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Word Count!

#1 Post by Blue Lemma » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:39 pm

To everyone who's made a game here (especially in Ren'Py), what's the word count of your game? Using the lint tool, that is. I'm curious as to just what length/depth of game different word counts represent.

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#2 Post by Jake » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:07 pm

Blue Lemma wrote:To everyone who's made a game here (especially in Ren'Py), what's the word count of your game? Using the lint tool, that is. I'm curious as to just what length/depth of game different word counts represent.
Not Ren'Py, but I had a go at hacking up Fice's dodgy cygwin word-count shell scripts to work on my Mac, and they tell me there are approximately 46000 words in MorningStar's script.

~1300 of which were ellipsis. ;-)
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Re: Word Count!

#3 Post by papillon » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:02 pm

Somewhere around 65-70K as best as I can tell.

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#4 Post by Blue Lemma » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:53 pm

65-70K for...?
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#5 Post by papillon » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:03 pm

Fatal Hearts, of course! What else have I done in the past two years? :)

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#6 Post by DaFool » Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:54 pm

MagBou: 10K
Nettestadt: 23K (~16K is actual plot I think, most others are "Wazzup?" lines)
Builder's Mind: 7.5K

For reference, short story: <=7.5K; novellette 7.5K<=<=17.5K; novella 17.5K<=<=40K (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novellette)

That means your works are... actually visual novels! Whoa.

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#7 Post by Fawkes - Feathered Melody » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:41 am

The Boy Who Loved Crows (V1.0 Public):

The game contains 121 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 2142 words.
For an average of 17.7 words per screen.

Noctua (V0.1.6 Public Demo II [Chapters 1-3 of 7]):

The game contains 294 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 4960 words.
For an average of 16.9 words per screen.

Noctua (V0.2.0 Latest Development Internal):

The game contains 767 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 12742 words.
For an average of 16.6 words per screen.

(Does Lint count the coding in its words or only actual displayed text?)
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#8 Post by PyTom » Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:37 am

[/quote](Does Lint count the coding in its words or only actual displayed text?)[/quote]

Lint only counts words in say statements.
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Re: Word Count!

#9 Post by monele » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:18 am

MagBou: 10K
10K ?!... no way o_o...

PyTom : any say statement?... like... calling the character object in Python, would that count? ^^;

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#10 Post by PyTom » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:23 am

No, that's a python statement, not a say statement.
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#11 Post by monele » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:11 pm

Probably better this way ^_^

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#12 Post by Hime » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:48 pm

Project Nattsu: 9362
Tera to Mura to Wasuremono (by far): 40000 (Horribly slow, Hime-tan... T_T)
Perhaps-might-be-random-not-announced-not-decided-maybe-a-kind-of-a-project (by far): 2758

I hope to see more wordcounts from the people here... It's interesting~. ^^
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#13 Post by Mr. E » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:17 pm

*reads the wordcounts on other games*
What the... :shock: How can you people write so much? I am suffering to complete my 20K script...
Well, anyways: Here is the data for Nightcrawlers and Lunatics ( almost complete )

The game contains 1243 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 20256 words.
For an average of 16.3 words per screen.

Almost there... Almost there... :x

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#14 Post by Jake » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:11 pm

Mr. E wrote: How can you people write so much? I am suffering to complete my 20K script...
In MorningStar's case, it took two of us doing more or less nothing else for a month. I don't think it's an exaggeration to suggest that less than half of my time on that project was spent on the art. ;-)

It also took not very much in the way of editing or balancing - I wouldn't like to make any claims as to how long or involved or even 'fair' each of the paths were, let alone how comparatively well each was written in story terms. I could easily believe that it could be cut down to 20k words or less if brutally edited to a high standard and cut back to remove all the filler...
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Re: Word Count!

#15 Post by Blue Lemma » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:59 pm

I agree with Mr. E - that's some heavy-duty writing!
I'm at about 23000 with Hanafuda Club, and it's difficult to keep the steam going. ToL 2 (the plague upon my game-making existence :p ) had about 10000, I believe. It's just sitting in a notebook, actually, but I had about 50 pages at ~200 words/page.

And then there was that Love Fairies game (from way back when!) that didn't go very far but had 3500 done.

I'd do a word estimate for ToL 1 (it's not Ren'Py), but I'd have to dig out the source from somewhere, and I'm not a big digging-fan :p
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