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We Have Lift Off – Archive Beacon – February 3rd, 2017

We Have Lift Off – Archive Beacon – February 3rd, 2017

Light the Beacon.


Hello again! *crickets* Glad to see so many of you back! This Beacon we have a ton of new Halo news for you from our affiliates and from us as well! From us, the Staff team has decided on a new structure for the former Rater Leader system and how the Prefects are chosen and perform. Our affiliates, well theirs is the most fun of all. So let’s dive into the rabbit hole!

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Halo Wars 2 is almost here! Have you seen our contest to win a copy? A few members have already submitted their stories and so far so good! They’re really entertaining in all aspects! They will be shared in the next Beacon for you all to enjoy.

How did you all do on the Blitz Beta? Did you dominate every match? Destroy all of their weak, sniveling, worthless troops and vehicles? Or did you not do very well? Thankfully, Creative Assembly came up with a few tips and tricks to ease the pain away.


Well, if you haven’t read it yet, Grim came out with a new Canon Fodder this week too. Including new info on Halo Wars 2 and it’s Phoenix Logs, that are…logs, of info for lore aficionados. Like us!

Also included are several new helmets coming to Halo 5. A total of 9 helmets,, coming from Halo 3 and Reach. All look fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on all of them!

I’m going to end it for this, right here. Click the link above to get more juicy details that have come in the Canon Fodder!




Here is the run-down for the new Prefect Team structure and roles:

Each team will come up with any and all ideas they want to submit to the Staff team (CM’s, Admins, Metarchs and Mods). The Staff team will then decide on which projects the Archive needs at the time being. So don’t think we don’t plan on your idea if it is shot down the first time, keep it in a bank (aka thread). Each Prefect team should have threads started for the discussion of ideas, best to keep it at a monthly discussion so then it can be easier for storage when having to look back. Or if the idea is really something to keep fruitful then make it’s own thread, probably best for large and extreme projects.

Each Prefect member will in charge of any part in the project they are currently working in, as long as it isn’t taken already. The point is to find projects that will grow the Archive, but obtain the growth from it’s members who want the best for the Archive as well for them in this experience.

The Rate Leader position has been taken down for the Prefect Teams. But the title has not, it is now obtained via post count.

Any questions or comments on this change from the Rate Leaders to Prefect Teams, please PM any or all Staff.


Our recent Community Manager, JSA343 (Now, Cognitive Bias) and Anton (once a Metarch) have been promoted to their next rate, Administrator. Bringing our Admin count to 3, including Gob.

The Metarch rate has also changed its form.

Metarchs are senior and founding members who lurk and help when and where needed, or when called upon to serve. They’ve put in the hours and paid their dues, and we are forever indebted to them. True Legends.

Positions held by Mendicant Bias and Media Bias.




Check out the latest and greatest from our members and affiliates!


343i Community Forum


Halo Team Assemble




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Staff Comments



This was a sort of short but full one. :brother:

Hopefully the next will be more entertaining! This one, I admit, was a little rushed! We all had a bunch of RL stuff going on and trying to get this Prefect thing together along with the comfyness that HaruspexOfHell gave us when helping out with the past few Beacons. But I promise the next will be more filling.

Love, The Brother (we merged into one),

Adv Jones

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News Galore! – Archive Beacon – December 1, 2016

News Galore! – Archive Beacon – December 1, 2016

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!

Let’s begin!

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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?




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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…


MetalHeadSpartanAdopter of KnowledgeHaruspexOfHell, 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:


From our member and YouTuberIndirect, is his latest Halo 5 Top Ten video:

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!

Synth Samurai has brought us another post from his site, project and book Full Circle. Here is a list of his recent work up to now:



Staff Comments

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.

Adv Jones, formerly Brother Jones, who is now trapped in my basement, along with HaruspexOfHell.

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Can You Smell What The Beacon Is Cooking? – Archive Beacon – September 2, 2016

Can You Smell What The Beacon Is Cooking? – Archive Beacon – September 2, 2016

Light the Bacon Beacon.



Stupendous September to everyone! This time you get me! Brother Jones for this bacon, I mean beacon. Sorry been eating lots of bacon this past week so it’s on my mind :bacon:


 School has started for some members, and that means the summer is coming to a close… But for those who are not going back to school this year, WHOOOOOO! Just kidding, we still have work to go to, so keep the schoolwork and grades up!


Coming up for this beacon we have tons of news and even a giveaway/tournament for a special prize.


We got some new reformations and restructuring for the Advisors of the Archive. Advisors are those who lead each rate, also called Rate Advisors. We also have news on our plans for outsourcing and strengthening our partnerships for future events and endeavors.


Also in this beacon are this months maturations, top On and Off topics in our forums, staff comments, positions of staff, and the return of another staff from a galaxy, far far away.

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A lot has come out these past few weeks for the Halo universe, like the upcoming update for Halo 5: Guardians, Anvil’s Legacy, which has a lot of new things coming.  Another YUGE announcement comes from GrimBrother One, nonetheless, and it is one of the most glorifying and enticing books to come out for Halo. Halo Mythos…


This official, comprehensive, authoritative guide to the Halo universe, written in collaboration with 343 Industries, the developers of the “Halo” franchise, marks the first time that a book incorporates the entirety of the “Halo” canon, including the games, books, comics, live-action and animated entertainment, and more.

The book also includes over 50 specially commissioned full-color paintings showcasing vehicles, artificial intelligence, weapons, ships, and never-before-seen aspects of Halo environments. The amazing illustrations come from a variety of renowned illustrators, including Jean-Sébastien Rossbach, Leonid Kozienko, Benjamin Carré, Isaac Hannaford, and 343’s internal art team, too.

For the first time ever, the timeline of the Halo universe is available in one place, charting humanity’s battles against alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners, and the Flood–making this book an absolute must-have for Halo fans.

And is out for pre-order through Amazon and several other outlets.


But not only is it coming out soon, like in a week or so. We HERE at the Halo Archive are having a special tournament of 1v1 Jenga for the winner to receive a free copy of Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo.


Click the link to sign up and join the fun for a fantastic prize!



Now what is in store for us on this next update for Halo 5? Anvil’s Legacy beings us  some new weapons and maps.

Here is ToaFreak from Halo Canon to tell us more…



Along with that update for Halo 5 coming up, we also get a new Halo App for Windows 10 PCs.  Basically a general hub for all your Halo games and apps. But also along the way is the Halo 5: Forge app for Windows too. And for free, September 8th.

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JSA343 returns to the Archive! One of the Archives oldest staff members comes back from a hiatus of LIFE. Well sort of, he is back to come and hang around but still life comes to bite him in the rear for more attention. Glad to see you again though, good sir! Hope all is well and to see you around more!


Currently our agenda consists of outsourcing and the role for Rate Advisors. Currently staff members have been looking at how to reinvent the role of Rate Advisors and how they play their part in the forums. So, Rate Advisors be aware that your permissions may be taken away along with titles and rank (you will go to your post count rank). But no need to fear! The new system will have some nice toys and buttons along with maybe a shiny badge…who knows!


Outsourcing…sounds nothing what you may be thinking. We are outsourcing in a sense of those with creative drives to help create “select” content. Now what does select mean, well for example right now our YouTube channel right now is a little shy on subs and videos. If you have a good project for the Archive that it’s medium is best in video then we would love for you to put it up on our channel under your credit. So  go ahead and get anything in your mind jotted down and we will announce when we are open for business.



Here are the picks for our five featured members and their content:

We’ll start out with ExuberantWaifuness and their topic on Calling Jul’s faction and other factions “Covenant” was a bad decision. He brings up good points to  why it is confusing for future players of the current games to understand the Covenant structure. But still, is it really that confusing? Join this fresh hot topic for supreme discussion.


Next on our list is DecepticonCobra with his thoughts on Ancient Human Folk Tales (Forum Link).

“An often overlooked element from Halo: Primordium is the the collection of brief human folktales told by Chakas throughout the narrative. Here I collect them and would love to know what meaning any of you might make from them.”


Now, back again, with another supa hot fire topic is Lord of Admirals with the catalog of Halo: Mythos. Join in the conversation and search for new secrets about this infamous book to become published and see if there is anything we know for sure will be included. Lots have been discovered already! What else is there to uncover?


CIA391 is on to something with the Halo Reach Space Radio

“On the mission Long Night of Solace during the first Space segment there is several transmissions being received. These are like the Reach Radios as they have no bearing on the current events you are playing. But they exist. Thus this will be a record of all of them we can hear.”

Join the discussion to find out this new mystery!


Last but not least, from Anton is Where would you take Halo? And being rather straight forward with “If you became the lead writer for the Halo franchise, where would you take the Halo story?”. Along with a list of specific questions to think about and consider if you took on this large role.



The originator of Halo Team Assemble, itisKenway or @HaloTeam343CF on Twitter, is looking for body actors for a machinima. If you are looking for practice or to help out, contact him through these two profiles.

Staff Comments


:cavebob:…. I’m gonna run out of things to say for these …. What if our brains are awful and we can’t think of shit to say every time? Can I bring you a doctor’s excuse?

-Mr Martini

Be sure to get on Xbox so you can have fun on Archive game days.


Well, anyway. *Cracks knuckles*

Happy September, everyone! You’re all awesome!

….That’s, uh, that’s all. I got nothing else.

-Folder of Fortune

Happy September!  As you guys can see, we have changes in the works as well as new projects.  Keep an eye out for updates!

Also, Brother Jones and I are being interviewed by DrizzyDan.  Dan is going to be sharing our interview to get people to check out the Archive.

I think that’s all.  Keep it clean, and come to the Archive game days or I will ban you.

-Supreme Admiral Prestina Coleest of Coles.

Hey! Yeah, it’s me again, for those who remember. And for those who don’t, hi! It’s been a little while, but the rest of the staff has been solid and vigilant, and I’m looking forward to working with them and all of you in the coming future. Keep up the good work!



Kitty Cat – Builder

Perfectly Buoyant – Builder


Well that is all for this beacon. Thank you for reading my “Frankenstein”  of a master piece. I hope you enjoyed it and come around for the next one! Remember the staff is always available for anything and everything (just about, within reason), so don’t be afraid.

Come back for the next beacon, September 23rd!

-Brother Jones :brother: