Pfew, things are finally starting to gel a bit.. My insistance on rolling a new collision/sprite alignment system rather than using pygame's might be part of it ;)... although a good deal of concept is borrowed from Donal and I's last pygame adventure TrashVacHeroX.
Very little graphics so far... engine first, gameplay tuning, then resources...
time will tell if that's the right order.
Well.. some resources are in, our sound-man (and player sprite actor) came through in grand style, and the proof-of-concept player sprite is about half fleshed out.
so much more fun left though ;)