so not going to lie, I'm a little inspired by day9's commentary on game-making in the last day off.  so, in light of that I'm kind of keen to try my hand at making a platformer, for simplicity and general fun-ness :D :D

I've some limited experience with programming, and have absolutely no objection to learning new languages etc. (yay learning!).  however, I've also got no idea about where to begin with making a game.  does anyone have any suggestions/experience/advice about where to start etc.etc.  

your input is much appreciated :)