Posted: November 21
While the price is high and the learning curve can be a bit steep, RPG Maker VX ACE is a great piece of software for those who wish to create their own RPG game. It's been used to create various kinds of games too, from Visual Novels to platformers, it's possible to do almost anything if you know how. Just be aware that just as Painttool SAI or Photoshop is a tool to create art, RPG Maker is a tool to create a game. What you'll be doing in RPG Maker is a project that will take time and effort, not a game that is to be played to gain achievements.
It should be noted that, without a plan or basic concept, you may not find your money's worth when using RPG Maker. (Especially at 70$+) You might be half-way done and feel as though it's hopeless and you should give up because nothing is working right. Don't do it! Press on!
This is the very reason that I highly stress the the "Learning Curve" point. While this software does have easy to use tools and interface, you will need to learn the basics if you want to program even a quarter of what your creative mind has thought up. You will likely not be able to make something as fancy as "The Witch's House" or "IB" from the get-go.
You'll be browsing forums for answers to many questions and scratching your head trying to think up how to make simple events run the way they are supposed to. Still, once you master the basics of RPG Maker, a floodgate of new ideas can open up and you will realize that RPG Maker is indeed a powerful program.
To summarize though, don't jump into the program unless you're comitted to learning it. Just like a game, you need to master the controls and the game lingo before you can master the game. Have a basic idea or plan ready, so that you have direction to follow as you learn how to use RPG Maker. Be aware that there are many tutorials (both video and readable) out there to help you and when things come to a standstill there's forums for support!
Finally, keep in mind that while your first game may not be a million-dollar blockbuster, it's proof of how far you've come and you'll only get better as you go!