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Starting to get really bummed. I started doing this in the hope that I could make a creative outlet that might one day blossom into, if not a career, at least a hobby that brought in more than it cost to create. It would seem I can't find help for the things I am lacking however, and no matter how much I wish it was so, there are certain things I'm simply not capable of. I'll be teaching myself Ruby so that at least I can start doing some of the scripting I need on my own, but I don't have the years it would take for me to become capable at art. Looking at what I'm wanting to make, it's probably going to cost me $5-600 to get all the art I need to make this look the way I want, and it's not a game I plan on charging for. I don't want to give up on the game just because I can't pay for things, though, so I might have to suck it up. There goes my discretionary budget for the next few months...
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My attitude has always been that if you start spending money on an RPG Maker project you probably already lost it. Heck spending near the amount of money they usually charge without sales on RPG Maker is already probably a lost, but you can't do much about that except wait for really cheap sales. Now I like RPG Maker, but I have never thought of it as a source of profit. Though honestly I am not sure how much people really make with it, so take what I say with a helping of salt.
Ether way if there is one thing that can be a massive money sink it is art. DLCs or commissions can get expensive and honestly if I were you I would just skip it and see what I can do on my own or with free resources. You might be surprised what you can do on your own! And if you can't find or make any art at all, sometimes you just gotta taper your ideas by what you can do sorry to say.
I don't mean to be a Negative Nancy though! If this is your passion don't give up on it so easily! And hey, if you have the money to spare that you would probably spend on junk anyway, you might as well spend it on your project right? I wouldn't expect you would get it back, but that's not really the point is it?
Sidenote: Getting good at Ruby might take years too you know, and getting good at art might not take long at all. It really depends on the person I think... and the type of art too I guess.
I've tried practicing art. I'm so bad at it that I generally just get frustrated and can't stick to the practice. I understand that technically it's possible to get proficient at anything with enough practice, but I have abysmal hand eye coordination along with a perfectionist's mind. It's a bad combination when you want to become good at art, where sometimes you just have to draw the thing and accept a few flaws as you slowly improve.
Anyway. Not planning on giving up, just feeling really bummed.