How to make an app (like choices and Episode) to host my own Visual Novels?

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How to make an app (like choices and Episode) to host my own Visual Novels?

#1 Post by curtishan » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:25 am

Does anyone know how to create an app like Choices and Episode so I can host my own visual novels on it? I have an idea for a visual novel series I want to create and I want to put them all in one place so people don't need to download multiple apps and their choices can transfer from one book to the other.

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#2 Post by parttimestorier » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:36 am

I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to just do that in RenPy. You'd just need the GUI of your main menu to have several different options that jump to the different parts of the story, and persistent variables for the things that you want to transfer between.
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#3 Post by curtishan » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:43 am

Because it's not different parts of the same story I want people to jump to. I want to be able to upload new chapters and then end one book and start another. when I do a different story altogether I want people to be able to choose which one they want to see.

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#4 Post by Zelan » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:37 pm

If you're not already familiar with programming in general, you're probably going to need to learn a programming language and/or hire someone who has this knowledge. Creating an entire app is a pretty huge undertaking, and probably not one that you'll get a lot of free help with unless you know someone.

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Re: How to make an app (like choices and Episode) to host my own Visual Novels?

#5 Post by xavimat » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:09 pm

With renpy you can develop a game that downloads different parts as "DLC".
https://renpy.org/doc/html/build.html?highlight=dlc
https://renpy.org/doc/html/updater.html?highlight=dlc

(The launcher does it when you download a text editor, for example, or rapt.)
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#6 Post by Imperf3kt » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:30 pm

If this is something intended for Google Play store (judging by wording of your posts) then you can just include all your stories in one game and use start("label_name") to start where you want.

You'll need to know basic renpy label flow and control in order to ensure the stories don't continue into each other.
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