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After about a six-month downtime (we've all been there... well, all of us except Louis) Haloplayers has returned posting regular news as of the end of last week. "real" is still in URL, but gone from the design (when did that happen?). Anyway, put 'em back on your bookmark list.

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TankRamp has posted a big update of the things that've changed at BG:H, including the design and most of the content.

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Brian posted an update in the HBO forum about the status of the Mythica archive he created, which became the gold standard in Halo movie archives in a relatively short period due to its fantastic performance. He writes:

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We've added a new feature to Rampancy (one of many in the past few weeks) that allow for UBB-style user profiles. New users who register will see some new items on the form, allowing all kinds of information to be entered. (Some, like email address, are not made public; we don't want to make Rampancy a place spammers go to find addresses.) All of the new fields are optional; you won't have to enter them to register an account.

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The admins at The Maw, who have been nice enough to mention our recent site upgrade, had problems with our newsfeed awhile back, problems that have since been fixed, which they've mentioned on their site as well.

Just a note, guys: There aren't any email addresses ANYWHERE on your site-- we could have communicated about the newsfeed issue before. Send me an email.

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We've been sifting through the collection of Halo screenshots we've mirroring lately, and decided to separate one group out that were taken before Halo became an Xbox game; the comparisons are sometimes interesting.

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Two newcomers to Bungie, Zoe and Claire of the online team, have contributed new themes for Bungie.net's skinnable fansites; Zoe, an artist and designer, created "Euphoria Station", while Claire developed "Shotguns".

Two other themes were created by fans: H2 by Qbix, the creator of the earlier "Legendary" theme, and "Thieves in the Night" by Strykerman.

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The administrator of the Myth archive site called The Mill, is calling for users who have been seriously critical of both the Mill's management and the MythDev team, to remove their creations from the Archive. MythDev is the group responsible for the PlayMyth server and the recent patches that temporarily broke compatibility with rival Marius.net's metaserver. Clem says, in part:

If we feel that there are members of this site who have been taking advantage of our free services that obviously have philosophical differences with this site we will take it upon ourselves to remove said person's work from The Mill's archive. We will do this for them to save them from the undue embarrassment that is sure to come from allowing their work to be freely downloadable from a site associated with individuals that they feel so strongly against. We have the full right to do this where this is a private system. We hold the right to remove any and all work from any individual who we feel is not an appreciative member of this archive.

Clem notes that this situation affects those who have contributed to the archive, rather than those who only download from it.

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Some Loser has written over at MythWolfAge that after a server crash last week, they are now back up and running, promising to have films from MWC 2003 soon.

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Another short note at Forerunners.org promises that Cortana.org, which has been largely dormant for awhile, will update. At the moment there's naught but a logo there, but it does say "The Halo PC Map Database" which seems to imply what the site's eventual intent is. Not sure how long that logo has been there, so apologies if this is old news.

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Griffon made a note over at Halo Command Central (a part of Forerunners.org) that the site's gotten an updated look. Go check it out.

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A project that's been on the growing "to-do" list here at Rampancy for quite a long time has finally been begun. While Rampancy has, in the last few years, focused on Bungie's latest franchise, the Xbox flagship game Halo, it was originally conceived as encompassing all Bungie games, and had ambitions to serve as a kind of site-of-record for all things Bungie, under one roof, with one staff and one interface.

Part of that would mean having an archive of images associated with each game-- not just the images themselves, but text accompanying each explaining their place within the history of Bungiedom.

That work has now begun, with the population of image galleries for Myth, Myth 2, Myth 3, Marathon, Marathon 2, Marathon Infinity, Oni and Pathways Into Darkness. We've started with the official screenshots released by Bungie on their own site, as well as scraps we found kicking around our hard drives. We are working now to supply commentary for each, starting with Marathon and Myth. Galleries for Halo and Halo 2 are being built, but annotation has not yet begun, although we have today added many images to the galleries of Halo hacks inside our community gallery. If anyone has other images they'd like to see included, feel free to let me know.

However, there aren't many people-- at least, not many apart from Louis Wu-- who can consider themselves walking encyclopedias of Bungie lore, so there are certain to be holes in the record. With an eye towards fixing that problem, every image in the gallery can have comments attached to it, like all other items at Rampancy. If anyone sees a remark that seems amiss, or sees an image that sparks a memory from their own experience playing a Bungie game-- please, feel free to go ahead and post a comment.

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If anyone is having trouble logging in, you can just put in your username or email into the new password page and it will email your password to you.

If you try that and the system doesn't recognize your username or email address, just create a new account.

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One of the features we've been able to add with the last site upgrade is an automated way of adding image galleries, something that we never had the time to do consistently here at Rampancy.

So far we have galleries for Halo, Halo 2, and Myth; there's also a community gallery that currently is home to photos from the Are You Big Enough LANfest held this past July, as well as a hack gallery that contains the latest images BOLL has created with his crazy hexediting skills.

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