This jam is now over. It ran from 2016-03-01 06:00:00 to 2016-04-08 05:00:00. View 68 entries

NOTE: If you want to submit your NaNoRenO VN to the itch.io jam page and it's past April 8th, please send Lore a message with your game's page URL and she will gladly generate a late submission key for you to do so. 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). There's no restrictions on content or genre. See a list of previously released NaNoRenO games here!

Many thanks to Deji for this year's logo!

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! Here is this year's general thread for NaNoRenO.

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!

(mostly taken from this post)

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.
  • Use of Creative Commons material is okay.
  • There are no "winners" here. Everyone who manages to release their game has completed NaNoRenO!
  • You may release a buggy version of your game by the deadline and fix it up later or release a demo for NaNoRenO.

Need to recruit help?

But what does NaNoRenO even stand for?

D-don't worry about it!!

Games submitted(68)

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After a night of fun, passion, and too many drinks, you awake to discover a complete stranger lying naked beside you.
Simulation
Play as Princess Charming and save some lads in distress in this visual novel!
Simulation
A free study of intimacy in a short otome visual novel...
Simulation
a short love story about time and space
Other
A pastry-based otome game that's too sweet for you!
Other
A story about a cheerful girl and the town she froze.
a visual novel about marriage
Adventure
A short VN, a romantic comedy set in a hospital + art assets
Rpg
Chase your happily ever after.
Other
a visual novel about the crossroads of life
Adventure
A cute and fluffy fantasy yuri visual novel.
Adventure
A horror visual novel... Or is it?
Other
a GxShapes "otome" game
Craziness, snarkiness & flirting? It's party time!
Other
A short fantasy RPG
Rpg
The story of a lonely man and a sleepy town in the snow.
Other
A young girl goes on a journey with her friend to find a porn actress.
Other
Is the program broken, or are you?
A visual novel about a cafe with a deep scar.
Other
-Journey of the vessels of God-
Other
A space opera about making war or amends with your very own paws
Adventure
Play in browser
A yuri dating sim set in a mountainside resort with monstergirls. (Beta release)
Other
A unicorn meets girl visual novel about dreams.
Adventure
A visual novel about afterlife (in a train)
Other
In a world of peril, the Adepts are the only force strong enough to protect it.
Adventure
The story of a rogue samurai.
Adventure
A free otome game made for NaNoRenO.
Other
simple horror game with shota
Other
Survive —or thrive—for 24 hours in a post-apocalyptic world. NaNoRenO 2016 entry.
Adventure
A short horror visual novel.
Simulation
surreal dark comedy visual novel
Other
He fixes everyday problems -- with his fists!
Simulation
a visual novel about uncertainty
Adventure
Experimental visual novel
A visual novel about a NEET and their freeloading roommates.
Adventure
Retro themed adventure game thing
Adventure
It's just another normal day in the life of Pengo...
Adventure
Play in browser
ok, we lied about the explosions...
Rpg
Becoming a mail carrier is no small task, but there are three new recruits determined to pass the test.
Interactive Fiction / Visual Novel for NaNoRenO
Other
Visual novel présentant une réflexion sur l'évolution sociale du travail par le détour de la simulation.
Simulation
Strangers are humans too.
Adventure
A short point-and-click game.
Simulation
modern day & fantasy setting mix into one
A Visual Novel about the darkest side of humanity.
Adventure
Can this rabbit manage her friendships as well as her show?
Other
A short visual novel about two friends.
a visual novel about perfection
Adventure
A Short Presentation Game for NaNoReNo #Jam
Adventure
The story of a special night.
Guy meets caterpillar.
Other
You know that story.
Adventure
Play in browser
a visual novel about a small child with temper tantrums
Adventure
A yuri Swan Lake
Rpg
A Princess, a Knight and a Comet set out to find one kidnapped Prince. What could go wrong?
Other
A BL Visual Novel about thieving rats.
Adventure
Dance time, punk.
Other
Join a group of Technicians who need to figure things out IN SPAAACE
Other
A short party experience.
Other
a cinematic visual novel
Adventure