Ren'Py is a free, 2D, and cross-platform engine that helps you make story-based games including visual novels and simulation games. It uses a scripting language based on Python.

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Dev Diary - August 2017


Hi All. Some exciting things going on I thought I'd fill you guys in... Firstly! As you may or may not know, I posted a thread on the indiedb forums in July asking if anyone would be interested in doing voice acting for The Devil's Game. Fortunately, two kind people Reynder & TiffanyWitcher have answered the call and offered to help. It will be great to hear them voicing the characters in the future, thanks so much you guys.


Secondly, I have a few development screenshots to show you which give an insight into how the world is progressing. As you can see I have decided that I would do away with the walls of text and put you; the player, directly into the comic book by telling the story through a more traditional format. I'll still be using Ren'py has my game development engine for now, but I'm aware that it no longer makes sense with the direction I'm taking and something like Unity [which I'm actually more familiar with] makes more sense to use. But anyway check it out:


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Chapter Prologue Page 01


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Chapter Prologue Page 02


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Chapter Prologue Page 03


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Chapter Prologue Page 04


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Chapter Prologue Page 05


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Chapter Prologue Page 06


Up until now I have been using some great stock images to create the story but it became apparent that this project would eventually need characters to exchange the dialogue, and there's a ton of dialogue! So introducing Daz3D! I can't say enough about how easy this program is to use! With a ton of resources right off the bat, completely free and a huge community of artists willing to both sell and give away free models, it took me only one week to learn how to modify, clothe, pose and render my characters. So here's a progress shot of Detective Frank Lowe!

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(Detective Frank Lowe - Initial artistic model may not represent final model)


That's about all for now. Leave me a comment, let me know your thoughts and check out the demo if you haven't already to play an early version of the Prologue + Chapter 1:

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OneSavageRaven
OneSavageRaven

Hey, can someone help me with the Ren'Py engine? It's just that everytime I type new code into the script.rpy, I get an error saying "Tab characters are not allowed in Ren'py scripts." Can someone help me?

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brandon4117
brandon4117

Could you show me the code? If it's code that's trying to define an item like "image nblnk = im.Scale("nblnk.png", 320, 575)", that HUGE space you see right there after "image nblnk" is a tab space (EDIT: Okay, so indiedb takes out the space, but the space is as big as when you hit tab in the script editor). Usually it changes tabs into spaces but when defining something if you use Tab it marks it as an error. If it's not that that's the issue, show me a bit of the code and I can work on it for ya.

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brandon4117
brandon4117

Make sure every line of code defining something only has one space between each variable, like so:
"variable nickname = "realname.filetype", where variable is the type of file or action, such as image, play music, play sound, or with (EDIT: with is used in other places, NOT with an "=" sign. My bad. the "play music" or "play sound" however are almost like that, just without the "=" sign). If you don't know what those are, the engine itself when downloaded has a tutorial game that explains pretty much everything (except the more complex errors.) This is just an add-on to what I said above, if it still doesn't fix it, I'll gladly check your code.

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Yldrania
Yldrania

If this place is inappropriate to say this, please forgive me and delete the comment. If not, I would be very happy if it actually helps: I am planning on releasing a couple of longer stories as visual novels.. games, with this engine. I am a writer mainly, and not the best artist. I would love if, if someone is an artist or has interest and experience in the creation of artwork, would be interested in working with me, they could contact me via PM.

Again, I apologize if this is not the correct place to post this, but on the forums things like that are lost within hours with no results so I figured I would try my luck here.

Thanks in advance. I love this engine :)

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Guest
Guest

I wouldnt mind helping with the artwork! You can reach me at Lucr3tcia.deviant art.com and we can talk about it xD

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smileyman00
smileyman00

ren'py engine. Whoever has played a game similar to this engine, please send me a message. It sounds very familiar.

(dark humor laugh)

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

its a bit saddening to see many ren'py games releasing with a price up to $20, even when the arts, story, and or "gameplay" is not that good.

-not to be compared, look at Katawa Shoujo being one of the greatest, yet totally free

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hagamablabla
hagamablabla

Yes.

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Benben516
Benben516

how download engines sorry im new cant see download :L

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bloodywing
bloodywing

Go to Renpy.org and look at "How do I get Ren'Py?"

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