View Full Version : Rusty, brain dead & unable to cope

12-30-2009, 11:05 PM
Hi all,

In 2006, I had a Gateway running XP w/ CC2 installed. There was a glitch in the program or my computer that wouldn't let me get past Step 3 in the tutorial (changing building colors, mine rendered black no matter the color choice). Worked w/ a nice lady, Linda by name, at ProFantasy exchanging several e-mails and trying different fixes. Nothing worked and since I'm an extremely obsessive person, I wasn't going to go past Step 3 until the problem was fixed. :twisted:

Nigel, the honcho at ProFantasy was good enough to send me CC3 on comp. I'm a bit ashamed to say that I never got a chance to use it because that computer died shortly after installation. :(

Since then, my life has been extremely traumatic and my body and mind are breaking down. I'm a 100% disabled vet w/ PTSD living in a downstairs apartment w/ horrendous static electricity under a young family of two boys and next to a single Mom who's a cleaning demon. The place is across the street from WalMart and the county fairgrounds. To top things off, the kitchen is completely backwards, running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time risks flooding due to drainage problems and the toilet wouldn't flush properly (sort of fixed now). My ex is dead, my boys have problems or aren't here so I'm all alone. It's billed as a "luxury" apartment but I make sure I'm armed at all times. :((

I'm pecking this out on a laptop I purchased w/ the aid of an old Windows guy, also a disabled vet and it's humongous, has flames and it's running Vista! Now, I used to be pretty good with my XP, but this OS has so many bells and whistles, not to mention the capabilities of this machine and all the installed software goodies that I'm pretty well completely lost on this thing. :?

OK, now the bright side. Come the middle of January, if I can survive that long w/o get mugged, ripped-off or killed, I'll be in a double-wide (w/ an extra family room) on a hilltop behind a locked fence in a CA county w/ just 20,000. When I can afford it ($200), not long from now, I'll install Windows 7 on this beast. When I have time to think and a workable OS, I can start cookin' again. :D

So, that's the short of it. I'll be going down on January 8th and won't be back until I can get set up in my new digs, so I won't be around much for awhile, but I thought I'd post a howdy-do! 8)

12-30-2009, 11:10 PM
Well, welcome aboard anyway and hope we get to see what you can do.

12-31-2009, 12:27 AM
Yeah, and it sounds like you might have the seeds of a whacky map based on the place you are living now, hehe.

Hope everything goes smoothly for ya and you get into the place you want and back to making some maps.

Steel General
12-31-2009, 11:17 AM
Welcome Aboard!

12-31-2009, 12:11 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

01-04-2010, 05:40 PM
Welcome to the guild!

01-05-2010, 01:07 PM

I'm afraid I have to disappoint you that windows7 won't make your life any better, you'd be far better off putting XP on it.
Rule of thumb: the newer the operating system, the more bells&whistles it has and the more power it requires.
Nevermind that vista and 7 are very different from XP, so for user experience alone that'd be the better choice aswell =)

01-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Welcome it sounds like gritty urban maps should be no problem at least :?: and yeah not sure that your gonna get much more out of W7 than Vista etc but it sounds like you have some a decent tool for the job so its time to get to grips with it and use it effectively. A lot of people here make just great maps with much less. You'll be fine with the tuts and member help here.

02-10-2010, 09:16 PM
Just got up today and there's still plenty of work for me in sorting all this crap out. Got a con this weekend so I'll be away from all of it for a few days. It's taking some getting used to living in this aluminum box with my medical concerns. Thanks for the advice on the OS. I know this isn't necessarily a haven for computer geeks, but the disc I have for my old Gateway would work in this if I reformatted? I may have had the solution to this technology nightmare im my hands the whole time! S'alright. I'm a bit slow on the uptake these days.

02-11-2010, 03:58 AM
Thumbs are meant to be broken. Or is it rules? Win7 actually takes less memory, less space, and runs much smoother than Vista. Whether it's better than XP is another story entirely.

02-11-2010, 11:53 PM
Can't help with the techie question, given that my geek-mana is pretty low, but I thought I'd welcome you to the Guild all the same Bloodymage.



06-26-2010, 11:15 PM
Well, long time no see. Won't go into details, but I struggled and strugled with this machine and just got fed up with Microsoft. So now I have Linux Mint and I'm struggling and struggling with this machine. :? This place ain't the paradise thought it would be mainly 'cause I'm too damned old to maintain a broken-down old trailer. Anyway, as far as the OS, haven't had it long, but it's already more familiar than Vista. I have lots o' resources to figure it out. One thing I did was pop for CrossOver which is Wine-based software designed to run Windows applications. I'm quite satisfied with open source software, but I still have my CC2 and CC3, plus a whole stack o' stuff I had loaded into my Gateway.

Well, one more month in this dump, then I'm going to a house, still in the hills, but with a foundation, some room, no steps, no jungle to hack down and hopefully, I can buckle down and put my brain back to work. So, just checkin' in for now.

Btw, I'm registered and reserved for GaryCon, so I'll likely see some peeps from here in attendance. 8)

11-03-2011, 11:28 PM
Well, I'm still fightin' technology, but now it's Win 7. I don't do too badly, but I just popped for the updates to CD3 and DD3 and I'm tryin' to wrap my poor brain around CC. I have a pretty good compound map for my next GaryCon excursion. I also have a B&W "handdrawn" map for a lost silver mine and now I'm tryin' to build me a city. I also have a start on a simple overland map for a Learn to Hack session. Got to hand it you cartographers. This stuff ain't easy, but then, I'm working at a considerable disadvantage. Anyway, Guess I should show my stuff before I die.


11-04-2011, 11:32 AM
First - thank you for your service. Guys like you took a lot of abuse over the years (both before and after service!) so guys like me don't have to, so Thanks!

Second, I appreciate your persistence. Old & stubborn may beat young & energetic. Eventually :-).

Third, I'd love to see those maps but I can't open their file type. Will your software put out plain ol' .jpgs or .gifs?

I hope Win 7 works for you - it seems like Microsoft's major releases cycle stinker, ok, stinker, ok. Win 7 and XP are the OK parts of that - the people I work for, normally totally compulsive about updating software, just totally skipped Vista. Nay, not skipped - forbade. Yeah, it'll take more resources to run well than your old XP, but *maybe* not as much as Vista consumed, particularly if you disable some of the flash and bang, like translucency effects. On days that CC3 or DD3 frustrate you, try something else. There's plenty of useful software out there in addition to CC & DD, some of it cheap or free. Yeah, yeah - "can't teach an old dog new tricks".... but you can dang sure get an old dog to eat new food :-). Think of these tools as food to be consumed instead of foes to be fought, and gobble 'em up. I"ll bet three plugged nickels that you're already beyond the "burned-stick drawn on cave wall" level, and can produce useful, even pleasant stuff.

Hey, I would think for somebody disabled, The Gimp would be a natural , eh? :-)

11-04-2011, 03:13 PM
Yep. I'll come back and post 'em in jpeg format, but for now, work progresses...

Finished the overland. I don't really have a lot of patience left for this stuff, so they ain't perfect...

compound roof

compound towers

compound ground floor

compound second floor

Lost Shooting Star Silver Mine

Frandor's Keep overland map

And btw, I tried GIMP back when I had a brain and just couldn't get it. Not bad for a guy who really has no idea what he's doing, eh?

11-12-2011, 01:32 PM
So, no comments? This is quite difficult for an old, brain-dead guy. Workin' on the City of Allis right now.

11-12-2011, 06:49 PM
The buildings look pretty cool - I don't play any more, nor otherwise do much indoor layouts so I don't have any strong opinions. The resolution's a bit too low to be able to tell what's right or wrong.

One thought about the contour map - you have the V-something river running uphill a ways. Really, all the rivers are a bit iffy - those running down the side of the valley, you'd expect to have V's of contour pointing upstream, or at least U's; almost never to be riding on the brow of a rise. Likewise you won't see watercourses flowing sidehill - there *could* be something of a slot that trends diagonal to the general slope, but water's going to take the shortest path downhill. And those are fairly steep hills - if the units shown are feet, this isn't quite a canyon, but neither are these tributaries going to be navigable.

11-13-2011, 11:54 PM
Yeah, learning this is a bit of a beast for me, but I'm determined. Stubborn is more like it. :twisted:

02-18-2012, 06:14 PM
OK, figured if I was going to be taken seriously here, I'd better make some friends, so I added a few folks to my friends list. I've also created a group for any stubborn-as-rocks old-schoolers like me. It the "School of Hard Knocks."


02-18-2012, 10:03 PM
Ok, little experiment here.

So that's how a signature gets here. I gotta figure everything out the hard way.

03-05-2012, 02:27 PM
Well, I'm still no cartographer, but this is one of my favorite places so I figured I'd put a little in the kitty.


03-05-2012, 05:09 PM
Kitty? Did someone say kitty? :)

09-02-2013, 08:51 PM
Well, I'm back though nothing much has improved. Still way behind the 8 ball but still trying to carry on. Picked up CC3 again and it has been easier the second time through but I need to learn it from bottom to top. Have this habit of jumping into things in the middle and bungling around until I get the hang of it. Still bungling but hopefully have learned my lesson. :!: