View Full Version : Who are you gals/guys anyway?

07-07-2010, 05:30 AM
One picks up a tiny bit here and another there - but it would be nice to know a bit more about all the people I chat with inhere, something about who you are, and what you do that 1 hour a day when you aren't mapping ;)
and I know there is the members introduction thread but a lot only say "hello" and there are a LOT of threads in there - some rather old too :)

So this is a thread for those who like to get to know others a bit better and all that jazz ... I know I sure wanna, so I'll go first :)

tilt (jesper)
born in 1969, male and married and have 2 children (girls) 5 and 2½ years old.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark - moved to Trelleborg, Sweden 7 years ago but still work in Copenhagen :)
I'm an entreprenour at heart and always have at least 2-3 projects going - at the moment software for meetings and software for the tranport industry and a forum for the latter. I also work with graphics and dtp ( www.catapult.dk (http://www.catapult.dk) / www.pogg.dk (http://www.pogg.dk) ) I used to run/make magazines and hope to do again soon :)
I make some art ( http://tilt-dk.deviantart.com/ ) when I have the time - used to be acryllic on canvas but now its digital.
I've played RPG's since '80 and wargames before that - love gaming (but most offline)
At the moment I play D&D 4e, but I've played 20-30 different types of rpg's during my time :) - loved most :)
Am also on linkedin (http://dk.linkedin.com/in/jesperfg) and facebook (http://dk.linkedin.com/in/jesperfg)

hope to see more share a bit of their life in here :)

07-07-2010, 07:09 AM
Roland, from Romania, born 1985, not married (yet), but soon:), ID number:..just kidding:)
I moved to Barcelona, Spain 3 years ago because Romania only offered a futurless life. I am a physicist, I do biophysical studies mainly, genetics at a low level.
I joined CG because I have a thing for maps.
I have been playing computer games for as long as I can remember. My all timp favorite is Heroes 3. I also loved Diablo, and then Neverwinter Nights(best Rpg I have ever played). Played a lot of Wacraft 3, a lot of DotA, then I tried Battle for Wesnoth online, had some experience with the ultimate time-waster called Tribalwars...the list is long, I will let others post too:)
If you want to know more I can attach you my CV. HAHa , that was good:))

07-07-2010, 08:03 AM
Angie, born '78, female and married (no kids though) :) I design and code web content, plus some programming in flash and java. I'm an avid gamer (PM me for my XBox gamertag) and I also write. When not mapping, gaming, or working, I've also been working on an open-source cross-platform app for novel writing. Hmm, clearly I don't have enough hobbies ;) I'm also on facebook, but no way I'll be able to dig up a link while posting from my iphone ;)

07-07-2010, 08:32 AM
Daniel, born 1967, married (twice), three children, 20, 10, & 5. Work for a Telco in Canada.

07-07-2010, 09:39 AM
Daniel "D", Aussie, only twenty and in Uni, currently trying to send a cow to the moon.


07-07-2010, 09:48 AM
Rob A. (duh). 1968. Married with twin (B/G) teenagers. By day, a mild mannered power utility control systems engineering manager. By night, asleep... or boardgaming... or playing with gimp... or futzing with linux... or playing with python, scheming with scheme or seeing what can be done with C... or trying to keep this place a-flounder.

-Rob A>

07-07-2010, 09:49 AM
James (Devin)
Born in Iowa in 1969. Started drawing 1 week later. Currently in Ohio.
I am married and have three girls, 20, 7, 4. The first being when I was younger and not married the other two with my current and hopefully only wife.
I am a freelance designer/illustrator/production guy with a background in the production side of publishing and printing. I have been an adjunct teacher at CCAD for ten years, currently teaching a Continuing Ed Illustrator class.
I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home and get to spend my days with my girls. It doesn't always leave very much time for working or hobbies, though as they get older it's gotten easier.
I love all kinds of gaming and prefer face to face gaming but that is sometimes hard to achieve in an adult world, so embracing online gaming and Virtual Gaming Tables was an easy step.
Currently in a 4E game but will be returning to the DM chair soon.

Though not recently updated: www.immortalnights.com

07-07-2010, 10:19 AM
Ravi, b.1965. (the oldest person to have posted so far - sigh). Married with one girl of 2. Lawyer by trade (which pays for my mapping habit). Like Devin I work mainly from home (have been for the last year or so) - and it's heaven! I don't miss the commute at all!!

07-07-2010, 11:10 AM
Ed b.1978 born and live in Ohio, History Degree, Industrial Salesman ( Good use of College). Married two kids 3 year old Boy and 6 month girl. Started playing when I was 8, my brother told me I could not play with him until I could read and understand the rules. (He soon regreted that statement) Played countless games. Trying to map and GM when I have time which is not very often at the moment. Currently playing a pathfinder merc campaign squad level over Maptools. Playing a heroes unlimited campaign in person also when we can.

07-07-2010, 11:24 AM
Calvin, b. 1994 (youngest so far :) ) born and live in Hamilton Ontario. Currently aspiring to become a graphic designer, and going into grade 11

07-07-2010, 11:33 AM
My name's Joshua, a twenty-five year old American, and a wanderer at heart. I finished up university about two or three years ago, and after finding out that there is practically nothing to do with an English and philosophy double major, I decided to listen to my itchy feet and travel. Last year I taught English in Hong Kong, this year I'm teaching in Seoul, South Korea and I've visited about six countries in the gap between those two jobs (backpacked around SouthEast Asia for a few months).

I will need to find a career sooner or later (hopefully sooner), but for the moment I am happily indulging in my wanderlust. I picked up a lovely British girlfriend in Hong Kong who came with me to South Korea, though we're both finding Seoul to be less fun and friendly than HK. I only got into mapping a few months ago when I decided to design a board game (Cannons & Crossbones on TheGameCrafter if you want to look it up--I could use the feedback too) but I've always loved RPGs (pen and paper or digital) so I decided to try and produce some maps for that. I have always dabbled in Photoshop, so this is a really great means to getting into graphic design, though I should probably branch out and experiment with more software if I ever want it to become a marketable skill.

I've done a little bit of everything, and I easily get carried away on little hobbies/projects. Before Hong Kong, I was writing a lot and have published poetry in a few small literary publications. Before that, I was working as an Assistant Manager in a video game shop. At the moment I am trying to pick up as many paid commissions as I can to support my cigar-and-scotch habits (just bought a box of amazing Bolivar Coronas Gigantes), though I hope to channel some of that cash into buying a tablet as soon as a decent 12-inch tablet PC gets released. I hope to go back to school some time in the next few years to pursue a PhD in literature.

07-07-2010, 11:41 AM
Ancient graphic designer here, I run my own studio and digital printshop in rural Illinois. I run Gamer Printshop, my shop during off hours printing RPG maps for individuals and publishers. I've also begun the process of publishing my first RPG setting - Kaidan: a Japanese Ghost Story setting, as well as preparing a new Iron Age Celtic setting for publication perhaps next year. I also am involved with another publishing project that should be released soon - the first of a supposedly monthly project as adventure slices and support material for a more typical fantasy setting. I've brought my hobby life tied with my business life and its a good combination so far.

I was born in 1963. I am half Japanese, and otherwise mostly Irish/Scottish, with a bit of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) thrown in there. I am single and have a German Shepherd named Suiko - which is family for me. That's about it.


PS: "GP" is my nickname here, my real name is Michael K. Tumey - its on my publications and some of my maps so no reason to hide...

07-07-2010, 01:01 PM
I am Chris, a youngun of only 20 winters.

Born and raised in the endless sea of asphalt and buildings that makes the GTA. Gardening and indoor crafts are sort of an escape as well as hobbies :) I'm into horticulture, and intend on making my main job something related to it. Either landscape maintenance/construction, working in a greenhouse, or in the retail sector with my own small business. Right now I am in college, in a program that will help me out a lot in that regard.

I always need projects to stay busy, so that's where my many hobbies come in.
- Maille, making armour and jewelry (I also intend on selling some jewelry this summer to pay for the hobbies, and then some)
- Costume arms and armour from various materials
- Cartography, to help develop my fantasy worlds
- Music creation; I'm a completely self taught musician who needs a lot of practice
- Writing, which takes a long time for me...
- Miniature modeling. Right now I'm building a castle
- Creating strategy board games
- Some other things I probably forgot about

I'm of English/French/Scottish/Cree/Possibly German descent. Due primarily to the great distances between parks, beaches, big cities, and affordable areas, and the real estate market (which is a crime against humanity over here), and the lower income I will expect to make, I suppose I intend on moving to the UK with my sisters in several years. Ancestry visa, combined income for a few years, better pay for the job, and far lower house prices mean I can have a better life. And more time for hobbies. :P

07-07-2010, 01:42 PM
Hi guys,
Guess I'll pitch in. Michael, born 1969, married (20 years in September), no kids but two dogs and two cats that fill the role nicely. Born in Georgia but moved around to Alabama and Hawaii during school and college. Served in the Army (Chinese linguist) and was stationed in Hawaii. Afterward lived in Monterey and Silicon Valley for a few years and then semi-retired to Vancouver, WA (across the river from Portland). I work at home (entertainment industry market research) and have a random amount of time for my many hobbies (at none of which I excel): 2D/3D graphics, game programming, writing, tabletop gaming, robotics, model railroading. For the past year I have been noodling over an Asian-themed campaign setting for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from Paizo Publishing. Haven't been pushing too hard on it so far but have recently stepped up my efforts. Website and products are coming together but it'll be a while (if ever) before it makes me any money.

07-07-2010, 01:56 PM
Hi, my name's Tabitha. I like puppies, long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

Oh wait, wrong forum. :D

My actual name is Jim, today is my 38th birthday, and I'm an optician in the San Francisco area. Thought I was going to be a career Navy guy until I got downsized back in '96. Divorced, no kids. I've been a map freak since a very early age; one of my earliest memories is of my mom scrubbing the crayon map I did of our neighborhood off the living room wall. I'm an aspiring writer, with two books completed, one of which I'm hoping will actually be published before too long.

Hmm, what else. I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but left at an early age and have lived mainly in California since then except for my time in the Navy. Moved to SF about five years ago and I love it so much up here I don't think I'll ever leave. I was a beer connoisseur in my younger days, but I'm off the sauce now; my only bad habits at present are smoking far too much and subsisting on a diet of junk food.

07-07-2010, 02:34 PM
...my only bad habits at present are smoking far too much and subsisting on a diet of junk food.

Hmm...much the same as me, except I kept the beer too! :)

07-07-2010, 02:46 PM
I'm Jon - no real secret there these days. I'm a physicist currently residing at NYU and working on cosmic rays and dark matter. I'm a Scot from Edinburgh initially and I've moved around a lot in the last few years. I was led here by RPMiller a while ago when I was running a maptools campaign of D&D 3.5 from Poland and have stuck around since. I've always loved drawing and got into digital art when I got a tablet a couple of years ago. Now it's a regular thing and I seem to be picking up a steady stream of commissions. It's a fun twist from the day job. Interesting to get a bit more information behind the usernames of this community. I've found it to be one of the friendliest corners of the internet - which is at least as important to me as the maps.

07-07-2010, 02:47 PM
Nate, b. 1994, going into my Junior year of High School. Interested in politics, programming, linguistics, worldbuilding, and conlanging. Aspiring computer programmer.

07-07-2010, 02:48 PM
today is my 38th birthday

Happy Birthday!

-Rob A>

07-07-2010, 04:29 PM
Great Thread! I had no idea you were so young Rythal, and Gidde I always assumed you were a male for some reason. Funny how skewed our expectations can be huh. Anyway the name is Tad. I was born in Newport Oregon in 1979, and spent most of my formative years in that lovely state. I am married to a brilliant, beautiful, sassy woman (coming up on our 6 year anniversary at the end of July). We moved out to sunny OC Cal in 2007 so that I could pursue a masters degree in Philosophy, and she could pursue an MBA. I am now finished, and waiting for her, and within a year we plan to move out of this dust bowl to wherever my PHD program will be (right now New Zealand is looking mighty tempting!).

So my interests include: Philosophy (broadly, but in particular ethics), Theology, Hiking, Swing Dancing, cooking, fantasy literature and RPG's. I found this community several months ago while searching the net for tips on how to make homemade maps for a couple of campaigns that I am currently running. I soon fell in love with fantasy cartography as well, but sadly, life has been too full to allow me as much time as I would like to this latest love. Well, that's me I guess. Glad to be here.

-Arsheesh (aka Tad)

07-07-2010, 04:49 PM
Sean. B 1968 in California. Male, married almost 13 years. Two kids, Girl (7) and Boy (4.5). Grew up in NYC, worked in Film Post Production there. Moved back to CA and got a B.S. in Food Science. Moved to Dallas, TX and brewed for a restaurant chain there for four years. Moved to AZ and brewed off and on for 1.5 years more before becoming Mr. Mom. I teach Martial Arts (Wushu) a couple nights a week. I tried to re-invent myself as a web designer, but I didn't have the temperment (or the ability to spell) to deal with difficult clients. Started Gaming back in 1980. RPGS: AD&D, Gamma World, Boot Hill, Top Secret and Traveller. Also wargamed a bit, Squad Leader, ASL and SPI titles. Then got into painting Citadel miniatures but only played out one Warhammer Fantasy Battle. On the computer I like Medieval Total War and it was the idea of modding for it that gave me the bug to start mapping again. I would like to make some kind of PBEM game on an engine like vassal to bring all of these things together.

And Happy Birthday Jim!

07-07-2010, 05:04 PM

Simpfan1, born Daniel
20 years old, no siblings, spouses or chitlins
Born in California, live in California, probably die in California (moving seems like such a hassle)
Student in college, just getting general ed out of the way before I decide to go to art school or culinary school (cant seem to pick one)
I help run a forum based text RP where I am a storyline developer and map maker
I paint, cook, play video games, and do other young-folk things

Dolmen Creative
07-07-2010, 05:58 PM
JP, b. 1974. Male. Married with 4 gremlins (10 boy, 9 girl, 5 girl, and 1 boy). We live in upstate New York (about 2.5 hours northeast of New York City). My "day job" is as a personnel manager, and my "night job" is as the owner and operator of Dolmen Creative (a small publishing company). I've been gaming since 1979, in the RPG industry since 2000, and interested in maps and cartography all my life. My wife and 2 oldest children game (though the kids have their own group with their neighborhood buddies, and they allow me to test new mechanics on them to make sure they are simple enough for everyone). When I make the occasional map, I use GIMP and Dunjinni.

07-07-2010, 06:22 PM
Chris aka The Gonz, Gonzo (fraternity nickname), Apocalypse Inc. (the bad me), and The Ascension (the good me). Only played D&D for a few months back in the early 80s. Name a sport and I've broken a bone playing it - except polo and jai alai, haven't done those yet - love sk8ing (street and vert), freestyle BMX (dirt and vert), free climbing, speed demon, and adrenaline junkie. Well, when I was younger, not so much after my motorcycle wreck. Born in 70 in W.Va. but been in St. Louis since 71. MA in psychology, BA in psychology with minors in sociology, poly sci, design, fine art, and art history. No tats but I did have a nip ring from 92-04. I taught the Dos Equis guy everything he knows. Single, no kids...haven't had a date since I quit booze and drugs after aforementioned accident. I live a quiet life now doing stained glass and generally avoiding people as much as I can. I'm lucky to be alive, intact, and disease-free (though I am quite battered and run-down) so when I'm not lost in thought I play with my nieces or make maps. My guilty pleasure is ... cheese sticks and tortellini. Or hot dogs at a ball game, I can eat a ton of those, too. As for music, it's mostly that stuff meant to split your ears by bands you've never heard of (but given this forum, you all probably know them) or techno and rave or some good ole classical like Beethoven and Mozart. I detest pop celebrity and conspicuous consumption (like, oh my god, for real) and the brain-dead sheep whose lives revolve around such things. I'd invite you all over but my cave isn't big enough and you'd have to sit on the ground :)

Steel General
07-07-2010, 06:33 PM
@Ascension - Aww c'mon we all your real weakness is Dancing Girls! :D

Scott - Born in 1966 (gods I'm old - but Ravs has got me beat ;)), married nearly 6 years to a wonderful Filipino woman who somehow puts up with me.
Grew up in Tonawanda - a small town between Buffalo & Niagara Falls, NY but moved to Indiana in 1995 after going to college here in the late '80s.

A software engineer (programmer) by day for a major Telco company - though I very recently changed employers. By night a wannabe cartographer (when the creative juices are flowing) and avid reader, watcher of TV and consumer of way to much junk that's no good for me.

07-07-2010, 07:34 PM
I'm surrounded by children!!! :D
Oliver, born 1961 in the far east - the son of a Colonial District Officer from the days when Britain had a Colonial Service. That's how old.
Used to design hardware from chips through to VHDL now I'm more of a "systems" specialist - very dull.
I've always liked creative arts and part of that is maps. I'm more of a 3D junkie though and I've been using that in conjunction with my RPG and Wargamng hobbies lately. Been RPGing since early 80's (AD&D then) now GURPS 4e and soon RQ 2nd Age.
I've lived in various parts of England since mid 60's.

07-07-2010, 10:04 PM
Oliver, born 1961 in the far east - the son of a Colonial District Officer from the days when Britain had a Colonial Service. That's how old.
Good Lord, that IS old. :D

07-07-2010, 11:01 PM
@tilt - What RPGs have been your absolute favorite over the years? I am looking to expand out.
@TheSilentOne - Your gaming habits sound eerily like mine! I only recently started playing DotA (My girlfriend is a much more hardcore gamer than I am, and she introduced me) and am still trying to wrap my mind around timing hits correctly--can't quite seem to get it.
@Gidde - What does an app for novel writing look like? Indexed character lists and descriptions, flowchart of plot points? Sounds interesting.
@LonewandererD - Godspeed on your noble, noble quest my friend.
@RobA - Thanks for keeping this place a-float! I really appreciate having yet another easily accessed distraction on the internet!
@DevinNight - It is really interesting that your children's ages are so spread out--me, my brothers and sisters, were all born really close together (and of course fought constantly, at all times, as though it were like breathing to us). It must be nice to be able to have one of your kids babysit your other kids!
@Ravells - There there, old man! We youngins need someone to look up to as a father figure. :)
Xyll - Hurray, another Midwestern boy. Illinoian here, representing!
Rythal - it is awesome that you have an idea of what you want to do so early on. I still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up."
@Diamond - Happy (belated) birthday! Good to hear you quit smoking. I just did the same a few months back. I do still smoke cigars, which my girlfriend hates with the burning intensity of ten thousand suns.
@Torstan - I think you definitely win the prize for most interesting day job. Have many of your colleague become mad scientists over the years? If I've learned anything from comic books, it is that particle physicists are always the ones to either discover strange new phenomenon that drive them to evil. Or build death-rays (though that would really make them more Mad Engineers).
@Arsheesh - nice to see someone else who's interested in Ethics on here, I really enjoyed studying it at Uni, despite the resulting dismal job prospects. Do you have a favorite thinker?
@Gameprinter - I think it is most people's dream to turn their hobbies into a productive job. I was just talking to my girlfriend about that yesterday, and it was my guess that less than .05% of people would actually go to work if they knew they'd get paid whether they attended or not. I hope to be in that .05%, even if all odds are against me.

--whew-- I'll comment more later!

Mark Oliva
07-07-2010, 11:29 PM
What a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears young puppies!

Born Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, 1943 (no typo there). Online name is real name: Mark Oliva. Married, three offspring that haven't been kids for years. Various careers as advertising photographer, radio announcer (Appleton, Los Angeles, Reno), newspaper reporter and editor (Appleton, Riverside in southern California and Reno in Northern Nevada). Moved to Franconia, the northern part of Bavaria, in 1981. Self-taught computer programmer with official German qualifications. Database programmer through 2009 and also IT teacher from 1990 to present. Own my own programming company in Northern Bavaria. Since October 2009 in semi-retirement (no more programming but still teach at times). D&D/AD&D from 1974 to 2007. Current game our own project group's Dungeons Daring (TM) RPG with some Pathfinder (R). Since 1996 member of development group currently known as the Vintyri (TM) Project. Our best known product to date: the Northern Journey epic adventure for the Forgotten Realms (R) setting under D&D 3.5. (We no longer support it. It's available free at http://www.candlekeep.com). Our RPG goal: Produce free and open gaming products that also are "open source" in the sense that all texts and maps are available for downloading in editable form so that users can edit and modify as they wish, produce alternative versions, etc. Other interests: Hiking, organic gardening, drinking Franconian beer and good wine (Franconian Silvaner, Pinot Noir from Burgundy and California). Eat only certified organic food. I have a good medical doctor homeopath who keeps me healthy and 10-15 years younger than most folks my age.

07-07-2010, 11:43 PM
@ RecklessEnthusiasm: In order to not hijack the thread, I'll just link to the software I'd buy in a heartbeat if they ever released a windows version: http://literatureandlatte.com ... that's what a novel-writing app looks like :)

07-08-2010, 12:13 AM
@Diamond - Happy (belated) birthday! Good to hear you quit smoking. I just did the same a few months back. I do still smoke cigars, which my girlfriend hates with the burning intensity of ten thousand suns.

No no, I still smoke (like a chimney); I quit drinkin' and whorin' though. :D

Riverside in southern California
That's where I grew up!

07-08-2010, 01:06 AM
My name is Bryan, and I was born in 1976 in Wichita, KS, where I lived until two years ago. I am currently in Denver, CO studying visual effects at the Art Institute of Colorado, where I am the president and founder of a student chapter of SIGGRAPH (http://www.siggraph.org), and as of today I am an intern with the Open Media Foundation (http://www.openmediafoundation.org). I also serve as web administrator for the Christian Gamers' Guild (http://www.christian-gamers-guild.org) and public relations officer for Fans for Christ (http://www.fansforchrist.org).

I have been married for almost four years, and my wife is also an Art Institute student studying Graphic Design. Upon graduation in December, we plan to move to Los Angeles so I can find a job in film or television. No kids yet, nor plans for any; we've got over $100k in student loans to pay off before that stage of our lives. I have a sister, four years younger, and a brother, 18 years younger than I.

I've been going by the handle Midgardsormr since 1992, I think, when I first signed on to a local Bulletin Board Service (BBS). The name is the Saxonized form of the Midgard Serpent of Norse mythology, by the way; I get that question a lot.

Other than cartography and roleplaying, my hobbies include board games, video games, television, mathematics, reading, music (percussionist primarily), philosophy, theology, video, theatre, writing, motion graphics, sound reinforcement, etc. Yeah, I'm easily distracted.

My website is at http://www.bryanray.name , where I also maintain a production blog (http://www.bryanray.name/wordpress). And of course, I'm also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Midgardsormr) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanrayvfx).

07-08-2010, 02:47 AM
My name is Joey. I was born in 1981 in New York City, where I still reside. I am very active with Boy Scouts and spend most of my evening at scouting meetings/events. I have been playing RPGs since 1987 (Maybe 88). I have degrees in Computer Engineering, History and Education, though I am looking for work as a web Developer (if you know of any junior PHP developer positions in the NYC area let me know). You cna find me on facebook (http://facebook.com/JoeyD473), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/joeyd473) and Twitter (@JoeyD473) (http://twitter.com/JoeyD473)

07-09-2010, 11:37 AM
What a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears young puppies!
Born Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, 1943 (no typo there).
Greetings, venerable one! It's obviously a maths certainty that there is, somewhere, an unofficial gerontocrat among us! Could you be the one? Our own Guild "Yoda"??? :D

07-09-2010, 12:48 PM
To improve the balance I'll side with some minorities (youngsters, females):

My real name is Jeanette, I'm 22 and right now finishing my studies at Uni. I was born in West Germany in 1988, then moved to Montreal, and then back to Europe. Currently I'm living in the beautiful area around the Lake of Constance. I'm not married nor do I have any children. I had a pet rabbit once if that counts ;)
I'm a passionate roleplayer, or perhaps a passionate gamer overall- board games, computer games, video games... Drawing has been a trait in my family ever since, I'm the third generation that didn't get round to becoming an architect. Playing around with Photoshop will forever be a hobby, but who cares as long as it's fun? So one day when I was procrastinating instead of doing some research for my state exam thesis I stumbled across this wonderful community... and here I am :)

07-09-2010, 02:39 PM
Playing around with Photoshop will forever be a hobby, but who cares as long as it's fun?
My thoughts exactly.

07-10-2010, 06:54 PM
John, b. 1977, married (7 years) and one child (3.5). Grew up in Florida, got my degree from NYU (Marketing and International Business). Lived and worked in Thailand off-and-on for about 3-4 years. Now we're back in Florida with a mortgage in a bad real estate market, so I guess I'll be sticking around here for a while :D. Currently managing search engine marketing for a large sports media company and do a lot of freelance SEO work, which unfortunately leaves very little time for cartography or any other hobbies.

I started playing DnD as a kid on Boy Scout camping trips and quickly found myself drawn to maps. Nowadays I primarily use CC3 and occasionally play around with PhotoShop and SketchUp, but mostly I just lurk around here to see all the cool stuff everyone else is making.

Mark Oliva
07-11-2010, 03:21 AM
Greetings, venerable one! It's obviously a maths certainty that there is, somewhere, an unofficial gerontocrat among us! Could you be the one? Our own Guild "Yoda"??? :D

No way. I'm the reincarnation of Groucho Marx.

07-11-2010, 05:38 AM
No way. I'm the reincarnation of Groucho Marx.

Yoda Marx. A starting point of Karl or Groucho doesn't really matter at that point...

07-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Yoda Marx. A starting point of Karl or Groucho doesn't really matter at that point...

"The Force you have mastered. Now learn you will either comedy or communism."

Mark Oliva
07-12-2010, 12:12 AM
"The Force you have mastered. Now learn you will either comedy or communism."

If you ever had watched East German TV news before the fall of the wall, you might have pondered whether they aren't the same thing.

07-12-2010, 01:34 AM
@Arsheesh - nice to see someone else who's interested in Ethics on here, I really enjoyed studying it at Uni, despite the resulting dismal job prospects. Do you have a favorite thinker?

I have a soft spot for classical and medieval figures, particularly Aristotle and Aquinas. As far as contemporary thinkers go, I have been influenced by figures such as Rosalind Hursthouse, Robert C. Roberts, Linda Zagzebski, Julia Annas, Nancy Sherman, John Greco and a host of others whose names probably won't be recognized by the majority of people reading this. Suffice it to say, I'm interested in thinking about, and learning to be, virtuous (still got a long way to go, but taking baby steps).

Do you have any particular favorites RecklessEnthusiasm?

07-12-2010, 02:29 AM
not to interrupt a great discussion, but we seem to be driftin off course - BUT, thank you all for joining the thread - so nice to learn more about you :)

07-12-2010, 03:03 AM
For our Yoda Marx...

Via duct we will take... No goose you have

Have peanuts I do, get them while raosted still you should...

07-12-2010, 03:16 AM
I'm Andrew, born in Sydney 1981. Married, no kids. Been into D&D since early highschool like most of D&D players really. Played Magic the Fleecing for a long time before I "saw the light" and started playing Vampire: the Eternal Struggle. Mapping has been an indirect interest of mine as I've had a major campaign world sketched on paper, built a couple of campaign worlds/settings and been involved in convention-sized monthly campaigns in the past.

I've got a degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry, another in Education and a long history of music performance and commentary. I'm working as a Teacher, but I've done a bunch of other things over my time so far.

My hobbies include, reading, writing, listening to music, board games, card games, cartography, computer games (like Wii games)... and... and... and...

07-12-2010, 03:58 AM
Robert Altbauer, born 1977, not married (yet) but girlfriend, no kids, a 3 month old kitten. I am jurist and scientific affiliate in the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy in Salzburg. I came here initially because I made some alternate history maps and stumbled upon this site. I've turned my hobby into a business meanwhile and now luckily I get a constant stream of interesting commissions.

Aval Penworth
11-11-2010, 07:36 AM
B u m p !!!

11-11-2010, 09:55 AM
Bill Roach here - I am the author of the Terraformer Add-On for Fractal Terrains Pro, I am in my early forties, I'm into classic rock, alternative rock, grunge, metal, and several other ecclectic music genres. I like comedies, action movies, some horror movies if they actually have a plot line - and do not have scripts that were typed out by a chimp wearing boxing gloves. I also like some Sci Fi movies, again, if they actually have a story line that isn't convoluted with plot twists and tech jargon - and doesn't exist merely as yet another platform for Industrial Light And Magic or Pixar to play "show and tell".

On occassion I actually read books which are not in .PDF form and did not come installed on a "Kindle".

I'm a Cancer (according to my sister - who has always had a penchant for name calling). I like Pizza, sub sandwiches and hoagies, chinese food (except seschwan soup - because it makes me want to hurl chunks). I'm politically middle of the road, I'm a protestant - even though there are moments when I get aggravated and swear like a drunken sailor, or comment on how I would love it if Mariah Carey were to ******CENSORED******* me with an extreme sense of purpose. I drink on extremely rare occasions. I love caffiene in all it's varied forms. Though I have no children myself - puppies, kittens, koala bears, and short people often bring out my parental, nurturing side.


Greason Wolfe
11-11-2010, 09:59 AM
Wow, I can't believe I didn't respond to this thread at some point . . .

Roger, born (or hatched, depending on your point of view) in 1965 and raised in Oregon. I've lost track of how many different states I've lived in over the years thanks to my military service and one failed marriage, but there are a number of them.

I spent most of my adult life as a marine electrician/mechanic, but got tired of all the scrapes, burns, bruises and cuts (not to mention a few broken bones) and decided it was time for a career change. Now I am (gasp) an Assistant Manager for a fairly significant Convenience Store chain and spend waaaaaaay too many hours at work for my liking. Makes me think it might be time for another career change.

I am, and always have been, an avid reader with a personal library of roughly 300 real books, most of which are of the Sci-Fi or Fantasy genre. My favorite authors are Orson Scott Card, Melanie Rawn, Tolkien and McKiernan. I play guitar and was, for a short time, a member of a garage band. Musically speaking, I listen mostly to Old School Heavy Metal, Classical, Blues and Sister Hazel. I love watching Hockey, College Football (Go Ducks and Beavers!) and the occasional Baseball game. Like a couple others, I probably smoke too much (trying to quit) and drink waaaay too much coffee. Fortunately, I gave up serious alcohol consumption several years ago and am happy to say that my liver and I are on speaking terms again. Mapping, writing and artwork are hobbies for me, though I think it would be great to turn any one (or all) of them into a profession. As far as RPing goes, I spent a good 15 to 20 years at the table, but these days, I participate in chat-based free-form RP more than anything else.

Oh, and if nobody's figured it out yet, I am absolutely fascinated by wolves.

And that's me.


11-11-2010, 01:38 PM
Looks like I'm on the aged end of this particular grayscale :-)... enjoyed maps for probably 45 years, and drawn them for 44.

Jake: husband to a delightful lady, dad to 7. Born in Tennessee in '59, Christian since '76, married since '82, in Alabama since '91. For those of you outside the USA, that's "south" then "further south". Engineer by degree, web/computer guy in current job. Writer, reader, mapper, tinkerer by inclination. Coach some kids' soccer, play some mountain dulcimer & tinwhistle, like to sing but can't well. Like kids, maps, trains, geography, science fact & fiction, words, and the woods. Eat vegetarian, but not brussels sprouts. Like to help out. Tend to cook without recipes, but travel with many maps. I take God at His word, figuring He invented language so his Word is exact, not vague. Know my *understanding* is indistinct. I take God very seriously, and myself not seriously at all. Way too easily amused, but don't get easily bored. Not easily offended - as a superhero I would be Captain Oblivious. Have power-tool-induced hearing loss, children-induced hair loss, and think life without subwoofers would be no loss.

I participate in a couple of geofiction worlds, Aurora (http://worldspinner.net/worldofaurora) and Scandia (http://worldspinner.net/scandia/), which has given me room to practice some digital mapping for about ten years. I enjoy most aspects of worldbuilding, then too the storytelling of a world once devised. For me maps tell stories. In my forays into geofiction it's the landforms, the physical geography that beget nations, peoples, and events.

11-16-2010, 08:16 AM
Okay than ... I'm Matthias, born 1979 in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt. I'm not married (yet) but a three year relationship with my girlfriend (but no children yet). I was 8 years a soldier of the German Navy and now I'm working as bookseller. Now I'm living near Speyer in Rhineland-Palatinate - more South Palatinate only 7 km from the french border. I have three guinea pigs named Bilbo, Frodo and Aragorn and as you can see I'm a big fan of fantasy literature (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin) and SciFi (from Star Wars to Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica a.s.o). I'm spending a lot of my time in writing a mediaval fantasy roman (since nine years - about 3.000+ pages) and playing RPGs (Ultima Online *yay*) and EVE Online (*pewpew*). I love cinema and dark ambient music, I'm always dressed black and cut my ass long hair in February ;(
Now I'm rewriting some of my book chapters and change some inconsistencies. One of the big changes is a revision of my world map and thats why I'm here (and happy to found such good tutorials)

11-16-2010, 04:45 PM
Hi there.

Nathan, born in 1984 in Burgundy, France. Married, no children.
I lived in Burgundy until I was 21 then I moved to Nantes, on the Atlantic Coast, then Strasbourg in Alsace and then Paris where I now live with my lovely wife. I just love geography and maps since my childhood and I studied geography and public transportation at the university and I now work for a transportation compagny in Paris.
Since my teenages, I'm creating a world that I drew, first on paper, now on illustrator. My ambition is to print it (when finished) somewhere where I can print huge maps and put it on the wall. That would be nice. Hehe.

My other hobbies are football (soccer), fencing and videogames (nintendo multiplayers game mostly).

11-16-2010, 05:25 PM
The name is Eric...I live in the greatest state in the Union, known by some as the Crossroads of the Revolution and to others as the Great Garden State; in other words, good old New Jersey in these here United States. I've been here for 20 years, a number that is equivalent to my current age. ;)

I'm currently a student in my 3rd year at Rutgers University studying Pre-veterinary Medicine and I have aspirations of achieving my DVM and opening my own practice. Outside of my love for animals I am an avid reader, writer and amateur cartographer. I've been dating my high school sweetheart for about 3.5 years now and have every intention of marrying her once all this education business is out of the way. I'm also a huge history buff and have seen just about every show on the History Channel at least twice. Among my favorite authors are Jules Verne, George Orwell, George R.R. Martin, Alduous Huxley, etc...I've made a habit of going to the bookstore when I need a new book to read and picking something out without any prior knowledge of it; a technique that has landed my quite a few interesting reads that I wouldn't have otherwise found.

My goal here at the CG is to eventually create a world map that is the perfect manifestation of my vision for a fantasy setting I've had since I was young and to commit to writing a series of novels about said world. :)

11-17-2010, 01:25 PM
Jules Verne is indeed one of the best authors of all time for me :)

11-17-2010, 03:45 PM
Man oh, man.... The diversity of people in here is truly amazing!

Hello, My name is Sigurd (Sigurd Brutus Motor) Bjørgås Johansson. I was born in Oslo, Norway in 1979 to two loving hippie parents.
Then life happened. Happy life. With a couple of sad parts....
Now I live with my girlfriend Karoline, our cat Herr Sitron (thats norwegian for mr. lemon), our hamster Pablo and too much stuff!
I started playing RPGs and Warhammer when I was just 12 (still do though), started my first metal band when I was 14 and bought my first car when I was 28.....

My vices include: chain-smoking, coffee and beer-drinking, day-dreaming, nudity, game-mastering, role-playing, mapping, converting miniatures, writing, StumbleUpon, metal, progressive rock and harmonic sounds.

Currently I work as an electrician for a small family owned company called Sterkstrøm, that has been around since 1946, but my true "calling" is sound design.
I love making sounds\noise\harmony, so if any of you need sounds, for anything, call me!

Well, thats me..... :)

PS: Oh, and I`m overly fond of food.

11-17-2010, 04:35 PM
I didnt know that mapping and listening to metal were vices.... :P

11-18-2010, 12:54 AM
Kevin, b. 1981

B.Sc. Computer Science, Advanced Diploma in GIS

I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Currently looking for a GIS job and mapping local hiking trails for Open Street Map. I'm very much a FOSS/Linux geek, and have a particular love of Ruby. Although haven't played many tabletop games, it's not for lack of interest: I have a fairly significant, if unplayed GURPS library.

11-18-2010, 01:50 AM
Well hi all. ive been away from the forums for a Bit but chippin in a again , im Brett and im From Australia, im 38 married with 2 kids, an Avid Pen and Pencil Gamer i still Play 2nd Edition D&D every friday night with the same group for 6 years now, all up been playin D&D since 1980 at least monthly or bi monthly , Played alot of othe rsystems and love to write. I come to the guild to learn the basics of what you guys do , im far from the talent here but i enjoy tryin when i get time. I love to design Sci - Fi craft.

Oh and im an Addict - to World of Warcraft that is

11-19-2010, 07:25 PM
Born in 1973, living in the San Fransisco Bay Area, married in 1997 with 5 kid, we're a glutton for punishment, we love them very much. I'm a veteran role-player, story-teller, pursuing a future as a novelist. I would like to learn more about Campaign Cartographer so I can map the entire world of my books. Writing and story-telling is something I've done since I was a child and I'll do until the day I die, so I might as well make a career of it. My hobbies include writing, story-telling, reading, and playing World of Warcraft (I have the highest rated Warlock in the Horde faction on my server). My main focus is and has always been my stories. My wife is my best friend and collaborator. She's very supportive, a fan of my work and helps me sort out loose ends in my story ideas. I'm very blessed.

11-20-2010, 02:43 PM
Hey Nefilim, good to see another Bay area person here! And five kids?!? Man, you DO like punishment. :D