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Most content at rampancy.net is tagged with an association with one or more games; usually a game by Bungie Studios (formerly Bungie Software Inc.) or by another developer with connections to Bungie (Wideload, A Certain Affinity, Wingnut).

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I am, of course, simply trying to tempt fate into handing over something interesting. Not much to report this holiday weekend (hope you American folk enjoyed your walking bird), though we might have a little bit over the weekend...

If you're bored in the meantime, chime in on a discussion in the forum, cast a vote in the poll, or even send in something for me to post. Enjoy the weekend!

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Mucho kudos to CyberBob, who has not only transcribed but translated the content of the PC Action movie that has been making its rounds around Europe over the past week. While it's no live action trailer, it's an interesting read... our thanks to him for taking the time to do this, and in doing so break the lull around here.

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A heads up from Marathon's Story: it looks like Bungie will indeed be at MWSF. Matt Soell had this to say in a forum post at halo.bungie.org:

I can now confirm that we'll be at MacWorld SF in January.

Just thought some of you would like to know.

Indeed! Now then, need to make plans to cover the Expo... while I expect Oni will be the big item there, I can't imagine Halo not making an appearance.

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Kudos to Butcher, who pointed out these comments made by Bungie's PR Director Doug Zartman on halo.bungie.org's forum:

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As posted at Marathon's Story, Bungie's Matt Soell has been making the rounds, dropping hints on the Oni and Halo bungie.org forums about the long anticipated #2 , as well as another project in the works at Bungie. Hmm, any new guesses at to what Bungie is planning on unleashing upon us?

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The idea for this week's poll came from a number of sources, primarily a discussion about genders on the forum and some discussion elsewhere regarding some new female models in Quake 3. I'm genuinely curious to see how people vote on this one... I suspect one of those choices is going to prove popular, but I'd like to measure exactly how popular.

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A fairly quiet poll this week, with two hundred voters explaining how they were introduced to our favorite addiction:

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Kudos to Avro for sending in scans of the PC Gamer Christmas '99 Halo preview, which appeared in my mailbox earlier this morning. They were full scans, so I broke with tradition and fired off a letter to PC Gamer asking permission to post them.

However, halo.bungie.org has already posted the article, so I'm just going to pull out a few highlights and then direct the rest of you in their direction for the entire article:

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Kudos to Ricardo, who points out that PC Gamer is planning on previewing Halo in its Christmas 1999 issue. The information comes from this page, a preview of a preview mag. It's worth noting that, according to that page, this magazine came out two days ago... watch those magazine stores, people.

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An interesting weekend? Halo has been previewed again in PC Gaming World, and halo.bungie.org has posted a scan of the article. The first paragraph sets the tone for the whole article:

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SonicStorm sends word that Halo Network has started up a columns section. Only one column at the moment, regarding the technology used in Halo and system requirements, but there appears to be more on the horizon.

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In a post at the halo.bungie.org forum, PC Action Editor in Chief Christian Mueller defends their Halo movie, responding to rumors that it was obtained illicitly and hinting at a North American release of the movie (or equivilent):

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If you haven't seen the handstand yet, Synox points out that it may not come anytime soon: Bungie has asked that the pictures be removed from Halo World, and they have been.

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Another round of kudos to Synox, who has pointed out a very cool series of screenshots at Halo World demonstrating the much discussed handstand sequence. Truly, your enemies shall know fear when they witness this awesome display of courage and balance...

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I'm just kidding, of course. Synox followed up an earlier post about the new Halo movie with a second post stating that the movie may not be uploaded for at least six weeks, due to copyright issues... hmm.

Painful as it may be, we'll abide by that restriction until such times as a way around it can be found. Until then, cross your fingers and watch for that movie to appear somewhere else...

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A day (or two) late, but here's the results from last week's poll, which saw almost five hundred votes cast and was a delightful example of the Marathon community rising up and crushing a poll. When asked what game they looked forward to spending their time on till Halo, voters had this to say:

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Synox has pointed out in a forum post that there is a new Halo movie on the cover CD of the German magazine PC Action:

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Kudos to MacDrugal, who points out yet more new Halo screenshots from the german site www.gxp.de. The second of these new shots, while of poor quality, shows a new weapon:

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I'll take a look at the results of last week's poll later tonight, but before I'm gone, here's a new poll for you addicts out there: what brought you to Halo?

How did you hear about the game, and become a part of the community (or aware of it, if you try to keep yourself out of our crazed ranks)? Not the most controversial topic, of course, but a good information source. I suspect most readers will opt for the Older Game choice, having come from older game communities like Myth or Marathon...

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Kudos to Noctavis, who pointed out an interesting comment made by Dave Laprad, editor in chief at the Adrenaline Vault, regarding their lack of Halo coverage:

We have been working with Bungie on a preview for some time. Stay tuned.

Fascinating. Keep your eyes peeled for this one, which is likely to be an interesting one.

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Bungie has made Chimera available for download, as promised, so if your connection can choke back all 96 megs of this scenario pack, bon appetit. Mirrors should be appearing all over the net soon, too, just in case you're having trouble with Bungie's server.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my willingness to eat my own leg if someone can beat all of these levels on co-op Legendary, no casualties...

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Butcher has posted a pair of new screenshots from the german site www.gxp.de, having obtained them through a roundabout route.

Very cool screenshots. It looks like we have a second distinct tank here, and the analysis has already begun in earnest. A fine addition to the growing number of vehicles... need to update the FAQ again.

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Mojo sends word that Militia with a long sighted new focus (let's hope his predictions are right ;), and finally, Halo-Net has also shown signs of renewed life. Must be something in the air...

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Sorry about the missed updates, folks. I spent last night and most of the day driving or arguing with future instructors about class registration, and am just now catching up. The new poll will come later today... hindsight being 20/20, I should have thought of a new topic while I was on the road. Grumble...

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Butcher has pointed out an interesting article at Gamasutra, about the role played by shame and glory in online multiplayer games. An excellent article that makes several very good points, and definitely worth a read (even if it isn't directly related to Halo).

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Knight of Halo Network sends word of a new feature at that site, a daily Halo comic. An ambitious undertaking, given the amount of material to produce and the finite material for it, but one to keep an eye on nevertheless.

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After being credited for around 1000 results that had somehow slipped through the cracks (one wonders how often this occurs), the Halo SETI Team has squeaked ahead of rival Bungie SETI Team, 6235 results to 6106. It looks like the fight is back on...

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Kudos to Fenrir, who pointed out an article at psx.ign.com which discusses Halo coming to the Playstation 2. No ground breaking new information, though the cautious tone of the article suggests that it may not be as certain as previously thought.

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halo.bungie.org has posted a pair of scans from the December issue of PC Zone magazine, reproducing the two page Halo preview in all its glory. While the screenshots are old ones, there are some very interesting tidbits in the text... crumbling buildings , for example. Time to update the FAQ again...

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The December issue of Macworld has a brief Halo teaser in its Games Hall of Fame section, and fully expects Halo will make the 2000 lineup. A quote from the article:

Bungie's Halo, a beautifully rendered third-person war game, is on track to be everyone's game of the year--regardless of platform--in 2000.

The praise just keeps mounting, doesn't it? No new information, though... even the trailer on the CD is the same updated MWNY demo.

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As promised, Ymir has delivered a few more scans from the Next Generation December issue Halo preview. New shots, as far as I can tell... hopefully, Bungie will have higher quality versions of these posted soon.

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This from an email I just recieved:

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Kudos again to Ymir (who pointed out the article) for supplying scans of the two page spread in the December issue of Next Generation magazine. Enjoy:

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Kudos to Chris, who sends word of a new Halo preview in the December issue of Next Generation:

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Marathon's Story has some interesting observations on the whole ring motif in Halo, complete with screenshots and ties to Marathon. Definitely worth taking a look at... good food for thought. And if you're having trouble getting there (might be just me), try the b.org mirror instead.

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After agonizing over an acceptable topic, and failing to find one, I've opened the poll for this week with one of my reserves: what game do you think you'll be playing most between now and Halo? Series are clumped together to reduce the number of choices a bit, and mods should be considered part of that series as well.

Just a curiosity poll this time... cast those votes, and perhaps help guide the undecided among us. And no smashing the poll, you Myth fiends...

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After literally two years of campaigning without success, it looks like I'll finally be getting a proper, unlimited connection soon. As of December 1st, I'll be able to do a bit more than hit and run updates, which means I might actually be able to keep up with the news.

Funny how a change in internet policy is the only thing on my calender in felt pen, highlighted. Of course, I'll have plenty of time for other pursuits when Y2K brings about the end of civilization... hunting, scavenging, cannibalism...

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Quite off topic, but cool nevertheless. Butcher sends word of a slick new toy for some Windows Myth II players, PluginViewer:

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An interesting poll this week, if only because it was the most lopsided result yet. When asked if they still planned on buying and playing Oni, Halo fans were resoundingly positive:

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Another quiet weekend... a time for updating subpages and contemplating the universe. Having figured out the universe, I've moved on and updated the FAQ with a couple of new questions, two or three new answers, and even a picture! Heh.

Help feed a starving webmaster, send in your news, rumors, and insightful questions for the FAQ. Otherwise, things may get ugly around here... I have only one word for you: haikus.

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SonicStorm sends word that Halo Network is now open for business, with quite a bit of content to start with and more to come. Another link for zee Navigation panel, and another stop for the daily rounds... stop by and help warm the house.

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As forecasted by (::roots through archive::) rojay on 10.30, CGW has posted their second of five games that will change gaming forever, via Gamespot. It's an old article, but if it's news to you, stop by and take a look... and while you're there, ignore the Q1 2000 release date. They're on crack.

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Kudos to those readers who have pointed out and sent in this automated reply being sent to anyone requesting information on Bungie's presence at Macworld SF:

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An interesting item at IMG today, about an upcoming game that could well be a rival for Halo: WWII Online. Like Halo, the game boasts unified land and air combat (and sea combat, too), and is due for an open beta in Q2 2000.

Not many screenshots to look at, though the descriptions are fairly interesting. The persistant online world sounds like a very ambitious version of Warbirds... one to keep an eye on in coming months.

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Just when you thought it was safe to have an online poll... Marathon's Story has pointed out a new poll at mpog.com, asking the question Which game development house has most impressed you in 1999?

Needless to say, Bungie is on that list, and the faithful will immediately know what to do. Unsurprisingly, Bungie is already leading by an impressive margin, but that is only the beginning. Rock the vote, folks!

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When lacking content, create your own. Inspired by a discussion on the halo.bungie.org forum, I punched out a sort of introductory article for people new to Halo, Bungie, and Marathon:

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Bah, boring day. My daily patrol of the news sites has turned up little of interest (read: none), and no shocking revelations on the forum. Periods of intense excitement broken up by long quiet phases, c'est la vie.

The poll is progressing nicely, despite the unforeseen lopsided result. I expected a pro-Oni vote, but it appears we have overestimated the no netplay, no sale sentiment. And for the 5.25 of you who don't know what Oni is, edify yo'self.

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In what is surely another milestone in the Bungie community, the famous Letters to the Webmaster page has been updated with a new batch of letters, and more importantly, a new batch of responses. Young children and people with heart conditions are advised to steer clear of this one.

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Sure enough, I have returned to find my cookie eaten and the forum rife with unmarked new messages. A pox on all your houses. A few interesting items in there, though. Bungie's Matt Soell comments on console compatibility, contributing to a long discussion of the merits of console versions of Halo, and Butcher offers an interesting post on community building.

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An interesting note from Bungie's Matt Soell at halo.bungie.org's forum, regarding Bungie's presence at MWSF in January:

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