Has anyone looked at this?
“SGDK2 is an integrated development environment designed for developing multi-layer scrolling tile-based games. It includes integrated map editor, graphics editor, code editor (although coding is not required), and much more.”
It looks like a promising alternative to RPG Maker, though without trying it myself, I’m not sure. I figured that this might be of interest to those that are looking to get into game making or have some project ideas of their own.