I think one of the original ideas for our project (CruNoVin) was to create a mod for one of these more popular third person games like Shadowgrounds or Alien Swarm... BTW, I read in one of your posts (your first, I think) that you also had an idea to create a new Crusader game in GameMaker. We sure could use some help, if you are interested.
I did think of offering my services but im travelling at the moment in NZ so havent much free time and only have a netbook with me. I only finish travelling in Jan 2012 which may be too late as hopefully you'll be finshed .
I could try give you guys a hand what areas do you need help on?
Haha, no ring , just checking out the world, off to south america at some point near the end of the year.
Regarding AI, this is where I more or less threw in the towel. I just had enemies randomly walking about. They couldnt attack or anything like that.
They were just moving targets that I could shoot. AI is going to be really difficult but im sure game maker has some tutorials on it.