Map Spotlight Week 11 - Facility 17

a rascal cat writes:

Satisfying your thirst for box forts.

Is it Thursday already? Time really does fly. Anyways...

Today I will be presenting to you, Facility 17, a map made by both undr zid, and FC Elijah. Words cannot describe how smooth the gameplay is on this map, nor can they describe undr zid's undying love for box forts, and hidden messages within his maps.

I've done my fair share of talking though. How about I let undr zid take it from here? ;)

Q. Who are you and why do you Forge?

A. I go by "mo," but in the digital world I go by "undr zid". Before I get too far into this interview, I need to kindly stress that this map was a joint project that I shared with "FC Elijah", who is a good friend of mine and helps me run Forge Cafe. We forge because of Bungie subliminally fired pixelated images of monitors and spawn points into the neural makings of our cerebral cortex. This of course, sparked an adolescent thirst for constructing tunnels, bridges and forts that we thought did not exist anymore. What can I say? "Well played."

Q. What was your inspiration for Facility 17?

A. To be honest, we just sort of built it on the go. We never really planned it out, although that would of saved a whole lot of time I am sure. We decided to make a map, he took one side and I the other, and we just started droppin' blocks until I noticed it resembled a lab, sort of. After that, we got a basic plan going verbally, and went into serious face mode. It actually took much longer to put in the details, then the structures themselves. Anything that helped the overall look and feel of a real laboratory was given 2 thumbs up and put into place.

If you want to get specific, I will admit that the facility map from N64's 007 played a big role when trying to think of recognizable objects in a common laboratory. Such as the silos, catwalks, computers and so forth. But the main inspiration came from each other. We sort of fed off of the others' ideas and visions until we both were satisfied. Having a healthy competition is always a good thing. Especially when we both are trying to reach the same goal. Inspiration inspires right?

Q. What made you choose the location you did?

A. We started Forge up. We spawned. We started building. Riveting I know, but that's about it. In the end, it actually worked out really well, and I do not think any other location would of given us the result that we got. So, just say it was divine destiny if the original answer is too dull. That is what we are doing, and it seems to work fine.

Q. Did you employ any unusual Forge techniques in making Facility 17?

A. To me, the new Forge is all an unusual technique. Compared to Halo 3's Forge, the possibilities that are at your disposal are practically endless. I have seen Halo 3 maps from all aspects of design, from the simple and petite to the elaborate and grand size. But even the best could not compete with the "techniques" used today in Reach. So if you are good with a monitor, and are not taking advantage of the Forge in Reach, you are really missing out.

Q. Anything else people should know before they download?

A. Facility 17 was a very fun build for us to do together, and we really do hope you enjoy it. We are confident that our work will reward you with intense battles and ocular pleasure for your eyeballs. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for your time zid, and for all you community goers out there, please feel free to download the map below.

Map Fly-through: Facility 17 Fly-through
Map Link: Facility 17

Community 1/27/2011 9:12 AM PST permalink

WInter Contingency LASO Video Guide

CruelLEGACEY writes:

I wanna hold your hand.

Just in time to help unlock the weekly challenge, CruelLEGACEY presents a complete, uncut video walkthrough of a Winter Contingency LASO Run (Legendary, All Skulls On), with complete commentary. For this and more Halo Reach video guides and tutorials, head over to

YouTube - Halo Reach: Mythic Contingency - Legendary/All Skulls On

Halo: Reach 1/27/2011 9:10 AM PST permalink

IGN Top 10 Kills (1.26.11)

CheckedBRUTES writes:

The best of the best multiplayer kills.

IGN counts down the ten best multiplayer kills from Halo: Reach. Air assassinations, mid-air splatters, death-defying leaps of faith, and much more.

Halo: Reach 1/27/2011 9:07 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Star Community Project

AmX15 writes:

The best of the rest.

Optional and unofficial, but still totally awesome.

"As we all know, not everyone will get their creation featured in Bungie's Weekly Update. Fortunately, AmX15 will be creating some Photoshop art featuring everyone's work of art! Once you send your work of art off to Bungie, please send the same work of art to He won't be showing the creation until after the next BWU, so you won't need to worry about anyone stealing your idea. Please remember that this is completely optional, and make sure if you send the creation to AmX15, you also send it to Bungie. AmX15 will NOT be forwarding any of the email he receives to Bungie."

Community 1/26/2011 10:04 AM PST permalink

The Fails of Reach - Fan Fails Edition

CruelLEGACEY writes:

Accepting submissions.

For the first time ever, The Fails of Reach is taking submissions for a special Fan Fails episode!
For submission details, watch the video linked below or go to

The Fails of Reach - Send Me Your Fails!

Halo: Reach 1/26/2011 10:01 AM PST permalink

Vice and Virtue - A Halo: Reach Montage (Trailer)

Gear61 Owns writes:

Prepare to be taken away.

If you're sick of watching ten minute montages filled with loud music, this trailer might be all you need.

"This is the trailer for the sequel to the famous Halo: Reach Beta montage, 'Virtue and Vice.' As usual, the editing will be from passTHEword. As for the video, I thought it was incredible, just like 'Virtue and Vice.' passTHEword has never ceased to amaze me, and this video was no exception, showcasing an amazing flow and a lot of kickass effects and angles (look out for the badass pistol flip on Countdown). Enjoy!"

YouTube - Vice and Virtue - A Halo: Reach Montage

Halo: Reach 1/26/2011 9:59 AM PST permalink

MLG's Top 5 Halo 3 Performances of 2010

Take a look at five of the best performances of 2010.

HBO went clutch and delivered news of MLG's Top 5 Halo 3 Performances of 2010. You can read all about them, and watch the videos, at the jump.

The Top 5 Halo 3 Performances of 2010

Halo: Reach 1/26/2011 9:56 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Domain

Huge...tracts of knowledge.

The latest page of Reclaimer is online for your reading pleasure.

Reclaimer: Domain

Halo: Reach 1/26/2011 9:51 AM PST permalink

Firefight Limited is Live

Limited lives. Unlimited carnage.

In case you didn't notice, there's a new Firefight Playlist in town.

A more classic Firefight experience. Score as many points as you can but if you run out of lives it's game over.

Team Size: 4
Max Party Size: 4
Max Local Players: 2

FF Limited
Genny Limited
Crashsite LTD
Legendary LTD


PlaylistsHalo: Reach 1/25/2011 11:36 AM PST permalink

Tyrant's Guide to the Weekly Challenge (Solo & Co-op!)

Tyrant122312 writes:

Victory never tasted so sweet.

With the advent of the first LASO challenge presented to the community, we'd love to point you in the right direction to get you on the right path for an easy 1250 credits!  As a brief reminder, the detailed Mythic guide posted on HBO's website will walk you through how to beat the mission solo on Legendary with all 13 skulls activated (aka Mythic Difficulty).  The guide is filled with helpful text and narrated videos to help you, the player, trudge through each section from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

Rather do it with friends?  We've got you covered there too!  Have a gander at the world's first successful Quad-Mythic run on Winter Contingency by The Tyrant, Shadowstrike1, Sangheilioz, and Call Me 7ravis.  Four players, Legendary, all skulls, and NO deaths in under 25 minutes, fully rendered for your viewing convenience. 

Further questions, feel free to swing by the Mythic Thread where all 12 conquerors from the Mythic Community linger in the shadows waiting to assist newcomers to the Mythic game.  We welcome you, the community, to step up to the challenge and wish you godspeed on your journey!

Halo: Reach 1/25/2011 9:12 AM PST permalink

Coastline Racetrack - Final Version

CruelLEGACEY writes:

After almost 2000 downloads, the Coastline Beta is being laid to rest.

The final version of the track is now available! Check out the feature page at for more videos, screenshots, and a link to download the track.

YouTube - Coastline Racetrack Grand Prix by CruelLEGACEY

Halo: Reach 1/25/2011 9:10 AM PST permalink

Lyle's Revenge: A Halo Reach Short Film

Carl BOS writes:

Lyle's got some business to take care of.

After a year of searching for Kyle - the traitor of T.R.A.S.H. way back in Halo 3 - our young pink friend has come very close to finding his old nemesis. Will Lyle try to make up with his once-best friend, or will he take swift vengeance? (Rated M for Mature.)

YouTube - Lyle's Revenge: A Halo Reach Short Film

Halo: Reach 1/25/2011 9:09 AM PST permalink

Check Out Some Concept Art

May I suggest that you upgrade to at least a Class Twelve combat skin?

Bungie artist Isaac Hannaford updated his personal blog with some more Halo-related artwork this morning. Some of it you've seen. Some of it you certainly haven't.

Concept Art

Halo 1/24/2011 5:09 PM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars – Week 3

Wake me when you need me.

Hot on the heels of your magnificent Moa submissions this past Friday, we're ready to get you off and running for some Week 3 madness. And since the Animal Kingdom paid massive dividends last week, we're sticking to some similar subject matter. Your mission: a certified, Grade A Sacred Cow.

  1. Using any medium you can digitize and send via email, whip up some fan art of what you think Master Chief would look like without his helmet on.
  2. You have from this very second until Thursday, January 27th at 11:59pm PT to submit your entry for consideration (and public ridicule) to
  3. Use the subject line “Bungie All Star Week 3” without the quotation marks to help me keep nice and organized.
  4. The size limit is 10MB and you should use your best judgment and discretion in terms of the nature of the content you choose to submit. After all, our mothers visit this site (yours too!).
  5. One submission per person. Please include your profile and gamertag in your email so we can grant you your reward of the star nameplate if and when you win.
You can go with a super serious straight take, or go straight for the funny bone. If you want to build John out of Forge blocks, that works too. Anything goes (except, you know, that). And don't worry about what you think Bungie originally had in mind for John, now's the time for your creativity to shine. Oh, and this week we're rewarding more than just one nameplate, so don't be intimidated by the awe-inspiring artisans of the Bungie Community. We'll be looking to highlight submissions from multiple categories, provided there's enough submissions to accommodate our aspirations.

Good luck!

CommunityGroup Directive 1/24/2011 10:13 AM PST permalink

Arby 'n' the Chief - House of Cards

Oh my God, this is so exciting!

HBO let us know that Season 5 of Arby 'n' the Chief just went live. Master Chief and the Arbiter awaken on Christmas morning, joined by Greg the tarantula, and exchange gifts, following a jarring glimpse of events to come. (Explicit.)

YouTube - Arby 'n' the Chief - House of Cards

Community 1/24/2011 9:53 AM PST permalink

Fails of the Weak Volume 18

Get your Weak on!

Jack and Geoff cap off an excellent week with another excellent Fails of the Weak!

YouTube - Fails of the Weak Volume 18

Halo: Reach 1/24/2011 9:48 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Datastreams Overflowing

...this isn't exactly what I had in mind.

Unexpected and peculiar. Monday's Reclaimer is live.

Reclaimer: Datastreams Overflowing

Halo: Reach 1/24/2011 9:46 AM PST permalink

LaCoz3's 1st Halo: Reach Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

Where oceans bleed into the sky.

It's Monday. Here's a montage.

"This is LaCoz3's 1st Halo: Reach montage, edited by himself. The gameplay ranges from average to flat out amazing, and overall, it's great, featuring lots of sick sniper multikills, including a RIDICULOUS back to back to back exterminations killtrocity on Pinnacle. The editing is also really good, showcasing a lot of well done syncing and theater work. Similar to the gameplay, it has its off moments with some overdone effects and unnecessary emphasis, but is great overall. The soundtrack varies quite a bit and was pretty hit-or-miss for me, but I liked it overall. Also, I found this montage really amazing because it's 11 minutes long and all from one guy for both the editing and the gameplay. Similar to Sandman's 1st, this montage is definitely another contender for best Halo: Reach to date. Enjoy!"

YouTube - LaCoz3's 1st Halo: Reach Montage

Halo: Reach 1/24/2011 9:42 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars - Week 2 Submissions

ConstantC4RN4GE writes:

Check out some more Moa Madness!

Last Friday's update brought some heavy competition.  Moa Madness was an understatement.  The community stepped up their game and the Bungie All Stars group has the proof.  If you are interested in being in future videos, join up and share your submissions.  For now, check out the video!

YouTube - Community Submissions *Week 2*

Community 1/24/2011 9:40 AM PST permalink

Off Road Wraith

MasterChiefChef writes:

Going where Wraiths have not gone before!

This musical video demonstrates the off road abilities of everyone's favorite Covenant vehicle: the Wraith.

Editor's Note - It also demonstrates some of the worst singing I've ever heard. - Urk

YouTube - Off Road Wraith

Halo: Reach 1/24/2011 9:38 AM PST permalink

IGN's Top 10 Reach Kills (01.19.11)

Count 'em down.

HBO picked up on the latest IGN Top 10 Kills offering. We picked up on their picking up.

Halo: Reach 1/21/2011 10:09 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Rules for War

Some things just won't stay broken...

New comic. Old faces.

Reclaimer: Rules for War

Halo: Reach 1/21/2011 10:08 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars - Week 1 Submissions

ConstantC4RN4GE writes:

Couldn't get enough of the fan art from last week's update?

Last week's update brought us plenty of great fan art, so much so that many submissions could not be included in the weekly update. With the help of the Bungie All Stars group, we have put together this video to show off even more Auntie Dot submissions!

YouTube - Community Submissions *Week One*

Community 1/21/2011 10:06 AM PST permalink

Halotracker Contest & News

drunken xorth writes:

Sign up to win stuff.

Halotracker is proud to present our 2nd Community Contest! Win an Xbox 360 with Kinect. There are many ways to achieve raffle points, the easiest is by playing Halo: Reach!

The contest is easy. You do have to sign up, but it is completely free. In addition to our contest, we are proud to present in-depth Firefight and Score Attack Stats and Ranks, Playlist EXP Ranks, and updated Weekly Challenges.

Halo: Reach 1/21/2011 10:04 AM PST permalink