Arma 3 hails people of every flavor from all over the world. To get to know them a little better, we're hosting a series of mini-interviews with some of our amazing community members. These aim to give you a personal insight into their backgrounds, why they got into Arma, and how they typically experience the game. We're kicking off the first ever Community Profile with community artist, @thebuckfastwine!
Location: Sunny Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation: Self-employed Ceramic tiler with aspirations of creating lifelike atmospheres in games.
Can you provide us with one random fact about yourself?
My great-grandfather was one of the first men who captured Rudolf Hess during WW2, he was also a boy soldier in the Great War.
What's the first Arma game you played?
That would have to be ARMA: Armed Assault followed by the fantastic Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis/Resistance.
What is your current Arma 3 playtime?
Somewhere between 7000 and 8000 hours.
What is your favourite game of all time?
Oh, that's easy! It has to be the game that led me on a 17-year love affair with Bohemia Interactive and that game is Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
Platoon or Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Do you eat pineapple on pizza?
No pineapple, please. Although I do like a pizza with donner kebab meat on it, and I also had a deep fried mars bar pizza crunch once. I won't say anything more about that experience.
Can you show us your PC setup?
1. How and why did you get into Arma?
Well, I progressed from Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis to Armed Assault. Then I played the Arma 2 series, and here I am 17 years later playing Arma 3 with a smile on my face.
2. How do you play or engage with Arma 3 nowadays?
I always try and get as much Arma 3 time in as I can whether it is playing in my server with friends (Stupid caveman & EDcase), or making stuff in Eden for myself and helping other people with work in Arma 3. I also catch up with the great Arma 3 community on the Bohemia forums and Twitter while trying to spread as much Arma 3 love as I can around the world. I also enjoy watching Arma 3 live streams some of which are Melle, flashranger, Jamo 4thIB and Diablohelmetcam.
3. Can you tell us about your most remarkable Arma 3 moment? (most funny, memorable, biggest achievement, etc)
Another easy one, my biggest achievement has to be building the Bohemia interactive studios remake for Arma 3. Building the Bohemia studios for Arma 3 is my thanks to Bohemia interactive for all those wonderful years of gaming I've had, and also for some good Arma 3 player invasions and sightseeing where Arma 3 was born.
4. What is your favorite piece of Arma 3 user-created content (mod, addon, scenario, game mode, tool) and why?
I've used many great mods maps and missions over the years, but the one I use the most is MCC Mission Control Center Sandbox 4 by Shay_gman, Spirit and Psycho. If you guys see this; thanks for keeping MCC up-to-date over the years.
5. Can you share your number #1 pro-tip for any Arma 3 player?
This is a hard one, but I'd say don't be scared to try something different. Arma 3 has many many sandbox options to play, be it on foot, mobile, air or sea. Try and get out that comfort zone and if you are stuck just ask someone for help. I still find myself after 17 years asking people how stuff is done.
6. BONUS: Would you rather fight Rambo or Chuck Norris in a fist fight?
I'm from Glasgow, it would be rude not to fight them both at the same time.
To finish the interview, do you have anything you'd like to share with the Arma community?
I'd like to end this with a big thanks to all those Arma3 mod/mission/map developers, content creators, and live streamers, and of course, the players of Arma 3 for making Arma 3 such a great game over these last splendid 5 years. You can also catch up with me and what's going on in the Armaverse on Twitter @thebuckfastwine.