RPG Maker is a series of tools for the development of computer role-playing games (RPGs) created by the Japanese group ASCII, part of the company Enterbrain. Tsukūru is a pun mixing the Japanese word tsukuru (作る), which means "make" or "create", with sukūru (スクール), the phonetic pronunciation of the English word "school".
The RPG Maker series has been released primarily in Japan,with later versions also released in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and RPGMaker XP released as an official English (US) translation. Enterbraininsist that unofficial translations of the RPG Maker series are illegal.
RPG Maker allows users to make their own role playing games. Most versions include a tile set based map editor, (tilesets are called chipsets in pre-XP versions), a simple scripting languagefor scripting events, and a battle editor. All versions include initialpremade tilesets, characters, and events which can be used in creatingnew games. The most recent version is RPG Maker XP. Earlier versions inthe series include RPG Dante, RPG Dante 2, RPG Tsukūru 95, RPG Tsukūru2000, RPG Tsukūru 2003, and RPG Tsukūru XP.
Enterbrain and ASCIIreleased RPG Maker 2000 in Japan in 1999. It was illegally translatedinto English by a Russian programmer with the handle Don Miguel, whoalso took part in the translation of RPG Maker 95. By 2001, many people in North Americaand Europe were using the illegal translation. In 2002, Don Miguel wasgiven a warning by Enterbrain. He subsequently discontinued work on RPGMaker 2000, removed web links to the software, and urged the communityto stop using his translation, and buy the official (Japanese) versionof RPG Maker 2000.