I found this forum while trying to rapidly educate myself about GIS and cartography for the purpose of designing a historical game simulating nautical exploration and naval combat during the Age of Sail. Perhaps I'm being a bit too "try hard" but I have the notion right now that a custom geocode database containing placenames and political boundaries based on historical records would be an excellent back end to my game.
I've joined this forum hoping to learn enough about GIS to be able to build "toy" maps for these purposes. But that aside I've always loved maps and found cartography inherently fascinating. So I'm hoping to expand my general knowledge just by being here.
Also in regular life I'm a lawyer living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada