2008 Year in Ren'Py

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2008 Year in Ren'Py

#1 Post by PyTom » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:59 am

Well, the ball dropped in times square, so I might as well spend a bit of time writing my annual year in Ren'Py post.

Let me give the traditional thanks to DaFool, whose timely update to the list of Ren'Py games earlier today saved me from having to dig through the forums to find the games released in the last few days.

In 2004, the initial version of Ren'Py was released, but no games came out that year. 2005 saw 11 games, while 2006 saw 18. In 2007, 50 games were released. (We discovered 2 more since compiling last year's statistics.)

The current count of Ren'Py games released in 2008 is 51. Unlike last year, where many of the games were NaNoRenO projects, games were released throughout 2008, with a release in every month of the year, and every month but August having at least 2 games.


Ren'Py itself saw 8 releases in 2008, going from version 6.5.0 (released at the end of 2007) to 6.8.0 today. Major changes include:

* A rewrite of the way menus and themes are handled, to make them easier to customize.
* The introduction of imagemap customization for the main and game menus.
* The addition of spline motion code (contributed by Aenakume).
* Massively improved Mac support.
* Improved font support, including proper font outlines.
* jEdit :roll:

There are a bunch of other improvements that were made in 2008. If you have a favorite, please let me know. I already have a roadmap for the first two releases in 2009, so it doesn't look like Ren'Py development will be stopping anytime soon.

January 30th, 2009 will mark the 5-year anniversary of Ren'Py. At least, the oldest Ren'Py code I have dates from January 30th, 2004.

2008 marked several changes in my life. I finally graduated with my Ph.D., after all these years. I formed a company, and have been supporting myself exclusively through it. Although most of my work was unrelated to Ren'Py, I did earn several thousand dollars off of Ren'Py this year. At the same time, let me reiterate my commitment to keeping Ren'Py free on general-purpose computer platforms.

Of course, Ren'Py wouldn't exist without the community... without people making games, answering questions, _asking_ questions, and in general making this worth doing. There are a couple of lines I added to the acknowledgements section of my forum spam:
And I’d like to thank Scott and the members of the forum he runs. Without them, my graduate career would have been a bit shorter, but a lot less fun.
Scott is, of course, Lemma, and this is the forum he runs.

In conclusion, let me just say that I'm honored and humbled to see the amount of creative energy people have put into this piece of software I have made. I'd like to wish everyone a happy new year, and to say thanks for letting me make the paintbrushes.
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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#2 Post by Samu-kun » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:23 am

Gentlemen... It has been an honour serving with you. =w=

(My New Years resolution is to work like hell and finally RELEASE a game made on ren'py before the arrival of the new decade...)

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#3 Post by JQuartz » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:06 am

Happy New Year 2009. Hope Ren'Py would continue to receive improments and more Ren'py games be made (hopefully I would contribute as well)
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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#4 Post by Serkai » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:19 am

Yah! Happy New Year, everyone ^_^

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#5 Post by jack_norton » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:43 am

Happy New Year to you Tom and everyone here.
May 2009 be a great year for Renpy and for everyone's projects.
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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#6 Post by Jo'ogn » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:46 am

Happy 2009 PyTom! I am happy that Ren'Py aids me in my almost life long quest to making my own video game(s). Also thanks to the supportive forum members! ^_^b
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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#7 Post by mugenjohncel » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:12 pm

Happy 2009 Everyone (Tee Hee Hee!... I love this Forum... Here, I can be creative and act like a retard at the same time and still get away with it... :mrgreen: )

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#8 Post by azureXtwilight » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:51 am

Happy new year everyone! Nuh, I can't finish it in new year, but my game's demo is just up. That'll finish my resolution then...
Okay! Hope to see more games onwards!!!

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#9 Post by Vatina » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:37 am

Happy 2009! It's great to see that things keep going up :)

Yup, 2009 will be the year where I finally release a game ^^

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#10 Post by Samu-kun » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:59 am

YOU AND ME BOTH!!! *POWERS UP!!!* (,,#゚Д゚):∴;'・,;`:ゴルァ!!

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#11 Post by Nanie » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:38 am

Happy new year, guys! I think I found a spot I can crash at! :P
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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#12 Post by filsduloup » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:05 pm

Bonne année !
happy new years !

Renpy is the better freeware of the world, thank to pytom for the marvelous renpy !

i am sure 2009 will be better than 2008 !

Yes, 2008 is the years where i have discover renpy, but 2009 is the years where i will use renpy with more wisdom !

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#13 Post by F.I.A » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:57 pm

Here's a piece for the passing 2008. A well-spent year, indeed.
Maidens of the Yesteryear( 2008)
The list(Left to right):
[1] Cheryl( Tying Threads)
[2] Kuu ( Ripples)
[3] Livia ( EVEning Course)
[4] Kera ( Real)
[5] Triona ( Yaruge Girl Triona)
[6] Risa ( Dream Chasers)
[7] Serenade ( Be My Master)
[8] ??? ( Forget Me Not)
[9] Feria ( Real Life : A Bishoujo Adventure)
[10] Sue ( Real Life : A Bishoujo Adventure)
[11] Rena ( Real Life : A Bishoujo Adventure)
[12] Lucia ( Real Life : A Bishoujo Adventure)
[13] Marie & Miss Bandit ( Lady Sugarplum's Bad Day)
[14] Eri ( Wings II)
[15] Xalynne ( Xalynne's Twins)
[16] Sandra ( EVE)
[17] Sylvie ( The F**king Question)
[18] Melissa ( Songs of Araiah)
Last edited by F.I.A on Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:58 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#14 Post by AngelicCarrot » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:51 pm

It is truly amazing to see so many inspired VN creators in one spot. ^^ Renpy is amazing in itself, giving regular people the chance to make amazing games simply. Thankyou so much for this blessing! And a (late) happy new year to you all!

FIA- That is the most adorable chibi picture I've ever seen xDD And you put Serenade in there too! ;3; I'm honored...


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Re: 2008 Year in Ren'Py

#15 Post by sake-bento » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:56 pm


Looks wonderful, F.I.A.~ Thank you so much. This is actually pretty exciting. Thanks to everyone for being so great and supportive for 2008, and here's to more wonderful stories in 2009.

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