Renpytom is creating the Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine
285

patrons

$758
per month
Since 2004, I've been developing the Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine. Ren'Py is completely open source, free for commercial use, and runs on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and iOS. Since its introduction, Ren'Py has been used by storytellers and game makers all around the world to create over a thousand visual novels.

Up until this point, I have shouldered the cost of development software and equipment myself.  However, keeping up with changing technology and standards can get pricey. Rather than work longer hours to fund development-related expenses, I've created this Patreon. Now you can help free up my time so that I can put more work into Ren'Py... and get some nice rewards in the process.

So what rewards can you get here?

First off, the one reward you won't get from becoming a patron is software that's different from what I give away for free. I want to make the best version of Ren'Py I can available to everyone in the world, even people who can't afford or don't have the ability to pay. Ren'Py is my gift to the world -- locking even small parts of it behind a paywall would be counterproductive to the cause.

As for the rewards we are offering:

  • Every patron gets access to exclusive posts that describe how to use Ren'Py - both current and upcoming features. These posts are written at a tutorial level (versus the normative nature of the Ren'Py documentation), and are checked by a visual novel creator to make sure they are understandable even to people who aren't professional programmers.
  • Patrons sponsoring at the $2 and up level get to be listed as sponsors on the Ren'Py website and in the documentation for each release. At higher levels, this can include a sponsor banner for your game, organization, or studio on the Ren'Py home page. Please read this post for information about how to set up your sponsorship, and the fine print below.
  • At $10 and up, you get a collectable art postcard in the mail every month. These feature original art from visual novel creators in the Ren'Py community. The back of every postcard features a calendar you can use to track your progress toward your own development goals. 

While I do most of the work when it comes to developing Ren'Py, the engine is the product of a team of dozens of programmers, translators, and other helpful volunteers from countries all around the world. Now you can become part of our team by helping us continue to produce one of the world's best visual novel engines and make it available for free.

Here's the fine print: Sponsor links and banners update once a month. I reserve the right to reject sponsor links and logos that are in poor taste or spammy. Sponsor links and banners will be ordered first by the amount of support provided this month, then by the total amount of support provided, and then in a random order.
Tiers
Secret Sponsor
$1 or more per month 153 patrons
Sponsor us in secret for any amount you'd like, and get access to edited sponsor-only articles that describe existing and upcoming  Ren'Py features.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
Bronze Sponsor
$2 or more per month 110 patrons
You'll be listed as a sponsor on the Ren'Py website, and permanently in the Ren'Py documentation, with a link to your website.




Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A text link on the Ren'Py website for a month.
Silver Postcard Sponsor
$10 or more per month 36 patrons
Every month, you'll have a collectable postcard with an original piece of Ren'Py-related art mailed to you.  On the back will be a calendar you can use to check off your accomplishments for the month.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A text link on the Ren'Py website for a month.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month.
Gold Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You'll get a half-width sponsor banner on the Ren'Py home page. 

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • A half-width (350x100) banner on the homepage for a month.
Platinum Sponsor
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Platinum sponsorship makes your game and organization stand out with a full-width  banner on the Ren'Py home page.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • A full-width (740x100) banner on the homepage for a month.
Diamond Sponsor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Want to show the world how much you or your organization supports visual novel development? The Diamond sponsor level puts your extra-large banner at the top of the sponsor area on the Ren'Py home page. 

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • An extra-large (740x150) banner on the homepage for a month.
Goals
$758 of $1,000 per month
I'll be able to offer a Mac build service for Ren'Py creators. You'll have to enroll in the Apple developer program yourself, but once you do you'll be able to build Mac and iOS distributions on our servers, rather than your own computer.
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Since 2004, I've been developing the Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine. Ren'Py is completely open source, free for commercial use, and runs on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and iOS. Since its introduction, Ren'Py has been used by storytellers and game makers all around the world to create over a thousand visual novels.

Up until this point, I have shouldered the cost of development software and equipment myself.  However, keeping up with changing technology and standards can get pricey. Rather than work longer hours to fund development-related expenses, I've created this Patreon. Now you can help free up my time so that I can put more work into Ren'Py... and get some nice rewards in the process.

So what rewards can you get here?

First off, the one reward you won't get from becoming a patron is software that's different from what I give away for free. I want to make the best version of Ren'Py I can available to everyone in the world, even people who can't afford or don't have the ability to pay. Ren'Py is my gift to the world -- locking even small parts of it behind a paywall would be counterproductive to the cause.

As for the rewards we are offering:

  • Every patron gets access to exclusive posts that describe how to use Ren'Py - both current and upcoming features. These posts are written at a tutorial level (versus the normative nature of the Ren'Py documentation), and are checked by a visual novel creator to make sure they are understandable even to people who aren't professional programmers.
  • Patrons sponsoring at the $2 and up level get to be listed as sponsors on the Ren'Py website and in the documentation for each release. At higher levels, this can include a sponsor banner for your game, organization, or studio on the Ren'Py home page. Please read this post for information about how to set up your sponsorship, and the fine print below.
  • At $10 and up, you get a collectable art postcard in the mail every month. These feature original art from visual novel creators in the Ren'Py community. The back of every postcard features a calendar you can use to track your progress toward your own development goals. 

While I do most of the work when it comes to developing Ren'Py, the engine is the product of a team of dozens of programmers, translators, and other helpful volunteers from countries all around the world. Now you can become part of our team by helping us continue to produce one of the world's best visual novel engines and make it available for free.

Here's the fine print: Sponsor links and banners update once a month. I reserve the right to reject sponsor links and logos that are in poor taste or spammy. Sponsor links and banners will be ordered first by the amount of support provided this month, then by the total amount of support provided, and then in a random order.

Recent posts by Renpytom

Tiers
Secret Sponsor
$1 or more per month 153 patrons
Sponsor us in secret for any amount you'd like, and get access to edited sponsor-only articles that describe existing and upcoming  Ren'Py features.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
Bronze Sponsor
$2 or more per month 110 patrons
You'll be listed as a sponsor on the Ren'Py website, and permanently in the Ren'Py documentation, with a link to your website.




Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A text link on the Ren'Py website for a month.
Silver Postcard Sponsor
$10 or more per month 36 patrons
Every month, you'll have a collectable postcard with an original piece of Ren'Py-related art mailed to you.  On the back will be a calendar you can use to check off your accomplishments for the month.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A text link on the Ren'Py website for a month.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month.
Gold Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
You'll get a half-width sponsor banner on the Ren'Py home page. 

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • A half-width (350x100) banner on the homepage for a month.
Platinum Sponsor
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Platinum sponsorship makes your game and organization stand out with a full-width  banner on the Ren'Py home page.

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • A full-width (740x100) banner on the homepage for a month.
Diamond Sponsor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Want to show the world how much you or your organization supports visual novel development? The Diamond sponsor level puts your extra-large banner at the top of the sponsor area on the Ren'Py home page. 

Includes
  • Access to sponsor-only articles.
  • A text link in the Ren'Py documentation for at least two years.
  • A collectable Ren'Py postcard once a month. (Optional)
  • An extra-large (740x150) banner on the homepage for a month.