So, after the general fustercluckery of my Niblette codebase, I wanted to take a day to try and actually learn some better patterns in lua. This was quite a bit of looking through other people's games/code, doing some searching online.
In particular, I spent the better part of the day studying @anthonysavatar's game Heliopause, which had some really useful reference on how to actually create what i want out of classes. Thank youuu!!!
I'm still nominally more interested in working on the other project, i just wanted a smaller sandbox to learn in. Also, @deKay's cats and also dogs game made me want to make a little white cat with a derpy walk cycle :p