This jam is now over. It ran from 2017-03-01 06:00:00 to 2017-04-04 05:00:00. View 71 entries

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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!

(This year's logo by Lucy Morris.)

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!

(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.

I don't know where to start!

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Want feedback on a work in progress?

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Ren'py not your thing?

What is IntRenAiMo?

A concurrent jam for projects that started before March. Devs use the month to sprint to the finish and vow to complete a game by the deadline. Basically, if you started something already and you want to finish it up during this month, you can use this fancy tag so people know you didn't do it in a month.

But what does NaNoRenO even stand for?

Sodium Nobelium Rhenium Nitrogen Oxygen

Games submitted(69)

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A Moth Faerie pines for the heavens...
A comedic Visual Novel about a very magical divorce bureau and the random couples who visit! Made during NaNoRenO 2017
A visual novel about figuring out life with the help of an AI
a story set in a flower shop
A Medieval Romance Visual Novel
'Our Home.' follows a girl who must choose between following her dreams or saving her family.
The origin story to the future release of Love Mythos: Sanctuary Island. See where it all begins.
have you ever wanted to enter the world of a book... by sleeping on it?
a superhero drama from both sides
Play as Aliya, a warrior devoted to protecting the country of Airis, and help her discover the truth — and love!
Chook & Sosig Become Detectives
“Would you like to buy a rose?”
Heiress pursues older childhood friend to thwart her engagement.
A short, scifi - romance visual novel...
Contested ownership barely covers what’s happening at The Crossroads.
A crush on the mysterious guy hanging out near your window at night. What could possibly go wrong here?
Viking Birthday Simulator
Genjitsukai is KagiProjects entry for NaNoRenO2017
A detective mystery, with teenage bunnies
The Absolute Ultimate Best Romance Game Ever...
Contemporary visual novel about being not quite ordinary
A horror tale of the Revolution on culture, heritage, and the anxieties elicited by a strange library.
A self-obsessed writer searches for inspiration.
A kinetic thriller created for NaNo17
A visual novel about a girl, a pig and a book (Nanoreno 2017)
A visual novel about anxiety, life, love, and second chances.
A sci-fi visual novel loosely based on the classic tale of Undine.
Woo your date or die trying.
Speed dating can be a real mixed bag.
A game about cute, totally not threatening bats!
The trope-y, gay romcom where you need to score yourself a fake girlfriend in 2 days!
They're not about you. They're about love.
Play in browser
A visual novel about finding your way.
They did say that nightingales will bring about change.
Visual Novel + Productivity App
Heroine-based dating sim
a witchy visual novel
A short look into the lives of two magical girls new to the job.
A New Perspective on a Classic Adventure
A rookie guard and a veteran criminal are on their way to Titan Super Max when the unexpected happens.
An American fairy tale from 1988.
Play in browser
codebreaker. cyberpunk. 80s.
Fantasy oriental ancient land portraying the everyday life of the Witch of the forest and the Shrine Maiden
Meteors. Aliens. Storytelling.
Play in browser
A visual novel based on a mythic legend. Made for NaNoRenO 2017.
Short Horror Visual Novel for NaNoRenO 2017 (WIP)
A visual novel about family and life
All of the reward. None of the risk.
A visual novel about magic and morality
Humiliate or be humiliated.
observations of intertwined lives
Use the power of alchemy to save your city
A tale of gaming, discoveries and friendship (and bad usage of technological resources)
The first in a visual novel series about a young girl learning to navigate life, the modern world and the second grade.
Play in browser
a short visual novel for nanoreno about thinngs
Play in browser
the redo of Ran's Summer Paradise
An R18 visual novel about finding love through assault.
I made this in under an hour and I have never coded before. Enjoy!
A SciFi Visual Novel
This link is for posterity: The demo can be found here,
Short Piece of Fiction about a tough situation
demo for a twine based virtual novel
Play in browser
A hybrid dating sim / pseudo-rpg set twenty minutes into the future.