This is not going to be a regular thing, but this is too neat to not share.
It’s been around for some time and there’s a feeling I’m the last to learn of it, but http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/ is seriously awesome.
It provides the ability to the lay person to put together a classic RPG game like Final Fantasy or Earthbound. Read some tutorials or just hop in and play, it is crazy easy to work with.
I am working on a sarcastic game, because sarcasm is easier to write than any genuine emotion.
I keep thinking of how neat the program would have been during my school days. Need to write a book report? Why not make Romeo and Juliet an 8bit adventure.
The free version ( what I’m working with now, because I’m cheap and the newborn means only the diapers are disposable, not the income), offers plenty of tools to still make a fun game and learn a thing or two about the code. Crazy fun to work with, check it out, make a game, post a download link in the comments.
Go make something fun.