This is my first post, as i've just registered after reading through some threads and liking the general atmosphere here.
As everyone probably knows, threads like the following have a common place on forums like this, and may even become slightly tedious for the posters that have been around for an extended amount of time; so i apologise, but still gratefully ask for your support and help on the topic.
I've been reading posts, playing around with different codes and programs for about 2 years now, just trying to keep up with whats going on and the developments the game design area are going through. Until now though, i have never really decided to take it anywhere or even have a major shot at it; not really having the time, or the mathematical knowledge.
I want to immerse myself into the gaming development industry when i eventually get to the point of choosing a career path and feel obliged to hopefully get some experience and knowledge under my belt as early as i can. I really have no idea what area of game design i want to be part of, as i am particually good at designing virtually but rather terrible with paper; i am not bad at maths, and pick up anything to do with coding very quickly.
More on topic, i would like to draw on past people's experiences and their views on where they think the best place to start of in, would be; what programs did you first use? what forums/boards did you familiarise yourselfs with? what benchmarks did you set yourselfs?
The main thing i am rather intrested in, is picking up a mentor type figure or becoming part of a helpful and hands on board; as i believe the best way to improve in this area is simply from asking questions and getting the correct answers quickly. So anybody's idea's on where someone like that, or a good and very active board would be, would be appreicated greatly.
Again, anything means alot to me and i am so grateful for any answer given and any experience shared.