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So first off, just wanted to let you know right off the bat that I am new to Ren'py and visual novel making and programming.
So forgive me if this question is kinda stupid/lame but I was wondering: if your visual novel is LONG (like an actual adventure novel with a lot of chapters or a show with lots of episodes), can you release it in parts or chapters? And could you somehow link them together? So that the player/reader can play chapter 1 and then continue where he left off when the next chapter is released (so that all of his stats are saved)? To give you an example (not a very good one, but its the only one I can think of *sigh*), if you ever played Surviving High School, every week (I think) they release a new episode of the storyline. And I'm pretty sure your information is saved when you start a new episode. And how would you do that? (if its possible)
Does this make sense? -.-' I hope it does... Thank you in advance!
I do get what you mean~ Like in the Walking Dead game where basically the choices you made in chapter 1 could be imported in Chapter 2~
Worst case if save-game files can't be transferred couldn't you do something like a option?
For example 'Continue from chapter 2'
Method A: save file
Method B: give a small list of important plot choices that carry on into chapter 2?
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Ah okay, I was wondering about doing chapters or parts, I haven't written many previous episodes as I'm a complete beginner so maybe I should hold off on this then.papillon wrote:It can be done, but it's not generally recommended unless you've written at least several episodes ahead of time, because people are dubious about getting involved in "episodic" stories that may not be continued.
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The question you have to ask yourself is whether your group and game REALLY need this or would even survive it. You need to hook people in and not let them out of your grasp till you're finished with them.
In case your game is 50+ hours playtime it would make sense. In most other cases I'd suggest you refrain from doing it unless your group has experience, which does not seem to be the case here.
In short: How long is "long" for you? Anything that wouldn't be tagged "Long" on VNDB should best be released in one piece.
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