I have been working on a text based adventure game as a project for school.
I have become very well acquainted with functions, loops, arrays, etc.
I now have to begin thinking on a senior project utilizing something we worked with this year and I love to code but I would like to take a major step up from text based adventuring in a console application and start an overhead adventure/RPG. I would provide the code of my text based adventure but it is at home and i am typing this from my school's computer.
I was able to implement a stat system, random gold loot, locked doors with events that unlock/provide items needed to unlock, being able to jump back and forth between rooms, battle damage, random battle sequences, random exp, formulated battle damage based on stats and enemy stats.
I am very interested in using this knowledge to further myself in C++ and start working on an overhead RPG. I'm not expecting to have a finished polished rip off of the Final Fantasy series by June, I simply need a playable, rough, Alpha version with even just 20 seconds of game play to show my capabilities, if there are any books, websites with tutorials, or other resources i could use i would be GREATLY appreciative if you could provide me with them.
SO now for my question, Where would be a good place to start? I'm using Bloodshed Dev C++.