Q: How long have you been playing Final Fantasy XIV? How did you get into it?
Pretty close to a year (I think March 2017 is 1 year anniversary). I got into it because I was finally done with WoW. I love MMOs, but just couldn’t handle not having anything left to do in WoW other than raid or level a new character. I did a bunch of digging online to determine which of the “viable” MMOs would be worth getting into (GW2 again, SWTOR, Rift, Black Desert, Blade & Soul, and Wildstar mostly). After learning more about the job system in FF14 it seemed like it was exactly what I wanted. I picked up the 14 day trial (I just missed the unlimited level 30 trial thing) and decided to give it a whirl. 4 days in I started looking for FCs to join on a larger populated server; settled on Leviathan and with a little bit of digging found Spectrum and have been happy ever since.
Q: What do you consider your main job? What do you enjoy about it?
Well isn’t this a hard question… When I started playing it was WHM. I had been playing a healer or a tank in every MMO I’ve played going back to; well, let’s just say it’s been about 18 years. When I found out SAM was a job in SB I decided I had to let my inner weeb out and embrace everything I could with SAM. However to get the best static in the FC up and running I decided I should man-up and play PLD. Honestly, I don’t necessarily consider any one job my main and more that now that I have one of every type of job at level I can help out wherever I’m needed. That’s really what I always try to do is make sure I can be available to help with whatever people might need. However, as I’m leveling DRK I really enjoy the mechanics and the looks of the swings so I may need to push DRK up quicker and swap from PLD to that.
Q: What are your usual FFXIV activities?
Pretty much whatever people need help with. I try to do roulettes (excluding MSQ roulette now) when I’m on. I’m also working on my “must have every job at 70” OCD. It’s taking a while to get there, but one of these days I’ll get them up. I’ve got so much stuff to do that I’m almost always finding more things I haven’t done that I need to. I really do enjoy leveling new jobs though, so running through them roulettes with people is always fun for me.
Q: What’s one activity you’ve wanted to get into on FFXIV but haven’t been able to yet?
I always wanted to get into savage raiding and hopefully that’s going to start soon! But I’ve also really wanted to always do diadem or whatever that thing was that people farmed for their relic weapons. Looks like I’ll just skip that and head off to Eureka now though.
Q: What are your current in-game goals? Both short- and long-term.
Short term: get 4 more people to join the static! Long-term: get all the remaining jobs (hand, land, and war) up to 70. I’d also really like a house. I’ve finally got the money for it so now I just need to wait for it to unlock. Honestly, there’s probably way more out there that I’d like to do and just don’t know about yet. It wouldn’t surprise me to find something new that I haven’t done that I all of a sudden find out about and move my priority list around.
Q: Favorite boss fight, and why? Least favorite, and why?
I don’t really have a favorite boss yet. Lakshmi is probably one of my top ones right now. I like the music and the environment. Right now Kefka is my least. He is the bain of my existance after spending an hour in there on normal. I’m sure this will change at some point because I did like Kefka in the past, but right now; yeah, not so much.
Q: Share with us your fondest FFXIV memory!
This one’s not too hard; the first night I got to level 60 and was asked to join for maps back in HW. I had just hit level 60 for the first time and was working through the rest of the HW MSQ post 3.0 and somebody asked if I wanted to come with. I had no idea what it was or what to expect, but holy cow was it fun. It was also one of the first times I got on Discord voice and actively participated in the fun. This night was probably the first night that I really felt engaged in the FC. Obviously I know that’s not the case as I had people helping me level and do dungeons all the time while getting to 60, but this first night of maps was when I found there was so much more in this game than I had even imagined.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve in-game?
I don’t really have a big pet peeve. I use the game to escape from work and destress so it takes a lot to really get me worked up. I do hate it when people can’t think for themselves. Just because “meta” says to do something you should still adapt to your specific situation. Are you a tank that’s running with slightly undergeared healers? Stay in your tanking stance and don’t go to DPS. Play for the survivability of the group; not for your individual DPS performance.
Q: Predictions for the upcoming FFXIV plot through the 4.x series and into 5.0?
Without being too spoilery: I’m going to kill that annoying Garlemand kid that showed up in 4.2. I also expect Yugiri to turn into some type of major bad-ass because somebody is going to slight her somehow. I’d like to thin 4.3 and 4.4 is going to play us into Garland in 5.0.
Q: Yoshi-P comes to you and asks you to pick the jobs for the next expansion. What do you choose?
Going with the logic it will be a tank and a healer which are typically my two favorite roles to play I’d probably go with Dancer for a healer and Blue Mage for tank. Dancer would be a melee centered healer that uses abilities to put buffs/debuffs on the target that allows people to self heal while doing damage (yean, not really what they’ve done in the past, but give me a melee healer). Blue Mage just because I loved them in earlier FF games. I’m not sold on this, yet but it’s the most potential tanking class that I can think of at this time. Maybe some type of gun blade class for a tank instead if we do go north to Garlemand.
Q: Tell us about your history as a gamer!
My earliest gaming memory is sitting with my dad playing Atari 1600. I could play Frogger and Pong. The other games were “too hard” for me, but I played the hell out of Frogger. This morphed into playing on the NES which was a blast. The majority of my time with this was spent with Mario, Track & Field, Duck Hunt, and far too many other games to even remember.
I’m proud to say I grew up with cutting my teeth on original 8-bit gaming glory. Between the NES and the GameBoy that’s where the majority of my time was spent while younger. Eventually I got a Sega Hand-held (don’t remember what it was) and played quite a bit of that too. Though not as much as the GameBoy. At some point I found the wonders of PC gaming and spent far too much time playing DOS games (for you youngin’s that’s what we used before Windows). X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Sim City (not even the 3000 edition – the ORIGINAL). Jeez; now I feel old.
My dad decided at some point he wanted to try this new CD-i system that Phillips put out right around the time DVDs were coming out. The games all sucked, but they used live filming for most of it and the graphics were amazing for the time. Yeah; this experiment didn’t last long. N64 came eventually and I played as much of that as I could. GoldenEye, Ocarina of Time, Mario64, MarioKart, and tons of other games. This was also the time my brother was finally old enough to game, so he and I played a bunch. It was great beating him all the time; I can’t do that anymore. At college we played StarCraft on LAN. We also played Diablo and some of the “old” MMOs like Everquest, Guild Wars, and Ultima. This was the time I really bought into the PC Master Race and really slowed down on playing console systems. I still played some of the classics on Xbox, PS2, and other systems. At this point I finally got into JRPGs and went back to play some of the Final Fantasy games I missed. Eventually World of Warcraft released and I was hooked. I’ve spent far more money on that game than I ever should. I maintained a subscription to WoW for probably 8 years before my first break, then I went back for 3 years, and so on. I enjoy playing MOBAs as well, but I’m not as good at them. MMOs are my favorite now because of the social aspect as well as the fact that I can focus on learning mechanics and strategies instead of memorizing items to buy and scenarios to adjust to based on how the other team is playing.
Q: What’s your favorite game of all time? Why?
Original WoW through Wrath of the Lich King. Vanilla and the first two expansions hold so many memories for me. I made friends back raiding Molten Core that I still call friends and hangout with quite often. There’s been lots of fun games, but it’s hard to top a game where you’ve been able to make great memories with people over 15 years. I hope FF14 can be added to this list.
Q: Have you played other Final Fantasy titles before XIV? What’s your favorite FF?
I’ve played quite a few but not all. I enjoyed V and VII. X wasn’t too bad and I did enjoy XV. Strangely enough I never did play XI though. Somehow I missed out on that one.
Q: Any games you’ve been wanting to play lately?
SAO: Hallow Realization. Asuna is my waifu and I’ve loved the other SAO games. I just spend WAY too much time when I play them so I need to just not right now. 😦 That and Zelda. I really need to play Breath of the Wild.
Q: What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
Blade & Soul. Easily. Everything I read made the game sound amazing. Super popular in Asia, being ported to NA, heavily immerssed in Asian culture from classes to zones to pretty much everything. Then; Trion ruined everything. The game started good but after 2 days every server was pretty much dead. The community was horibble and the game was super super complicated and required an almost non-existent ping to play properly. So much promise; so much heartache. Glad it was free at least.
Q: What’s your proudest gaming moment/achievement?
Server first kills in Molten Core and Black Wing Lair in WoW. I’d say most of my proudest gaming moments are in WoW right now, but participating in server firsts and being in one of the top NA guilds in vanilla was amazing. Through Burning Crusade and Wrath the guild I was in continued to push for server firsts but we had fallen out of the NA race. All the heroic mode kills in Ice Crown as well as the super difficult Alganon fight in Ulduar. Alganon is still probably the hardest boss fight I have ever participated in.
Q: What’s your current occupation?
Technically my title is Value Engineer. I have a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and currently work for Georgia Pacific. If you’re ever in a bathroom and see a towel or tissue (toilette paper) dispenser that says Georgia Pacific odds are I had a hand in developing and commercializing the dispenser. I’m currently in a transition role though to managing our Dixie development projects so I’ll actually get to work on things people will use to eat.
Q: Any family? Pets?
I’m sure you all know about my kids. Two boys and a girl. Two dogs also who are probably more of a handful than the kids. Fortunately my wife is an amazing homemaker and does a fantastic job running the house while I’m out at work.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of playing games?
Sports and music. I played basketball all the way through high school (which is how I got roped into coaching my kids teams) and I also did a thing called Show Choir (yes, like the TV show Glee only MUCH better) and Marching Band also. I then did the Marching Band while I was in college and got quite a few real fun trips out of it to football bowl games, basketball tournaments, hockey tournaments (including a few national championships). Typically with my family if we aren’t playing video games (on cold or rainy days) we’re doing something sports related (either playing or watching).
Q: What’s your favorite song?
Hmmm…I don’t really have one favorite song. I float around on Pandora usually based on my mood. Today happened to be J-Pop and K-Pop. Yesterday was a Taylor Davis channel I’ve been building. I tend to listen to Fall Out Boy while raiding though. One song I guess I really do like to listen to is the full Attack on Titan theme: Guren No Yumiya.
Q: What websites do you frequent?
I have a morning routine of reading my webcomics (leasticoulddo, dark legacy, gogetaroomie, lookingforgroup. GIVE ME MORE). Then I would say it’s ESPN, lolesports, FF14 forums, then youtube.
Q: What do you believe your personal strengths are?
Well, my wife says….just kidding. I don’t tend to think about this, but I know leadership is up there based solely on work and what I do there. Organization is also up there. In WoW I used to be responsible for raid leading and strategy development with our top healer when I was the main tank.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
This questions funny…other than in my 40’s (somewhere….not saying where), I’ll probably be doing much of the same as I am now. Hopefully I’ve had a promotion or two at work, but other than that, my big count down is retirement which I’ve still got 20+ years go to go. 😦
Q: Tell us a fact about you that we probably don’t know.
I may have shared it once with a few of you, but I’m a 2nd degree black belt and certified Tae Kwon do instructor. My expertise area is in weapons focusing on staff, Gum Do (think Katana), and Oh Sung Do (broad sword). When I was more involved I made it as high as 5th in the world in weapons. I still have my Dobaks, belts, practice weapons, competition weapons, and display weapons. I miss it, but I used to put 30-40 hours a week in on top of my normal job; I just can’t do that anymore. Moral of the story, don’t piss me off or upset my friends or family; I know how to kill you.
Q: How did you come to join Spectrum?
The lovely Kristen’s post on the Leviathan forums are what first caught my eye. Once I bought the game and had an active account I instantly applied. I got lucky and found an amazing home on my first try.
Q: How long have you been a member?
Somewhere between 10 and 12 months. I think March is my 1 year anniversary with the game, but I’m not 100% sure; I should really check that.
Q: What’s your favorite FC activity?
I’m really enjoying everything so far. I’ve probably had the most fun going back on farm parties or old content nights to see all the story and stuff that I’ve missed.
Q: What would you like to see in the FC in the future?
I love our pop-up cafe coming up in a few weeks. Things like this where the community as a whole can join in on our fun is something that has always interested me. The Christmas give-away fun was also a blast and we should find more ways to do things like that.
Q: What makes you proud to be a member of Spectrum?
NO DRAMA! At least I haven’t seen any yet. This is the longest I’ve been in a guild where there hasn’t been something. The fact that this group can do so much stuff with so many different people amazes me.
Q: Any shout-outs?
Far too many than I can list, but the easiest is to all of you who have joined me over the past few months on Friday nights while trying to get a new static off the ground. You’ve been amazing in helping me understand raiding in this game as well as allowing some of us to get ready to step out and make a new team. Thank you all.
Q: What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Better Late Than Never (the latest episode). I loved season 1 as I had just come back from a work trip to China and Korea and was amazed that they were showing places I had been. Season 2 is absolutely hilarious (it’s in Europe this time). And it’s been far more personal for the guys. I highly recommend this; it’s on NBC.
Q: You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
Umm….I’m going to turn it down. I live in the frozen tundra (Wisconsin); that elephant’s going to die the first winter it’s here.
Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“You are needed; follow me”. I don’t know why he’s here, but hell; it’s a talking penguin of course I’m going to follow him.
Q: If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would play far more video games than I do now. Especially the M rated ones I don’t want my kids watching yet.
Q: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Drum and Buggle Corp. It wouldn’t take me long to get my range back for trumpet and I’d (hopefully) be able to get on the U.S. team for that.
Q: What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
Can I say WoW again? I’m real excited for vanilla WoW, but am also realistic that it’s not going to be the same the second time.
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?
My college making the Rose Bowl. It’s the one “major” college event I’ve never been to and refuse to go until my University makes it. I just wanna know if they’ll go before I die.
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Sunset Orange. Orange is my favorite color and sunsets are just about the only thing in nature that I actively try to take pictures of. 😛
And now for Spectrum’s thoughts on Broods…
Honestly it is really obvious why. Most of the time I just see Broods willing to help out players old and new. The general amount he tries to help is good enough for a vote from me.
— Chevalier Anderstone
Wonderful and always helping when he can! Additionally my to be husband when I divorce Matt. So win-win.
— Artemis Lygota
he’s really dope even tho he has terrible taste in pizza
— Noe Starlis
Thanks to Broods with his super casual static idea, Noe ACTUALLY go for raid! I can’t imagine how hard it was for me to drag Noe to Lakshmi EX before.
— Lyra Eirlys
He’s a really chill dude, really friendly and nice to talk to, like someone I actually won’t ignore if they’re sitting in the lounge in a school. They make me want to sit down, relax, and have a chat and I feel that reflects in the FC chat.
— Flemely L’mel