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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Mostly Positive (210 reviews) - 76% of the 210 user reviews for this software are positive.
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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Overall:
Mostly Positive (210 reviews)
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PartyHardDarius
( 179.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
If you were like me, you're rereading every review a million times to see if you should get this product, and you're waiting for some sign to get it. Here it is, here's your sign!

I've been using VX Ace for a very long time now, and I've never really finished a project because I have trouble with spriting and making things look like they mesh together. Many times, I've left a really good project behind because I couldn't keep up with making the sprites.

But lo and behold! This single software right here helped me immensely already, and I haven't even had it that long. Do you like how the Looseleaf sprites look despite them being for XP? When you click "Save as", you're given an automatic option to convert to VX Ace. I was very impressed!

Don't get me wrong, it won't give you exact details. And you might need to use the male default body for everything if you don't want your ladies to have that Impractical Armor trope about them, but it gives you a good place to start.

Long story short, IF YOU'RE GONNA USE IT FOR RPG MAKER PRODUCTS, and like me you're terrible with finding the patience to make your own character sprites, get this software. You won't regret it, even for the base price.
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ulissesemuman
( 80.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It makes it much easier to create characters and animations!
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cadh20000
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
While I haven't yet made use of it for any programs other than RPGMaker, it is fairly easy to use right from the start, no big complicated learning curve. It does have a few issues with getting custom generator pieces to align properly, but nothing a little tweaking on the user's part can't solve and once you get the alignment right you don't need to do so when you use it again since the positioning is saved.
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HolyLioness
( 88.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
7/10.

Pros:
Great add-on for RPG Maker XP, Ace, and soon MV
Good for sprite generation
Removal of gender locked resources
Allows for tile sheet editing
Allows for importing original resources
Random generator - great for NPC making

Cons:
Default resources can only be used within the RPGMaker environment.
Limited editing - if you want to make a truly original character without artistic skill, you'll have to go into [insert image editing software here]
Limited graphics - no Modern/Contemporary neck (clothing) pieces. Not even the quintessential hoody. Lacks variety in face, eye, and mouth structures - the hardest things to edit

Final Thoughts:
The more I try to do, the more I realize what the program cannot do and, honestly, I'm not willing to go too deep into learning a new program when I already know one that can perform all of my needs.

However, I really like this program. It offers an alternative method for character creation than the generator installed in VxAce.

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Misty_Day2
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Very nice piece of software.
You can create characters you wish easilly.
I am looking forward to rpgmakermv support!
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_syntaxera_
( 211.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
This is great, the main complaint is that it only works with RPG Maker, but that is just not true, the assets are RPG Maker assets, so you can only use them with RPG Maker, but you don't need to use the assets or RPG maker, it just has more support for it.
I personally don't use RPG Maker at all, but I've still used this for 150 hours so far becuase I bought the program not the assets, if I wanted assets I would go on a website that sells assets, not Steam, I just needed a good program for making character sprites, and that is this.
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chibitrinityizumi
( 63.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Pretty helpful :)
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RiguyX
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
This software has really helped me with making tons of characters for my games! Without it, generating custom sprites was a long and tedious process. Now though, especially thanks to the "Generate a large amount of characters" option, I can populate my games with tons of custom characters! You should get GCH so that you can minimize your need for RTP sprites in RPG Maker, and if you are using non-RM resources, other game engines.
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DavidBrinkman1999
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Got this in the Humble Bundle, and while I've never really used it that much, it's still very nice software with a lot of options. See that profile pic left of this review? Was designed using this.
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Toa Rivers
( 165.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
It's ok.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
83 of 92 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.3 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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103 of 123 people (84%) 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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115 of 145 people (79%) found this review helpful
17 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 60 people (88%) 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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
187.0 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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35 of 50 people (70%) 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
39.5 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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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
968.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I cannot recommend this product ENOUGH. I purchased it alongside RPG Maker VX Ace and it's one of the reasons I've found that software to be so enjoyable (and that's a good product, this just greatly enhances its utility). The sheer amount of freedom and customization it allows in sprite generation and alteration not only kept me interested in sprite creation, but has allowed me to explore animation, tileset, and iconset design. Also, importing images and altering them with the program is as easy as figuring out the pixel size you want them to be.

There are some things that take getting used to, for instance when to use Pixel Selection or Frame Selection for moving pixels between gridlines. Also, learning that you have to overwrite a save when making a Face sprite and setting it into the standard 2 row 4 column sheet layout that RPG Maker VX Ace uses. However, the forum community is very helpful and I've easily gotten my money's worth out of this software.
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The program sells itself as an art program that is focused on game asset creation. In terms of the 'artistic creation' part, the controls are clumsy and you are given no real tutorial on how to create a sprite from scratch. In fact the tutorial fails to explain anything about the tools at all. Instead it shows you how to use the pre-existing RPG Maker assets to make a character and manipulate it's position and hue.

I wanted the program to do one simple thing, MSPaint level manipulation with layers. The sprites I make are for RPG Maker VX Ace, and I do enjoy the animation preview. As an external "Character Creator" it works... but as an 'art program' it falls a few feet from the starting line.
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