A quick update on the book I'm writing about how make a FF6-like JPRG. It's going well, if not as fast as I'd initially hoped. I'm still working on the demo game at the end of the first part of the book "Exploration".
The demo, following the grand tradition of JRPGs, starts with a small cutscene which is now totally finished (but will be polished in the editing stages). I've had some initial art back and it looks great, hopefully I'll be getting more this week. I'm holding off sharing any images until the art's in there.
I'm now working on the actual game-play of the demo, setting up some triggers and scripts. (and noting down various changes I want to make to the codebase and writing I have so far). I'll probably hold off posting again until the demo is complete and I can share some images / video.
Edit: Nothing scuppers a good project like moving to a new city and taking on some new work! I finished the cutscene before I left. I've got pretty much all the art now and I've just finishing making up the tilesets. But I don't think I'm going to get any free time until this weekend, to actually put it all together. I've also spent some time musing over the combat chapter.