I'm interested in learning FPGA design. I would like to be able to design something on the scale of a 16 bit microcontroller minus RAM/ROM, or an HDMI video chip with a simple frame buffer. I've been doing some googling, and the information I can find is a bit overwhelming. I'm basically looking for advice from a knowledgeable person to point me in the right direction and get me started in a cost effective way. I'm looking at this as a hobby not as a career.
Anything anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.