Depending on his skill level you are welcome to check out my game development tools. I have a suite of tools designed for artists, and indie gamers to build 2D style role playing games.. Not all the apps are free, but you are welcome to take a look.. I'll answer any questions you may have.
Explorations RPG Editor - Is my flagship product for build RPGs. Its a database driven, cross-platform resource and script editor.
InstaRender - A 2D/Isometric character rendering client. I can host poser style sprites and animation sequences, and props to provide a standard .BMP animation sheet/ frames for game developers.
eMotions - the OpenGL script controlled "player" for Explorations games. eMotions is a stand alone app and depending on your skill level can create any type of arcade games. This app will be also migrated to Android/iOS so all Explorations RPGs will play on mobile devices instantly. (One editor, all platforms.)
With my latest release, all of these apps run solid on Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04LTS (WINE).
"RPG Makers Come & Go,
But Explorations is Forever!"