I am currently looking to build a small RPG as a hobby.
I already made a few games using Pygame but I find it tedious to start from scratch every time.
I also want to start using a proper game engine.
There currently is a huge discount on the Steam sale for RPG Maker VX Ace. Which promises easy and rapid RPG building. Yet, it looks like customising the scripts is a hell of a challenge. So I fear I might not learn that much from it.
The other thought I had was to use Unity with the top down rpg starter kit . I think I would have much more versatility with that tool. However I have no experience in it and I really don't want to spend hours learning it for nothing. I didn't quite understand if the rpg starter kit provides a working demo game with which I can make some trials to learn how it all works and then either start from scratch or build on that base. What I don't want is an asset pack of scripts and sprites with instructions designed for experienced Unity users.
Any advice would be really welcome. I would just ask that you consider the two options above in your reply even if alternatives are welcome so that the question doesn't go to far off topic.