This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-03-01 06:00:00 to 2019-04-06 05:00:00. View 91 entries

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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an angel summons a demon. they fall in love.
Visual Novel
a hero tends a garden. visual novel & clicker.
Visual Novel
You're the President, but you have no memories. Crap.
Visual Novel
the way to the heart is through the stomach! ♥
Visual Novel
GIF
Your memory is gone, but at least the voice in your head seems to know what's going on. NaNoRenO2019 [GxB,BxB,NBxB]
Visual Novel
BxB Visual Novel with Psychological & Horror Themes
Visual Novel
Carefree delinquent winning the heart of a closed-off twin.
Visual Novel
BxB Visual Novel with crime, action, mystery, romance, and drama.
Visual Novel
Flora is sent on a quest with two useless adventurers for an oddly omniscient bartender!
Visual Novel
Amnesiac sculptor is pursued by her old fiancé.
Visual Novel
Creating an AI might have bittersweet consequences...
Visual Novel
A fantasy visual novel about a dragonslayer hired to kill what may be the last of the dragons.
Visual Novel
Live a daily life of love!
Visual Novel
Four innocent prisoners on death row must decide which among them will die to meet the prison's quota.
Visual Novel
[BL] with a doll, plushie and a jack-in-the-box.
Visual Novel
Kindness from dark beginnings.
Visual Novel
A short, horror visual novel about a midnight visit from a strange being, who demands you open your eyes. Will you?
Visual Novel
A visual novel where you play as a divorced dad trying to order the perfect pizza.
Visual Novel
A duo-protag otome with vampires
Visual Novel
Gay Gals In Rome
Visual Novel
Possessed by a demon, can the demonic powers you gained help you find love?
Visual Novel
A short Sci/Fantasy concept VN by Sarchalen Team
Visual Novel
All the worlds really do revolve around you.
Visual Novel
A retired mercenary sells illegal hand-holding in a city where intimacy means death
Visual Novel
Follow Molly in her first date ever!
Visual Novel
GIF
Disillusioned millenial gets possessed by a nature god
Visual Novel
Explore the Great Nothingness
Visual Novel
GIF
Will you be the next top idol?
Visual Novel
"This must be how ghosts feel."
Visual Novel
The world needs your passion.
Visual Novel
This paranoid fever dream of a story explores the direct consequences of a person's choice of daydreams.
Visual Novel
An art history paper becomes more trouble than it's worth
Visual Novel
FullMetal Mecha Dating Sim!
Visual Novel
A love story that tastes like the sea [18+]
Visual Novel
A short and creepy story told through emails and instant messages
Visual Novel
"So... a dream boyfriend?"
Visual Novel
Find love at a spooky nocturnal café!
Visual Novel
When a girl calls a group of old friends over, things go awry, changing her mystery into one not even she could crack.
Visual Novel
Short Romance Visual Novel
Visual Novel
12 hours, 5 cities, 1 hell of a bloodbath.
Visual Novel
A short horror visual novel for NanoReno 2019
Visual Novel
A short NaNoRenO 2019 game/experiment
Visual Novel
This is a demo of the full game! This includes the common route only. Follow development for the full game! #NaNoRenO19
Visual Novel
Come and get cozy with two friends around a campfire. Watch them debate about the existence of supernatural beings.
Visual Novel
A simple experiment. Listen, respond, and play. For the sake of the experiment.
Visual Novel
Deep underground, humans and monsters demonstrate their power.
Visual Novel
Nightmares want to kill you; your plushies want to save you.
Visual Novel
your memory is all that's left.
Visual Novel
Short Visual Novel developed during March 2019 for NaNoRenO NSFW Psych Horror GxG Demo
Visual Novel
"Will you follow the departed or are you willing to get separated?"
Visual Novel
Nova is a princess who is about to get married, but she does not want that.
Visual Novel
Short visual novel about love
Visual Novel
A group of individuals are trapped in a very strange place. Will they escape...or were they doomed from the start?
Visual Novel
Short Comedic VN for NaNoReNo2019.
Visual Novel
A doll is taken home by one of three men.
Visual Novel
Visual Novel
What mischief will you get into?
Visual Novel
Adaption of Notes from Underground
Visual Novel
Will you drink?
Visual Novel
Bite-size mini adventures of a plush animal cow name Betsy
Visual Novel
Find love on the way
Visual Novel
Need no clues at all
Visual Novel
Visual Novel
A cafe by fish, for fish, run by a cute girl.
Visual Novel
seawater, herbal magic & fermented cabbage
Visual Novel
A story of revenge and hatred
Visual Novel
A tale of Love in space.
Visual Novel
What if life was monochrome?
Visual Novel
Follow the path Martin takes to school, on the same morning, over and over.
Interactive Fiction
Help a mushroom girl to fly!
Visual Novel
A short kinetic VN about meeting your guildmate for the first time.
Visual Novel
A free-roaming office comedy in a digital communication company
Interactive Fiction
Psychological Buddy Comedy #NaNoReNo2019
Visual Novel
Uses random free assets, but the story is the same as Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Well, mostly the same. :P
Visual Novel
Play in browser
an analytical & anxious tribute
Visual Novel
Play in browser
a romantic visual novel
Visual Novel
Jan? Jan! Howdya turn this fucker on?
Visual Novel
a short Ren'Py visual novel about BREXIT and British Parliament
Visual Novel
A Visual Novel adaptation of Beauty and the Beast
Visual Novel
NanoReno19 Submission
Visual Novel
Get you some of that sweet booty
Visual Novel
When does one go too far to distinguish between what is real...and what isn't?
Visual Novel
just a game test
GxB medieval fantasy romance
Interactive Fiction