New Poll Up

New Poll Up

Whoops, I meant to put up a post when our new poll went live. This poll is just a little test to see how many of our Bungie.net readers have joined a 7th Column Chapter, how many haven't, and how many have never heard of the 7th Column. Please vote if you haven't done so already.

Community 1/15/2002 9:29 PM PST permalink

Myth: TFL Compilation CD

Myth: TFL Compilation CD

The Myth Village and Marius.net are reporting that Grounds for Assault 2, a CD compilation of Myth: The Fallen Lords maps, editors, films, music, tutorials, updates, and more, is available for just shipping and handling costs. Visit this post http://www.mariusnet.com/forum/index.cgi?read=1695 at Marius.net for more information.

Myth Series 1/15/2002 6:53 PM PST permalink

Public News and Your Chapter

Public News and Your Chapter

In an effort to make the 7th Column more accessible to new players and to foster better communication between members we've made the default for all news posts "visible to the public." You can still make private posts, but we encourage you to be as open as possible with your news and happenings.

Community 1/15/2002 6:22 PM PST permalink

Bungie Pentathlon Results!

Bungie Pentathlon Results!

Although it took a tiebreaker round of Trivia Pursuit and a clutch answer by resident know-it-all Marty, in the end, it was the Online Cinematesticles that had what it takes to win it all. The Halo Left Brain was next in line, schooling everyone who dared to play against them in multiplayer Halo (which was everyone else). The Phoenix team came in third. And the Halo Right Brain... well, I'm not sure, but I think they actually mangaged to get 5th place, right behind whoever made the sandwiches for lunch.

Inside Bungie 1/12/2002 6:44 AM PST permalink

New Halo content

New Halo content

More good stuff from Bungie. We added a new page full of Covenant craft to the concept art section. We also posted a wad of outtakes to the voice actors section this afternoon. Enjoy!

Halo 1/11/2002 1:12 AM PST permalink

Improved Chapter Directory

Improved Chapter Directory

I've just implemented a little change to the Seventh Column chapter directory. Some chapters have the word "The" to start out their name, like The Marty Army. Those chapters are no longer listed under "T". For example, The Marty Army is listed under "M" now. This should make looking for a chapter a little easier.

Community 1/10/2002 11:04 PM PST permalink

Butcher Chat Transcript

Butcher Chat Transcript

GetIntoTheGame.com (http://www.getintothegame.com) has posted a transcript of the chat with Chris Butcher, Halo's AI programmer. It's a good read, with a lot of thoughtful questions and insightful answers. If you weren't able to make it to the event be sure to read this.

Halo 1/10/2002 6:26 PM PST permalink

A Poll of Your Own

A Poll of Your Own

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Community 1/10/2002 8:35 AM PST

New Feature: Did You Know?

New Feature: Did You Know?

Ah yes, I almost forgot. There's one more new feature on the 7th Column main page. Below the navigation bar there's now something called "Did You Know...?" This is where we'll add interesting tidbits and facts about this web site and about the fan club ... assuming we remember to update it! We'll try though, so check back and check often!

Community 1/10/2002 1:45 AM PST permalink

New Feature: Most Active Chapter

New Feature: Most Active Chapter

We've added a new feature to the 7th Column main page that should help you locate the most active fanclub chapters. Right below the New Clubs list on the right there's now a list of the 10 most active chapters. Even better, when you browse the directory, chapters that have had activity within the last 48 hours will have their names displayed bigger and bolder than those that haven't. A lot of you have requested similar features; hopefully this will help make it easier to keep on top of happenings in the 7th Column.

Community 1/10/2002 1:41 AM PST permalink

New Feature: QuickPoll

New Feature: QuickPoll

We once had a polling feature on Bungie.net. It has returned, only bigger and badder. We're actually doing a live beta test with the poll to your left, below the navigation bar. Once we're confident in the code we're going to do something very, very cool -- each chapter is going to get the ability to create its own polls!
In the meantime please cast your vote for who you think is going to win this Friday's Bungie Pentathlon. For those of you unfamiliar with this Bungie tradition, let me explain: every winter the various Bungie teams compete in five events. This year we're playing Halo, DoA3, Fusion Frenzy, Hitz, and an old classic, Spades. Go Online Cinematesticle! Anyway, I gots to go practice with my team. Oh yeah, a few more things....

Community 1/10/2002 1:37 AM PST permalink

Speaking of Interviews...

Speaking of Interviews...

Halo.bungie.org reminded us that http://www.getintothegame.com is hosting a chat with Halo's AI programmer, Chris Butcher, today at 4pm CST.

Halo 1/9/2002 8:59 PM PST permalink

Disappearing Events

Disappearing Events

I've seen this bug several times, but so far we haven't been able to determine the cause. Sometimes events will simply disappear from the Upcoming Events list in a chapter's sidebar but remain visible on the Events page. Wacky. We suspect it may be a cacheing problem, but we're not sure. We've added debugging code that may help track it down, but we have to wait until it shows up again. If this happens to you please message me and let me know about it. Until then hang in there, we're on the case.

Community 1/8/2002 10:09 PM PST permalink

Membership Drive

Membership Drive

The total number of members in the 7th Column is well below what it should be. Most of this is our fault, as we've never actively promoted it. We're going to start being more aggressive here, trying to get the word out on the street. We'd like you to do the same. If you've got friends, brothers, sisters, mothers that play Halo or that should be playing Halo then let them know about the 7th Column, and convince them to join up. The more members in the fan club the more The Man will turn a blind eye to our nefarious plans.

Community 1/8/2002 9:06 PM PST permalink

Halo Story Page Launched

Halo Story Page Launched

After a great deal of preparation Bungie.org has finally launched their Halo story page at http://halo.bungie.org/story. This site is structured to walk in the footsteps of Hamish Sinclair's famous Marathon Story page. Fan submitted theories about the nature of Halo's plot have already begun to trickle in. If you're interested in your fellow fans' thoughts on Halo's backstory then head on over and check it out.

Halo 1/8/2002 3:15 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Missing News Link

Bug Fix: Missing News Link

Whoops. Just fixed a bug I introduced last week that made the Report News link invisible to new chapters. Sorry about that. The link is now right there on your front page. If you notice additional bugs please click on my name and message me with details.

Community 1/7/2002 9:55 PM PST permalink

Advertising For Members

Advertising For Members

One more thing I was thinking about this weekend. I know there are a number of chapters seeking members in specific areas, but very few tools for advertising this fact. If you chapter is seeking members go ahead and submit news about it to the Seventh Column/Bungie.net sites and we'll see what we can do to help.

Community 1/7/2002 9:20 PM PST permalink

Monday Halo Update Postponed

Monday Halo Update Postponed

We've been doing these big updates to the Halo site pretty regularly every Monday, but we got off to a late start last week due to the holiday. Today's update will also be postponed until later in the week. Jay has some more hilarious voice actor outtakes coming your way though, so stay tuned!

Halo 1/7/2002 9:12 PM PST permalink

Bug Fix: Cancelled Events

Bug Fix: Cancelled Events

Just fixed a minor bug that has been bugging me. Cancelled events will no longer show in the events list on your chapter's front page. They'll still show on your events page, however, but with text in red that says [Cancelled].

Community 1/7/2002 9:08 PM PST permalink

HBO Carnage Report

HBO Carnage Report

We've been watching all the chapters, paying special attention to the ones comprised of long time fans. Looks like the HBO Junkies' (/perlbin/blam.pl?file=/fanclub/20) first LAN party was a success. Louis Wu posted a writeup in the Bungie.org Halo forum, http://carnage.bungie.org/haloforum/halo.forum.pl?read=86090. Read up on their experience and then go plan your own Halo LAN party, if you haven't already ... you'll need the practice!

Community 1/5/2002 3:43 AM PST permalink

Disappearing Event Bug Fixed

Disappearing Event Bug Fixed

Well, it wasn't actually a bug, but it has been fixed nonetheless. Some of you noticed that existing events sometimes disappear from the list when you post a new event. That's because the list was only looking out 60 days past your first event. So, for example, if you had an event today and another in 3 months, the second wouldn't show. I've increased the limit to 120 days. Update: The events list now shows events up to a full year in the future.

Community 1/4/2002 11:33 PM PST permalink

Big News System Changes

Big News System Changes

I've finally made a change to the news system that I've been itching to make for quite some time. First, I've combined each chapter's Main and News pages so that news stories are now displayed right on your front page, divided by day. In the process I've added a View Old News link that allows you (finally!) to view, well, your chapter's old news. This news format is what's been in place on the front Bungie.net page for a bit. I've also gone ahead and added it to the Seventh Column and Tru7h and Recon front pages so you can access old news and old Top Stories. Oh yeah, I've also tweaked the chapter default color scheme to make it more like the main fanclub page. Enjoy!

Community 1/4/2002 10:51 PM PST permalink

NEW FEATURE: Outtakes

NEW FEATURE: Outtakes

We've added a new section to the Halo Tru7h and Recon site, called Outtakes. This section features some amusing (and a few disturbing) screenshots that Dave collected showing various visual "hiccups" discovered while the game was still in development. It also includes a round of entertaining audio outtakes that Jay the Younger was kind enough to supply.

Halo 1/4/2002 12:50 AM PST permalink

Alien Vehicle Concept Art

Alien Vehicle Concept Art

We've posted even more Halo concept art, this time focusing on early designs for many of the Covenant vehicles.

Halo 1/4/2002 12:44 AM PST permalink

Multiplayer Screenshots

Multiplayer Screenshots

Dave and Peter have put together a new page of screenshots, this time entirely from Halo multiplayer games. There are some great shots and, as always, interesting perspectives.

Halo 1/4/2002 12:43 AM PST permalink