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Interested in the progress Casper Gaming has made on the website or the resources provided here? Read the news below to learn more about what has been released and what is planned to be released soon.

Upcoming MZ Changes
Plugin release, Demo changes, Patreon implications
August 3, 2020
One plugin for CGMV which has been in beta for quite a while now is finally being released, the CGMV Changelog. This is a short and simple plugin which allows you to add a "changelog" option to the title command window and inform users of changes you've made between releases of your game.

Other plugins which are still in Beta, CGMV Holidays and CGMV Crafting, are being worked on with the goal of getting them complete and ready about a week before MZ releases.

Speaking of the new RPG Maker program, I have decided to change how I do demos for my plugins. Once MZ releases, I will be making individual demos for each plugin that is released in addition to a sample project. These individual demos and the new MZ sample project will be free for all to download from appropriate spots on the website.

This also means that Patreon tiers will be changing since currently the $3 tier is access to the sample project which served as a demo for my MV plugins. As discussed above the demos for MZ will be free, so this is no longer suitable for a Patreon benefit. Instead, the new $3 tier will be for access to Beta plugins which is the same as the $5 tier right now, and the $5 tier will instead allow access to alpha plugins which are plugins that are not feature complete yet as well as having your name included in plugin demos. These changes will happen once MZ releases.

New RPG Maker, New Dev Corner
Changes for RPG Maker MZ
July 10, 2020
There is a new RPG Maker engine coming out soon: RPG Maker MZ. This engine offers numerous improvements, including map layers, a new animation system, and more. However, one problem with any new engine is always the lack of plugins available for it.

I will be porting all of my MV plugins to MZ except for any which have had their functionality added to the base engine, so users of Casper Gaming MV (CGMV) plugins will not need to worry about any of my plugins not making the jump to the new engine. Along with the move to the new engine, all my current MV plugins will be moved to the legacy section of the website and any still in beta at that time will be fully released.

In addition, some improvements to the website are coming as well including this actual home page. More tutorials are being worked on for the Learn section, including how to set up version control using GitHub. A new school-like project will be started for MZ as well.

August 2018
Update
August 8, 2018
August is here, and I'm a bit late posting an update due to taking a vacation in July and August. Unfortunately I was not able to get much work done on vacation as I had planned, so some things I had said in July are no longer on track. The vehicle system and region switch plugins will be releasing soon (out of beta) and some new plugins will be entering beta as well this month.

July 2018 Plans
Vehicle System port, Region Switch port, vacation
July 2, 2018
July is here, and will most likely be a less productive month than others since I have a few vacations coming up which I will be taking and will be unable to work on RPG Maker during them. I plan to finish testing the vehicle system, release the region switch port, and hopefully begin work on another CSCA port. I am also working on a new section for the website with tutorials for the editor, which I plan to later expand on and include tutorials on plugins and more. Unfortunately this also means that a lot of work is going into that but it isn't really something I can show off yet so it may look like not much is being done even though it is - just behind the scenes!

June 2018 Plans
Achievement updates, title and vehicle system ports from CSCA
June 1, 2018
June is here! Late in May I released my Professions plugin, and an obvious second step to take is to make achievements for professions. This is currently being worked on and will be completed in June. I have also been working on continuing to port some scripts from my Ace collection to MV, two of which are the Title System and the Vehicle System. These are expected to both be at least in Beta by the end of June, with the Title System likely being released near mid-June.

If you want access to beta plugins without having to wait (you also get to provide important feedback early on in the development of plugins), please become a Patron.

Monthly Update
Monthly Updates planned every month on the first
May 15, 2018
Updates have been a little sporadic, which is something I'd like to change. I will be providing updates on the first of the month from now on, to keep the schedule of news regular. There may still be other updates between these monthly updates if a plugin launches or something important comes up. The monthly updates will serve to keep you updates on what I am working on. If you'd like to provide feedback on anything, please join the Discord Server.

Developer Corner Update
New Plugins, Website Work
April 17, 2018
Hello all, it has been a while since I last posted an update. Since then, I have released the CGMV Encyclopedia and some other smaller plugins. Putting plugins out there is only half the battle, though. The more plugins that are released, the more bugs will need to be fixed and the more new features for existing plugins will be asked for. I look forward to continuing to improve released plugins and put out new plugins for you all.

I have also been doing some updates to the website. So far, most of you probably will not notice much other than a few advertisements on the side of the page. This was implemented to help pay for the hosting of the website. I am also looking into allowing people to register accounts so that you can more easily track which plugins you've downloaded, and other things related to the developer corner. This is a long ways off yet, but definitely something that I want to do.

Plugin Launch, Beta Plugins
Hard at work on the CGMV Engine
February 24, 2018
The CGMV Engine has finally been made available to people on large RPG Maker forums, including RPG Maker Web Forums and RPG Maker Central, as well as some other locations. So far, the larger plugins have received the most attention as expected. I am always looking to not only create new plugins, but also to improve released CGMV plugins, so please do not hesitate to provide feedback, error reports, or suggestions on these forums where my plugins can be found.

Speaking of new plugins, I have decided to post beta plugins to my website. These can be found intermixed with CGMV plugins, but will be clear that they are in beta with a special beta image for all beta plugins. These are plugins which are far enough along in development that they are working as described (for the most part), but have not undergone extensive bug testing and may be missing minor features. These plugins are only available to Patrons. Putting these plugins in the list of CGMV plugins provides an easy way for patrons to access them, as previously they could only be accessed individually from my Patreon page. I anticipate that most plugins will stay in Beta for 1-2 weeks, but larger ones may take longer. If you just cannot wait to test these plugins out in your game, or if you want to provide feedback during the period that changes are most likely to make it into the final product, please become a patron!

Developer Corner Launch
A new place to find Casper Gaming's RPG Maker Resources
January 20, 2018
Welcome to the new Developer Corner section of Casper Gaming! This is the place where I will be releasing all of the resources I have created for the various RPG Makers. Already available are some plugins for MV and a few miscellaneous resources I have converted from my older VX Ace project to be compatible with the new MV standards. New resources are all planned to be created for the latest iteration of RPG Maker: MV. Resources for older makers such as VX and VX Ace can be found in the Older Resources section, but no new resources will be created for these older makers.

Most of what will be released in the near future are updated CSCA Scripts to Javascript so they can be used in MV. These will become the CGMV engine. I will also be working to update graphics I have made in the past to the new asset specifications of MV. After this process is complete, I will be working on creating entirely new resources for the community.