I remember trying out macradiant years ago. Not sure if I'm ready to go through that again anytime soon
Maybe with the new UE4 engine there will be tools that feel more intuitive to unskilled people like me...
As for my PhD, the discipline is sociology. In short, its aim is to better undestand the various roles of videogames players lives, and how the practices evolve along "life stages". So its not a PhD about UrT at all, but that's the game i was playing when I started my phd and it has become a side-project: I want to document UrT in particular because I feel it is quite special in that its been around for almost 15 years, there are emergent uses of the game (trickjumping, mapping, pickups...), its status as a closed-source free game makes the relationship between gamers and devs really interesting (plus the fact that it gets attacked repeatedly in various ways) and the community is made of very different people with lots of creativity but also lots of criticism towards the devs. Hope this satisfies some of your curiosity Happy Day
If you wanna chat I'd be happy to do so (and ask you a few questions as well)!