Light the Beacon.
Hey there everyone! It has been several weeks since the last beacon and thus this one should be a compilation of those past few missed beacons.
The staff has been busy with our own lives and have been trying to keep our heads together, overall. But we have not forgotten about these beacons and the Archive! This one will be a huge read through with several new things coming from not only the Haloverse but also our own site progress too.
So everything from game updates, new fiction to read and interviews that we have coming in the future are ahead in this new beacon!
There have been a few amazing things happening in the world of Halo! And there’s a lot. . . So, let’s start without further a due shall we?
*takes a deep breath*
For one both the 15th Anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved & Halo: The Fall of Reach – Which is better known as the official birth of Halo – we’d like to wish a happy birthday to Halo and we hope that there’re many more years on the horizon, I do believe that we’re just getting started!
Several new upcoming novels such as HALO: Retributions have been discovered, this novel is being written by Troy Denning, possibly following Halo: Fracture’s – A Necessary Truth by Troy Denning as well. There’s also whispers of a Library Edition Volume 2, possibly containing comics such as Initiation, Escalation and Tales From Slipspace in one tight little package.
And by this point and time, HALO: Smoke And Shadow has already released back on November 28th! I’d suggest you get it like right now! It is bloody amazing
There’re also been several new details coming from the shores of the development of Halo Wars 2! Such as the new game mode called Blitz, which bases its approach towards pure mayhem, using a card deck system where you are allowed utilise a deck of cards which you pick before the start of each game, the objectives are to capture three points, the more you hold them the faster you’ll win.
There’s also a firefight – AI VS Player mode – coming to Blitz, in all fairness, it looks like so much fun and I can’t wait to try it out in the upcoming second Beta nearing its launch on February 2017!
There was also a simple image that possibly shook more than one of us, either for good or bad, the ability to utilise Sergeant John Forge in multiplayer matches as a leader, I guess some of us will dust off those Grizzly rush skills.
Now, let’s speak about the new update for Halo 5: Guardians shall we? You know the one, if not, let me refresh your memory with the simple word of PRO PIPE, THE PRO PIPE IS COMING BACK! Okay! Now that I’ve gotten that out, shall we continue speaking about it? Yeah? Okay.
Well, the update seems to come with a selection of new things, especially forge assets straight out of Sanghelios which I guess you could say that they’re Straight outta Vadam’s Keep? Well, that was awful, I regret that joke. Anyways, moving on there will also be an AA Wraith added along as the speculated Hannibal Wasp whose main weaponry is, of course, the gauss canon. Among these, there will also be
Anyways, moving on there will also be an AA Wraith added along as the speculated Hannibal Wasp whose main weaponry is, of course, the gauss canon. Among these, there will also be a custom game browser, which will allow you to seek for custom games with relative ease coming to both PC and Xbox One’s versions of Halo 5: Guardians!
Among these, there will also be a custom game browser, which will allow you to seek for custom games with relative ease coming to both PC and Xbox One’s versions of Halo 5: Guardians! Oh, and let’s not forget that we’ll possibly get more maps for Warzone Firefight!
Oh, and let’s not forget that we’ll possibly get more maps for Warzone Firefight! Possibly not new maps, but only maps from the other playlists shall be added onto the Firefight playlist, here’s hoping for new maps, however!
-15 years of Halo, Halo Wars 2, new Halo 5: Guardians game updates with alleged new map(s) for Warzone Firefight, REQs, Forge Items, and more, with incoming novels like Halo: Smoke and Shadow, Retribution, Legacy of Onyx, etc fiction? Anything else? Etc?
Remember last beacon where we said that we had a few sci-fi authors lined up for Q&A sessions? Well, some are still in the process (mostly setting dates, but all said yes).
One will be with the amazing author, Dr David Brin.
He “is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth, The Postman (filmed in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Brin’s newest novel EXISTENCE explores the ultimate question: billions of planets are ripe for life. So where is Everybody?”
Brin contributed the idea of Slipstream Travel to Halo, derived from his Uplift Series, with the following – Uplift Wars, Brightness Reef, Infinity’s Shore & Heaven’s Reach – Which have been utilised and adopted by Halo, Doctor Who, Andromeda and Star Trek alike.
Dr. Brin is also a scientist with knowledge in the topics of astrophysics, anthropology, psychology, philanthropy and dispute resolution. Several of his scientific papers have been published along with helping depict the portrayal of a comet in most models used by other scientist.
Another with the fantastic, Prof Luke Cuddy.
He is a professor in philosophy at Southwestern College in California. He has published several works in the sci-fi/fantasy realm on universes such as The Legend of Zelda, Bioshock, World of Warcraft and of course Halo.
His work consisted on taking a deeper look into the series, from a philosophical level he went through the series asking questions such as the following; Are campers really doing anything wrong? Does Halo’s music match the experience of the gamer? Would Plato have used Halo to train citizens to live an ethical life? What sort of Artificial Intelligence exists in Halo and how is it used? Can the player’s experience of war tell us anything about actual war? And so on.
Last but not least, however, is the author of that sought to lighten what had been left to darkness, none other than The Forerunner Saga, by Greg Bear.
His work has covered themes of galactic conflict (Forge of God books), artificial universes (The Way series), consciousness and cultural practices (Queen of Angels), and accelerated evolution (Blood Music, Darwin’s Radio, and Darwin’s Children). His most recent work is the Forerunner Trilogy, written in the Halo universe. Greg Bear has written 44 books in total. Greg Bear was also one of the five co-founders of the San Diego Comic-Con.
Bear is often classified as a hard science fiction author, based on the scientific details in his work. Early in his career, he also published work as an artist, including illustrations for an early version of the Star Trek Concordance and covers for Galaxy and F&SF. He sold his first story, “Destroyers”, to Famous Science Fiction in 1967.
So if you have any questions to ask these amazing authors and scholars, post them HERE in our forums and we will add them to the list. Don’t hesitate to ask the toughest questions! Again no set dates for them all, due to conflicting work schedules from them, but we are ecstatic to know we will get our chance!
Maturations – new members from November and December maturations!
Prismatic Eclipse – Builder
Lunaramethyst – Builder
LoZza117 – Builder
Cryptyaka – Builder
PenitentTangent – Lifeworker
WowHaloloreist – Builder
Drtraumaty – Lifeworker
Vien ‘Quitonm – Builder
HaruspexOfHell – Builder
There have been several revisions and adjustments for the Archive. With the site now being over a year old and almost two years down, we notice that things can be a little better. So be aware that our “home” site, not the forums, will be getting some “reconstructive surgery”. This will be done gradually, but also in large chunks where needed. So if one end of our site is down, it is temporary. And hopefully, the new look will be refreshing and easier to navigate. But don’t expect a huge change, just more “cleanliness”.
Along with the site getting a “makeover” some of the Rates will be getting a “makeover” as well. The Rates in development are Ambassadors and Prefects.
Prefects will be getting a badge soon instead of their own Rate. This allows members to then be able to go back to the Rate they originally were to progress in there but also be signified with a badge to show they are Prefects. Prefects again are slightly lower-tier Juridicals. The only difference between a Prefect and a Juridical is that a Prefect is less active. Prefects are community leader figures. This change for Prefects will happen within the end of the year.
Ambassadors though are not solidified in their possible change just yet. But is being discussed on the base of who constitutes as an ambassador and what the specifications or guidelines need to be met to become one. This will be done in no set deadline, but gradually. The main topic is trying to find a merge with Ambassadors and Affiliates to be one, but also not have a negative effect on those members who are either or. More info on this process will be revealed next beacon.
We have had some really new stuff come to our site from several members. Here is what we have featured on our site and affiliates…
MetalHeadSpartan, Adopter of Knowledge, HaruspexOfHell, Reiku and several other guests they have on each episode of their new podcast called Progressive Podcast on their YouTube channel Progressive Halo. They talk about the future of Halo and discussions that are…well…progressive towards the topics at hand. Here is the latest episode:
There’s also been a new episode of Podcast Evolved released just a few days ago! Be sure to check them out by hitting this link! It is their 106th episode; Draw me like one of your exploding Sam’s, send some love!
- Imminent Domain: Halo’s Cyberpunk Roots, And Why They Must Be Tended To – 10/26/16
- Product Of Environment – Mass Consumerism In The AAA Industry, In Regards To The Halo Franchise – 10/13/16
- Slipspace Anomaly – Positivity, Critique & Professionalism In Regards To The Halo Narrative – 10/4/16
- Echoes In The Wells Of Silence – The Flood Nightmare; Reborn Into Modern Society – 9/29/16
- Where The River Met The Sea – The Beautiful Parallel of The Didact & John 117 – 9/25/16
We have all been really busy with our own lives and thus staff has shifted a little bit. No comments from all of the staff in this Beacon, but we all say hello and glad to see everyone still alive and kickin’!
Sorry for the delay on these beacons. They are really fun to do, but also with life in the works, they take some time to do, which is a hard thing to find. So if you feel that you can help out in this way for staff and want to join our ranks, PM any Community Manager with a detailed outline/resume as to why you would be a good fit. We are always taking applications!
Be sure to make an account on our forums and join the discussion of the Haloverse! And if you are savvy in the computer science sector, please contact any and all Staff if you would like to help be part of the Constructor team for the forums. Help create the forum new additions along with maintaining it along the way!
See you all again on the eve of Christmas eve. December 23rd.