Greetings from one of the "older" RPers in my area (now Western Massachusetts). I've been RPing since G.G. (and D.A.) first published Chainmail and then D&D.
No good campaign can survive long without a believable world, including good maps. I have always used Campaign Cartographer (since version 1) or good old pencil and paper.
I just recently stumbled on your Guild and am looking forward to delving into more mapping ideas and programs.
I'm more of a lurker than a starter, but if there is something constructive I can add, I most certainly will.

Wyndyn, the lurker in the corner