This jam is now over. It ran from 2015-03-01 06:00:00 to 2015-04-08 05:00:00. View 34 entries

NOTE: If you want to submit your NaNoRenO VN to the jam page late, please send Lore a message with your game's page URL and she will gladly generate a late submission key for you. No judgment here.

What is NaNoRenO?

NaNoReno is a month-long game jam in which developers are challenged to make a visual novel from start to finish. It was originally inspired by the more famous NaNoWriMo (National Novelist Writer's Month, which takes place in November).

Do I have to sign up anywhere to participate?

No, you do not have to sign up to participate in NaNoRenO, though you will more than likely get more out of the experience by joining the Lemmasoft forums and sharing the journey with the fellow participants there!

Is there a prize or any sort of judging?

There is no prize or judging in NaNoRenO. The event is a challenge that the developers set for themselves and the prize is the magnificent sense of gratification you get after finishing your game. Completion is its own reward.

Why should I participate in NaNoRenO?

Sometimes we need a fire lit under our butts. It's hard enough to get through making a game from start to finish without a time limit, let alone with just a month to get through everything. Having a deadline will motivate you, help you prioritize your time, let you work on a project you know should be finished by a certain point, and let you explore something outside of what you usually do. It's the same reason developers participate in game jams: a bit of fun with some time management thrown in. If you've had a visual novel idea lurking at the back of your head forever but never had the kick to go explore it—do it now!

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The most recent phrasing of the NaNoRenO rules:

  • Takes place in March
  • You can only begin actual production of your game in March
  • Brainstorming, plot outlining, character sketches, and anything that does not lead to the direction production of assets is okay
  • Sketches of sprite poses, backgrounds, and CGs is NOT okay
  • Creative Commons material is okay
  • There are no "winners," everyone who manages to release their game on March 31/April 1 has completed NaNoRenO
  • You may release a buggy version of your game by the deadline and fix it up later

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A short and silly consent-friendly and sex-positive VN!
Visual Novel
Visual Novel
GAY ORCS available in YOUR AREA.
Visual Novel
A short and sweet otome game with a cute twist
Visual Novel
A gothic tale about revenge & the different faces of love. VNs Now 2015 EVN Game of the Year.
Visual Novel
A cute town and a cute bunny boy, leaving behind his calm life for something more.
A visual novel game
Visual Novel
GxG – An assassin is tasked with protecting a college girl.
Interactive Fiction
Short Kinetic Novel
Visual Novel
A Crime Fighting RPG
Role Playing
Magical girl visual novel
Visual Novel
glitch trash kinetic novel exploring trans issues
Visual Novel
A Dieselpunk Fairy Tale (Visual Novel)
Visual Novel
A 1 hour game about close sibling relationships.
Visual Novel
Sci-fi soap for the soul
Visual Novel
Play in browser
In an ocean of stars, the daughter of Elysium.
Visual Novel
Girl meets boy. Boy gives the middle finger. Girl won't give up.
NaNoRenO 2015 entry
Visual Novel
can you survive?
Visual Novel
Wandering around in a dream I had.
A Stolen Painting -- A Crime of Passion?
Visual Novel
A short story about life and humanity
Visual Novel
When a frog turns up cold in Flirty Bird Park, the fuzz can only call one cat for help...
Visual Novel
Follow Sachika as she attempts to get her feelings across to the boy of her dreams
Visual Novel
Adorable Sky Pirates
Visual Novel
Because in the end it's a choice
Psych, Cerebral, Rhythm?
a procedurally generated dating game
Visual Novel
Play in browser
Vote in court if Sabbath is Saturday or not...and should there be punishment for not resting on sunday?
Play in browser