Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Humanizing the Humans of Infinity: Matt Jester



It's that time of the month again: to humanize the humans behind Infinity and the community we enjoy so much! Matt Jester is this week's subject, so get ready to learn some more about the people in the community. For reference, I'm the italicized bits and he's the regular font bits.

-What do you currently do for a living?  

I run the Cut To Length operation for a major commercial refrigeration supplier.  If you have bought anything cold from a Walmart or 7-11, or have consumed anything that was cold processed or warehoused in the Southeast during the last 17 years, there is a very good chance I cut the metal on the units that chilled them out.


-Do you have a degree or degrees? What are they in? Do you think they help you with playing Infinity or when interacting with the community? 

Nope, no degree. My nearly two decades of fabrication experience has helped develop a decent carpenters eye and has helped in drawing up plans for some future scratch build terrain projects.


-If you had one wish, what would you wish for?  

Since Nestor has already cured Diabetes for my wife, I guess my next wish would be for better understanding, treatment and resources for Autism.  Both of my kids are on the spectrum.  


-Where do you live? What store do you usually play at? 

 I play at a store called Funertia in Valdosta, GA.  Valdosta is just north of the Florida/Georgia border.  It is a quaint little southern town that is home to a regional university and Moody AFB keeping it from being desperately Podunk.  I live in Nashville, GA twenty miles away.  It has neither base nor college so it is podunky as can be.





-What faction/s do you play? 

Nomads.  I have some Ariadna and Haqqislam, but I can’t bring myself to play anything but my Nomads.


-Can you give us the full load down on how, when, and why you started playing Infinity?  

I got the Icestorm box during a Black Friday sale in 2015. I am a member of the South Georgia Wargames Association. We had been pretty heavy into another game system. Will English and Wes McRae wanted to jump-start an Infinity meta so they started an escalation league. I was the only one that bought in, but I bought in hard. When that wrapped up, Operation: Flamestrike started. Once I started and got drawn into the worldwide community I was hooked. Infinity has ruined all other skirmish games for me. If anyone is looking to buy some nose-less blue kilt gorillas, hit me up.


-What do you do for the Infinity community? Or, what have you done already? Don’t be humble let us know about everything! 

Along with the aforementioned Will and Wes, I am part of the Total Reaktion podcast crew. It is something that grew out of the batrep videos we did for Flamestrike. We wanted to do something from a truly beginner’s perspective. We have a “we may not exactly know what we’re doing, but we’re not going to let that stop us” vibe. Wes and Will are much more skilled and knowledgeable , so I think I bring the enthusiastic noob’s perspective. So far the reaction has been great due in no small part to the amazing community out there. We hope we are continuously improving and that folks will join us for the journey. Catch us at TotalReaktion.podbean.com. We also have the obligatory blog site at TotalReaktion.wordpress.com.


-What is your biggest Infinity accomplishment?  

I once decimated a Morat Fireteam with two orders worth of Spektr/Vertigo Zond smart missile shenanigans. Mostly I just find new and creative ways to get tabled.



-What would you like to see in Infinity in the future?

As a whole, I think the game is headed in a really good direction. My hopes are more local and regional. There is a great expanse between Atlanta and Orlando with pockets interspersed. I would love to network these tribes together and one day add another Southeastern regional event to the calendar.


-Do you have any hobbies outside of Infinity? What are they?    

I have been a huge fan of Heavy Metal music since my misspent youth in the 80’s. I have also been a huge fan of anime for most of my life. I guess I see myself as a First Gen of the modern geek prototype and am bloody proud of it.




-Is there anything else you’d like the Infinity community to know about you?  

I can poke my head through a hole this big.




And that concludes this part in the series! I hope you enjoyed learning some about Matt! Make sure to check out Total Reaktion (blog and Facebook page) while you're at it too, fantastic podcast, made by fantastic people (like Matt).

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