NetGore is a powerful engine, but has also been notoriously overwhelming. Efforts are now being made to make it so it is much easier to get started making your own game without removing any of the existing functionality. If anyone wants to help out, be it by programming, creating & arranging graphics, or just testing and giving their input as things progress, please contact Spodi.
I don't plan to make a huge overhaul on the first release, and am aiming to get it out by mid November. But you can always check out the progress in real-time by grabbing the source directly from the svn repo. See the downloads page for details.