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@Tuatha'an (Josien) / Feb 16, 2020
In this edition of Member Spotlight we introduce Santaniko! He has only been an ESO player and a member of Vanquish for a very short time, yet he has already made a positive impact on both. He stepped in to lead the Tier 1 Progression Team, he can be relied on fill dps spots for various guild activities and his jokes and easy going manner make every party he joins a lot more fun. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce Santaniko!

Please tell us your main character’s name and class and any alts you enjoy playing regularly.
My main character is Santaniko, a Breton MagSorc who, when not slugging it out in vMA or a drunken trial, enjoys loud music, American muscle cars and reading William Burroughs after midnight. Occasionally, I’ll mix it up with a couple alts: Santana Claws, a Khajiit Warden PVPer, and Munchkino, a feisty little Dark Elf StamBlade. (Be on the lookout for future tank Novato Santana, and healer Too Many Peeps.)

Is there anything specific about your favorite character that you particularly enjoy?
Santaniko is a rebirth of sorts based on my previous life as a ranged dps in WoW. I’d grown tired of tanking and the endless hardcore pursuit of guild progression, so I’d originally rolled her as a “casual retirement toon.” Inevitably, this became the genesis of yet another progression crew. Casual raiding - what was I thinking?

Does your @ name and/or character names have any special meaning? Why did you choose them?
Santanico Pandemonium was the table-dancing vampire queen in the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Some of my ESO characters’ names come from a derivative of “Santana” – it was a nickname I picked up as a session player back in the early 2000’s, even though I typically don’t play (or resemble) Carlos Santana at all. “Munchkino” is my youngest daughter’s nickname (originally “Munchkin,” but she literally outgrew that…) “Santana Claws” as most of you already know, was bestowed by Dan the Man from my first foray into Friday Night Fights. “Too Many Peeps” speaks for itself – you might be wise to slot a self-heal on your bar…

We all know fashion is the true endgame, so please tell us a little bit about your characters outfit.
Even though I modeled Santaniko’s face and features after my oldest daughter, I dressed her in something not likely to be found in my daughter’s wardrobe. I hope that’s not creepy – but hey, I figure if I’m looking at this toon for that many hours in a week, she should be easy on the eye. While in vMA, I usually switch to something more dojo-friendly – it helps me distinguish between matriarch and tormentor morphs so I don’t embarrass myself on progression night again (right, Moy?)

What are your normal hours of play and what content do you enjoy most in ESO and with Vanquish?
I’m mostly on in the evenings, usually starting around 9pm. I’ll log in during the day to hammer out some crafting or dragon dailies. I promised myself I wouldn’t let this game dominate my nights throughout the week – that broken pledge sits on top of a pile in the corner along with eating better, going to bed earlier, and getting more exercise.

What is it that drew you to ESO and what about the game do you enjoy the most?
An ad on a website featuring some amazing animation lured me in to check it out. I was a fan of Fallout, so I recognized the company brand and went to the website to get some info. Shortly after, I decided to take the plunge with no regrets. I like the combat and character development systems (although it took me quite a while to get the knack of bar swapping, and I’m still trying to improve my LA weaving). What’s kept my interest is the attention to detail in almost every environment – the lighting, textures, colors and general landscape – the imperfections in common items and structures, etc… The milieu is vast, varied, and really promotes exploration. As a former 3d animator and shader, I can really appreciate this from a designer’s perspective. The story lines are entertaining too! As an audio editor, I find the attention to nuance and overall sound design is also amazing: the impact explosion of a crystal shard, the delicate sound of water droplets in the outlaws refuge… I could rave on for an hour on the audio. Having said that, the music gets old pretty quickly, and I no longer have it toggled and use my own. If you’ve never done a trial to 60’s surf music or 90’s grunge, you should give it a shot.

Tell us a bit about your past MMO experience including who and what was your favorite character ever.
I’m a World of Warcraft emigre. I started my MMO journey in old-school vanilla WoW: 40-person Molten Core and 20-person Zul’Gurub. Over the years, I ran or helped manage a variety of draconian, hardcore progression raiding guilds (a modest list of world-firsts to our guilds’ credits) – but burnout comes quick with that, especially while starting a family in RL. During WoW’s Lich King iteration, I ran an undead Mage called “Cost” named after a prominent 1990’s NYC graffiti artist. Before the current 3d printer renaissance, it was something of a pricey novelty to have a custom character model made – you could sign on to a website and give them your armory link and a few weeks later, you’d get a 6” tall statuette of your character. I still have it in my studio under a glass dome. Loved that toon.
My old WoW toon in full BiS Naxx gear from the heyday of Lich King

When did you join Vanquish and why did you choose Vanquish, what drew you to the guild?
I started playing ESO and joined Vanquish at the beginning of September, 2019 – so I still rightly consider myself something of a rookie (just ask Duck). The things that drew me to Vanquish are probably the same things that drew YOU in: a guild that emphasizes the player behind the toon(s), has room for both casual and serious players, is well-organized and managed by a great team of leaders, and caters to an older crowd. The diversity, generosity and altruism of our members makes me very proud to be a part of it.

What has been your most memorable moment in Vanquish so far?
I’m (not entirely) embarrassed to say Kildaan’s drunken raids in the wee hours of Friday nights have been hysterically fun, sometimes bizarre, and ridiculously entertaining. Aside from our progression nights, it’s my new favorite guild event. A few Fridays ago, we were razzing a new recruit who was giving as much as he was getting (eh, “Ringo”?). A clear that should’ve taken 40 min tops dragged on for the better part of 2 hours, but I laughed so hard that night that my stomach hurt the next day. There’s been quite a few of those evenings. I’m looking forward to many more.

Do you enjoy housing in ESO? If so, please tell us a little about your favorite house. (include a couple of pictures if you like)
I have a modestly appointed house in Auridon that I spent too much time tweaking until I was satisfied. What a time sink! All are welcome at any time to craft, transmute or work the target dummies as you like.

If you enjoy the crafting side of ESO, what crafts have you spent the most time on?
It took me much more time than necessary to finally achieve Master Crafter because I didn’t realize you don’t need to have every single trait for every single slot. It seems to me that you should get more than just a title and access to a lovely banner for your home for that kind of a grind. Oh well – I’m at your service if you need anything.

If you had to choose one weapon what would it be? A sword, a bow, a staff, a rabid raccoon tied to a stick, or something...more creative?
Sorry for getting all Sun Tzu on you, but I’m of the opinion that the most powerful weapon is knowledge – even in ESO. Second to that would be ’59 Les Paul through a nice vintage Marshall stack, turned up to 11.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Tons – but in my day, we said so much more with a good mix tape.

Finish this sentence: "You round the corner passing by the Officers barracks and come upon a heavy wooden door, the sign posted above reads “Savina, Guild Leader of Vanquish”, upon opening the door you are surprised to find..."
...a hand-written sign on the fridge that reads, “Helm Run - back in an hour; help yourselves to cake – S.” and Duck passed out on the couch with crumbs on his shirt, an empty cocktail glass, and a dog-eared paperback of The Golden Bough on his chest.


Awesome interview!!! 😍

Thank you for sharing and allowing us a bit more insight into "Santaniko". What I remember of Santaniko......He is that guy that joined us for the last few hours of the World Boss Marathon last year. He walked in on a bunch of folks that had already put in about 12-13 hours straight killing World Bosses, he jumped right in like he'd been with us for years....all I can figure is he is as crazy as the rest of us!

It has been great having you with us on this crazy journey Santaniko!
That was an amazing read! Very glad you joined Vanquish, this guild certainly attracts some interesting(& wonderful) people.
Great spotlight Santaniko!

But seriously WTF "a modest list of world-firsts to our guilds’ credits" is no small thing. It's a huge thing. World firsts are very very very non trivial. SK-Gaming Brutallus in 2010, is that you out there?
Boasting about one's past achievements is a precarious choice - it can set an expectation that I'll still be able to offer that kind of performance so many years later or simply full of shit; OR more likely be labelled the washed-out has-been (cue Brando, "I coulda been a contendeh... I coulda been somebody....instead of a bum."). Still, for the dozen or so people in the world that understand what it took to earn those firsts, it's a nice validation. SK Gaming were EU-based and started dominating in the later 2000's - taking over for the other EU crew Nihilum. They were unstoppable. This was after my heyday - I played on Medivh and Shattered Hand a couple years before. I ran with Drama and Fury, was kicked out of Ascent because I got too cocky, and at around that point Death & Taxes took over pretty much everything before the EU teams rose. Good times.
Thank you so much Santana! Very entertaining and glimpse of the person you are.

And yes, it wasn't too long ago he joined Vanquish. Aug 31st/Sep 1st when we were doing the World Boss Marathon that took over 16 hours to complete. What a way to break him in! LOL. He was so young back then. So innocent. (sigh) it's almost like seeing your kid walk to school by themself. (tear)
Great interview! I too remember Santana's debut at the WBM...and Duck's utter and relentless mangling of his name😆
One of my favorite people to play with. Nice interview!
Dan says a lot of funny shit, but calling you "Santana Claus" from day 1 was my favorite. It's a brilliant nickname.
Entertaining and informative read, Santana :) It's great to have you around!
Wonderful read, thanks for sharing!
So nice to learn more about you Santaniko! I LOOOOOVE your name, because I love that movie, and Salma Hayek! I was also amused that people sometimes reference your name to Carlos Santana because my main, from his infamous song of the same name :) Welcome to Vanquish and I look forward to 'meeting you' and having fun playing this game!
Great song! I don't know if you are aware that that song was actually written by Peter Green, one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac. Years before they were joined by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the Mac were one of the seminal British blues bands of the 60's and a major influence on the young Carlos Santana.
Oh so cool Santaniko, I did not know! I have heard Buckingham's 'Black Magic Woman', it's not half bad either :)
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