Building a Better Chapter - Part Two

Building a Better Chapter - Part Two

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Community 3/14/2003 7:19 AM PDT

Building a Better Chapter

Building a Better Chapter

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Community 3/7/2003 5:26 AM PST

It's alive....ALIVE!!!

It's alive....ALIVE!!!

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Community 2/17/2003 3:59 AM PST

Seventh Column Week In Review

Seventh Column Week In Review

Matt and Achronos are still out on vacation, Sketch is out sick, and I cajoled Evil Otto into writing the last Week in Review, so this week the task has fallen to the master of delegation (me). Let's bust open the Week In Review Mailbag and see what's cookin'.

PsionicPhyre from the Military Armory (/fanclub/armory) is holding a contest to see who can make the best Military Armory flag. Check out the chapter for details. The cost is $5 and the winner will recieve a one year Xbox Live subscription.

Let's see ... no more mail. That's it?!!! That was easy. Too easy. There's plenty more going on around the Seventh Column. I wouldn't normally do this, but considering the poor quality of this week's mail submissions here's my own news roundup.

Our theme contest is over and the winners have been chosen. I'm not going to announce anything just yet, but we should have the 3 winning themes live on the site and the winners posted next week. Thanks to everyone that participated!

Lorraine joined the Online Team officially today. I don't know if she has a Bungie account on the site, but I'm sure she'll have one soon. Be sure to say hello.

Halo Diplomatic Core made it into this week's Spotlight. The chapter is comprised of over 200 members, one representative from each state and country. I'm not sure what they have planned but based on participation I'm sure it's something big.

xboxliveaz (fanclub/xboxliveaz), a chapter dedicated to Xbox Live events, has been very active. Check out their iGames Winter Season summary, it's quite a read.

The UK Halo Chapter has devised a "divisional membership scheme." We've been discussing ways to better organize the Seventh Column for quite some time, it will be interesting to see how this pivotal UK chapter's plans go. While you're there be sure to check out their Game Reviews database, it's damn impressive!

Finally, a few random thoughts I had while browsing through chapters:

1) People really like snipers. And Spartans.

2) The lull in Seventh Column activity is a normal part of a game's life cycle. It will be a glorious day when Bungie products come out at more regular intervals and there is no "down time". Until then feel free to chime in at the Chapter Founders forum, the Septagon, with ideas for ways to spice things up around here.

3) There are some rumblings underfoot about Confederations and Conflagrations and other nefarious organizations. People obviously enjoy these alliances, let's figure out a way to make them a more interesting part of the site. Again, feel free to chime in at the Chapter Founders site.

That's it for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

Community 1/4/2003 2:00 AM PST permalink

Seventh Column Week in Review

Seventh Column Week in Review

Although it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas across the Northern half of the country, here in Redmond it looks, well, pretty much cool, moist, and dark; a perfect breeding ground for various forms of fungi. So, as the Bungie Online Team disperses to more festive areas of the nation, those of us that consider themselves “locals” are sticking around because we have nowhere else to go. That’s what’s happening in Redmond, let’s peek in the 7thcol@bungie.com mailbag and see what’s going on in your neck of the woods:

Ajchar from Halo Legendary writes:

Now there is a chapter out there that honors all who beat the game on legendary (or are at least close) the chapter is called Halo Legendary. The entry requirement is you have to have beat at least 8 levels on legendary. If you have done that and are interested in joining send me an e-mail with a picture attached. My e-mail is ajchar@directvinternet.com.

emildlux of xboxlanaz sends his comments on iGames winter season:

Holy cow. This was a fantastic series of games for us. We made it all the way to the championship round and it was a best of three games situation. We won both of the first games, which gave us the championship. However each of those games were won 5:00 to 4:58. It was incredibly tense. Here's the summary of our proudest achievement so far.

carlhoward of Battle Frenzy Writes in to announce his chapter has hit the 100 member mark:

THIS IS A MONUMENTAL FEAT PEOPLE! Since our inception this year in February, Battle Frenzy has reached 101 people as of this date and is still growing! Thank you all for your attendance and commitment to team. This is not possible without each and everyone of you! In North Texas, we all pretty much fall under the same umbrella, BATTLE FRENZY! This chapter is the largest and most active in TEXAS and it's right here for you to enjoy. You don't have to drive to Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, That's right... It's local. I always see other chapters cruising our site to see what is happening here. I guess that they like the way it's run and that is okay with me, admiration is the best form of flattery. That just tells me that Battle Frenzy is doing something right. I'm positive that we'll double this amount in the coming year with the release of Halo 2. Everyone is gitty with anticipation for this game. Just think... here in this chapter alone we have had upwards of 10 LAN parties this year along with tournaments and always manage a most excellent time.

Now that is year is coming to a close I am glad to see that Battle Frenzy and other local chapters are getting together one last time. This is good for us. Like I said in a previous post to the effect of, "We don't know each other all that well, but we all come together for one common goal, Halo." We have a blast! We taunt, tease, and laugh with each other like we were
lifetime friends and that is way cool!

With all of this being said and I'm sure I speak for everyone else... I'm glad that I have had the chance to get to know you folks. One video game has made our lives richer. BUNGIE...THANK YOU! JOB WELL DONE! YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROFOUND CHANGE TO OUR LIVES AND AGAIN OUR THANKS!

Our wives, girlfriends, or significant others may not have completely complied or understood the infatuation with the game. But then again t
hey are not the one's playing are they? I know that they may never understand how fun it is and experience the life enriching game play. But none the less... we are thankful for your tolerance also.

Starting in January I will try to organize another LAN party. I've heard a rumor of HALO 2 being released in June of 2003, how true this is, I don't know. Only Bungie can tell. Regardless, we will wait. Bungie you have dedicated and loyal fans here in Texas! Know that! Our fun fare depends on this! We will all see you at the launch of the HALO sequel!

Members, I will see you on the 27nth. From what I am seeing, I think this LAN party will have 60 or more persons or more attending. But we do things in a big way here in Texas right? More information will come closer to the date of the event. Keep checking back for advisories. Till then, See you later!

BTW, Big Battle Frenzy Welcome to the newest members!

MELEE MAYHEM FOREVER!

Your founder, Carl
Gamer Tag ..... SKULL LEADER

That about wraps up this week in review. I hope Santa brings you everything you deserve. At this point, all I can say is have a merry Christmas and, "God Bless us, everyone."

Community 12/21/2002 2:07 AM PST permalink

Last Day for Contest Entries

Last Day for Contest Entries

If my calendar is correct, today is Friday the 13th. However, this may be your lucky day! If you've been working on a 7th column theme today is your last chance to finish it up and turn it in. Judging by the small number of entrants we've received so far, you may have a much better chance at winning than you think. Remember, the winners get a hefty allowance at the Bungie Store. New Halo goodies are coming soon, so show us your skillz and send in your entries today.

Community 12/13/2002 7:05 PM PST permalink

Federation of Grunts Theme Song?

Federation of Grunts Theme Song?

We don't usually post ads for chapters, but since you won't be getting a week in review this week, and since this one is just so wacko , I'll make an exception. Warrior Grunt writes: "This is a promotion for my chapter so if you like it please come to Federation of Grunts and take your vote on how well you like it and if you could join us.

While the grunts were on Halo they picked up some new songs they sang around the "campfire". Well some of were overheard by other grunts in space. How still remains unknown. But they really liked one and made it their theme song. And below is what they chose.

(one grunt sings)
Gather around my fellow grunts
I'll assure you your head haven't shrunk
I declare we make a new station
And we'll call it our federation.

(All the grunts sing)
We're grunts, little grunts
We're who everbody hunts
We squeal and bark then we die
While our enemies laugh and cry
But it doesn't matter to us
'Cause we'll go to heaven and cuss
And sadly at this rate we'll never have a new generation
But hey we made a federation

(A different grunt alone)
I say we make it on earth
Right on Texas turf
We'll make a lot of abbervations
And call it the langague of the federation

(All the grunts)
We're grunts, barking grunts
We're who everbody hunts
We squeal and bark then we die
While our enemies laugh and cry
To us this is really sad
Hey it's not all that bad
We'll be called the lost generation
And we'll be the only ones to make a federation

(Last solitaire grunt)
One day we set out at dawn
Only to get mowed down like the lawn
Its was the green guy who sent me the invitation
To make something like the federation
(Cheers)

(All the grunts)
We're grunts, mighty grunts
We're who everbody hunts
We squeal and bark then we die
While our enemies laugh and cry
But it will be a beutiful day
When we finally get to say
That we were the samartest generation
Because we made the only grunt federation
(laughs and claps then they start all over again)"

Community 11/27/2002 6:08 PM PST permalink

Seventh Column Week in Review

Seventh Column Week in Review

Well, it is Friday, and it is time for another week in review, where Matt kicks the mail sack of 7thcol@bungie.com and see what falls out. Unfortunately for you, Matt's normal high-quality work will not be here today, as he has skipped out on us until December. Apparently, slavishly obeying the whims of our cruel master Yeroen is not as much fun as it looks. However, hacking into his email, on the other hand... that's a different story. So, here is what I found after some digging.

Deadman, the founder of Front Range Company 7, wants everyone to know that he has started a new database called "Halo Haikus". It's open for the public to post in, so be sure to drop by and grace them with some halo-related haikus!

The Specialists are at it again, this time with their "Hacienda Hate" LAN party. I'll let Nosferatu tell you all about it:

WOW. Never have I been to a non-tourney LAN before that was so large, had such fierce competition, or was so much fun. 8 TVs, 8 xboxs, carnage city at Some Guy's house. Throughout the 16 hour LAN, approx. 40+ people participated in the LAN. Local teams from L.A., such as the Northern Alliance, Raffy's Retards and others were some of the teams that attended. There were also new players that showed up, and veterans that had been MIA for a while. It was good to see new faces and old alike. But one thing was for sure.... there were definitely no newbies there, at least not the ones that I played. Players like Killtacular, SniperWulf, Fragzor, Qbix, MistaClean, Assassin, Synchimera and his team (Andrew from the DPAG team in the AZ tourney; his new and improved team), TheSPFXmaN, dillo37 and his team, and chumpp (a player that made it to the Halo Nationals; you may recognize the name if you use XBconnect) And then the lord of halo, dark2dawn & Co...

Sounds like you all had a great time, guys. People should go check them out, they consistently seem to be doing things.

Well, that's it. I must say, I'm not impressed that we only have two letters. It is nice that you guys made my job a lot easier, but that isn't the point. I constantly see people complaining that they need members in their chapter, or they can't find people to play Halo with... well, all you have to do to get your chapters and events advertised is to fire off some email to 7thcol@bungie.com. Since next week is Thanksgiving weekend here in the United States, and I will be out of town, that means that there will not be a week in review next week. So you have two whole weeks to stuff this mailbag full of good stuff. I want to see reports of your Turkey day LAN parties! I want to see advertisements for your chapter's upcoming end of year all night Halo LAN parties!

Community 11/23/2002 1:39 AM PST permalink

Picking Your Perfect Login

Picking Your Perfect Login

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Community 11/15/2002 7:29 AM PST

Seventh Column Theme Contest

Seventh Column Theme Contest

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Community 11/14/2002 9:25 AM PST

New Theme Available

New Theme Available

Last week, Patriotic Marine submitted a 7th Column chapter theme. After a little persistence and a little tweaking, it's now ready for prime time. He calls the theme "Marines of Old". To see an example of it, you can take a look at my chapter, Halo Players @ Microsoft.

Community 11/5/2002 8:05 PM PST permalink

Bungie.net Upgrade

Bungie.net Upgrade

The site is back online, sorry for the downtime. We've upgraded a few behind the scenes things to improve performance, plus added a few new features. Visit Chapter Founders for a list of what's new. Enjoy!

Community 10/17/2002 8:04 PM PDT permalink

Don't Suck - Succeed

Don't Suck - Succeed

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Community 10/11/2002 9:32 AM PDT

Chapter Queue Cleared

Chapter Queue Cleared

We had quite a backlog of new chapters over the weekend, but I just cleared it out. If you were waiting for a chapter to come through, check for its status now. Remember, if you already have a chapter, a second one is not often easily approved. Also, don't forget to disband chapters that aren't going to be active, it helps everyone find a chapter that is actually doing things.

Community 9/23/2002 8:09 PM PDT permalink

Old And Improved

Old And Improved

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Community 9/3/2002 10:41 AM PDT

Forums For All Chapters!

Forums For All Chapters!

After several weeks of testing our site-level forums we've finally launched forums for all chapters! Check out your chapters to see if they have a forum yet. If not send a note to your founder requesting one. Here are a few of the many groups that already discovered the new feature and launched their own forum (membership in Chapter Founders has its privileges):

Community 7/31/2002 6:11 PM PDT permalink

Call For Themes

Call For Themes

For those of you that have thought about submitting a theme for use on The Seventh Column we've just made things a little easier. At the bottom of the Seventh Column home page you'll find a permanent link in the sidebar for theme submissions. If you have some design skills and a small understanding of HTML, you now have no excuses.

Community 7/24/2002 5:49 PM PDT permalink

Filthy Propaganda

Filthy Propaganda

Our current batch of Seventh Column propaganda was such a hit we've had requests for more. This time candyman has answered with a set of banners for Seventh Column chapter web sites and another suitable for affiliate sites.

Community 7/23/2002 10:47 PM PDT permalink

Tons of New Chapters

Tons of New Chapters

We had a busy weekend. I just approved about 30 new chapters. If you were having trouble finding one in your area go take another look.

Community 7/22/2002 9:35 PM PDT permalink

Call In The Reserves

Call In The Reserves

Swirlfire makes an excellent point below. The Halo National Tournament is going to be a huge event. We've partnered with iGames, a network of LAN shops, to help run things, but there's a very good chance the local shops involved aren't that familiar with Halo. This is the perfect opportunity for your Seventh Column chapter to do a good deed and to gain some publicity. If one of the centers hosting a qualifying round is in your neighborhood give them a call to see if they have things under control, and if you're up for it offer to help. This will not doubt be a great way to gain exposure for your chapter. Just make sure you negotiate with them before you commit so they agree to let you plaster the place with Seventh Column logos and flyers for your chapter during the event! Post to the Septagon forum to let me know how this goes, I'm pretty curious.

Community 7/22/2002 6:32 PM PDT permalink

Forums for the Fans

Forums for the Fans

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Community 7/17/2002 4:29 AM PDT

Flood of New Chapters

Flood of New Chapters

I just got back from a weekend Bungie backpacking trip (no, not at the infamous Camp Bungie) and checked out the site to find a whopping 36 new chapters waiting in the hopper. Damn! They've all been approved, including one in Sweden, one in the UK, one in the Dominican Republic, and one for Halo playing females. What will be next? A shower, I think.

Community 7/8/2002 1:06 AM PDT permalink

The Minority Report

The Minority Report

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Community 7/3/2002 7:59 AM PDT

I'm Back At It

I'm Back At It

I'm back, and once again cleaning things up a bit around here. Our big new feature for this site is just about to be handed off to our Test team entirely, so hang in there just a little longer. In the meantime when I have a little free time I'm cleaning out chapters that have never shown any signs of life. If you're responsible for one of these then post something to your news already!

Community 7/2/2002 11:19 PM PDT permalink

How To Make Friends

How To Make Friends

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Community 6/24/2002 5:09 AM PDT