I've figured out that I can't write weapons as weapons, I have to write them as skills to allow them to be fired at an opponent. This also allows an opportunity to create mega-weapons such as a rocket launcher & Doppelgänger locator!
In RPG Maker VX, the standard size of one frame is 32x32. I believe that I can shrink this to 8x8 or 16x16 allowing me to make retro style games more easily. And if I can, I may be able to make high definition games as well!