when are you expecting a test version?
I am very curious
This absolutely 100%
depends on you
, and how many other people participate in the discussions.
We will not start programming until we have the plans pretty solid. Every single person that posts helps our plans get more solid.
Right now if you look at the RPF Developer Forum
it is almost entirely made up of posts by me, which means plans get made only as quickly as I can think about them. When others participate and give their ideas it really helps us to form solid plans to develop on, so the more people post their ideas and contribute the quicker we get to development.
If people get going on the ideas we could see development start before the month is up, but if it is just me then it could be well into Summer before we get to a good enough place to start writing code.
The reason is that we do not want to start programming, only to change how some of the base functionality works part way through and then end up having to scrap the code and start over. Just like you do not start building the house until the blue-prints are complete.
For example, right now I am trying to decide how to work the Strength and Defense stats, exactly how they will be used, how they increase and how quickly they increase, or if they are even needed at all. I am racking my brain trying to figure that out. But if people with other ideas that I cannot see at this time were to post those ideas it could very quickly bring resolution to that discussion. That happened with the discussion on items. Someone just made a post here with their thoughts and it gave me enough insight to move forward and make a (semi-)final decision about how Items will work.
So yeah... if you want to see a dev and beta version quickly, help contribute.