Stem Stumper Spotlight 1

by Kwasi Mensah

March 29th, 2011

Stem Stumper Spotlight Series

For the rest of this week we’re going take a look at the team behind Stem Stumper. Everyone provided a bio, a picture and answered some questions that should give us some more background on them. Enjoy!

Dawn-Marie Dunn, Audio Guru

We start off our series with Dawn-Marie, who’s responsible for every sound you hear in game.  She’s done an amazing job on Stem Stumper while also juggling a part-time job and finishing her Berklee degree.  You can find her on twitter @DawnMarieDunn

Picutre of Dawn-Marie Dunn

Picutre of Dawn-Marie Dunn

Dawn-Marie has been involved in gaming for more than ten years and music for more than twenty, and has arranged and remixed popular tunes such as the theme from Super Mario Bros and “Chiron Beta Prime” by Jonathan Coulton, as well as composing original audio for Flash projects and sound effects for websites.  In her free time, she experiments with custom modifying electronic instruments and live looping techniques (although usually not at the same time.)

1) What’s your favorite game that you think no one’s every heard of?

Legend of Mana is one of my favorite games.  It’s basically a resource management game masquerading as an RPG – there’s some plot, but it’s not essential to finish, and the quests are basically a way to award the player with rare items to grow fruit, raise a pet, or make armor and weapons.  The forging system is ridiculously elaborate.  The graphics are cute and pretty, like the other Seiken Denetsu games.

Legend of Mana Screenshot

Legend of Mana Screenshot

2) What’s your favorite thing to do outside of game development?

Since I’m the audio person and in college, I spend a lot of time studying music technology.  But if you mean something completely not related to my game career, I am also ordained and teach in a national Neopagan group. I’m a stickler for factual accuracy; I am okay with students expressing a wide range of subjective experiences (because they’re, well, SUBJECTIVE) but anything that can be objectively verified really ought to be.  (I hate when people assume that, say, the Druids built Stonehenge, or that nine million people died during the Inquisition.)  So I spend a lot of time researching mythology, linguistics, archaeology, history, psychology, and scientific principles in general.  When I finish my music degree, I’m also hoping to learn some of the older Western European languages, like Icelandic (closest living language to Old Norse) and Scots Gaelic.

3) One interesting fact that you want the Stem Stumper fanbase to know.

Buy Fresh Buy Local

Buy Fresh Buy Local

I’m a locavore! Boston has great farmers’ markets in the growing season, and since the idea of local food is catching on, the market season is being extended into the winter and spring. It costs a little more than the supermarket, but it’s so amazingly tasty and I feel good about supporting local farmers.


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