Pictured is a moment of clarity after attempting to do something with like, both a ds_list and a ds_map for like an hour
When I was a little kid, I got The Games Factory, which gave me a very basic understanding of ‘If Thing is True, do Stuff’ way it all works. I worked up to MMF and MMF2, which is like an advanced version of TGF, and finally a couple years ago I began using Game Maker, using this helpful set of tutorials by Derek Yu. Game Maker is the best amateur tool to use in my opinion, and it isn’t terribly hard to learn. I think one could start there instead of where I began!