<LordGideon> Greetings. How goes your Tuesday?
<KP> We had a snow day here at Bungie, today. But the manliest of men showed up bright and early, despite the conditions. At 11am, Starbucks coffee and breakfast treats in hand.
<LordGideon> We're supposed to get a rather large storm here ourselves. Thursday/Friday. Anyone make a Master Chief snowman out there? A grunt would probably be easier...
<KP> You're from upper NY though, it's supposed to do that there. And everyone on the road isn't a complete idiot when faced with three inches of snow.
<LordGideon> That's true. Around here it takes about two feet in a night to make problems.
<KP> I pelted Ninja 0n Fire with an infection form snowball this morning, which is really just a snowball, aggrandized.
<LordGideon> You should have injected it with pancake batter.
<KP> Haha. Alright, interview.
<KP> So who are you, what do you do in real life, how big is your TV?
<LordGideon> My name is Jeremiah and I'm 26. I work for Hamilton College as a lab instructor. I have a 42" Westinghouse 1080p LCD TV. It makes me lactate just thinking about it.
<KP> Damn. What're the inputs like on that baby?
<LordGideon> I've got two DVI ports, a VGA, 3 Component - then the lower life form Composite/SVHS
<LordGideon> Fo' sho.
<KP> So what got you involved with Halo?
<LordGideon> I got Halo the first day that Xbox came out. I took it over to a friend's house with my friend Noah, Donny, and a few other guys. Three hours later and many many many slayer matches, we were all hooked. We started playing 8-16 player System Links on the weekends. I still feel bad for Jeremy's wife. We took over their house quite often.
<KP> So were you pumped up for Halo 2's launch?
<LordGideon> I sure was. My friend Skvwire (yes, it's spelled with a "v") talked for months about it - then it came out and he waited in line. I was actually responsible for once in my life and didn't pick my copy up until after work. From then on, it was every night - 2 to 3 hours a night. I'd never ran into a game so highly addictive before.
<KP> Cool beans. So how did your Halo 2 involvement evolve into what it is today, your clan, machinima, that jazz?
<LordGideon> About a week after Halo 2 came out, me and a friend started a clan called "The Raptorz". But, we were terrible. I mean really bad. We lost constantly. Then - for some odd reason - the Overlord disappeared. Nobody knew where he went to. (Turns out he drove his Mitsubishi Evo off a cliff at 95mph.)
<KP> I'm sorry if this is insensitive but you cannot deny that that is easily the most interesting thing to have ever been concluded after a clan leader's mysterious disappearance.
<LordGideon> We needed to do something and we wanted to start over. On December 24th, 2004, around midnight, the PraetoriaGuard was born. I still remember everyone on Ascension playing as we tried to figure out a name. JMan, Skvwire, MaxPayne2004, and other clan members threw out ideas. PraetoriaGuard stuck.
I'm a person who if I'm going to be involved in something, it can't be mediocre. I build something to last. That in mind, we started working on stuff. the manual and Frog Coroner joined up and stared working on our site. Together we built what's there today. We decided that cheating was too rampant, so we built Halo2Cheaters.com. We thought it would be fun to make custom gametypes, so we built Halo2Gametypes.com
We're more of a family. It's great.
<KP> Awesome. So what is PraetoriaGuard all about today?
<LordGideon> We have good members and other clans that we partner with - PromethianGuard, Broken Destiny, and the Winged Warriors who are helping us build a different community than other ones out there.
<KP> What makes your community different from the others.
<LordGideon> Our forums are flame free and while our community might not be as massive has other sites, we have a great many dedicated members that enjoy the atmosphere. Our community is comprised mostly of older members. Most of the Halo Nation is under the age of 18 - we're mostly over that age. It helps a great deal.
<KP> So, as the leader of the community, what are your responsibilities?
<LordGideon> Actually, I'm proud to day that our members do most of the work. I moderate the forums mostly and add things when I can. Our forum users like mtino, Bulldog, Smackafied, Leppak, Tactic, Charmed, NightRider, manual, and Frog (I'm sure I've missed a ton) all help tremendously to build the community. Usually I'm seen as the mouthpiece for the group - but I'm nothing without my team.
<KP> So, what's on tap for the PraetoriaGuard community?
<LordGideon> We've got a huge scale machinima project that's on tap that we've been working months towards. Eisen Feuer is running that. Manual and Frog Coroner have been locked in a basement for a few months working on Praetorian.com v2.0, and we've also got a new website that will be launching on Thursday. HaloEverywhere.
<KP> What's HaloEverywhere all about?
<LordGideon> Being a huge fan of Photoshop, I've noticed that the community at large has been growing in an interesting direction - towards Graphic Design and media. We decided that a great thing would be to see how talented the community really is.
HaloEverywhere is a contest to see who can take in-game Halo Elements and make them fit into a real life picture - and make it look like it's supposed to be there.
<LordGideon> Most certainly is. We're very excited about it.
<KP> So what's Halo2Cheaters.com all about?
<LordGideon> manual, Frog and I were in a matchmaking game once where we got mooted on. The kid made the mistake of telling manual" there's nothing you can do about it". Wrong choice. We built Halo2Cheaters.com as a place to vent about getting modded on - but, more importantly, a way to submit those games to Bungie. We have a panel that reviews the games submitted to make sure it's cheating. 3,715 approved submissions later, we feel safe calling it a success.
<KP> Absolutely, it's a great service. People should use it and report jerks. Or jerks should just stop being jerks. Quit being jerks, jerks!
<KP> What can you tell me about Halo2Gametypes?
<LordGideon> Halo2Gametypes was purely for fun. Manual and Frog built it in a week or so, and *bam*! The traffic showed up. We've got 6,913 different gametypes listed - with no duplicates.
<KP> Is FAE there?
<LordGideon> Let me look.
<KP> If it were any kind of a database, you wouldn't have to look, it'd be at the top of every list.
<KP> No matter how you sort it.
<LordGideon> We strive for excellence, not pushing your cheesy gametype. Real men play Goldrush Remix.
<KP> Lamecakes. So, what do you think the X button does?
<LordGideon> The "X" button. For fun - "X" to teabag. For real - I think going prone. People have been asking for it since Halo 1.
<KP> I might have to stab you.
<LordGideon> The truth hurts, I know.
<KP> I apologize in advance.
<LordGideon> Actually, as long as we're "on the record" I have a question for YOU.
<LordGideon> You guys always bust Frankie for his "l33tt Halo skillz", or lack thereof. Is he really that bad?
<KP> Not really. I'd say he's average for someone who plays as much (or as little, rather) as he does. He has a scary ability with the rockets, even.
<LordGideon> Well, I've got just the person to challenge him. Our PR guy, SteelValor actually looks just like Frankie and is a totally legit level 2.
<KP> Humpday, eh? Aren't you in the Humpday queue?
<LordGideon> Yes. We are.
<KP> This highly organized .txt file supports your claim.
<LordGideon> Still waiting for you guys to tell us when. .txt files. Nice. I bet it's on a commodore 64 next to you.
<KP> How about tomorrow at 8pm?
<LordGideon> We can do that. 8pm PST, correct?
<KP> Yeppers. Are any of your players pro?
<LordGideon> Good. Bring your bathtowel to cry into.
<KP> I'll cry on your mom's shoulder.
<LordGideon> Yes. Professionally SUPER COOL. I'd cry on your mom's shoulder, but the back hair gets in the way.
<KP> It's absorbent, at least. Alright, I gotta get going, I'll catch you later, thanks for taking the time.
<KP> no u.