This jam is now over. It ran from 2018-03-01 06:00:00 to 2018-04-04 05:00:00. View 74 entries

Edit: If you finished your game on time, but missed the deadline because of upload issues, tweet me at @sakevisual for a late submission key.


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're no restrictions on content or genre. See a list of previously released NaNoRenO games here! See a compilation of previous years and threads here.

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.

Is this a team thing, or am I supposed to do it on my own?

Whichever you like! You can seek out a team or go it solo.

Where can I find a team?

Crowdforge Team Builder

Lemmasoft Recruitment Thread

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!

Want feedback on a work in progress?

Want a beginner's guide to using Ren'py?

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. #intrenaimo

But what does NaNoRenO even stand for?

It's Japanese for "What- My..." (何ー 俺の。。。)

Games submitted(74)

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Dating sim with gays and corpses.
Visual Novel
A parable about agency, and how three people choose to navigate it.
Visual Novel
A quite dark and very nsfw yaoi game
Visual Novel
[NaNoRenO 2018] An otome game where you can date sexy personifications of table condiments!
Visual Novel
DnD but Don't
Adventure
a companion sequel set in the PAIRS universe
Role Playing
Defeat the heroine as the powerful demon king!
Visual Novel
A Fantasy Kinetic Novel
Visual Novel
Our hero gets lost in the forest of death, but what happens next?
Visual Novel
GIF
welcome back to 2005
Visual Novel
Demons, delinquents, and dates
Visual Novel
A story in sticky notes
Visual Novel
Welcome to Arcady, our tiny spot of peaceful memories in a hyperfast future
Visual Novel
[DEMO] Visual novel based on a legend from Venice - EN and IT
Visual Novel
A Lopeliie's Guide Spin-off. Witness a tale of a hero that has lasted generations in Lopeliian Culture.
Visual Novel
Coming out is never easy.
Interactive Fiction
World travel, sea creatures, and romance!
Visual Novel
Play as Celine, a young girl who recently hospitalised i, and discover the meaning of living.
Visual Novel
A fluffy sci-fi visual novel on planet Mercury where you get to spend time with alien-ish boys!
Visual Novel
A bored girl, a terrible plague, and magic left untouched for decades.
Visual Novel
A retired mercenary sells illegal hand-holding in a quarantined city where physical contact is forbidden
Visual Novel
A sci-fi adventure with your best friend.
Visual Novel
Who made this game? [NaNoRenO18]
Visual Novel
A Junji Ito inspired horror [NaNoReNo 2018]
Visual Novel
Game developer meets the YouTuber who ruined her career with a single negative review.
Visual Novel
After being body swapped with her cat, help Jessica get her body back. A Point and Click Adventure style Visual Novel.
Visual Novel
A game about one's point of view in life.
Visual Novel
Sci-fi yuri VN made for Nanoreno 2018
Visual Novel
Escape the tower with guys missing most of their clothes!
Visual Novel
A short reverse portal fantasy life/dating sim built for #nanoreno2018.
Visual Novel
A pirate, a prince, and a warrior band together.
Visual Novel
Dark alternate reality otome game
Visual Novel
Chatting between two lovers at classes, Decadent poetry, replayability, and NSFW stuff.
Visual Novel
Welcome to Antiquity.
Visual Novel
Little Witch, Big Responsibilities!
Simulation
A Minecraft: Story Mode fangame where the villains go to therapy.
Visual Novel
A tale of an artist who had lost his way, and how he got back.
Visual Novel
NaNoRenO 2018 jam VN about a young witch preparing for her first sabbat
Visual Novel
Not the best RPG to play but it's worth a shot!
Adventure
Short, almost dadaistic visual essay, that was created as an entry for NaNoRenO 2018.
To knit your way forward, we must trace the path behind.
Visual Novel
And thus ended the first day after your untimely death.
Visual Novel
Estell needs to get straightened out. Let's send her away!
Visual Novel
A shy guy must seduce a vampire to save a hero’s brother.
Visual Novel
She's an Assassin who was just handed a contract to take down the President.
Visual Novel
The most self-indulgent work ever created.
Visual Novel
Dating Instruments? In My Game Jam? More Likely Than You Think.
Visual Novel
A Visual Novel/Escape the room game
Visual Novel
Visual novel with small time management, about new chances and facing your past!
Visual Novel
An armpit's adventure
Visual Novel
The Day of Devastation forever changed the nation, will you uncover the origins of that day?
Visual Novel
A mad lib otome
Visual Novel
Ever heard of the town's monster legend?
A VN about fishing and mermaids
Visual Novel
Join the Confession Crew, get your words out, and create the perfect confession!
Visual Novel
One day when Marinus is out swimming on the reef he spots a strange creature and his life changes forever.
Visual Novel
Revitalize a business with the nostalgia of classics, or the pursuit of modernity?
Visual Novel
A journey though memories...
Visual Novel
A wedding murder mystery VN about unhealthy families.
Visual Novel
Short lifesim featuring very tiny gnomes
Visual Novel
A very short VN with a "combat" system
Visual Novel
A new power. A new town. An unavoidable future.
Adventure
This is a game for the NaNoRenO 2018 game jam
Visual Novel
A zombie otome game
Interactive Fiction
NOTE: I will upload the game files for Moon Rabbit within a week+... Sorry for the inconvenience!
Visual Novel
A yuri Swan Lake
Visual Novel
Visual Novel
—In the absence of humanity, there lay their abandoned creations.
Visual Novel