what programs do i need to make a map? is it hard??? HELP!
To start mapping you only need an SDK. (software development kit) Either GTK Radiant http://www.qeradiant.com Or the official SDK, http://www.sof2files.com I use GTK, but some people prefer the offical SDK. It doesn't really matter for a new mapper. Although GTK installs the textures etc for you, so I suggest you get that.
Yes, getting started it quite hard. But when you get used to brush manipulation, and the general useage it's great fun.
I haven't used them, but I have heard that the room 101, and room 102 tutorials are good. They are divx or something. And show you how to make your first room.:) I think you can get them from http://www.modsonline.com