This week’s spotlight is taking a look at one scripter’s other passion: music! TheoAllen has created well over a hundred BGMs for us to use in our non-commercial games, so let’s take a look at some of these gems!
TheoAllen can often be seen around the forum offering mechanic advice or sharing new plugins, but one thing people may not know about is his music resource thread. Theo’s BGM Collection contains a ton of music made for all sorts of scenes. High-energy battle tracks and spooky dungeon themes are waiting to be used by fighting-focused games, while relaxing piano tunes and cheerful town melodies can easily find homes in a happy story-driven farming game.
TheoAllen’s music collections are broken into two sets, BGM Collection and BGM Collection 2. The first collection is jam-packed with music, numbering over a hundred songs! Most of the songs come in both MIDI and Ogg formats, so if you’ve been missing that MIDI style in your game you can find it here. The different songs are separated into 11 categories so it’s easy to find that perfect town or dungeon theme!
We can bring our battles to life with heart pounding battle tracks filled with energetic beats and strong drums that’ll keep our players focused on the fight at hand, and give our final battle the gravitas it demands with a dramatic boss theme.
The dungeon tracks all offer different vibes, many of them evoking a possible location they could be used in. Light and airy bells in ‘Crystal Caves’ would fit well in a cavern full of shining minerals while building strings and choir notes in ‘Lava Temple’ remind players of the danger while they make their way through an abandoned temple. Some of the dungeon tracks are almost relaxing, but there’s something just slightly off about them that sends a shiver down your spine and makes them perfect for exploring supposedly empty graveyards or tunnels.
Exploring dungeons and battles aren’t the only things to be found in games though, and TheoAllen has plenty of other options to play with! The field tracks offer wonderful background tunes for wandering our game’s world maps and the different town themes make it simple to find a song that matches the tone we want our towns to have. A relaxed and cheerful tune like ‘Forest Aside’ would fit our calm village towns while our forts could use the more structured style ‘Military Town’ boasts.
The jingle tracks are short and sweet to help set the right mood, with many perfect for being used as MEs for battle victories or as a replacement for the healing tune at an inn.
The BGM Collection 2 contains 15 new songs along with a couple of extended tracks from the first collection. ‘A New Adventure’ has an uplifting melody to give battles a fun soundtrack and the ‘Noble Heart’ jingle would make for a perfect cheery tune while the credits roll.
These collections contain so much music it’s impossible to talk about them all! So if you’ve been searching for some new tunes to add to your games, then make sure to check out Theo’s BGM Collection!
Cliffs are something that can make a huge difference on your maps. I don’t know where you live, but if I look out of my window the landscape is far from being flat and so there are probably parts of your game’s world that could benefit from some height differences for the ground - being it some hills or high mountains.