i dont see MLPOL making a game anytime soon ubless we hook up with a free lance programmer some time in the future
meanwhile, consider taking a look at pokemon clover. it was made by /vp/ and was actually finished from what i know.
Romhacking isn't that hard, it just takes time. I did that shit for fun when I was 9, I made a Pokemon Emerald Director's Cut Edition with extra towns and a dedicated building for EV Training in the new town east of Oldale.
it is better to have a small team for peer review and sharing fo workload than to have 1 person do it alone who may get suckered into tunnel vision. a small hack is one thing, to finish a complete project with original content is somewhint else entirely.
All we really need is one guy who knows how to read tutorials for AdvanceMap, AdvanceText, an image hack tool of his choice, and a script editor of his choice.
Plus a bunch of anons willing to do sprites and ideas and maps for him, turning a solo 2-year project into a solo 1-week project.
I volunteer to be the guy that makes it, and I'll start my week of constant work as soon as this board's users have decided on and designed 156 fakemon with sprites, a plot, maps, eight gym leaders, the elite four, the champion, the evil team, its boss, and designs for the Male Protag, Female Protag, and Rival.