I'm overwhelmed by the number of total strangers on this site that have volunteered to make levels for Orc if I could release a level editor and I'd love nothing more than let other people get involved.
I've thought about learning C# and Windows Forms and I've thought about writing a GUI for D3D so I could write an editor as a fullscreen app like that but at the end of the day, if I really put my mind to it, why the hell can't I just use the internet to learn to write Win32 apps in normal C++?
Right. I've talked myself into it. I'm going to go and fire up VS and damn well create a window with a menu and a bitmap drawn in the client area and to hell with anyone who says I can't.
(several hours later)
Behold, my hand written Win32 application:
So far so good.