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On launching the Linux executable I get the following error message, after which the application fails to launch:

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.
Before loading the script.
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf8' codec can't decode byte 0x82 in position 0: invalid start byte -- Full Traceback ------------------------------------------------------------ Full traceback:
  File "/home/username/Game Data/VA11HallAKIDS-1.0-linux/VA11HallAKIDS-1.0-linux/renpy/bootstrap.py", line 306, in bootstrap
    renpy.main.main()
  File "/home/username/Game Data/VA11HallAKIDS-1.0-linux/VA11HallAKIDS-1.0-linux/renpy/main.py", line 291, in main
    for i in sorted(os.listdir(renpy.config.gamedir)):
  File "/home/tom/ab/x64lucid-deps/install/lib/python2.7/encodings/utf_8.py", line 16, in decode
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf8' codec can't decode byte 0x82 in position 0: invalid start byte Linux-4.4.0-116-generic-x86_64-with-debian-stretch-sid
Ren'Py 6.99.14.1.3218
 
Sun Apr  1 11:41:11 2018