D1022 T0208 Y2007The Good Game Network

As the lights came on in Halo 3, the community surrounding Tied the Leader faced a quandary that confronted many established gaming communities: “What do we do with our Clan?” Rather than complaining about the lack of an extra friends list built into our new favorite game, we set our sights on solving the problem for ourselves.

The result is an Xbox Live Status Report that allows us to view the 100+ gamers that we recognize as Gunslingers. With the development of Halo 2 and all of its various networking tools, Bungie Studios taught us all how to form up into gaming clans. As we migrate our respective fighting forces to Halo 3, it falls to us to maintain that sense of teamwork and oneness that we learned in the halls of Colossus.

For over two years, the TTL Gunslingers used Halo 2 as a foundation to grow slowly and carefully into a unit that spilled over the confines of our Clan List. On Launch Day for Halo 3, there were 117 gamers who wore the gunbelts of the official clan of Tied the Leader. That’s right. 117. Weird coincidence. Rather than downsize to the 100 gamers that could more easily be tracked on one Friends List, we created a means of tracking them when they are online.

Using our XBL Status Report, we can employ an online resource to identify the gamers that should be on our friend lists at any given moment. We can send them Friend Requests and Private Messages from our desktops, to be received while they are at the controls of Xbox Live. In essence, we turned our Friends Lists into vehicles that could carry a never-ending assortment of gamers – rather than a permanent record of who would back us up in combat operations via Halo 3.

Why are we telling you this? To brag about something that we have, that you do not? Nay, friends and worthy adversaries. The doors to this functionality have swung wide to you as well!

A version of this application has been made available to the allies who comprise our community. In Halo 3, it is the goal of Tied the Leader to be more than a blog – more than a clan. We seek to be a network of gamers who share our social ideals for recreational gaming. We are creating a hub on our forum to enable any worthy gamer to find valuable allies that will lay down covering fire for them. Tied the Leader is a potential source for opponents who will respect you, and teammates who will stand by you. That is our offering – same as it ever was – only slightly more inclusive.

This is your call to action to join the Tied the Leader community on the MidWorld Forum. Petition us for status as a TTL Ally. Enter your gamertag into the information that we compile in your Profile.

Have a clan? Send us your emissary.

Need a clan? Get acquainted with affiliated communities.

Crave a challenge that is worth your time? We still answer those, as do many of the gamers who represent their own virtual army on our boards.

At Tied the Leader, we believe in the quality of a good game, and the strength of community. With our network, we are sharing that with as many gamers as we can bring along for the ride. The table is set, and the menu is packed with fresh souls that travel the path with like minds and willing guns.

Posted by XerxdeeJ

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    Locke wrote...

    I can’t wait to have Gunslingers and Allies alike using this amazing tool. It’s functionality goes beyond anything I even imagined, and those who put their efforts into making it a reality have my thanks and praise.

    See you all online, in Halo or now from my PC!

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    TTL zeuz patter wrote...

    How`s that for a enlarged friends list! “if you build it, they will come!” Catch you all in the good games to come.

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    Quantifier wrote...

    Looking forward to the new friends/allies this amazing tool will bring into our community and the inherent good games especially!

    And a very special thanks to those gifted Gunslingers who made this a reality (you know who you are)!

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    TTL Pheonix Sam wrote...


    I miss my non-TTL friends, and hope this helps me get them back.

    This is also great to help speed up invites and messages. Thanks web-gods!

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    TTL Pony wrote...

    Thanks to those put this amazing tool together, and to those of us who love to game with new people, sharing the same goal. Good games.

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    Booster MPS wrote...

    Huge thanks to the whole team that worked on making this possible.

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    wyoming SBG wrote...

    Wow! That’s awesome, I can’t wait to check this thing out.

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    Alekat wrote...

    Big thanks to those who had a hand in making this.

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