Novelty – Visual novel maker

Ahh, the things I would do if I had the time. πŸ™‚ Especially with Daz Studio still being free, it could be a lot of fun to make a visual novel. Not that I’d expect to make money, or that anyone would play it, but I think it would be a fun and challenging exercise.

I discovered this program today- Novelty.

Novelty is a free game maker tailored for making visual novels. Contrary to most other visual novel makers, Novelty is designed for people without any experience in scripting or programming.

As a designer you have a lot of artistic freedom in Novelty. There are no templates or presumptions on how your game should look. The visual tools that come with Novelty enables you to give your game a unique look that will stand out.

via Novelty – Visual novel maker.

Here’s an example of someone using the software, which looks pretty easy to use, actually.

10 thoughts on “Novelty – Visual novel maker

  1. ARGH… the flipping between first and second person is driving me insane in the demo.

  2. Oh! Heh heh.

    That’s actually a common characteristic of visual novels, many of them are actually presented in the second person. Apparently the demo maker hasn’t quite gotten used to writing in the second person, since we very rarely use it.

    Actually, the Dead Robots’ Society just had a great podcast on narrative modes (1st, 2nd, 3rd person) and tenses that was quite the interesting listen. It almost made me want to try writing something in the second person!

  3. Suspects possible backdoor in the software. (no evidence, just paranoia)
    But artwise does look less demanding on the artist. πŸ˜‰

  4. That could be true of any software on the net, though. I’m more worried that it hasn’t been updated in almost two years. Makes me suspect the makers may have abandoned it rather than finish it.

  5. I tried to listen to Dead Robot’s Society. I really did. They had interesting things.. but were so darned rambly that I had to remove them from my feed. Their shows are like an hour and a half long!
    Please for the love of God people.. if you’re going to have a spoken word podcast, get to the point in less than an hour πŸ™‚
    But on to the point myself. Second person seems ideal for this particular style of book. It’s more of a pick-your-path-adventure style.

  6. I think it’s an acquired taste. I didn’t think I’d like the DRS at first, but once I got used to them I rather enjoy their long and rambly show. They’re like having a couple of writer friends along for a chat while I walk the dog, and they help keep me inspired to write!

    If I didn’t have a lot of time, I think I’d probably find their shows a bit long, though. Then again, that’s what double-speed on the iPod is for!

    Yeah, these are essentially electronic versions of Choose Your Own Adventure stories, so it makes sense that they’re written in Second Person. One of the few situations where it works well.


  7. Hmmmm….

    Aren’t there already a lot of other programs that can do this? You’re basically adding text and maybe some simple routing to a pic.

    Don C.

  8. I know I’m really late to this, but I figured I’d mention anyway. I checked the creator’s forums and twitter accounts, and he’s still working on the next update. He’s super busy with his personal life or whatever, but he hasn’t abandoned the program yet. I dunno, just thought I’d mention it in case anyone cared.

    • It seems safe, but like any internet software, I can’t make any promises. You have to make your own decision.


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