I want to place links to my website, Discord, and Patreon pages on the Title Screen, and provide in-game links to the game's wiki. In this article, I will show you how I added these external link features to my game.
New Feature: Linking to External Pages
It would be helpful for users to be able to connect to the game's website, my Patreon page, and my Discord server.
I also want a way for the player to link to an external wiki where they can find out more about the game using an in-game link, perhaps with a "pocket computer" or "library terminal".
I'll be using a Visustella plugin to help me with this:
- Core Engine - This plugin upgrades the RPG Maker core files, fixes bugs, and adds additional features and quality of life enhancements.
This plugin has a TON of features that enhance the basic RPG Maker MZ installation.
Adding Internet Links to the Title Screen
I want to be able to put three links on the Title Screen:
- A link to the game's Home Page
- A link to the game's Discord server
- A link to my Patreon server
Down the line, I may replace one of those with a link to the Kickstarter, if the project ever gets to that point.
Adding the links is easy - go to the Core Engine plugin and look for the Title Picture Buttons.
External Link Settings
External Link Position Details
After adding a few entries, we end up with this:
External Links on Title Screen
Now players can find ways to join the community and find support.
Adding Internet Links In-Game
I think it might be cool to be able to link out from the game to the help docs or the Wiki.
Maybe there could be a computer terminal, or your personal comms unit in the game that would let you connect to a database of items from the game, or monsters, or ships.
Could be a way to access the Encyclopedia Galactica?
This can be achieved using the Visustella Core Engine plugin as well.
Simply use the scripting plugin command, Game: Open Url
Adding External Links
Yay! Now we have a way for players to connect to support sites directly from the Title Screen, and we have a way to launch external links in-game through dialogs or other event handlers.
Well, that's all for today's Game Dev Log update. We've accomplished a lot!
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