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03-16-2008, 10:36 PM
I went back a few pages and didn't see a post about this already so I thought I would ask...

What do you do for a living? Obviously we enjoy map making, or at least maps in general, but for most of us, it is not our full time (or even part time) job, so I was curious what you all do for work!

As for myself, I am a full time web designer/developer.


03-16-2008, 10:45 PM
I work in the engineering department for a broadcast television station. I maintain the signal and run the programs and breaks. In effect, I sit in a comfy chair and watch TV all day, and I get paid for it!

I'm about to move to Denver and become a full-time art student, though, in preparation for a career in visual effects.

03-16-2008, 11:38 PM
I pretty much answered this in my "Cleaning up an Old Map..." thread. I run my own graphic design studio in a small town.

The other thing that I do, though is "Gamer Printshop", sort of explains my name here. You may have noticed the Google Ad at the top of the page saying, "Sell Your Map Designs" - that's me.

I print large format full color maps and ship worldwide. I'm in the process of building a stable of cartographic works from members here and throughout the RPG industry. My goal is to have vast collections of maps created by those who will allow me to print and ship them, for a small license fee payment. Of course you can checkout my "signature" so you can get a better idea.

Since I'm my own boss, I constantly search for other activities - like now creating maps for various RPG publishers and anything else I can think of... 8)

03-17-2008, 01:07 AM
Well, I wear a few hats.

I am a chef by trade, I have been cooking since the ripe age of 13.

I freelance on the side for a company called Digital Adventures creating module based rulesets and the occasional map here and there.

Unfortunately, I can really never post WIP of my maps because they fall under NDA's and stuff like that, and the final product is in an online VTT module, so it is hard to put the map out there.

I also juggle this stuff full time while taking care of the new addition to the family. ;)

Sleep is for the weak. ;)


03-17-2008, 01:10 AM
I work at the wonderful company of 3 M ... you know.. the ones that make all the sticky tape and the cute little yellow office sticky pads...

Exciting huh?...

03-17-2008, 01:50 AM
Lots of interesting stuff you all do :)

I’ve been in military aviation most of my adult life sitting in the pilot seat most of the time. But I’m teaching nowadays.

Mapmaking has been a hobby of mine since I started role playing 1981. It soon became a passion and an obsession to map Greyhawk.

My goal is to be so skilled that I can make enough money to pay for my digital toys. I’m far from there yet but working on it and enjoying every minute of it!


03-17-2008, 02:42 AM
OK, I'll come clean, I'm a lawyer. Well, advocate, as we call ourselves here in South africa (barrister in the U.K.), which is really just a trial specialist. I do commercial litigation and specialise in intellectual property law, with a specific emphasis on copyright and computer software (beleieve it or not).

Other than that, full time dad with 2 kids, and very into karate. I will be representing my country at our style's world champs in Zurich in July.

Also a gamer, running an "Iron Heroes" game at the moment that has been going since last year. If you havn't played or seen this D20 variant I recommend it absolutely.

Mapping too, when I get the chance. I love this site and the opportunities it presents to better our skills. If you want a visual representation of this site you can have a look at some of my early WIPs and have a good laugh. I have really learned GIMP through this site. Without the help and advice of the good people here, my maps would still lokk like those old ones.


03-17-2008, 09:34 AM
I'm a cartographer. I work for a custom cartography company doing maps mainly for textbooks, travel guides, and the occasional National Geographic project. It's a fun job; I get to be creative and do something I like while getting paid for it.


03-17-2008, 09:57 AM
Me I'm just a humble military guys who just get back from Afghanistan, where i was trying to not get blow up by the Talibanís. :?

My military trade now is Radio Technician. I decide to let the infantry work to the next recruits. ;)

Until the end of next year, I'm a GRL (Local Network Admin). By then I will either go back to Kandahar or be post to the school to teach new recruits. :?:

In my free time I either do maps, work on my internet version of my world or try to kill player, sorry, I mean DMing :P.

Sea U Hall a-round,

The Cartographist
03-17-2008, 09:58 AM
I'm approaching 12 years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer.
I'm approaching 35 years of age.
I'm approaching 27 years playing roleplaying games. Although I always did a lot more DMing than playing. (Actually, that's not quite true. I've always spent a lot more time prepping to DM than actually DMing. Never enough players to go around.)

I'm currently living in the UK on an exchange program with the Royal Navy, helping to run all of their fast attack submarines.

Love to map, love to write, and don't really have time for either.

I would also say that I'm an aspiring screen writer (which really means I'm nearing completion on a feature length movie script (my second) and am going to begin the almost-sure-to-fail process of trying to sell it).

03-17-2008, 12:48 PM
OK, My life's history:

I just turned 41 (on March 5th), and have been gaming since 1979 with D&D. I created my very first world then and while it was beautiful (if I do say so myself), it was entirely forest. No deserts, no plains, just forest. :?

Later around 1982 or so, I started work on my current campaign World, the World of Auren. It was extremely large, and I pared it down to it's current size around 1985. 1985 was also the year I graduated High School and I then went on to University for a degree in Archaeology. At this point my carefree mapping took a back seat as I tried to devote my energies to University.

Sadly that was not to be as I goofed off a little too much (first time out on my own etc) and I was forced to go on acedemic probation/withdrawl in my second year. I was supposed to take a year off and get my life in order (according to the university) and then I could apply to come back.

During that year off, I took a 'summer job' with the Monopoly Phone company in British Columbia Canada: BC TEL. It turned into a career.

I worked there as telephone operator for 7 years (You Know, Dial 0 or 411 for Help/Directory). During that period I did a lot of mapping while working as otherwise it was BORE-ING with a capital B! Also got married, had a little girl, and got divorced.

In 1994 I then transfered within the company to the education department (more money, more freedom, less stress). Worked, did more gaming, met my current wife.

Then in 1998 I transfered again (slowly working my way up in the company) to a department called Circuit Releases. This department was responsible for dealing with business customers for taking their phone/data services offline so we (the phone company) could do work/maintenance/upgrades to the network.

Then, in 1999 I got Married to my wife in Seoul South Korea in January and had our first son, Seth, in December of that same year. Around this time BC Tel Merged/was taken over by Alberta's Phone Company: TELUS.

In 2001 I transfered to my current job, a Network Technician responsible for testing and maintaining the T1/Frame Relay network of our Phone company across all of Canada. In 2004 we had our second son: Darnell

I have for the last two and half years now worked exclusively the Graveyard Shift as it is the quietest, and affords me a lot of time to do...mapping!

It also allows me time to partake in my second hobby, Playing D&D Miniatures: A head-to-head competetive version of D&D: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/minis

03-17-2008, 03:58 PM
Cool thread.

I'm an English lit & language teacher at a high school in Michigan; been that for going on 10 years now (I'm 38 ). I have two great kids & my wife (who was my high school sweetheart).

I enjoy long walks on the beach. ;)

03-17-2008, 05:36 PM
Well, I'll take my turn.

Started gaming with the D&D red box. Eventually I ran games in AD&D, 2nd Ed D&D, Gamma World, Marvel Superheroes, Palladium's Robotech, TMNT, PFRP, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, Rifts, Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Wraith, Aeon/Alternity, D&D 3/3.5, D20 Modern, and countless one off games with just about every game available.

There was an extended hiatus from RPG games to delve into my minatures habit, playing Napleonics, Ancients (8mm), Warhammer and Warhammer 40k.

I owned my own gaming store for a while, buying out a share of the store I frequented. Eventually we had to close due to the loss of regular customers and the lack of new ones. Curse you deep discount online retailers!

In 1996 I worked for AOL and eventually got into their "CAT" team that handled the reports of inappropriate behavior online. My penchant for salty language has never quite gone away after that. I married a co-worker in that department so she would understand my horrible sense of humor. I went to school part time and became a graphic designer for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in 2004. Then I moved to a healthcare company for a substantial pay raise. They decided they didnít want the overhead so they sent their work out and laid me off. Just over a year ago, I got the job I have now working as a software tester doing QA work on the stateís child welfare database.

My current gaming is D&D and D20 Modern mostly. We like to bend the rules for the setting rather than learn new rules for it.

03-17-2008, 06:05 PM
Wow, a lot of military or military related folks in here...me too.

I'm former Air Force...now I work as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin contracted to the navy to maintain, run, and develop airplanes for Navy flight simulators...Our current biggest project is Dynamic Hypoxia Training, which is where we get pilots hypoxic while they fly their aircraft in the simulator as opposed to sitting in a low pressure chamber. Its much more realistic.

03-17-2008, 10:00 PM
Cool stuff...Robbie-

That reminds me of a positive pressure breathing experiment I participated in back in university. We put on pressure pants, got pumped full of radioactive isotopes, and had to sit in front of an array of scintillation detectors while going through cycles of positive pressure air (effort to breathe out and relax to inhale) and normal pressure air.

Thinking back it is amazing what we were willing to go through for the price of a few cases of beer :P

-Rob A>

03-18-2008, 03:07 AM
Youíre making me feel nostalgic here Ė having been the victim of tests like that for years, but it was the prize you had to pay for flying fast-movers!

But I left active service 5 years ago to pursue another goal in life Ė but that is another story ;)

I was a bit brief before so here are some more about me.
Iím 43 tomorrow and my gf and I have just bought a house in the countryside 180km south west of Stockholm and are in the middle of moving in.

When it comes to gaming itís tough to find players around here, so I havenít had the chance to sit down at a gaming table for over a year. I have played mostly D&D and some Traveller in the 80s Ė still have large collection of old Traveller books collecting dust somewhere.

Was also part owner of a small gaming shop for a couple of years but got out of that before the Internet era.

Back in the early 80s I had a shot at becoming one of the founders of a Swedish RPG company Ė but I thought that their prototype was not as good as basic D&D, so I told them to cancel the project. The company has been thriving for over 2 decades and is still in business so I missed a career opportunity :o


03-18-2008, 04:32 AM
Well.. I graduated from college a few years back and now I work in a public library. Not glamorous but it pays the bills. On the side I do various commission work, and art/graphic design for the independent RPG publisher, Apophis Consortium.

Me working the Apophis booth at GenCon Indy last year, wearing the gray jacket, center. (http://www.radiationsky.com/images/photos/gencon07.jpg)

I spend most of my free time drawing, writing, or working on the computer. The rest I spend GMing RPGs such as Obsidian: Shadow Nations, Victorian Age Vampire, and most recently Dark Heresy.

In addition these fine hobbies I enjoy playing rock band, drinking rum & coke, and watching bad Japanese horror flicks.

03-23-2008, 04:41 PM
I work as a civil engineer for the city where i live.


03-23-2008, 10:18 PM
I work as a lead web developer for an agriculture website that provides GIS related solutions (maps, fertilizer application files for tractors, analysis of harvest data, etc) to farmers. As such I deal with alot of mapping on a regular basis at work which has worked out nicely with my love of making maps for D&D.

03-25-2008, 09:19 AM
OK, I'm an IT-guy. Working for a European company, taking care of the domain, users and some SQL-servers. Fun job if you like a lot of changes and never get tired of reading about new stuff.

Apart from that I used to be an archaeologist but gave up that career about 10 years ago. For some reason computers seemd more attractive than mud in a hole a very rainy day :-)

03-25-2008, 09:54 AM
I'm a lawyer, specialising in employment in the civil Aviation and commercial shipping sectors.

03-26-2008, 06:12 AM
I work as a senior administrator for a university in the UK; but I consider myself a writer and have written numerous short stories, novels and so forth. Not quite published yet (other than a few in magazines), but I did self-publish a couple of short story collections (viewble here (http://www.lulu.com/theskyfullofdust)).

Been rpging for well over 20 years now, mostly D&D in various incarnations, and after a long break I am playing again. Building my own world to play in and recently started designing the maps for it, and discovered that I enjoy it immensely.

04-02-2008, 04:28 AM
Is it my turn now? Ugh..

I don't have a glamorous job, but it pays the bills. I'm a jailer/detention officer/glorified adult babysitter. Well, actually I supervise the people supervising the inmates, but it's a rather blurry line, really. I get to listen people yell and scream threats at me all night. And then there are the bad guys...

I've actually only been into RPGs for about six or seven years now (I'm 34), so most of the things that are old and chiche to you oldtimers still fill me with awe and inspiration.

I love to able to create--to have a blank canvas and be able to put something on it, be it a map, a story, or whatever. My goal now is to create my own world, as it seems most of you have already done so many years ago. I'm hoping to glom some ideas and inspiration from this site, along with a fair bit a knowledge as well. It's a great community you've got going here, and I hope to eventually be able to contribute to it.

Thanks for having me.

04-02-2008, 05:15 AM
Been away from these boards for a while but this seems like a good place to say hi again.

I'm 27 and I'm a particle physicist working on the theory of dark matter and how we can identify it when we create it for the first time on Earth (hopefully) at CERN on the Swiss/French border when it turns on this summer. My job has taken me to Poland - my current base - and in September I'm heading off to work at NYU in Manhattan for a year.

My other job is as a painter/decorator/tiler/general handy man that I do for various rash members of my family and their friends who buy houses that are falling down and need work done on them.

04-02-2008, 07:40 AM
Well I guess the prize for most interesting job is now taken. The rest of us are now going to have to battle it out for the "Sparkling personality award".;)


04-02-2008, 10:17 AM
It's good fun, even though the day to day stuff is mostly coding and maths calculations. Every now and then they let theorists like me go and look at the machine and go oooh and aah, as long as we don't touch anything :) Probably best described by xkcd (http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/large_hadron_collider.png).

I'm just amazed there are so many people involved with the military on here!

04-02-2008, 11:20 AM
Hehe, nice comic.

I'm just a SAHM, although son is old enough to get a job now, if he'd find one. Lots of time for RPG stuff and other things :o) I'm 38 and have been RPGing since a long time.

04-02-2008, 05:47 PM
Well, where do I start... there was a time long ago when i once ruled this fine ball of earth and water... People used to grovel at my feet and sacrifice their first born in my name. Those were the days. One day, a small farmers son vowed revenge after i may have accidentally set his home on fire... or maybe it was killing his father and raping his mother... it was a long time ago, my memory was foggy. Still he was a simple serf, so i paid it no heed... until he preformed a ritual of banishment that locked my soul away for thousands of years. I'm back now, and on the way to regaining my former glory. but until then... in my spare time...

i'm 25, having gone to school for computer programming, and geomatics technician, and i'm currently completing a course in GIS application specialist.

I've been working with GIS for a long time, and roleplaying even longer... In my highschool days i worked with ESRI (big gis company) and created a web application to display some soil sampling done in my home town. Presented it at their user conference in canada in 2001 and was published in arcnorth news. From there i went to a few schools, right now i'm in Sir Sandford Fleming, a great school for gis, even if its in the middle of nowhere in central ontario... Currently we're working on creating a custom application for asset management as a coop project, due to recent legislation here that will require canadian gov't to keep track of their assets and their cost for upkeep... For this project i'm working with ESRI, developing a set of tools for such organizations to use to track such data.

In a roleplaying sense i've been playing dnd since i was a kid, and in the last few years i have found dnd to be a bit to restricting and vague for me, and have switched to several different systems, but finally restin on High Adventure Roleplaying (HARP) made by Iron Crown Enterprizes.. its a d100 system thats a bit more robust in my sense... and suits my needs for now.

i'm also working on creating a site in my spare time to create an online collaborative realm, a place for users to come and share their ideas for use in any roleplaying system...



04-03-2008, 05:49 PM
Now this is one mature forum, heaven yeah.

I don't know you guys personally, but just reading this thread somehow makes me like you.

As for my job, I... uhm... I'm a waiter. Or rather, used to be. Working at a hotel restaurant, they call us when necessary, currently I'm looking for another job. I need it to finance my studies, I study @ Bonn University with "English language and medieval literature" (focus on Language/Linguistics) being my major.

My mapping experience is highest and most evolved *cough* when I'm allowed to use pencil and paper. I have access to Photoshop CS etc, but in comparison with many of you I'm like an assistant scientist looking at "the mother of all formulas", saying: So what can we do with that?


04-05-2008, 07:55 PM
I wanted to drop in and show ya what I've been working on thats been keeping me from mapping lately...Its one of several projects, this is only the latest, but since it taps into my art vein, its keeping my mind from mapping.

I'm putting it in the job thread because its not related to anything on this site except for my job...

This is an F-18 E cockpit...the superhornet...Its medium fidelity medium polycount...(5700 polygons) I have a budget of 7000 polygons for the cockpit. There will be an external view version and an internal view version...it will be mostlly functional and animated accordingly for use in our simulator and viewed via Virtual Reality goggles...also referred to by me at work as "the coolest part of my job"

The gray pics without the canopy show the inside better, but they're earlier in the modelling process...the ones with the canopy are the latest, and a lot of the external detail will only be visible in the external view (as if looking at your wingman while flying).

04-05-2008, 07:58 PM
Here's the canopy version files.

04-06-2008, 06:22 AM
With your 3d skills I'm amazed you don't do more 3d mapping, Robbie!

04-06-2008, 07:07 PM
With your 3d skills I'm amazed you don't do more 3d mapping, Robbie!

Indeed, they are quite nice.

04-07-2008, 12:11 AM
Nice :)

F/A-18E has one of the best cockpits in the business, and you have modeled it splendidly!

Make me wanna go up there again.


04-13-2008, 05:29 PM
Have worked 10 years as a graphic designer at various places; clothing company, travel company, ad firm etc.

Now I'm a freelance graphic designer and a teacher. I mainly teach some Adobe programs: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Sometimes I teach some other basic computer programs such as Excel and Powerpoint.

04-13-2008, 08:52 PM
I have about 9 years enlisted time in the U.S. Army as a Fister (Fire Support Team). Basically walk around with a map in one hand and a radio mic in the other making things go boom via artillery, mortars, close air support, or naval gunfire. I receive my commission this July and trying to decide between infantry or signal as my branch of choice.

I have been gaming consistantly for about 15 years now and have recently converted from D&D to GURPS.

04-18-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm 27 and I'm a particle physicist working on the theory of dark matter and how we can identify it when we create it for the first time on Earth (hopefully) at CERN on the Swiss/French border when it turns on this summer.
This will also be the point at which the universe ceases to exist and another Big Bang occurs. So make sure to party hard these coming months. 8);)

04-18-2008, 07:12 PM
As for me, I'm a Network Admin/Desktop Support/Programmer for an international Japanese owned company. In my previous life I taught IT/Programming/Database/etc. for about 7 1/2 years and would still be doing it to this day had I not been cut down by budget cuts.

I've been roleplaying since about 79 if memory serves. I've played far too many systems to list them here. Currently I play in an online Dark Champions game via MapTool every other week, and sporadically in a face to face Call of Cthulhu game.

04-19-2008, 04:47 AM
This will also be the point at which the universe ceases to exist and another Big Bang occurs. So make sure to party hard these coming months.


I'll make sure to let people know if/when they finally get it up and running. I heard one interview where a physicist was asked this question. He tried to reassure the interviewer that it can't possibly happen because collisions of this energy already happen in our atmosphere when we are hit by ultra-high energy cosmic rays. Seems the interviewer seemed even less calm by the possibility of being hit by those than about CERN eating the universe.

CERN has told us all that we should exchange 'vanishingly small chance' for 'no, it can't happen' in any answers to the press.

04-19-2008, 10:51 AM
Yea... riiiiiiight... I'll keep that in mind. I believe others in history have said, "it can't happen" as well. LOL

04-19-2008, 12:48 PM
Okay, I can't help myself. Basically the interaction energies that will be produced at CERN occur relatively frequently (about 1/year/100 square km I think) in the Earth's atmosphere when enormously energetic atomic nuclei hit the Earth from space. These particles are spewn out from something in space (we don't really know what yet but the current hypothesis is a hypernova - yes even bigger than a supernova, physicists are dreadful with coming up with names) and travel between galaxies and finally strike the Earth. Now given these particles have been hitting every object in the universe almost since it began, if these collisions were going to end the universe, they would have done it already. Equally, if they were going to create a world eating black hole, it would have occurred before now.

End of the physics bit. Apologies for the minor thread jack :)

04-19-2008, 04:09 PM
What a thrill killer. :x Here I was working on getting everyone into the partying mood for the next couple months and you come along and spew realism and facts all over the place. ;)

I'm still going to find time to party like it's, 199... er... the end of the universe. ;)

04-19-2008, 08:59 PM
Yep. I am professionally required to rain on people's parades and let people settle for the experiment being able to figure out the nature of the majority of matter in the universe, create microscopic black holes, discover the number of dimensions we live in.... Yes, I know, quiet bread and butter stuff. :)

Still, it *might* all go horribly wrong so I will definitely be going out for a drink when it turns on :)

04-19-2008, 10:04 PM
LOL Yea, I've heard about you scientist types. When nobody's watching it's all about the lampshades on the heads and partially nakid dancin' girls with hard liquor and examination devices.

Rock on physicists, rock on.

04-19-2008, 11:02 PM
Someone's been reading too much Feynman...

04-21-2008, 10:58 AM
What's Feynman?

04-21-2008, 03:41 PM
Richard Feynman was one of the more famous physicists of the last century. He was the one who illustrated why the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed. I read his autobiography a while back and enjoyed every page. Surely You Must be Joking, Mr Feynman! is the title. I highly recommend it, and I don't generally like biographies.

04-21-2008, 03:56 PM
He was an eccentric bongo playing genius and one of the most influential theorists of the last century. Definitely worth a flick through the Wikipedia page on a rainy afternoon.

Just been doing front of house and running the power point (who uses powerpoint - its revolting and deeply unstable between machines) for talks by the current and future Director Generals of CERN. From the horses mouth the new collider should turn on in June and we're not going to destroy the universe, or even just earth. Nonetheless, I will post more when I get a date if only so RPMiller can get himself a shiny tinfoil hat in time :)

04-21-2008, 04:28 PM
ROFLMAO!! Thanks for the midday laugh torstan! :lol:

Unfortunately, I don't think a tinfoil hat will be very protective. I may have to go with cast iron or perhaps a heavy metal of some sort. :lol:

04-21-2008, 04:45 PM
Maybe if you could fashion one out of dark matter it would protect you enough? Though of course if you could do that, Torstan and friends would likely have a few questions about how you managed it...

Seriously though, it would be great if you could keep us up to date on the turn on at CERN, not because I think the world is going to end, but because I'm a sucker for that cutting edge science. Often wish I'd gone in a more physics/astronomy/cosmology sort of direction.

Oh yes, and a second recommendation for Feynman's autobiography - a great read, though I don't remember reading about this particular event from XKCD.com (http://xkcd.com/182/)

Erm, and since this is the 'your job' thread, I'm a veterinary surgeon.

04-21-2008, 05:17 PM
Um, yes. I'll stop threadjacking and get back to drawing my map. I just realised I was avoiding drawing a map (fun) by talking about physics (work). How's that for the wrong way round? :)

I hadn't seen that xkcd. Very good!

More than happy to mention progress at CERN as/when they turn it on.

05-05-2008, 05:31 AM
Shall I take my turn now? ;) Okey here it goes, back to topic:

I'm also a network/system controller for a big international Japanese company. I've only done this for 5 months now, it's my first 'serious' job (since I'm only 21 years of age). Most of the time I'm just doing user support ("My Excel won't start!" "What does this message mean?", etc.). But sometimes I get pretty interesting cases to work on.

Besides this job I'm studying System and Network Engineering. However, this is a lot more about creating and handling information systems than it is about technical ICT... I'm a bit disappointed by that.

It's rather difficult to study and work at once, but I manage quite well.

05-07-2008, 12:54 AM
I'm a network security engineer working for a Fortune 100 retail company. It's fun, challenging, and they pay me obscene amounts of money to keep hackers and script kiddies away from customer data.

Let's see... married; 2.4 children; pampered suburban lifestyle; 3D and 2D artist; role-playing for... my god... 25 years.

And what do I think of particle physics? I'm of the opinion that while the LHC at CERN is an amazing feat of engineering, we're not going to find Higgs there. In fact, we'll end up scrapping the entire standard model and... What's that? This thread's not about particle physics? But I thought... Oh. Well, then. Sorry about that.


05-12-2008, 08:08 PM
I work in IT at a university in Chicago. Take THAT theoretical physics!! :P