Hi everyone,

I'm completely new to the whole cartography thing, so I'm looking to get to grips with the basics. I've had a shifty at some of the tutorials and have downloaded GIMP, so I should be able to get stuck in straight away, if time permits that is. Currently at uni in the UK studying Engineering. The main reason I joined was because I'm trying to write a fantasy book and I need a suitably cool looking map. I've got the basics sketched out on some scrap paper, but I want to develop it without having to use my (limited) drawing skills!

That'll probably do on the introduction side of things. Hopefully you'll be able to help me out with any problems or queries when they inevitably pop up!