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What is NaNoRenO?

NaNoRenO is an annual 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.
Previous itch jam pages: NaNoRenO 2015NaNoRenO 2016NaNoRenO 2017 | NaNoRenO 2018

This year's logo made by Parapluie Creative and may not be reproduced in any for-profit releases.

Do I have to sign up anywhere to participate?

No, you do not have to sign up to participate in NaNoRenO, but you will probably get more out of the experience by joining communities and sharing the journey with fellow participants. Places you might find others:

  • Forums:
    • Lemmasoft  - A sort of catch-all hub for players and developers alike. Give/get feedback, find team members, and discuss all things dev-related.
    • This jam page - A collection of resources, and a great chance to meet your fellow jammers!
  • Discord:
    •  Ren'py - Whether you're a beginner with no idea where to start or an expert trying to do something new and tricky, stop by to talk about the Ren'py visual novel engine.
    • Devtalk+ - An enthusiastic community of VN devs designed to share knowledge and experiences with each other.

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?

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 during the month of March.
  • Final visual novel must be finished on or before April first. The jam deadline is slightly longer to allow for internet outages or other emergencies that prevent you from uploading your finished visual novel.
  • You can only begin actual production of your game in March.
  • Allowed before NaNoRenO begins:
    • Brainstorming
    • Plot Outlining
    • Sketches that do not lead to direct production of assets
    • Team Building
  • Not Allowed until NaNoRenO begins:
    • Sketches of sprites, CGs, backgrounds, or anything else that leads to production of assets
    • Writing or coding any portion of the game
    • Production of assets to be used in the game
  • 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.
  • While other game elements may be present, the final piece should be largely identified as a "visual novel."

I've never made a visual novel before!

How to Start Making Visual Novels

A beginner's guide to using Ren'py

I don't know where to start!

Want feedback on a work in progress?

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?

A tiny city one billionth the size of a famous city in Nevada. Also known as the smallest biggest little city in the world.

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