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Each of the TTL Gunslingers brings with them a special skill that enriches our little community. Some are webmasters. Some are strategists. Some are even singers [although only the smallest of parties will find themselves host to their secret songs].

Our own El Burritoh is an artist. Samplings of his graphics are made available for you at H3Junk. He designed our Gunslinger Shield and the site that bears it. His work has been proudly displayed previously on this blog, including poignant parodies of ubiquitous advertising campaigns that only a Halophile could love. Every once in a while, he posts something that simply must be shared with the general gaming population.

Today, he stopped by with a lesson on how a little Photoshop goes a long way. Check out his graphics, posted below. We have all seen [and been amused by] Halo screenshots. These look like paintings, if not photographs. They make a mean desktop wallpaper.

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Here are some notes from the maestro himself:

Here is an image I worked up in PS today. It’s a composite of several screenshots. I locked down the camera and took several shots by panning to the side. I did three rows that way, covering top, middle, and bottom. Then in Photoshop I used a simple option that takes all the pictures and tries to assemble them as best it can, “side by side.” For those of you with PS CS3, I was able to use the Lens Blur filter with a wacky mask to create the cheap depth of field effect. I have to say, taking screenshots is one of the coolest features in Halo 3. Go Bungie! Maybe we could persuade them to add multiple “lenses.”

Maybe, Burritoh. Although one would have to say that our wish list for needful things at Bungie Studios is getting shorter and shorter.

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D1111 T2326 Y2007Riddle-De-Dum! With a Vengeance...

Gunslingers love a good riddle. Whether it entails outsmarting a suicidal train, or just trying to pick up an Oddball before the timer expires, they will try and solve any puzzle.

Ever since a gamer self-tagged c0ld vengeance inspired the Halo Nation to create puzzle games in Forge, the TTL Gunslingers have been dabbling on their own to stretch the boundaries of Bungie’s 30 seconds of fun.

As an homage, they built a band wagon and jumped on board – with a vengeance all their own. The Gunslingers have added their own momentum to the movement of turning maps for Halo 3 into riddles. Cheers to you, Mr. Vengeance. Wherever you are…

Below, you will be issued a challenge by TTL Cuteness, TTL Bunny, and TTL mvuakali. Don’t let those adorable gamertags fool you. These Gunslingers bring a serious game. They have all the tricked-out armor and desirable ranks to prove it. When they are not chasing the brass ring of a good game in Matchmaking for Halo 3 over Xbox Live, they are entering the laboratory to create custom games that puzzle the gamer.

Warning: The following trials are not for the impatient.

You are now in the hands of TTL Cuteness, your host for this puzzling adventure…

UNSC Logical Development: Facility B
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Gametype: “Facility B”
Map: “Facility B”

This former Spartan Live-Fire Combat Training Facility has been recommissioned to test the logic capacities of all UNSC personnel. If you would like to enroll, please submit an application here. Please note age, gender, and all relevant physical statistics and conditions.

Logic tests, once started, will last for 20 minutes.

Tests will be observed and will include proficiency exams in vision, physical strength, abstract thought, awareness, innovation, marksmanship and precision. This is an Oddball gametype designed to be played by one person at a time. It is more or less, a puzzle, and the objective is to simply grasp the ball within the 20 minute time limit. It is designed to be moderately hard, and we’re hoping it’ll take more than one try to figure out.

Quarantine Zone – Level Two
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Gametype: “Quarantine Zone”
Map: “Quarantine Zone”

Post-Gravemind Infestations do not have the cerebral capacity to complete taxing mental exercises. All subjects must be run through a monitored Quarantine Zone.

Welcome to QZ-609! Please enjoy your stay. Please complete the tests set in front of you prove to unadultered homo sapien status. Also, please do not ingest any flood particles as they may lead to infection. Simply grasp the ball to end the test.

Testing may include, but is not limited too: Awareness, Observation, Innovation, Abstract Thoughts and Concepts, Spatial Perception, Basic Machine Operation, and Demolitions.

F.A.I.T.H. – Level Three
Focus and Innovation Training Headquarters
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Gametype: “F.A.I.T.H.”
Map: “F.A.I.T.H.”

Welcome to F.A.I.T.H. (Focus and Innovation Training Headquarters)

Scores indicate you have excelled in previous test sequences and have proceeded to our next testing facility.

Please do not be alarmed by your surroundings, we have placed you here to test your ability to focus while under extreme pressure and in an unfamiliar environment. Your objective is again simple.

Please grasp the ball to end the training session.

Testing may include, but is not limited to: Exertion of Extreme Physical Strength, Awareness, Observation, Phobial Analysis, Abstract Thought, Marksmanship, Precision, and Certitude.

Fair Day Riddling begins now, gamer. Will you carry home the goose?

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