Yeah, okay, my roots are showing.
I allocated the whole weekend to learning to use the Torque 2D physics engine.
It took me twenty minutes.
Torque 2D is EXQUISITE. It's like they took all my favorite bits from all my favorite languages and development kits and stitched them together into a giant Frankenstein's Monster of Joy. Except, instead of Abby's, this one has a good, kind, genius brain in it.
The whole thing feels like it was built for ME. THANK YOU, Garage Games. You guys ROCK.