ForgeHub is the center for all things Forge-related in the Halo Community. From map design to scripting, ForgeHub has a tutorial and/or several individuals who can help at any time. ForgeHub is home to several well-known Forgers and community members including WARHOLIC, Chronmeister, Commander Colson, and xdemption just to name some. Above you can see an image of their homepage which is updated frequently with news and tutorials (look at that awesome screenshot they got there!). Speaking of front page articles, this one is one of my favorite recurring articles on the site:
"...Forge-Cast is an article idea that i came up with that comes out every Monday. It gives a little recap of the previous week but mainly lists and talks about upcoming lobbies and article that are happening through out the week. This way people who visit the site can click on the front page article and be taken to a list of lobbies and what time they start, as well as a link to the lobby's thread.
Getting a lobby into the Forge-Cast is easy, all you need is to be a member of the site, post in the forums that you are starting a lobby, and list the times and other details about the lobby. I then see the lobby and put it into the article." - Sir Iron Wolf.
The Forge-Cast is also the number 1 source of our Community Calendar's content and we have Sir Iron Wolf to thank for that.
The Forums page hosts the Shoutbox which stays active at almost all hours of the day. ForgeHub doesn't have a lot of different forums as you can see so that keeps things easy and less cluttered. Being a Forge-based community, they don't need many other forums. This tab is also the place to find the most recent threads and see who's online.
The Map Database is separate from the Maps tab and is found in the forums. It's a catalog of different maps and discussions from each Halo game era. This keeps their Maps page and forums clean and up to date. Thousands of threads kept for accessing old files and proof of ForgeHub's transcendence through the different ages of Halo.
The Map library on ForgeHub is rivaled by none even today. Above are the 2000+ maps submitted to ForgeHub in only Halo 5: Guardians. Adding a map starts with a click of a button but then requires a description, player count, supported gametypes, images, and more. Not actually a difficult process. At the top you'll spot featured maps which include Sikamikanico's Fever Pitch, SaltyKoala's Port 66, and WyvernZu's Infinity Siege. You can't go wrong looking for a map on ForgeHub. And if you're a Forger yourself, then this is also a great place to get your map tested.
Lastly, here's a view of the current staff on ForgeHub minus a couple (sorry AlexVan and Doju). This is also not counting cartographers and 343 employees that frequent the site like WARHOLIC, AnonFriction, NOKYARD, and Godly Perfection.
So whether it's a place to show off your latest project, get it tested, or even get ideas or inspiration for future projects, I'd say ForgeHub is your destination. And then Twam said 'let all the Halo niche sites work together in piece and reunite the Halo Community.' Don't forget to follow ForgeHub on Twitterfor updates like their interview with the Tom French and Nahil Sharkasi of 343 Industries. While you're at it, read me and ForgeHub admin Sir Iron Wolf's latest interview. And finally look to their YouTubefor map features and tutorials. The end.
- Sep 13 2016 10:33 PM
- by Drizzy_Dan
The Halo Archive. The center for Halo Universe and lore discussion new and old. The Staff on the Halo Archive are the most knowledgeable individuals on the Haloverse outside of the team at 343 Industries themselves. Not only does it have homegrown well-informed members but it also contains Halo theorists and admins from Halopedia. The Halo Archive is where you want to be to discuss the upcoming Mythos or any novel or game on an in-game universe level.
The Halo Archive is not only a forum. The Halo Archive is quite literally what its name implies. It's a catalog of Halo blogs by some of the best authors like DilDev, Anton, and Chronarch, news, information, and posts. Above you can see the directory of the site on the home page.
There are no ranks on the Halo Archive but rather member rates. The rates are equal but members are assigned to them based on whether they spend more time talking in on-topic Halo threads or off-topic. Outside of Staff positions there are 4 main rates: Lifeworkers, Warriors, Builders, and Miners. Builders have more of a presence in Halo-related discussions. Lifeworkers can take part in on-topic discussions but tend to participate more outside of them. Warriors have more of an online presence, and I have no idea how Miners get their rate honestly but they're gold and it's cool. Your rate actually determines how your page looks on the Archive which I thought was really cool. As you can see, I used to be a Lifeworker and my version of the site appears green whereas Builders would have purple highlights and Warriors have orange.
The Archive Beacon is a tri-weekly state of the site address composed mainly by one appointed Staff member and added on by several other Staffers. It points out hot threads on and off the topic of Halo, new and upcoming site additions or changes, and, my favorite, Staff comments. Check out the latest Archive Beacon here.
The Halo Archive has a good list of affiliates. "
- Podcast Evolved (From Rated M Gaming Network dedicated to covering the latest Halo news, events, and more.)
- Halo Fan For Life (Exactly what the title says, A blog from one of Halos biggest fans)
- Haruspis Blog (A knowledgeable Halo fan whom writes deep analysis on Halo lore and more.
- Halo Canon (Halo fan whom creates lore videos, unboxings, and more all related around the Halo universe)
- Halo.fr (French platform of Halo fan news and their own wiki)
- Halo Swallower (The Onion style news soruce. Your 1th Halo News Source)
- Hidden Xperia (Halo fan whom creates lore videos and knowledgable theories for future events in Halo)
- Halopedia (The #1 source for all Halo Universe information. The Halo Wiki)
- and last, but not least you guys! 343iCF!" - Jones.
Find out more about our Archive Staff Stars in the latest interview. Make sure to follow them on Twitter, like em on Facebook, and catch their streams on twitch! Of course visit our friends here at haloarchive.com. And with that we say HAIL thanks all.
- Sep 06 2016 07:51 AM
- by Drizzy_Dan
Zandril is a Forger, HaloTuber, and active Halo Community member on a number of different sites. He started Forging in Halo: Reach and has created many many maps since. Now he focuses more on his YouTube channel but he still has the skills to put together a functional and good-looking map. He's currently working alongside HaloCustoms, ourselves, BTBnet, and other popular Halo channels on closing up the Meet Your Maker BTB Forge Contest among his map features and custom game night highlights.
Zandril is on our Staff team here at 343 Industries Community Forum as part of our Forge Group but he is also an independent entity running his own YouTube channel and as such, he has his own submission forums here for Forgers from around the community to easily submit maps to him. Above is a screenshot of his minigame submissions forum where he pins maps that earn a feature on his channel. He's got plenty of submission forums and plenty of submissions that he tests and provides feedback for.
Zandril is frequently hosting custom games lobbies, although a bit less frequent now that he's back at school, but at least once a week. His Tippy-Top Testing lobbies are where he tests his map submissions. You can keep up with his lobbies by following his Custom Game Nights thread.
Boarding Pass is Zandril's latest Infection map. His map gets its name from its subway theme. "Boarding Pass is a map I originally made in Halo 4. I made it again in Halo 2 Anniversary with a couple changes and improvements. And now, I've brought it to Halo 5 and it's bigger and better than it has ever been." - Zandril. Check out the submission here.Spoiler
Above is my favorite video by Zandril so far. It's called Forge YouTubers and I was laughing out loud at it. He basically hosts a roast for HaloTubers that each have something about them that is funny and makes them all apparent. Zandril has near 5,000 subscribers to his channel and gets hundreds of likes per video. You can subscribe to Zan on YouTube here.
Zan is an awesome Halo Community member and can be found on most niche sites including ours of course, HaloCustoms, ForgeHub, and Forge.World. He's hilarious, friendly, and talented. You can read a little more about him in our latest interview. Catch Zan on Twitter here. Thanks for reading guys and hail .
- Aug 30 2016 09:29 AM
- by Drizzy_Dan
What started as a small group of friends who would get online at the same time to play Halo, turned into a group of Halo and gaming enthusiasts looking to make a name for themselves in the larger community. Halo Team Assemble is a rising group of gamers that's main goal is to band the Halo Community together again through playing and interaction as it once was. Fishy, Yoshi, and VinWarrior are three of the founders of HTA and each do their own part in achieving their ambitious dream.
HTA's stomping grounds. We're all aware of our home forum but did you know that Halo Team Assemble started here in our Shoutbox? You can find threads related to HTA in the Contests & Events and Game Invitations forums where you can chat about HTA and see information about upcoming game nights and streams.
HTA has grown by almost 200 followers just this summer on Twitter where it does most of its interactions. Their most popular tweet got 273 likes and 106 retweets as seen above. They have interactions with HaloTubers like ToaFreak and Greenskull and higher presences like GrimBrother One from 343 Industries occasionally.
Lost: A Halo Machinima is Halo Team Assemble's latest project on their YouTube channel. So far it's received 700+ views and pretty good feedback just from the first episode (which features Wangtime from Ultimate Halo!). Episode 2 is currently in progress and they've been recruiting voice actors and editors (including our own D-38 Boss) to make this episode even better than the first. "There will be plenty of new characters, and the story is going in a direction I think everyone will be intrigued by," says Halo Team Assemble's VinWarrior.
Check out the latest interview this week starring these 3 to see more about what they have to say about upcoming projects, current works, and their goals in the community.Follow the Halo Team Assemble guys on Twitter, tune in to their streams, and subscribe to their YouTube channel. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for another Community Spotlight next week.
- Aug 14 2016 05:34 PM
- by Drizzy_Dan