How to Make Your Own Visual Novel Resources

Engines

Ren’Py

  • Free
  • Don’t need to know Python nor coding
  • Very active community with frequent engine updates

Naninovel

  • $150
  • Unity plugin
  • Frequent engine updates

More Engines

  • Twine
  • VNMaker
  • Game Maker
  • Tyrano Builder
  • Novelty

Text Editing Software

  • Notepad++
  • Sublime
  • Visual Studio
  • Atom
  • Editra

Writing

Google Docs

  • Free
  • Saves automatically to Google Drive
  • Allows easy sharing and collaboration

Articy Draft

  • $99.99
  • Game asset manager
  • Allows you to test the flow of the game

Scrivener

  • $49
  • Primarily for writing and managing long scripts

Artwork

Examples of Character Sprites

Examples of Cut Scene Art (CGs)

Free Art Programs

Audio

Free Audio

Tim Reichert’s So you want to be a Video Game Composer Guide

Marketing

Chris Zukowski’s How To Market a Game blog

How to Make Twitter Painless for Indie Game Marketing

Other Resources

Free Resources

  • DevTalk+
    • A Discord server for anyone interested in visual novel dev, including artists, voice actors, writers, and more
  • Canva
    • Free graphic designing tool
  • Unsplash
    • Free to use photos
  • Freesound
    • Free to use sound effects (check licenses before using)
  • Lemmasoft
    • Largest English forum for visual novels, primarily for developers
  • Visual;Conference
    • An annual online conference for visual novel devs, with each of the previous panels uploaded to YouTube

Game Jams

Itch.io has a wide array of community-hosted game jams here.