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NaNoRenO is coming again! Who's excited?

#1 Post by Kokoro Hane » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:00 pm

Every year I look forward to NaNoRenO, probably the only "game jam" I know of dedicated to visual novel creation. It's fun to push yourself to make a VN in only a month, whether using assets or creating your own. My first try was too ambitious, and in fact I'm still making that project (64,000+ words now, near completion o.o) and the following year my other project didn't finish, however I was able to participate in the group effort of Funnyguts' "Reverse Robin" and I hope to join another little thing like that. It was nice to at least have participated in a completed project, so with that I am satisfied that this year, I can pull this off! Looking back at previous NaNoRenO's, my problem was too many characters; my goal this year is to have very few characters and while I still like to be ambitious, I'm going to do my best to restrain myself. I'm also considering doing my own sprites this year, if I have the time (I should). I have been practicing and I won't get any better if I don't just force myself, and NaNoRenO is always a place to start pushing your limits.

So what about you? Do you plan to jump into NaNoRenO this year, whether to add another game to your belt, actually try to complete one, or join a collab? How many of you are veteran NaNoRenO's or first timers? Since the time is near, I thought a little discussion thread would be fun to do! I know we can't really start planning until the 2014 NaNoRenO board is up, but making a stragety early I think is never a bad idea. Just looking back at previous years, I already know what needs to be done if I plan to complete. What's your battle plan, if you have one?
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#2 Post by Fungii » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:08 pm

If only I had the time to participaaaaate!
I'd love to do sprites for someones game but I'd only be able to do something that was super lightweight; simplified style, few characters, one pose/outfit.

Ah well, next year I'll be out of university and maybe able to actually think of a short little game.

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#3 Post by Googaboga » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:29 pm

Woo NaNoReno is awesome :mrgreen:. I'd like to take part one year but this probably won't be the year. I don't think I'm ready to make a game all on my own and I also don't think I'm skillful enough to be a worthwhile team member ^^;. Oh well maybe next year X3.
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#4 Post by MaiMai » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:40 pm

I definitely want to try for this year; I haven't made a project since my first kinetic novel made with very amateurish art. And over the years, I've tried to start various projects that ended before any real traction could be gained, mostly because of my insecurities as an artist.

I've improved a lot since then so I hope I can find a writer who could work with me and we could motivate each other to finish a VN even if I don't make NaNoRenO's time limit.
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#5 Post by Hazel-Bun » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:17 pm

Yeah I'm super excited for it :) Last years NaNoRenO (which kick started my group and interest in creating visual novels on my own) was a blast even though I didn't finish. Well, I could of put A Simple Act out but chose not to to improve on it haha.

Now I feel that I can get something out on time, even if it's not the masterpiece I picture in my mind. I've already started outlining and design work for it and will probably get some help from my friend Alex/recruit some after I can show I can hold up my end of the bargain. March will be a very busy month for me but I want to at least attempt NaNo if I can ^^

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#6 Post by Hyraculon » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:57 pm

I'd like to give it a try myself! I think it'll be nice to work on a short-term project instead of the monster I'm working on now (which was also supposed to be a short-term project, once upon a time...)

No idea what I want to do, though.

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#7 Post by Caveat Lector » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:11 pm

Do you have to make a game from scratch-scratch, or can it be something you've been toying with for a while and are starting to take the first steps towards making the idea a reality? Realistically, even if I do take part this year, I probably wouldn't finish the whole thing in one month, but it might at least help me get a large bulk of it done writing-wise. I'm not sure if I will or not because March will also be the time when I'll have to dedicate most of my time to my major assignments due at the end of the semester, but it might be worth a try at least.
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#8 Post by Laiska » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:25 pm

Perhaps I'll make something short on my own. It would be fun to work with someone else on one, but I wouldn't want to disappoint anyone by being busy with other things.

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#9 Post by ShippoK » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:51 pm

I still have that NaNoRen0 project I've put on-hold from last year. I really would love to get back to it, but, not right now.
I don't know how people can work on more then one project at a time, it's quite the hassle too do.

Anyway, I'm excited to see what projects people make this year. Good luck everyone!
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#10 Post by rakada » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:04 pm

it seems like a pretty interesting challenge to partake in, so i decided to join in the fun and make a little something when the time comes.

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#11 Post by Laiska » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:29 am

Is there a set of official rules around?

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#12 Post by MaiMai » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:39 am

Laiska wrote:Is there a set of official rules around?
I don't think so. There's never been a set of written rules for as long as I've been here and the most people abide by is putting their WIPs for NaNoRenO in the section dedicated to it. No one's gonna flay people for not being able to finish a game in a month.
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#13 Post by Laiska » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:40 am

Ah I meant more in terms of general guidelines, i.e. what should/shouldn't be completed before the month starts, whether it should be a new project, etc.

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#14 Post by MaiMai » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:43 am

The goal has always been to try and finish a game in a month.

http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... =13&t=9995 there's this old thread that might add some insight.

EDIT: http://www.mangatutorials.net/renaigames/nanoreno.html oh and there's this, although I highly doubt anyone's been actually constrained by these guidelines (this was written back in '06 it seems where ren'ai was more common if not expected, but it generally doesn't apply anymore; make any story you want, romance or not, etc)
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#15 Post by Aisserium » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:54 am

I've been waiting since last NaNoRen0 to participate in one, but I don't know if I'm ready... All the stories I think about are not that good, and I think "if it will be something that they will forget soon, it doesn't make sense". I'll try to think in a better story, and if I found it, this will be my first NaNoRen0
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