This sounds like a good project . I'd be willing to give a little help perhaps, if you post some samples of your work.
I'm just starting an engine right now. Any help with the "Textbox" area would be nice.
Hero_Bash: I'm from GW, RPG Revolution, and many other forums.
Edit: I did start a sprite over the weekend, woulda finished but right/idle sprites really are the hardest to the sprite itself. I've never had actual problems with animating them.
The resolution is pretty much standard 320X240.