UPDATE: In response to several requests for an extension in light of our current global circumstances, I've moved the submission date back two weeks. Please do not make your VN any bigger. In fact, you should probably make it smaller. All those things you were planning to cut before you found out about this new deadline? Cut them anyway.
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 2015 | NaNoRenO 2016 | NaNoRenO 2017 | NaNoRenO 2018 | NaNoRenO 2019
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:
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?
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:
I've never made a visual novel before!
I don't know where to start!
What if I'm working on a VN already? Can I use that for NaNoRenO?
Not exactly, but we do have a tag for that! IntRenAiMo is a concurrent jam for projects that started before March (or are planned to finish much later). Devs use the month to sprint alongside everyone else. Basically, if you started something already and you want to join other devs for the month, you can use this tag so people know you didn't do it in a month. #intrenaimo
But what does NaNoRenO even stand for?
N(ot) aNo(the)R (gam)e (jam!) nO(OOOO!)
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