Ripples is not a game, nor is it really much of a novel. It's the beginning of a journey. A few years ago, I stumbled upon the Ren'py visual novel engine. A friend of mine was going through a really rough patch, so I decided to make a visual novel to encourage him. I had no clue where to start or how to go about doing it, but after a week of work, I managed to create a simple visual novel. It was a short story featuring a single character sketched roughly on the computer, voices recorded on a laptop mic, and some bland music I generated with a MIDI maker. I called it Ripples and released it to the world. The reception was more than I could have hoped for. The story struck a chord with many people, and I received a lot of encouragement from people.