyxel Edit? Your method to repeat tiles works surprisingly well, but each time I see you use copy and paste to get tiles to repeat I think to myself, "I need to tell him about this, it would make this so much faster".

Anyway, thanks for posting the streams. They've been fun and interesting and useful.

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Oh? Which version? I usually have people telling me it looks like the early Dragon Quest games.

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Thank you! I've got another set in the works, though the next set I release will be something different.