|Crash|You think if i tried mapping in my "free time" i would be able to make a map, or is that laughable?
Mapping r teh win
depends on how much "spare time" you have, but anything's possible if you have will ;) There are lots of sites / forums which you can get help from.. Mapping for WildWest is essentially exactly the same as mapping for RtCW.
I didn't make it!
If you have the will to get over the initial hurdles, it most certainly can be done in free time. At first, the hardest thing for me was looking at the 2d window and knowing what the hell I was looking at. But it was fun stretching my brain. Once you start creating things and realize the endless possibilities, you'll be hooked. It took me about 500 hours, over the course of 7 to 8 months, to learn and make a small map. But, everyone learns at a different pace. Start playing around, because I regret not starting earlier :)