February. Not a whole lot of exciting stuff happening during that particular month, right? I mean… I guess Valentine’s Day is exciting. For some. Personally, I’m far more excited about what follows: the month of March, during which the annual NaNoRenO – a visual novel game jam – is scheduled. Oh, and the game has to be made from scratch. None of that ‘but I have some lovely assets lying around’ nonsense. From scratch!
That’s not the only restriction either: before March, you’re allowed to… let’s see… brainstorm, outline the plot, build a team (entirely optional), and create sketches “that do not lead to direct production of assets”. So no writing, coding, asset producing, or other funny business, ya hear? Not like the whole affair is of the competitive sort, but still – even playing field and all that jazz.
Genre, format, and platform? Up to each individual developer. Oh, and your submission, by the end of March, doesn’t have to be flawless – so long as it’s playable. Bugs can be fixed down the road. Or never. Most would probably prefer if they were. I certainly would. Just saying.
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!
More details, as well as the dates and a bunch of useful links, can be found on NaNoRenO 2021‘s itch.io page.
Actually… just in case: March 1st, 2021 at 7:00 AM – April 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 AM.