Hello everyone. This week the Artist Formally Known As Clan Profiles has changed it’s name. It is only fitting to call it a Community Profile since the word “Clan” really only applies to Halo 2, a bunch of angry Scots, and a naughty organization. Really these groups are more likes communities since their reach extends beyond that of a tab pulled up by the Y button in Halo 2. So from now on these will be referred to as Community Profiles.
This week I profile the O7AH Clan. For anyone not looking deep into the name it seems like an odd name for a group. All will be explained as Compton of O7AH tell whats the meaning of the clan name is. Have a read.
- How did your community start up?
Back in 2003 Compton started a “chapter” on the 7th column called CMSU’s OTAH which was just a place for people who attended Central Missouri State University to gather together in the name of Halo. Through that particular iteration of what was to become O7AH Compton met PoopsMcGee. When Halo 2 dropped on 11/9/2004 Compton and Poops started their own separate clans. Those clan just were not enough to stand alone. So, Kappin on Suckkas, Clique Pow Clique, and the third leg of our glorious tripod Skyline combined our clans and formed what is now O7AH.
- What meaning does your community’s name hold?
Back when we were playing Halo 1 in the dorms one of the guys had one of those DVD towers and the Halo case was in it and it just so happened to be upside down. Well when he looked at it he asked if we wanted to play “OTAH”. We laughed but the nickname stuck. Oh, and yeah we know if you look at it upside down the “A” looks more like a “V” but you tell us how to pronounce OTVH. Chalk up the mistake to hours lost in the multiplayer abyss of networked dorm rooms. Don’t believe us look at the picture its not too hard to imagine. We threw the 7 in there because of Compton’s infatuation with everything Bungie. Damn fanboys.
- How many people call your community home?
We currently have 30+ members in the clan itself and something like 60 members in our mini-community, or as most would call it our forum.
- How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
People who wish to venture into the land of O7AH have to endure great hardships. First off there are The Rules… maybe rules isn’t the best word perhaps guidelines would be better, yes guidelines. Anyway, they have to memorize all 129 guidelines, the they are subjected to one of the absolute worst montages ever created, which was made by one of our members and after that they have to play with the Overlords so that we can get to know what their character is like. The best thing about the guidelines is that they are a joke, and you would also be surprised how often people try to compliment the montage. Would you enjoy watching someone running around aimlessly with a plasma pistol for more then a minute and a half with no eventful occurrence in sight? They seem to.
- What are some unique bylaws that your community enforces?
We will let some of the Rules speak for themselves:
46. Do not sit in a lobby and sulk. It draws attention in a negative way. Draw attention to yourself, but on your own terms.
50. In the event that there is a disagreement between Num13e12s and anyone, Num13e12s is wrong. (Note: If Num13e12s is the anyone then he is still wrong.).
117. Whenever anyone divulges a little known Halo/Master Chief/Bungie/Magic The Gathering factoid, NEEEERRRRDDDDDDD must be declared in a loud and clear voice for all to hear so that the mockery can commence.
- What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
That is simple. You would be surprised how far sarcasm, shared inside jokes and Seinfeld references will get you in that department.
- What is the best way to get booted from your community?
If someone is caught cheating they will get booted, or if they can not form a sentence with out using one of the “big 4 words” as Compton refers to them and for this one time only they are: [shudder]... rape, garbage, noob, and bad kid. We have only had to boot one member in our entire existence, and it was for cheating.
Rule 49b. Cody broke our heart.
- What gametypes does your community prefer?
For matchmaking it would have to be Big Team Slayer/Skirmish hands down.
When it comes to customs nothing beats Chiggen Ball!! (Lockout sword ball, with the ball carrier running around like crazy)
- What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
We play a lot of Matchmaking, but challenges are the thing we love as a clan the most. We love getting to know other clans, and getting great matches to write about. We all have so much in common, but it is great to get to know about the things that set us apart.
- What is the closest game your community has had in an arranged challenge?
We recently had 2 ridiculously close matches. Both took place on Lockout. We fell short 49-50 in both matches. The competitors were our good friends at TTL and also our new found acquaintances The Cavegirls. (Side note: Don’t believe bs angel’s soften you up with her kind demeanor and random laughter. ITS A PLOY I SWEAR.)
Thank you very much Compton for all the great info. Readers, if you would like to learn more about Clan O7AH then have a stop by their site. They are an amazing group of people and I am sure it would be more than worth anyone’s time to drop a challenge their way.
If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.