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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).

Here you can choose one game and browse site content related to that game.

Halo Central has relocated to halo.ancrik.com, so update those links and bookmarks before you forget.

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See, we're not always serious... Ballade posted this little gem onto the forum, good for killing a few minutes. I wonder what the combatants would have to say about it... ;)

Forum: Programmer Deathmatch!
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A tutorial on editing your formations in Myth, ported from the Codex. Back in the day, a favorite request for Myth II was custom formations. Many people had grand visions of being able to hit a key, click, and watch their archers and warriors form up into a perfect formation. Alas, it was simply not to be--formations, as it turned out, are generated mathematically, not from an internal layout.

All is not lost, however. Anyone guilty of tinkering with Fear is certain to have noticed the tag called "internal formations", the only tag in the Formations group.

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Back to the non-Halo related news. As posted at www.bungie.net, b.net will be reset on Monday (no, the Admins don't know exactly when this will happen). The reset will be accompanied by a few scoring changes, as detailed in the official announcement.

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At least, I think it is. After an unecessarily long hiatus, the Database is running agin. It's still missing the improvements I wanted to make, but life is cruel like that. In the meantime, the articles are now available again, and I don't think it will blank out like that again... enjoy!

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What a week. Beginning with Bungie's announcement of Halo early Wednesday morning, it's been one full of activity and revelations. To recap:

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An offshoot of the Murphy set, which states if you want it to happen, it will... when you're not there. Mojo of Halam appears to have suffered a crossing with this dread law, but is promising a return... definitely a site to keep an eye on.

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Kudos to Butcher and rojay, who both pointed out an interesting new Halo preview at Sharky Extreme (the former through email, and the latter through the forum post below). Some new information in this article, and some fodder for the FAQ... worth checking out.

Forum: Sharky Extreme Preview C&P
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After taking a look at the problem, Case discovered that the movie had only half uploaded, and refused to fully upload on subsequent attempts. However, he did upload it here, and that appears to have worked out. To all who downloaded the half finished files, sorry about that foul-up.

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A few readers who downloaded the higher quality Demo movie report that it tends to crash halfway through. This could be a sign of a corrupted file, or just a bug in QT4-but no point in taking chances.

Don't download this film. I'll try to get a fresh copy up there later today, just in case. Thanks again to those of you who wrote in to warn me about this, and sorry about that wasted download.

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I know, I said I'd retire it for a bit, but some excellent conversation on the Forum has prompted me to re-instate the poll for another week or so.

The topic: what do you think would be a cool name for orders/clans in Halo? A few favorite suggestions posted on the forum are listed below, so cast your vote and help shape things to come!

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As promised, a nicer, formatted (edited and complete, too) copy of Freewill's interview of Jason Jones has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

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Hamish of Marathon's Story sent in a note regarding some new inteview movies:

I have just uploaded two new Macworld movies to the Marathon Central ftp site courtesy of Miguel Chavez.

One is a 60+MB high quality version of Miguel's interview with Jason Jones. It's EXACTLY the same as the smaller 20MB movie but the picture and sound quality is better.

And in addition there is a small (<1MB) movie of Jason Jones playing Marathon. Yeah it's short but cool.

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Many thanks to Butcher (and Freewill too!) for transcribing Freewill's interview of Jason Jones into the smallest file yet-a text file. Dashing off to work now, but I'll clean it up and make it easier to read when I return tonight. In the meantime, enjoy the many wonders of .txt files!

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For those of you daunted by the 20 meg download, halo.bungie.org has posted an audio only version of Freewill's interview with Jason Jones.

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While not a new screenshot, Bungie has updated their Halo page's PR section to include a comprehensive list of press reactions (aka. articles). While most are pretty much cut and pastes of the official PR, it pays to be well read.

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Outpourings of gratitude to Bullseye, for creating a considerably improved version of the Gamespot MWNY Demo movie, and Case for grabbing and uploading it to our server (doing in minutes what would have taken me days).

This improved video not only looks better, but has had the cruddy soundtrack overwritten with a fresh version taken from the Demo MP3. It's a hefty download, but worth it if you're showing off or looking for the first time.

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Bungie has swapped out the old alien on their Halo page with a new, rendered version. While it looks very much like the aliens in the Demo, it's still very worth checking out.

And I may be on crack, but I thought I saw a new quote in there... then again, I might not have seen them all on the first go.

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Many thanks to Freewill, who points out Marathon's Story's exclusive interview (that he conducted) with Jason Jones at MWNY.

At 20 megs, this interview is a bit too large for yours truly to grab until later tonight, but it promises to contain some good stuff. Kudos to the first person to supply a text transcript! ;)

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In the absence of many interesting topics (and the lack of people clicking the buttons), I've swapped out the polling section at the bottom of the news for a brief list of links for keeping up on your Halo things around the web. Pretty much self explanatory... and a tad more useful, too.

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After a grueling brainstorm and frenzy of typing, I've gotten our FAQ back up and even up to date again. New questions will be added as they appear, and information will be kept up to date as it changes. Enjoy, and send in your questions if you have them (or if you think someone else might).

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Having lost (okay, misplaced... grumble) my old list of questions, I'm going through our FAQ and revising it with the newest information available on Halo. Thus far, I have about half a dozen questions (and substantially fewer answers, but I'm working on it)...

Which is where you come in--if you have a question, answered or not, that you think should be on the FAQ, please email me or reply to the forum post below. The more questions, the better, and more useful the FAQ.

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My bad, missed this the first time through... Marathon's Story has a note suggesting that Bungie wil be releasing an official Halo demonstration movie in the future (true to form, no date given). Stop by for the nitty gritty details, and keep your eyes open for more info on it.

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Kudos to Bullseye, who spent quite a bit of time cleaning up and recompressing the Gamespot Halo movie in Quicktime 4, adding to it a cleaner soundtrack taken from the recently released Demo MP3. This larger, but much nicer version of the demo can currently be had on CPHL, and we'll have a mirror up as soon as I can wrestle the thing onto our FTP server.

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A new site up, and one in the works: Matthew Vaughan has started up a Halo site boasting a very large number of captures from the Demo movie, and Noctavis has hinted at HaloNews.com making an appearance soon... whee, the scene is heating up!

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Yeah, I wish. Even a weekend at the lake can't drag my mind away from what is happening here at the site, what I still have to do, and what I might have to do soon... sigh.

But I am back, and many thanks to rhino for keeping an eye on things. Watch for a redesign over the next week or so... I'm going to try a simpler design for faster loading and higher content, and see how that works. Stay tuned!

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Much kudos to Noctavis of Myther.com for sending in this:

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One more before I'm gone. Gabriel, of the Penny Arcade, writes:

Hey, my name is mike. I draw a comic about games called Penny Arcade. Anyway our latest strip was about Halo so I thought you guys might get a kick out of it:)

http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=1999-07-23&res=l

Laugh if you will, but that sums up more than a few reactions...

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Kudos to Locklear, who pointed out an interview of Bungie's Peter Tamte at Mac Gamer's Ledge. Not much in the way of Halo here, but worth reading for the background information.

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Yes, I know the timing is awful, but I'll be out of it until Sunday evening, until which time Badlands webmaster rhino will be posting any critical news items or breaking stories. It's nasty HTML to work with, so he's going to stick to the major items, but I'll do a roundup on Sunday evening of all the weekends events.

That said, any important news items should be sent to him as well... have a good weekend all! And for once, hope for a slow one! ;)

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Many thanks to Total Audio's Marty O'Donnell, who has supplied a much higher quality version of the bootlegged MWNY Demo music. It is available at from here, or at it's source--whichever is faster for you. Enjoy!

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Sporting a new design and some up to date headlines, halo.bungie.org is in business, with a new article and new site announcement in the news.

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Lews Therin writes to announce his new Halo site, Halo Central. Thus far, he's keeping up on the news, and things are looking good... one to keep an eye on.

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Another day, another correction... MacWEEK's Dan Turner writes regarding yesterday's post about a post on Wednesday:

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Kudos to Legend, who has passed along an MP3 version of the MWNY Demo's stirring music. It's pulled right from the movie, so there's really nothing new, but at 1.2 megs it's a much more modest download.

With luck, we'll be able to obtain a higher quality file in the near future... this music is good even with the imperfections of the available format. With an original, it would be stunning.

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A big slab o' kudos to Nepenthe, who pointed out a new (and much more detailed) Halo article at Mac Central. Definitely one to take a look at, as it reveals some new information about the story and engine, as well as one other thing...

Forum: You're a Cyborg!

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The Townhall's very complete Halo coverage page notes a correction regarding the demo's music. While originally reported as having been done in house, it has now been clarified by Bungie's Max Hoberman that Total Audio was indeed responsible for the enthralling theme. I'm looking forward to hearing what else they produce for Halo, and how they move from Myth's orchestral, fantasy music to something more suited to an action packed science fiction setting.

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But not necessarily better quality. Fellow Badlander MCD made good use of Snapz Pro to capture a longer slice of the keynote stream last night, including Jobs' introduction of Jones, and Jones' introduction of Halo.

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Kudos to Odin, who pointed this oddball item out to me: Soffish! I have only two questions... what were they smoking, and when can I buy one?

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As posted at halo.bungie.org, the hl.bungie.org hotline server (164.58.172.181) now has copies of the Gamespot movie and some other cool Halo stuff to hand out, as well as the usual advantages of a Hotline server. HL addiction? Stop by and check it out.

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It feels as though a tremendous party has been here, consuming all for a day and then moving along, leaving us to wonder just what the hell happened... thanks to all the contributors yesterday, and those to come as well.

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During the commotion yesterday, there wasn't really time (or space) to slip in all the the Halo pre/reviews that surfaced yesterday. But now, we have both in abundance, so here are a few that I happened upon during the rounds:

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Kudos to PeteMG, who pointed out that halo.bungie.org has obtained a larger copy of the Halo logo. Makes a great desktop picture (obsession is an ugly thing, isn't it?), so stop by and take a look.

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You knew it had to happen... in the torrent of information yesterday, there was apparently some misinfo. A reader at Bungie pointed out two of the more glaring ones:

Blue's news is incorrect that it will only offer D3D support.

The other source [Macweek] is wholly incorrect ... making up (completely out of its ass, apparently) about 16 vs. 16 team play and BungieNet.com , which it also mentions. We have said none of this and we will certainly support more than D3D.

Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.

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Gamespot has posted a copy of the Halo demo along with their review, as seen during the keynote earlier today. While I've yet to see it, it looks to be of fairly high quality, and is definitely worth checking out, even if you saw the keynote.

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Stumbled upon this except from a Macweek article on Halo:

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A post at Blue's News reports that Halo on Windows will only support D3D--no OpenGL. Confirmation is in the works, but these seems like a rather odd thing for Bungie to do, especially as Oni is touted to include support for most major acceleration libraries.

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Kudos to Zinfandel for letting me know about the Townhall's Halo page, which features some screenshots from the keynote demo as well as some observations on it. Definitely some of the most detailed stuff yet.

Also, while I'm on the website front, blam.bungie.org has moved into halo.bungie.org now--change your bookmarks, folks.

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MACWORLD EXPO, NEW YORK CITY--July 21, 1999--Today Bungie Software announces Halo, a game that shatters the confines of typical game environments. Halo is a third-person perspective, sci-fi action epic that takes place indoors, outdoors, in the sky and beneath the surface of a world of astonishing realism and visual impact. Halo was unveiled this morning in Steve Jobs' keynote address to the Macworld Expo.

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Alright, it's up now... halo.bungie.com has not only some tantilizing tidbits scattered about it, but the things we've been waiting for... screenshots and a PR. A visit is compulsory... go, now.

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