This jam is now over. It ran from 2015-03-01 06:00:00 to 2015-04-08 05:00:00. View 38 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!
A gothic romance tale about revenge & the different faces of love.
Magical girl visual novel
A short and sweet otome game with a cute twist
A GxG (yuri) visual novel about an assassin and a college girl.
A cute town and a cute bunny boy, leaveing behind his calm life for something more.
GAY ORCS available in YOUR AREA.
A visual novel game
Short Kinetic Novel
Action-Adventure RPG Visual Novel
a procedurally generated dating game
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A Crime Fighting RPG
A Dieselpunk Fairy Tale (Visual Novel)
"I could have spent the whole day there but..."
The story in an ocean of stars, the daughter of Elysium.
Non-profit fan-made Hakuoki linear game featuring Shinpachi and Yamazaki
Sci-fi soap for the soul
A 1 hour game about close sibling relationships.
A short story about life and humanity
NaNoRenO 2015 entry
A fan tribute to Bioware.
A five-act comic fantasy about whiskey, jello, dubstep, and bereavement.
glitch trash kinetic novel exploring trans issues
Wandering around in a dream I had.
Girl meets boy. Boy gives the middle finger. Girl won't give up.
A Stolen Painting -- A Crime of Passion?
Follow Sachika as she attempts to get her feelings across to the boy of her dreams
When a frog turns up cold in Flirty Bird Park, the fuzz can only call one cat for help...
Adorable Sky Pirates
Psych, Cerebral, Rhythm?
Because in the end it's a choice
Vote in court if Sabbath is Saturday or not...and should there be punishment for not resting on sunday?
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