There are several I questions people ask me again and again, and since I am tired answering them again and again, please read this before asking me a question. (Updated on 2012/12/10)
- About me
- About this website
- About my work
- Why do you focus on writing extensions for the RPG Maker 2000/2003? It’s obsolete and only few people use it anymore.
- What programming language do you use?
- How can I learn to write patches?
- Why are most of your patches only available for RM2k v1.07 and RM2k3 v1.08?
- Have you ever created a game with the RPG Maker?
- Why don’t you create a new RPG Maker?
- Are you still developing RPG Maker tools?
About me [Top]
Cherry, Cherry Tree, CherryTree, CherryDT, … I am confused with all these names. [Top]
It’s easy: Cherry Tree (with blank) is the name of this homepage. CherryTree (without blank) is the “label” used for my software (”CherryTree Software” for example). And finally, Cherry (or CherryDT at places where the name “Cherry” is already used) represents myself.
And why “Cherry”? [Top]
The name “Cherry” was chosen off the cuff when I signed up for the very first time on a message board on the internet (the “RPG-Maker-Quartier”) back in 2006. I just wanted to post a question and there was this box asking for a nickname. Actually, I had watched a movie the previous day where people were drinking sherry, which led my thoughts to the word “cherry”. At this time, I didn’t know that “cherry” also means “virgin”. Because of this, and because it’s quite a common word, today I would choose a different name, but now it would be too complicated to change my nickname.
Who are you? What is your life like? [Top]
I am a 21-year-old who is living in Salzburg, Austria. I am a self-employed software developer, but most of my time is spent as CEO of a company developing software for Internet marketing. And I am just one person – my name is “David Trapp”, and if you are really interested in further details, click here.
Why do you know so much about computers? Where did you learn all this? [Top]
I don’t know. This may sound silly, but I can’t say “yes, I learned this at a 100-day seminar in 2002″ or something like this – I have been interested in computers since I was a child and I loved to experiment, so knowledge and experience grew slowly and I can’t specify where they are from.
Are you a nerd, sitting in front of the computer all day? [Top]
No. You don’t need to be a nerd to create software.
About this website [Top]
What is “Cherry Tree” exactly? [Top]
Cherry Tree (*.cherrytree.at) means all services provided by myself (such as CherryShare,
the school portal, the online proxy or eyeOS), but mainly this homepage, except for commercial projects, but including hosting.
Maybe you should provide a French/Spanish/Polish/… version of your website too. Should I translate it for you? [Top]
No, thank you. I won’t add any more languages than English and German.
When will this homepage be finished? [Top]
I don’t know. We’ll see.
Could you give me some webspace? [Top]
If you ask me politely, maybe I will. It depends on what project you need the webspace for.Of course, if you are willing to pay, that’s a different story – I have several hosting plans available starting at €9/year (plus 20% VAT). You can also get your own domain name that way. Just send me an e-mail.
Do you have your own webserver? Where have you got the money from? [Top]
I have virtual servers and I am also reselling webspace and domains. And I got the money from working.
About my work [Top]
Why do you focus on writing extensions for the RPG Maker 2000/2003? It’s obsolete and only few people use it anymore. [Top]
That’s a long story. My first RPG Maker related tool (the Keypatch Wizard) was created out of a need, but it was heavily criticized. The following named “RM2k(3) Font Changer” (which did a simple search & replace in the runtime file) fared no better, but then a private competition between myself and a guy called Crash-Override emerge, which resulted in creation of the Hyper Patcher 1 v1.3. In order to create the Hyper Patcher, I had to learn assembly and gain some knowledge in reversing. I found this to be very interesting, so I spent some time on research of the internal structures of the runtime file. Know, I have a huge database with memory addresses, data structures, labels and variable names which allows me to achieve incredible new things with the RPG Maker 2000/2003. So creating RPG Maker related tools gives me a great result in short time, which is very motivating, and I always have to learn new things in order to solve some specific problem.
What programming language do you use? [Top]
I am using FreeBASIC as main language for all of my tools, though there are often other languages involved (like Assembler, Delphi, Lua, C++). Also, for business projects I am mostly using one of the .NET languages.
How can I learn to write patches? [Top]
Google for some reversing tutorial Preferrably the one by “lena151″.
Why are most of your patches only available for RM2k v1.07 and RM2k3 v1.08? [Top]
These are the RPG_RT.exe versions which are used most (at least in the German community), so my databases are tailored for these versions.
Have you ever created a game with the RPG Maker? [Top]
I have started two games: “Emera’s Vocation” with RPG Maker 2003 and “Pokémon NG Opal” with RPG Maker XP, but I cancelled both.
Why don’t you create a new RPG Maker? [Top]
Because it would be less fun than creating patches and tools!
Are you still developing RPG Maker tools? [Top]
I would like to say “of course”, but unfortunately I am very busy with “real business”. That’s good for my bank account, but unfortunately bad for the RPG Maker community and I know that. Still, I am interested in it, because it’s just fun! And I hope I am going to find some spare time to continue on some of the projects soon.