renpy - engine for creating visual novels
renpy [path to the script directory]
Ren'Py is a programming language and runtime, intended to ease the
creation of visual-novel type games. It contains features that make it
easy to display thoughts, dialogue, and menus; to display images to the
user; to write game logic; and to support the saving and loading of
Ren'Py tries to be like an executable script, allowing you to get a
working game without much more effort than is required to type the game
script into the computer.
Ren'Py is implemented on top of python, and that python heritage shows
through in many places. Many Ren'Py statements allow python expressions
to be used, and there are also Ren'Py statements that allow for the
execution of arbitrary python code. Many of the less-used features of
Ren'Py are exposed to the user by way of python. By only requiring use
of the simplest features of python, it's hoped that Ren'Py will be
usable by all game authors.
If you run the program without any arguments, zou will get an
interactive launcher from where you can select, run and work different
For running a script, you need to give the full path to the directory
that contains the game you want to play.
For example: renpy /usr/share/games/renpy/demo/
To learn how to use the game interface, you should install and play
The game data for each user is stored at ~/.renpy/ directory.
The scripts can be installed in the system bz placing them under
/usr/share/games/renpy/ , but you can run any script in an arbitrarz
directory just by telling the path as the parameter to the game.
You can find more information at http://www.renpy.org/
May 2007 renpy(6)