Member of the Month — January 2018 — Kumo Kumah

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Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING FINAL FANTASY XIV? HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?

Three years and six months… minus like three months because I had stopped playing as soon as I bought the game. I’m glad I didn’t simply stop!
I’ve always been an avid fan of MMORPGs and had wanted to play FFXI growing up, but couldn’t pay for it. Fast forward to finishing college and having a credit card and a few acquaintances I knew that play FFXIV. I asked their opinion (it was honestly just DR), and after the recommendation to buy, here I am!

Q: WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MAIN JOB? WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT IT?

Scholar, by virtue of raiding. I originally thought it was terribly daunting because of the micromanagement involved, but I’ve grown to think that’s what keeps my little ADHD mind engaged. Pet actions, DoT management, on top of healing/damage mitigation. DEFINITELY more fun with practice (and devs adding Excog :3 ).

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR USUAL FFXIV ACTIVITIES?

I HAVE TO LEVEL EVERYTHING, I’M JUST SO SLOW. Lately it’s been beast tribe grinding, roulette spamming, and keeping the house looking nice and seasonally appropriate.

Q: WHAT’S ONE ACTIVITY YOU’VE WANTED TO GET INTO ON FFXIV BUT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO YET?

Not necessarily in game, but theorycrafting and the numbers behind the game has always interested me! I’ll check for small differences in DPS on occasion, but people that actually get spreadsheets involved and can do stuff with machine-like precision a have always had my admiration.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT IN-GAME GOALS? BOTH SHORT- AND LONG-TERM.

I’m a completionist with the worst motivation. Leveling classes for sure, but I do plan on eventually working my way down the achievement log and finishing that out (please someone stop me if I go insane in the process).

Q: FAVORITE BOSS FIGHT, AND WHY? LEAST FAVORITE, AND WHY?

In hindsight, A7S and A11S were fun to learn! Even though I main a caster, anything that involves meticulous placement and movement through the arena is fun!

A3S and A6S will forever hold the “worst fight ever” titles because they suck, that’s why.

Q: WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR CHARACTER NAME?

Roughly translated it means “cloud bear”, or if you say it wrong “spider bear,” which is just that much more intimidating and badass. The h is added at the end because I wanted people to say koo-MAH instead of koo-MAY.

Q: SHARE WITH US YOUR FONDEST FFXIV MEMORY!

Changing my name to Kumo Kumah in the middle of a party carrying me through T10.

Also I guess making the transition from Phoenix to Leviathan and roughing it with no house for a few months. Really tested the limits of communication and friendship.

And if FC trips count, add that to this list!

Q: WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE IN-GAME?

Equal parts incompetence and one-upsmanship.

I get that some fights can be difficult, but if you’re playing difficult content, that comes with the assumption you’ve played long enough and obtained skill to unlock said content. Other side of the same coin, impatience with people trying to learn content or claiming “my DPS was highest git gud” absolutely grind my gears.

And AoE Bole.

Q: PREDICTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING FFXIV PLOT THROUGH THE 4.X SERIES AND INTO 5.0?

I have to think everyone expects going Ilsabard, but whether or not the Garlean empire will be decimated there is up in the air.

But if they want to put off decimation, I think it’s entirely possible that the 24-man raids in 4.x will lead us to southern Othard and Thavnair, which will THEN lead into Ilsabard.

Old Sharlayan is still a ways off but I’d love to visit there at some point, even if it is just a dungeon.

Q: YOSHI-P COMES TO YOU AND ASKS YOU TO PICK THE JOBS FOR THE NEXT EXPANSION. WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

Support roles should be added! With this I would like to add Chemist where everything is based on you crafting potions and throwing consumable items at enemies/party members. An ammo system should be implemented for added challenge! I’d also like sprinter where you just RUN and based on the direction you RUN you add debuffs to the boss! No attack skills allowed!

Actual answers AND SPOILERS: I’m still bummed that Geomancy is pretty much confirmed not gonna happen. But it just makes sense to add a tank and healer class in 5.0 (Dancer and Beastmaster. Maybe even some kind of mecha/something for tank if Garlean empire is explored. Think like D.Va where your armor is your pet). The addition of a support role would be cool so they could fuck over BRD again and add new avenues for class development, but I don’t see that happening in the near future.

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Q: TELL US ABOUT YOUR HISTORY AS A GAMER!

When I was a kid, I couldn’t sleep unless my parents played either Super Mario Brothers 3 or Mega Man 5 for like 30 minutes or else I’d throw a fit.

Fast-forward to when my mom bought HERSELF a SNES with Donkey Kong Country and Zelda: ALttP on it. I played it more than she did.

Multiple Christmases, birthdays, and console purchases later, the addiction hasn’t stopped; leading up to me building my own PC last year.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GAME OF ALL TIME? WHY?

It was one of the first games I finished on my own, and it still holds a special place in my heart — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I’m still a Zelda fanboy and will willingly throw my money to anything Zelda related. I’m in the process of learning how to do randomizer runs now, and if I were to ever speedrun, that’d be the game.

Q: HAVE YOU PLAYED OTHER FINAL FANTASY TITLES BEFORE XIV? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FF?

Rule of primacy is strong here. The first one I played and (almost) completed was Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for GameCube. The soundtrack is arguably the best out of any of the games, sentimental value aside, and I like the independence afforded by the game.

I’ve played IV, VII, X, and XIII, but the only ones I’ve finished are XIII/XIII-2. Watched a lot of LPs for the others though.

Q: ARE YOU A LONG-TIME MMO PLAYER, OR IS XIV YOUR FIRST?

Y’all remember Runescape? Played that shit on dial-up on Compuserve in 6th grade. Other games were played throughout the years (Maplestory, Fiesta, Aura Kingdom, Eden Eternal), but not as intensely as I do FFXIV.

Q: ANY GAMES YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO PLAY LATELY?

This question gives me anxiety. I have a list of games I need to finish but haven’t. I’ve also got games I’ve purchased but never finished. I’m in the middle of Mario Odyssey and Zelda BotW DLC, but I’m slowly working my way through it.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST GAMING MOMENT/ACHIEVEMENT?

There’s no one specific instance that sticks out, other than the commitment to community/social gaming that I’ve seemed to stick to.

Being an officer for y’all was an AMAZING honor. Some progress has been made in my own life goals, but I’m still proud to see how much this community has grown over the years. Knowing I’m part of it is pride enough.

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Q: WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION?

I’m a board certified music therapist! I work at a general hospital in behavioral health/psych services department.

You can learn more about what I do here and here.

Q: ANY FAMILY? PETS?

I have two parents (surprise!), a younger brother, and among the family we share 3 dogs, too many cats (like literally 16), two donkeys, and 5 horses with another on the way!

Contact me if you would like a feral cat.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF PLAYING GAMES?

I REALLY fucking love cooking! If you come on the FC trip, I will probably end up cooking for you. Please let me cook for you.

I’m also a classically trained singer and pianist, and have done so professionally for about 8 years. So I’m in about 4 different concerts a year with multiple showings. I also play guitar but we don’t talk about that.

Q: WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PERSONAL STRENGTHS ARE?

I took a quiz for this so I’m just gonna steal it from there.

I’m an excellent communicator; be it just in making messages clear or making it more effective/less volatile. I pride myself in being responsible and getting stuff done. I’m also overall effective at finding causal relationships, and even though they might not MEAN anything, I like connecting the dots.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? LEAST FAVORITE?

I always go back to Mexican food. There’s so many foods I enjoy, but nothing beats a perfect char on steak fajitas or the comfort that comes from Al Pastor tacos. I’m also convinced I have an addiction to Taco Bell.

Anything with olives or artichoke hearts is disgusting.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? WHY?

That place where blue meets purple (Hex Code #5C2AE2 should do).
It’s just calm and intense at the same time. I like.

Q: TELL US A FACT ABOUT YOU THAT WE PROBABLY DON’T KNOW.

I was raised speaking French with my grandparents, so I can speak it with some proficiency, but I’m by no means fluent.

I also did rodeo growing up. Draw whatever conclusions you want.

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Q: WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU WATCHED ON TV AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WATCH IT?

Tbh I don’t watch much TV/TV series. Last thing I WATCHED was the New Years party thing on ABC and watched poor Brintey Speerz descent from her fake tree to lip sync my face off. Truly majestic.

Q: YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN AN ELEPHANT. YOU CAN’T GIVE IT AWAY OR SELL IT. WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE ELEPHANT?

ELEPHANTS ARE A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK. My family has a farm so just keep it there I guess. Raise it and become part of its one-person herd!

Q: IF YOU COULD CONVINCE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD TO DO ONE THING AT ONE POINT IN TIME, WHAT WOULD THAT THING BE?

Enter the streets and recreate this video indefinitely.

Q: A PENGUIN WALKS THROUGH THAT DOOR RIGHT NOW WEARING A SOMBRERO. WHAT DOES HE SAY AND WHY IS HE HERE?

“?????????¿¿¿??¿?¿” -penguin
“???¿¿?¿?¿??¿??¿??” -me

Q: IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO SLEEP, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE EXTRA TIME?

Work out. Because I’d want to do it at no other time.

Q: IF YOU COULD TURN ANY ACTIVITY INTO AN OLYMPIC SPORT, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE A GOOD CHANCE AT WINNING MEDAL FOR?

Roasting yourself 😎

Q: IF YOU WERE DICTATOR OF A SMALL ISLAND NATION, WHAT CRAZY DICTATOR STUFF WOULD YOU DO?

There is no leader in communism, for everyone shares the power. ☭

Q: WHAT PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD ERASE FROM YOUR MIND SO THAT YOU COULD EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN?

Mean Girls.

Q: IF YOU HAD A CLOCK THAT WOULD COUNTDOWN TO ANY ONE EVENT OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT EVENT WOULD YOU WANT IT TO COUNTDOWN TO?

The removal of Donald Dump from the office of president.
That or the death of the sun.

Q: YOU’RE A NEW ADDITION TO THE CRAYON BOX. WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

Any of these hyperbolic colors, because y’all know I’m extra.

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Q: HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN SPECTRUM?

DR told me to play. =P

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER?

See first question.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FC ACTIVITY?

Maps because it lets me play jobs I otherwise wouldn’t and you MAKE BANK.
And I’ve really enjoys some of the stuff we do OUTSIDE of the game. Cards Against Humanity, movie nights, that drawing game I can’t remember. Stuff that lets me get to know you as a human and not just an in-game character.

Q: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN THE FC IN THE FUTURE?

Nude mod night where we install it for one night then never speak of it again.

Q: WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF SPECTRUM?

Y’all out here just letting me be a mess and accepting it. Thank you for that.
I think our collective messhood makes us the best most unique. So I appreciate that in all of you. I love you ❤

Q: ANY SHOUT-OUTS?

To the government, Kristen, for not only being an excellent leader in raising this metaphorical child of yours, but in being an actually helpful resource when I come to whine at you. Thanks for that.

To DR for suggesting I actually play this god forsaken game that was my social support for those 6 months I lived by myself in my small apartment (and bothered everyone by cooking on discord like all the time).

Skref, for unyielding friendship for over 7 years and agreeing to join me in this game where you “just press 1-2-3.”

Mods, for allowing me to be devil’s advocate when I was in with y’all and letting me make things more complicated than necessary.

Kenny, you my bitch.

And you! For putting up with anything I put in chat, be it meaningful resources or literally my ballsack. Y’all the best.
I could name so many of you, but honestly you’re all amazing! If you want me to say nice things about you, message me!

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And now for Spectrum’s thoughts on Kumo…

I mean…i have to vote for him, right?

— Artemis Lygota

Always have way too much fun suffering through roulettes with this guy right here!

— Broods Miyuki

Matt is the kind of person who naturally draws others together. Over the past couple of years, he’s become a big factor in Spectrum’s growth. I’ll be forever grateful for all of the effort you put into the FC as an officer and what you continue to contribute as a member, Matt! Keep being wicked smart, funny, and the best person to meme with.

— Lunar Heaven

fuck

— Ghost Tea

Matt, you’re such a great person and friend. I love your type of humor, you have a wonderful heart and personality. You’re that friend everyone should have >n their lives and I am blessed to know you! Your presence is like (heavenly music). Love ya Matt!

— Flemely L’mel