Tied the Leader: Giving cRedit

Dusting off and digging into the details.

Tied the Leader sounds off on the latest Halo: Reach news. Heed the call by hitting the link below.

Tide the Leader: Giving cRedit

Community 3/25/2010 10:46 AM PDT permalink

Community Spotlight - ODST Recon

Doubling up.

Today's Community Spotlight takes a quick look at a group that spliced two distinct things from the Halo universe into one tasty treat. Are they dropping feet first into hell or are they rockin' Recon? Who cares, they just updated Bungie Favs!

And here's what they had to say for themselves:

"ODST Recon was started by a guy named Red Sox RULE ALL, and the one of our current leaders, mediocresniper, quickly got involved. That happened in 2005, and the group grew quite quickly. Recruitment was high at the time and the group grew by leaps and bounds, though after a bit it began to die down. After a brief period of strife and inactivity, mediocresniper took the bull by the horns and built the group back up.

Now, though the moderating staff has undergone some major changes, the ideals that made ODST Recon great – a laid back atmosphere, great members, and up-to-date forums – are still in effect. With the current leadership split four ways between AnT Flibaboua, FearTheSwoop, Gimballz and Mediocresniper, the group has never seen better days. We have quite an active membership and a number of regulars to the group.

We don’t participate in group wars or spam attacks; we are quite laid back and as long as you don’t spam the forums incessantly or flame other members you’re more than welcome to the group. The mods in the group don’t swing their banhammers often, so there are no worries there. Also, we have pioneered the Cookie System and, more recently, the Reputation System. Many groups have imitated our cookie system and branched off, creating their own variants thereof. If you like a laid back atmosphere, feel free to stop into ODST Recon – we’d love to have you."

Cool. What are your favorite spaces to play in Halo 3?

For the most part we love any map in Halo 3. Obviously maps like The Pit and Heretic are some of the better ones, though really any map is good. We have game nights sometimes, with many user-created maps thrown into the mix. We also have a group called “The Halo Pirate League” that many members participate in, which holds custom games every Monday.

And your favorite game variants?

Slayer is a great gametype – it’s hard to not like a regular deathmatch game. Many of our members also like games like Infection, which are a ton of fun for all comers. I, personally, prefer MLG gametypes like Capture the Flag and Oddball – team games that take a lot of skill and teamwork to win. But the group’s preferences depend on who you speak to – we each have our own likes.

What would you like to see in Matchmaking that isn’t already available?

There’s not much that’s not in Matchmaking. Personally, I would love to see Elites banned in Team Snipers and Team SWAT – these things start to get annoying, especially when you get to be a higher level. Also, the Legendary maps need to be free on Xbox LIVE and included in all the playlists – Blackout is a great map that should be included in every play list.

Hear that? That's the sound of a million angry Elites about to descend upon you! Been nice knowing you. Thanks for the interview. Oh, and if you want to get a look at ODST Recon's load out, hit up Bungie Favorites for all the hot new files.

CommunitySpotlight 3/24/2010 10:04 AM PDT permalink

'An Adorable Halo Grunt Tattoo'

Eat your heart out, Peter Moore.

Check out those pipes. They're ready to explode!

An Adorable Halo Grunt Tattoo

Community 3/24/2010 9:10 AM PDT permalink

Average Joe - Omincent

All knowing and riding a roo.

This week's Average Joe is a fan of the ellipses, wasn't a fan of Halo: CE, and wants way more Reach. Can you sympathize? Read on to get more familiar with this "Jerk" from down under.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. Hey, I'm Josh, folks 'round these parts know me as Omnicent, Omni, Omni-Tool, Tool, or Jerk. I live in Adelaide, South Australia and yes, I do ride a kangaroo to school everyday, I put beer on my cereal and that is seriously not a knife... *cough* ...moving on.

I'm a student at the minute, doing my final year of high school. I get to study a lot of fun things like Specialist Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry because I was too much of a smart ass to take the easy road. Currently I'm in-between jobs, just like I have been for the last 18-odd years and I have this sneaky suspicion that isn't going to change soon, but I don't mind...much. I'm an avid gamer (hur-dur?) but I really only got into the online scene about two years ago and MAN! I've loved it from day one, but aside from gaming I'm an ungodly reader, I have a bad habit of buying a book in the morning and having read it cover to cover by dinner. I'm a big fan of Eddings, Tolkien, Salvatore and countless others, also I love the Halo books. A great read.

Aside from the stuff I do sitting on my butt, I also play Basketball in Division 2...I said I played, not that I was any good, keep that in mind. In fact I just played what I think will be my last game. Ever...probably.

Q. So, what does "Omnicent" mean?

A. Well, it's simple. I wanted something that was quirky, easy to say and memorable. I failed miserably. The name however is derived from the word omniscient, which means to be all knowing. Yeah, I know, little bit self absorbed but I like it and I doubt I'll ever change it, it's grown to be not only my name, but my identity. Strange how these things grow on us, isn't it?

Q. Yup, sure is. Which forums have grown on you (and sprouted hairs)?

A. Well, I spread myself around fairly evenly. I do a lot of my posting in private groups such as KOTOR [/sneakyadvertisement], but when I lurk the public forums I post in The Flood and The Septagon, I take a peak at the Halo 3, Reach and ODST forums to make sure they're there every so often and the good, young, Universe forum; for when I feel like getting into an argument about the mating habits of fictional creatures. (lolno)

I've been know to get into a little bit of fan-fiction, wrote a bit myself (see Snakie for the details, he's good at those), but generally I only like the real stuff.

I'm going to be honest here, I'm not a huge fan of montages. I'm impressed by 3 Killionaires in one life as much as the next guy, but 20 minutes of single no-scopes and triple kills gets a little stale, no matter how many video filters you whack on there.

Q. Oh, man. Good thing I wasn't compelled to highlight four montages this morning! Uh...what compels you to game?

A. Compels me, eh? Well that's a long story that begins way, way back when Duck Hunt and SMB's were the big craze. I sucked at those games. Still do. But being told I can't do something has a habit of making me do it, I'm still no MLG pro by any stretch, but I can pull my weight.

My folks long ago swore off facing me down in any game, be it chess, AoE, Halo or even rock, paper, scissors. I think it was about the time I whooped my dad, sister and a insane AI in AoE3 by myself, 3v1. At that time my accounts were all called Anubis, my strategies of rolling death seemed to demand a god-like name, but when I got XBL that was already taken. Go figure. So I had to come up with something else, see above.

Since my family doesn't even let me play Cluedo with them anymore, I have to play with friends in order to get bragging rights, so I play with some of the guys from school. I'm a lazy kind of guy so we just play online, LAN parties, although fun, are a pain to set up and a blackout ruins the whole night.

All in all I'm a pretty laid back guy when it comes to games, oh don't get me wrong, I like winning, but I'm not going to have a giant cry about a loss. I play to have fun, I play with friends to have fun and I play with people I don't know or like to have fun, and for me that's a good thing, I'm...mediocre in skill so if I played to win I'd end up angry all the time. If I played to annoy people I'd get banned and there's no fun in that. So I play to have fun. It works for me.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you had some fun with?

A. Halo: CE (Deja Vu? No?). I heard about this crazy new game that was taking the world by storm so, naturally, I had to try it.

I'm going to be honest here. Don't hate me for it folks, I was young. I thought it was "meh."

Same thing with Halo 2, hype, hype, hype, "yeah, not bad."

Halo 3 comes around and BAM! "yeah, pretty good."

So I kick it around a bit, and I think to myself, "what's this XBL thing anyway?" So I sign up and ho baby, THIS is what I've been missing all my life! Once I got into the Halo online scene I started to have some realizations about what I was missing out on all those years, THIS is where the fun was at, meeting people, kick their asses, the lag, the thrills, the multi-kills! Talking about other peoples' views on the campaign really changed my opinions, I realized the genius of the story, music. . . I'm having a bit of a ramble, I know, but yes.

In short, it was the people that really sucked me into the world of Halo and ultimately Bungie, got me interested, gave me a real connection to it.

Q. Does the fact that you've been sucked in surprise you somewhat?

A. Yeah, it's a bit of a lark sometimes when I think back on it. If four years ago you told me I'd have good friends I'd never even met, I'd tell you to seek professional advice. Seriously though, sometimes I'm surprised to look at my title bar and see Legendary Member there, that means Iggy's server's down and the coup's not loading. (har-har-har) Lame jokes aside I like this place, I like the people and I love the work they do. Sometimes I can't help but jump on in and be a part of it, it's exhilarating to see a project you had a hand in come to life, at the minute I'm busy with my studies but I lend a hand in the coup group and pump out some custom avatars and title bars once in a while for people who say please.

Q. Do you get involved with any other groups?

A. I'll occasionally lurk the Halo Wars forums, but I'm pretty much a Bungie.net man. You guys must put something in the water...

Aside from that I'm the head of moderation over at the7thwonder.org, I'm probably not the best qualified person in the world to be a moderator, let alone top dog, but I do what I can and I use my best judgment. That's all you can do, right?

Q. Yup. Anything you wanna add?

A. Yeah, MoAr ReeeEeEeEEeeEACH!!! Seriously, you're taunting me here! I'm almost willing to spend a few thousand bucks to get to you guys and risk a medical bill three miles long trying to past security and get out with the alpha. But I'm not going to. Flat broke you see.

Any-who, on to the shout-outs.

The guys who're going to beat me up after this gets published and I don't mention them: Fatal Tempest - he gets tired a lot so I have to carry him, but he returns the favor sometimes. I Fatoosh I - Jumpy little bugger, but cunning. v GuMBy - Only rage quits sometimes. Samwize1409 & SurgicalShoe - Guys I know, but you guys don't. Crazy how that works, huh?

The guys who'll act all butt-hurt if they don't get a shout-out: Lord Snakie - like the giant, suit wearing twin of Russian decent I never had. x Lord Revan x - Used to think he was an ass, still do, but now he's my kind of ass. Noge - Heh, you'd have to be in the msn party to get it. . . and a whole bunch of others I love but can't mention for lack of witty remarks. Just know that if you're on my friends list you're alright in my book.

ALSO: Very important last point, I would like to give a big shout out to every Australian gamer out there, we get the rough end of the stick when it comes to games being banned, lag and a whole plethora of problems, so to those who stick with it, I salute you.

Thanks for reading this far, or for those who skipped to the end, I don't blame you. Omni out.

Nobody skips to the end of these, dude. They're gold. Gold, I tell you! Thanks for dropping some words, Omni, and as always, there's a discussion thread attached. Drop in to sound off.

CommunitySpotlight 3/23/2010 9:21 AM PDT permalink

Foward Unto Dawn, Moved

Now with more HBO!

If you wanted to read up on Forward Unto Dawn's speculative article, "Mapping Reach," but found that we accidentally denied their service (sorry, dudes), you're in luck this morning. HBO rehosted. Pay back their kindness by hitting the link below and getting your read on.

Forward Unto Dawn - Mapping Reach

Community 3/23/2010 9:04 AM PDT permalink

Monday Morning Hawty McBlast

Get your face filled...

...with all kinds of community stuff. Hawty's got comics and community crafted caps this morning. I'd link them all, but what's the fun in that? Hit the jump and start sifting!

Hawty McBloggy (Warning: Mature and Immature Content)

Community 3/22/2010 9:05 AM PDT permalink

Maption Sack Double EXP LIVE!

They're your maps. Play 'em!

A 4v4 mix of Double EXP Slayer and Objective gametypes on a whole mess of your own community created maps.

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009


  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.


  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Exhibition (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Fracture (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Onyx (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Reflux (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Static (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Transgression (Foundry)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

PlaylistsHalo 3 3/18/2010 1:29 PM PDT permalink

You've Played Too Much Halo When...

Ever wonder what's up there?

Hawty McBloggy found a tangentially related photo this morning. The person who snapped it claims they see the Chief. Do you Believe, or do you think they're just seeing stuff?

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Master Chief Cloud!

Community 3/18/2010 9:12 AM PDT permalink

Monitor Built's Favs Updated

Men of few words.

Monitor Built's ready to give us the rundown on their week two Bungie Favorites selections. For map making expertise, they've sent in Hadokenchild to talk a little bit about with us about his map Frailty. Scroll down to get your learn on.

What inspired Frailty?

I tried to combine Halo 2's "Relic" with Halo 3's Valhalla. I like the tall spire designs of both maps and I really haven't seen many customs that simulated those same structures.

How long did it take to complete the simulation?

60-70 hours. I started it shortly after getting the maps with Halo Wars. But about two weeks in I got my second RROD. I couldn't forge for almost two months.

Which aspect took up most of that big block of time?

Blue base as a whole. The mid floor level went through two complete designs before I found one that worked well with the massive sand dune behind it. I also found out the hard way that if you want to geomerge stone pillars at an angle, you have to brace both the large and small ends or it will twist.

How could we improve Forge?

Well since it isn't meant to be a terrain editor, it isn't going to work they way we really want it to. I would really like to see something resembling Foundry's doors to help in merging. I'd also like to see specific floor objects that eliminate the need to use walls.

Tear down this wall! That's the end of Monitor Built's round in our Community Spotlight. If you want to check out their fresh hit of custom content, you can grab all the updated files right from our Bungie Favorites page. Come and get it.

CommunitySpotlight 3/17/2010 10:22 AM PDT permalink

Average Joe - Primo84

Inspired by pizza pie.

Primo84 is a family man, a graphic designer, a college student, and a frequent poster here at Bungie.net. And he still found the time to answer some of our questions. Pretty awesome, eh?

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Chris, I’m 20 years old, and I work for my city’s parks and recreation department. I am also an art major (with a concentration in graphic design) at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Well, that’s not 100% true; there was some kind of computer glitch and I was accidentally given the wrong major, so technically I’m a fashion design major until I can figure out where to turn the proper forms into.

I immediately regret sharing that last part.

Anyway, I just transferred to WSU this semester. Before Wayne, I attended Olivet College, which is a tiny, overpriced liberal arts college located way out where people tend to marry their siblings. I went there for two years and was chemistry major with a pre-medical concentration. I also played defensive end on the school’s varsity football team; I was actually the starter before I realized that OC just wasn’t for me and left school a month into last semester.

Aside from being miserable at that school, the major factor in my leaving was that my girlfriend of five years, Amanda, was pregnant with my child. (Don’t worry, she didn’t pull an ‘itz yo babay!” I knew she was preggers going into the school year.)

Connor Richard was born February 14, 2010 at 12:35pm. He is a perfectly healthy baby and weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces, 21cm long, and sporting a 14cm head diameter.

7lbs? 14cm? 21cm? Coincidence? I think not!

Anyway, the baby, my girlfriend, and I are doing great and are happy as can be.

Q. Awesome. And Congrats! Now that we know more about you and your family, tell us where your B.net name came from.

A. Well, when I first made an account on B.net, I couldn’t think of anything I wouldn’t come to regret once it was final.

There was a menu from a local pizza place sitting next to the computer; for reasons I still don’t understand, I picked up the menu seeking some inspiration for my username. The pizza place called their version of cheesy bread “primo bread.” I remembered that one of my great uncles’ name was Primo, and me, being the half-blooded deigo I am, thought it fit.

Keep in mind that I said "deigo," not "guido." (I’m not one of those Jersey Shore jager bomb drinkin’, fake tannin’, blowout hair wearin’, bro’d out fake Italians.)

Oh, and 84 was my football jersey number from sophomore year of high school until I hung up the cleats this past fall.

Q. So, if you're not hanging out on the Jersey Shore, where might people find you around these here parts?

A. For my first few years I mostly stuck to New Mombasa, or as it’s now known, The Halo 2 Forum. Every now and then I’d check out the Universe/Underground Forum, and once Halo 3 came out, I started lurking the H3F. Once the overall topic of the H3F seemed to focus more and more on multiplayer, I started posting in the Septagon and Flood. I’ve always enjoyed the theories and speculation in the Universe Forum. Also, I recently started lurking The Gallery Forum, and I’m pretty impressed by how talented a lot of my fellow members are.

Q. So what keeps you gaming? Do you schedule game nights with your friends and family?

A. Put simply, it’s fun. It’s also a great way to blow off steam and relax.

As for gaming with friends and family…eeeh…not so much. Most of my loved ones, even my siblings, still haven’t accepted gaming being mainstream, and look at me like I’m performing witchcraft when I’m using my Xbox LIVE headset.

Q. Well, people do shout some pretty bizarre stuff online. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. A buddy of mine back in middle school held a LAN party for one of his birthdays. Guess what we played? Yeah, I guess you can say Halo: CE got me into gaming as a whole. Sure, I owned a Super Nintendo and N64 before I had ever been owned by a Warthog turret on Sidewinder, but I had never really played anything on those systems as addicting as Halo multiplayer. Congratulations Bungie, you’re my ambassadors to Nerd-dom.

Q. We're okay with that. Are you? Are you surprised by how involved you've become?

A. Oh yeah; my 5th B.net anniversary happened this past December. I didn’t realize it until someone brought it up in the IRC. Sure, I’m not involved in many of the community projects or gatherings like some guys are, but 5 years? That’s a quarter of my life! I mean, during that time I’ve graduated high school, started college, dropped out of college, started college again, grown a beard, got a girl pregnant, and some stuff in between.

Q. Yeah, that's a lot of stuff to juggle. Do you find time to visit any other online communities?

A. Hmm, let’s see. I’ve created plenty of accounts on various message boards across the interwebs, only to forget about them a few days later. I think the only sites I still actively post on are Bungie.net (obviously), IMDB, YouTube, and MLive. Well, those and the standard stuff like Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook, URK! ACCEPT MY FRIEND REQUEST FOOL! (Just kidding.)

Q. You probably just want to bug me incessantly about FarmVille. Anything you would like to add?

A. Can I make a #BungieNet plug?

Q. Um, yeah?

A. Hey everybody! Go visit #BungieNet, Bungie.net’s (unofficial) internet relay chat channel! We’re awesome, just ask us.

Q. Any shout outs you’d like to make?


I guess I’ll start with my moderation staff from #BungieNet: True Underdog, BreadofWonder, flowers/Halo_Tru7h, Primum Agmen, elmicker, and Nerd Boi. As for #BungieNet regulars (in no particular order): Anelf3, Scapegoat, Kapura (Collonade sucks dude), Spiderbait, Stung, Eliper, CornettoGospel, Impurity, Wolf, Count Blinkula, TrooperCooper, Kenny, Butane (you suck), Top Gun, Qbix, Aeternae, Badballer, Bahamut, Mahcks, Sy, Squee, Useless0ne, Rampancy, Brute, and TOM_T_117.

Oh, and the guys from #Moap who still refuse to join #BungieNet.

From around B.net: DieByMyHand, Skibur…and that’s about it.

If I forgot anyone, then t(o_Ot). (Just kidding.)

Thanks to Chris for being a good sport and a valued member of the community. He had some additional pics of his beautiful wife and baby, but we're gonna hold off on posting them. If he still wants to share them with everybody, maybe he'll link them in the discussion thread attached. (Maybe he won't if I remind him that people around here are experts with photo manipulation.) Either way, you should sound off and let Primo84 know how awesome he is in the thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 3/16/2010 10:35 AM PDT permalink

Mistress Chief

Gasp...it's a lady!

Never saw that comin', didya? Totally fooled, right? Long hair...whatchu say?!

Okay, so it's not that surprising, but still, pretty cool armor (if you know what I'm sayin'). I'm saying this armor is pretty cool. Check it out.

Mistress Chief

Community 3/16/2010 9:01 AM PDT permalink

'Hunters Patrol'

The calm before the storm.

HBO let us know that ubald is back with more Halo Renders. This one features two dynamic duos preparing to go toe to toe. Hit the jump to check it out!

ubald: Halo Renders

Community 3/15/2010 10:40 AM PDT permalink

Grin + Bear It: Facepalm

Obscured vision.

This week's Grin + Bear It sees things from a new perspective. Scratch the surface of this traditionally not safe for work webcomic by hitting the link below.

Grin + Bear It: Facepalm

Community 3/15/2010 9:13 AM PDT permalink

Rocket Race Double EXP Live!

Ridin' dirty for Double EXP!

Marksmanship takes a backseat to fast driving. Get to the destinations to win!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Team Size: 2
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Legendary Map Packs Required


  • Rocket Race (100%) - A variant of VIP. Teams of 2 race to reach destination points. First team to 10 points wins. Player traits: Invincible. Rocket Launcher primary spawns with no secondary weapons. No Friendly Fire. Map Traits: No weapons or grenades on map, mongooses only. 10 minute match time limit.


  • Isolation Speed (Isolation) - Isolation variant designed for Rocket Race. Skipped after Veto.
  • Valhalla Speed (Valhalla) - Valhalla variant designed for Rocket Race.
  • Sandtrap Speed (Sandtrap) - Sandtrap variant designed for Rocket Race.
  • Rat's Nest Speed (Rat's Nest) - Rat's Nest variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Heroic Map Pack (REQUIRED).
  • Standoff Speed (Standoff) - Standoff variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Heroic Map Pack (REQUIRED).
  • Avalanche Speed (Avalanche) - Avalanche variant designed for Rocket Race. Part of the Legendary Map Pack (REQUIRED).

PlaylistsHalo 3 3/11/2010 11:30 AM PST permalink

Community Spotlight - Monitor Built

The next level.

After a brief hiatus to make way for the multiplayer trailer, our Community Spotlight is ready to shine once again. This week, the glow falls on the glorious group of mapmakers over at Monitor Built. If you're looking to flex your creative muscle, you might want to read up. Here's what they had to say for themselves.

"The main goal of Monitor Built was to create a helpful spam free Xbox 360 community that revolves around the Halo 3 game mode, Forge. Monitor Built originally started off as a Bungie.net group founded on June 27, 2008. On June 28th, 2008, the just started Bungie.net group got a free hosted forum and got to work. With the newly created forum more members started to flow in and Map Maker Guardians, the original name, was being recognized as a community. With Map Maker Guardians running for four months it was decided again that it was ready for the next level.

The new forum could not of been possible without the help of Archon Gold, who supplied everything needed for the new site. After about a week of discussing the new sites name (Monitor Built) and Archon setting up the domain, it was finally time to release the new site on October 31st, 2008. Today, Monitor Built's goal to create a community that is spam free and the members feel that they are an actual member instead of a number. The site is always under little minor changes for the better and competitions, tournaments or events are always being thought of along with the Columnists working on featuring maps."

Q. What are some of Monitor Built's favorite spaces?

A. We usually enjoy symmetrical Capture the Flag maps, they never cease to provide us with long and intense battles that pump adrenaline through you the whole time through. There's nothing like returning your flag an inch away from the opponent's return point to keep the game alive. Wishbone (which can be found in the current Bungie Favorite Files) is usually the map we're duking it out on with these matches. Wishbone takes some tactics, teamwork, brains, and well... a little skill with a sniper, just how any map should play right?

Q. What about game variants?

A. Well, as you've seen already, Multi-Flag seems to be a favorite for our community, but another community favorite for us is any gametype involving some mongoose driving. Rocket Race, Battle Snipes, Cat 'N Mouse, you name it. You experience some sort of thrill while being chased around and shot at. It's sort of like the thrill you got as a little kid running around the sandbox spitting at your friends... I guess...

Q. What would you like to see in Matchmaking that isn’t there already (besides spitting)?

A. Well, before Action Sack, we would've said we wanted a playlist with custom mini-games, but that's been covered. Thanks Bungie.

But what we'd really like to see is a playlist, or at least a double exp playlist for a gametype called Conquest. Conquest is a game variant of Flag Rally where there's 5 or 7 territories (depending on map size) placed throughout a linear path. You and your teammates traverse through the map capturing territories, and clash in the middle fighting for that last piece of land that will give you an advantage. It's like Tug-of-war sort of. Your constantly pushing forward and falling back, and it takes brute force by teamwork to win. You'll find the Conquest gametype and a map called "Plunder" in our Favorite Files.

Actually, you can find all of their week one content in Bungie Favorites. Right now. What are you waiting for? Go and get 'em!

CommunitySpotlight 3/10/2010 10:36 AM PST permalink

HaloContest Heads Off into the Sunset

One final montage is all that remains.

HBO informs us that the fine folks over at HaloContest are packing it up. Before they go, they wanted to leave you with one final collection of clips and screenshots. Check it out below.

YouTube - HaloContest's Final Montage

Community 3/10/2010 9:04 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Top_Gun_2021

Underscores of Awesome.

Top_Gun_2021 is requesting a flyby. Hold onto your coffee while this Average Joe buzzes the tower.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Dan; I am a sophomore at a college in the twin cities of Minnesota. I am studying math and art, trying to combine that into some sort of job. If that fails, my fall back is being a drum set player. I have been playing drum set and percussion for ten years, and I use that ability to play in one band and three ensembles at college.

If I am not doing school related activities, I am playing video games (really old to new), drawing, or practicing rudiments or jamming on my drum set. I recently have started drumming over Marty’s Halo soundtracks, which is really fun. I am also a good shot at billiards, so I play all types of billiard games on my home table. I used to caddie and be really active, but that has currently taken a hold after I had a life threatening blood clot in my leg in the summer. Not dying is a good hobby to have.

Q. None of that explains the username.  Where'd you pick that up?

A. My first tag here was SilentStalker101, but I thought it was stupid, so I let that one die and made Top_Gun_2021. I chose Top Gun, because I am a huge fan of military aircraft. However, contrary to popular belief, Top Gun derives from the flight school and not the movie. So, shut up with the Tom Cruise, the Goose, and the great balls of fire. The 2021 comes from Sea Lab 2021, and it rhymed. Thus, I added it.
I don’t remember why I put in underscores. I think it was because I assumed, since other sites didn’t allow spaces, spaces were not allowed here. Apparently, user names can have spaces in them, but the underscores make my name unique.

Q. You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.  Er, uh...where can we find you hanging out here at Bungie.net should we want to serenade you?

A. I frequent the Community forum and the Flood forum mostly. I find the Flood forum absolutely hilarious sometimes, and if you have not noticed, I make a lot of polls. Who doesn’t like polls? I could probably be the poll czar or something like that. Polls are my favorite thing on this site. I like a good laugh, and I think that asking obscure and odd questions is a good way to have a chuckle. If you are wondering why I use ‘yay or nay’ instead of ‘yes or no,’ I was at Knights of the Round Table, and the king would only accept ‘yay or nay’ cheers instead of ‘yes or no’ from the audience. Yes, I do know that the proper spelling is, yea, and not, yay. Deal with it. Most of my ideas come from pop culture, movies, or random incidents and thoughts.

When I go to the community forum, I try to help people as much I can with their issues. I’ll sneak peeks in the game forum once in a while, but those are not my main thing. Once the game comes out I start to visit them more to talk about the game.

My favorite part of this community is the groups. It is a great way to get to know other people better.

The best fanfic of all time is, Halo – Halos in space. It moved me to tears.

Q. What about gaming gets you all emotional?

A. I have been playing games since the early 90’s. I remember the good times of simple controls and fun characters. I am all over the board on what games I like. I play things from Roller Coaster Tycoon to Halo, and I enjoy both multiplayer and single player. My rule to gaming is: If I am having fun while playing it, it is a good game. If I am not having fun, it goes to the glue factory. I play games to relieve stress and to have a good time.

I tried gaming with my dad and that never turned out well. I guess the learning curve from Pong to Space Jam was too much. I grew up playing with my brothers, friends, and cousins. Those sleepovers playing Mario Party and GoldenEye were good times. My brothers don’t play anymore, so I usually game with my cousin, and my friends.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. It was way back in 2002 during Christmas time. I was visiting a cousin, and my mom gave me an Xbox. My cousin told me about this game called, Halo: Combat Evolved, which was supposed to be good. We bought it and we played co-op campaign at his house. I don’t remember how far we got together, but it was my favorite co-op experience of all time. I played the campaign by myself, since I never really had anyone to play multiplayer with. Whenever I got with my cousin, we would boot up Halo and play co-op. I remember having creative strategies to beat sections on Legendary. We have a pretty bad track record of purposely killing each other. So, I can blame Halo for my team killing skills.

What struck me was the interesting art style, and how it was so different from different games, and so shiny. It was the first time I ever played a FPS campaign with another person, and it was always fun.

Q. So now you've gone from playing with other people to participating in a huge community. Does that surprise you?

A. Not really. I usually give up on online sites if there is no change. I am the type of person who likes to experience different things often. The community here changes quite a lot, and I like that. There is always something new to talk about, new people, and new ideas. The cool people I have met here are also a plus.

Q. Do you visit any other online spaces on a regular basis?

A. I visit Drummerworld.com and Cracked.com frequently. I also visit Brothers-brick.com and LEGO.com. I am still a huge LEGO fan. LEGO > Megablocks.

Q. Well, obviously. Make some noise.

A. I would like to thank Bungie for giving me a fun game to play, and to provide this wonderful haven.

My cousin, Otter61987, for those funny threads he makes, and those good times on Halo, DISP0SABLE H3RO, Nuclear Murderer, GameRiddler, SuburbanJoker, everyone in BUNGLE, Mythic Members, The Marty Army, #moap, #bungienet, and anyone who has answered one of my polls.

Boom Shakalaka!

What, we're doing NBA Jam now? I can't keep up. Top Gun, NBA Jam, the drums...it's just too much. I need some time to clear my head. While you wait for my return, hit the discussion thread attached and let Dan know how awesome he is, even if you did spill your coffee.

CommunitySpotlight 3/9/2010 10:11 AM PST permalink

Tied the Leader: Game Changer

Ten minutes of clarity.

HBO tipped us off that the fine folks over at Tied the Leader have been busy gettin' their speculation on. Want to see what they think it all means? Hit the link below for some commentary.

Tied the Leader: Game Changer

CommunityHalo: Reach 3/5/2010 9:10 AM PST permalink

Rorschach Inkblot Test – Longshore

Seeing red.

Hawty McBloggy wants to psychoanalyze you. And that's not a euphemism. Head over to her digs to check out the latest entry in your Rorschach Inkblot Test series. It's only fun if you wanna play along.

Rorschach Inkblot Test – Longshore

Community 3/5/2010 8:59 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Delta 15t

Making beautiful music.

Today's Average Joe has a sweet gig and spent some time in the service. If you wanted to know more about Delta 15t, you've come to the right place. Make yourself comfortable and get to scrollin'!

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. Hello, I am Todd and I am a guitar maker or Luthier if you will. I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 1992. I also studied with Paul Gudelsky and Abe Wechter. So I get up in the morning and make guitars for people and repair their broken ones.

I am also retired Army. I spent two tours in Iraq and one in Bosnia. I was a 15T and a 63A. That is a Black Hawk Helicopter mechanic/Crew Chief and an Abrams M1A2 systems mechanic.

I also compose and record my own music. I use Pro-Tools LE 8 from Digi Design. Here is an example of some of my work that I did for H3ITWP. I did it so if anyone wanted to use it for a montage, they could.

Q. Well, that explains half the username. Where'd you pick up the first bit?

A. When I was in the Army, my radio call sign was Delta. It quickly became my nick name as well. During my second tour in Iraq, we had a hanger right across from the Delta Force compound. The 160th and us would trade helicopter parts back and forth if we didn't have something on hand. After a while you start talking and Halo came up. I invited some of the guys from the 160th to come and play some Halo with us that night. Well they showed up with some Delta Force guys also. We had a serious LAN party throw down that evening. Delta was etched in stone from then on. The 15t was obviously my MOS at the time.

Q. Very nice. Now that you're back, where forums do you use for R&R?

A. The Septagon baby! Hanging out there you get to know people after a while. After a while you start playing Halo with the people you get to know. It's bit tighter nit there also. I do frequent the game forums. Although I am no much on speculation. I am more of a wait and see type person. I get the game in my hands and try to take it to its limits.

Q. What drives you to push your gaming limits?

A. I game therefore I am! Seriously, it's the teamwork, fun, the way cool graphics and the great story lines that Bungie provides.

Q. Flattery! What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. Halo, of course. I didn't buy it at first either. I thought to myself, "There's another game that will fade away in about a month." People at work kept talking about it though. Finally I asked about it. They said, "What? You don't have Halo? Dude, you have got to get this game!" I did that day. I was up to 3 am playing.

Q. Are you surprised that you've become so involved with the community?

A. Yes and no. It all just sort of crept up on me. Back when I first started visiting Bungie, I never thought I would be this involved. Now looking back, it doesn't surprise me. Bungie has a way of drawing you in and keeping you.

Q. You can never leave! (Do you?)

A. No, I am pretty much a Bungie/Halo fan man.

Q. That's the right answer. Make some shout outs, sucka!

A. Well yes. H3ITWP! Great people there! Foman for introducing me to the group! The Marty Army! Without Marty I don't think Halo would be what it is today. Also a shout out to Mythical Group. A younger group of guys, but they have their act together. Game on!

Big thanks to Todd for being a big part of our community, and of course, for his service. If you want to sound off yourself, there's a discussion thread attached. You know what to do.

CommunitySpotlight 3/2/2010 10:41 AM PST permalink

MLG FFA Going Live in Five!

Party of one.

Okay, so it might be a little more than five minutes, but we're rolling out the MLG FFA playlist real soon. Like today soon. While you wait, read up on this short list of playlist details or head over to Major League Gaming for all the details.

MLG rules and variants for Free For All games.

6-8 Players
Max Party Size:  1
All DLC Required.


  • MLG FFA - Slayer, unlimited scoring. Battle Rifle starts. Player traits: 90% Shield Recharge Rate, 110% Damage, 110% Player Movement Speed. 10 minute match time limit.


  • MLG Citadel FFA
  • MLG Guard FFA
  • MLG Heretic FFA
  • MLG Ldown FFA
  • MLG Reactor FFA

PlaylistsHalo 3 3/2/2010 10:28 AM PST permalink

'Be a Hero' Comes to a Close

Thanks for helping!

Our "Be a Hero" charity drive for Haiti is now officially closed. Donations are being totaled and we should be able to talk about the final tally soon. Thanks for lending a helping hand, everybody!

Community 3/1/2010 2:39 PM PST permalink

Grin + Bear It: Give the Girl a Hand

Channeling Stuntmutt.

Grin + Bear It busts out the Reach-related puns in place of the standard fare adult humor. Even if you're super sensitive, you can check it out this week!  Link below.

Grin + Bear It: Give the Girl a Hand

Community 3/1/2010 8:59 AM PST permalink

Chromed Out ODST

Thirty seven shiny seconds.

Shishka tipped me off to this nicely crafted ODST model whipped up by one talented fan. Check it out yourself. Pretty cool take.

YouTube - ODST ZBrush Character Model

Community 2/26/2010 1:06 PM PST permalink