Grifball Double EXP Weekend is LIVE

Catch the disease!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required
Updated 8/06/09


  • Grifball (55%) - Teams vie over a bomb, attempting to plant and detonate the bomb on the other team's arm point. Players spawn with Gravity Hammers and Energy Swords. Player traits: No grenades,  infinite ammo, 200% damage and no shields. Ball carrier traits: Orange forced color, 2x shields and 150% movement speed. Assault bomb arms instantly, and one successful detonation ends the round. Team with the highest score after five rounds wins. Three minutes per round.
  • Mayan Grifball (20%) - Players have 110% move speed. Ball carrier has 150% move speed.
  • Grifball Up There (15%) - Bomb reset time is 10 seconds.
  • Aerial Grifball (10%) - Players have 75% gravity and 100% move speed. Ball carrier has 50% gravity and 100% move speed. Bomb reset time is 10 seconds.


  • Grifball Court (Foundry) - Variant of Foundry made specifically for Grifball tournament play.
  • The Grif Cave (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's crypt.
  • Chichen Itza (Sandbox) - Grifball court styled in the fashion of an ancient arena.
  • Ultim8 Grifball (Sandbox) - Get it? With the 8 there, it's like saying  "ultimate." Whoever came up with that should do stand up because they're, like, hilarious and stuff!
  • Grifball High (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's skybubble.
  • Grifball Naught (Sandbox) - "How did I get into the game before the map?"

PlaylistsHalo 3 1/28/2010 2:31 PM PST permalink's Fav Files Updated

Short on words...

...but not on content. doesn't have any fancy tips or tricks for you when it comes to using Forge.  That's okay, you've got it down pat by now, right?  Besides, you're popping in to check out their week 2 Bungie Favorites offerings.  Which I deployed.  Just now.  Check 'em out.

Bungie Favorites

CommunitySpotlight 1/27/2010 11:07 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - x Lord Revan x

Now with more ninja!

Today's Average Joe took up the Banhammer not too long ago, but we already had his Average Joe interview in the can.  Instead of asking him what the early going has been like and redrafting all of the words below into a Know Your Ninja offering, we figured we'd just slap this out their and let you get familiar sooner rather than later.  It's always better to know the guy who's crushing your soul with one swing of the hammer.  Makes it sting a little bit less.  Read on to get acquainted.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Mitch and I’m currently a sophomore in college going for my undergrad degree in economics. When college isn’t taking up all my time, I can be seen playing bass, video games, or just lounging around on campus with my friends. Oh and I tend to head to this website called “” You might have heard of it.

Q. Hell yeah, I have.  I hear it's awesome too.  Speaking of awesome, where'd you get your username?

A. My tag, “x Lord Revan x” originates from Bioware’s KOTOR which came out all the way back in 2003. I happened to make my account in 2005 shortly after the sequel shipped from Obsidian. I just loved the character’s name and decided it had to be my tag. “Lord Revan” was already taken so I added the X’s. I kinda regret that seeing as how prevalent they have become on Xbox LIVE but I wouldn’t change my tag for anything. It’s who I’ve been for four years.

Q. The x's just mean that you're pro.  When you're not practicing your four-shot, what forums do you fire into to get up to speed?

A. Well, when I first came to the site I was interested in monitoring the leaderboards (back in the beginning days of Halo 2), my stats, and seeing the updates to matchmaking. I eventually found myself checking out theories and the Flood.

Now however, I mainly stick to private groups. Shortly after joining I created the group KOTOR with four other awesome members and we still have it kicking. It might be considered 14 years underage but I can’t believe how old that group is. It reminds me of just how long I’ve been on bnet.

I also want to mention how much I love the community forum and the level of interactivity between members it brings. You guys/gals all kick ass.

Q. What compels you to kick ass in games?

A. Truthfully, I think the sole reason I am a gamer would be due to my friends. In high school it was a pretty popular thing for my friends and I to have Halo LAN matches fairly often. Once Halo 2 shipped we all made the jump to playing on Xbox LIVE. I probably spent more time on that than I did studying (not that I advocate that). Now that I’m in college I game to keep in touch with friends at other schools. It’s actually pretty rare when a console isn’t on in my suite. It seems like we all use it as a procrastination tool.

I also love meeting up with some of the guys I have met through bnet. Between private groups and the community forum, I’ve gotten to have a pretty stacked friends list full of members. Its great meeting up with them on LIVE and getting some games going.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you got some games going in?

A. Like everyone else, or so it seems, Halo CE was the first Bungie title I was introduced to. I honestly wish I had known about Marathon back in my youth. Thankfully I’ve made up for it and played through the original Marathon. I gotta start the sequels one of these days…

Although Halo CE might have been my first, it certainly hasn’t been my last Bungie title. Halo CE just sucked me in. I’ve always loved FPS games but I was really attracted by Halo’s story and characters. I must have played through the campaign at least 100 times and no, I am not exaggerating. As I mentioned, LAN matches were also quite frequent in my high school years. Hell, they still are. Recently my suitemates and I, along with our neighbors, got a Halo CE CTF match going on Sidewinder. It brought back some awesome memories.

Q. Looking back on those memories, are you surprised at all that you've become so involved?

A. Honestly, I am a bit surprised by my community involvement. I originally made my account on in order to check out my stats and now I love checking out the community forum and furthering the plan for domination. Privates groups are also amazingly entertaining and have provided me with a ton of memories.

Oh, and the weekly updates are also a big influence on why I venture onto Bungie. Urk, you best keep droppin’ blogs.

Q. I will.  I have to.  Otherwise they'll fire me.  What about you - ever fire off into any other online communities besides

A. Eh, not really. I really only interact with Bungie. Halo has brought me together with a bunch of my friends and the site itself has rendered me a Live player with a stacked friends list.

Q. Wanna make some shout-outs?

A. I really want to express my love of Marty and Salvatori’s music. You guys are amazing and I envy your musical talents. Having been a musician for years, I really appreciate all the work and effort you put into each and every piece. ODST’s OST was a masterpiece. I must obtain it ASAP.

As far as shout-outs go, I really want to say that Noge, Muno, Stupidi T and Imfrikinbad are kick ass. Without you guys I probably wouldn’t be on the site as often as I am. Also, Hammy, ASS, Molo, Moose, and Dark, you guys have also kept me on the site and contributed to why I am on live so often (even if you do blame me for everything) and for that you all rock. Now, I can’t mention everyone, but to those who I’ve omitted, you guys are awesome too. You jerks know who you are.

I also want to say thanks, to Bungie, for all of the great work you guys have done over the years. Bungie is a big part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We wouldn't either.  Now get ta werk.  Something tells me there's some folks online right now in desperate need of a banning.  :)

If you want to talk back to x Lord Revan x, or congratulate him on his new gig, jump into the discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 1/26/2010 9:17 AM PST permalink

I Need a Plunger

Master Chief meets Mario.

Literally.  Hawty McBloggy found one fan with an affinity for two iconic characters.  To celebrate the both of them in one fell swoop, they picked up a tattoo that literally mixes and matches.  Check it out.

Mario-117, A Master Chief and Mario Tattoo

Community 1/26/2010 8:45 AM PST permalink

Rocket Race Double EXP Weekend LIVE

A late entry.

Yup, so Rocket Race went live as our Double EXP yesterday and we're late to make mention. You know about our online playlist schedule, right? Don't need to wait for me to tell you to jump in!

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).

Playlists 1/22/2010 9:34 AM PST permalink

Be A Hero - Today!

Last chance to have a heart!

HBO sent out a reminder this morning that today is your last chance to participate in our Be a Hero charity event for Haiti.  For every 1,000 players that drop into Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST's online battlefields with a red heart on a white circle background, we'll donate more money directly to the American Red Cross' relief and rescue efforts.  What are you waiting for?  Only a fraction of our goal has been achieved so far!  Spread the word to everyone on your friends list!

Be A Hero - Today!

Community 1/21/2010 9:21 AM PST permalink

'Last Glimpse' - Fan Art


If you've played Halo 3: ODST, you've undoubtedly seen things from this perspective. Sometimes the Chieftains win. Check out TDSpiral's rendition of an unfortunate ODST seeing his life flash before his eyes.  Thanks to HBO for the link.

Last Glimpse

Community 1/21/2010 9:15 AM PST permalink

FyreWulff Finishes His Fight

One Legendary fan goes back into cryo.

Fyrewulff reports that his Halo 3: ODST Firefight marathon has come to a close. He, with your assistance, raised over seven hundred bucks to help those in need. Amazing. Stop by HBO and tell him how awesome he is.

Haloing for Haiti

Community 1/21/2010 9:09 AM PST permalink

2009 Best of Halo Awards Winners

The results are in...

...and they're awesome.  Congrats to all the winners ('specially and a big, wet thanks to Hawty McBloggy for slappin' this together again this year.  Stop reading and head over to see the post year carnage report.

2009 Best of Halo Awards Winners

CommunityHalo 1/21/2010 9:07 AM PST permalink

Community Spotlight -

Playing with passion (and a healthy dose of addiction).

We're heading offsite again this week to get you familiar with the Hammer and Oddball wielding maniacs over at  As you might have guessed, these players love them some Grifball. It's right there in the name. Want to know more? Launch into the brief interview below.

" was born from the ideas of a few of the current members of the site's staff, including myself. We wanted to create a resource not only for long-standing members of the community, but also for new players looking to learn more about the game of Grifball.

While plays the most important role, serving as the place where teams register to participate in the league and providing a lot of great information regarding team stats, scheduling and game results, what it lacks is a more personal touch. You don't really learn about the players and teams participating in the league. We felt like we had the ability to fill that void with GrifballHub and have done so.

Over the past several months, the Hub has continued to grow and evolve into what it is now - a resource for league news, information on the game of Grifball and how to play, while still also featuring teams and players with both interviews and podcasts which we've affectionately named the HubCast. Perhaps one of our biggest successes has been the Pup and Friends highlight reel, which is released each month following the Grifball Double EXP weekends.

In the month of September, members of the GrifballHub staff made the trek to the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle and participated in the first ever Grifball panel, which along with prominent members of the Grifball community also featured an appearance by none other than Red vs Blue's BurnieBurns. We're hopeful that our appearance at PAX went a long way in continuing to build upon not only what we've personally done with GrifballHub, but to also help spread the word about one of the most infectious and enjoyable game variants in Halo 3!"

What are some of's favorite maps?

Guardian and The Pit are two I'm most fond of when not playing Grifball on the Foundry and new Sandbox maps created by Nokyard.

Should I even ask about favorite gametypes?

Well obviously Grifball is the most favorite of those involved with GrifballHub. It's a passion (or perhaps addiction) we all share. When not playing Grifball though, I personally really enjoy SWAT. I fell in love with it in Halo 2, which by the way was my first experience with a first person shooter.

Since the inclusion of Action Sack in matchmaking, I've also become quite fond of two flag shotty. My weakness though is that I tend to forget there's a flag to capture.

What would you like to see injected into Halo 3's matchmaking hoppers?

I would love to see a Social SWAT playlist. While it's fine as ranked, I miss being able to just play it for fun, not worrying so much about dropping in rank.

Well, looks like week one with has come to a close.  No worries though, we've got a bunch of their content packed into our Bungie Favorites so you can continue getting familiarized. (You should expect Grifball related content.) And of course, if you want to get some more information or just sound off about what you've read, you'll find a handy dandy discussion thread attached so you can do just that.

CommunitySpotlight 1/20/2010 11:08 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - DTA MoonDawg

A sucker for questions.

This week's Average Joe rocks out with his ass out and thinks it's totally alright to teabag other players.  Oh, to be in High School again.  If you want to relive your golden years, or you just want to get to know DTA MoonDawg a little bit better, we cornered him after gym class and forced him to say some nice things about us.  Looks like he didn't get the memo about our moms, though.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is DTA MoonDawg, but others simply call me Moon. If you’re a random player in matchmaking, you’ll know me as “that guy who just teabagged you.” I’m a junior in high school mainly trying to study web design this year. When I have some free time, I either hang with the girlfriend or spend my time Haloing it up with some Xbox LIVE buddies!

Q. Cool. Where'd you get the tag, Moon?

A. Halfway through Halo 3’s lifetime, I was known as MoonDawg92. I then joined my friend’s gaming clan called DTA. That clan died a long time ago, but I liked the name, so I kept it! As for the MoonDawg part… that is a little more personal. I am blessed with the last name of Moon. Yes, I was born of the moon, and yes, I mooned your mom last night. Tell her I said sup. Anyway, MoonDawg was always a little nickname in school, so I put it in my Xbox LIVE tag!

Q. My mom is a classy lady. Don't be coming up in here impugning her reputation and whatnot. Keep your ass in your pants, please, and just tell us where you hang out when you drop by.

A. I mainly haunt the Septagon when I have some free time. However, I try to post in a majority of forums. Except the Flood. Too crazy for my tastes. My favorite area of discussion is definitely Halo’s storyline. I’m a sucker when people start asking questions about the plot. :)

Q. So is that why you game...for the story? Ever jump in for the straight up social aspects with friends and family?

A. When I first got Halo 3, I was mainly just playing with a few friends from school. Eventually, I got involved with a site called Facility B5D and met loads of new people! As for the game itself, I mainly hop online because I love everything about Halo. The gameplay, story, music, graphics, maps, the list goes on and on. It’s very relaxing shooting super soldiers. Who knew?

Q. What was the first Bungie title you spent some quality R&R time with?

A. Oh wow…I’d have to say it all started in early 2001. My friend called me up one day and told me to come over. When I got there, he told me about a demo of some new game coming out called Halo. I decided to give it a shot, so we fired it up. We played The Silent Cartographer a good 20 times that month. I was so addicted to it, I couldn’t wait until November! From that point on, I was a Halo fanatic. Hell, I still am today!

Q. Does that ever surprise you?

A. Not really, I love it here! I came to Bnet in early 2004 before Halo 2’s release to look at a few Halo 2 screenshots. Eventually, I made an account, and later that year…got locked out of the account. Dunno why. A few accounts later, here I am! This is my only active account now.

Q. Are you active in any other online communities?

A. My main online community is Facility B5D. I recently became admin there, and we just did a big visual overhaul. It’s great there! I also spend some time at BWO from time to time. But I feel Bnet is my true home.

Q. Anything you wanna add before you bounce?

A. I want to give a big shout out to all of the great members at B5D. I also want to acknowledge some of my best buddies throughout my Halo career, Hawkeye543, Legendary Blue, teck, Kritical, Anelf3, PunkPirateAFO, Mister Magoo, vanert, tye, mrjoshsays, Halcylon, cortanaV, Qbix, XEROPAIN, Psycho Vandal, SickNdehed, Ryan from R7, and many others. I would go on, but my wall o' text would be even…textier.

That would be just fine by me, Moon. Everybody knows that the amount of text is proportionally related to the amount of awesome.  That's why I insist on getting paid by word count. Speaking of words, if you're looking to sound off on this brief interview, lend your own to the discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 1/19/2010 10:43 AM PST permalink

Firefightin' for Haiti

More ways to give.

HBO's FyreWulff is helping out Haiti the best way he knows how.  He's playing Halo.  If you want to help him, hit the link below and support his Firefight marathon.  Looks like he's sleeping at the moment, but he'll be back in the saddle soon.  All proceeds go directly to OxFam UK.

Haloing for Haiti

Community 1/19/2010 9:53 AM PST permalink

Chief Splat - Fan Art

Jackson Pollock would be proud.

What do you get when you splatter a bunch of paint on a digital canvas?  Something you can use to replace that worn and weathered Jonas Brothers poster you have hanging above your bed.  It's called culture. Check into it.

Chief Splat

Community 1/19/2010 9:36 AM PST permalink

Be a Hero!

Help us help Haiti.

Read Full Top Story

Bungie Weekly UpdateCommunityHalo 3Halo 3: ODST 1/15/2010 4:48 PM PST

Unit #2 Alpha Group - Fan Render

Second squad, you're with me!

One day after ubald dropped his sweet Halo-themed render over at HBO, he's back for round two.  If you liked what you saw yesterday, you'll definitely want to click over.  While you're there, check out the full gallery and browse around HBO for a while.  It'll make us happy.

Unit #2 Alpha group

Community 1/14/2010 9:04 AM PST permalink

2009 Best of Halo Awards

Polls close tonight at midnight!

If you want to weigh in on what made the Seventh Column grade in 2009, you need to act fast.  Voting ends tonight.  Don't worry though, you don't need to take any time off from work to pull the lever.  Hawty has you covered.

Last Day to Vote in the 2009 Best of Halo Awards!

CommunityHalo 1/14/2010 8:42 AM PST permalink

Death by Mongoose's Favs Updated

No time for a pit stop.

Death by Mongoose is revved and ready for lap two of their Community Spotlight.  This week, they've sent rough rider Rogue Shaddo into the fray to talk about Forge.  If you're looking for tips and tricks to build a better racetrack, he's got a handful.

What inspires your racetrack creations?

All the great racetrack makers out there inspired me. I first discovered racing over a year ago and I’ve loved it ever since. I wanted to make a track, but I had trouble convincing myself to get started. With the arrival of Sandbox, and the constant pestering from Toxic Spade, I decided to finally start my first track and things just took off from there.

How long did it take you to create ?

It takes me an average of about 35 hours to make a track.

35 hours!  What aspect is sucking up all that time?

With any track it’s definitely the ending. It's hard to bring the track around so that you can smoothly make the transition to the start of another lap.

How could we make Forge a bit better?

If I could pick one thing? Make it so you can geo-merge/interlock without having to glitch the pieces to do so. That would make things a lot easier and a whole lot faster.

Ah, speed.  On that note, we're putting pedal to the medal and burning out.  Before you find yourself awash in the smell of burnt rubber, take some time to check out Death by Mongoose's week 2 offerings.  We've got 'em ready to go in Bungie Favorites.

CommunitySpotlight 1/13/2010 10:24 AM PST permalink

Rookie No More

Rendered lifeless.

HBO's linking to a pretty sweet fan render of a Spartan in action.  Post action, actually.  If you're into artwork, might want to click on over.

Rookie No More

Community 1/13/2010 9:01 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Halcylon

Going on philosophical on dat ass.

Today's Average Joe is an artist with an unhealthy addiction to Star Wars.  It's gotten so bad, he even enjoys the new stuff.  Bet he's even a fan of the Christmas special.  While you shudder in terror at the thought of anyone enduring such terror, take a minute to read through his interview below.  It's way better than the EU.  I promise.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. The details of my life are quite inconsequential.

My name is John and I’m a freelance graphic artist as well as lead graphic designer for a start up company. Along with the mouse and keyboard job, I am a full time student at DeVry University – currently enrolled in their GSP (Game and Simulations Programming) course. At 27, I feel I’m the old guy in class, but its nice to actually have goals. I sit in class sometimes and marvel at how little some students’ care about what they are doing. I’m glad I have this opportunity to be a student at this age. I’ve been an artist for all of my life but only had a real opportunity to extend my pencil and paper art to digital art recently. I’ve actually only been using Photoshop and other digital media for about three years, starting with the basics and learning to do more intricate imagery and designs. I was kind of forced into the position when a friend of mine told me to make a logo for our little internet radio show or I’m out of here. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but the results were good so I kept at it.

After a year or two with some basics underway, I started my own sole proprietorship and began doing print ads for Chicago magazines and companies, as well as some web pieces. Recently, well for over two years now actually, I’ve been working with bs angel of and She’s been an amazing supporter of some of my work, getting the first approvals of a lot of my pieces to make sure I didn’t over do anything. I’ve had my hand in her…ahem…site as well, helping with some of her graphics and contests.

I’m also the biggest Star Wars fan you’ll ever talk to. Most people are actually shocked to see me spewing out intelligent information in relation to Star Wars. I even have the tattoo to prove it. And to answer the question right off the bat: Yes, I actually do like the -blam!- that is the new trilogy, but only after I watched all six in one sitting. They are actually stomach-able then.

In short, my hobbies are my job and “If you can make a living doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Q. So you're a nerd.  Got it.  What about the name?  As nerdy as nerdy Star Wars stuff?

A. Oye. It’s easier to say that my name is a combination of “Hal” from 2001: A Space Odyssey and a “cylon” from Battlestar Galactica. But it's not. Actually I was virtually unaware of those two movies when I chose this name. It’s actually a misspelling of a Star Wars character I read about in the novel I, Jedi. His name was Hal Halcyon. I could have just said that I wanted to put my own spin on the word “halcyon” - (pronounced /ˈhælsiən/), a term that originates from the Greek myth of Alcyone, is used most often to mean golden or marked by peace and prosperity - but that would have been down right nutty.

So sadly, by the time I realized that I had totally botched the name back in my early online days it was too late. I chose it for Xbox LIVE and never looked back…save for last year when I tried to get “halcyon” only to realize it was already taken.

So yeah, to answer your question, I’m just an idiot sometimes.

Q. Yeah, some jerk is squatting my first choice, too.  When you squat down online, where do you park your pickle jar?

A. Since the revamp of the revamp of the revamp (did I get that right?) I’ve been frequenting the Halo Universe Forum, ODST Forum, and Bungie Community Forum. I stay away from places that make me mad to be online and shake my fist at the screen in boiling rage, but I have found a nice home in the other threads. I was recently holed up solely in the Halo Universe thread specifically because of the work I was doing trying to create an actual interactive “Halo Galactic Map” based off of one of my art pieces. This was a huge undertaking that wound up being more work than fun towards the end. “Too many cooks…” and “we don’t even know where everything is” were some of reason it since has lost its steam. But to SonicJohn’s credit, it looks phenomenal as an alpha stage model. He did a really great job with what I had asked him to do. I think with some input and more work it can really fly. I truly would love nothing more than to finish it.

I’m more into the community as a social place. I tend to leave Halo on the console and avoid conversations that start with “well my BR is bigger than yours….” It's not that I don’t mind discussing the games, I just feel that it’s gets redundant in some areas and that you just wind up screaming at each other because of this, that, or the other. The Bungie Community Forum tends to be the place to find a lot of creativity and new ideas. I love what the scripting guys are doing with Coup d’Bungie only because of how much dedication and time these guys put in. You have to keep your head above some of the stuff that’s out there to really see the threads, post, people, and communities that rise to the top. These parts of the site are what really drive the engine here and aid in making new features and advancements.

Q. So what drives you to play video games when you could be watching the horror that is the Star Wars prequels again?

A. Uh, the fact that you, Bungie, have released crack in the form of a game that never ends? I don’t remember ever not playing games, much less Halo. Any girlfriend I had or will have always needs to know on the first date – I’m a gamer.

Well, I’ve been a gamer since I was able to hold a controller and now that you’ve asked me that, I really don’t have an answer. I wrote a lot of papers and speeches on gaming, social networking, and the gaming industry to only come to the conclusion that gaming was the next logical trend in society. Oh yes, I went all philosophical on your ass.

Baring any long rant on those concepts, I love gaming. I think it’s one of the greatest assets to my life being a graphic guy and all. I have forged a lot of great friendships, most of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person and spending some time with. Yoozel loves to cuddle…even when he’s not drunk. (I am full aware of what the repercussions of that statement will be.)

I think it’s the interconnection of a person doing something they can’t in real life that drives most gamers. Whether it’s playing football on an NFL team or tea bagging a bully because he got stuck right in the face! OMG did you see that! ROFLLOL!!!1!!!one! Games allow people to do something extraordinary; whether it’s playing or creating. That’s what drives me to want to do what I’m doing. I want to be a level artist/designer. Ever since I could hold a pencil to a piece of paper I’ve wanted to go into my art. Interact with it. I really, really want to make a perverted joke, but its true. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing something you’ve created enjoyed and appreciated.

What Bungie has done both on and off line is created a system that allows the user to play a game, submit feedback, have it implemented, and play new features. I.e., crack. I can’t wait for my chance to do that to people.

Q. What was the first Bungie game you mainlined?

A. Honestly, I didn’t even own an Xbox in college back in 2001. I saw my floor mate playing a game that he said we could play together. We started on 343 Guilty Spark of Halo: Combat Evolved. I had originally thought this to be some jungle warfare game, but was totally surprised. I remember that night because it was a Friday night and we started at about 5 PM. When it came time to go out, we realized that we were on the final mission. We just couldn’t stop! We kept getting killed however and figured getting drunk would solve our issues. That was a great college lesson. Regardless we talked to a guy who was mentioning the game and he told us how to take care of the “end run” of the campaign. What a night that was. As you can probably tell, I was super cool.

Q. Oh, yeah. Are you surprised that your initial drunken run drove you to become involved with the Bungie community?

A. Yes and no. I would love to be more involved, but there’s only so much I can offer in my craft that would be allowed. I’m not much in way of posting and being involved in idle chitchat. I make my posts where I see they can add (or subtract) from a subject.

I love doing artwork for the community though, especially of screenshots and renders. BS Angel has given me a ton of support in this area and even let me host my images of remade screenshots on her sites. I can never really thank her enough for how much she has helped me grow in that respect. Plus she claims she “gave me Recon”… whatever that’s about. :)

Community interaction is what makes me feel like I can make anything though. I have a lot of great feedback and support from so many, many people and it lets me expand to areas of art where I would normally shy away from. To be fair, I’ve done very little though. If you look at some of the members who bust their ass to bring up important topics, moderate the forums, and dedicate time and money to hosting sites and offshoots, you really see the level of dedication that people put in. I love putting in all the time I can for art and video.

Q. Do you get involved with those offshoots as well?

A. I won’t speak for anyone, but I’m currently involved in a number of sites that I just can’t get enough of. The aforementioned Hawty McBloggy and her sites have given me so much that all I can do is contribute as much as I can to them. I was a part of a growing audio/video podcast called “Shots in the Dark”, but our two leads left for greener pastures. Now sometimes I write columns for and some other media sites, but nothing official.

Q. Anything you would like to add before you make the jump to lightspeed?

A. What, you don’t think that’s enough? How much can one person talk about himself or herself?! Answer: a lot.

I first off want to say thank you for this chance to thank everyone that’s ever been involved in my mischief. I know I’m not the easiest person to get along with or work with, but the success we’ve brought to the table speaks for itself. I’d love to give the following shout outs:
Yoozel – I still have the note you left me on my nightstand.

Lil Bob 1269 – You may say “do what now huh?” but you’re a great friend to have.
Cdog23 – You’re aim’s as bad as your grammar, but wouldn’t be where I am without ya!
Catme27 – Gotta get that?

I wont give everyone a personal message – I think I hear the “get off the stage music playing” – but PunkPirateAFO, B5D guys (especially you, Kritical, you stallion you), Sick and Psycho, Kapture (I’ll keep your secret safe), Foman123 (now that I mentioned him this thread will probably get locked), Pika and Jayno, Xeropain, Dupindi and AngelicRenegade, Insain54, Duardo, H3ITWP people, and all those on my friends list. Finally, I really want to give a special thank you to bs angel. You’ve done more for me in the past two years than most people do in a lifetime. You are a wonderful person and I’m glad I can call you my friend. You’ve blown me…away.

I see what you did there.  And it is good.  If you just read through Halcylon's sweet interview and want to see all this artwork he's been on about, you can check out his online galleries.  We've featured some of it before in Comm Chatter and in the weekly update, but if you're looking for the one stop Halcylon shop, that's your go to resource.  If you're just looking to sound off and chew on his ear a little, you can hit the discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 1/12/2010 1:08 PM PST permalink

Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge

Jump feet first into hell and earn some Halocharts accolades.

If you're looking to expand on your Halo 3: ODST Firefight experience and get competitive, Halocharts has you covered.  Their brand spanking new HCFFC space offers challenges, awards, and forums with the promise of more features and content on the way.  Check it out.

Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge (HCFFC)

Halocharts has kicked off two Firefight Challenges for those up to taking out loads of Covenant Forces:

Insecurity - Played on Security Zone
Windswept - Played on Windward
  • Solo and Co-Op play on Heroic and Legendary Difficulty
  • Each Challenge has a unique set of required and bonus objectives
  • Player awards and bragging rights for all those that successfully complete each challenge
  • For the true bad ass Firefight Players, Halocharts has some awesome new HELLJUMPER Awards.
Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 1/12/2010 11:51 AM PST permalink

Mythic Brawl and 7 on the 7th are LIVE

Double down.

The stars have aligned and the Mythic Brawl Double EXP Weekend is live on the same day as 7 on the 7th.  If that's not magical enough for you and you're wondering where in the hell the community playlist is, Shishka tells me it's now become a 4-day Double EXP Weekend set for the first week of February.

If you're looking for more dates and details, check out our Matchmaking Playlist page.

PlaylistsHalo 3 1/7/2010 2:38 PM PST permalink

Hawty McBloggy's Best of Halo Awards

Get your vote on.

Want to weigh in on what was most awesome about Halo in the year gone by?  Head over to Hawty McBloggy and make your voice heard.  Tons of sweet prizes are on the line and I swear I won't whiz on any of 'em!

Rocking the 2009 Best of Halo Awards Vote

CommunityHalo 1/7/2010 9:05 AM PST permalink

PWN'D Support Group

CollegeHumor helps you make sense of it all.

It's okay.  It's going to be okay.  The first step is admitting you're a n00b.  Once you've done that, you're ready to watch this video.  Make sure you're prepped for strong language and adult themes.  Because those are awesome.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.  They care about your well being (and your kill/death ratio).

CollegeHumor - PWN'D Support Group

CommunityHalo 1/7/2010 9:02 AM PST permalink

Community Spotlight - Death by Mongoose

The art and science behind driving like an idiot.

If you've been going it solo, trying to rack up kills using the trusty Mongoose in Halo 3, it's time to go brokeback.  Death by Mongoose is a homegrown group that's ready to teach you how it's done.  Hang out tight, and let's go for a ride.

"Death by Mongoose is a group dedicated to the art, and science behind driving around like an idiot and killing someone with a Mongoose. We specialize in helping the less skilled 'goosers become solid splatterers. The Mongoose is a very temperamental vehicle; you can hit someone at full speed, and not even take out their shields. You can just miss to the left or the right, and splatter someone. The Mongoose Gods are picky about whether or not you will kill someone; however, a solid connection helps...

The group’s history: A bunch of people in the Halo 3 forums talking about the Mongoose in a thread. There was a spark, and Major League Goosing was created. As popularity in goosing grew, and we found another group titled 'Death by Mongoose.' After a while the two groups merged into a single group – Death by Mongoose. Chuckles555, and DB5414 were the original 'goosers (OG's if you will) that started Death by Mongoose. Since then I've taken over the role of 'Master Goose Lord,' which is the equivalent of a Master Forum Ninja. I am essentially the x FoMan123 x of Death by Mongoose, without the evil banning sprees."

What are Death by Mongoose's favorite maps?

Valhalla, Standoff, and Sandbox. Valhalla because of the two Mongooses per base, and large area to build up speed. Standoff because it's open, yet you are in partial cover at almost any place in the map. Great driving "lanes" mean great splatter opportunity. Sandbox because it has an open, mongoose laden default layout, and a gazillion forge possibilities. Yes, a gazillion.

And your favorite gametypes?

Territories, VIP, CTF, and Slayer. Territories is a great variant to goose on because it’s kind of nice when people stand still, trying to capture a territory, with a blinking light over their heads saying splatter me. VIP is a gooser favorite because it’s the gametype that we use on Racetracks, and who can honestly say that they don't like racetracks? Capture the flag is a good place to get splatters if your team has trouble scoring the flag. Any time a team is sitting on a flag trying to return it they tend to stand there all nice and still like. We like slayer because it's the most fun gametype in Halo 3 on a Mongoose or not.

What would you like to see injected into Matchmaking?

Personally, I want there to be a full-time Grifball playlist. Other 'goosers think otherwise, so here's some of their opinions:

"I would like to see Valhalla Covies back in BTB and fire bomb grenades. :)" - Mythic v1

"I'd like to see some Standoff more often, as it's great for driving around, and of course ‘goose splattering people. More Territories gametypes would be great too." – A speedy Kitten

"Racetracks added to Action Sack with racetracks that can't be broken/cheated on would be fun". – EliteMuffGoose

"What I would like to see more in matchmaking would be: a racetracks playlist. A weaker weighting on Heavy variants – Tank+Mongoose = :( Also, I want the spawn times of the mongoose to be shorter on sandbox maps, and there to be another goose added on either side of wasteland." -BowlingMongoose

"I would love to see Racetracks in matchmaking. It has been altered and changed so much since its first appearance in custom games. It has become something simple yet an awesome test of skill (in the Mongoose of course) and it is easy to grasp the concept of it. Racetracks would be an awesome thing for matchmaking, and maybe some rocket race in Action Sack instead of its random appearance in multi team." -rraaaaawwwwwwwr

"I think there needs to be Mongooses on Narrows and The Pit. The Pit has lots of good opportunities for Mongoose splatters, like near the overshield spawn. There are lots of places to get splatters on Narrows. Avalanche could use a few more Mongooses as well. Avalanche is one of the biggest maps, yet there is only one goose per side." -i like pie727

Here's a shout out from i like pie727:

"I want to send a shout-out to my cousin who recently joined the Marine Corps, his Gamertag is Gylf117."

I think I speak for everyone in DBM when I say, Thank you Gylf117 and Good luck!

Good luck and Godspeed, indeed.  And seems like it's relatively easy to speak for DBM.  "More Mongoose!"  ;)

Since we've come to the end of our Community Spotlight course this week, we've injected some of the group's file selections into the Winner's Circle, aka Bungie Favorites.  Head on over and check 'em out.

CommunitySpotlight 1/6/2010 11:23 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Gnome13

Putting things in their proper place.

The first Average Joe of 2010, Gnome13 is ready to settle into our cozy couch, drop all of his personal details, and get some therapy on.  Even though it's an egregious violation of the doctor/patient privilege, I'm willing to let you sit in and have a listen.  Just keep your heavy breathing to a minimum.  Observe:

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. I go by Max. Max isn’t short for anything, but I’ve heard a lot of potential suffixes. Most of them are pretty tired, but every now and then I hear a good one.

I am 22 so far, I have a job, I go to school, and ladies, I am single!

I work at a Ford dealership. I am the very prestigious Warehouse Manager. Fancy title is fancy. I don’t actually manage any employees and my paycheck actually says "Shipping and Receiving," but there is a warehouse I manage. Essentially, I’m in charge of making sure everything that comes in via our freight service, UPS, and FedEx gets put in the proper place. My job also includes quite a bit of problem solving. Just today I had to figure out how to fit 200 tires into a space for only 100 tires.

I love my job. Even when there aren’t parts to process, there are people to talk to. There are people of many professions involved in a dealership, and they each have something interesting to talk about. I am never bored.

Besides my job during the day, I go to school. I am studying to get my Bachelor’s in computer science at ITT Tech. I am in their electronic program, and I can’t think of anything I enjoy more than electronics. It is like a playground, and I don’t necessarily mean to say I’m giddy as a school boy for my field of study. There is just such a diversity of toys to make my favorite. First, you learn what each toy does and how it functions. Then, you learn how to combine them.

In my free time, I do laundry. I also love puzzles. My latest accomplishment is solving a 7 layered V-Cube (same principle as a Rubik’s cube but with 7 layers) in less than 30 minutes.

Q. Mind peeling back some more of your personal layers and telling us where you got your tag?  Won't take thirty minutes.  Promise.

A. Gnome13? Oh jeez…

My Bnet tag comes from a high school friend. I went over to his house one day. His house was like Joe’s Crab Shack, set to a Steven King’s It theme. There were clown dolls and the like lining the walls. His little brother gave me a small garden gnome. What more inspiration do I need, right? The 13 comes from a bit of immaturity that I have long since replaced with a different form of immaturity I like to call creativity.
That’s how I ended with my IRC handle and my gamer tag, Mahcks. Mahcks is actually a common misspelling of my first name. Also, Moks is a common mispronunciation of my gamer tag.

Q. When you're floating around down here, which forums do you make your most frequent haunts?

A. I feel most comfortable on the main forums and groups here on Bnet. Some of the people here are like family. I love the mythic members group. Those guys are a lot of fun.

I like to read all of the main forums. I get a good laugh from the Flood and Halo forums. I love how active they are. Their self healing is inspiring. The Septagon is probably my favorite, though. I don’t know why, really. The people that frequent that place are just easy going and fun to hangout with.

I pretty much live in the #moap and #bungienet IRC channels. It’s another laugh a minute with those guys. It takes a bit of a thick skin for those plain-text punching bags, but you learn to love those people like family after a while.

Q. Do you game with friends and family?  What inspires you to play games?

A. I’m pretty lax when I’m playing multiplayer, but not when I’m playing the single player. I get into stories pretty big. I am a huge fan of science fiction, so I can believe just about anything for ten minutes. This gives me plenty of time to determine if a game is going to keep me interested.

The story is one of the most important aspects of a video game and is second only to game play. A story can not get in the way of the game play. At the same time, story can not be sacrificed for game play. If an idea simply can’t be fun and interesting at the same time, don’t push the triangle peg into the square slot.

I like to have fun! Competitive gaming just doesn’t appeal to me. I game with friends almost always. My brother plays with me on occasion, but he’s moved to PC games lately.

There is one guy at work that is a little too into the National Socialist Undead Brainvora for me. Every morning at work he tells me about his games while I smell my coffee.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. Halo: CE will forever be the bully that stole my lunch money. I remember my brother and me going to a birthday party at this kid’s house soon after the Xbox’s release. This kid got an Xbox and Halo for his birthday. It was a sleepover, so we spent the early hours of the night playing the Fusion Frenzy demo on Halo: CE, but after everyone went to sleep I booted me some campaign. My brother and I made it halfway through the second level before getting distracted by driving the warthog over hills. The next day we decided we would have Halo. We sold our N64 and saved a bunch of lunch money and allowance to get it.

Since then, my brother and I have had a tradition of playing through each Halo on co-op as soon as it came out. Co-op mode was what made Halo: CE my first virtual crush.

Q. Are you surprised by your crush on the Bungie Community?

A. A little, actually. It has been four years since I first set eyes on the forums on this site. I have been visiting almost everyday since. I can’t think of any habit I’ve kept for that long. I’ve been through so much in the last four years. This community has never abandoned me. I can always relate to the people here expressing their ideas and opinions.

Q. Relate anywhere else online?

A. There have been plenty of other Halo related sites I’ve hung out at, but nothing like my activity on the Bnet forums.

Q. So faithful.  We love that.  Make some shout outs and play us out.

A. These forums have been a major source of stability in my life. I’ve had some pretty rough patches. You guys are my therapy. I want to thank all of the people involved in this community for putting up with my shenanigans and occasional misguided banter.

I would like to thank all of the people that made PAX this year more than a crazy cool video game nerd hall. DieByMyHand had a great LAN party, and I’m thankful I got to help. Also, I need to thank The Slayer for keeping a watchful eye on me (if you haven’t met him, he looks just like his avatar).

If there was ever a reason for me to have withdrawals from prolonged absence from the internet, it is #moap. You guys rock.

Lastly, I want to thank Bungie. They made Halo, you know.

Everybody knows that.  Right?  Right?

Thanks to Gnome13 for getting all therapeutic up in this piece.  If you want to get something off your chest, we're always here for you, Max.  Hell, we'll host a discussion thread for this interview if you still want to talk about it.

CommunitySpotlight 1/5/2010 9:42 AM PST permalink