NEWS: Live-Streaming Smile Game Builder

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At the beginning of this week, I started live-streaming SMILE GAME BUILDER. And I’d like to make it a regular weekly occurrence.

Tutorials Live-Streams

The initial idea behind the live-stream was that it would be a means to return to the video tutorials, especially as it’s been quite a while since my last tutorial.

You can watch the video below or at YouTube.

More Smile Game Builder Tutorials

I’m certainly going to continue live-streaming the SGB tutorials, scheduling them every Sunday at 10pm GMT/2pm PST/5pm EST.

I had planned on making these live-streamed videos "official" parts of the Tutorials & Showcases Playlist.

This will probably not apply any more, since I’m inevitably getting back to the tutorials soon. And I’ll be able to draw on materials from the live-streams, as well as other sources, for them.

Developing Tutoria for Live-Streams

Smile Game Builder - Tutoria: Developing A Live-Stream Game
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What Is Tutoria?

As many of you already know, I started live-streaming SMILE GAME BUILDER on YouTube, specifically for developing Tutoria, the lands in which the game takes place.

Tutoria Basic Map - SMILE GAME BUILDER
Tutoria Basic Map – SMILE GAME BUILDER

Tutoria is a vast land mass sitting in the centre of the Primeval Ocean (a bit like Pangea before it shifted into the continents we know today).

It’s divided into two supercontenents: Aetios, the frigid ice-bound tundra in the north, and Kryuth, comprising more temperate climates in the south and the sweltering desert regions farther south and east.

Connecting them is a man-made bridge in the east, referred to simply as the Crossing, and an isthmus in the west known as the Dragon’s Causeway. The capital of Kryuth is Ancieryth and Aetios’s capital city is Cloverleaf.

The above image provides a very basic layout of what Tutoria is meant to look like. Details will inevitably change as development continues throughout the live-streams and the map itself might change over time. (The map was created on Inkarnate, an online map creator. You do need an account to use it, but you can still make some useful maps even with the Free version; the Pro version isn’t that badly priced either.)

The Purpose of Tutoria

The basic idea behind Tutoria – and the purpose of the live-streams on YouTube – is to create a game from start to finish (however long it takes) and then to post-process it in Unity so that it can then be downloaded and played by all.

It isn’t a serious attempt at game making! It’s simply to create a game over the course of one- or two-hour streams for others to watch. And that’s it!

As I develop Tutoria during the live-streams, I’ll also revisit some of my older video tutorials and bring them more up-to-date. Plus I’ll demonstrate how to create some of the graphics for the game, including icons, effects, and so on. This essentially makes it a tutorial live-stream with the end-goal of a completed game.

Incidentally, Sana of SmileBoom suggested the name "Tutoria" some time ago because I initially wanted to create a series of videos dedicated to creating a short game in SMILE GAME BUILDER based on my tutorials. And it stuck! Hence why it’s so named now.

Giveaways!

During live-streams I’ll be giving away free stuff! Everyone likes free stuff, right?

This could be anything from Title screens to Game Over screens to assets that I create. In last week’s stream, I gave away a Title screen of a nice fairy sitting on a toadstool in a fairy ring.

In the beginning, these giveaways will be sporadic, pretty much as and when I feel like it, but over time, they’ll become a regular feature for all the Tutoria streams. I’ll usually announce this on Twitter and Facebook.

The rules for receiving these freebies (as they become available) are:

  • You must say "Hi!" during the live-stream (even if you say nothing else).
  • After the live-stream, you must contact me on Twitter or Facebook, or in Discord, with the name you used during the stream.
  • You must NOT use them in anything but SMILE GAME BUILDER.
  • You must NOT share them with anyone else or on any other website. (Of course, you can still use them in your games if you want to.)

That’s it!

A final note about the giveaways: In time, these free assets will make their way in packs on the Gnome Treasure online store and Itch.io. So if you want free copies you can collect them in the live-streams only!

Tutoria Live-Streaming Schedule

Live-streams for Tutoria were initially scheduled for Fridays. I had to fit this into my shifts at work. Now that they’ve changed slightly to Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, however, it makes it easier to work with as far as game development as a whole is concerned.

Starting this weekend, I’m rescheduling these live-streams for Sundays because, being the weekend, and based on the feedback I’ve also received, this seems to be a more convenient slot for a people to attend.

Change “Now Loading…” Text – SGB/Unity

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Here’s a very small snippet on how to change the "Now Loading…" text in between scenes in Unity after you’ve exported your game.

Properties.cs

Navigate to and open Assets/src/fakemy/Properties.cs.

Replace "Now Loading …" with text of your choice.

Notes on Editing

I recommend using Visual Studio to edit Unity files because you can auto-synchronise editing with Unity.

Cool Suggestions

Some of the edits suggested by members of the Discord Server are:

  • Initializing…
  • Error 101
  • Installing virus //////// __ 80%

Update on Tutorials and Videos Backup

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I’ve mentioned numerous times about having a backup for my Smile Game Builder tutorials and any other videos I create just in case something happens to my YouTube channel because, well, you never know with the current partisan and increasingly censorial climate there. So, it’s time to make it official.

Backing Up To BitChute

BitChute
If you haven’t already, create a BitChute account. That way you can comment, suggest ideas for new tutorials, or just to say Hi.

My new alternative BitChute Channel will include playlists for Smile Game Builder and RPG Maker MV content. The latter playlist will also include some unique content.

I’m not completely migrating to BitChute; it’s intended as an alternative or a backup channel only at this point. Moreover, videos – notably the Smile Game Builder ones – will start at #61 onwards (whatever their topics).

When it comes to promoting any new videos I create, I’ll try and post links to both BitChute and YouTube to give a choice on which to visit.

Live-Streaming Update

Although I started live-streaming Elder Scrolls Online, I’m also going to have regular live-streams with Smile Game Builder. In the beginning, these will be sporadic but as time goes on they’ll be more regular.

The content of these live-streams will eventually move towards creating a proper game, based loosely on the tutorials and containing many of the methods I used in them, until it’s complete. The game, under the title Tutoria, will then be released as a public free game.

At the moment, my live-streaming schedule is every Friday at 10pm GMT, so be sure to check my social media accounts for updates on when I go live.

3D Model Character Animation
in Smile Game Builder

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It might come as no surprise that creating animated character models for SMILE GAME BUILDER is one of the commonest questions asked.

While this in itself isn’t as complicated as it may seem at first, there are a number of rules you need to follow to successfully create and import character models into SGB, notably with bones and armature.

Jacob Mann has produced a video that comprehensively explains the process from start to finish on YouTube. It’s well worth watching if you’re a relative beginner and wish to create your own 3D characters.

Although there is a plethora of tutorials on armatures, many are for more general creation and don’t take into account SGB’s especial bone structure and format, which may lead to some weird, undesired effects in SGB itself. Jacob’s video is tailored specifically to SGB and makes it easy to understand how animations are created and how they work in Smile Game Builder.

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #59:
Campsite (Part 1)

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #59: Campsites (Part 1)
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This week’s SMILE GAME BUILDER tutorial is up, the first one in a two-parter. And it’s all about campsites!

Video Tutorial

I recently bought and started playing Final Fantasy XV so, inspired by the game’s "havens" (campsites), where you can rest, save and talk to other party members, this tutorial is the result.

Campsites (Part 2)

Part 2 will expand on this idea by adding random battles or encounters, and more, which will be in a few weeks. In fact, I’ve received so many suggestions from visitors and followers that there may be room for a Part 3 as well!

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #58: Tips & Tricks (Part 9)

Smile Game Builder Tutorial 58: Tips & Tricks (Part 9)
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The SMILE GAME BUILDER Tutorial 58: Tips & Tricks (Part 9) video is up. It includes animated terrains and console-like commands for effects, such as flash screen and shake screen.

Tutorial Video

Future Tutorials

The concept of console commands has inspired me and given ideas to expand the "console" for other things, which I’ll put in a future tutorial.

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #57:
Local Variables (Part 2)

Smile Game Builder Tutorial 57: Local Variables (Part 2)
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The Smile Game Builder Tutorial #57, Local Variables (Part 2), is a very short continuation of last week’s video, focusing on tweaking the 4-Direction Compass common event using Local Variables.

Tutorial Video

I’ll combine the two parts into an Extended Version as soon as I find a suitable place (outside YouTube) to put them. I’m thinking about DTube…