Friday, February 3, 2017

Humanizing the Humans of Infinity: Guillermo Hernandez

It's that time of the month again: to humanize the humans behind Infinity and the community we enjoy so much! Guillermo Hernandez 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?  

Systems Engineer at Sandia National Labs

-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? 

Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Masters Degree in Energy Conversion, Masters Degree in Systems Engineering. These science and problem solving degrees most certainly help with terrain design, logical tests and Casual Analysis which is my specialty. Interacting with the community doesn't require any degrees. Healthful and growth interacting just requires a good heart, a sense of humor and a willingness to learn from others.

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

Given how the world is becoming more interconnected and the western world is freaking out on how to handle the melding of people and progress, I'd wish for a disease on anyone who knowingly or profoundly suffers from greed. Not "I'll take the last piece of cake" kind of greed, but greed that compromises the well being of the planet or fellow man. The disease doesn't need to be lethal, just social and physical pariah type symptoms that can only be cured temporarily when you serve mankind and the planet.

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

Albuquerque, NM. We play at Active Imagination.

So cool, he has his own model based off of him

-What faction/s do you play? 

Death to PanO!!!!! (I think that says it all, right there)

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

Mid 2007 and our group in the Detroit, Michigan are were thoroughly enjoying Confrontation by Rackham when the company announced they would be drinking a cup of bleach. A few of us began our search for a replacement skirmish game because 40k was not an option. I saw the Khawraij model from Haqqislam in a starter box and had to have it. Whenever I start a new game I always get a second faction to demo. The Nomad fluff was perfect. Painted up the two starters and slowly let the game convert over players.

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

"I am your redeemer! It is by my hand that we have risen from the shadow of the old world!" ...Let's just say I'm like the Immortan Joe of Infinity, only this time Furiosa and Max don't steal from me but expand the empire.

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-What is your biggest Infinity accomplishment? 

I've killed PanO Tags and HI every conceivable way possible, with every faction.

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

To see the community stay healthy and prosperous as it is now. I think Infinity is in a great place. The community is thriving, creative, supportive, social and personal across borders. The creators are still enjoying themselves and creative. The Dire States events like Rumble, Bayou, Armageddon, Brawl, Massacre, Mayhem, Invasion, ect are the pinnacle of what tabletop gaming should be.

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

Crossfit, Yoga. Fear the standing splits.

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

"Instead of competing for a bigger piece of the pie, work together to make the pie bigger." - W.H. Deming. I loathe the idea that competition brings out the best in us and our potential. It doesn't. Competition has its limits. Cooperation does not.

And that concludes this part in the series! I hope you enjoyed learning some about Guillermo! A real treat to meet in person and an excellent craftsman of scenery, models, and custom scenarios. Remember, next time you see him, ask for passage to Valhalla, all shiny and chrome.


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    1. Me too, me too. He's a real treat to be around. I had a great time getting to meet him at GenCon in 2015 :)