Halo Nation, reassemble! Combat operations in the Halo 3 Beta theatre of battle have reached a state of cessation. The armistice has been signed. The sound of gunfire among the creek beds of Valhalla has fallen silent. Move along… Move along… There is nothing to see here.
Able bodied troops are needed back on the ground in the sentimental warzone that is Halo 2. Those who have been left behind during our recon mission are anxiously awaiting our triumphant return. Beware of the Left Behind, however. They have a score to settle with our cheating hearts, and they will not pause while we fumble to relearn the crucial function of the blue skittle.
It’s time to remove from your lapel those gold chevrons and silver bars – or even those stars if you are truly among the hardcore. Get to padding that good old numeric rank back up to a level of respectability. There you sit, inactive, a rank of 1 in your favorite gametype for Halo 2. Everyone is laughing at you! They are calling you a Poser for reading a Halo blog with a rank of 1 on your tag.
Are you gonna have that? Are you really gonna have that? Look deep into those big, bright numbers, and allow your inner rank hound to run wild.
The War of the Halo Nation is far from over, friends. We are far from that. It is months before the beginning of the end. For many stalwart clans that occupy territories in Halo 2, there is still life in the game that has occupied us for so long. Some of us are itching to get our fingers back on the triggers that have bound us together for so long. Wayward souls who have traveled paths in ChromeHounds or Gears of War have found The Beta to rekindle their Halo fire. Some of us have seen the light of Valhalla, however, and will have a hard time venturing back home to Coagulation. This will be their long, hot summer.
‘Tied the Leader’ invites you back to our table for some custom games. In The Beta, a custom game was tantamount to contraband – maybe even court martial. Nevertheless, countless gamers abandoned the proving grounds to monkey around with munitions that were not yet cleared for inspection. In Halo 2, on the other hand, custom games are tantamount to challenges – the finest and surest means of finding a good game. We are, therefore, calling you out.
From Praetorians to Helljumpers. From Panic Attackers to Laban Swordsmen. From 8 Bit Brigaders to 2old2players. To the people we have fought and to these we have not, we say: Do not allow yourselves to grow soft and go out with a low number. A guitar is no distraction for a true hero. Fall in from shore leave and prepare for muster! We got some gaming left to do.
This is your challenge. The Gunslingers await. A refreshed staff of Challenge Captains is standing by… and they are bored. Approach bored gamers carefully, and do not make direct eye contact.
I beg of you, give them something to do before something called OGame abducts all of them. I can’t talk about that now. I have already said too much.