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Tutorial - 'Transparent Message Box' by Guest

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For the people who are not using RPGMaker 2003, You can still have Transparent Message boxes!

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Have you ever wanted to have a message box like the ones seen in FF: Crytsal Wings or Shattered Samurai? then read this!

This is my first tut. so i hope you like it.

It isn't really all that hard to do. All you really need to know is Switchs, and Fork Optn.

First you need a Fram for the message box and a background. You can use mine if you want there at http://www.freewebs.com/rm2k666/, and i don't want credit, unless you want to give me credit.

Okay, then you need to go to your database(F8) and go to the common events tap. Make two common evets on the left side you can name them whatever but I will use: Show Trans. Message Box, and Erase Message box. Set them on call under Event Start Condition.

Now for the coding. Double click on the white bit and go to Fork Condtion on the 3rd page. Pick Switch and name the switch anything I used Message Box, and set it to off, and no else case. Under the Fork double click again and on the first page go to Message Style, and pick Trans. under Window Format, and under Window Position pick down, and uncheck Prevent Hero from Hiding, and check allow other events to countinue. Next, click on show picture on the 2nd page and pick show picture. Pick the frame Picture set the pic. number to 20, put the position to X160 and Y200, and leave every thing else the same. Now pick show picture again and pick your background, and set the pic. number to 19, everything is the same as before. Now go to Move Picture still on the 2nd page, and pick number 19 and put X160 and Y200, and wait 0.2sec, and uncheck wait till done. Now do the same as before but put the pic. number to 20, check wait until done. Then pick Change switch on the first page, and set Message Box or whatever you named it to on. This is what is should look like.

<>Fork Optn: Switch[0001: Message Box(or whatever)]-OFF
<>Set Message Options: Trnsp,Bot,Fix, Enable Event Mov
<>Show Picture: 20,Frame,(160,200)
<>Show Picture: 19,Message-back,(160,200)
<>Move Picture: 19,(160,200)0.2sec
<>Move Picture: 20,(160,200)0.2sec(W)
<>Change Switch: [0001:Message Box]-ON Set
<>
: End Case
<>

Now go to the 2nd common evet you made, and under the white bit, put Move Picture on the 2nd page, and pick number 19 and put X160 and Y200, and wait 0.2sec, and uncheck wait till done. Now do the same as before But put the pic. number to 20, check wait until done. Then go to Erase Pic. on the 2nd page and pick number 19, and do the same for 20. and then Change Switch on the first page and pick Message Box OFF set.This is what it should look like.

Move Picture: 19,(160,200)0.2sec
Move Picture: 20,(160,200)0.2sec(W)
Erase Picture: 19
Erase Picture: 20
Change Switch: [0001: Message Box]-OFF Set

Then when ever you go to put in a message, before you type in what your going to say pick Call Event on the 3rd page and pick the first Common Event you made, and when you are done with all of your typeing, pick Call Event and pick the 2nd common event, and it should look something like this.

Call Event: Trans. Message(or whatever you named the first one.)
Messg: Sephiroth:
"I"m Still alive?!"(It is just and example message)
Call Event: Erase Message Box(or whatever you named the 2nd one.)

Thats it, now you are all done! I hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Sorry if I have grammer and spelling problems.