Yoooo new thread hype!
First and foremost, I gotta say it was awesome to find out about the release of the basic version and I seriously have to say thank you Mr. Stan for including my sprites into the pregnant Pokémon variant, I really do appreciate that inclusion and I'm so glad that you found them good enough to add into the rom in some shape and form. I have actually downloaded it before along with the emulator though never got around to actually playing it, so hopefully I'll find the time to do that.
I also did read what you and Lurkfish have said regarding how the sprites work and it is super useful to know as well, I'll certainly be keeping it in mind, hopefully anyway. Primarily why the back sprites have been offset like that was honestly just a convivence choice on my part for editing, making everything a bit more uniform and also making it slightly easier to just cut out the unnecessary parts of the belly from the sprite once I'd gotten the right size or shape for them, though yeah in hindsight I can see that could've been problematic for a few sprites with how they're displayed in game.
(The fact that Flareon's front sprite is 1 pixel off is going to haunt me now until I get that fixed. XD )
As for what I've been doing well, life, my job and other personal projects of mine have all kinda got in the way of making the next batch of edited sprites I have, though I have made some progress on it albeit very slowly. I did have to change out a few mons from it accouple times due to difficultly I found, but eh, besides the point. This next batch will most likely be the last one I'll personally do at least as a whole bulk thing, just due to how much work is required for it and with all my other stuff I got going on.
This isn't to say I'll stop doing sprite edits completely after this though, as I am interested in both the planned event system, so I may whip up a thing or two for that, and also primarily, I have been considering editing the Pokémon in the intro sequence + Rayquaza on the title screen for the preggo mon variant, though the main hurdle on that is that I have absolutely no idea on the sprite sizes of those and looking at them on Spriter's resource did not help at all, so I'd certainly need help with that once or if I get around to it. Plus, if there's any other mons from the Gen 3 national dex I feel like tackling or if someone really wants me to do then I might consider editing those on their own or at least in mini bundles I guess, otherwise I'd probably leave that to anyone else who's interested in doing them.
As for if I'll be doing any Gen 4+ Pokémon sprites to backport well again like I've said before I don't want to be the sole deciding factor on what mons get into the romhack so keep that in mind. Also the 64 x 64 sprite resource that was shared back on the old thread requires a login to access, so welp, unless someone just so happens to have copy of that then I'm probably not going to bother going through the effort of setting up an account with that forum just to download one specific thing.
So yeah, that was a tediously long post, but figured I'd give out some info after being kinda absent from this thread for so long. I can't guarantee when the next sprite batch from me will be done, but I'll try my best to at least see it through if nothing else. If anyone wants me to, I can go ahead and list off which mons will be included in that just so people know what to expect and so there won't be any overlap for anyone considering editing some of the Pokémon besides just me doing it.
Alright well with that finally said, once again seriously have to say thanks to Mr. Stan for using my sprites in the hack and for your continued development and commitment to Expectant Emerald, we all really do appreciate and enjoy the work you're doing here for us regardless of any setbacks. Keep up the great work man and here's hoping for the best for you in real life too in any case. So, here's to the new thread and everyone here involved in the project in one form or another, really stoked to see where we'll be going from here!