This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-03-01 06:00:00 to 2021-04-03 05:00:00. View 88 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. All visual novels submitted for NaNoRenO must have been made exclusively in the month of March.

See a list of previously released NaNoRenO games here! See a compilation of previous years and threads here. Previous itch jam pages: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020+

This year's NaNoRenO illustration is by Rimuu.

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 Forums

Jam Community

#NaNoRenO2021 on twitter and #NaNoRenO on twitter

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?

Want some free Creative Commons assets?

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
However, you may only submit a game to this jam if it was made exclusively during the designated NaNoRenO month.

But what does NaNoRenO even stand for?

interNAtional visual NOvel (that could be RENai but it doesn't have to be) writing mOnth

Really?

It's complicated.

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Visual Novel
Who needs romance amid a pandemic? Not me!
Visual Novel
Gaslight eldritch horrors or die trying
Visual Novel
Some loser meets himself.
Visual Novel
Tsundere Amnesiac AI x Pathetic Space Pirate
Visual Novel
Save your grandma's café & find love with a bit of magic!
Visual Novel
Enemies to Lovers Dating Simulator
Visual Novel
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Become the Donna, or Die Trying.
Visual Novel
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Time passes slower on the road.
Visual Novel
A gay crush and an existential crisis.
Visual Novel
Befriend terrible gods to save the world! (Gender Choice X B/G/NB)
Visual Novel
Titania summons the Demon Prince. What could go wrong?
Visual Novel
Make coffee! Make friends!
Visual Novel
Time keeps on taking-- Even from the dead
Visual Novel
What if your wish was answered? Fall in love amidst the snow
Visual Novel
Puzzle your way out of trouble when you're rescued by a mysterious alien from a failed mission to Neptune
Puzzle
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Travel along with Maggie and Vale inside a moving city in Canvas Colors!
Visual Novel
short stories about cute witches & love.
Visual Novel
Medieval Maid Mystery
Visual Novel
Warrior Girl Fianna stumbles upon a cafe owned by an otherworldly cook and his drool-worthy dishes.
Visual Novel
Hello, I'm a pencil. This is my story!
Visual Novel
Years pass, people change, friends come and go, but some things never change.
Visual Novel
Will you escape from the "Onirisme" ?
Visual Novel
A fantasy visual novel about a troubled noblewoman who meets an oddly helpful deity.
Visual Novel
Can a falling star fulfill their own wish?
Visual Novel
Prepare for an eerie atmospheric story filled with the winter chill.
Visual Novel
A Comedy Visual Novel about a succubus accidentally working as a maid
Visual Novel
Before the fairy picked up a disciple, the monster fell in love.
Visual Novel
Un cuento sobre la imaginación, la memoria y mundos vacíos
Visual Novel
Miku and maximum cringe in ONE game!
Visual Novel
Just 3 days to confess... at an anime convention!? (Romantic VN)
Visual Novel
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A horror visual novel.
Visual Novel
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Date some strange but lovable monsters!
Visual Novel
Go on a road trip with magical girls!
Visual Novel
Can You Escape This Prison?
Visual Novel
A short VN for NaNoRenO 2021
Visual Novel
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When your past disappears, what happens to your future?
Visual Novel
A Millennial Dream Simulator
Visual Novel
Demo made for NaNoReNo 2021. Out Of A-Line is a visual novel in development about fashion, love, and friendship.
Visual Novel
The story of a witch who lives in the forest and the prince that she cursed.
Visual Novel
a casual, slice-of-life game about a magical boy and his almost-but-not-yet boyfriend!
Visual Novel
A prince in search of a bride, an apothercary with something to hide, and a hunter, who loves her grandmother so dear.
Visual Novel
Ain't nothing in the rulebook says a dog can't play bass
Visual Novel
The magic of friendship and summoning the undead
Visual Novel
Short visual novel about a girl with an umbrella.
Visual Novel
Spoiler alert: everyone dies. But what happens after that?
Visual Novel
Mermaids are real. Also, your name is Soup.
Visual Novel
Protect the ocean from the invasive species!
Interactive Fiction
Matchmake six aliens looking for love
Visual Novel
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A short dating game about lizards.
Visual Novel
Dystopian Visual Novel
Visual Novel
We all have it, don't we?
Visual Novel
A story about revenge, loss, and artificial intelligence.
Visual Novel
Magic stands for Drugs.
Visual Novel
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you're an intern at a post office! time to take a tour!
Visual Novel
A musical journey to the unknown.
Visual Novel
A short read on an unbearable time.
Interactive Fiction
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What if you knew words without hearing them?
Visual Novel
Visual Novel Story Game
Role Playing
Follow best friends Moose & Neph as they discover all new realities with their alternate selves!
Adventure
A personal essay on anxiety, depression, and the value of others.
Visual Novel
The story of amnesiac "Theodore Q." continues...
Visual Novel
A jam game about twin magical girls.
Visual Novel
Very short SciFi VN with tea - created for NaNoRenO 2021!
Visual Novel
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Trapped in a fire lookout in winter with someone you hate. What could go wrong?
Visual Novel
One-part Aladdin, two-parts Groundhog Day, Time Shaker is a mini-visual novel about the dreaded process of getting a job
Visual Novel
A visual novel about life during quarantine.
Visual Novel
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Slice of life VN (NanoReno 2021)
Visual Novel
NaNoRenO 2021
Visual Novel
'The Humble Beginnings' of what could be a mediocre yet fun NSFW Visual Novel, courtesy of NanoReno
Visual Novel
Stop a handsome witch from eating you!
Visual Novel
A honeymoon to forget it all.
It's a Date (?) Maybe???
Visual Novel
A retelling of a kelpie folk tale with a visual novel twist.
Visual Novel
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