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Richardb
08-28-2007, 06:06 PM
I am curious to know what hobbies surround all of you cartographers!
As for me, my most predictable hobby is collecting D&D materials (maps baby). I don't play, but I have an extensive collection of pre-1985 stuff including most everything published by the judges guild, everything published for the greyhawk setting (including some pieces owned by the TSR employees), and every world setting produced by TSR (and a few by WoTC). It is not something I get to show off often!
My other hobbies are:
Book (fantasy and SF) collecting (first edition hardbacks).
Coin collecting (my biggest time suck after maps).
An occassional CRPG
And chasing my kids around (they win out even over maps:P)

So, what do you guys do when not making maps?

ravells
08-28-2007, 06:23 PM
I collect maps (no surprise there), I also collect masks. I love the outdoors and camping with the least possible equipment (again a map link of sorts), I like history (another map connection) and science fiction and gardening. I see myself as a polymath...my interests are very widespread, and these explanations are pretty much the tip of a big iceberg. I suppose understanding the human condition would come close to my main hobby.

Ravs

Richardb
08-28-2007, 06:29 PM
I collect maps (no surprise there), I also collect masks. I love the outdoors and camping with the least possible equipment (again a map link of sorts), I like history (another map connection) and science fiction and gardening. I see myself as a polymath...my interests are very widespread, and these explanations are pretty much the tip of a big iceberg. I suppose understanding the human condition would come close to my main hobby.

Ravs

Ah... minimalist camping... you don't have kids, do you? I love camping, but with the (young) kids, its the pop up trailer with all its lovely comforts! History has always been an interest of mine also.
In all honesty, I think most of us have a LOT of hobbies (I did not mention collecting swords, collecting miniature castles, pinball machine and casino game collecting, and writing). Those are 'back burner' hobbies!

pyrandon
08-28-2007, 07:14 PM
Wow--Richard, I think your hobby is collecting in general!

My hobbies are reading classics (novels & poetry) & theology, writing, playing my once-a-week rpg, and woodworking--although on that last I tend to do more home improvement & repair for friends than anything "fun" like making a chair. (I don't mind; I like helping them: working on other peoples' houses is always more fun that on your own!). Otherwise I am a dad & husband--so I don't have time for much else!

Gamerprinter
08-28-2007, 08:29 PM
Sure I have hobbies, but when to "play with hobbies" is very rare these days.

I run a full-time digital graphics shop with too much work and no other employees - I do my best to not work the daytime job after 5 pm, but sometimes that's impossible.

I am working from 7pm to midnight everyday working on the website and marketing, as well as designing maps and products for Gamer Printshop - I've been doing that for nearly 4 months straight (so no hobbies for 4 months!)

I have a weekend gaming session, currently a player and not a DM, but the campaign sucks and we're starting to look at what to play instead...

I love creating maps, creating 3D models for maps and other uses. I love to create 3D comics when I have the time - not for over a year. I am an insatiable reader - SciFi, fantasy, RPG manuals, history, theology, mythology, etymology (I love languages), science... I write poetry (not in years), short stories and story development.

But all that's in the past, at least until I can get Gamer Printshop to take-over my daytime job and do that full time. Then maybe I could get to my hobbies. :D

I play with my German Shepherd, Suiko (unmarried, so this is my "kid")

HellHound
08-28-2007, 09:30 PM
I used to be a body piercer and industrial music DJ. I still collect and listen to industrial music and am a body art afficionado.

But my primary hobby is fiddling with RPGs. I play a bunch, I own over 150 of them, and I modify them all. I've also written a few and a lot of supplements for them.

Richardb
08-29-2007, 12:01 AM
Wow--Richard, I think your hobby is collecting in general!

My hobbies are reading classics (novels & poetry) & theology, writing, playing my once-a-week rpg, and woodworking--although on that last I tend to do more home improvement & repair for friends than anything "fun" like making a chair. (I don't mind; I like helping them: working on other peoples' houses is always more fun that on your own!). Otherwise I am a dad & husband--so I don't have time for much else!

I am clearly a 'collecting' personality, always have been!

Arcana
08-29-2007, 10:04 AM
I have too many hobbies, and am lucky to have a job that is also built around my hobby.


I play drums in a local rock band (http://www.3rdgearband.com)
I do graphics work often (3d and 2d)
I enjoy flying and flight simulators and develop aircraft for flight sims both hobby and professionally (currently developing a 3d cockpit for the V-22 Osprey)
I collect the occasional comic book
I'm currently building a portable arcade built around MAME (look it up :D)
I play computer games a lot, including the occasional MMO (Wow, Guild Wars, and currently Fable)
I'm a modeller/artist for a currently un-mentionable software product that I'm sure will find its way to you guys
I'm a webmaster/web designer, and programmer for far too many websites scattered across the web


whew...that was a long list

Torq
08-29-2007, 10:08 AM
Richardb you mention the old Judge's Guild products. I am about to start Dming a campaign set in the re-made Wilderlands of High Fantasy setting using the Iron Heroes D20 system. I suppose that covers one of my hobbies. Others include playing guitar, creative writing, 3d modelling, Karate (Hoping to compete in the world champs in Switzerland next year) and watching my favourite sport (rugby). Go Springboks.

All of these can only be slotted into the gaps left by marriage, fatherhood and full-time legal practice.

Torq

Richardb
08-29-2007, 10:28 AM
Richardb you mention the old Judge's Guild products. I am about to start Dming a campaign set in the re-made Wilderlands of High Fantasy setting using the Iron Heroes D20 system. I suppose that covers one of my hobbies. Others include playing guitar, creative writing, 3d modelling, Karate (Hoping to compete in the world champs in Switzerland next year) and watching my favourite sport (rugby). Go Springboks.

All of these can only be slotted into the gaps left by marriage, fatherhood and full-time legal practice.

Torq
The new product is really quite faithful to the original, with slightly updated graphics and better descriptions. I still like the old style simple maps, however. I think that the wild feel of the wilderlands setting is really one of the best in the industry to this day for open D&D play that is character based.

Torq
08-29-2007, 01:32 PM
I agree about the Wilderlands. I think modern campaign designers went for the "no wasting" approach to design. They tend to create very tight and restrictive paths for their worlds so that there is no choice but to experience everything they have spent the time, money and effort to create. The same can be seen in computer games, particularly so-called rpgs. Every now and then some creative people come along and buck this trend to give you the most open-ended experience possible. In computer games Oblivion is a great example. If you havn't played it, I recommend it comlpetely.

The Wilderlands setting does the same thing in my view for a campaign setting. It hearkens back to the, maybe more naive, days when designers did not underestimate the power of creating the sense among players that their characters could literally go anywhere and do anything. In my view this sense of character freedom more than compensates for a slightly cheesy world view as evident from the source books and some sketchy mapping.

Torq

Ishmayl
08-29-2007, 02:46 PM
I seem to have some in common with Arcana there.

I collect swords and knives (functional, not decorative).
I play drums in a local funk band.
I play piano/keys/organ in a local jazz/jam band.
I collect comic books.
I work on my web site(s).

RPMiller
08-29-2007, 05:16 PM
These days its quite limited.

Computer graphics (3d and 2d) still trying to figure it all out
RPGs when I can squeeze in the time
Spending time with my family
Work (I'm an IT admin)

Apparently I had a lot more hobbies at some point, but they have all been lost or misplaced because of time and his evil sister money.

RobA
08-29-2007, 08:49 PM
Lets see-


Bicycling
Reading
Cooking
Lego Robotics
Playing with computer graphics


At least when real life gives me the time or any of these :)

-Rob A>

torstan
08-30-2007, 10:59 AM
Running two weekly campaigns takes the most time - though making maps for said campaigns has recently taken over as the biggest prep time drain. I've just started making maps on the computer and I'm loving learning the details of gimp for that. Otherwise squash, learning Polish (more necessity than hobby :) ) and odd bits of sketching make up my hobbies. In the day job I am a research physicist.

loydb
08-30-2007, 06:58 PM
I have way too many hobbies. In no particular order:

Glassblowing (by far the biggest)
Woodworking (www.blankenship.com)
Miniature painting
Composing (mostly classical these days)
Guitar
Piano
3D Animation
World of Warcraft (I know, I know. My precious...)
In theory, 40K, Warhammer, Hordes & Warmachine (haven't played in over a year, but I keep working on the armies)
Scale models (mostly aircraft)
AD&D campaign running since 1978 (on hiatus atm while I commute from Texas to California every month)

loyd

RobA
08-31-2007, 09:00 AM
And Geocaching. And pottery, but not since I moved. Forgot those!

-Rob A>

loydb- glassblowing....cool! (or more correctly "hot" hehe.) Is that something you do at home or in a studio? (or do you have a studio in your home)?

loydb
08-31-2007, 10:09 AM
I have a studio in my house (a converted bedroom). I do primarily torch work -- making beads, marbles, pipes, pendants, goblets (badly), etc. There's not a glory hole full of molten glass in the bedroom :)

loyd

Arcana
08-31-2007, 10:55 AM
How much would you charge me to glassblow a stylized Compass Rose? ;) Don't laugh...I'm not joking....I think it would be cool to have.

I'm also thinking about getting a compass rose tattoo.

I'm a nut.

NeonKnight
09-10-2007, 04:08 AM
My hobbies.

Well, been Playing D&D in all it's forms since 1977 or so, and as one can guess, I have pretty much always been the game master.

Other than D&D, I also collect and play the D&D Miniatures Game
Tried the Axis and Allies Miniatures game
Play Battlefield 2 including modding my own 'map' for that game.
I love map maiking (obviously), and should look at getting into collecting 'maps'
(Seem recall a book from High School called the Atlas of Fantasy that had Fantasy Maps from all over, Oz, Melnibone, Pern, etc)