I’m curious about gathering more resource ideas for people and just learning about new tools.
So what tools to you like using? Whether it’s something you use a lot, or something you think is cool and should be more known. You can post about any tool or resource really.
I’ll start with one, Photopea is an online image editing tool that works in your browser and happens by pure coincidence to have a very similar feature set and workflow as a known big image editing software made by a company that really doesn’t like having pricing friendly to people who only need to make assets every now and then and aren’t paid to use it/justify its cost.
Speaking of the devil, there is one company seriously trying to compete with the one who shall not be named, and this company has chosen a premium business model. That is, you buy their software once, you don’t pay a subscription.
It’s a bit expensive for the initial purchase, but really if you’re doing things legit, it would end up less expensive that you-know-what in only a few months compared to subscription plans.
They also have a similar product for vector art needs.
I really like Pyxel. Bought a license for it some time ago, and out of all pixel art tools I’ve tried, it was the nicest one to work with for my needs (mostly when making tilesets).
Might not be super relevant to Narrat games I guess, but you never know.
Here’s something you may not know about and could be relevant if you use Narrat (and thus have to use the windows command line): Windows has an improved terminal app. It’s waaaay nicer to use than the default one. Worth installing.
Ok, this is a weird one and you might have (perfectly valid) issues with AI. Still, did you know GitHub Copilot is actually pretty decent at autocompleting your narrat code or yaml config files?
Might not be worth the cost if you only make games for fun, but I have Copilot for my general programming needs, and actually having it enabled on narrat scripts often saves me a lot of time.
I don’t like AI that steals art, but AI that uses open source code I don’t have a huge problem with, so, might as well use it.
Obsidian is a pretty cool app for note-taking and organisation. It has a lot of good features and I think might be the only app that solves the problem of note-taking apps being a bit shit for me. I haven’t used it a ton yet.
Notion is an amazing general info database app. It’s used in a lot of workplaces, but you can also use it personally. Notion has a lot of cool featuers around being able to easily build customised “databases” of things which allows you to keep info about projects or whatever else you want in structured ways that can be really useful.
Do you know about Kenney?
He’s been making tons of high quality free asset packs for years now, to the point that I think he’s started a whole studio built around this. There’s a ton of useful things in there that you can use for prototyping.
One of them is the Asset Forge which is a tool to create simple 3D models or scenes using building blocks. I used this to create and render the rooms for the narrat RPG demo. It won’t let you build crazy complex things, but again it can be good for prototyping
I’ve used Tiled for years. It’s my go-to 2D map editor. The format it outputs is super simple, so it’s easy to integrate it to your game engines. It’s got a ton of featuers and is great.