Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I see that Fred Gallagher, of MegaTokyo fame, is now in the Visual Novel business.
Good for him! I and my wife have had the chance to meet him and his wife at several animecons, and they are wonderful people! As Fred already has an established fan-base, his KickStarter project took off rather explosively.
I sincerely hope this goes well for him; the OELVN market in the US is only in its toddler stage, so rather than viewing Fred as some interloper to be destroyed, I very much welcome his work, and hope we can all work together to bring our stories in this new media to all of you.