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  1. I've just posted a clone of this topic to Waypoint under the Community Creations forum. Now we wait Thanks! I hope to share it with you and many others very soon!
  2. Falcon197

    Hi there

    Greetings 343i and Halo community! I'm happy to officially introduce myself, having just registered to the forums. My name is Falcon. I'm a gamer, former clan leader, and avid Halo fan. I've been a follower of the series since 2003 and a PC-exclusive player - meaning I've had more trigger time on Halo 1, Custom Edition, and Halo 2V than any of the recent titles. Alas, Halo 3, Reach, and now Halo 4 have been 360 exclusives ... but enough hot air about that. At any rate, I jumped in here initially to ask a question about fan-based literature and am looking forward to being part of the forums.
  3. I'm on there often, still. Both CE and normal. Custom Edition has taken on the properties of a fine wine by getting better with age. All of the custom maps that are out now make multiplayer a blast, and the CMT campaign remakes are absolutely incredible. It's only a shame that more people aren't active in its community. Also, if you want some classic old school gameplay, try the BEACH HOUSE ON THE MOON server on normal Halo PC. I still frequent that place. Halo 1 still lives. May it stay alive.
  4. Here's the way that this thing has always gone (smilies added for sake of humor): 1) New Halo game comes out and has some kind of new AR included 2) Players on multi avoid using it due to it being a lesser effective weapon in campaign with relatively sparse ammo 3) People complain about its generally perceived weakness or unreliability, because no one seems to use it 4) The smart players stick with using it and improve their skills significantly as they adapt to the new game mechanics 5) Lesser skilled players begin whining about getting owned by people using the AR 6) AR gets nerfed in community patch, good players make due and STILL end up dominating, leading to more rage 7) Back to stage 1 I've seen this go on ever since Halo 3 came out and I don't expect the mold will be broken anytime soon. As for me, I've been a fan of the AR since Halo 1 on the PC. And for those of you who began their Halo career on the Xbox and are raging over the AR now - you don't know how bad it was going against a skilled AR user on PC; back when the MA5B had 60 round mags instead of 32 and you could boost the ROF by reducing the sound quality. It's a solid gun. The best standard issue weapon you can come by in Halo. And when used correctly, you can take it and rock the world. My response to this topic is the same response I'd make to any thread dedicated to standard weapons being OP: if you hate dying by it, learn to use it and don't rage. Or as Kennedy put it: "Don't get mad; get even." Also - I'm not saying anyone on here is a whiner or rage quitter. Rather, I'm encouraging you all not to be guilty of it
  5. I've speculated before on this. Now I can share my thoughts on here. I personally believe that a better ending to Halo 4 might have been possible if the Master Chief had been able to save Cortana ... but in a way no one will expect. Let's take this one step at a time. The facts: 1) Cortana's unstable state as an AI means she is essentially doomed to rampancy. 2) The Master Chief received knowledge from the Librarian on some things, but we can't know the full extent. 3) The original purpose of the Composer was to transform organic lifeforms into data. Picture this with me, now. Let's say that Chief received knowledge from the Librarian on a way to reverse the effects of the Composer, either by modifying it directly or using an additional piece of Forerunner technology to invert it. So with that premise set up, now consider the following - What would happen if he had used an inverted Composer on Cortana? If the Composer normally turns organic lifeforms or such into data, an inverted composer would be able to turn data into an organice life form. Do I even need to complete the chain of logic here? This was something that struck me like a lightning bolt after going through Halo 4's plot details more carefully. Originally it was my idea of a better ending ... but then again, who says that Halo 5 might not be building up to something like it, since it's a safe bet that if the Forerunners knew how to make something that could do what the Composer does, couldn't they also do the reverse? Food for thought. I'll leave you guys to digest all of that.
  6. The two most powerful and dangerous words in human history are "What if".
  7. It'll be interesting to see what comes out of this, both for gameplay and storyline. Community expectations are high, for sure.
  8. Greetings 343i and Halo community! This is my first time posting on the forums. Even though I'm a long time Halo fan, I haven't had any reason to come on here ... until today. I've got a big question for any mod or forum vet to answer. I only hope that I didn't miss a sticky someplace that provides detailed info on this - What options are open to fan-based writers who have completed large-scale projects? I'll elaborate some background. About three years ago, I started writing a short fiction piece, set in the Halo universe which adopted its themes and canon but in a post Halo 3 timeframe that I created (which does not focus on Master Chief). Originally, the project was intended to be a brief story that featured myself and some friends of mine as the main characters - as Spartans, specifically - working together as an elite team on a special mission ... I'll spare details to stick to the point. At any rate, after I started writing this "short work", I realized by page 40 something that I was really getting into it and had no shortage of ideas for where to go next. The rest, as they say, is history. Three and a half years later, I've put the finishing touches on an almost 900 page book which is split up into 4 parts, each one featuring 15 chapters. It is well written and was painstakingly assembled based off pages and pages of notes I put together whilst drafting it. I'm currently in the edit process since Halo 4's arrival did a number on a few of my storyline elements and I have a few new ideas, but the majority of the work is still consistent with Halo canon, as I originally intended. I say all of that to go full cycle back to my original question - because now that it's all done, I have absolutely no idea what to do with the book aside from posting it on some back alley sci-fi, fan-fic site where the really good stories end up getting ripped off or ignored ... and I happen to believe in the quality of my work and would go so far as to say it deserves a bit better fate than that. I've actually contacted Eric Nylund, William Dietz, and Karen Traviss to inquire what (if any) doors are open for getting a fan work published. All of them pretty much told me the same thing - that it's a no-go. I can understand the rationale because I know I'm not the only one to try my hand at writing Halo-inspired works ... but I might just be the first to do one this big. I'm not posting on here to brag on myself or make an absurd demand to have my work considered if 343i has their rules about this sort of thing. All I'd like is to get some feedback and hopefully hear from a mod or someone on this. I'm aware my post is coming out of the blue, but I haven't had any luck finding my answer elsewhere. I've been a Halo fan for 10 years and ran a clan for that long that got its start on Halo PC. I've watched a lot of good games come and go, but Halo remains my all time favorite franchise and I'm proud to be part of its community - even if I only did just register Thanks in advance for any responses or advice. Faithfully, -Falcon197
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