Game Character Hub is an art program that is focused on game asset creation, especially RPG Maker's. It provides a built-in generator for character and tileset creation.
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Release Date: May 23, 2014

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June 3

Second Story Gets A Free Update

Hello everyone,

We are glad to inform you that a free Second Story update will be rolled out in the next hours :) The update contains 17 new items, with new outfits, new hair styles, and new accessories! This is packed along with an updated character generator to account for the new items!

Once the update files have been downloaded, simply restart GCH and it will install the update.

All the credit for this update goes to VexedEnigma :)

We are also happy to announce that another Second Story expansion is planned for the next couple of months :)

We hope you will enjoy it :)

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May 12

Game Character Hub 2.6.1 + DS Parts DLC

Hi Everyone,

We are happy to announce the release of RPG Maker DS/DS+ generator parts! Invoking the feel of SNES-era RPGs, this pack contains more than 150 new unique items to be used with RPG Maker VX Ace engine. We hope you will enjoy these new character parts in retro style :)

Together Game Character Hub has been updated to v2.6.1 including the following features and fixes :

Feature:
[+] Item library explorer now keeps the selected color variation when selecting a new item.

Improvement:
[+] Sped up the generation of random characters

Bug fixes:

  • Log files are now properly removed after 15 days.
  • When importing characters, auto-generated color variations were not properly computed.
  • Fixed a bug in GCH's random number generator which gave a wrong spawning probability to some character generators' layers.
  • Item library explorer now stretches correctly when enlarged.
  • Custom icons in character type manager are now displayed correctly.
  • Tool "Generate palette from character" was not working when launched from the color picker docked-window.

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About This Software

Game Character Hub is the ultimate program for creating and editing 2D game assets. It provides a built-in generator for character and tileset creation. While the program was made to be compatible with RPG Maker XP, VX and VX Ace, the elements found in the program should work with other 2D game engines as well. RPG Maker assets are for RPG Maker use only.

Key Features



With Game Character Hub, you can easily create characters by choosing generator parts provided in the program. Simply select a template, add items and you're done! You can also create your own custom templates and parts. Note that almost the same logic applies to tilesets, so it doesn't necessarily need to be characters!


With Game Character Hub's flexible layering, you can easily customize parts according to your needs; such as changing the opacity, renaming, merging and deleting parts to name a few.


Game Character Hub's Preview window lets you see whats going on without having to stop what you're doing! You can pause the animation and change different settings such as the animation speed, background color and even zoom! You can also set custom animation previews with the Animation Management feature. Useful if you want to see if your Autotiles or Behaviour poses seamlessly transition to one another!


With Game Character Hub's palette editor, it's easier for you to create your own palettes and change values. What's more is that you can generate palette colors from all visible layers or specific ones. Great for finding the colors you need!


Tired of manually merging tile sheets on your own? Game Character Hub has a built in tileset merger to save you the work!


Game Character Hub allows you to easily convert your character assets for different RPG Maker engines.

Other Features Include...


  • Flexible GUI Layout - Change the layout of the program to your liking!
  • Expansive History Window - Easily undo and redo artwork at any point in time during development.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32 bit or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better video resolution in High Color mode
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
this software is an abandonware. no update for mv.

uninstalled.


....bip...bip...


photoshop...... ahhhhhhhhh. i can work !
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This comes with assets that are only usable in RPG maker. Personally I got this to pump out characters quickly expecting to use existing assets, but based on the current licensing I would need to locate open art character models that fit... I've seen a few posts stating that the devs will eventually provide open models in the workshop, but they do not exist yet. I'll update this review once that changes.
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87 of 96 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
I have used Photoshop for my custom spriting and animation, but just got this today and found this to be very much helpful in making my animation aligned properly and framed appropriately (I use RPG maker VX ACE, btw). Before, it didn't look bad when I tested my current custom sprites' movements, but this shows me all the directional movements along side each other in the proper frames and it shown me a big difference in the alignments of my previous sprites. Something I would've never noticed, otherwise! And it updates the preview as you work on it.
I highly recommend this as an addition to sprite animation editing, especially if you want to make custom edits, even if they are not the traditional xp/vx size :) It'll let you know if the current grid sizing isn't optimal for what you have (I had imported a custom sheet and though it just barely worked in game, it wasn't the proper size till I fixed it). I may still use my photoshop program for stuff like scenes, very large stuff or minimal to no animated sprites, but this is my new favorite for most character spriting. I also love the ability to layer clothing, hair and items, separating them individually, this is a plus :D And the price is really great, too. Especially compared to another program here on Steam that does something similar. Fortunately it doesn't matter to me if there's limited resources included as I've got tons I've collected and many I plan to make anyways.

Update (and further/clarification tips): Yes, you can adjust the amount of frames to what you need and create a template for more sprites that work in a "similar" manner, if needed. When adding, it'll ask if you want to scale the frames to match, depending on what it is, you would want to select for it to not match so it'll expand properly. Unless it does match, of course (may have to test variations out to be sure). On some clarifications in my post, when I tested my sprites before using this, I was testing animation in photoshop and using the actual rpg maker vx ace engine to test if the sprite would work correctly in it, which was time consuming and ineffecient in itself, since I have to go between programs. Also when I tried to import my "finished" sprite that was made beforehand, it shown me that the framing size wasn't correct (particularly in the middle column, thus cannot be imported properly, if at all), I had to correct it in photoshop by expanding it with the 32px grid sizing requirement to match the outer two columns. This program is best for those that either has a bunch of resources to import/work with or those who are creating their own templates, etc. Even if something isn't aligned right, it's not that hard to go in and make adjustments, just select the layer and make the adjustments. It's a slight learning curve, but not hard to work out. The other program I saw on Steam, cost over/around $100, so this is a great deal once you know how to work it.
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110 of 132 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
While the software itself and its assets are great, there is a huge problem with the license of its contents.

I purchased this software because it said we could use its results for our 2D games. Unfortunately, and to my knowledge it is still unclear to non-users willing to purchase, the software as of now only authorizes usage of its contents for "RPG Maker".

What does that mean?
It means that you won't be able to use Character Hub production for your 2D Games, not in any way.

At least if you are not a pixel art designer. And if you are a pixel art designer, I wonder what use could be Character Hub to you as you would combine your tiles and sprites on Photoshop for about the same results.

The game descriptiom says that "the elements found in the program should work with other 2D game engines as well." As of now it adds that "RPG Maker assets are for RPG Maker use only". But even some months after, the software only contains assets from RPG Maker! This means that you cannot use it in any game of yours, unless you make a RPG-Maker-RPG. I've googled for other 2D resources for Character Hub to no avail. If you know any legal resource library that we may use for our own games (and not something restrictive like RPG Maker), please tell!




The software should be renamed as "Character Hub for RPG Maker" ; as of now, although a very nicely made software, it ends almost as a scam for programmers willing to use it for their own games. It's very unfortunate as I am sure Character Hub programmer, an indie, has worked on this software, but it needs clarification and efforts to get some license-free resources.

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121 of 152 people (80%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Making a games? Need a dudes? Makes dudes. Is very good at dudemaking. Used 20mins, made a dude. Ezpz.
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53 of 62 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
You can add custom resources to this, ignore that other review.
VERY useful program, highly recommended! Very easy to use and there are already tons of 'parts' out there on the net to import for use here. If you liked the demo, this is just a more convenient shined up version of it.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
188.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
Despite what many people say this software is capable of making anything for RPG Maker Ace. The tools are self explanatory and very easy to use once you take the time to familiarize yourself with the interface. You can create custom sprite sheets, characters, even animations and battle backs. All you half to do is go into RPG Maker Ace and export the type of content you want to make and boom! instant template. Want to make a damaged character like you see in the default sprite sheets? Make your charter, import the pose you want and start cutting and adjusting your character to fit over the imported one and your done in ten minutes or less. Want to mix two tile sets together without risking messing up the format? Just use the grid system to copy past what tiles you want into the corresponding area. There is NOTHING that this can't make for RPG maker. All of the tools are there, just think outside the box and make them work for you.
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
I've only used it for a little over an hour, but it's already been very helpful.
The character generator is great for making XP or VX style sprites with very little work.
It's great for recoloring. The "save as diffferent hues" option is great. It lets you pick
which elements of your sprite get recolored and spits out a bunch of randomly color
sprites. It will also convert from various formats. Sure, converting XP style to VX style
by hand isn't hard, but this just makes it easy and error free.

You can also import parts for the generator. For example, I took the taira accessory from
the VX ACE RTP character generator and imported it in as a library piece. Now I can have a
tiara on any character I create.

With the amount of time and work this tool will save me, it's a great deal. Even at full price.
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36 of 52 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Very limited.

They created this software, and provided content, but very little, and only for the basic RPG Maker XP & VX / Ace. The users themselvs have to stand for the content being added to it, and it basically puts you back to square one if you can't do sprite work, except, you generally lack the 15 euro you once had.

A lot of people have bought this, and they were hoping and gambling on it supporting the DLC character layouts for characters, but it doesn't, and you have to work around for a while to add the different selections of dlc content, such as the Rural Farm characters.

I personally feel that this is of no help to people who use these DLCs, nor for people that can't do sprite work, because this software if meant to take away that element for you, but it doesn't, and they never update to add new content. All it does is grab 15 euro, and leave you in square one, and gives false hope...

I am dissapointed in this software, and i can generally just say that this is trash in my opinion because they never update and add more content, making it seem like a small project only made for more income.

Generally, unless you will just use this for basic XP / VX / Ace characters, stay away, and if you are prepeared for a limited resource field, or can do sprite work, then i would recommend it, but most isn't, so how can you then recommend it to others?

It is up to you, give it a shot, but you might get shot...

-Walker


To all people who are commenting recently, this is why i have and remain at a bad review:

Earlier when this came out, it was marketed as a tool for people who couldn't create sprites, and that it would be so good to help you create characters if you didn't want to learn it.
They didn't say that you had to actually know how to create sprites, and that you only had limited resources. That way, all of us who got this when it was marketed wrong felt tricked, because we were promised something that we couldn't use.

"if you are prepeared for a limited resource field, or can do sprite work, then i would recommend it, but most isn't, so how can you then recommend it to others?"

I clearly said that it's up to people themselvs to get it, if they can do sprite work i recommended it, but to those who couldn't, well... So you see, i only gave it a bad review for being wrong marketed, its page have changed info, but it still doesn't answer this review / question, so its still easy for people to fall for the same mistake we did when it launched.
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
A very Nice tool for creating characters and animated objects and tilests
yeah its not limited to creating characters.
there are pencils and erases in the program so you can draw about anything
Tilest merging exists tho i never tried it.

"16 September new Update!!!
They added a new tool, Character Generator! its pretty cool and can be edited and customized to fit your needs, You can edit the generator's Parameters, Which items it should use, How to set layers and many others ... pretty neat and very useful, Great update "



You can create RPG XP characters and Convert them to work in VX ACE and Vice-versa
The assesst packs are for RPG maker use only.
but you can draw stuff and make characters in other engines.

As long as you're good with the pencil tool you can create limitless types of characters and animations and objects to use in your game.

But sadly the program is limited in-terms of assest packages.
And never got updates or any addings ... sad .. i think the devs gave up on it because not one response so far in the forum.

My advice is to buy it if you REALLY want to make different characters for your RPGMAKER game.
Otherwise wait for sales or another bundle
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Bad_Conduct
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
This software is good, and it's easy to use. I'm giving it a bad review because there hasn't been an MV update for months.
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Eskimobob138
27.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
I use this to draw all my custom sprites for my RPGMaker games. I use VX Ace so I cannot speak on the quality of MV or the lack of it in this application. It comes with the character generator RPGMaker provides with a couple more options but with practice you can delve into it and draw your own sprites. It provides references for character direction and also sorts the sprites out into a sprite sheet automatically. It may not be for you but it certainly has helped me.
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_-=Groove=-_
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Congratulations to the Devs, excellent work!
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Vraxx
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Very useful for not only characters but also for tilesets and ground. Although cannot port into unity images can be saved and placed in.
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NJ4K
47.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
It's a great tool for basic development you can then add to in photoshop or Gimp. It's heping with my project. Even if you don't have any ofthe RPG maker series. It is my hope they will update for MV.

A useful feature would be a battler sprite in the hub.
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simsimchi
111.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
I want Brightness/Contrast like Photo shop
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Atlas Was Here
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 11
Please make an update for RMMV Compatability.
RMMV has been out for almost a year, it's about time.

Please don't become a dev who abandons their software.
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The Most Psychopanda
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 7
Great way to create characters. Epecially for RPG maker.
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