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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (80 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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September 16

Midweek Madness and some updates to Game Character Hub!

The RPG Maker Midweek Madness sale is upon us!

In addition to great deals, we also have some exciting new changes to the Game Character Hub, including an all-new character generator tool! It is now possible to generate thousands of random characters in just a few seconds.

Find the full list of changes below and have fun creating your new characters!

-New character generator tool. It’s now possible to generate thousands of random characters in a few seconds.Character generators can be customized to give you more control over what kind of characters are generated. In other words, you can create generators that match your game engine.
-Layers now have a blending mode.
-The character grid can now be changed more easily.
-The gche and gchi item formats have been merged into a new format that should help simplify things.
-The item library installer has been revamped, and is now ready to accept DLC. --When you buy DLC, all you have to do is launch the software and it will be installed automatically.
-Accidentally selecting the current tool again no longer switches back to the previous tool.
-Other minor improvements and bug fixes!

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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 (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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
When creating an RPG, one of the most important things are the characters. While RPG making tools often come with their own standard characters, it can really set a game apart if the game uses custom designed characters. But, for those of us like me who lack the ability to create custom character portraits and character sprites, Game Character Hub is a godsend.

Basically, when you start the tool you create a type of character. Then you pick pieces from the proper character type, select them, and shift their order around, until the character looks right. The character (or face portrait) is shown in the lower left-hand corner, so you can quickly see what your result looks like.

Once you have a character, you can export it to use in the game or save the particular character, so you can re-load and edit it later. This is a huge help, in case the character doesn't look exactly right, or if you want to make a similar character later.

And, what if you want a slew of similar characters? Say you want a lot of minor NPCs that look just a bit different? Game Character Hub has you covered there. With one special Export command, you can create dozens or hundreds of characters (or faces) which vary in color (such as hair color, eye color, clothing color), all from a single template. This is a great way to fill in the roster of minor NPCs, very quickly.

Overall, it's an invaluable tool for character creation and I highly recommend it.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
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.

Posted: October 12
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139.8 hrs on record
Other than a few minor bugs that are usually fixed by reloading the program, this has turned out to be a very good program for editing sprites specifically for RPG Maker programs.

It has all the tools needed and not too many extras to clutter it all up.
Posted: October 6
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75 of 83 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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99 of 120 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Making a games? Need a dudes? Makes dudes. Is very good at dudemaking. Used 20mins, made a dude. Ezpz.
Posted: June 2
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
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
Posted: August 21
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Good piece of software but very limited. Only has 4 ways with no options of falling down, sleeping, casting etc. I may recommend it if you don't have game maker VX ace but if you do, you can do almost exactly the same on that software which also includes things to make an actual game!
Posted: June 27
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: August 11
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Basically a hella rad and easy way to make characters for RPG Maker. Also kemonomimi.
10/10 will use again
Posted: May 31
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
So far as i used/tested it, it's good. Also since it let's you export as PNG too, you can also easily use it for other engines(e.g. Unity, ect.). Which is what i'm using it for.
One downside is, that there isn't a *nix-version(Linux, Mac) yet, shouldn't be a big problem since it's using Qt..
Posted: May 30
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17 of 32 people (53%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Has very specific use. Lacks a lot of generator resources (clown masks, blood, scar, elven clothes...). Pretty much it uses the same stuff you have in the RPG Maker VX Ace built-in generator.
The other functions like tileset merging or converting sprites across RPG Maker versions are neat, but (just like sprite editing) they can be done in any free drawing tool...this is just more conveninent.

Overall, this is app doesn't really provide much value for the 15€ price tag. If the program sees a sprite-resource update adding more materials to mix-and-match with, then yeah I'd recommend getting it, but as it is, unless you already own RPG Maker and all the DLCs for it you want AND you still have spare cash, I'd say skip this one.
Posted: June 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
So, as part of a Humble Bundle, I got my hands on Game Character Hub. I really wanted to try it out, because as an off-and-on sprite artist I really hate using programs without layers.
I tried out the demo and wasn’t too sure about it. This was mostly because in the demo didn’t have the features for drawing from scratch. Since I use GameMaker: Studio and Ren’Py, those features are what I am really after. Then I tried out the full version and was very impressed by all of the features. so I figured I would write about it here.

This is my first experience in making a character from scratch with GMH. Previously I have used GameMaker: Studio for most of my sprite work. After messing around with the features in Character Hub, I finally managed to make a sprite of Aiko, from my project AIdol.
Overall I am really happy with the program. I can’t wait to experiment with it more.
Posted: June 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Very helpful if you have RPG Maker VX Ace :D
Posted: September 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Short list of Informations you may want to have:
Its a very nice and easy way to create Charakters for the RPG maker
especially if you want something that is not given normaly.
For Exampel you can move and recolor the difrent parts of a Character fast and easy in order to create something
with a personal touch.
You will have more funn with this if you do the Tutorial in the programm, its not to long but explains the biggest features.
Everyone abel to draw iteams per hand has a big advantage cause he can increase the number of difrent Iteams to use .
Oh and by the Way: You can create more than just character and the programm supports that, so you can make tileset and
other stuff if you want so.
Maybe buy it on sale because the normal price only pays of if you use it fore sure.
If you are not sure just ask anyone who has it or maybe look in the community they will help you.(i hope)
Posted: September 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Wait for a sale, or a bundle. I got this in a bundle for just pennies, so I can't be too critical, but before buying it you should also look at Character Creator for comparison, released on steam in late august 2014 so a lot newer and supported.
Game Character Hub itself is an easy to use tool, its old, but works, and there more to it than just making and editing pixel characters. Dig beneath the surface and you will pind plenty of other uses for it.
It's not limited to RPG maker use, but for RPG Maker users It does have very handy RPG Maker VX/Ace/XP converters already built in, and you can use it to work on any pixel characters/images. There is not a lot of content (resources) included, but plenty available for free on the web.
There seems to be very little, if any, developer support, probably because of the age of the title and some people have had problems getting the programme to start at all, but there are some fixes if you search steam.

TL/DR: If you have photoshop, gimp, paint.net or any other image editor you probably dont need this this
there is a really good guide here by Archia:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=263705340
Posted: August 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
I've only used this for a short time and I find it to be a really powerful tool to work on my VX characters with. The price cant really be beaten for what it does if you're into rpgmaker and the like. If you're familiar with working in a program like Photoshop, or PSP, then this this program's lurning curve is *super* easy to get through.

GREAT PROGRAM, JUST WHAT I WAS WAITING FOR! THANK YOU!
Posted: May 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
A great piece of software and with the newest update. I am happy to report this has help to develop my games.
Posted: June 2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
I'm a beginner at animation and pixel art in general and I can say this: This program is great! It takes a while to figure out everything, but if you poke around you'll find you can do much with it.
You can make animation with as many frames as you care to draw (I've done up to 9, but I'm sure you can do many more), however if you are not capable of drawing them yourself then you'll be better off looking for something else. This tool is probably much more useful for those who are willing to spend a few hours making custom sprites than for those who just want a character generator, as the default sprites are good as a base but quite bland on their own.

The tileset compiler is a bit tricky, but once I got it to work it really did work well.

I've been using photoshop until now for my sprites but from now on, I'll be using this.
Posted: May 25
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