Fighting Rampancy

Everyone should check out Fighting Rampancy, a blog by Cy, formerly of “The Halo Observatory”. In it he chronicles his journey to “bridge the gap between Nerd and Athlete”

I am enjoying this blog, because I have always had a fair streak of both in me. Growing up loving Star Trek and Football, playing Halo and riding mountain bikes, there has always been this disconnect in my interests  These defy the typical “Nerd” or “Jock” stereotypes, and it’s cool that others in the Halo, and larger “nerd” culture, have the same experience.

Lately I have been pushing more towards the physical, athlete side myself. This usually happens with the approach of summer, as I am an avid MTBer. I have also rediscovered how fantastic playing Skyrim on the PC can be. As a result, my Halo time has been quite limited, but I am getting the itch to go through the campaign again, and get those achievements. Plus, we are getting closer to the Castle map pack!

See you on Infinity,


HaloFanForLife Spartan Ops Graphic Novels

Sal at HaloFanForLife is making his graphic novels again, this time for the weekly Spartan Ops Episodes. As usual they look fantastic! Head here to check out the comic version of “Departure”. I can’t imagine the amount Sal puts into these, and it shows! I’m very glad he has decided to take on SpOps.

See you on Infinity,

Halo 4 Review Round Up – Spoiler Free

Sal at put up a nice round up of the reviews, an overwhelming majority of which are extremely positive, some giving perfect scores.

The post itself is spoiler free, but Sal warns of possible spoilers if you click on the links. I want to read the articles themselves, but fear has me paralyzed!! It’s enough for me to know that the game is an average 10/10!!


Forward Unto Dawn reviews by HaloFanForLife

While my reviews are usually up early, they are short and sweet, and usually just discuss what I notice after watching the episode a couple times. If you want more FUD reviews, I highly suggest you take a look at’s reviews here.

Sal puts a ton of effort into these reviews, and it shows. You can also tell how excited he is for the series. If that’s still not enough, he does a graphic novel for each episode!


New Halo 4 Map “Abandon”

Ign released the first of it’s exclusive map tours on Tuesday. Unfortunately I am late to the party because I was in a self inflicted Thursday War bubble.

Abandoned description from the latest Bulletin:

 On the remote world of Erebus VII, at the very edge of human-occupied space, an ONI research facility which was once teaming with researchers now lies eerily vacant. Although the hostility of this world had been initially considered by its team leaders, it is tragically clear that a great many ‘things’ had simply not been taken into account.

Here is the Video from IGN, with Kynan Pederson leading the tour.

This map actually reminds me a lot of some of the flood infected areas in Halo Wars. The things flying in the sky also look like the flying flood we see in that game…

And speaking of weird, flood like things on this map, what in the world is this?? Kynan says it’s native to this world, which makes me doubt my Flood infected world theory. These things are probably just for aesthetics, but who knows??

I have also included a few videos that analyse this map far better than I can.  First off is Nak3d Eli‘s thoughts on the new map, followed by a video from The Halo Council, which includes the call outs they have made for it.