Hi all. I am a complete n00b (longtime computer geek but new to 3d graphics). I have some background in Big Science, but late in life have discovered 3d sim "games" such as XPLANE10 and Euro Truck Sim 2 -- and I'm blown away. Admiring and enjoying the sims so much, I decided to learn how it's done -- how 3d modelling and open-world gameplay are achieved. This is no small topic to tackle in middle age but hey, I'm fascinated and I have free time and a fairly capable Hackintosh
I am currently enchanted by Blender -- the incredible power of the app and the incredible (and disorienting) complexity. I'm obsessed with it at present -- it's a better "game" than any other computer game I am however, completely unfamiliar with the entire realm of 3d graphics, so it's a very steep learning curve and I find even CGcookie's "intro" classes assume at lot of background that I don't have. With a lot of Googling into other sources of Blender doco and many detours to build up some more basic skills, I am struggling through the Intro class and having a great -- if sometimes frustrating -- time.
This seems like a high quality community (the Blender artists scene) -- friendly, intelligent, and fun. Even as a mere lowly N00b I am very pleased to be here and hope y'all will bear with my initial stupidities. Some of you -- many of you -- demonstrate a level of craft, skill, and creativity that humbles me completely!