Thanks for the support!
Maybe the next HotQ We'll see how progress goes. I wont be giving up on this anytime soon, that's for sure!
Thanks! I certainly hope that my scripting won't be fail
The hero overworld does have a trainer sprite.
Tiles/palettes are 99% done for beta 1 (unless I think of a bunch more that I want to add), and mapping is moving more quickly as well. Hopefully I will have another update soon before I start scripting for real!
Also, I forgot to mention that I updated the screenshots on the OP to be current (a few palette changes and redone maps over the past month).