The links on this page might save you some time. They’re all referenced at some point or another in MGF Issues. We thought it might help to have them all in one place!:
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To follow MGF you will need nothing more than PC literacy - you do not already need to be a programmer or IT professional! From there, start at Volume 1, Issue 1 or jump into a later Issue if you feel ready (for which you will need Panda3D, L3DT, GIMP, Audacity and Blender ...all of which are free and will run on Windows, Linux or Mac).