3 Good Finds – /r/Halo, the Halo Archive and Haruspis

The Halo Community continues to surprise me, not only in all the ways it expresses itself but in the all the different places it can be found.

Another way of putting it is when I hear of millions and millions of people buying a Halo game it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t just mean another¬†campaign to play – it means all the people who directly contribute to the community just got a shot in the arm.

More inspiration, more content, and more things for me to react to! I like it ūüôā

That said, here are three locations I’ve headed to recently and I encourage you to check out all the Halo goodness they have to offer:

/r/Halo – I’ve spent more time here after CGP Grey put me onto the helpfulness of Reddit, and I have to say it’s the best format I’ve come across for talking about and seeing the new shiny about anything Halo.

There’s even a¬†/r/HaloStory subreddit (among others) where you can go specifically just for good Halo Universe bits. Should you check it out? Yes you should!

Halo Archive A lore-centric Halo site with the goal of “asking the ‘whys and hows’ of our favorite universe”, the site has a lot to offer including their own forum, in-depth articles, and a podcast – the¬†first one just up this week and definitely worth a listen!

One of the things I enjoy about the site in the professionalism – these guys care about what they’re doing and it shows.

It must also be stated that I’m partial to the admins of the site, as they are fellow Ancilla. I may blog on Reactive Bias, but there a few other biases you need to know about. Head over to the Halo Archive!

Haruspis – Written by a man who loves both reading and gaming, you’ll find a detailed¬†level-by-level analysis (here’s the first) of each level in¬†Halo 4¬†as well as his “30 Days of Halo” on his site.

Great postings here on different parts of the fiction, and that’s something I always enjoy.


While these sites are not new and I’m certainty not the first person to discover them, they’ve recently come to my attention and I’m a better Halo fan because of it.


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Days after event: 365

Dawn (H4 level)

Seems like old times.
Ready to get back to work?
Cortana crosses her arms.
I thought you’d never ask.

– John-117 and Cortana,¬†“Dawn” level, Halo 4

To realize that’s it’s been a year since the buildup and release of Halo 4 is pretty crazy.

Three-hundred and sixty-five days since I busted out of work, drove home and was able to experience the thrill of a new Halo game – a new world to explore, new multiplayer spaces, and a new piece to the fiction-puzzle that makes up the Halo canon.

I’ve had great times since then, from the first night where I played the campaign straight through with friends, to hours of War Games¬†and the addition of Spartan Ops,¬†Halo 4 gave me what I wanted – more Halo.

For the established Halo Community the game has had its up and downs to be sure, but I’m excited about the future. The game certainly gave the franchise a new vibe, and I really have no idea where things are going to go – which intrigues me.

A toast: here’s to what’s come before and what’s yet to come – and may we all wake up from¬†cryogenic sleep¬†just as rested.


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A Question of Weight – Halo 4 and Community

Discussing the community’s reaction to Halo 4 is tired.¬†Old.¬†It’s all been said.

But I’ve never had a problem with beating dead horses*, so it’s time for me to throw a few words in the pile. I’ll keep it brief, and as a bonus you’re also going to get my “review” of Halo 4 in bullet point form sprinkled throughout … nine months after release. Nice!

  • I was surprised to find that being more aware of the Halo Community made the game harder to enjoy. Everyone should (and does) have an opinion, but I didn’t expect that it would be many in the visible community telling the world that you shouldn’t like Halo 4
  • ReviewHalo 4’s visuals and music were, and still are, awesome
  • This could just be a little bit of history repeating itself. When I started Reactive Bias almost two years ago, I was introduced to all the players who strongly disliked (hated) Reach. And all this time I loved a game that I should have complained about … ūüėČ
  • Review Halo 4’s story was a disappointment, not in content but in execution. I feel 343 Industries pushed the bar so high it ended up out of reach. Everything mattered, but everything didn’t come together into an understandable whole at the time of the game’s release – and because of that the story suffered. Both those who read the books and those who did not finished “Midnight” feeling something was just a little off, and I think the enigma of the Didact was to blame
  • I’ve realized that Halo to me is what’s put out there as Halo, no matter who’s making it. That doesn’t mean I think it’s all good, but it does mean that I recognize the obvious – I’m not in charge.
  • Review – Spartan Ops was a great first step (minus the dudebro of the first half) ¬†in a new direction, and Multiplayer still keeps me coming back for more. Halo multiplayer has been fun for me in the past, and Halo 4’s War Games hasn’t changed that

To bring these reflections to a close, the good that Halo 4 does – and aspires to do – outweighs the bad for me. It’s that question of weight, and my answer to it, that lands me squarely in the “likes Halo 4” camp ūüėÄ


Last thing – be sure to check out CruelLEGACEY’s posts (part 1,part 2¬†and part 3) on how he would make Halo 5 if given the chance. We differ on our excitement for the franchise going forward, but I agree with a lot of his takeaways on how the experience for the next game in the “Reclaimer Trilogy” can be bettered.


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*=The author of this post does not actually enjoy the beating of any of the equine population, dead of otherwise.

Falling Dominoes – from bruce to Bear

Sometimes you can follow an event in the Halo Community like falling dominions – each action leads to another, and another, and in the end you have a bunch of dominoes.

Wait, no. You have something awesome, that’s what you have! Here are the actions in this case:

Postmortem calls for fans’ renditions of the Forerunner Capital

Sword and Shield

thebruce0 answers said call

Sword and Shield

PM points out to the illustrious Mr. Bear that there is a freakin’ sweet illustration he should check out

Sword and Shield

Greg Bear agrees – freakin’ sweet indeed

(If you haven’t checked out Postmortem’s Visualizing the Halo Universe, head over there. He’s now on Round 14 and it’s great to see how other fans picture these fantastic settings and characters.)

Like I said earlier, you have something awesome – a¬†great trail of creativity and communication that’s connected fans with those who’ve directly shaped the universe.


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