Hey man, finally getting updated on the best game of the gen so far =]
Don't worry to much about equipment, you'll have several tiers to work on if you want, or you can be a knucklehead like me and play 60-80% of the game without ever upgrading your armor in the hardest setting where you need 12 hits to kill anything and die with 1 hit of anything =p
You are about 40% into the game from memory.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"