"Don't let the lack of original material prevent you from making a game!"
Wow. This idea, this concept, presented in the most innocent and well-meaning manner really caught the eye of someone (can't remember who) in 4LS and stirred up quite a polemic on the IRC channel. The philosophic connotations of this single sentence blew our minds. Does it or doesn't it go against the spirit of the event? I mean, you are supposed to make a VN from scratch in a month, after all. But if using stock material is a-ok, how far can this idea be taken? What if you want to make a VN, but you have absolutely no talent in any of the fields required to make one? And what if you also don't have any contacts to people who do have talent? While it's no news that people use free resources when it's convenient for them, we hadn't thought before that an entire game could be done with stock material. This notion just raised more and more questions. If you were to do something like that, would you actually have created anything at all? What would be the worth of such a piece of art? There was something pure, something primal in the way this poster expressed the idea, we all were awestruck with its prophetic beauty and unintentional comedic value. It was too beautiful, too strong to resist. We wanted to believe. We wanted to make a NaNoRenO game. We wanted to take it to the limit. And God be my witness, the lack of original material wasn't going to stop us.
And that's the story of how delta talked himself into producing a visual novel without any original content whatsoever.
As for the actual production, the biggest (only) hurdles were deciding what public domain piece to adapt, and to find free resources to do it. For the first problem, delta had a fling with a few longer classic plays before finally ending up with Pyramus and Thisbe, the play-within-a-play from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. While he was wrestling with the adaptation, I scrounged the web for sprites that would be of sufficient quality, quantity and style (originally, delta intended to go with Romeo and Juliet, but its gigantic cast and length proved to be too prohibitive). Backgrounds and music were considerably easier to find, and thusly, after the required scripting in Ren'py, we present the second Four Leaf Studios visual novel:
Download it from the pXt minisite
P.S. A superior presentation: The Beatles performing Pyramus and Thisbe