Hey guys
I am making a 2d RPG style game. I have a series of small images for each character choice, npc, etc which is integrated to each movement, how do you recommend I store these?

Ie. Compile into a zip archive or jar archive...or just a folder within the game jar.

Thanks
PO

Storing them inside a jar that's loaded by the application is most convenient.
For maintenance reasons it's best this be a separate jar, so it can be delivered by different people once the project grows beyond the size of a single person and tasks get spread out (separate artists, coders, etc.).

Do preload at least the most common images on application startup for performance reasons.