Have you used any of these tools, Bryant? (Still potentially useful a suggestion, but I think it good form to add a disclaimer if you haven't used a tool you're mentioning : P).
Anyway, hello! Welcome to the forums!
What tools/engines are appropriate cad depend a lot on what games you want to make, and what your existing skills are. What stuff, if any can you do already art/programming wise? And, what sort of games do you think you want to make?
HERE'S MY RECOMMENDATION:
ludum dare is on this weekendhttp://ludumdare.com/compo/
Consider taking part and making something in renpyhttp://www.renpy.org/
Anyone can get up and running with it in a half-hour, to make some potentially fun interactive stuff. I've had a lot of fun with it, and have found it a good tool to introduce people to to get them making things super-fast.