I haven't been very active recently, and I'm very sorry. I've had many things to do recently, however I've freed up a lot more time this coming month. I hope to have a fun game (albeit not a finished one) within this month. To keep my mind thinking (And to learn C++11, the only book I've ever used was published 15 years ago (I'm not kidding)) I just bought on my kindle "Learn C++ In An Hour A Day". I was very sad when I found out the new edition was the first one not co-authored by Jesse Liberty, because I enjoy his writing and was kind of scared this wouldn't be as good. I'll probably end up giving you guys a review soon, however it's looking good so far.
Also, Here's how I'm handling everything:
structs / enums
For example, I'm going to have a "Tile" struct. That will mean my vector of blocks I'm using for the board will be made of Tiles. Each Tile has a TileType (Enum), a position on the board (In X / Y, mainly to simplify collision and movement.)
The reason I'm doing this is because, well, it's simpler. I realized It's going to take many frames to play my animations (spritesheets), so I should have an Enum that holds the players current action. For instance, if the player is currently in a "Jumping" state, I'm not going to let them "jump" until they are in a "Standing" or "Walking State". This will make it so much easier to handle the players movement than the system I was originally going to use, so I'm happy that I thought of doing this. There's many more examples than the two above, however so far I believe this strategy will pay off.
Overall, I'm extremely sorry about no screenshots. I'll get you them, I promise.
Also; I just finished Portal 2 yesterday. Lots of fun was had, and I loved the characters. Now I'll get back to being productive !