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  1. The friendly interactive shell.

  2. TIC-80 is a fantasy computer where you can make, play and share tiny games.

    And for a different direction, the fantasy consoles like TIC-80, PICO-8, and Pixel Vision 8 are self-contained retro console-like engines with code editor, image and audio editing, and intentionally constrained resources to enforce the retro style. Good for small things, picking up Lua, etc. Of those, Pixel Vision 8 is especially interesting because you can actually define the hardware limits, so you could try...
  3. Virtual Reality for Lua

    For other Lua-specific things, there's also Solar2d and Defold for 2d, and the LÖVE-esque LÖVR framework for creating 3d and VR applications.
  4. Feature-packed 2D and 3D open source game engine.

    By the way, if you're not decided on where you want to go next and still checking out the various GameMaker alternatives, it's probably worth looking at Godot as well. It's a similar batteries-included kind of engine, as opposed to the more "build your own", framework-ish nature of Love2d. It's more refined for 2d use but also has 3d support, and multiple language options (Python-like GDscript and C# by default,...
  5. Defold lets you quickly build high performing, cross-platform games together with your team.

    For other Lua-specific things, there's also Solar2d and Defold for 2d, and the LÖVE-esque LÖVR framework for creating 3d and VR applications.