So I was able to make the maps AND I found a neat program that generates Tile sets and all that good stuff. Problem is, the game isn't taking the new maps so well. Here are some screenshots of the tedious process. Nothing is final.
It's very buggy at the moment. I'm hoping to cover up the bad spots with flat sprites. It might work. Most of the map looks okay (with the exception to the palette) I hope to figure it out soon and that the sprite importer is finished. Only then can I FINALLY begin, even if it's 3 months too late.