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Zonker! Glad to hear from you. :) Verge was definitely on my mind pretty constantly while working on SimpleQuest (and, while I continue to work on the Next Thing).  I can't say I miss everything about VergeC ;) but I definitely miss a lot about the engine and everything around it. I miss having that community around and active. When did we get so old?

I've used Unity a little and I can't say it's my favourite, but some people have done some pretty awesome things with it. It could definitely do a 2d tile engine... (before I switched to the web-based stuff I was actually starting to build SimpleQuest in Unity).

I'm studying Game Design and we have to use Unity and it's pretty good for 2DGames. Tilemaps is a great way to create your map pretty fast and the alpha version of the new unity version even has 2D Light.... and c# is an easy language.

Godot is a complete free alternative and made a huge leap forward last year. It use an own python like language, very easy to understand and you can create 2D and 3D games.