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  1. Here are the links to the Interviews with Stars of Community which will be updated when possible by yours truly: 1. ZB-85 2. Quantum 3.Nova 4. Mr. Biggles 5. Vitamin PWN 6. adamj004 7. Choot 'em 8. RedStarRocket91 9. Twinreaper 10. John-117 11. Archangel Tyrael 12. Absolute Dog 13. Undead 14. Ms. Mystic 15. One 16. Luke 17. Insignia 18. DoctorB77 19. Total Mayh3m 20. Kurt S-501 21. Azaxx 22. SuperIntendant 23. Smokin Shadowz 24. Psychoduck 25. The Director 26. imakequilts 27. The Podcast Crew 28. Insane54 29. Redemption1272 30. DocSpartanO07 31. AbleSir Thomas 32. Flying Shoe ILR 33. Bob 34. Zelda 35. The Gryffin 36. Spades N AZ 37. Zandril 38. Edward Kenway 39. onsokumaru 40. Vitamin PWN Part 2 41. Ledgend1221 42. BATMAN 43. Self Destruct 44. Maestro 45. Dax 46. Media Bias 47. Ducain23 48. Matclan Credit to the one and only Spectral Jester for the idea of an index and pinning it! Thank you!
  2. Hello 343i Community Forum and other readers. This week I decided to interview Sir Iron Wolf who is a recently appointed admin on ForgeHub. He's a totally nice dude who supports his community and provides content. He's also the reason our Community Calendar has anything on it. Enjoy: DD: "Hey SIR IRON WOLF, so how long have you been a member here on ForgeHub? SIW: "I'm still actually a little new to the site, I have only been here for close to 9 months now" DD: "9 months and already an admin on the site? You must've been doing something very right! ForgeHub has gone through a staff overhaul lately actually. Can you give us a little insight on that?" SIW: "I had the skills they were looking for, I honestly didn't expect to get the position but I am grateful I got it. For our recent staffing overhaul we needed more staff to help with producing additional content and help spread the responsibilities a little bit. With the large staff we have now, we have been able to provide more content to the community and update the site where needed." DD: "I really admire how active the new Staff members are and I'm sure I speak for many when I say we're looking forward to what ForgeHub is going to bring to the community in the near future. This place is home to groups like Creative Force and the ATN. Speaking of which, can you tell us what the Creative Force on ForgeHub is?" SIW: "Sure thing, but I think the person who could answer that better than me would be Ray Benefield (Godly Perfection) himself, the one who created Creative Force: 'Basically it's a team I put together to create a content pipeline. Responsbilities are split by parts of the creation process and you are only really responsible for a couple parts of that process. We have people that create Blockouts, people that do Art, people that work on writing/lore, people that help with publishing, people that work on marketing. The person who perfects the blockout doesn't also do the art for that layout, someone else does. This encourages collaboration, shared investment, and allows projects to quickly and easily be passed on to others to finish up. No single person is in charge of an entire project. The team is in charge of it. There are 17 active members.'" DD: "Awesome stuff! That's something I've been curious about for some time. So what are some of the responsibilities you've taken on moving from member to Staff to admin?" SIW: "Well when I first was accepted onto staff I was tasked with creating articles and i helped out making new graphics for the article pictures. When i became one of the next admins my responsibilities and tasks greatly increased. Now I handle things like moderation reports, scheduling articles, helping come up with site improvements on the backend, writing Forge-Cast and everything else in between." DD: "I'm sure you know, but I'm a big Forge-Cast fan lol. Can you let readers know what the Forge-Cast is and maybe how they can get a lobby on it?" SIW: "Gladly! 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." DD: "That's really convenient for Forgers and players alike. I actually like to post lobbies found on the Forge-Cast on our Community Calendar. So about Forge, do you have any Forge projects of your own?" SIW: "That's awesome! hopefully people are able to make it to the lobbies, i know sometimes the lobbies need people after they have been going for a while so if someone can't get in right away then chances are a spot will open up a little later. I have a couple projects going on. I have my SPLORF Arena and game type that is completed and just going through a couple small game type tweaks (it's a minigame) and I am currently working on a BTB map that is almost done in its final stages before testing. I also made a couple of Prefabs already, a Energy Reactor and a loud speaker (still needs pics though). I have a couple ideas I want to do, one of which is a Griffball map, but it will probably be a little while till i start those." DD: "Yea I even keep streams embedded in the Calendar event for members to watch the lobbies! BTB is something I've had a lot of experience with this year and I'm really looking forward to hopefully get in on a testing session of yours. What would you say is your favorite Forge feature that came with the latest update?" SIW: "I'm looking forward to testing mine too, it has been going on for a almost 9 month build haha. That's what happens though when you are busy and time flies by. My favorite feature with this update is the ability to forge on the PC. Prefabs are a close second but with me on the move a lot I don't always have my Xbox or have it set up so Forge on PC allows me to forge without setting the Xbox up and I can also forge and watch my shows. Hopefully now I can start creating more maps." DD: "Solid choice. There are so many players making the switch or just starting now that Halo 5: Forge has released on PC. Forge in general is just so popular now that Halo 5's can do so much more than ever before. Can we expect plans from ForgeHub in the near future to maintain this reputation or even grow more?" SIW: "Forge is definitely bringing more people to Halo 5, I have seen a lot of people recently come back to the site and forge because of Halo 5. Since December, ForgeHub has grown an immense amount and we have updated the site and pumped a little more life into it. With the growing staff we are able to produce more content for those that visit the site and with our growing connection with 343i we are becoming more well known in the general community and even got to get an exclusive interview with them for Halo 5 Forge for the PC, something we were really excited about! I can't say too much of what we have planned since some of it is on the down low but i can say we are going to continue to do what we can to make sure ForgeHub continues to grow like this, and we have some sun stuff planned for the months to come." DD: "Awesome stuff Sir Iron Wolf. I was surprised (and super jealous) when I saw that you guys had Tom French and Nahil Sharkasi for an exclusive interview. The ForgeHub community as well as the general Halo community is definitely looking forward to the site's future content and developments. With all the info you've been able to provide, I think it's safe to say we could wrap up the interview! So, Iron Wolf, do you have any words for the readers or any shoutouts you wanna make?" SIW: "Thank you for interviewing me, it sure was fun! I'd like to give a shout out to the staff at ForgeHub, they have been incredible and really active in getting more content out there for everyone. We wouldn't be where we are today without everything they do. I'd also like to tell the readers that if they ever need any forge help or want to join in on some testing lobbies they know where to come!" That's it for me Sir Iron Wolf's conversation but head on over to the Announcements to see the full Community Spotlight on ForgeHub! Thank you for your time Iron Wolf and thanks to anyone who read!
  3. Hello everyone and thanks for coming to read this interview. This week I linked up with my good friend @@Adv Jones from the Halo Archive and a fellow Community Manager there- Preston Cole. If you don't know about the Archive then you will soon. Hope you get good info from this one: DD: "Can you each give us a brief history lesson of your time here on the Halo Archive?" PC: "Sure. So, I became aware of the Archive through Twitter. I joined in October of last year, and I quickly jumped into lore discussion. I was made a Builder because of that. Eventually I was a candidate for a Community Manager position, and became one in December/January. I am still a Community Manager today." BJ: "So I came across the Archive through Waypoint from a PM from someone...can't remember who. But they told me about this place and back then it was still on ProBoards. I joined and was still in college then, so I only lurked, for like years. At least until sometime last year I knew graduation was coming so I would have more time on my hands and wanted to learn more about Halo and it's universe. I started as a Lifeworker and then I became a CM same time as Cole (could say the same "rush" class ayy Cole?) and a few others. And still one today." DD: "Awesome so you guys have been here for some time and know the ins and outs. What has kept you guys sticking around the Halo Archive all this time?" PC: "I would say the community. The Archive is made up of a diverse group of individuals that bring a lot to the table. Everyone gets along. It's great to see game days where you can have a dozen or more members of the Archive playing ridiculous custom games or matchmaking and everyone is laughing. It's a place where everyone has someone in common and can talk freely whether it be Halo lore and life talk." BJ: "What Cole said. Along with I see this place to become a large name within the Halo community. When you hear about Halo and its universe one of the next things you should hear or see is the Halo Archive. We are always open to partnerships and the community helping hand. It's a fun place to meet new people who are knowledgeable of the Halo lore and love the games too!" DD: "I definitely agree with both of you. The people here are friendly, welcoming, and the most knowledgeable people I know about the Halo Universe (not to say there aren't any smart members outside of that realm, there are plenty). You brought up a great topic there Jones about partnering with other entities. Can you tell readers about the current affiliations you have?" BJ: "So far on our list of Affiliates that is always growing, we have: 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! That is our list so far and currently have one more on the way which will be announced in the next beacon. But each of these affiliates we help lead our members to their content and resources and vice versa. If they need help in anything we can help with, we will do it. We want to help make the Halo community be known to all and for all to know each group and organization. So many groups out there all focused on one universe, but each so different in their own way." PC: "I'll add: We are always looking to work with other Halo fans and communities. No one should ever hesitate to reach out to us. Our goal is to continue to make Halo an enjoyable community to be a part of through cooperation and collaboration." BJ: "" DD: "I really do think it's awesome how you work with so many different communities and you guys on Staff always seem to be up to something with various switches and additions. It's a big Staff really. Kind of makes you wonder what such a place would need so many hands on deck for . Do you guys have any projects in the works that you may be able to hint at a little?" PC: "We have some ideas in the work. The Beacon will most likely touch on this, but we have do have an interest in generating much more of our own content and outsourcing of content in the future. I expect this will kick up with the approaching release of Halo Wars." BJ: "SPV3, @Ellisrael got us goin with these guys. Maybe info of this will be in the beacon too. Not sure though. Other things of secrecy are planned so far ahead in the future that its all up in the air right now so no need to put light on it, at the moment." DD: "SPV3, wow. So much hype with that right now it's awesome that you guys will be in on it. Speaking of the Beacon, I'm a big fan of the Archive Beacon and I'm pretty enthusiastic about it. Can you explain what the Beacon is and the process of putting it together?" BJ: "If anything it is our Tri-Weekly Newsletter. I'll let Cole explain more..." PC: "The Beacon is an article that we publish every three weeks that details happenings at the Archive, announcements, projects our members are working on, etc. We choose a Staff member to be the main writer for each Beacon, and other Staff members chip in to help. Drafts of Beacons are due the Tuesday before the Friday publishing date. We proofread, edit, and add what is needed up until Friday. The Beacons are published that Friday. I would compare it to a college term paper. It takes time to complete and we all give our input on what is included." DD: "I think my favorite thing about the Beacon is that since one Staff member is mainly writing it, they're personality leaks into the article. It makes it a very enjoyable read and a good way to show members you guys are paying attention to what's going on. So if anyone wanted to play with the Halo Archive members on Xbox Live, when and where should they look?" PC: "You will see Archive members on throughout the week, but the best chance would be on Friday and Saturdays. Those days tend to be our game days. We will play anything and everything from Infection to Warzone Firefight to custom games on forged maps. We usually have a great turnout on those days. You can find Archive member gamertags on our profiles or on the side bar of individual posts on our forums." BJ: "Some of us have our GT's attached to our profile on here and shows up when we make posts. Feel free to add whomever, even me! We are usually all on during Thursday-Sunday, but you can catch us any day just about. Come join our game days!" DD: "Awesome guys thanks for throwing down the info! What are your favorite threads on the site?" PC: "Off-topic: I'm a big fan of politics so you'll usually see me in the world events area. Besides that I would say the Banter thread. My phone consists of social media and memes so the Banter is perfect for a meme frenzy. On-topic: Probably the Canon Fodder thread. It's always awesome to read what GrimBrotherOne posts in there, and the discussion is always constructive and informative." BJ: "Off-Topic: The music discussion/post thread. I love music and love to share new sounds with everyone. Not many people like some of the music I post, but they acknowledge it at the very least ha ha. And some Science and Tech threads, mostly air and space. This universe we are in is amazing. On-Topic: I like almost all the on-topic threads. I don't know which ones I don't like really. And I enjoy reading them all. I learn something new of the Halo universe almost every time I do read something on-topic." DD: "Very cool! It's good to know a little more about what you two like outside of Halo. It's been great but it's time to put this to a close. Do you guys have any words or shoutouts for readers?" BJ: "Follow us on almost any and all social media. If you do that sort of thing. We don't spam, it's all relevant Halo info or other fun/funny info. Facebook, youtube, twitter, tumblr, pintrest, deviant art, just search on the social media platform and we should be on there. And if you haven't made an account on our forums, you should. If you like Halo lore and such, then there is nothing to loose. Plus a Halo Wars 2 giveaway will be coming too, physical copy of the ultimate edition. So follow us on twitter and facebook for more info on when that is. Other than that......I got nothing else...keep doing what you love." PC: "Feel free to join our forums to see what we are all about. It's a fun and rewarding community that you won't regret becoming a part of. We hope to see everyone soon!" Thank you Jones and Cole for an awesome interview and I hope you all enjoyed it as well. Check out the Community Spotlight all about the Halo Archive in the Announcements! PEACE.
  4. Hello all, we're back with another good interview this week with one of the funniest Halo YouTubers right now, a member of our Forge Group, and a friend of mine: Zandril. I could go on about how Zandril is known on a number of different Halo sites and things like that but I fanboyed enough in this interview. So enjoy the followup with Zandril 3 years later: DD: "Alright Zan so it's been almost 3 years since we last did an interview. Back then you were still a recognized name and you had a lot of success with Halo 4 competitive Forge maps and your Map Marker Pack. You've had ZannyVids forever but things really popped this year with Halo 5. What do you think contributed to that?" ZAN: "Well, I don't really think I had a lot of success back in the Halo 4 days. I was relatively known around some forums but that was because I hosted regular testing lobbies and usually left feedback for maps. I'd say I was only slightly successful getting my name out there. The YT channel and the Map Marker Pack definitely helped. As for my channel getting more traffic with Halo 5, I think a big factor for that happening is because I made tons of map features when forge got released. People wanted to see cool forge maps and I made good quality videos showcasing them. Although I had to change things up a bit when interest in Halo 5's forge lessened. I couldn't just make good quality videos. There had to be something that set me apart from the other channels. And that's how my channel is getting decent attention until now. I kept on featuring good maps but I started including jokes and comedy sections in my videos. Anyone who watches my videos would notice this in most map features. People seem to like them " DD: "Comedy is big in the ZannyVids, that's a fact. There's always at least 2 or more parts in all your videos where I laugh out loud. The editing and jokes are really amusing and make your videos interesting to watch. Even simple map features get turned into funny videos. So how can people keep up with your current lobbies and activities?" ZAN: "To stay updated with my custom games lobbies, people can follow my lobby thread here. I post there some hours before I host a lobby. My regulars, friends, and subscribers also sometimes post jokes or comments about the lobby there. I also make lobby announcements and random updates on my Twitter." DD: "Glad we got that plug in there! Your video, , was an amazing piece. Your biggest fanboy (this is me) may even call it art. What inspired the creation of the video?"ZAN: "Ok, first of all (in high pitched, teasing voice) FANBOY I made that Forge YouTubers video purely because I wanted to do some light teasing to the people in it and to also publicize certain inside jokes like Stigma. Each YouTuber featured in that video had something about their channel I wanted to tease them about. iSpiteful had his pack opening videos. Ducain has his Halo Vanguards disaster. Sean (Forge Labs) had his habit of saying specific buzzwords, etc I was also kinda inspired to "roast" Halo channels and figures because of my friend, Yeti. He made teasing videos of Forge Labs, Spiteful, RUL, etc long before I made the Forge YouTubers video. I don't think I would have gotten the idea of making that video were it not for Yeti's YouTube content." DD: "Fanboy? Please, call me Dandril. The video is hilarious like I said and as for Yeti, I gotta say my favorite video of his is . So quotable and so funny (and so handsome). You're always working on testing other Forgers maps and featuring them. Do you have any Forge projects of your own that you've been working on since Boarding Pass?" ZAN: "Actually no. For me, forge actually took a backseat and YouTube's been more of a priority. Back in Halo 4, I made TONS of maps and in Halo 5, I was only dedicated to Boarding Pass. That's not to say I didn't make anything else before Boarding Pass but those other maps just ended up failing due to my disinterest in improving them. Those failed projects actually led me to a realization. It was that I'm kinda bored of making core maps. I made a lot of them back in Halo 4 but I'm a complete Infection kid now. I have plans for some original Infection maps though. I'm hoping I can make them when Forge comes to PC which would allow me to forge in school during my 5 hour breaks. Fun. DD: "You've become infected by Infection then you would say? No? Ok I'll go die after this interview. Anyway, I remember always seeing multiple submissions here from you for core maps back in Halo 4 and I even got to see Weekend at Warden's in its early stages. You definitely still have the talent but even as someone who wasn't huge on Infection before, I gotta say 343 has stepped it up in this one. Forgers definitely have too. Speaking of Infection though, can you to tell us about a certain gametype you have been testing on some maps?" ZAN: "Ah yes. For the past couple months, I've been working with PA1NTS on testing the official Last Stand BETA. Some of you may recognize Last Stand as a gametype that is in Halo 4 Flood Matchmaking. To those unfamiliar with Last Stand, it's basically an Infection gametype where the humans can't jump but the Infected can. Of course, there's more to it than that but that's the basic gist of it. Anyway, there's currently 3 Last Stand maps (that I know of) that are more or less final. I'm keeping an eye on 3 others that are under development/testing. I think once there's 5 or 6 ready maps, I'll make a Last Stand announcement video." DD: "Having played Last Stand in one of your lobbies before, I have to say it's really fun on the right maps. PA1NTS has always been into Forge and is a good Forger at that. Are there any Forger's works that you really admire in Halo 5?" ZAN: "Well I know a lot of great maps and great forgers so I can't really just pick one. But off the top of my head some of my current favorites would be - Fever Pitch and Old Salt by Sikamikanico - Littlemonk 5's and CaptainDireWolf's minigames. I admire both of them for making good, fun, and ORIGINAL minigames - There are so many Infection maps and forgers I could name but if I was to name a few, they would be Storms End, Lunar, Doubloon, Dubious Depths, and Heavy Metal" DD: "Awesome! I'm so glad I've gotten to play on most of the maps you listed and I hope the readers check them out! A lot of Forger's maps have been coming in through your submission forums here on-site. Do you feel like this is an easier way to receive maps than your previous method?" ZAN: "I certainly do. For one thing, using a forum for my submissions page makes it easier for me to interact with the people who submit maps to me. It's easier to leave feedback and give any suggestions I might have. It's also easier to view the submissions and understand the main idea of maps because people are more free to talk about it and include screenshots. I also like that the forums allow me to pin the submission threads of maps I featured. It's nice street cred for the forger to have his thread pinned and it also allows others to view the discussion in the threads and maybe learn a thing or two." DD: "Awesome well we're really glad to host your submissions here! It's been a blast testing some of the latest submissions in your lobbies and meeting some of the map makers. As a Forge YouTuber, I know you're friends with Sean of ForgeLabs, Comedy Aerosol, Pyschoduck, and many others but are there any other Forge YouTubers you hope to work with in the future?" ZAN: "Well I'm pretty curious of what it would be like if I collaborated with RecklessRi1ey and Ducain23. I've only talked to them a few times so I'm not that great friends with them but they seem like they'd be cool to do something with. And something about me is that I'm usually pretty open to collaborating with smaller forge channels. I enjoy helping people get subscribers because then they'll be in my service forever until death. no one endorsed or collabed with me when I was a smaller channel and I understand how annoying it can be to have such slow growth. It's also a good way to establish multiple connections around the community. Plus, it means more people will say nice things about me when I eventually die of lung cancer." DD: "That last answer was pretty much the definition of ZannyVids. Key points: philanthropic, started from the bottom now you're here, connections around the Halo Community, a need for sympathy and memorial when dead/jokes about dying from a horrible disease. Honestly, golden answer. Let's wrap it up then Zan: Do you have any words for rising Forgers/YouTubers in the Halo scene?" ZAN: "1. Keep doing what you're doing. The Forge communty isn't all that big and the more people participate and share maps, the happier we'll all be. 2. Try to have something in your channel that sets you apart from others. You don't want to be a discount Forge Labs or discount iSpiteful. Give people a reason to subscribe to you. For my case, I have memes and offensive jokes in my channel. 3. If you want your stuff to get more attention, don't just sit around and complain. Do something about it. If you're a forger, join lobbies and stuff and get your name out there. Get feedback, take it like a man, and get gud." That's it for me and Zandril's interview, thank you everyone who took the time to read. Check out the Spotlight featuring Zan in the Announcements!
  5. Hey guys thanks for returning for this week's interview. As listed in the title, this week's interviewee is a returning individual who has been many places in the Halo Community including here, ForgeHub, and now HaloCustoms as an admin of the site and working for 343 Industries. Read on about Psychoduck: DD: "Alright Psychoduck, you've been lots of places and done many things since we last had an interview. Let's focus on the online part first: you've been part of HaloCustoms since the beginning. Can you give us an overview on your road to HaloCustoms admin and the stops between?" PD: "As you mentioned, I have been with HaloCustoms since the site was founded back in December of 2012. When I joined the staff team, I was more focused on my YouTube channel, but I quickly fell in love with the HaloCustoms community and began looking for opportunities to cross-promote HaloCustoms and THFE to strengthen both and improve the experience for followers of each. This desire to work with other community groups extended beyond my own personal projects and helped set a precedent for partnering with other communities for the benefit of all involved. This helped open the door for some cool events like the original Meet Your Maker contest, THFE Throwback Weekends, and others. After a few years of juggling moderation, promotional, and event organization roles for the site, I stepped into an administrative role when some of the previous admins stepped down. Now my duties are mainly to ensure that we have our staff team pointed in the right direction, to pitch and organize events, and to handle some of our web development. My most recent projects have been bringing back an improved version of our 'OG' custom games system from back in the Halo 4 days as well as to organize and help judge the Meet Your Maker Big Team Battle Forge Contest. I've been fortunate enough to work with another admin, Adderrson, on the former and with the fine folks here, at BTB.net, and at several cool YouTube channels on the latter." DD: "You've had a long career in the online Halo Community full of twists, turns; bumpy rides but also really fun ones. Bringing back the original-style customs lobby system seems much more convenient in my opinion and I'm glad it's back. Much easier way of organizing a lobby and Adderrson has done a great job adding nifty new features like messaging members through their profile. So you brought up Meet Your Maker. Can you give us some specs on the competition?" PD: "This installment of the Meet Your Maker contest was intended to bring out the best of the best in terms of Big Team Battle Maps from the forge community. Matclan and I began discussing a BTB contest a while back, and summer is usually the best time to host these contests. We focused on Magnum starts for the contest due to the negative effects BR starts have on vehicle use and long range engagements in Halo 5. For this contest, we really wanted to branch out in terms of partners. Bringing 343Industries.org back into the mix was an obvious choice and we also partnered with BTB.net, Vetoed, ZannyVids, Ultimate Halo, and Unsorted Gaming for the first time. It's been exciting working with so many talented and dedicated people from around the community to make this event happen, and that talent and dedication has been reflected in the maps submitted. Right now, the judges are in the process of narrowing the maps down. We're looking forward to selecting and announcing the winners very soon." DD: "We're really excited to see the winners announced and get to play on these Forge maps filled with hours of dedication. I'm sure a lot of people want to know this since you are one of our Community Cartographers: do these maps get considered for Matchmaking if they win this Forge contest?" PD: "The Community Cartographer title is actually a little outdated. While it's true that I work with 343 to test and select forge maps for matchmaking, the system has changed somewhat. Maps are reviewed and pulled from a group of submission threads on Waypoint. I merely help narrow these maps down and run the testing and polish necessary to make the best ones matchmaking-ready. On that topic, I highly encourage everyone with forge map they're proud of to submit it to the appropriate thread over there; just make sure it's been tested and refined to a reasonably polished state before doing so! So, the short answer is that all Waypoint map submissions are given some degree of consideration for matchmaking. Will some of the contest winners find their way into the Big Team Battle playlist? Well... it seems entirely within the realm of possibility." DD: "That's really cool that you get to work with 343 Industries on a regular basis. So it sounds like winners of this contest are really having their efforts paid off with the great prizes being given and this possibility of maps being considered for multiplayer use. So is the Community Cartographer title outdated for you specifically because you do other work now or is it kind of not a the title that isn't really used anymore at all?" PD: "The Community Cartographer title in general doesn't really apply anymore. 343 will work with various forgers and community members where the situation calls for it. That, combined with the new emphasis on the submission threads, is a pretty big change to how things are done. At the end of the day, it was only ever a title anyway. We're all just community members helping bring fresh experiences to matchmaking and other aspects of Halo." DD: "A great quality that you have is that you're very community-oriented and community-driven which shows through the various inter-site events you've hosted like the Meet Your Maker Contests mentioned earlier. Do you have any upcoming events or updates that you wouldn't mind sharing?" PD: "I've been very busy with work lately, so I haven't been able to plan too far ahead in terms of future events. Wrapping up the Meet Your Maker contest is my main priority currently. I'm really looking forward to Forge coming to PC and seeing what kind of custom game community forms there. Past that... I guess we'll just have to see what the future brings." DD: "Hopefully the future brings HaloCustoms and 343i.org together again among other Halo Community members and entities for some more contests, events, and support. We love HaloCustoms on our site quite honestly. I'm here every day with always a tab always open. I also steal all your featured lobbies and put them on our calendar for our members to message hosts if they wanna join and have their streams set up for viewing. Let's throw a silly one out there before we close this one out Duck: do you ever get hatemail after playing a game online in Halo? If so, can you give us an example of some really bad XBL hatemail?" PD: "I'm not sure if some of the hatemail I receive is entirely appropriate to share. I did, however, receive a message simply saying "MOTHER?" recently." DD: "Oh boy. Well that's good enough then lol so Psychoduck let's wrap this up right. Do you have any messages or anything at all you wanna share with the readers?" PD: "I have nothing else in particular to share. Thanks for reaching out, and keep doing what you're doing!" Unfortunately, I was not able to press him for any inside information . Big thanks to Psychoduck for enthusiastically participating in this. He's so pleasant for such a corrupt, but handsome (/hint), guy. Thanks 343iCF and other readers for tuning in.
  6. Hello 343i Community Forum and other readers. Thanks for clicking this link to the latest interview. This time, I did my second collective interview with a rising Halo-oriented (among many other games) group whose members many of you may already know. Enjoy the latest chat I've had with Halo Team Assemble comprised of Yoshi1176, Fishy and VinWarrior DD: "Hey guys, how did Halo Team Assemble come to be?" YASH: "Well what started off as a bunch of summer time customs lobbies on MCC, became what you see today. In fact it was a joke that started at this time that we would assemble like the avengers, in the shoutbox at 343i.org. So we sort of just adopted it after a while and named our group Halo Team Assemble and expanded from there." DD: "Some of the best things start from small lobbies of players getting together like that. What are each of your roles in the group? FISH: "I like to take the events and get our lobbies set up in advance so we have a basic understanding of who's going to be coming to the events. I am also the main-streamer. And by streaming I mean... I'll do anything" VIN: "I don't really like to define myself by one simple "role", I like to do a lot of things. If I had to go with a term, I suppose it would be Creative Outreach? I write a lot for HTA as well as Podtacular, and hold a pretty prevalent position on Reddit, so I get news pretty fast. Besides that, I consider myself good with community outreach and organize some stuff on the Twitter, as well as Halo related projects for our YouTube. Of course, I'm not just limited to Halo." YASH: "My role in the HTA universe is more on the side of the social sphere I feel. Vin uses the Twitter often and Fishy has a multitude of series on our Youtube channel, but I focus on the Twitter as much as possible, as well as intersite, and inter community relations, I talk to community leaders trying to spread the idea of HTA to sites like Halo Archive, and even still to 343i.org, I find myself talking to "HaloTubers" as well. So I suppose I deal with community relations the most." DD: "It's great that you guys all seem to not limit yourselves to just one role when it comes to the group. For Vin: you say you write Podtacular as well as HTA. Can you tell us about that more?" VIN: "Sure. I was recently hired to work alongside DustStorm and the Podtacular team as a news writer. I've just recently settled into the role, so I don't have a lot yet on that front. All I can say is that the Podtacular team are a wonderful bunch and I look forward to writing more for them. As for those links to HTA, I'm still setting up some cross-article promotion and trying to balance both jobs, as well as integrate them. I certainly couldn't imagine running HTA on my own with this job." DD: "Really cool stuff. DustStorm is well known throughout the Halo Community for the Podtacular podcasts among other works. Good thing you have a team to rely on so you don't have to run things alone; I could imagine how stressful that may be. Where do most of HTA's interactions with the Halo Community occur?" VIN: "I'd like to believe that we are most seen on Twitter typically. Twitter is where we have seen the most support and communication from the community. We recently posted the first episode of our new project, Lost: A Halo Machinima to YouTube and we felt the results were great, but without the help of the community, we couldn't have done it. Twitter works well for us to because we can communicate with the community as well, like Ultimate Halo (specifically Wangtime) who actually helped voice act in the Machinima." YASH: "Whether it be talking about the state of the community with Greenskull or planning some customs with our followers, we love interacting with anyone and everyone." DD: "Twitter is a great platform for reaching audiences. I find that we have the most interaction on the 343iCommunity Twitter as well. Some pretty big name drops so far- DustStorm, Greenskull, Ultimate Halo's Wangtime. Do you guys have any dream collaborations for any projects?" VIN: "Dream collaborations? Well, speaking from probably my deepest desires, I'd absolutely adore to interview Joseph Staten. My longtime goal has been a writing position at 343 Industries, but even meeting and engaging with their team would be a dream come true. As far as community interaction, I'd love to be part of a Halo Canon video. Toa and I interact on Twitter occasionally via my private account, and he seems like an awesome person that shares a lot of my interests." YASH: "Dreams of any future collaborations? We have a few, but the one that seems most possible, and in my opinion the one that would be more fun for everyone involved is a group podcast that was brought up about a week ago. Kenny from Ultimate Halo had been alking about one of Podtaculars recent podcasts and Greenskull, HTA and Ian (Halo Canon) joined in. There was a mention of a group podcast and being able to talk to rather than type to these pillars of the community would be a blessing. Being just under a year old (Our one year anniversary is actually tomorrow [August 11]) and being identified up near those guys is just incredible. Being able to participate in such a podcast would definitely be a dream come true." DD: "Those would be some amazing opportunities I really do hope HTA gets the chance to say they work with people of such high caliber names in the Halo Community. It's definitely not impossible, we are all just people. Does the Halo Team have any upcoming projects that they may be able to talk about?" VIN: "Well, we certainly have a lot of stuff in the back-burner. What we can wholly talk about right now is Lost Episode 2, which will pick up after Episode 1 left off. There will be plenty of new characters, and the story is going in a direction I think everyone will be intrigued by. Speaking of Machinima, we may or may not have a little tease in the works for a project that you're going to love... That's all I'll say on that." YASH: "Less in the way of projects in the way that Vin described we also have some projects that will help us be easier identified in the community as well as achieving our final goals which are bringing the community as a whole closer together. One of those is making ourselves stand out, in this case a fancy new logo that will represent HTA's ideals and values which is being made for us by one of HTA's members and should be ready to roll out soon. Another project is more focused on actually bringing the community together, and that's actually through working side by side with Halo Archive and setting up a possible affiliation in the coming weeks. One of our first members, Adv Jones is a huge supporter of HTA and is helping us achieve this goal since he is a high standing member on the site." FISH: "With the return of the #Throwback's were hoping to bring in the audience of all those who enjoyed the OG systems. Whether they were just born and couldn't experience it or those who currently no longer have the system or the game. With Season #1 being a start of testing the bandwidths and pushing the systems to their maximum quality, I would like to say it was a success. We do know where we stand and what we can and can't do, as demonstrated. However, with the return of #Throwback and the upcoming Season #2. Which is (rumored) to be in September sometime. We are hoping to give the experience for everyone to enjoy. We already have equipment en route for webcams and audio. That way you aren't just watching a boring stream that's pretty much just a walkthrough with trial and error. We're pushing towards sorta what Game Grumps has done, but with success. I have people already setup ready to help out, everything we need is already here. We're just hoping not to reach to the audience in Halo, but to (hopefully) reach out to all of those who have a hobby in gaming, as well as provide as much entertainment to keep those drawn. We've done our research, and we've talked to the critics. I think we're ready" DD: "All these different things in the works is really exciting. I know there have been some asking for episode 2 of Lost already and I am one of those people. #Throwbacks Season #2 sounds like a blast and I've known Jones a while now and can vouch for how good a guy he is. A real supporter of the Halo Community and someone who is willing to meet people and hear them out. To clarify though, you insinuated earlier that there are more members in HTA than currently present but you guys are the founders. About how many are in Halo Team Assemble and how can one join?" YASH: "Yes there are more than just us, but there are just too many to count to be completely honest, everyone that we played with that showed up to our lobbies last summer which were packed to give you an idea, to the people we encounter in Twitter, everyone is in HTA, whether you play with us, participate in our machinimas, or just play Halo, you are part of HTA. The reason being is that we just want to help better the community, and community isn't built by making exclusive groups, it's by including everyone, from game developers to your average gamer." VIN: DD: "Very well said. Universal inclusion is pretty much the idea I think of when I think of Halo Team Assemble at its core. So you love Halo and gaming in general. What are each of your favorite games and franchises other than Halo?" VIN: "Oh, that is a very long list. I suppose counting my favorite games here, Mass Effect is certainly one I could never leave out. It's my favorite science-fiction universe behind Halo, and I cannot wait for Andromeda. I'm also a big fan of Gears of War, simply due to the grittiness of its campaigns as well as the really diverse character personalities. Bioshock was an amazing ride with a lot of interesting gameplay elements and anything from Naughty Dog catches my eye. Finally, I have to give a nod to Destiny as my really guilty pleasure. I know it has a lot of problems but I deeply enjoy it and have already pre-ordered Rise of Iron." YASH: "Other than Halo my favorite game would probably be Jak 2. Yes I know it isn't even a relevant game anymore, but it is a symbol of how I first began playing video games. Through my cousins and their visits to my house, which is actually how I was introduced to Halo. The game's chaos was something a very young me found hilarious and entertaining. Franchise wise I think I'm tied between Star Wars and Pokemon both had a big role in my childhood but Star Wars interests me a little more than Pokemon now, even though Pokemon Go is ridiculously fun. Star Wars is so big that it's hard not to find something you love within." FISH: "I'm going to have to say, I don't necessarily have a favorite franchise or games. I'll pretty much play anything and everything. Rarely ever will you hear me say "I think that games trash" or anything along those lines. The only thing I DO have is a weight-ratio. I will play some games over others if asked. For example, if you asked me right now if I wanted to play GTA Online with you and someone asked me if I wanted to play Rainbow Six: Siege. I would be playing with the other person. But, if you asked me if I wanted to play Gears of War: Judgement and nobody else asked anything. I would play Gears of War: Judgement. Simply because I'll play whatever. Even Kinect Sports." DD: "Solid games in these lists. Gears is also a personal favorite of mine along with Pokemon. Back onto Halo, I want to speak more about the general community specifically since this ambitious group's ultimate goal is to unite it and other gamers. What do you think of the current state the Halo Community is in and what do you think attributed to this?" VIN: "Honestly, I think the Halo Community has really worked hard to pull itself from the disgusting cesspool it was around the late Halo Reach to late Halo 4 days. This community still has plenty of problems in terms of size and accessibility, but 343 has the perfect game on their hands here, and they need to utilize it. I frequently see Halo 5's Forge and customs on Reddit's front page, and people have responded to the multiplayer as a whole with near complete happiness. 343 needs to implement a custom games browser and more social playlists so that these people have a way to play all of this fun stuff. But what do I think attributed to this? Plain and simple, Halo: Reach's multiplayer was way too poorly balanced and Halo 4 didn't have enough sustained content to hold over an audience. Halo 5 does both of these with flying colors." YASH: "Well, the large majority of the Halo Community I believe are genuine fans of the series and that's great but we can't go and pretend that the community hasn't been hurting the last few years because it has. The hurt, I feel comes from those who constantly talk down the community and put down those within it probably because they no longer enjoy Halo. There is the issue right there, they stay in the community and complain, and talk bad about everything that 343 does with Halo instead of just going to a game community that they like better. It creates a toxic environment for the fans of the series and those trying to do something with it. In fact something that I've seen become more of an issue in the last few months is the fact that people are beginning to blame the YouTubers themselves, who have no ability to change Halo in anyway. While this is all happening though the good people of the Halo Community (and there really are some) keep trying to maintain the greatest gaming community to ever exist in my opinion. The cause of all this is most likely attributed to the hand-over of Halo from Bungie to 343. Personally I love 343 and think they are doing fantastic, but their first game was a little rough, and that soured the community. MCC which was hopefully going to renew that launched with horrible bugs and made the issue worse, so here we are today with Halo 5. The game is terrific, but some have been too upset to want to come back or accept the changes to Halo which we have seen over the last few years. When it comes down to it, the problem is people accepting the change that happens in a franchise when it lasts as long as Halo has." DD: "Long, but insightful nonetheless guys and I hope readers can figure out what to do with those words and how it relates to the general community and not just one or two sites. Thanks for keeping the answers coming but we're gonna have to close out soon. Do you have anyone you want to shoutout or anything you wanna say/address?" VIN: "I'd like to thank my mom, my dad, and BoJack Horseman... Kidding aside, the 343i Community Forums got me where I was, and I do want to thank everyone on there for all of the support they gave me. Thank you to Podtacular for granting me an amazing job. Thank you to every single person on HTA that supports us day in and day out. You guys are what keep me going." YASH: "I'd like to shout out our friends on 343i.org and on Halo Archive, love playing games with y'all! I'd just like to say, that if you love your community get out there and do something. Whether it be playing in lobbies, supporting YouTubers or even making videos yourself. Try to make the community itself better and better yourself along the way. Thanks for having us." FISH: "And one last thing, make sure to stop by our YouTube and Twitch Streams and give us a like and/or follow. I really appreciate that sort of stuff and I do pay attention to it. I'll just leave this here: " Thanks readers for reading and thank you to the HTA founders and members for being around. This was really fun and I hope you guys check them out! Follow HTA on Twitter for gaming news, streams, and other fun stuff. Peace out 343iCommunity.
  7. Hello 343i.org and other readers. Welcome back to the latest interview with a big star in the Halo Community: Matclan. Matclan is the admin of bigteambattle.net and I decided to do this interview as part of the Community Spotlight this week surrounding the site he works for. Enjoy: DD: "You've told me before, but could you explain the origin of bigteambattle.net for the readers?" MC: "I believe it all started with a few BTB themed private groups on Bungie.net back in the heyday of Halo 3. After much drama and various leadership changes between then and the launch of Halo: Reach a player who goes by ANUBIS x MT of team Master Theory decided to move the community offsite. So he bought the bigteambattle.net domain and had it set up. After initially getting bigteambattle.net set up Anubis began to drift away from Halo as Reach wasn't (somewhat understandably) to his liking. Initial staff members were overwhelmingly Anubis' team mates. This spawned the meme of "MTbias", implying that everything from forum moderation to map/gametype decisions and settings were in someway biased in favour of us. Fastforward a bit and Anubis passed the site on to Molly aka a400poundwhale who, although friends with a lot of MT members, had no direct skin in the game as she was neither a competitor nor a member of any team or clan. This was by far our most well organised period. And so everything was good until Halo 4 came along. We managed to galvanise interest in a game that was struggling to retain players and pull them back in for a short while; unfortunately what could have been our greatest moment fell foul of miscommunication and personal issues leading to a community revolt in the face of a significantly delayed cash payout. Eventually everyone got paid, however the damage was done and the site was closed with important members of staff no longer considering it worth their time or effort to deal with. Some time later TsengMao then went on to purchase the site and revive it in anticipation of The Master Chief Collection, which as wel all know was a swing and a miss, especially with regards to the stability of custom game lobbies with 16 players at the time. And eventually Halo 5 rolls around, and since the launch of Forge I've been working on getting settings ready to play. The right push came around and we (quite successfully) ran our first H5 event at the end of July. The bigteambattle.net community still feels like it's in hibernation, but we did attract upwards of 160 players of all skill levels to our Summer Shootout tournament which shows that the desire to participate and compete in our events is still very much alive, and so our goal moving forward will be to become the best possible platform for competitive BTB events in Halo's Anglosphere. For anyone just jumping into one of our gametypes there should be a healthy mix of familiarity with Halo 5's default and HCS tournament-ready settings and a little bit of new hotness to adjust to in the form of maps, either completely new thanks to the Forge community, or tweaked slightly in order to improve gameplay flow and tournament viability." DD: "Lots of history with the site. It's an older community than I anticipated. It's a shame that things went downhill with a lot of places after Halo 4. It did well for a period of time but ultimately died and deepened the cracks in the Halo Community. Where do you enter into this story?" MC: "Towards the end of 2010 I ran into Mao and Audley in BTB matchmaking. I don't recall the exact circumstances but that was my in with the BTB community and by the end of the year I applied to join their team and got accepted. The team itself isn't really a thing any more thanks to so many people moving on from Halo or with real life. The community itself goes back much further to the days of Halo 2 and its built-in clan feature. You'd have to ask someone who has been around more than I have to get any info from those days." DD: "So you've been involved for some time now. Do you feel that competitive Big Team is put on the backburner? Like not getting the spotlight as much as other gametypes featured in tournaments and leagues." MC: "Well, in a way I'd say that. But I also don't think it's ever really deserved that kind of focus. Throughout Halo 2 and 3, yeah, people played Ranked/Clan Match and would always get competitive running into other big parties they recognised, but ultimately, and I know some would strongly disagree with me here, the settings were never particularly great. From game to game either the gametypes were too easy to tie, the maps could be escaped/exploited, the vehicle balance was tilted too far in favour of the vehicles (no longer the case, although it's slanted a little heavily against the Warthog in Halo 5 which sort of interrupts some of the infantry-vehicle fluidity that the 'Hog usually bridges). Until Reach did away with ranks for BTB completely people were quite happy just searching the playlist for their BTB fix. Between that and the gameplay issues of Reach people finally were willing to look to custom games in an attempt to fix or alleviate their problems with the game itself. We jumped on this opportunity and found it to be fairly successful, despite reaching out to the wider community feeling like an uphill battle at times. Looking back I think the thing we most closely take after would be the more restrained Squad Battle experience in Halo 3. I try to make use of the sandbox to allow for cool, fun, and competitively sound matches while staying away from the flat out crazy and overpowered stuff that BTB has been easy to associate with in the past. I guess you could say that our approach to Halo 5 has been "8v8 Squad Battle", which I think has worked very well with the sandbox for this game. So far with Halo 5 this approach seems to have been working as we've managed to be spotlighted in 343's own Weekly Community Update and the official @@halo Twitter account has helped spread the word of our event. Next step? Maybe we can try to wrangle a playlist or something. Currently I'm looking forward to an announcement coming soon (depending on when this gets posted). I guess this is an announcement of an announcement saying to keep your eyes on bigteambattle.net's homepage and Twitter account @OfficialBTB" DD: "And yea that's something I was going to mention. The $1000 Summer Shootout Tournament turned out to be a great success. 160+ players of mainly high skill levels duked it out for some awesome J!NX HCS apparel and part of that $1000 prize pool. Is it alright to ask about what may be in store for the future or should we just stick to your word and keep our eyes peeled for announcements? Feel free to keep it disclosed." MC: "It would be best to wait for the announcement as we've still got a few things to set in stone before we want to make any definitive statements." DD: "I make sure to add that to our Community Calendar each week so you're covered there. Let's talk about another contest you're currently involved in. Judging for the most recent Meet Your Maker Forge Contest is upon us. You're obviously an expert on Big Team Battle and that's why you're a judge. How'd you and Psychoduck develop this idea for the latest MYM?" MC: "I think I just got asked if I'd like to judge. Likely some time after consulting with Duck and Fated on their map, Artemis. The contest itself isn't something I'm involved in organising." DD: "Yeah so it's not mentioned but you've had a fair deal of influence on Artemis, one of my current favorite BTB maps that I hope comes to matchmaking. You've also modified other maps to adapt to Pistol/AR starts. Can you tell us what other maps you changed?" MC: "After discussing things with the original forgers I've made adjustments to Guillotine (often with Duck; it's always better to have to convince someone else of why a change should be made rather than just doing it on a whim), Fracture, Scavenger, and wait for it... Torque! Yes, that Torque!. At least, those were the five maps we played in our tournament last weekend. However the event revealed a few issues with all of them except Artemis so I've gone back into Forge to apply further adjustments to the other four. Download any of them with the understanding that they're back to being works in progress. That said, I'm hoping to increase the map count for the next tournament (oops, did I let that slip?) so there are a few other maps that will be doing the rounds in my testing lobbies. Additionally I'm expecting the Meet Your Maker contest to unearth a few hidden gems that might be usable for my purposes, so we'll just have to wait and see what becomes of that." DD: "We'll see if anyone catches that . I actually do enjoy BTB Torque and I love when people say things like, "Who thought BTB Torque would be a good idea?" There's some pretty good stuff going on in the BTB scene in general right now and you seem to play a part in just about all of it. As for the Forging however, have you always been involved in Forging maps?" MC: "I've always loved the concept of Forge since Halo 3. Initially I was introduced to the game with endlessly silly Forge fun-fests with school friends; spawning the most ridiculous items we could and killing each other in weird and wonderful ways. Once I started playing the game more seriously I used it mostly as a tool for learning spawns - you have no idea how much I suffered with Halo 5 until Forge launched with Cartographer's Gift and I could finally go and memorise spawn locations. Since Halo: Reach I've taken to Forge primarily as an editing tool rather than a creation tool. I have one reasonably popular map under my belt called Fortress, and I considered remaking it for Halo 5 but after building the bases I realised that the difference in height that a player could attain from a basic jump - let alone a Spartan Ability assisted one - simply broke the flow of the map. As an editor though I thoroughly appreciate Forge; especially in Halo 5 where the more great content the Forge team pushes out for creators the more little options I have access too, such as the recent additions of a good chunk of the REQ sandbox. Can I just take this time to state how much I love the Recon DMR? And all of the different loadout weapon options, really - they give me a much finer amount of control over how I can approach balancing any particular part of a map. I enjoy refining maps because it's a constant back and forth of experimentation until eventually you hit the sweet spot that a lot of map creators simply don't quite reach at the time of their map being released simply because they have a lot more to think about and gather feedback for, whereas I tend to be able to pull in higher level players and review a ton of film to come up with solutions to problems that may go completely unnoticed during initial testing sessions. For example: our Summer Shootout tournament brought several issues to light on Guillotine and Scavenger that despite months of testing with varied lobbies of players simply never showed up previously. Similarly early pre-tournament scrims revealed a nasty spawn trap on Artemis and a host of ways to escape the map boundaries on several maps, all of which we were able to fix prior to these affecting any games that actually mattered." DD: "One of the great things about Forge and custom games is the fact that you can play maps over and over and see what is right and what is wrong. Different players of all skillsets will reveal different issues on the map and give different feedback as you've mentioned. I think your BTB lobbies are a great way to help enhance the maps you choose to play on. So with all that said I think we're going to bring this to a wrap Matclan. Do you have anything you want to say to the readers and/or the Halo Community in general?" MC: "First of all I'd like to thank anyone who participated in or watched the BTBnet Summer Shootout tournament last weekend. Keep your eyes open for more events from us because they will be coming. If you want to get in on testing maps I run a lobby at 9pm EST on most Saturdays to help work out what is and isn't tournament worthy. All players are welcome; all we ask is that you treat the matches somewhat seriously. Finally, thanks for the interview. It's always nice being able to get a bit more exposure for our competitive BTB scene." Thank you Matclan for participating in this! It's been a pleasure working with you on various projects lately and attending your lobbies. Hope you readers liked this and look forward to more soon. Hail peeps
  8. Welcome back everyone to another installment of Interviews with Stars of the Community: Unfinished/Failed Interviews. This was a fun interview at the start until I got ignored due to business or boredom or I don't know what. But at the time when I actually was psyched about talking to Ducain, this was a big deal for me. The interview is from February 2013: DD: "Ducain, can you give us a short synopsis of how you became the greatly looked up to guy you are?" D23: "To tell you the truth, I have no idea...lol... I started my channel to just show off my maps I made in Reach. I never expected people to actually look up to me, but I guess my nice and optimistic personallity could have contributed " DD: "You have what we all dream of as Halo fans, you've reached the Halo Fan's Dream Ducain it's pretty incredible. What are some things that 343 Industries has had you do for them in the past?" D23: "343 Industries has sent me videos to upload to my channel before they are officially released! Also, they sent me one video that was exclusive to my channel " DD: "That is nothing short of awesome. Have you had any personal contact with any members of 343?" D23: "You bet!! I was emailing back and forth with Jessica (BS Angel) at 343 Industries since I started doing Halo 4 news. Then when I went to RTX 2012, I got to meet most of them! The craziest thing is that every 343 employee knew who I was when I met them (even Frank O'Connor) and they said they love my custom maps!! Then I was invited to a late night private party at RTX, where I got to hang out with 343 Industries, Rooster Teeth, MLG people and of course play Halo 4. During the private event, Adam Crist, Lead Designer at Certain Affinity, came up to me and asked if I wanted to come to their offices in a few weeks and play Halo 4. Of course I said YES, but unfortunately when they asked Microsoft's permission for me to do this, Microsoft said no Anyways, currently I am still emailing back and forth between 343 Industries and Certain Affinity " DD: "That's freaking incredible. Freaking is not the word I want to use but to keep it rated PG-13 let's just use that. That is what I dream of haha. So with meeting RoosterTeeth, Certain Affinity, and 343 Industries, has anyone talked to you about making a cameo voice over in any games or anything?" D23: "No they haven't, but you never know for Halo 5!! My friends over at ReadyUpLive have known 343 and Bungie longer than I have and they actually got a little Easter Egg in Halo 4. Lethbridge is the town where they live and 343 created a "fake" Lethbridge Industrial, where that company creates Spartan Armor. Just look at where some of the armor is made next time you are in Halo 4. If something like this ever happens, I don't know what I would do! Just imagine being immortalized within a video game... awesome " DD: "Just imagining the contact you've had with 343 and RoosterTeeth and Certain Affinity is already awesome! That would be truly amazing though if you got to be a voice extra in the next game. So Ducain, how did you come in contact with 343i.org?" D23: "It was a while ago when the someone, I can't remember who, told me to go check it out. So I figured I might as well and from then on I loved the site! Then just recently, Absolute Dog contacted me and wanted to collaborate with each other to help out the Halo community. I would never say no to helping the community, so that is how this wonderful partnership happened " The end. Ducain eventually got invited as a Cartographer to test Halo 5's Forge. Thank you for reading this failed interview and hail Twam.
  9. Ok so like I mentioned last time, there are usually always interviews going on. This one was my second most recent that finally came to a close and I gotta tell you I enjoyed it through and through. I got in touch with one of the admins over at Halo Archive where I spend a lot of time and get a lot of news from so we could do this and shed some light on what their community and site customs are like. DD: "How long has Halo Archive been in existence? I don't mean as a forum only but as an entity if it was around before it had an official home" MB: "Well the Halo Archive has actually been around for about 5 years or so, although it was more of just a small member base of old Bnet users and eventually Waypoint members as well. I'd say there were maybe 5-10 of them that just would find a chat box somewhere to talk Halo more in depth - more of a clan like entity than a community.Throughout the years it slowly grew however. The first major forum was Zetaboards (2012), which had probably 30 members or so. There was a chat box and various threads just used for archive purposes: quotes, interviews, hints etc...It was essentially only deep lore enthusiasts that ventured there. Then in February 2014 Proboards was created and we moved the member base, which is when I joined the staff. That's where the Halo Archive started making a name for itself and beginning to be treated as a legit community. We adopted an actual website, started blogging, reporting news etc...and then earlier this year in March we bought IP Board and created a new forum/website and have tons of traffic from lore fans all over the world. It's really crazy to think of how this whole thing started...we didn't really hit the scene until late last year and just started being taken seriously a few months ago, to the point where we have 20k+ views a day." DD: "That's awesome and I gotta tell you I love Halo Archive. I'm there all the time. It's got a great community too full of knowledgeable individuals on all levels of Halo. What triggered your love for Halo lore and wanting to know more of it?" MB: "For me personally it was definitely Halo 3, even though it may have the most plot holes. The key thing to keep in mind is I never actually had an Xbox prior to Halo 3 releasing, so I had minimal amount of experience with the campaign. Sure I played Halo 2 a bunch at my friend's house, but the story I was not aware of. That all changed when I picked up a 360 and Halo 3. I think the Ark mission was what really set it off for me, seeing the Milky Way in the sky right when you drop in was so cool. The Forerunner architecture, the terminals...everything. From there I just became more and more of a fan, playing multiplayer all the time, beginning to read the books. Actually the first book I ever read was Fall of Reach, although probably 5-6 years after it released. Once 343i took over I became much more entrenched into the story than ever before and here I am now." DD: "We're actually in the same boat on just about all of the above! So for anyone looking to expand on their Halo knowledge, where do you recommend to look? Maybe after the Halo Archive that is." MB: "I'd definitely say Halo Canon YouTube Channel. ToaFreak, the owner and creator, is a mod over at Waypoint and knows just as much lore as about anyone I have ever met. It's also a nice change up from the forum style and text, it may be easier for new Halo fans to understand the lore by watching his videos. I highly recommend it, he's also a partner of ours and we do a lot of videos in unison with him." DD: "That's really awesome congrats on the partnership! I've seen some of Toa's videos and I enjoy them. You guys at the Archive certainly have the most savvy members and affiliates when it comes to the Halo Universe. Someone in particular that stands out is DilDev. She's an absolutely incredible analyst and writer. So, shouts to DilDev here if she reads this. What is your favorite canon piece in Halo?" MB: "She's insanely good at her position, great actually. We've told her that countless times and thanked her for sharing her blogs on our website. She even had William Dietz, author of the Flood, comment and tweet out the article. I'm just fascinated by the Halo community sometimes, especially the lore side. We all get into it so much and becomes part of our lives, taking themes and lessons with us. I love it. As for my favorite piece of Canon, its definitely Halo Silentium. Greg Bear's trilogy was downright perfect in my opinion, and it was capped off with the best one out of the three. Not only is it filled with Forerunner lore, but that book went into actual physics theory and astronomy. It was such an interesting read, and near the end of it Aside from the Forerunner saga, I really enjoy Halo Origins Part 1 & 2." DD: "Excellent choice. I know a lot of people can agree with you on that one. So do you think it's important for Halo fans to know more about the lore? Why?" MB: "I think so, not only because I feel they would enjoy it, but mainly because 343i is pushing it more than we have ever seen. Everything from the Hunt the Truth series to 5 novels being released this year, we know they really want the story of Halo to be our generation's Star Wars. I think it has the potential, whether or not they are able to push it enough remains to be seen. Not to change direction here, but if they really want people to be interested they need to capitalize on TV/Cinema. That's the only way in my opinion to push it beyond it's "video game boundary" that it currently has labeled on it. Halo Nightfall was a bit of a flop with critics and fans alike, and we still have the Steven Spielberg produced TV series on the way. Which by the way, I fully believe is the "second season" of Hunt the Truth." DD: "Now that would be truly interesting. I think a lot of people can agree with me when I say Petra Janecek is a strong character and this next season will be just as riveting, if not more so, than the first season. Halo is bound tightly to its video game label and I'm hoping Spielberg will be able to persuade people otherwise and hopefully build the fanbase. Alright, let's jump to Halo 5: Guardians. What did the multiplayer beta do correctly in your opinion?" MB: "The beta in my opinion was great for the first week. After that, it slowly went down hill for me when they were experimenting with the maps/load outs/etc...which does not mean I disliked the beta. Overall, I think it is a step in the right direction and will bring Halo Multiplayer back to the forefront of console gaming. I'll break it up into what I saw through positives and negatives: Positives: The maps were great in terms of aesthetics and playability/movement (more on this later) The assault rifle is finally useful and I don't have to rush for a BR The entire weapon catalog seems more balanced The spartan abilities are not game-breaking at all, and it feels natural that everyone has them at the beginning of the game (stays true to Halo) I enjoy the fast movement/gameplay over Halo 2/3 speed even though Halo 2 was my favorite of all time, so this is a plus in my opinion. It just feels more modern, while staying true to that arena combat. Negatives: When they altered the maps, I really didn't have fun on them...not too much else to say on that. Hopefully they keep the originals and tinker with those. BR Starts. This game is finally balanced in the sense that you can spawn with an AR and defeat someone with a BR, so it encourages map movement. When there were BR starts, people seemed to stagnate on opposite ends of the map and just hold position. I enjoyed more map movement that was encouraged by starting with the AR. Honestly that was about it, I think one thing I hope they get right is the ranking system. Halo 2 is the perfect ranking system and always worked the best out of any game I have ever played, so hopefully they use that AND make it visible. If they can get ranks down and complete, that should automatically make people more inclined to keep playing." DD: "I really did seriously enjoy the beta but I can agree with the majority of the points you brought up (even though I'm a huge BR fan). I noticed something epic recently that occurred on Halo Archive and that was our lore lord Grim's appearance and acknowledgement of the Canon Fodder discussion thread! Fantastic stuff. Do you have any personal conversations with Grim like are you guys working on something together or does he just decide when to chime in on the thread?" MB: "You know I haven't really, although he has been in touch with us very informally before through Twitter messages and tweets as well. He's always really open to responding and giving us the time of day. Actually just recorded the first Halo Archive Q & A last night and we go into more detail into 343i and the contact we've had with them. Stay tuned for that, should be out next week!" DD: "It's amazing you guys are able to get in contact with them and that they appreciate their fans so much. Something I respect and adore about 343 besides their dedication to the lore and good storytelling. I'm quite jealous! I'll of course be looking out for the Q&A next week as I'm there all the time. So we're 6 weeks out from Halo 5: Guardians if you can actually believe that. Halo 5: who lives and who dies if you had to guess or infer from what we've seen *cough* Jul/Locke *cough*?" MB: "I say Chief dies. No just kidding. I think Jul gets rekt, but I'm not sure by who. I also would say Palmer has a chance at getting hurt too in my opinion. On the other hand I think Locke lives and Im crossing my fingers for both teams to stay alive as well." DD: "Really hoping they don't off Chief in this one. I feel like this whole saga still has a lot to do with him. We've recently received a lot of content on the game but let's talk about the start of Hunt the Truth Season 2! How do you feel about this season following Maya Sankar instead of Petra Janecek? And please give some general thoughts on the compelling first 2 episodes." MB: "Amazing so far, I was actually very surprised to hear FERO was actually ONI. Great twist and makes it interesting considering she is telling the story, seemingly in the same way Ben was trying to get his story out. I assume she turns in a way against ONI potentially, who knows. HTT is the best thing the developers have done to the story of Halo in a long in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, the novels/books are great, but this expands to a different medium, to the point that they are even tying in the TV commercials to Hunt the Truth. Insane. Anyways its been great Dan and I appreciate the interview. I invited 343Industries.Org to check out the Halo Archive if you have not already! Everyone is welcome." That one felt good to get out finally (phrasing ). It started like mid-July and carried over to just today not too long ago. Anyway, you read Media's last words so feel free to check out Halo Archive but DON'T FORGET YOUR HOME PEOPLE. Seriously, good guys over there on the staff and the most knowledgeable community on the Haloverse after 343 Industries themselves. Peace out, and hail peeps.
  10. So after Yoshi started heckling me about putting out more interviews I came up with the idea that I'd put out some failed and/or interviews that never got finished for one reason or another. The interviews never stop people it's just that sometimes I don't get replies and they die out because I can't keep reminding or pestering the interviewee and then after a while I don't even know if they're in the Halo community! So anyway, here's an interview I did with Dax from HaloCustoms when he was made an admin. DD: "Hey Dax, glad we could do this buddy. So first thing I wanna ask is how did HaloCustoms become your home forum?" DAX: "Hey Dan! Thanks for inviting me to do the interview! It's always a pleasure talking with you guys here at 343i.org. As for my relationship with HaloCustoms - it all started way back in January. I had gotten word from a few of the older ForgeHub members about this new site starting up called Halocustoms.com. So I went ahead and made an account, and next thing I know Insane54 sent me a private message asking if I was interested in becoming part of the staff. It all happened so fast, I was pretty surprised to say the least! But yea, over the past 6 months it's just been a fantastic experience working with everyone in the community. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere has made it hard not to call it my home." DD: "I know Insane used to be a veteran of ForgeHub and that's great to hear. Now I'm seeing you've been promoted to Admin! Congrats on that! Do you feel like you have more responsibilities now and a tougher job?" DAX: "Thanks! To be honest, I don't see things changing too much for me since being promoted to Administrator, other than having final say in some of the bigger site decisions. And even then, I'll discuss with the other Admins before anything is truly final. I don't look at it as being a "tougher job" or anything - I love the community we have there, so being promoted to the administration team is something I view as an awesome opportunity!" DD: "And that's wonderful Dax really. You guys have a strong team of Staff over at HaloCustoms and I'm glad I know most of you. So I don't know if this is confidential or anything but what's it looking like for the expansion of HaloCustoms? You guys are obviously a growing site and are well known for having such a unique and great idea for a site. Any new affiliates on the horizon or any upcoming projects?" DAX: "You mean, besides world domination right? In all seriousness though, there may or may not be some work being done to the custom games aspect of the site in preparation for the next Halo installment, but I think I've already said too much! Besides that though, we just plan on staying active and growing closer with all the awesome Halo communities out there." DD: "We will certainly be keeping our eyes open over here for that! Speaking of being active with the other Halo Communities, I know you guys recently had an FC vs HC game. What were the parameters of the contest and how'd it turn out? Did you take part?" DAX: "Indeed we did! A while back, undr zid (Forge Cafe's head admin) came to me with the suggestion of a little inter-community rivalry gamenight. It sounded like a super fun idea that we couldn't pass up! To make it even more interesting, we decided that the losing staff team would have to put up embarrassing avatars chosen by the winning community. Unfortunately, the HC staff didn't play as hot as I was expecting us to! Needless to say, Psychoduck wasn't so happy about his new Justin Bieber avatar... I don't want to spoil anything, but from the sounds of it, I think we're going to try and host more regular inter-community gamenights with other communities as well. So be on the lookout soon! " And that's where it ended. I asked another question and never got an answer and I don't know where Dax is currently but I miss him. Dax is a very nice dude who made it fun to visit HaloCustoms back in the day. This interview took place in October/November 2013. So yea, there are interviews that I consider "ongoing" that are almost 2 years old and there are interviews that are ongoing that are less than a month old. I'll post what I can find of these for now. Peace out people. Hail .
  11. Hey guys so this has been in the works since like the end of April but a lot of time was taken with finals and then sheer laziness got the best of me at times. But I think posting this today has a lot more purpose in it than if I were to post it at the end of last month. So here's @Maestro: DD: "MAESTRO! Glad you agreed to this! Let's start with a little background here: What's your experience with Forge in Halo?" M: "Oh boy, you're starting off with the tough questions, aren't you? Anyways, I started tinkering around in forge back in the days of Halo 3. I didn't make anything worthwhile; all I did was hide power weapons in places that cannot be reached or add teleporters to areas that are otherwise inaccessible via the turret glitch. When I did try to make a map on Sandbox, it was usually an obscenely difficult racetrack. Keep in mind I was only 14 at the time, so map design was not my forte. And designing minigames...? Pfft, forget about it! When Reach came along, I actually tried to make something cool. There's a plateau war map sitting on my Xbox hard drive right now, where you have to shell the other plateau using tanks or sneak over to the other side. I also tried making maps where you had to explore all of Forge World to find power weapons and opponents. But again, none of this stuff was ever released. And then Halo 4 appeared. This game, in conjunction with seeing some of the cool things that THFE showed off, convinced me to make something and actually release it. Although my very first map is long gone (the remake was the subject of my 500th post), it's still the first game where I released my finished products. And... well, you can see where pursuing the art of forge got me. " DD: "That's great stuff! I've been following your work for some time actually and I've even featured one of your map packs in the old WSW. Switching up, Locke or Chief and why?" M: "I think it was Fort Leonard and Synergetic RS that got featured, right? Anyways, I'd pick the Chief. His dialogue in the trailer had a lot of power, and you could also hear a bit of the traditional Halo choir theme we're all familiar with. Locke... I can't quite put my finger on it, but his trailer just didn't have the same impact. I blame nostalgia." DD: "Yes it was exactly those two that were featured. I think a Fort Leonard remake is in order when you get an Xbox One. But I gotta agree with you I'm a Team Chief guy as well but I really like what 343 is doing with this campaign. Have you been following Hunt the Truth? Do you think that story will be telling of Halo 5 at all or do you think it's a waste of time?" M: "I haven't been following Hunt the Truth. But I think it will fill in some plot holes that Bungie left behind in Halo 2 and perhaps Halo 3 (which there are a lot of if you didn't read the books) and shed some light on what humanity thinks of the UNSC's actions. And obviously, it will also build up a lot of hype and anticipation for Halo 5." DD: "I think it's already doing a good job of that to be honest. So which Halo would you say had the best Forge?" M: "I haven't tried forge mode out in MCC yet, so my current favourite is Halo 4's forge. It introduced magnets, which made lining pieces up easier for the most part, and also had a variety of mods available. Were it not for a modded King of the Hill gametype that enabled the parent-child attachment feature, the remake of Halo Gear Solid would not have been possible." DD: "I think Halo 4's Forge was very user-friendly. It wasn't perfect but I played the best customs I've ever played on including any minigame by Charles Stoot or competitive maps from the Meet Your Maker Contest Infinity Slayer Forge Contest along with other maps by Forgers. It is arguable that Reach actually had better customs I've heard. Which game had better custom games in your opinion?" M: "Excluding mods, I would say Reach had the better custom games, since there were more built-in options to alter gametype settings and the like. Including mods, Halo 4 wins. Prior to the release of MCC, 0iah did a great job of showcasing what the modding community was up to." DD: "0lah is someone I've played with and talked to before, he makes really good videos. It's good to get your insight on these kinds of things Maestro. Are there any Forgers whose work you especially admire?" M: "I would say Charles Stoot and my fellow forge group member Zandril. Charles makes great minigames and Zandril makes amazing competitive maps. Delpen's work is also pretty good! He's made some interesting competitive maps as well. Other than those three, most creators of interesting maps tend to not release anything else and are one-hit wonders as a result. It's unfortunate, since they have the potential to make more great maps. But there's nothing we can do as a community other than give feedback and wait patiently for their next map." DD: "I totally agree and I actually didn't know Delpen Forged! So as a member of our Forge Group, do you have any interesting plans to execute in the future when you get MCC that you're willing to share a little info on?" M: "Sorry Dan, that's classified." DD: "Maestroooo ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Ok then could you fill in some readers on how the Teleforge 2.0 works? I think people have seen it but might not know exactly what it is." M: "For full details on Teleforge 2.0, I'd recommend checking out the thread. But basically, it's a Halo 4 community forge project where everyone puts a few pieces in at a time. For example, I would place 10 blocks, then Zandril would place 10 walls, and RSR would place 10 bridges. The three of us would keep placing pieces down (structure, scenery, gadgets, weapons, and spawn points and objectives in that order) until we have a finished map. You can put any combination of whichever type of object is being worked with at a given time, as long as you do not place more than 10 pieces down." DD: "The TeleForge has always been a great idea in my opinion since it started as Slik's CFP because it's like a Community Event on a different level. You're working together on a project but not in each other's presence. The collection of additions is a nice surprise when it comes back to your turn. So if you've noticed, your name was the first to officially be listed in the candidate for nomination in the upcoming USF so congrats on being in the race! What do you think of the USF Elections as a whole?" M: "It's all good fun so long as no one gets hurt... by that, I mean it's fun so long as there's no moderator intervention because people act childish and insult each other." DD: "Spyro's actually had to implement rule and policy updates because of things like that occurring in the past. He makes them a point by capitalizing them in the beginning of each thread. Unfortunately it's necessary. Glad I got your two sense on that topic Maestro but it's time to wrap up and post for the community. So what are some words of wisdom for our enthusiastic and involved readers?" M: "Live long and ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), and... this world is made of LOVE and PEACE!" Thank you Maestro, thank you readers, thank you . Maestro is up for United States of the Forum Presidential nomination against USF General Fishy and Ash the Strong. Keep an eye out for your Forge Group members on the site. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
  12. So this time around I went with Self Destruct - former MoM and damn good GFX artist. But he's lousy at shapes. Shapes are his absolute weakness. You'll notice one of the questions is dated but here we go: DD: "How did you land on 343i.org?" SD: "The first forum I ever joined was Halo4Nation in the summer of 2012. Unfortunately by summer 2013 the place was nearly dead, and I was forced to search for a suitable replacement. This eventually lead me to 343iCF in June of 2013. Initially I assumed it was 343i's stomping grounds, but I quickly discovered it had no relation to the company (I learned later on that there were a few connections, but not many). The place looked high quality (meeting my ridiculously high standards), and snazzy so I decided to join up on June 13th, and see what happened." DD: "I came here looking for the official website too when I started but quickly figured out that it wasn't it and stayed because it was awesome. So besides the quality of the site, what has kept you around here?" SD: "1: Activity. Most days on 343iCF are nearly the same as H4N at the height of it's popularity in 2012. 2: Frequency of contests, and events that people here host (this was very apparent in early 2014). 3: The amount of just downright funny people to talk to. 4: The ranks, and awards. It may sound dumb, but I was a sucker for these things after I joined, and I still see people here indulge in this. Not so much anymore since I've become uninterested (it seems a little pointless now). However I'd definitely try to get past Dedicated if another user group is added. 5: And finally (we all knew this would come), to talk about Halo, and other crap." DD: "Those are good answers. Honestly everyone was into ranking up and gaining site Awards at one point or another lol you're not the only one that's for sure. Do you have an Award that you're most proud of?" SD: "The MoM award. Notoriety, and Quality Posts come in second." DD: "I thought you might pick that one that's a very good one in my opinion. SD what keeps you busiest when you're on the site? What do you like to do the most I mean." SD: "Messing around in the Shoutbox, and hosting/playing the Mafia games." DD: "Mafia has been going on for a long time and it's very popular on the site I noticed! Are there any Events you're looking forward to or that you want to see this year?" SD: "Old vs. New is #1. I'm just hoping I can actually make an Event this time since I've been absent for more than a month. I'd also love to see Staff/Mods vs. Members, or one of Boss's Clue Events." DD: "Those are all my favorite Community Events for sure and I'm psyched about Old vs New coming up in a few days. I hope we get enough attendees. The Calendar is back on the sidebar of the forums page. Do you think that'll be useful in the future for announcing Events?" SD: "Heck yes. " DD: "Great I do too and I'm glad it's back! SD you're known for being a great artist in drawing and GFX. How long have you been doing those things?" SD: "Basically from around 3-5 years old. I started doing Graphics later on." DD: "That's a lot of time to hone your skills. I do all my GFX work on MS Paint because I'm a boss. So the Hunt the Truth countdown ended recently and we got some details on a war journalist named Benjamin Giraud. What do you think of the new character aspect 343 introduced?" SD: "Giraud seems interesting, and the voice acting feels convincing. There's not much to work with, so at this moment I'm a tad bit neutral on his character. I want to see how intricate, and thought out this "Hunt The Truth" thing really is, and if Benjamin Giraud has a larger role than what's said about him (like if he becomes a criminal for asking too many questions)." DD: "True we don't know much yet, those are interesting thoughts though. Do you think it's best for Halo 5: Guardians to release this year or would it be better for 343 to wait until next year (if they were ever not being rushed)?" SD: "I'd rather have Halo 5 release next year, and more of the 343 team working on overdrive to fix the MCC... this goes both ways for the game being rushed, or not." DD: "Same here I would rather have this game be everything we want it to be. Alright Self Destruct, you're a previous MoM, continuous name of the Top 15 List, and a hell of a member. Do you have any words of wisdom for the newer members we're seeing more of lately maybe for being successful on the site?" SD: "Posts: Quality > Quantity. Be yourself, and treat the girl members like everyone else. Try not to turn the SB into depression central (the topic may be serious, but we're all here to have fun. This hinders that... not to mention it becomes awkward for everyone). Join the Contests, and Events pls. That's all I got. Thanks for interviewing me, Dirty Dan. " And that was that! I'm real grateful to Self Destruct for agreeing to be interviewed and I'm glad we got it done! Sorry it took so long to post ;3. Hail .
  13. Hello 343i Community Forum. Keeping up with the string of interviews we have BATMAN, a long time member more dedicated than some of our grays. This is hands down the most personal interview I've ever done so hopefully you guys will learn something while having fun reading it. Here's BATMAN: DD: "BATMAN so I've heard the story of why you're the BATMAN off our site but can you tell the members that don't know how you got your name?" BM: "Honestly, I picked the name out of a hat. And since I was one of the first hundred-or-so-thousandth member, I was surprised when "Batman" wasn't taken; so I took it. I remember there was this one guy in the shoutbox a few thousand years ago who thought I was "hiding behind the name." I say what I believe needs to be said, and you're damned right I'd say it even if my name was "Nutty Squirrel" or something. After the notfunny jokes of Robin became old and notfunnier, I switched my icon to Batman Beyond's symbol, hoping to stop the unfunny. Mixed results. So, yeah, I thought of changing it a few times, but then I realized I'd have to reintroduce myself over and over again, and being as socially awkward as I am, I just stuck with the name-- through Hell or High Water, I guess this site's gonna have a Batman with my influence or without; so I may as well be said Batman." DD: "BATMAN has an unfunny history, there's a shocker ! Only joking there BATMAN. So on the topic of you being one of the older members here. What's kept you returning to the site for so long?" BM: "To be honest, I don't really know. I've been relatively antisocial on the site, considering how long I've been a member but still haven't gotten out of the Drones. Instead, I stick to the shoutbox, and despite the occasional awkward pauses, I find it enjoyable. If only they could count SB posts towards member rank " DD: "Lol then some people would reach the highest rank immediately! So do you wish to achieve a different member status on the site? Or do you feel it makes you unique and would like to keep your green name?" BM: "That'd be scary. I think it'd be interesting to see what would summarize me for the forum members in a simple title. While I want to remain active, I rarely find anything relatable enough in the forums to have an opinion on, so my forum post count is always going to remain low. So, I'm stuck in the conundrum of "Feeling like I didn't earn a title because I didn't actually meet the requirements" or "forever a noob." I'll leave it for staff, on that one.. if it happens without my influence, I'll still retain the 'satisfaction.'" DD: "I think you've earned something for being here this long now . BATMAN if you could have an Award made for the site that you thought of, what would it be and how would it be attainable?" BM: "I think it'd be a stylized pentagram with a transparent background. I'm not too sure on how it'd be attainable or what it'd be called, but I'm not the best designer. I'd want it to be difficult to attain, but anyone could get it. Team Demon, maybe... unlocked by playing a game with me or someone who already has it. *shrug* That's the best I can come with. Oh, and I think I've got an idea for my own unique member title, too. Exorcist. Might not appear as too friendly (it's honestly nothing to do with religion and whatnot, but I'm a rather spiritual type), but I'm pretty sure people know I've got a rather abrasive personality by this point." DD: "Both the Team Demon Award and Exorcist Member Title suit your characteristics perfectly. Next thing I want to ask you about may be a bit personal but I know you're feeling more comfortable sharing it recently as you've told me earlier: So BATMAN, when most members talk to you or meet you I would assume they think you're actually a BAT-MAN when in fact you aren't am I right? Care to go on a little on the topic?" BM: "Heh, yeah, I don't have the equipment most members do on this site; I've trained myself to articulate my opinion in a way that's abrasive and seemingly male; but in all honesty, yes. I'm a girl. And if I'm going to be punished (as in b&) for trying my best to appear as a dude on this site, go right ahead. I know how women are treated on the internet, and I wanted to do my best to avoid that. And since I know this isn't 4chan; I'm not gonna fall for the 'pics or GTFO;' It's either you take my word or ban me for finally coming out with the truth. A friend of mine let me use his image for the community yearbook (I'm sure a few members remember that event; first it was him, then I changed my name to Slenderman and posted a pic of him; pretty sure my post was deleted from the yearbook thread). But, when it comes down to it, I don't like taking pictures of myself. I don't like anyone taking a picture of me; I just quite simply don't like cameras (the unblinking eyes that they are... they creep me out; the same as mirrors). I don't consider myself a religious person (God will judge me), but Team Demon and Exorcist are really just things that came from the aforementioned friend; He's just as sick and twisted as I am and gave me a few pointers on how to let others think of me as my opposite gender. While I understand it's probably a bannable offense for trying to trick people it to believing I'm someone I'm not, fact of the matter is; I'd rather be called a liar than deal with mountains of people trying to hit on me and whatnot (I've dealt with my fair share of creepers); So my profile has been left unkempt for quite a while for that specific reason. It's better to be paranoid and virtually anonymous than having to deal with eff-tards that think that some text on a screen will stop me from being a *******. Yeah; when I'm cornered, I'mma be that blunt with it all. Even now, my girlie's reading over my shoulder, chuckling at my outrageous sense of humor with it all." DD: "Well when you have a good reason for hiding your identity, it is not punishable with a ban. It's simply a security measure for you. People in the past have not used it for a security measure but more for harassment. I think it's great for you to finally share that information publicly with the forum. I hope it feels liberating! So who were some of the first people you really got along with on the site of all the time you've been here?" BM: "Ha! When I first joined, I was blatantly told 'You should leave; Noone wants you here.' Sadly, my brain would rather hold onto the negative than anything else. Some kind of memory issue that I think I can't elaborate on.. Nothing to do with privacy or paranoia, but much more to do with what I've learned through meditation: 'There's a reason the mind hides things from itself.' (And to quote Supernatural, 'Don't scratch the wall.') And since this is gonna be a thread, if anyone has a better memory than I do, they're definitely free to recall the friendlier times I was here." DD: "Everybody had different experiences when they joined. I remember I got a sarcastic response from Azaxx on my very first thread after my introduction. I will never forget that Azaxx... What's one of your most memorable moments on the forums?" BM: "Back when the shoutbox had font sizes. People breaking it constantinuously because they wanted everyone to read their spam. Oh, the glory days of broken shoutbox and shout spam.. it was hell. Funny.. But terribad." DD: "That sounds like torture do you have any goals you wish to achieve here on the site BATMAN?" BM: "I'd love to get purp'd. Then, I'll work on the higher ranks, but I'll aim low for now But hey, even in this case, it's still aiming pretty darn high. Then again, MoM would be fun, but I can already feel the motherhood jokes piling up. And that's a no-fly-zone for me." DD: "All attainable goals if you ask me. So BATMAN what would be some words of wisdom you would give to newer members?" BM: "'Don't drink and browse the forums' would probably be the most sound piece of advice I can give. It's not too bad of a thing, but I found myself making really harsh jokes that were only intended to be taken lightly, but the inebriated mind will forget that sarcasm doesn't really show through text on a screen. I think that about covers it.." So that was me and BATMAN going about our interview! I hope you guys liked it and are looking forward to more because there's one just around the corner!
  14. Hey guys so it's been a while but Sikslik encouraged me to get these back and running again so thanks Slik and here's interview number 40, a follow up with Vitamin PWN. DD: "Vitamin, thanks a lot for coming back to do your second Interview with the Stars of the Community. What have you been up to on the forum lately?" VP: "Thanks for having me back for a second interview. As for what i have been up too, basically i've have just been hanging around here, talking with friends, making posters for Yoshi's presidential campaign, and basically anything to make the day go by faster lol." DD: "That's great . I know you've always enjoyed the USF Elections by Spyro for a while now. Could you tell us about your past experiences with them?" VP: "yeah i do love them, i think they are loads of fun. As for my experience with them, i mostly work as a propagandist for a candidate, which basically means i make them a ton of posters and things for them to use in their campaigns. I started many moons ago backing The Director in the first election,then i helped Zelda in her campaign, then i left the forums for a while and came back and i ran for a change, and ended up barely tying with Zebra then l helped Yoshi last election and now we're at this one and i'm helping yoshi once more" DD: "A former President of the United States of the Forum, that's a great thing to say. Yoshi was one of our best Forum Presidents to date. How do you fee about him being eliminated after the Pre-Poll and then coming back after Melody was disqualified and winning it?" VP: "I'd like to say as one of the biggest fans of the USF elections, this election has disappointed me with all the mudslinging being done towards the end of the pre poll.I understand that things can get competitive, but at the end of the day it's just a game meant for fun, and mudslinging and attacking other members over it make us as a forum look bad. and i hope nothing like this ever happens again. i was disappointed when he was eliminated because at the very least i wanted him to make the finals, and when he replaced melody it was bittersweet,i was happy that he got there, but it was sad that he didnt get voted in, but i was still ecstatic when he finally won. " DD: "I totally agree with you and that's actually why the USF Election Policy Update was put into place. It got a bit too hectic instead of staying a friendly competition between members. So the Spring Update is coming up for the forum in just about a month. Anything you want to see done or redone for the forum?" VP: "well like a few members posted in the spring update thread, i'd want the calendar side bar brought back, because it really made it easier keeping track of all the events we had coming up, other than that i really can't think of anything else i'd want to see done. I'd rather let more creative people come up with the ideas for the forums, that way i can be surprised by all the new features that get implemented when the update hits lol" DD: "Yes the Calendar has actually been brought up many times before so I hope it makes a comeback as well. Alright now Vitamin let's get down to business and talk Halo. Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta: what were your impressions?" VP: "yeah about the beta, i didnt actually play it, i didn't get on my xb1 for almost 2 months and the beta dropped during that time so i missed it " DD: " Hey that's ok it happens to the best of us. So if you've seen any gameplay, how do you think it looks in your opinion? " VP: "Now i haven't seen much game play, mostly because i like being surprised when i finally get the game, but from what I've have seen it looks good. It seems more fast pace compared to past halo games, and i like how you don't regen shields when sprinting. The ground slam ability looks pretty cool and while im not to crazy about iron sights being added im sure i get use to them real quick lol. Overall from the little bit of gameplay i've seen i'm really impressed and it's definitely gonna be a game i preorder." DD: "I played it and I actually found strategic advantage to all the new Spartan Abilities and not just aesthetic values and found that the new smart scope system is very useful as well! What are you playing nowadays VP?" VP: "i'm few games right now, i've been playing mostly Saint Row 4 and Gat out of hell on the Xbox one, and i just got Titanfall so i'm gonna start playing that soon, i have also been playing Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion on my PC, and AC: unity on the ps4." DD: "That's cool, good game choices there. Do you have a preferred next gen console?" VP: "No i dont really prefer one over the other, both consoles are great IMO,both have good things and bad things about them,and both have good games on them. That being said i've been focusing more on the XB1 lately mostly because played all the games on my ps4 to death already and im focusing on building my XB1 library" DD: "Very cool! I'm an Xbox One fan myself despite the horrible connection issues. Are you thinking about joining any Events in the future?" VP: "well i'm gonna join in Fishy's Titanfall event that's coming up soon, and i want/plan to join more events overall because i've been in a pitifully low amount of events in the past and i hope to rectify that. " DD: "That's great news! I hope we play together in the near future at an MCC Event. It's time to wrap this up now though VitaPWN. Words of wisdom for newer members in the community?" VP: "definitely, i look forward to playing with you and other members of the forum. and i dont really remember what i said in my last interview for my words of wisdom and i dont want to repeat myself lol, so im just gonna quote Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, 'Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!'" Thanks to everyone who read and thanks for the millionth time to Vitamin. If you don't know him you should talk to him, Vitamin's a very cool member and knowledgeable of the site.
  15. Hello 343i Community, potential voters, and future Presidents! Under Spyro's permission, I've conducted interviews with each of your Presidential Nominees to help you, the voter, more easily make your decision. We will begin with the Promotion/Events team's very own D-38 Boss! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? Pretty cool. I met a few of the older members (Many of which are no longer here.) and I was informed that this was in fact, NOT 343's official site. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? Activity. with many of the more prevalent members taking leave of the forum, a lot of responsibility is falling to the newer members. while this isn't a problem in and of itself, everyone feels the impact when a major member leaves. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Offbeat. It's more free form, and better accommodating to my idiotic brand of humor. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? You should know better then to ask that. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Reach. I love the feeling of being my own hero in a game, and Reach delivered that feeling ten-fold. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? The M6CSOCOM (Automag) from ODST. Everyone loves that dang thing. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Make my own award, and give myself ten of them. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? "Yo dawg. I herd you leik forums." 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Let me thinNO. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? There you have it, good luck on your attempt to gain the office of Presidency Boss! If you haven't seen it yet, D-38 Boss encourages you to look at his promotional video in the spoiler below: Moving on we have our next candidate from the Dedicated members group, he's a very helpful member, (and a pretty impressive driver ) everyone give it up for The Stig! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? The first day I was a member was exciting. But also nerve racking... You know what I mean? I wanted to set good impressions (First impressions are everything) and I also wanted to become friends with everyone I could. I was really nervous I might screw it up. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem we have to face I would say, would have to be the threat of us all becoming disunited, or a break in our unionization. Elections like this help bring us together. To me personally Its more about the community than it is about the election itself. Like the saying... "Its all about the journey, not the destination". 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Whichever one has the conversations I'd like to take part in that day. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I don't wanna name names. But my vote is on any one but me. (But my guess as to who might win would be down to Legend, UNSC, Edward, Yoshi, Drizzy, or Azaxx. I don't mean any disrespect to the other nominees. I know that I for one don't stand a chance against those big six.) 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? I know this might sound cliche (and maybe it is) but I don't have a favorite. It's to hard to pick one, and saying one is my favorite means I like it more than the others. And that is not the case for me. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? The Needler. (Energy Sword, Fuel Rod, Assault Rifle, and Battle Rifle tie for second.) (The Pistol from CE comes third) 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Ah... That's a tough one... Well, that's to much power for me, so I don't think I would be able to accept that much responsibility. Its best to leave it to the pro's who are worthy. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I would ask him whats up with airline food. With a follow up question of why my jokes are so lame... 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Yes. (Custom games, Campaign, Firefight 3.0/Spartan Ops 2.0 for sure. For it being in Matchmaking? They should let the community decide that...) 10. Why do you feel you should be President? Hmmm.... That's a good question. I don't think I deserve to be presidnet. I bring nothing special to the table, and there is nothing I can do, that Azaxx, or Drizzy or any of the other nominees can't do themselves. And they would probably be better anyways.... But no need to worry, if by some miracle I do win, I promise to be the best president I can! All great answers Stig! Good luck campaiging! Next up is one of the most prominent members of the Community and a senior Community Moderator, Drizzy_Dan! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day on the site was very welcoming. I made my intro thread and felt like this place was something I had been waiting to be a part of for a long time. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem within our community today is the lack of support for each other when in certain places. For example, putting down threads and OPs that people disagree with which leads to flaming and high escalating arguments and discouraging members from doing certain things that they want to do. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Offbeat topics because that's where all my interviews go and it's more for entertainment. I aim to please! 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? There are a lot of good candidates in the running and I'm happy to be running again. I think Maestro could win this one! 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? My favorite Halo game is Halo 3 because it was the golden age of competitive gaming and I used to love watching the MLG championships on a live stream as well as the Stride Championship Series. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? My all time favorite weapon in Halo is the Sniper Rifle. It's my most used weapon on all of the Halo games haha 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? If I could use a Moderator action other than the ones I have permission to now I would give myself permission to control 343iBot. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? If Twam were in the Shoutbox right now I'd say "Hi Twam ." 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Armor Lock is actually kind of a fun and cool idea but no. Armor lock should stay exclusive to Reach and Halo 5: Guardians should keep it out. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I should be Forum President because I've been it before and I didn't fail us before so I wouldn't fail us now! As usual a great job by Drizzy_Dan taking part out of his busy schedule to answer some questions, thanks D_D! Our next member is a former MoM, an excellent forger, and an overall great member of the community- SikSlik7! (Soviet Bear) 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day as a member of 343Industries.org was Saturday April 14th 2012. It was a warm and sunny day, but there was a chance of severe thunderstorms that evening. But concerning what happened on the forums that day, we need to back up a second here. Firstly, the forums was in a state of disarray. Some random member made a goodbye thread, and everyone went crazy and was all sad. However as it would happen, this member would be back and kicking within three months. This guy actually thought he was a dog (Absolute Dog if you guys haven't gathered already). People were genuinely sad, but there was an active and cheerful forum. At this time I was one of the last of my friends who played Halo regularly. I had gotten into forging and had made a few maps (more than a few). I was looking for friendly people to play Halo with, and I disliked the format of Halo Waypoint at the time. For some reason, most of it would not load. Yes, I joined knowing this was not the official Halo site. It was a miracle. When I joined, there were a few conversations going on in the Shoutbox at the time, one of which was about Computer programming between two members. Those of you who knew them would not be surprised to know that it was Luke and Twinreaper. I was welcomed and was able to enter into conversations that other members were having. It was great, and exactly what I was looking for. I had found some people I would be happy to play Halo with. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem that faces our forum today is the lack of green. In the shoutbox it is Staff, purple, or silver. Very little green, and when there is, the green is only there for a few minutes. In forum posts, there is very little thought by many green members, or very little commitment. This is to be expected, but the forum is not drawing as many people who are going to stay on the forums. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? I generally prefer the general discussion section, as most of it requires thought and leads to interesting or important discussion, not just in the world of Halo. Offbeats is fun, but there are many members that basically live there, and I think that is hurting the forums. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? The forum will win the election if I get elected, simple as that. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3, hands down, not even including the dlc. Great maps, gamemodes, and campaign. It is one of the most polished games I have ever played. The map DLC just made it better with a more elaborate form of forge. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? BR55HB SR: Need I say more? Best multi-use weapon in Halo, other than the Plasma pistol. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Ban Azzax 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? Well, This would be assuming that Twam showed up in the Shoutbox because I asked him to appear. I currently hold the record for any non-staff member summoning Twam to the Shoutbox (twice), and believe I am third to summon him to comment on a post (Zelda and Twinreaper definitely have me beat). I am ahead of most of the staff in this regard as well. Therefore, I would rub in yet again in everyone else's face. The real question here is, what was the sacrifice to summon him? 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Potentially it could make a return, but there would need to be some changes, as I assume there will be some of the new armor abilities and brand new ones in Halo 5. It was fine if the gametype and map balanced it in Reach, but I hardly see a great use of it in Halo 4, as the game is so much faster. Speed and movement is the key, and Armor lock in Halo 4 would have literally been a free kill for the enemy team once you popped out. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I should be the Premier because I have the best interests of the forum at heart. The social classes of this forum tear apart the interconnectiveness of the members to each other, as we are all Twam's children. For those who have heard the voice of Twam, you know this to be true. This would also fx the problem of not having enough greens, as all members would be of one color. Very well-written responses Slik, good luck on your quest for power! Our next interview is with the Legendary Lenny Face! Maestro! An ever-existent shoutbox presence and a lifelong Trusted Member, here's his interview! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? Oh boy, that's going back. I was only a young Maestro back then, and I certainly did not behave like the man you see before you now. I talked about forge mostly in the shoutbox and spammed a couple emotes until Zelda asked me to stop. You may have been there too, back when you were a young purple zebra. Then I posted topics for my first two publicly released minigames: Halo Gear Solid and Tesselatorium, both of which have been removed from my file share. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? Believe it or not, one of the biggest problems that I think 343iCF has today is an overabundance of playdates. While it shows that the members are dedicated to this community, which isn't bad at all, it lessens the impact of each playdate. Last year, when someone hosted a playdate, everyone got pumped for it. There were far fewer playdates than this year, but attendance was huge. Now that everyone and their dog (no offense, GSD or Dog or AD if you lurk in the shadows) have started hosting playdates, less people are getting excited; if they miss the one coming up this weekend, chances are there will be another one next weekend. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Until I make post #500, I'll stay in Offbeats. The only reason being that I don't want to be a silver member yet. Offbeats are more fun, and if you've attended a playdate that I've hosted or played Halo in general with me, all I want is to have fun. Offbeats offer fun. General Discussions aren't nearly as fun as Offbeats. Ever see a forum minigame in General Discussion? 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I'm really hoping that I make the march to victory, but I think that Da Boss is my greatest threat. He lost by one vote in the previous election, and since the current presidents aren't in the running again, there's a good chance he'll make it. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3. It introduced a bunch of new weapons, vehicles, equipment, and greatly changed the Brutes from invincible Wookiees into a diverse bunch of strong warriors with different tactics, strengths, and weaknesses. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? The Incineration Cannon. No other weapon can compare to scoring a one-hit kill on pretty much every type of enemy you see. Promethean Knights, Elites, enemy Spartans, the Mantis, they all fall the same when hit with the Incineration Cannon. Plus it's just so scary. Red bolts of death hurtling at you at breakneck speeds, then a red blast followed by bouncing red bolts and smaller red blasts. Did I mention red? And the sounds it makes. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Add a new rank above Dedicated, to give all members something to strive for when they join. I'd call it the Mythic rank, and it could be attained when a member reaches 5000 posts. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I'd ask him how the weather is out east. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Not in its useless title update form, but not in its overpowered original form either. I'd re-release it as equipment like Invincibility or Bubble Shield, and make it a one-time use only item that lasts for five seconds when you decide to use it. You have your precious Armour Lock back, but use it wisely! 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I shall serve the forum well, under the guidance of Shrek. Plus, if I'm elected president, the people shall get a presidential playdate! Oh, and I'll save the economy and get big business OUT of politics once and for all! Great job Maestro, we not only wish you good luck on your march to Presidency, we wish you happy Lenny face! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Yoshi1176 hails from the Dedicated Members group and has a very friendly presence in both the forums and shoutbox. I'm sure you'll enjoy his interview. 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day on the site was like most of the people that are no longer here, I left after the first ten minutes and disn't come back for a week or so. I then came back and saw how all the elder members acted and how they were like a family and I wanted that. And now I am here today with friends, and even a sort of family. Although I wasted my first day I make everyday here worth wild. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem we struggle today would probably be communicating with the new members, there are a few that came in and made a name for themselves but others are still shy and don't get involved. It is the responsibility of the older more prominent members to welcome them and get them involved. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Personally I like the offbeat section, I love the games and topics that dwell within that forum. I do like the general discussion forum as well because its a bit more serious and a good place for learning stuff. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I think while I would love to win this election, I belive Drizzy has a good chance at winning. He is very popular around the site and is a genuinly good guy. (I still want to win) 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3, The first game (including non Halo) that I played. I loved the story and the gameplay. And not to mention the countless hours of customs and forge with my cousins. Halo 3 delivered some of the most memorable experiences for me. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? It's probably the DMR. Although it isn't a orthodox Halo weapon I enjoyed everypart of weapon it was balanced or so I belived and it was effective. Not to mention how cool it looked. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? I would probably give out some sort of award to all the loyal members of the forums, they work hard to keep this place the nice, friendly, and enjoyable place that we all dwell. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I would probably discuss the ins and outs of the forums with him. See how it all works and how he manages it all. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? I actually liked armor lock. Many people had other opinions on it but I enjoyed it, especially on BTB on Halo Reach. Whats more fun then taking down a warthog with armor lock? 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I feel I should be president because I am one of the commoners, I see the members trusted members and dedicated members and I enjoy talking with all of them and I feel there voice is important. And I would be the mouth that there voice flows. Thanks for the great replies Yoshi! Best of luck to you this election! I remember meeting UNSC Spartan-II in the shoutbox for the first time last year, we hosted a spur of the moment Halo 4 Birthday event, and he has continued to be a helpful and active community presence. Here is his interview: 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day was definitely one of the most interesting. I had so much to learn and explore about this Forum. So many friendly people to talk to and interesting topics to discuss. It felt like home. I was real happy to be here and since that first day I've loved this place. I was extremely active in the forum and enjoyed seeing all the replies and interesting ideas everyone had come up with. That day encouraged me to become an active Member here. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? I don't see many problems myself. The Staff here seem to have everything under control all the time. If I had to choose something, it may be a bit of site lang from time to time. Many Members suffer from this and I have before too. Sometimes it's a personal problem such as bad internet, not the site. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Well, to me it really depends what the topic is about. Offbeat has some fun threads and games, but General Discussion usually contains some interesting information and news about the forum or Halo. I'll go with General Discussion on this one. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I think that Ledgend1221 will win this election because he's always happy to help other Members out and is very friendly. He is always talking in the Shoutbox and making a few jokes here and there. How can I forget his roleplaying? He would make a great Forum President in my opinion. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? My favourite Halo game is Halo 3, but just by a bit. I choose Halo 3 because of the memories I have from that game. I remember first playing it, one of the best moments of my Halo History. It is definitely one of the most Memorable Halo games to everyone. It introduced so many new features and was loved by many. It was also massive for Red vs Blue. Halo 3 had a great Campaign, it's campaign developed on so much of the story and left us with a massive cliffhangar which brought up so many possiblilites and theories. It's multiplayer lasted what felt like forever and still entertains many today. Halo had something unique about it, something that made it my favourite Halo game. It was full of new experiences. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? Assault Rifle. I choose the Assault Rifle because it's one of your best friends when it comes combat. It's a standard issue UNSC weapon and is with you from beginning to end. It has many different models, some better than others in different ways. It's one of Halo's most iconic weapons and is well known to everyone who has played Halo before. I find it to be very reliable and is great for close to medium range combat. It's always used by Marines and Spartans and you learn a lot about the different models in the books. Your Assault Rifle won't let you down...unless it runs out of ammo. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? I would probably create a section on the forum based on Halo Lore. This could be discussed anywhere, but having an entire section dedicated to Halo Lore could allow all members to learn so much more about Halo and spread their knowledge. Halo Lore covers many things, the games, comics, books, videos etc. A section for Halo Lore could have all these things compressed to one section and discussed there. Halo is full of things to learn and a lot of those things actually exist today or are being developed. We can learn so much from each other. If that doesn't work out, I'll just have a Doge smile created. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? "Thanks Twam for everything you have done and are doing to make this forum what it is. Without you, we wouldn't all know each other like we do today and we'd be missing out on all of this. Thank you for all the time and effort you've spent for this forum. Your work is successful and we are all grateful for it. Keep up the awesome work Twam. :twam:" 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? I personally think Armour Lock should not return to Halo 5. Although some liked it, the majority of Halo gamers developed a strong hatred towards it. Some people would agree that getting rid of armour lock in halo 4 was one of the best things 343 industries have done. If they bring it back, the game will only have a bad reputation for it and 343 may gain some hate, and trust me, they've had enough hate that they don't deserve. For most people's sake, I think that Armour Lock should not return to Halo 5. It would also make no sense if Halo 5 if set 5 years after Halo Reach and they bring Armour Lock back for no reason. It wasn't in Halo 4, no good reason to have it back in Halo 5. Armour Lock should be a one time thing. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I think I should be president because I'm a friendly Member and love playing Halo with others. I'm active and always welcome new Members that join. I never offend any other Members and always follow the forum rules. I respect every Member here and think that you are all awesome. I bring a positive impact to the forum. I'm generally a nice guy. I'm well educated in Halo. I try to help out others when possible. I get along with everyone. I will continue to support the forum no matter what. Very good replies by Spart, good luck on your campaign! I'm sure all of you will recognize our next interviewee. He's always in the shoutbox, and always cracking jokes, ladies and gentlemen... Ledgend1221! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? It was great craic. Baconshelf introduced me here to get stuck in Halogeek's forum RP, which I happily did. The first day was pretty much that forum RP and getting to know the members involved. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? Well, personally one of the things that I see is wrong is the people who say they will attend an event, then don't without ever saying they can't make it. This is a somewhat common problem that needs to be rooted out and destroyed! 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Offbeat. Offbeat represents the ultimate freedom. Where you can say what you want and discuss it, no matter how goofy or thought provoking it is. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? Maestro. He carries the spirit of what makes this forum great. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo: Combat evolved. Halo at it's purest, simplest form. It's the game that defines Halo. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? Warthog. Prepare for ramming speed! 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Shoutbox ban Azaxx. Justice for all! 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? G'day 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Yes, after it was refined from Reach. More content is always better. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? Because the people want a figure, someone to rally around as we rise up against the iBot. What the people want, I shall give. We will make the forums a better place for everyone. Great job Ledge, very good answers (except for the last of course ;D ) I wish you luck on your run for for office! Our last interview is with the King of The Shoutbox and former Australian President of the Forums, Azaxx! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? Don't remember from 3 hellish years ago. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The lack of praise I get. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Neither, secret forums is best forums. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? Me, I have a 100% success rate in all the elections I've stayed in. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3. Because it's the best. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? Halo 4 Sniper, and the Halo 2 Needlers. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Able to edit admins without getting permission blocked. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? Hi Twam, your favourite member is here. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Sure, no reason why not. 10. Why do you feel you should be President? Because I actually use my term, unlike the others who are all talk but take no action. Thanks for your time Azaxx. Well there you have it, I hope this has helped you better know your candidates. Remember voting ends this Sunday, and if you haven't already cast your vote, you can do so HERE. (For Drizzy ;D) ALL HAIL TWAM!
  16. Welcome all to the Presidential Debate! This election's debate features two prominent members of the Forum. These members have worked hard, overcame the other candidates, and now are counting on your votes to send them through. They will be presenting their arguments for two key questions this Forum wants answers to, Ladies and Gentlemen welcome, your candidates: Yoshi1176 Maestro Conan O'Brein ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Welcome to the Debate Gentleman, Yoshi1176, you're opening statement please. (Words of Yoshi in Cyan) (Words of Maestro in Lime) Yoshi1176 *walks on stage shakes Zebras hand* Thanks for having me. For those of you who don't know I am Yoshi1176. It may seem that I am just running for president but for me its much more than that, its the joy that comes from serving the community that I love. I feel I am a good choice for president because I have what any responsible politician has, A presence in the place he serves, a strong backing of peers and other followers, and a good attitude. My main goal is to be able to voice the opinions of my peers so that they can feel just as important as anyone else. And again thank you for the time. And now for your opening statement Maestro. Maestro *walks onstage, shakes Zebra's hand* It's a pleasure to be here. As you may have heard, I am Maestro. I have become acquainted with many of you, and would do everything in my power to keep our beloved community safe. Throughout the years, I have been at the helm of the nation of Alexhstan, an empire of 52 billion people and been the mayor of several cities, many of which have had a population over 100,000. I possess a large influence despite only being here for a year, as well as loyal supporters and a powerful sense of justice and loyalty to the community. I bring experience to the table; I have been in a leader's position for 13 years- that's over half my life. I will ensure that your voices are heard, and work to improve the forum in any way possible. Yes, Yes, let's give our candidates a round of applause, Now, we have our first topic of debate, Spambots and Trolls. So tell us, the people, if you're elected to the office of Presidency how will you handle spambots and trolls? Maestro If I am elected president, I will make certain that the spambots and trolls are banned swiftly, efficiently, and permanently. I will also see to it that additional security is installed to prevent them from signing up in the future. Anything that I can do to prevent another Spambot War from taking place, I will do. Yoshi1176 If I were elected president I wouldn't declare war on the spam bots. I would have my people perform psychological test on them to find out why they wish to harm our forums. I would then develope a cure for there problems so they can enjoy our forum just as much as we do. And if all else fails we will call in our mods to get the job done. Once they ban the spambots they will be welcomed back from the frontlines with the respect they deserve. Nothing beats good old man power. Maestro How can you perform a psychological test on a spambot? They're a bot, a machine. They will not listen to reason, nor do they have the capability to learn from what you or I or anyone else has to say. The trolls can listen, but they will not learn. Both spambots and trolls come in here with a mission, and they will stop at nothing to complete them. The spambots stop by to advertise their questionable services and steal your information. The trolls show up to make you angry. The only way to stop them is to cut them off at the pass, prevent them from entering the community at all. Yoshi1176 I guess your right about the bots I let my compassion get the better of me. But with the trolls don't you want to help them there must be something wrong with them right? I feel everyone deserves a chance. Also you want to put in some high end security system? What will our Mods do? They spend there time rescuing the forum from the bits and they enjoy helping out or else they wouldn't be a moderator. Wouldn't you want people to help fight the bots and so there part for the community which would in turn make tighter bonds with the members. Maestro There is the potential to save trolls. If there is something wrong, there is the potential to save them. But, that potential is very, very small. The moderators will have their work cut out for them dealing with any trolls that may breach our security system. If they are not willing to listen to our words, why should we put them to waste? Yoshi1176 So you want to implement a security system that will fail enough to keep the mods busy? It would be easier to put more mods on the street but have the new ones completely dedicated to the war against bots and trolls instead of a few mods who are running around taking care if everything wearing thin. If we take them out almost as fast as they post we can discourage them and send them to another site. Like I said, we need manpower. Really great answers. Yoshi1176, give us your thoughts. If a Civil War broke out under your Presidency, which two groups of members would it be, and How would you handle it? Yoshi1176 If a war were to break out it would probably be between ps4 and Xbox One buyers. I've seen a lot of these arguments here. To break it up you would have to someone first come in and stop the argument but then remind everyone why they are here. We are all here for a game that we love, doesn't matter which console you buy because your here for the Halo franchise. Whether or not your going to buy the next one that doesn't matter. It's the fun experiences that brought us together. Reminding them if that could cool both sides off fast in my opinion and if that doesn't work we've got the mods who can intervene. Now for your closing thoughts on the possibility of a Forum Civil War Maestro. Maestro I think that a civil war between Bungie Halo fans and 343 Halo fans would be more probable. The Halo community as a whole has fractured thanks to Halo 4's release. Diplomacy is the best route to resolve this issue, and is always the best route to go when a dispute arises. As Yoshi stated, Halo is the reason we're all here. It shouldn't matter which company makes the games, as long as we enjoy Halo in general. If diplomacy fails, then the dispute can always be settled by taking up controllers. If there's still some residual bitterness, then the moderators can step in. Thank you two gentleman for your time today! That concludes our Presidential debate, thank you for taking the time to read this, and for further reading on these two candidates be sure to scroll below to see some of the answers they gave in their campaign interviews. Vote HERE! This interview is with the Legendary Lenny Face! Maestro! An ever-existent shoutbox presence and a lifelong Trusted Member, here's his interview! 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? Oh boy, that's going back. I was only a young Maestro back then, and I certainly did not behave like the man you see before you now. I talked about forge mostly in the shoutbox and spammed a couple emotes until Zelda asked me to stop. You may have been there too, back when you were a young purple zebra. Then I posted topics for my first two publicly released minigames: Halo Gear Solid and Tesselatorium, both of which have been removed from my file share. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? Believe it or not, one of the biggest problems that I think 343iCF has today is an overabundance of playdates. While it shows that the members are dedicated to this community, which isn't bad at all, it lessens the impact of each playdate. Last year, when someone hosted a playdate, everyone got pumped for it. There were far fewer playdates than this year, but attendance was huge. Now that everyone and their dog (no offense, GSD or Dog or AD if you lurk in the shadows) have started hosting playdates, less people are getting excited; if they miss the one coming up this weekend, chances are there will be another one next weekend. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Until I make post #500, I'll stay in Offbeats. The only reason being that I don't want to be a silver member yet. Offbeats are more fun, and if you've attended a playdate that I've hosted or played Halo in general with me, all I want is to have fun. Offbeats offer fun. General Discussions aren't nearly as fun as Offbeats. Ever see a forum minigame in General Discussion? 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I'm really hoping that I make the march to victory, but I think that Da Boss is my greatest threat. He lost by one vote in the previous election, and since the current presidents aren't in the running again, there's a good chance he'll make it. 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3. It introduced a bunch of new weapons, vehicles, equipment, and greatly changed the Brutes from invincible Wookiees into a diverse bunch of strong warriors with different tactics, strengths, and weaknesses. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? The Incineration Cannon. No other weapon can compare to scoring a one-hit kill on pretty much every type of enemy you see. Promethean Knights, Elites, enemy Spartans, the Mantis, they all fall the same when hit with the Incineration Cannon. Plus it's just so scary. Red bolts of death hurtling at you at breakneck speeds, then a red blast followed by bouncing red bolts and smaller red blasts. Did I mention red? And the sounds it makes. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? Add a new rank above Dedicated, to give all members something to strive for when they join. I'd call it the Mythic rank, and it could be attained when a member reaches 5000 posts. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I'd ask him how the weather is out east. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? Not in its useless title update form, but not in its overpowered original form either. I'd re-release it as equipment like Invincibility or Bubble Shield, and make it a one-time use only item that lasts for five seconds when you decide to use it. You have your precious Armour Lock back, but use it wisely! 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I shall serve the forum well, under the guidance of Shrek. Plus, if I'm elected president, the people shall get a presidential playdate! Oh, and I'll save the economy and get big business OUT of politics once and for all! Great job Maestro, we not only wish you good luck on your march to Presidency, we wish you happy Lenny face! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Yoshi1176 hails from the Dedicated Members group and has a very friendly presence in both the forums and shoutbox. I'm sure you'll enjoy his interview. 1. What was your first day as a member of 343i.org like? My first day on the site was like most of the people that are no longer here, I left after the first ten minutes and disn't come back for a week or so. I then came back and saw how all the elder members acted and how they were like a family and I wanted that. And now I am here today with friends, and even a sort of family. Although I wasted my first day I make everyday here worth wild. 2. What do you feel is the biggest problem our Community struggles with today? The biggest problem we struggle today would probably be communicating with the new members, there are a few that came in and made a name for themselves but others are still shy and don't get involved. It is the responsibility of the older more prominent members to welcome them and get them involved. 3. Would you rather post in the General Discussion or Offbeat Topics? Why? Personally I like the offbeat section, I love the games and topics that dwell within that forum. I do like the general discussion forum as well because its a bit more serious and a good place for learning stuff. 4. Whom do you feel will win this election? I think while I would love to win this election, I belive Drizzy has a good chance at winning. He is very popular around the site and is a genuinly good guy. (I still want to win) 5. What's your favorite Halo game? Why? Halo 3, The first game (including non Halo) that I played. I loved the story and the gameplay. And not to mention the countless hours of customs and forge with my cousins. Halo 3 delivered some of the most memorable experiences for me. 6. What's your all-time favorite weapon in Halo? It's probably the DMR. Although it isn't a orthodox Halo weapon I enjoyed everypart of weapon it was balanced or so I belived and it was effective. Not to mention how cool it looked. 7. If you were allowed a one time moderator action, what would it be? I would probably give out some sort of award to all the loyal members of the forums, they work hard to keep this place the nice, friendly, and enjoyable place that we all dwell. 8. If Twam were in the ShoutBox right now, what would you say to him? I would probably discuss the ins and outs of the forums with him. See how it all works and how he manages it all. 9. Should Armor Lock return in Halo 5? I actually liked armor lock. Many people had other opinions on it but I enjoyed it, especially on BTB on Halo Reach. Whats more fun then taking down a warthog with armor lock? 10. Why do you feel you should be President? I feel I should be president because I am one of the commoners, I see the members trusted members and dedicated members and I enjoy talking with all of them and I feel there voice is important. And I would be the mouth that there voice flows. Thanks for the great replies Yoshi! Best of luck to you this election! BE SURE TO VOTE HERE! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  17. Hello everyone are you happy this one didn't take 5 months!? I sure am and I'm incredibly happy with who I got as my interviewee this time around. He's our head Forum Ninja! Onsokumaru, everyone. Enjoy: DD: "Onsokumaru! Thanks for complying to this interview. Ok here's something I've always wanted to ask you and it's very important. Where on Earth do you get your ninja gifs from??" ON: "I just want to say, all will be revealed soon.... As the ninjas will soon be getting new upgrades ;)" DD: "All the ninjas will be getting upgrades? Very interesting.. Can we talk about Ninjas and Forums and Forum Ninjas and Ninjas vs the Forums and any other combination of the two? How did getting your clan involved with our site hit your mind?" ON: "Well let me say that only a select Ninjas receive this upgrade! And I just thought hey a lot of people talk how they are lone wolves or how they're better by themselves, so I just wanted to see how the forum does if the work together! And from the past games they work really well! And Ninja VS The Forum became an event which brings the forum to work with one or another to see who's better, The Ninjas or The Forums?" DD: "Well your idea proved to be pretty awesome and very successful. So for those that don't know, who are your Ninjas that are also members of 343i.org? Let's out some of these guys here :shuriken:" ON: "Well only ninja members here are: Mayh3m and Spyro!" DD: "Mhm. I see. I'm fighting my suspicions about there being other Ninjas hidden among us and trusting your word on that . Onsokumaru, how'd you find your way to 343i.org?" ON: "That's a good question! Well let me see.... I remember back I was just looking around for halo help and such and I came across this site!" DD: "And we are all very lucky you did . So is there an initiation to becoming part of the Ninjas? Are you allowed to reveal such information?" ON: "Classified" DD: "A man of mystery I see . When you joined, who were some of the members that first made an impact on you?" ON: "Not really anyone impacted me :P" DD: "None at all? No one you looked up to? With that being said then onsokumaru, what would you say is your favorite thing about this community?" ON: "Well when I was first on the forum, I was still getting around so not much known yet lol and my favorite thing about the community has to be the dedication to halo! :P" DD: "It's true we are very dedicated fans of Halo and we really enjoy each other's company when playing. In the short time you've been here onsokumaru, you've already become the Member of the Month and part of the Staff on Promotions and Events. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by how much you've achieved in such a short amount of time or do you feel like you were meant to do this?" ON: "Well to be honest here I did feel overwhelmed, I thought I would be one of those members who wouldn't take this site seriously but I guess I was wrong!" DD: "You are great at what you do and we are all grateful for it onsokumaru. Since you've already gained some of the site's highest titles, are there other accomplishments you strive for? Maybe not a title or position but maybe an Award or just a general event to occur?" ON: "Hmm well I would love to help more out and maybe go for community moderator like you! but Promotion and Events is where I am, so I guess I am here for the time being :P" DD: "That's great goal and I don't think it's unachievable for you. Onsokumaru, do you have any words of wisdom for the members of the 343i Community?" ON: "Well members of the community, there is one way to get around here, and that is respect! Just treat everyone the way you would wanted be treated, and always think before you type because you only get one chance and if you mess it up, you will always be stuck with it... And who knows, if you treat other people with respect, the will treat you the way you treated them. So be polite, and respect one another. :3" Love the words or wisdom. Round of appluase for our whacky Promotions and Events Department's onsokumaru! If you don't know onsokumaru he should be on your list of people to meet! He hosts great Events and is a pleasure to talk to and is hilarious. Thank you all for reading. HAIL
  18. It's been about 5 months since one of these has come out and I'm ecstatic I got to finish one. This member was bound to get an interview with his passion for gaming news, his rise to MoM, and his story of how he turned over a new leaf. Guys put em together for Edward Kenway! DD: "Edward Kenway, it's good to have you for an interview especially with your newly achieved status here on the site. But before we get into that I wanna talk more about you before you were the MoM and before you were even Edward Kenway. Edward, some people in the community are familiar with you as OMEGA from not too long ago. Also, a lot of people don't know this but you've been here for quite a long time but didn't become active until just last year. What kept you waiting so long and what sparked your interest all of a sudden?" EK: "Well actually, you're correct Drizzy, I have been here quite a while. I joined up around June of 2012, and was here for a bit as your average member on the forums. After a few months, I lost my account on here, as I logged out and my e-mail got hacked, so I couldn't log back in, and I was really bad with passwords at the time. I regained my account when I popped back in around the beginning of 2013, and logged in by Facebook. A decision I regret now, I started getting into the Role-playing scene. During that time, I kind of laid low on the forums, not really 'contributing' per say. Fast forwarding a bit, since a helpful Community Moderator named Church and a close friend in Communications named Bnus began talking to me, I realized what I was doing was wrong, and pulled a 360. I decided to attempt what I'm skilled at, and work on reporting on News for the community. A certain MoM actually really inspired me to aim a bit higher as well, I remember when he was wearing the pink back in the Summer, I think that was the spark that attempted to convince me to join a better crowd, and attempt a better opportunity." DD: "Well you certainly have a knack for finding some great news. I make sure to put one of yours in the Wrapup when I can. When you started posting news, did you think MoM would ever be attainable in your future?" EK: "The idea passed around in my head but I always kind of shrugged it off, my goal wasn't ever to get an award, I just loved posting news, and, evidently, that got me noticed by some staff members like yourself. But no, when I began posting, I never really imagined myself in the position, my heart almost discharged out of my chest when I read my name on that post, because I was so in shock that I got it." DD: "It was truly deserved Edward and I can only imagine the excitement! So since OMEGA is in your past now and you are now Edward Kenway, does it bother you when members continue to call you OMEGA?" EK: "Sometimes it does bring me back to my past, which is what bothers me, not the members who do it. I still regret my past, and try to leave it behind, and usually that name pushes my actions back in my face again. It's incredibly alarming when someone looks at you with the knowledge of your mistakes and your fears. But, I realize it's gotten attached to me though, so the best thing I can do is remember what I did, and prevent it from bubbling up to the top again. But I never really cared what people called me honestly, it even says it on my About Me." DD: "That's a great way to think about it. It's not like any members are trying to disrespect you with it and I feel like you definitely understand that. Does becoming MoM give you bigger goals that you want to achieve for this site in the future?" EK: "Oh yes, definitely, I don't plan on stopping at MoM. I'll still do articles each and every day, still do Events when I can, and still defend the forums the best I can, even long after my MoM title is gone. In the process of doing that, I've set up my own personal goals, to eventually reach to far lengths on the forums. I always admired the now gone Absolute Dog and his status on the site. He was absolutely legendary, known far and wide on here, maybe even more than Twam. It's a high goal, but you set goals not just to reach them, but to gain new skills with them. A goal is much less if it is not a difficult expectation. People don't expect you to reach it, which is what makes the glory when you finally get to it so much sweeter. Which is why I'm aiming as high as AD's status." DD: "How very ambitious of you. So you're looking a possibly long career on this site! So Edward, do you feel you have obligations to the site as its MoM? If so, do you feel like we're expecting something of you as a Community or are you expecting something from yourself as our site's MoM?" EK: "The obligations I feel I have are the same as though I was a normal member, I simply attempt to follow the rules and put out daily content that the community enjoys, really nothing else. Being a MoM didn't bring any "weight" on to me if that's what you're wondering, it's the same, just a different shade on my name. I simply believe that the community (and myself) expects what it normally would, to be a good member." DD: "That's great Edward! And I've noticed you haven't let up at all which shows great dedication. When you get news, what types of articles pique your interest?" EK: "Well, I usually judge by community interest. I started out doing all types of articles back in, I'd say November or December, and then narrowed it down a bit. Really I look for what the community enjoys and reads, which, at the moment, is Titanfall, which is why I post a lot of Titanfall articles. Xbox One articles also get quite a few views, so I do post them regularly as well. It's not really what piques my interest, though that does play a part in it. For example, the recent article about the CEO of Microsoft stepping down, and someone else replacing him, I had seen about a day beforehand, but I wasn't all that interested in it, so I left it to our news group to do, despite the fact I knew it would be popular news among those in the community. I go by articles that are both interesting to me and to the community. I am very interested in Titanfall, despite the fact some think I dislike the game, which I don't, It does look like a cool concept, so since I am interested in Titanfall and so are the majority of users, I will post a lot of Titanfall articles near release." DD: "Catering to your community is what makes for great news Edward and I like that. That's what I try to do with the Wrapups. They can't be serious all the time, our community loves fun and jokes and laughter! Speaking of fun, what are some of your hobbies besides being our MoM?" EK: "Real life hobbies? Well, I'd have to say I do enjoy writing poetry and doing video editing if that counts, haha. I never really do "outdoor" activities. I do enjoy free-running and parkour though, still a novice in that field. My hobbies on the site are pretty much the same lol. Write news, edit videos, work on photos, and just chat. That's really it for me, I have few hobbies compared to most." DD: "Few hobbies but some pretty challenging ones. None of those things are really easy in my opinion. Edward I've noticed that even though you've been writing articles on the site for some months now, they've actually changed a bit. Have you had any help or guidance when writing your articles?" EK: "Actually, yes. I received a Personal Message from the news group member TheCooliestOne telling me he wanted to share the guidelines with me, as well as just give some tips. Then Red actually shared some guidelines with me as well to help out. Both really did an awesome job and I know they're trying to improve my skills." DD: "Like I said, it's showing. And I'm glad you're still putting articles out there even after The Pink Age of Piracy. I know it must be a little bittersweet going from minus green to the sophisticated silver color but what does this mean for your news articles? Will we still be seeing an Edward Kenway piece as often?" EK: "Of course, in fact, I expect double the articles now! When I was MoM, I had a lot of events going on my life as well as on the forums that got in my way. Now, I'm for the most part clear, so I expect instead of the maybe 6 articles a week, about 9-12 a week! Plus, a lot more news has been going on that I've been dying to cover, so expect quite a bit these coming months." DD: "Wow that's a lot. Let's hope your new doesn't get stolen again while you're at school! I certainly look forward to that and I'm glad to hear you won't be declining. So Edward, it's that time now. Time to finish up the interview with this Star of the Community. Edward Kenway, what words of advice or tips do you have for members who wish to seek and write articles the way you do?" EK: "Well, if you're looking to get into writing articles, just know this: Anyone with a passion can write the article, I myself have never taken a single professional writing class, and rather I study the topic that I'm writing about! No matter what age you are, no matter what your writing or grammar is like, if you have the passion to do it, you can! You just have to believe in yourself! That sounded corny, but it's true. If you're having further troubles, ask for some advice from a member of the News Group! Thanks for having me Drizzy_Dan!" No thank YOU Edward for participating. It feels good to get one of these back up again. More interviews with more special members are on the way so don't you fret! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. PEACE.
  19. Good gosh it's been some time since I've gotten one of these done. I've been working on them believe me but with the laptop issue and school and work coming up things just really slowed down. This interview was maybe over a month in the making but one I was looking forward to. Ladies and Gentlemen, your September Member of the Month: Zandril: DD: "So Zandril, how long have you been Forging in Halo?" Z: "I forged a little in Halo Reach. But that was casual forging. I only started forging for real in Halo 4. So I guess you could say that I've been forging since Reach. :)" DD: "Casual Forging and Forging for real? So what divides the two? Is it the play-style of the map?" Z: "I think it is safe to say that the phrase casual maps is a category that are meant for maps that aren't very good for competitive gameplay. To understand the difference between the two categories, one merely needs to know what qualifies for competitive maps and for casual maps. I would define competitive maps as maps that can test the skill of an individual or a team and allow them to demonstrate their abilities in Halo. So, for me, competitive maps are maps that are designed in such a way that a player can show his skill at Halo. Of course, this is simply my opinion. I've heard other people say otherwise and cite different reasons. _________________________ Back in Reach, I forged obstacle courses, Horse maps, etc. Now in Halo 4, I forge competitive maps that are similar to maps that you'd see in competitive Matchmaking." DD: "Yea and I've looked through your maps and I'd say I'm quite impressed. So ForgeCafe? Is that your home forum?" Z: "Yes, I'd like to consider Forge Cafe my home forum. I love it mainly because of its community. The regular members there are as dedicated and friendly as one could ask for. The weekly Custom Game Nights can also be a blast to play in." DD: "Zandril how do you feel about the success of your Map Marker Pack? It was a great idea from the start and now it's blown up and is pinned on every map submission forum and recommended to be used by Forgers in the Meet Your Maker Dominion Forge Contest." Z: "I'm very happy about the success of my Map Marker Pack. If I counted the total number of downloads from the very first version to the latest, it'd be somewhere around 700 downloads. So yeah, I'm very happy with its success. My Map Marker Pack was actually inspired by Sillygoose's weapon blueprints. I used it a lot to improve the quality of my map posts and to give viewers more information about the map. But I noticed that the weapon blueprints don't always agree with the overview picture of a map in terms of contrast. So I decided to come up with my own weapon markers. And soon after that, I came up with images for gametypes, vehicles, and spawns. With some help from xAudienceofone from Forge Hub, I was able to make multiple styles for the markers making the Map Marker Pack what it is now. And I honestly didn't know about it being recommended for the Meet Your Maker Dominion Contest. But now that I do, then...yay! :D" DD: "Well that's amazing and I'm sure the number of downloads has doubled already! Zandril you post an incredible amount of maps in a short time and they're all beautiful for competitive play. These are maps that have time put into them it's clear. How many hours a week do you Forge would you say?" Z: "I'd say that I forge at most 5 hours total every week. This is mostly because during the weekdays, I'm stuck in my college and sadly, there's no Xbox there. The only time that I posted more than one map was just recently. About two days ago I posted three maps. This was because of a rainstorm that happened in my place that destroyed my internet connection. The silver lining is, classes were suspended for a week at my college, allowing me to forge for a whole week. I'm not saying that I forged nonstop for the whole week but I definitely spent quite a bit of time on those three maps. One of them, I started before the storm. So maybe I only made 2 and a half maps, if there is such a thing. Forging a good map requires time. And thinking. A lot of thinking. Back then, when I was still starting out as a forger, I made a lot of maps really fast. Sadly, all these maps came out mediocre because I was just placing pieces without any real thought process. Now, I'd like to think that I'm past my stage of mediocrity and am capable of producing a map that would really shine. Here, take a gander. http://www.343indust...ic/31044-xenos/ http://www.343indust...31045-praelium/ http://www.343indust...ic/31046-silex/" DD: "That's a little less Forging than I thought seeing as you post so many maps. I've taken a look at the last 3 you've posted and they look great. Thanks for providing the readers with the links. So Zandril! It's happened! Your work has been noticed and you're now 343i.org's newest Member of the Month? Are you totally out of your mind excited? Does it mean you might like us a little more than ForgeCafe *wink wink*?" Z: "Haha. I'm very excited about being 343i's new mother MoM. Out of mind excited eh? Uh, let me think. Yes! Uh, I mean, you know... no big deal. Liking 343i more than Forge Cafe? Allow me to present a list of my favorite forums. 1. Forge Cafe 1. 343i Community forum 1. Halo Customs 2. The rest We have a three-way tie!" DD: "I was only kidding but that's great to hear! I'm glad we made that big of an impression on you! So what makes those your top 3 Halo forums and what's different between the 3? What do you like most about each?" Z: "I love Forge Cafe because of it's community. A lot of the members there are very dedicated to the site and are very willing to help new members. They're fun guys to play Halo with too. Another thing that I like about Forge Cafe would be its friendly and more or less mature atmosphere. When you go into the FC shoutbox, there would be no curse words. No foul jokes. No cursing. Mostly because FC has an Oracle Bot that monitors the chatbox. But at least you can interact with it. Not to mention that the weekly FCCGNs (Forge Cafe Custom Game Night) are super fun. ___________________________________ Now, on to 343i. I like this place also because of it friendly atmosphere and community. But something that sets it apart from Forge Cafe would be all the events. One would be the Community Forge Project. I'd join the CFP if I had the time but college gets me pretty busy. Another thing I like about 343i are all the conversations. There's always a forum discussion that you can participate in. Forge Cafe and Halo Customs have their "dead" moments where there's like 2 guys in the entire site. I'm yet to see that happen here. ____________________________________ Now, for Halo Customs. It's simple why I love HC. Because of all the customs. I've lost count on how many hours of enjoyment Halo Customs gave me. There are customs happening everyday and it's not all map testing lobbies. There are lobbies for Flood. Lobbies for mini games. Lobbies for campaign. For Race. There are just so many to choose from and if one chooses well, he can have the best time." DD: "Well those are some of the best things about our site and the others. Speaking of Forging events, are you working on projects in our Forge Contests going on at the moment? The Free Roaming Flood Forge Off and The Meet Your Maker Forge Dominion Contest." Z: "Ah, those forging events. For the Free Roaming Flood Forge Off, I wanted to submit a map. But it turns out, my map doesn't qualify for the contest because I made it too early. It's a shame too. I honestly thought that my Flood map submission could've made it far in the contest. Not necessarily win the contest but make it far enough. It was the first Flood map that I've ever forged too. Despite that, I think the map turned out pretty well. Here's some pictures. ___________________________ I'm also not joining the Meet Your Maker Dominion Contest. For two reasons. One, I have college to attend to. Dedicating my time to a map would definitely get in the way of my studies and schoolwork and I'd rather not get distracted by a Forge contest. Two, I've never forged a map for big teams. As I understand, the proper amount of players needed for a Dominion map is more or less the same as the amount of players for a BTB map. I've only forged maps for 1v1 to 5v5. Haven't made one for 8v8 yet. And I'll still have to learn about forging BTB/Dominion maps as I have next to no experience to forging them. __________________________________ I wish I had the time to join both of them. But my personal schedule just didn't agree with the contests. Best of luck to the participants though." DD: "Wow those screenshots look great! I'm sorry you couldn't submit previous work Zan! And I'm sure everyone understands why you can't enter the Meet Your Maker Contest. It would've been awesome to see what you could do in that gametype though. So being mildly new to our community here at 343i.org, I'm sure you don't know that upon becoming MoM, each new one gets a MoM Wish that could be almost anything (within natural reason of course. For example, the Offbeat Forum is actually a MoM Wish of a previous MoM). Instead of asking you in your announcement thread I thought I'd ask you here and have everyone read it as one of your answers. So Zandril, if you had to make a MoM Wish, what would your MoM Wish be?" Z: "A MoM wish? This is quite the difficult decision. But I'm gonna make my wish a simple one. Can Zanny have a custom title?" DD: "You sure can! I hope you like it! Now Zandril, the community wants to know, what is your advice to the members that want to follow in your footsteps and make an impact on the Halo Community?" Z: "My answer: Easy. Just be willing to help anyone and everyone you can. Don't do it for the 'fame', do it because you genuinely want to help around in the Halo community. But know your own skills. That way, you can offer them at the area that will be able to make use of them the most. For example, you're good at forging. Then you give feedback to maps that don't get any. I guess I'm saying that you should stick to what you're good at. I'm no saying that you shouldn't try other things but it's important to know if a certain activity is just 'not you'. I can imagine if I gave tips to players on how to be a skilled Halo player. "You must abandon your teammates and rush the enemy position any time you want without and regard for teamwork!" That would have been a disaster. Another tip is, be nice. No one likes a ****** and if you get known for being one, it'll be very hard to get "******" off your plate. And, for one last tip. Listen to the people who are more successful than you. They most likely know what they're talking about and I'm sure you'll find their advice very helpful. That's all I can share because those are what I did to get where I am now." What an interview! That last answer was a little racy but hey! If you want to follow in Zan's great footsteps take that advice! Thanks guys for reading this, I know it was long but there were pictures! The pics were nice right? Thanks 343i.org and look out for some other good ones coming soon!
  20. This was a long time coming and I hope you all enjoy it like I did. There's a question in there that occurred before January so we didn't know SykoWolf would be our next MoM. Shout out to our January MoM and second Aussie MoM SykoWolf! Azaxx wrote this in his signature yellow font which made my posting of this interview much easier. Enjoy all: DD: "So Azaxx, what's an Azaxx?" AZ: "Thats a question so many have asked, but I'm afraid I must disappoint you. It honestly means nothing xD. About hm, 5 years so I think, something like that, I was thinking of syllables to put together to make a name for some game on the computer at school. Oh yeah, I wasn't doing work. But the two syllables Az and axe came into my head. I thought Azaxe doesn't look so great, so I put Az and Axx together giving the same sound, just looking better." DD: "That sheds a lot of light on that topic and I hope a lot of people who were curious before read this haha not doing work as usual I see. Azaxx what do you like more: Ponies or Mudkips?" AZ: "Well, that's a very tough question, since the older members know I used the Mudkip profile pic for over a year, but now I changed to ponies. Honestly they're both pretty equal. Mudkips are funny and lead to lighter conversations, however ponies also lead to a little trolling, there's nothing better than seeing someone get a little annoying with constant spamm-.... talking in the shoutbox about ponies. But if I were to pick one over the other. It would be ponies, because Fluttershy is best." DD: "I am surprised by that answer haha I was sure you'd pick Mudkips! So Azaxx, what's your favorite thing to do when you're on the forums these days? I remember when you and Donut used to compete neck and neck for the Top Shouter Award when it was still around and you actually took that award from Donut!" AZ: "My old favourite thing was to yes, try and overtake Donut for title of the shoutbox leader. But once I did that, I lost the motivation to continue to well....."spam" as some say. These days I just prefer to lurk, talk via PM's and help members any way I can... And continue to do the occasional fast paced typing in the shoutbox." DD: "Good, that makes me feel like this forum is still a familiar place knowing that you still love to light up the shoutbox every now and then with your rapid shouts . Now I know you and IrishElf or Zelda as she's named now are very good friends and I already know without question that you were ecstatic when she was awarded MoM this month. Shout out to Ms. Zelda and congrats on MoM! Do you have any honest, helpful candidates for January's MoM in mind?" AZ: "Yeah I do have some people in mind, but their names won't be told because that takes the fun out of the surprise doesn't it? Some members have truly been outstanding these past couple months. So I have no doubt that my thoughts in my head will come true in the next couple days. So I say good luck to the special members who may get that incredibly special honour." DD: "Keeping it a secret! That's no fun! Ok that's kind of fun and I guess we could wait a little to see who it is haha. So if you read my interview with Kurt that just came out but was very old, I asked him about the old Top 15 List and if it was biased or unbiased and then it disappeared for a few months. It's made its return now and I want to ask you the same thing. Do you think it's possible to have a list like the Top 15 and have it be unbiased? Also, do you see it as a popularity contest?" AZ: "I see it unbiased. I've said that in the past, and still believe it now. Sure people think it's a popularity contest, which has made some debates over its existence, but when you have a good team looking at the members of a whole, well except the banned. They look for the character of a member, someone who is kind, unique, willing to be friendly to others for no return and other good features, a list will be unbiased. The most recent one written up by Sykowolf was one of the best I think we've had. Old to very recent members got on, some shoutbox users, and some being not. So I think it's a good addition to the forums." DD: "Yes and a shoutout to SykoWolf because you are very right Azaxx, I think it was one of the best because it had such a wide array of members: old and new, forum posters and shouters. So imakequilts was just added to the Staff roster as the new head of Promotions/Events! What do you think or hope she'll bring to the title being that she's a senior member?" AZ: "I hope she can run incredibly smooth play dates and events like some great ones on the past. The occasional giveaway are hard on my view to work with, just like the Christmas tree one Absolute Dog and Syko were working with, I saw a lot of stress but also a lot of happiness from the end result. So I hope she can stay and make these things work without any worries at all." DD: "I don't have the slightest worries about imakequilts because I knew she used to be a very active and very kind member from what I've heard and she's fun to play Halo with haha. Let's jump to another subject that's more personal to you Azaxx. What's your most, or one of your most, fun or fond memories on this site? Our wonderful 343i Community Forum !" AZ: "Ohhh, of the so many things I've done this would be hard. I think it would have to come down to two options, becoming Australia's first MoM or taking Donut over for the most useless title of the shoutbox king. As much as I like well, brag over my obsessively high amount of shouts, and the time it took to beat donut. I think being MoM was the best moment I've had on the site. Probably because it felt so unique and special being someone not from USA or UK." DD: "Being the first Australian MoM is a very big deal. Being MoM in general is a hugee deal in itself! What do you think of the new crowd that's flocked to the site since before the release of Halo 4? Do you find yourself meshing with them and making a lot of new friends or do you like to lurk because you wait for some familiar names to pop into the shoutbox?" AZ: "I lurk a huge amount more these days. Only coming on for friends or to help someone who isn't getting anything from the shoutbox users. Sadly the shoutbox has gotten a little more "hostile" with the huge flock of haters, but nothing that should deter our lovely members here. As for the new crowd, they can be incredible, but at the same time a worry. Great friendships I have seen have been made with the newly greens and the older members of all colours. But those specialisations code members, big worry trying to sort it out." DD: "You bring up a very significant issue that occurs here on the forums and I like to talk about those and what the members think of them. What's your take on members trading codes and posting codes for MS points and so on and so forth? And do you think we do a good job of keeping this issue at bay?" AZ: "I think moderators made a great choice with the new policy with code trading. It's also risky giving a code or something that you can't physically see, because of the risk of fraud. The idea of trading with someone is nice, and special to get something you want in exchange of something else. But that does not always does that go to plan, as we've found out unfortunately." DD: "I couldn't agree with you more there Azaxx. And with that said I'd also like to say it's been great getting to know you more and I hope a lot of the newer members get to reading this. So Azaxx what is some advice you have to offer the newer members with hopes of becoming long term members here like yourself?" AZ: "Be yourself and make the best of things around you. Make long lasting friendships with the great people surrounding you, be kind to everyone, even if they aren't you best of friends. Being kind shows all who you really want to be and that is a great member." Nice and simple! Azaxx was very fun to talk to and interview and although it took a while for me to finally get things going, it didn't take too long to get it actually finished. Thank you Azaxx for participating and thank you 343iCF for reading and commenting and liking these and encouraging me to keep doing more. Once again shout out to our MoM SykoWolf who got a nice mention by Azaxx for just being the great member he is. Thank you again!
  21. BOOM! I just hit you with what could've been a third Double Feature but separated them! I separated them because each interviewee deserved to get their own shine for their time put in. This particular member is getting a LOT of shine however this month. That's because this member is our Member of the Month. Ladies and Gentlemen.... Spades N AZ: DD: "Spades N AZ, name origin story, GO! I've tried asking you in a lobby of yours once and you didn't want to answer so I'm asking for you to tell the community now!" SAZ: "I remember that lobby actually and I totally dodged the question that time but it looks like I have some explaining to do. I have been nicknamed Spades for a very long time now. The nickname came from real-life poker but the location and players associated will stay anonymous for several reasons. I won't leave you hanging, however, so here is a little background associated with the name Spades. I have enjoyed poker for 20+ years and have had my fair share of pots from playing. Enough that my friends stopped inviting me over on those nights, whoops. For example, for something Xbox related, World Poker Tour had over 3 million people playing and I stayed in the top 100, and as low as 62. Now the suffix tends to be very simple yet often misunderstood. Let's clarify that I am not a Russian Spetnatz nor do I have AIDS. But I can sometimes be a spaz because Halo is exciting. The real background is very simple and straight forward. For several years, when I lived in North Carolina, it was Spades252 ( NC area code) but before and after that it was Spades480 (once again AZ area code). Then I got sick of names with numbers after them and needed something original so I changed it to this one. I have always appreciated knowing where my friends are from in this great Halo community so I made it part of the nickname. Is that too long?" DD: "Nope that's perfect. Write to your heart's desire because we're here to talk and give the Community something worth reading haha. That definitely gets rid of some the mist shrouding your name's origin and I'm willing to accept that we can never know the full story . So Spades is it weird not being apart of the 343i.org Staff now? Do you see your name in the Shoutbox and give it a funny look?" SAZ: "I really haven't ever been someone who needed a title. So it really doesn't have an affect on me. I was helping Doggy dog out long before I became staff, however I could. I was just helping a friend with similar interest and a common goal. Which was, to make Halo better and provide an outlet for the voice of the community to be heard. When I met him we kind of clicked instantly. We both had a passion to serve and connect the Halo community. Guys like Absolute Dog, Warholic, Insane54, and Oakley HiDef(too name a few) are few and far between in this Halo world. They are natural leaders who want to improve the game they love." DD: "And I couldn't agree with you more on that statement. All of it, not just the thing about Dog, Insane, WARHOLIC, and Oakley. You've never needed a title. You are the host of the, hands down, best custom game lobbies in the Halo Community. Renowned by more than just our corner and HaloCustoms. Speaking of those Custom Games Nights, you've stopped a couple months ago. Now I've heard of plans of your return, how likely are those plans looking at becoming reality as of right now? SAZ: "Yes I have been killing time on Happy Wars and now Fable 3 until Destiny comes out. They are both great games but honestly just time killers while I wait for the much anticipated Destiny game. I have been on Halo a few times (3) since I left 4 months ago and the updates do not look like 343 is learning or listening to the community. Therefor, I am putting all my hope into Bungies (the creators of Halo) new project Destiny. However, to answer the question directly......... Yes CGN will return! When I stepped away from Halo 4, I realized that I missed the community and friends more than Halo 4 itself. I have even had gamers from Happy Wars send me messages, asking if I'll do CGN again. Custom games have been limited with the lack of options, that we got used to, from REACH. This doesn't mean that there are not amazing maps and gametypes that the community has created. From the beginning, I have tried very hard to let forgers get some exposure through CGN and I have neglected that service to the halo community. It will not be weekly anymore but I will definitely be doing random sporadic lobby's here and there. I never realized how much the community loved it until I left." DD: "But of course! You have, hands down, the best custom game lobbies on Halo. I'm not just saying that and there are many others that agree. I believe it was Psychoduck who said this when he was showcasing Squally's map for the Meet Your Maker Contest Runner Up Winner video and I remember thinking, 'That is so true.' Let it be known that I had only gone to your lobbies 3 times and those 3 times were unlike any others. Always something new and fresh, always a good job hosting. And I guess you could say that the Community also didn't know what it had until you took it away? And with what you said about waiting for Destiny and being disappointed in Halo 4, what would you say about your thoughts on what Halo 5 could potentially be like?" SAZ: "Thank you for the kind words Drizzy Dan. It was definitely good times and I miss the fun we had. As for Destiny and Halo 5. I have been back to play Halo 4 recently and played some terrible maps like Settler in matchmaking. With all the amazing maps that this community forges, why would they think that Settler is worthy of matchmaking? I don't feel that 343 is listening to the community and because of that they are loosing their fan base. The statistical plummeting numbers don't lie. Of all the games I have ever played, this is the most supportive community that a game has ever had. Without the support of fans their legendary game will end. Lets hope that Halo 5 can rejuvenate the hopes and trust that the community is loosing. As for Destiny....I CAN'T WAIT!!! It finally makes sense why Bungie would let their most prized game go. They had bigger and better in the making." DD: "Destiny looks fantastic and I've been into it, and I know many others have too, since before their ARG a few months ago. So Halo 4 is ultimately not looking good (to put it in a good way). I've seen the recent announcement for CGN's return and I'm flippin (to put it in a good way) PSYCHED. But now it's going to be on Halo 3? Why Halo 3 as opposed to Halo: Reach? Because I can certainly understand why you wouldn't go back to Halo 4." SAZ: "Halo 3 instead of Halo REACH? Good question. Most people who have played customs have started either on REACH or Halo 4 and many have never played Halo 3. This is one of the most loved Halo's of all time. The beginnings of forge, true matchmaking game list, great playable maps, and of course the largest and longest of any Halo's online gameplay. Many true fans of Halo (like Absolute Pomeranian) still prefer this Halo to any other. I personally liked Halo 2 and Reach more but that's because of the memories associated with them. As many people know, Halo 3 has been announced to be FREE during July to download. This means that those who do not have it can try it with nothing to loose but a lot to gain. My only advice for the CGN nights is try to RSVP (@Halocustoms.com) early and be online at least 15 min beforehand. I expect a ton of people trying to get in each night and those who RSVP and sent messages will have better chances of receiving invites." DD: "I hope everyone hoping to attend Custom Games Night pays attention to that answer and jots notes! Personally, Halo 3 was my favorite. So many good memories on there, I asked because it was the most recent Halo before 4. Thank you for clearing that up for us. So I might be jumping the gun here Spades but besides CGN's return, do you have any other projects in the making at the moment? Maybe some ideas that you'd like to see come to life?" SAZ: "Well you may not like this answer Sir Dan the Man but the answer is "YES", I do have other projects and ""YES" they involve Destiny. Unfortunately that is all I can say at the moment. Also for the record CGN may only be returning for the month of July. Whether or not it continues further is totally depending on the amount of people willing to go back and play Halo 3. If we rock the month of July, I may do Halo REACH the next month." DD: "Nonsense, I love every answer I'm getting right now Spades. I love that we're even having this interview at all! Alright so news was released that the teaser we saw at E3 for the next Halo was not Halo 5. With that being said, do you think that there's any hope in 343 rebuilding and regaining the love and respect of their fan base with this new game with this new game?" SAZ: "That is correct it has only been nicknamed Halo 5. Although you can't really give it a completely new title if the Master Chief is a character in it. Master Chief equals Halo, bottom line. So maybe another game like ODST or REACH, who knows. You know I hope that they learn from their grievous mistakes but as we approach the year mark rapidly, Halo is not changing for the better but rather still rapidly declining. I have been playing more Halo recently and the common consensus is that they only play because of the social interaction of being in large lobby’s with friends not because they like Halo 4. I wish that this new generation of Halo gamers understood why we are all up in arms about these changes but they tend to enjoy Halo 5 more than the veteran Halo players. So I think that Halo will always be able to continue but with a new and younger community which might be refreshing, who knows. However, I have a feeling that a large part of the community will shift to Destiny all together and the sales for Halo on Xbox one will be much smaller this time around." DD: "I think that that's a great observation and great assumption of what the future would be like for Halo and Destiny both. Well I've been waiting for an announcement to be made and it has. You're our new Member of the Month, our MoM. For someone who's never needed a title and always thanklessly supporting the Halo Community, does this feel like it should? Like you're getting the admiration you rightfully deserve? How's it feel MoM??" SAZ: "Haha well um thanks. I see this more as a pat on the back then a title. With so many great people who do so much for this forum, it does feel pretty special to be singled out. I can be blunt and straight forward with a lot of things but those who have truly taken the time to get to know me also know about my softer side. It's like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing going on. Disciplining the obnoxious or rude gamers in lobby's or verbally slapping a thread one minute. Then counseling someone in need of help for hours online or defending the guy getting bullied in a custom lobby. I guess that's how my passion for boxing was so misunderstood back in the day. People would always be shocked when they saw me in the ring because that other side came out. Usually I'm just seen as a 6'3" softy with a big heart who works as a L.M.T. Honestly that's the way I prefer it though. Oh and the part where admiration is deserved. No one deserves admiration or respect, too many people think it's owed to them. You earn those things in life by giving your time, energy, and most importantly respect to others." DD: "Well damn, if that isn't the most humble, modest answer I've ever read . Is it possible for this place to like you any more than we already do? Spades N AZ, you are a fantastic member not only of our corner of the Halo Community but across the whole shebang. Please give the readers some words of wisdom from your creative mind. And I mean that in question form. Will you please?" SAZ: "Well I will bestow to you my own life personal motto. Two words which will encompass a pathway to true happiness. Trust and respect. Think about it. If you offer these qualities to others then you would not steal, cheat, lie, or mistreat others, among many other things. These two words are important enough to me to have a tattoo of them. Demonstrate them to everyone and don't be fearful of it being maltreated. It is human nature to be guarded, but simple genuine feelings break down barriers which might prevent you from your next opportunity. You miss out on great friendships, job opportunities, and good times when you don't allow yourself to be free. More times then not, people will let you in. As humans we like to experience trust and know we are respected. Be the first to offer these fine attributes to others, be genuinely concerned of their welfare, and expect great results. The balance of life will return to you more than you give, if done selflessly. Apply this to your own life and test it out unless the super-fluidity of my phraseology is too copious for your diminutive comprehension." BOOM AGAIN! I just dropped the atomic bomb on you with the interviews! Everyone please thank Spades N AZ for this because I couldn't thank him enough. RSVP for CGN coming up July 12th right here! Thank you everyone for reading this because like I said, I'd just be an idiot without your support. PEACE. HAIL
  22. Ok so here's an interview I've been waiting to do for some time. Everyone should enjoy this read a lot. The Gryffin is a well liked member by all who know him here on the site and is part of a major YouTube Channel called The OnlineKnights. Here's my interview with GryffinGuy: DD: "Alright GryffinGuy, where does the name come from? You like Gryffins a lot yeah? :lol:" TG: "Gryffins, Griffins, Gryphons... however they're spelt. Indeed I do. I tend to write stories often during English classes and examinations at school, and depending on the stimulus I will usually write about the same characters and plot; A boy named Roger, with his pet Griffin, in the hopes to find the Griffin colony and set his free. I actually have a teaser of what I wrote in an exam, buried somewhere in the "Offbeat items" section... Anyway, Griffins have played a major role in my childhood, to the point where I decided to change my GT to the known: "GryffinGuy007". The word "Gryffin" is now used in almost all of my usernames online. The obvious change of the "i" to a "y" was done because, well... I thought it looked cool. You'll also know I'm a... sub-fan, if you will, of the James Bond series." DD: "Yes I've noticed you mark your signature maps like Shipwreck and Airliner with your 007 suffix. Two great Infection maps. So is that what you like to Forge most Gryffin, Flood/Infection maps?" TG: "I like to call myself an Aesthetics forger. Although I don't forge a flat canvas with various aesthetic creations on it (not anymore), my maps are focused mostly on aesthetics. I'll be honest, I can't help myself. I can't forge symmetrical arena-style MLG maps with no aesthetics; I MUST have aesthetics. You'll see its very noticeable through my maps - I don't focus so much on gameplay (as I probably should), I just focus on creating a beautiful map where players are permitted to soak in the aesthetics. To answer your question, as of this day I believe I have more Slayer maps on my Fileshare than any other gametype. These aren't typical Slayer maps however - I like to call them "Aesthetic Slayer" maps. I do enjoy forging Flood because there's plenty of room for aesthetics, so be on the lookout for any Flood maps being uploaded, especially after I had my first watch of "Zombieland". *hint hint*." DD: "You just watched Zombieland for the first time?? Well I'll take those hints that you gave as a clear indicator that you're still thinking of ideas but ultimately have no clue what you'll be making. I wanna talk about the OnlineKnights if that's alright with you Gryffin. The OnlineKnights are pretty well known on YouTube and in the Halo Community and I think it's awesome that you're with them. There was a time when people thought the OnlineKnights had disbanded or gone on hiatus. Why did people think that? Was there inactivity or did you guys really stop and then get back together again?" TG: "Since I'm somewhat new to the channel, I may not know of this inactivity. However, when I did join, the channel was very busy with a variety of new series' being released and welcoming the few new channel members - including me. So no, I don't recall the OnlineKnights disbanding or re-grouping, but we were settling in with a plethora of new additions to the channel." DD: "Really? I'm sorry I didn't know you were new to it! Well that sparks up some different questions then! Firstly, how did you come to be a part of the OnlineKnights?" TG: "Haha well, it's a long story, so I'll keep this as compact as I can. Basically, I've been running my own small channel for a little while. I didn't get as many views or subscribers that I'd hoped, but I continued. After watching successful channels such as THFE and The PFL, I realized I had to join a group - be part of something greater. Therefore, there'd be regular uploads, more recognition and I could be part of a great community. Robius5991, the obvious leader, had provided me with great feedback on my maps, on this very forum. I too, had seen multiple of his maps; they looked amazing. Eventually, he uploaded a video with one of his map submissions. I had a look at it, then looked at the channel, explored it - I saw it had... Almost 1k subscribers if I recall. Not too small, not too big. After OnlineKnights featured a few of my maps, I realized I could offer myself to the channel as a member, and continue my trailers and content over there. He took it into consideration, I gave him a commentating demonstration, and we had some later discussions. Eventually, I read through some Terms and Conditions, signed them off, and I was in. I haven't done too much for the channel yet, and I do have to be discrete in describing what's coming soon, but I'll be hosting a brand new original series which I hope will attract a whole new crowd, as well as participating in the others. I suppose that block of text I just wrote isn't really compact at all, but I tried. xD" DD: "No it was not compact I'll say that but I loved every bit of it. Now that is awesome. The want to go out and be something and help the Halo Community in some way has drastically decreased lately so you're doing a great thing Gryffin. I actually know of Robius, he's a Dedicated Member here on the site and is one of the 2012ers. So a new series you say? I know you can't go into detail but is this going to be a machinima or a map feature series? Can you just give us the genre of what you'll be doing?" TG: "Oh okay, if you insist. Trailers. Where the community has the chance to submit their map for a trailer, made by yours truly. More information on the trailer-submissions will be provided on the channel VERY soon. That it mind, I've actually began to direct a Machinima using users of this site, but also recognizable forgers as voice-actors. However, I'd like the series to be a surprise to the community, so I'll keep quiet" DD: "Trailers! Awesome! I love map trailers they're so much more interesting than fly throughs and such. That's a really cool project you're working on Gryffin. So how many of you are there in the OnlineKnights?" TG: "As far as I know, currently we have 9. 7 on our Halo team, and 2 on our Minecraft team. The 7 Halo members are: Rob, JKR, Tikitorch, Mimi, H2AKON, AbandondedData and myself. Some of us commentate, some record, some cover gameplay. In our Minecraft team, we have N1CK and 10chickens. There's also, however, a Pelican-load of players who have signed up for our Customs team. Although not 'official members', these people have first priority in our Customs. You can easily just ask to be signed up for this." DD: "You guys have a pretty close knit team of Knights! I think it's very cool that you are apart of this team and I love the idea of the upcoming map trailers. Is 343i.org your preferred Halo forum Gryffin? You will not be shunned if it is not :lol:" TG: "Oh, most definitely. I'm so glad you asked that question. Not only is this my preferred Halo forum, but my preferred website. This forum is unarguably the most amazing website I've ever been apart of. The community here is amazing, and surpasses all others: by being so kind and organized. This has been my most memorable and satisfying experience... ever...of all time. I've met incredible people, such as my big brother-from-another-mother Azaxx, and the moderators, such as yourself. I can't express my deep love for this forum enough; it's sparked almost all of my hopes and dreams. I first came here for THFE, but now I come here for the community." DD: " Excellent answer. Not just because you made this your home but because of the reason why it is your home. We fall into the same category there when we're talking about just over the top excellent members coming together to be a close knit community even though there's quite a bit of traffic coming on the site. So Gryffin would you say you enjoy Halo 4? Because Halo 4 has not only gotten a lot of flak from the Halo Community, it's been nuclear bombed. What are your views on it?" TG: "To be completely honest with you, Drizzy, I don't mind Halo 4. Sure, Halo: Reach's forge was sleeker, and more refined, but I guess we'll have to make do with what we got - and we got a fair bit of new nifty objects. I feel the Multiplayer is tighter, but lacking that teamwork touch due to the lack of Falcons available. Overall, I felt Halo 4's Campaign was utterly amazing; truly one of my most memorable gaming experiences. That aside, there's really no need for all this hate towards Halo 4. It's a relatively good game - not great, but not terrible. Some aspects are pulled off remarkably well, some not so. The fact that the Multiplayer is now dead, saddens me, as this may be the fall of a once brilliant and renowned franchise that has shaped not only my life, but I'm sure others' too." DD: "I love Halo 4 and I think the gameplay is great. I don't play it all that much but that doesn't mean I don't like it. I think you made very strong points and these are clear to the community. What do you think about 343 handing the Flood Playlist over to the community and using some of our maps and gametypes? Do you think they should do this with other playlists as well?" TG: "I very much appreciate 343i handing over the playlist to the community. My friend, Auxi Klutch, was one of the three whose map got into Matchmaking. Other friends are either having maps considered, or participated in the creation of the new Flood gametype, Hivemind. Handing the maps over to the community for other Matchmaking playlists, may not be so fantastic. For playlists such as Action Sack and Skirmish, community maps would be very beneficial. However, for playlists such as Big Team Battle and Team Slayer, the map list may begin to clutter with arena-style symmetrical maps. I'm not suggesting that's such a bad thing, but 343i's beautifully crafted maps may go to waste. I enjoy the beauty and aesthetic-appeal of the standard maps in Matchmaking, as they provide a sense of variety. I do, however, really get a kick out of playing other forgers' maps and seeing what they've created. Seeing some beautiful, asymmetrical maps in the other playlists would be a nice sight to see though." DD: "Astoundingly put my friend! And although I don't think it'd be so bad if they took out Settler and let in some more Community maps in BTB, I like the idea of maps being put into Skirmish and Action Sack. Action Sack has a lot of potential for minigames getting put into it and that would be AWESOME. So ultimately I agree with what 343 did here and it's pretty cool that one of your buddies got their map into the Flood playlist. Well Gryffin, it's been a hell of an interview. It's time to conclude and give the people what they want though: a published version . Gryffin, what's your advice to members of the Halo Community who wanna go out and do something in it like you have with the OnlineKnights?" TG: "There's a simple process you may undertake in order to be greatly involved in the Halo Community. YouTube channels or clans tend to be the best option available. Whether you're like to forge maps for the community, provide them with combat tips or just wish to provide entertainment, you may not know it but you're already doing something for the community. If you'd like to get recognition for your efforts, submit your doings to a channel. I can really only go into detail with FORGING in the community, so here we go: Start with submitting your best map to a small channel, that have moderately low standards and are willing to accept your submissions, however not too small to not get any feedback from possible viewers. Once your map review has been uploaded, your self-esteem fires up, at the feedback begins to roll in. Congratulations, you're already recognized, but don't stop there. Work your way up. Submit your maps to gradually larger channels, and be sure to ALWAYS soak in and consider any feedback given by viewers - even if they're not forgers. Uploading your maps on this very forum is a great way to request feedback and constructive criticism. Once you're recognized, as you'll quite easily discover, consider giving back to the community who raised you up. Either start your own channel, or join another. Commence reviewing others' maps. Doesn't even have to be on the YouTube channel either, simply chat to someone having trouble forging on XBL, and raise their self-esteem. That's really all the tips I can give you, as it's pretty much exactly what I did. Thanks for listening!" That's it right there guys. That was The Gryffin of the OnlineKnights! Shout out to Auxi Klutch in our interview. And you heard it here, 343i.org is his home! Thank you Gryffin you were freaking awesome and thank you members who read these and actually think they're cool. Without your support I would look like the biggest idiot ever! There's another on the way and it's as big as this one if not bigger. Stay tuned.
  23. Thank you for clicking this link and I promise I will not let you down with this one. I mean did you read the title of the topic? It's ZELDA! She's been a member here almost as long as I have and is one of this site's leading ladies if you ask me. Here's my interview with Zelda: DD: "Hey Zelda, when you joined I knew you as IrishElf. What's your background with Zelda and why'd your change your name to it?" ZA: "I have always wanted the name Zelda on different sites, and usually its already used by someone else. So when Vitamin Pwn told me it wasnt taken, I asked him to change it for me." DD: "Alright fair enough haha. Zelda you've been frequenting the site for over a year now, what do you like most about this site? What keeps you coming back here?" ZA: "Thats an easy question. The people. The member's of this site. I have made many great friends and its the members that kept me coming back. Its my virtual home. In fact, if I am not on here at least once everyday, it drives me crazy. I like coming on here and making sure everything is going ok, and that everyone is well. But there are those times when I miss something and I feel bad for missing it. Like how I missed you becoming Mod for instance. But alas, at least I got to congratulate you anyways. :)" DD: "That just happened 2 days ago! You didn't miss it by much! But I know what you mean. Everyone takes an absence from the site for one reason or another and it's well known by anyone who has that real life takes priority when something comes up. You were gone for some months not too long ago though, what was going on in that time if you don't mind me asking?" ZA: "Well, I was kinda gone from here for a few months. But I was actually checking in everyday at the end of the day before bed. I wasnt in the shout box because I was only on here long enough to check for mails and do a quick look through the threads to see if I had missed anything. But during my somewhat absence, I was in the middle of moving everything out of my dad's house before it could go into foreclosure. Seeing as how I had just lost him in February, I didn't want to loose everything he and my mom owned. My sister, Chantay was here as well trying to help out with the packing and everything. But now that everything is done and over with, I can finally just sit back and enjoy the forums like I used to before January. Well, as long as my internet allows me to enjoy them. :)" DD: "I'm very sorry to hear that but I admire how open you are with sharing that with the Community Zelda . What are you excited to see on the site when you come on and what do you enjoy most when coming online?" ZA: "I think what I get excited about is seeing member's get promoted a new staff position or making it to MoM, or even turn into a Trusted Member or Dedicated Member after all the work they have put in. As for what I like to see, is more the fact that we all like to joke around and play with one another. I also like looking at people's art and seeing their forge maps in the pictures. :)" DD: "Those are some of my favorite things too for sure. And I've noticed you've reached Dedicated on the site not too long ago so congrats on that! Let's talk Xbox One. What do you think of it from what you've seen so far?" ZA: "And thank you. About Xbox One.... Well, I can say is that its not something I am interested in. I'll not go into detailing it, because there are people who do want it and are anticipating it, and I dont want to ruin the excitement that they are feeling towards the Xbox One, by going into a rant. But I am definitely buying a PS4 when I have money saved up for it. Well, actually I will be buying three PS4's eventually. lol But I will say this, I will be keeping my 360. There is a Fable Anniversary, (that I am ecstatic about) coming out near the holidays and I need my 360 in order to play it. ;)" DD: "Big into Fable? Which do you like more, Fable or Halo?" ZA: "lol. Sorry guys, I have been a much longer fan of Fable than I have with Halo. :P" DD: "Oh no! The dreaded answer! No that's totally cool there are many members on here whose favorite game isn't Halo. Zelda if you could create a site Award, what would it be and how would people get it?" ZA: "A site award? I've thought about it before, but never really asked about it. It would probably be the Triforce, and to get it, you'd have to be seen doing 3 of the things in which the Triforce stands for. (Power, Wisdom, Courage) Power- Win a game on Halo with the community of 343i members Courage- Stand up for the members of this forum whether on xbox or right here on the forum Wisdom- Make some really good posts As for what it would look like, well, a smaller version of whats on my profile. DD: "That's actually a really cool and really creative idea! I think it's great that it's a challenge to get! So if you were offered a Staff job on the site, Zelda, which do you think you'd take if you could choose?" ZA: "A staff job? Well, I'd rather them (the decision makers), decide which one I most likely qualified for and to see how it would work out. Never hurts to try something new. :)" DD: "Alright just wanted to see what you were thinking if you were thinking about it! Alright we're hitting the end of June and our amazing MoM, Beckoningzebra1, is about to serve his full term. Is there anyone you'd like to see get Member of the Month for July?" ZA: "I know i have always wanted to see ZB-85 become MoM. But I dont think he's been on enough recently. Bloody Initiate has done some amazing posts. He doesn't talk to anyone, but I have seen his posts. And Zuko is on rather often." DD: "ZB!! I've wanted to see ZB become MoM since I got here basically. He was my first interviewee. Sadly he isn't as active anymore, no. Those are some interesting candidates you have there though! I guess we'll see in some days! Now it's been an amazing interview and I know a lot of members are going to have a great time reading this so let's bring this to a close. Zelda, what are your words of wisdom to the new generation of members on the site?" ZA: "Just keep posting, having fun, and that sort of thing. And that I'll see you around the forums. :)" Now you can't sit there and lie to yourself and tell yourself that that wasn't a fun and interesting read! Zelda is a great friendly member on here (Azaxx can vouch for that) and she's always willing to make new friends. More on the way soon thanks for reading the 34th installment of Interviews with Stars of the Community!
  24. Hello everyone my latest interview is with the newest member of the HaloCustoms Staff: Flying Shoe ILR. I've played with him before and he seemed like a really cool dude and I wanted to find out more about him and thought the Community would like the read. We mention relations between us and HC briefly and mostly talk about what he does. Enjoy: DD: "Hey Flying Shoe so how did you come across HaloCustoms back in December?" FS: "I first heard about it when it was just getting started. Insane was talking about it with Psychoduck and a few others and so I also came to hear about it. I was actually offered a staff position back in the beta days of the site, but I turned it down at the time because of school." DD: "Interesting! And a good segue into my next question. I want to ask you how do you think you got the position of Staff on HaloCustoms?" FS: "For a long time on Forge Hub I was a member of the Tester's Guild, and I was writing long, detailed articles on map design a weekly basis because of this. I've also been a fairly active member of the community for the last 3 years or so and in that time I've proven that I can deal with people fairly well, both in good and bad situations. I think those would be some of the main factors." DD: "Excellent. That's always something good to look for in Staff members. HaloCustoms is much bigger now than it was back when you joined. Have you noticed any major changes in the local community?" FS: "The community is still fairly similar as to when it started. It's much bigger of course, but for the most part people have been friendly and interested in the game and the site from the beginning to today. Everything is very loose here so long as no one is causing any problems, bot those have continued to be few and far between." DD: "That's awesome, yea one of the things that attracted me here most at first was how nice and interactive the Staff is and how dedicated everyone was to this site. Along with the way the RSVP system works. That I thnk is amazing. What do you feel the biggest difference is between HaloCustoms and 343i.org?" FS: "I haven't spent a lot of time on 343i, though I think the main differences is that Halo Customs is focussed on getting people into custom games primarily. The site also has a lot of other features common to Halo sites, such as sections for forge, discussion, etc... but the main feature here is customs, and therefore the point to get more people to play Halo." DD: "Definitely a noticeable difference between our sites. The lobby system on HaloCustoms is more convenient for that. So being affiliate sites, do you ever feel there's a competition between us?" FS: "I haven't really seen any major competition between HC and other sites. We've had a few friendly custom lobbies between members on other sites, but HC is more interested in cooperating between different halo communities." DD: "That's excellent man. Yea I never felt like our sites have had any competition but I ask because there was a member from HC who brought it up in our shoutbox recently and I wanted to see what someone on the Staff here had to say about that. So Flying Shoe how long have you been apart of the online Halo Community? Did you start at Forge Hub?" FS: "I found FH during the last year of Halo 3, about 11 months before Reach came out. I got Halo 3 a few months later and started forging on foundry and such, though I didn't have Xbox Live Gold until a few months into Reach. That's when I really started designing, testing, and polishing maps and posting them to Forge Hub. Over the next few years I kept at this, met a lot of cool people like Psychoduck and MockKnizzle, who are also staff here, and just slowly improved and got more integrated with the community. When Halo Customs was just starting up I jumped over here and made it my new "Hub" so to speak for forge and other things in the community." DD: "So a long time now I see, that's really great dude. So what's your favorite thing about Forging in Halo? Your favorite aspect of all that goes into Forging.' FS: "Well, a lot of what I love about forging is that it's very easy to make something tangible, something you can play within a relatively short amount of time with other people and something you can polish and feel good about. Other programs allow you to design in much greater detail exactly what you want, but forge allows you to take an idea from concept to playable product very quickly. I feel I have learned a lot from being able to build lot's of maps, realize both what worked and what didn't, and then apply that knowledge to my next designs. The fact that we have such a large community to help is another huge aspect of forge, as well as the fact that we can design for Halo, which immediately puts it a step above other in-game editors for me, even if they may offer more freedom." DD: "I have to agree with you. Being able to spontaneously change something in a map you or someone else Forged is a very handy aspect that Halo has over other games. So are you active on other game forums or is HaloCustoms where you reside?" FS: "I am slightly active on a few other Halo forums, as well as the website Polygon, but nowhere near as active as I am on Halo Customs. For the most part yes, this is where I reside. :)" DD: "That's great haha. Flying Shoe where do you think you'd be without HaloCustoms?" FS: "I might have gone over to The Halo Council. I know a few people over there and they have a good setup over there. If nothing else had worked I had considered just talking to people over XBL and keeping up with people." DD: "Well being Staff on HaloCustoms I think that you are doing much more for the Halo Community than if you were on Xbox just keeping up with people and since you do your part in the Halo Community, I decided to interview and let them know your point of view and what you're like as a member. So Flying Shoe to wrap it all up, what words of wisdom do you have for the members of the Halo Community? Maybe some who want to become Staff on a HaloCustoms like you." FS: "The best advice I can give there is just to be cool. The people that I'm most happy to see on HC or any part of the community are those people that have a level head, common sense, and enjoy being here and playing halo. Having a good attitude is everything. That's not to say that you can't have complaints about aspects of the game or community, but there is a difference between that and being a negative nancy. Also, always know where your towel is. Those things are damn useful." I have no idea what that last line about the towel meant but it was great! I think he had strong closing words that the Community should adhere to. Thank you Flying Shoe for taking the time to do this interview and I hope to see more of you around. And thank you 343i Community Forum for being you! PEACE.
  25. This could be the most exclusive interview since the one I did with Absolute Dog when he returned from his leave of absence last year. For the current newer members, he was the first Site Moderator on this site. He was the first Man in Orange. Please read my interview with Bob: DD: "First thing's first, here's something I've been interested in for a while now. Bob what's the picture? Your profile picture I mean, what is the story behind that? I heard there was one haha" BOB: "A story? not really.. But I believe the picture it's itself was apart of some album art by the band "Nirvana". I like it cause of it's retro comic book feel and the phrase "Don't Be Stupid" is one to live by... plus I like the irony that it's coming from a blonde. I've been known to sport many-of psychedelic wallpapers/profile pictures in the past. I thought this picture would round that style out." DD: "I thought you said there was no story! That right there is a very interesting one! Bob, how often are you lurking on the site these days?" BOB: "I lurk about a handful of times a week for a few hours, mainly the general discussion and the halo 4 sections. I find the "View New Content" tab at the top can hold some interesting stuff, mostly random though." DD: "The 'View New Content' tab is my home. That's where I always am on the site and that's what I use to refresh the page I love that tab . Being the site's first Site Moderator, what do you think has changed about that position today?" BOB: "Well the forum was younger back then and required ALOT less attention. Nowa days I have no idea what the mods are going through. But in the early days at the dawn of Spectral Jester, the staff always tried to retain a liberal sense of power. With mainstream community outlets being so ban happy it was obvious members appreciated our laidback staff, even today. I like to think that part hasn't changed. With all the members and sub-sections there are today I would imagine mods having to check their logs and flagged reports a hell of alot more frequently than before. I just hope the shoutbox isn't as tricky to edit and remove shouts as it once was, maybe a few updates took care of that. So to answer the question: more work, I'd have to guess. Few people are even aware that I was the first, and some may not believe because of the creation date my profile displays. The date is inaccurate because of some bug back when the forum switch over to the lovely IPB Board we see today. Because my profile was created back when the forum was using phpBB and any profile created in the phpBB forum experienced minor cosmetic bugs when we upgraded to IPB. Unfortunately the true created date to my profile maybe lost in cyberspace but I assure you I was here when Twam made the site live. To set the record straight, Scotty was not the first moderator." DD: "Thank you for letting everyone know all of that because I agree, I don't think many in today's population know that you were the first in the orange letters. Although back then all the Moderators were blue on the phpBB version of the site right? Anyway, so is it true you know Twam personally?" BOB: "Can't quite remember if it was blue, this place has gone through so many changes. For the better, clearly. Twam? Personally? HA! Nobody knows Twam personally... Nobody..." DD: "So it's true then? He's really a Canadian spy and no one knows exactly what he does other than that? . Bob do you plan to come back and catch up with the site and maybe become a Moderator again?" BOB: "That's classified... I haven't given up on Halo or the community unlike most classic Halo players. (Halocharts says it all) Time will have to tell that one. If I did desire to come back as a mod I would have to go through the staff ranks as a Cmod since the the forum has so much structure now. As for the foreseeable forture, I have made no such plans. BUT If there comes a time when my assistants is required I would gladly reenlist." DD: "Classified answers. I love those, it makes me want to find out even more! Well Bob that's actually great to read and I'm actually surprised to hear that you think you'd have to come through the ranks of being a Community Moderator first, I would think that they'd put you write back in orange after some weeks of being a secret Mod. So let's jump to your status now then. What did you think when you became a Legendary Member? Any opinion of the Legendary Member status?" BOB: "Honored. The Legendary Member Group still had a fresh face when I was put into the group. I think it had more to do with the timing of me stepping down as a mod. But respectively, I feel it was "overzealously bestowed" on me. This profile has a low amount of posts especially for a mod. Though my time as a mod had me do some of our first events and forum activities as well as alot of back door things, deleting spam and monitoring an in some cases restarting the server. (we had some server problems back then) My time started to fade when jester joined the ranks, he was fast and stayed on for long hours checking reports deleting spam and banning bots (thank god we don't have these spam problems today) he was beating other mods to the punch to be frank, which in any case is a great thing. As the staff grew I found I couldn't insert my efforts as often as I once did. after being idle for a month I asked to step down, Twam sorta gave me, what I like to call "a time of purgatory" to think about it. After I insisted I was moved to the Legendary Group. my time as a moderator is just history." DD: "Wow that's an interesting perspective to have on your time here on the site. Very humble but raises some questions for me which is great because we're doing an interview! . Would you do anything different with your active time as a Site Moderator if you could have?" BOB: "lol That's a frugal question. Thinking about what could have been done in the past is quite fruitless, and it's something I try not to do. I try not to think, I let impulse guide me through my choices in life." DD: "Indeed, I didn't want to ask too much haha I wanted to separate that from this question: Do you have any goals you still wish to achieve on the site?" BOB: "definitely! and plenty of them. Will I [reveal] them? No... These concepts are classified and have yet to be implemented. but heres a hint; more Halo content, much more. Lets just say I still have a few aces up my sleeve. in a biblical sense, of course." DD: "Alright!! Now those are the kind of answers we love to read! I was thinking there had to be some reason you were lurking more often lately. What keeps you returning to the site after so long?" BOB: "The community.. and my love for Halo... Plus you can always find some good reads and info around here." DD: "Community, was the number one answer (Steve Harvey on Family Feud voice). Bob, it's been a great interview do you have anything to say to the Community? A message, advice, etc?" BOB: "if i had to give some last words to the halo players (if you could call it that) 'Keep your chin up and your DMR straight'" That was a very rare interview and it meant a lot to me to talk to Bob and get to know more about him. It was an honor truly, and thank you Bob for taking the time to get the interview done. I hope we can talk more even beyond this interview because of all the older Staff members and Legendary Members, you are the one I have hardly ever talked to. Besides Twam of course. Thanks for reading everyone HAIL !
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