This week let’s take a look at someone who has shared some beautiful busts and amazing parallax maps: LittlePIGGY!
LittlePIGGY has two resource threads, one for MV and another for MZ, that host a trove of gorgeous pieces. In her MV thread, the Rooty and Droplet portraits are two adorable elementals that could easily find a home in any fantasy game. Have them pop up at certain points to give your players clues, or reward them with a fitting elemental attack!
Another thing to be found in the thread is a painted battleback of a calm stream with rolling hills in the background. You could use it as intended, or turn it into a cutscene backdrop while your heroes chat and travel. Or if you’ve been having trouble getting a town’s bar mapped out, grab LittlePIGGY’s bar parallax that has places for lamp events already marked out with lights and shadows right on the map image.
Her MZ thread also contains a collection of parallax maps to help you set the right mood in your games. If your heroes are stuck in a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, then LittlePIGGY’s underground bunker parallaxes could be an awesome addition. With worn walls and limited supplies, these bunkers don’t seem like spots you’d want to hang out in for long… At least until you check out her exterior map and find that the world is a lonely and deserted wasteland. She also made sure to include overlay pictures so that your players can walk under and behind parts of the maps, making them feel like they’re really wandering these places.
If bunkers are a bit too much for your games, why not use her winter city parallaxes instead? With snowy paths and a christmas party happening in a small town square, they’d make wonderful additions to a cheery modern game.
LittlePIGGY’s vampires would be a great addition to any game that’s a little batty. With sprites and matching busts for a vampire family and a few humans, you could tell a silly story about a new family moving to a new town or a tale of terror about a haunted castle where people who enter never leave!
The vampire family busts come with a spooky variation where they’re mid-transformation into a cloud of bats! Perfect for when they start hunting your poor heroes, or just when they don’t feel like walking to their destination.
If vampires aren’t your thing, how about some prehistoric-themed tiles? With shelves carved out of stone and mats made of hides you can turn any cave into a home. Leave cave painting warnings to your heroes when they enter a deadly cavern, or decorate a troll’s lair with bloody hunks of meat and scattered bones.
MZ’s default animation style uses Effekseer to create incredible animations, but it can be tough to get used to using it. And what if you prefer cell-based animation creation like in previous RPG Makers? Let’s take a look at how to make some MV-style animations in MZ thanks to the 1.4.0 update.