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Adventure Game Project: I have an Idea Now! [Solved]
As of late, I've decided that rather than just write stories and draw pictures to go along with them, that I'd like to make an interactive story for fun and giggles.
What I'm wanting to do is something similar to the old Monkey Island. Pretty much a sort of choose your own adventure with images and text, though rather than just have choice trees branching out displaying random images, I'd like to have variables and inventory and such. Now, I've been able to create a rudimentary image and text sort of game based of html pages, but I figure to do things like selecting doors and the like with a point and click interface I'm going to need to learn some sort of coding/design software.
The question is, what interface program/programming language/whatever should I be looking for? I'm willing to spend money, spend months and years of time learning new things through textbooks and the like, but I have no idea where to start.
Ideally, I don't want to use freeware/limited software like "Creature your Own RPG" games, mostly because I don't want my graphics and text bound to someone else's EULA. I'm looking for bare bones, ground up sort of things, or software meant for developers that I could buy and freely use for my own projects.
Being numerous as the stars and wise as the ancient ones, please impart your great wisdom upon me, oh wondrous H/A! Any ideas as to where to go from here?
UPDATE: Solved! Thanks for all the advice, guys! I'm going to work with Adventure Game Studio for now, (Switching to Flash when I have enough money in the new year). As usual, you guys are crazy awesome! Thanks!