D0121 T1526 Y2007Sword of Laban

Ah, first Clan Profile of 2007, embarking on a new year, gazing into the future of the Universe, ripping a whole in time and words. Well, perhaps I over exaggerated a tad, just a tad. It is a new year though, and I am pleased to say I have been talking to some awesome clans that will grace this blog each Monday. The first up on this list-o-awesome is Sword of Laban. Fairly recently the battle rifles behind the blog, the TTL Gunslingers spared off with SoL in a Clan Challenge. Check out the recap on the Clan Site. It was a great challenge and we all had a ton of fun. To gather more information I had a chat with The Goof and KilaMOMjaro. It was a little different format and a tad more casual. Enjoy.

  • How and when did your clan start up?

    KilaMOMjaro: I had a vision one night….the rest is history! Actually something about two noobs from Chicago and two geniuses from Cali….
    The Goof: The CA guys are smart. Good call. It actually started with a thread on the Bungie forums, where one Pink Steel was looking for other gamers with the same values, blah blah blah. I, in fact, still have a link to it in my favorites but sadly it seems to no longer be valid. Just another example of the Man trying to keep us down.
    KilaMOMjaro: They’re just jealous
    The Goof: Anywho…I started talking with Pink, and along with his friend Blue Steel Esq and my partner-in-crime Heat Exchanger, we decided to start a clan for Halo 2 together. Officially, it was November 17th, 2004 that Sword of Laban was born.

  • What meaning does your clan’s name hold?

    KilaMOMjaro: It’s a Book of Mormon reference…go for it!
    The Goof: This is a great question, and relates to the first story – Pink’s post was titled MORMONS! That’s what caught my eye first, as I’m always up for picking on them (being one myself :) ). It wasn’t a ploy to convert the world or anything like that, but rather a way to find other gamers who had similar values. We talked for a while about what to name the clan; something that sounds cool, but at the same time easily recognizable by other members of the Latter-Day Saint faith (aka Mormons). The Sword of Laban was a sword owned by…Laban! (Who saw that one coming?) In the Book of Mormon, a man, Nephi, was commanded by God to cut Laban’s head off with his own sword, the Sword of Laban.
    KilaMOMjaro: We should interject at this time that Pink is indeed a MALE
    The Goof: That’s still up for debate…
    KilaMOMjaro: Tru dat
    The Goof: As for the name, that’s the brief, and somewhat morbid, story. No one should take my explanation as an accurate synopsis, as I’m no scripture scholar. Also, we’re not here to push religion on anyone – you just asked for the explanation!

  • How many people call your clan home?

    KilaMOMjaro: As of this very moment there are 1067 registered community members….1053 of which are WoW gamers. ( big :wink: ) Seriously though….I haven’t checked the clan number lately! Well for H2 that is…plus we have transcended Halo…our people play a lot of game-types these days.
    The Goof: It’s hard to get an exact count, and we’ve gone up and down in numbers of Halo 2 players (expanding to 7 clans at one time, and then deciding it’s too many for us to worry about). Add to that, as MOM said, the other gamers and it is rather big. H2, though, has roughly…uh, I’ve got no idea.

  • How do you go about luring and screening recruits?

    KilaMOMjaro: The luring part is a breeze! SoL just sends TRINITY (the women OL’s) out and after each MM game the FR’s come pouring in. :) If they don’t keep the rules, they’re gone. Actually anyone who is interested and wants in…gets in! As long as our basic rules are kept. If there’s a problem generally after a warning or three, a gamer will straighten up or leave.
    The Goof: Too true, MOM, too true. We have 3 basic rules, that can be summed up as follows:

    1. Don’t swear

    2. Don’t cheat

    3. Respect other gamers

    If someone wants to join us, and is willing to follow the rules while with SoL, that’s pretty much it. We really try to create a friendly, and family-oriented (even though we allow Vuel in) gaming atmosphere.
    KilaMOMjaro: Which answers the next question!

  • What are some unique by-laws that your clan enforces?

    The Goof: OK, cut that last statement and paste it here…(Why don’t you tell me these things before I look like a fool? I can do that by myself, without your help, thank you very much!)
    KilaMOMjaro: That’s the point!

  • What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?

    KilaMOMjaro: I’m a member of several Clan forum communities and play H2 with them as well…and honestly our community just feels more comfortable! We never flame you on the forum… much…for posting something ridiculous or in the wrong place. On LIVE our people really protect each other, and even our most competitive gamers play customs with us lower-class fraggers. :) We do have a genuine family-feel. And even if someone disappears for awhile…...Queue Goof.
    The Goof: ahem They always come back. (Even the ones we don’t necessarily want back looks at Grant) :grant:
    KilaMOMjaro: Hey now!
    The Goof: Oh carp. I forgot you’re kind of close to him…
    KilaMOMjaro: Goof refers to my son…clan member number 1, Grantly Pantly. I’ll overlook that statement.

  • What is the best way to get booted from your clan?

    KilaMOMjaro: That’s easy! Insult me or any of the other women at SoL. I think we’ve only had two, and it was for extreme verbal abuse. Have we booted more than two?
    The Goof: MOM’s hit that one on the head. Don’t mess with the Beauties of SoL. I believe there are only two or three banned for such conduct. You can say anything you want about anyone else. Especially Vuel. :)

  • What game types does your clan prefer?

    KilaMOMjaro: I have no idea…I only play when there’s a lunar eclipse.
    The Goof: Oh, I know the answer! One’s where Vuel wins!
    KilaMOMjaro: I think there’s too many of us to pin it down!
    The Goof: We do have some unique game-types, some more popular than others, that many like to play, such as Black Hawk Down, Fight Club, Arnie’s Pizza Shack – if you don’t like Slayer, we’ve got that covered, too. The majority is Slayer, though.

  • What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?

    KilaMOMjaro: We have a split group in a way…we have our uber-1337 gamers who are very competitive and very good. But even they like customs with the rest of us! We just have too much fun Cept poor Goof…he hates it when we chat it up too much in pre-game :) What do you think Goof?
    The Goof: I think you all talk too much, and don’t play enough! Time is money, and I have neither!
    KilaMOMjaro: Its fun to talk! I will STILL never forget the game where Gooose, Grantie and Knaughty had us all laughing so hard we couldn’t see through our tears to shoot anything!
    The Goof: I’ll always remember the time when Heat and I got someone to FINALLY play a matchmaking game, instead of customs…
    KilaMOMjaro: Ahh yes…I was too chicken…you baptized me by fire! literally! On burial mounds….

  • What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?

    The Goof: We’ve had Clan challenges?!@?
    KilaMOMjaro: LOTS! Where are you??? I asked Vuel Egham, one of our uber-competitive clan members :)…he says Oddball against Winged Warriors 4:58 to 5:00 minutes!

    KilaMOMjaro: And we’re done! Sum up this interview Goof…
    The Goof: In short, SoL is a community of close-knit members who came together with similar values. The SoL community has blossomed to include more than just Halo, and continues to grow in other directions as well (look for the next SoL Campout some time next year!). Finally, we are always open to anyone who wants to join up in competition or fun, and most importantly, are above selling out to Corporate America and refuse to drop names just to make people happy, even though others may have begged and whined for the opportunity to see their names plastered all over the internet, just as many of our friends have taken a similar stand.
    KilaMOMjaro: lol…nice! Thanks Goof! And thanks Dweezle! (say “hi” to Moon Unit for me ;) )

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    Thanks a lot for the awesome info. I sure did learn a lot more about you all from it. Be sure to drop by their site and give them a visit. While you are there DO NOT miss the thread selling fudge. As a consumer of said fudge, I can say it is top notch and Fudge-tacular. Yeah, that was a tad cheesy…

    If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D1217 T0047 Y2006Golden Alliance

Happy Holidays readers! On this Monday I am having a chat with Golden Alliance. Golden Alliance is a clan that the Gunslingers recently had a challenge with. They sure are a tough group of spartans, with their battle rifle shots as smooth as their game. I actually had the chance to play in this challenge and it is always a real treat to match up with such mature people. Regardless of outcome (Note: We got beat, but it was close) , it makes the game that much more fun. Ok, enough jibba jabba from me, have a read of what Golden Wizard answered to the usual questions.

How and when did your clan start up?
Waggs and I had been clan mates and friends for almost a year before we began talking about creating our own clan. What we wanted to create was a close knit group of mature gamers who would be willing to put brotherhood and sportsmanship above all things. We left our old clan and spent about two months developing our ideas and reducing them into a simple list of bylaws which would govern us as a clan and on March 07, 2006, Golden Waggs and Golden Wizard official created the Golden Alliance.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
We kicked around the name of the clan for a couple of days and decided that our name should reflect our commitment to brotherhood and friendship or alliance. The golden represents the value we place on those friendships, thus the Golden Alliance. We even went as far as creating tags which would reflect our commitment to these values, kind of an outward symbol, like a tattoo, or right of passage. Looking back, it is hard for Waggs and me to imagine sometimes that a conversation we had almost a year ago about starting our own clan has developed into such a great gaming experience for all of us here at Golden Alliance. Our members are what really define us as a unique clan. Our members are the most loyal, most dedicated group of friends and clan mates you would ever want to game with. Coming from all walks of life, they bring their diversities together to form an alliance which is truly golden. As some of our members have described it, we are like family.

How many people call your clan home?
We are very proud to say that the Golden Alliance is currently home to 40 dedicated, active and mature members.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
In the beginning we recruited our first members by advertising on Bungie. Once we reached 20 members, we stopped advertising and now rely solely on our member’s friends list and gamers we meet on Xbox live who “have the color”. And, from time to time, I will PM a gamer that is advertising on Bungie with “looking for a mature clan” some information about our clan and our web site address. Our 21 day peonship and Blackball will screen an applicant who is right for membership. All we ask of our members is that they be active and follow our simple rules.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
During development of the clan, Waggs and I decided to give our members a special right that no other clan that we knew of would allow their members to have. We gave them the right to choose whom they would clan with. We call this power Blackball. Just like a secret society, any member casting a no vote on a new member can deny his entry into the clan. A peon has 21 days to prove himself/herself worthy of membership before the Blackball vote. We know that this might seem extreme and unnecessary to some gamers, but this has proven to be a very valuable and powerful tool.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
Waggs and I have always been big on activity, structure and organization. I believe that this is the cornerstone of our clan. We have regular scheduled clan practices twice a week lasting about 1-1/2 hours each night. We usually start with a FFA slayer game as our members begin to show on line, then change to a weapons training exercise once everyone is in lobby. The remainder of the practice is spent training on different skirmish variants. After practice, everyone that is still on line will join up in a lobby for a little BTB slayer or skirmish gaming. These gathering have been known to last into the wee hours of the morning. We have MLG practice two nights a week on different nights than our regular practice nights. We also try to schedule a clan skirmish at least once a week. Also, either Waggs or I are on live just about every night of the week and we always make it a point to gather as many members who are on line into our party to play as a group. Our philosophy is “a clan that plays together stays together.”

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
Betraying your alliance with your brothers and/or sisters will definitely get you booted no exceptions. One of our rules contains the passage “You may not like everybody in the clan, but you will respect them.” If you can not get along, you do not belong.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?
We enjoy playing all types of custom and match made games. With the introduction of Golden Pro, our MLG team, we now play a lot of MLG format games too. But, no matter what we play, the golden rule is play with honor and have some fun. Anyone not having fun will be booted from the party.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
Our clan loves to play anything HALO, especially BTB slayer or skirmish. Recently, with the addition of our MLG team, Golden Pro, the MLG variants have become of special interest among a lot of our members. All in all, our passion is HALO2.

What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?
Most recently would be the game our MLG team played against your MLG team. This was a custom slayer game on Sanctuary. After the game, we all met up in a lobby to discuss the games. Our guys could not believe how even the game was for both teams. “Tit for tat” was the description one of them used. Good game Gunslingers!

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Thanks Wizard for the answers. It sounds like you and Waggs have an amazing community, and we sure had a fun time matching up against you all. Readers, feel free to drop by their site to learn more about them and send them a challenge, just make sure to bring your A game because they don’t mess around.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

Posted by Dweezle

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D1210 T0115 Y2006PMS Clan

This great Monday I am taking a look at the PMS Clan. This tough group of females is known for having their cake and eating it too. Not only is their community a large and strong group of many clans, but each clan does its own share of kick-ass-ery. PMS and H2O are no strangers to tournaments. They light keyboards aflame in PC tourneys and melt controllers in console games. They have been featured in magazines, as well as interviewed on plenty of sites. For more information, and answers to the usual questions, I had a chat with Athena Twin, a co-founder of the clan. Have a read.

How and when did your clan start up?
PMS Clan formed in 2002 at the launch of Live when my sister (Athena) and I met another girl, PMS Blues, on Xbox LIVE in Unreal Championship. We has such a blast playing with another girl, and were doing very well, so we wanted to make a female clan. Soon after we hooked up PMS Fraggity Ann and Wildthing, and the rest is history. PMS Clan FTW, baby!

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
The original PMS letters came first. We were trying to figure out what it could mean, and the members came up with Psychotic Man Slayerz. We thought it was a cool name for a gamer girl group (since we were slaying everyone in our matches, hehe). However, we later toned down our name to Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers to be more politically correct. Yeah, I said PC, people. We are probably the only gaming group in the world that actually did something to be politically correct in the trash-talking cyber world of gaming. ROFL.

How many people call your clan home?
We are somewhere over 500 females right now, and god only knows how many men in our brother group H20 Clan. It is getting harder to keep track as more members come and go. Active members playing in their practices and matches would probably be around 300.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
We have an open recruitment policy where we only screen for positive attitude and dedication. To be an active member, most divisions require their members to attend at least four practices a week. However, we recently created a casual division to house members that could not commit any longer to rigorous practices, play non-competitive titles or systems, or play games that we did not have enough members active on to compete.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
I don’t know about unique, but we have a pretty strict code of conduct. Offenses to our code of conducts could be reprimanded with warnings, suspension, and/or termination of PMS Clan membership. Some types of offenses would be cheating, over-the-top smack talk, racist or sexist comments, explicit behavior, joining other clans, etc.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
Most of the time, the girls are playing with their own divisions (so they build bonds first with the girls they will be playing with everyday). However, I hope that all of our members take pride in other divisions, platforms and members. To establish bonds, many of us are active in our forums. We are also constantly meeting up at tournaments and gaming events, which is a great way to seal friendships. We also do event nights where we do open sign up for games to just “go in and play” with people (like our Pot Luck Saturdays on Halo2 and our Casual Game Night).

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
Proclaim yourself a Ninja when you really are a Pirate. Errrr…wait, I do that! Really, the way to people get kicked out is simply break our Code of Conduct. Explicit behavior and cheating would be two or the sure-fire ways to get kicked out quickly. I am glad to say, this is not a common thing. We have probably had over 100 girls come and go, but most are simply just moving on, and it is not a bad break.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?
Most of our players prefer PRO settings, like MLG or CAL rules, so they can train for any possible events. Since most of us play as a team, we tend to love objective games where true teamwork can shine through. However, that does not mean to say we don’t like to get down-and-dirty in some FFA action.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
Matchmaking in Halo? Haha…oh sorry, I thought that was a joke? I would not touch matchmaking with a 10-foot pole unless it is late and all the kids are in bed. That went out 3 months after the launch of H2 when all the modders, hackers, and smack-talkers came in and ruined our beloved game. Most PMS members spend their time in customs with PRO settings (and with people they know are not going to trash talk since we DO have those urges, and you can only take so much).

What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?
I would have to say one of the most memorable and closest for me was when my PMS team was placed against another PMS team for CPL Summer 2005. My team was the projected favorite, but the other PMS team was also made up with some fierce players. They ended up beating us and knocking us into the losers bracket. My team ended up placing 8th, and the other team placed 6th. It is really hard to go against your sisters, you want to win and you competitiveness really comes out, but at the same time you want them to win also.

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Thanks so much for the info Athena Twin, always a pleasure. Readers, if you would like to try your hand at a challenge with the PMS Clan or H20 Clan (their male counterparts), then drop by their forums and send them a challenge. Just make sure to bring plenty of ice packs and ibuprofen.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

Posted by Dweezle

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D1203 T1600 Y2006Clan Profiles Recap

As of now I have had the pleasure of profiling 10 clans in the Clan Profiles. I decided to write a small recap of the great communities that we have spotlighted. If you are looking for a clan or a good challenge then look no further than the list below.

  • The Panic Attacks – Long time friends of Tied the Leader, these guys bring their A game and do it with respect.
  • Truth Regret – Led by the Furian, this tough group of (not retired) Halo aces offered a blog of their own, a podcast, and great challenges. It looks as if they spread out their forces to other clans now. You will be missed.
  • Podtacular – Known for their famous Halo podcast, this site also boasts an amazing community of gamers and tournaments.
  • Halowiki – What happens when people gather together to assemble a library of Halo knowledge? Halowiki of course! Just like other wikis, this awesome site offers more than enough information to wet your tongue about the Halo Universe.
  • PraetoriaGuard – When a community offers more than one clan, contests, and a cheater’s worst nightmare, what isn’t to love?
  • 2old2play – The older gamer’s paradise has always been friends of the Gunslingers. Always mature in battle, these gamers offer many clans and a large community to get involved with.
  • MLGunslingers – The traditional Gunslinger with a pinch of Battle Rifle and a dab of paprika, these MLG enthused gamers are always looking for people to skrim and match up with.
  • The Cavegirls – This all female squad of gamers doesn’t play around. They are a tough bunch of gals that are busy enjoying their games when they aren’t hosting charity events or singing karaoke.
  • Halo2Junkies – Perhaps of our the Gunslingers’ toughest battles yet, these skilled assassins bring a tough and fair game. Drop by their site for all sorts of game and player stats.
  • Legion of the Apocalypse – Getting sponsored after only one event, this team of noble gamers are as tough as their game is fair.

    It truly is a pleasure to have chatted with all these great leaders and for our clan to match up against them. Keep up the great work everyone and heres to more matches in the future.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D1203 T0302 Y2006Legion of the Apocalypse

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D1126 T1533 Y2006Halo2Junkies

This week I am peering through the looking glass at the Halo2Junkies. They are the clan counterpart to the halo2.junk.ws site. This site is well known for their breakdown of Halo matchmaking stats. And you thought Bungie was in depth with its recaps. You have clearly yet to see the light. Do yourself a favor and drop by their site. To find out more information about the clan itself I had a talk with Excardon and Indutiomarus. Here are their answers, with Excardon’s in black, and Indutiomarus’ in white. Enjoy.

How and when did your clan start up?

The halo2 junk ws clan was started in December 2005 by the site creator, oi1. The clan had only 5 to 10 people at most. When the site became more community based and held an official site tournament in mid July followed by a Humpday Challenge against Bungie in August, the number of clan members increased significantly. The H2Junkies is the website and clan’s official team and it is comprised of members of the halo2 junk ws clan. One day after we had an interview about our website with Foo Mo Jive over at Podtacular, he asked us if we had an official team to play the Podtacular All-Stars. Although we did not have a team at the time, xATHENAx and I figured it would be a good time to start one. We did so by holding our first team tryouts in August 2006.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?

The clan name is the same as the name of our website, Halo2.Junk.ws and the H2Junkies is a name that was spun off the clan/site.

How many people call your clan home?

As of right now, we have 87 members in the clan and we have 10 positions for the H2Junkies.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?

We haven’t had much trouble with this. In order to be a member of the team, a player must be a member of Halo2.Junk.ws and a member of the halo2 junk ws clan. We have held tryouts twice for the team; at the most recent session we had almost fifty people trying out for the ten positions. Not only do we grade on skill, but also on teamwork and attitude.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?

There are only a couple rules to follow that are fairly simple. The rules that apply to the halo2.junk.ws website, apply to the clan as well. In addition, in order to be a member of the clan, the only thing we ask is that you are a member of halo2.junk.ws.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?

We support and encourage members of the clan to play together when they can. Once a week we have a practice session for the H2Junkies where not only can the team get to know each other better, but we also allow non-Junkie clan members to participate in our sessions. Also, we are just starting to get involved with Clantacular.com so all the of the members have a chance to represent the clan they are in.

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?

Well, first off, Halo2.Junk.ws has an absolute no-tolerance policy for any form of cheating, so if anyone is found to have cheated on Xbox Live at any time with their gamertag, they would be expelled from the clan as well as the website. Also, in order to make sure that there is no one just taking up space within the clan, we remove people that have been inactive from the website and Halo 2 for more than a month or so.


As far as the H2Junkies goes, lack of attendance to practice or challenges will get you removed from the team (but not the clan). As Indutiomarus stated above, breaking any of our other rules will also get you kicked from the team as well as the clan and website.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?

The H2Junkies exclusively play matches that are 6 v 6 or larger. (Although, we did happen to play our one and only MLG challenge against TTL’s MLG team) We believe that larger teams require greater skill and teamwork and we like to have all of Junkies involved in our matches as much as possible. Our favorite gametype is anything that involves the scoring setting at minimum because they are the most team-oriented. To be specific, Lowball on Lockout with Battle Rifle start seems to be the Junkies’ favorite gametype. As far as the clan goes, they play pretty much anything.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?

All of our official clan games are challenges against other Halo 2 community sites or major Halo clans. We’re always looking for new opponents to play. As we play exclusively large games, 4 v 4 matches are out of the question for us if you do challenge the H2Junkies. In regards to the clan as a whole, we do have a wide variety of people so whatever your pick is; you can usually find someone within the clan who is playing any of the above.

What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?

As far as our H2Junkies challenges go, when we played the Podtacular All-Stars the first time around we won 100-96 in a Team Slayer game with MLG settings on Zanzibar. That one went back and forth the whole game.

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Nice stuff! If you are interested in sparring with the Junkies then drop by their site and challenge them. I am sure they would be more than willing to accept and grant you a good game. Thanks a lot Excardon and Indutiomarus for the info.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

Posted by Dweezle

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D1119 T0000 Y2006The Cavegirls

This week for the Clan Profile I take a look at the Cayote Cavegirls. The Cavegirls are known for their sportsmanship and cunning. Many girl gamers have found the Cavegirls as an ivory tower of sorts. With all the Timmy’s out there that are naive about girl gamers, Xbox Live can get dull quickly if you have no like-minded gamers to go into battle with. The Cavegirls have welcomed many female gamers that were looking for a strong mature community. Their compassion goes beyond their own clan though. Recently they hosted the “Fight Like A Girl” tournament which raised money for breast cancer research and awareness, talk about a great cause. To answers the questions about the clan, I enlisted the help of Zoom Demon, one of the clan’s leaders. Check out what she has to say.

How and when did your clan start up?
December 2004. It actually began with Cayote and a couple of her guy friends who were supportive of her hopes in starting an all girl clan. Then a couple girls came along, and the more, and the rest is history.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
Our founder, Cayote, named our clan after her e-mail address. But now I believe is recognized as a clan or group that is respectful, fun and awesome to be around.

How many people call your clan home?
We have about 30 members and growing.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
We usually get new members by word of mouth. We don’t do a lot of advertising, but a lot of the girls tell other girls about our group, which attracts more new members. Our screening process takes a little while because we need to make sure they are in fact female so they need to play with us before they are allowed into the clan. We get a quite a few guys trying to get in so that has affected the process. There are no skill requirements, but we like to have active members in our group.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
Must be female, at least 18 years old, and have a good attitude.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
We host various events that get the girls playing together. The most important event being “Ladies Night” where we have only Cavegirls in the party and we spend the entire night playing customs and matchmaking.

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
Disrespecting fellow Cavegirls, lying, and cheating. We don’t like cheaters.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?
King of the Hill! And Team Slayer.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
We do a lot of custom games, and try to play challenges every other week or so. Matchmaking is popular whenthe girls are in smaller parties. MLG is only played by a few girls.

What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?
That is a tough one, probably our 2nd Bungie Humpday challenge. We tied our first game of CTF on Relic, lost our second game of Team Slayer on Lockout, and managed to pull off a win in the final game of Team Snipers on Coagulation. We tied the challenge, but they were all very close games!

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Thanks a lot for the info Zoom. The Cavegirls have been good friends of the Gunslingers for some time now, and have a lot of respect for the Cavegirls. Readers, if you are looking for a challenge with an amazing clan, or just want to shoot the breeze with some other gamers, then make sure to stop by their forums and register.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

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D1105 T0000 Y20062old2play Community

This lovely Monday I am having a talk with DoodiRock from 2old2play, the ‘Older Gamers Paradise’. As the description emplies, this community is for the mature gamer. They have a 25+ age cap, which helps filter out the average Timmy youngsters. The TTL Gunslingers have had a few challenges against this group and they prove to be some of the most mature and fun-loving sportsmen to date. 2old2play is a community more than a specific clan. It is the home to many mature clans in many different games. Here is Doodi with more info on 2old2play, have a read.

How and when did your clan start up?
I started the clan about 2 years ago around the month of May. I had just joined another older gamer’s site, but it had no clans or support for clans. So I decided to go online and play a little match making with my roommate. As always it was a battle between enjoying the game and dealing with underage loudmouth kids (Timmys). Then I randomly met someone named Mike James. We talked about being older and hating the online experience of Halo. The rest is history. That was the day 2old2play was born.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
Basically we are a site that is filled with gamers over the age of 25. Most of us are in our 30’s, married with children, jobs, and responsibilities. The name is a pun for all the people that tell us to stop gaming. It’s no a rare occurrence that one of our members will hear the phrase, “You still play video games? Don’t you think you’re too old to play?” Well, of coarse we aren’t and I think our 6,500 plus membership shows that.

How many people call your clan home?
100 people are in my 2o2p halo 2 clan, but the site is home to over 6,711 members with over 40 clans. 16 of those clans are for Halo 2.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
Well, my halo 2 clan has been officially closed for about 6 months now. It really is only a place to meet up with friends and chat. When we play, we do it as a way to hang out with buddies, drink some beers, and forget about work for a while. This means that we are not really looking for any new people at the moment. Maybe when Halo 3 rolls out, but I still doubt it. The good news is that with 16 other halo 2 clans on our site, there is no reason you can’t join in the fun. All the clans mix up with one another and so it’s not unlikely to see 5 different 2old2play clans all in the same party together. We are all family, and try to game that way.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
The minimum age to enter is 25. A lot of people think this a little strict, but to be honest it probably isn’t strict enough. We want our members to be adults and so we feel that 25 is a good enough number to start weeding out the Timmies and cheaters with. So far it seems to have worked perfectly, but even some 25 year olds can be completely immature. Other then that, we don’t take any racists, cheaters, bigots, hot heads, or assholes; just older gamers please.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
That’s easy. Because we are all older games, the bonding takes care of itself. We all have similar responsibilities in life and that makes it easy to get along. We understand that it is more about relaxing and hanging out, then about rank or titles.

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
Be under the age limit, lie about your age, cheat, or personally attack other members. That’s a ban for sure.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?
We really don’t have a preference as long as well are all playing together. It could be matchmaking or a custom. Either will almost certain degrade into joking around with each other and causing general mayhem on XBL.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
I would say we mostly like to do customs for a while before we head into MM. It’s a way to just say high to everyone and warm up before we take on the Timmies of the world.

What is the closest game your clan has had?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I think the best game we ever had was on Headlong about 1 year ago. This was before the time ran out with assault. The opposing team decided to cheat and fly the bomb all the way up to the top of the map. Their idea was to wait us out until we quit the game. Well, as a group of old guys we had decided it was time to make a stand against these punks. So we waited. And waited. And waited some more. After more then 3 hours of hiding the bomb, the opposite team started to slowly quit out. Finally the bomb carry got bored enough to fly out and try to arm it. Well, they couldn’t and we ended up arming both times for a 2-0 victory. The total game time was around 4 hours.

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Thanks alot Doodi for all the info. I think we all appeciate the removal of the sudden death on Assault. The thing that always baffled me on those games was why would anyone wait 4 hours with a bomb on top of the map to win a game? You could play, lose that game, and have time to play 15 more games and win those. Oh the Timmys… and the lack of real logic they bring to the game. Readers, make sure to take a look at 2old2play’s site and if you are of the age then join their forum and have a chat with other mature, like-minded gamers.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

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D1029 T0100 Y2006PraetoriaGuard

This week I am tackling an amazing community and clan. The Halo2Webring is host to alot of great subsites. There are two clans, the PraetoriaGuard and its sister clan, Promethian Guard. It has a database for custom games housed in H2Gametypes. Last but certainly not least they have the Halo2Cheaters site, which Tied the Leader is a partner of, which spotlights and bans cheaters that plague our games. Take a look inside the PraetoriaGuard and see what LordGideon had to say about his clan.

How and when did your clan start up?
We started the clan on December 24th, 2004. It was Christmas Eve and we’d decided that we didn’t like our old clan (The Overlord was MIA) and wanted to start a new one. Viola! PraetoriaGuard was born. We were all on Ascention at midnight standing on the spinning center spindle. About 10 of us were on.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
In Roman times, the “Praetorian Guard” were Rome’s Elite shock troops that the Caesar would send in to quell uprisings and also invade nations. It’s said that some nations surrendered just hearing that the Praetorian Guard were on their way. When we tried to get this name, someone already had it, so we sliced the “n” off of it and killed the space – “PraetoriaGuard” was born.

How many people call your clan home?
We currently have 30 active clan members and 18 inactive clan members. It fluctuates based on what people are doing with their lives and time.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
We’ve been fortunate in that recruits have come to us. Being one of the staples in the current community has it’s good sides. I’ve been to many Halo websites, and most of them have us in their links, or know who we are. That has it’s advantages. :)

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
We’ve got a set of rules that seem to be easy for people to follow. We enforce these rules on our forums as well. It’s helped us develop a band of loyal forum members.

  1. Be respectful, always.
  2. Don’t cheat, ever. If you think it might be cheating, it probably is.
  3. Treat all women (especially within the clan) with complete respect.
  4. Only overlords can send clan invites.
  1. You must not be in another clan.

    What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
    Actually, we go out and randomly shoot a clan member. It really helps people pay attention to the rules. Really, we just play a lot of games together. We have a rather large private forum section that’s only viewable to people in the clan. We know everyone’s real name, where they live, and their phone numbers. We’ve built a pretty high level of friendship in the clan.

    What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
    Gee – that’s a tough one. There are probably three real ways to get “canned in the clan”.

  2. Cheating. This is a rule we have to enforce. We run Halo2Cheaters.com. How would it look if the people running the #1 Halo Anti-Cheating website had a bunch of cheaters in the clan? Unfortunetly, we’ve had this experience of booting a few people over this.
  3. Poorly representing the clan. We care about our image and maintaining a level of integrity in our clan. I’ve heard some people compare us to KSI – and, personally, I take that as an insult. KSI is large and quite unweildy. I’ve run into a TON of KSI members that are simply put – real jerks. If I was running KSI, that’d bug me incessently. We learn from other people’s mistakes, however, and we won’t let that happen to us. Treating someone like garbage, cussing like a sailor during a game, or simply talking about stuff you know you shouldn’t be talking about to younger members is cause for us to chat with a member to see what’s going on. We all tell our clan members – “To some people, you might be the only PraetoriaGuard member they ever meet. Make sure they leave your match with a good impression of the clan.”
  1. Bad attitude. We don’t have time for the “half-empty” scenario. Constantly whining, complaining, and bickering with other clan members will get you booted fast. We’re all friends here – clan members shouldn’t treat other clan members like ignorant idiots.

    What gametypes does your clan prefer?
    Personally, I play a lot of customs. You can bet your keyster it involves shotguns somewhere. My clan highly enjoys MLG, and other slayer variables. We play a ton of Team Training and Action Sack.

    What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
    I prefer customs. Usually we have a large party, and that makes it difficult to hit up matchmaking. I’d say it’s a 50/50 matchmaking/customs.

    What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?
    We faced off with Schooly D (the first time) and let me tell you – that was a-mazing. It was close. Real close. It came down to a slayer tie-breaker and we won. (I think) the score was 100 to 95. ODST Titan saved us with a few well aimed frag grenades.

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    Thanks Gideon for the answers. If you would like to learn a little more about LordGideon then feel free to check out his interview, which is one of the first 22 Questions. Do yourself a favor and join the revolution to alleviate cheaters.

    If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

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D1022 T0146 Y2006Halowiki's Clan of Bobs

Continuing with our Salute to Podcasting, for this week’s profile we have the community and clan which spawned the Wikiriot podcast. This week I am looking into the Halowiki community, and their clan, The Clan of Bobs. Halowiki is known for its wiki-style organization of all things Halo 2. They dissect maps, weapons, vehicles, and anything else that one can think of about Halo 2. Plus, since it is a wiki, if you register you can go in and edit and add information if you would like. I had a chat with PEZ, who is the founder and webmaster of Halowiki, and had him answer the usual questions. Enjoy. Learn.

How and when did your clan start up?
Moving from XBox Connect to XBox Live was a scary experience. On XBC people were nice and polite and helpful. On XBL it seemed all people were Adolf Hitler reincarnated. Wait, not all people. What if I created a clan that could attract enough nice people so that I would never lack good people to play Halo 2 with? It started with me and my real life friend, a k a WacoTaqo. I wrote a recruitment letter on Bungie.net Classifields forum and then I also started halowiki.net and had some luck with PR and early recruits of the right kind and well, that was the start.

What meaning does your clan’s name hold?
I’m a Swede. English is a struggle. To me Bob means a good neighbor. One you can count on. One that makes your neighborhood the neighborhood of choice for many people. The kind of person I wanted to recruit to the clan. I’m also a big nostalgic. I have very fond memories of playing the campaign mode of the old Bungie Marathon trilogy. There were BOBs there. Short for Born on Board. They were mostly in the way and causing problems. Much like what I felt like when playing Halo 2 those first months.

How many people call your clan home?
I think something like 200 people do. Maybe more. But maybe 70 or so are active.

How do you go about luring and screening recruits?
We actually have the opposite problem. Growth is a real problem for us since we don’t have a way to keep control of a clan much bigger than the 100-member limit that Halo 2 sets. Recruitments has been set to a full stop for months only to be opened again a few days ago, but we don’t know for how long. Anyway, we do like to try spread our name and our cause. It’s much about creating good content and making a difference so that HBO and Bungie.net mentions us now and then. We want to reach a point when most all online Halo players know about us and know what we are trying to achieve.

What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?
Unique… We have the Code of Bob binding us together. It’s all about respect. We do not care the least bit about skill levels. All we see to is our abilities to stay nice and friendly and show respect to people we play with and/or against. Lots of CoB members try to get better at the game, no doubt. It’s such an awesome game with lots of depth. We show respect by not cheating, not even glitching the least bit. Superjumpers and BXR’s and all those people can look somewhere else for their home. We play the game as it was designed to be played. I think most of us are in love with Bungie for giving us such a great game.

What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?
halowiki.net is our pet project. We work together on making that the number one source for people wanting to improve their game. We also have a clan site that’s supposed to go public some day. Of course we play Halo 2 and other XBox Live games together. And there has also been three real life clan meets. Two big ones, in London and in New York where people have crossed the Atlantic to meet. I just wished I had been able to particpate. But now there will be a new London meet in March and I will try to be there. We also have Brathnok and Sigafoos (Dweezle – Last Friday’s Interviewees) who are full of ideas and surprises and energy. They host Wikiriot which keeps the clan and our supporters in the loop. Any clan wanting to reach a state where it is always growing/developing should make sure to have people like that amongst them. But of course, they do not grow on trees.

What is the best way to get booted from your clan?
Failing to stay excellent. If by best you mean “surest” it would be to start disrespecting people and express racist oppinions and stuff like that. “Errare humanum est” of course. But we have the Code of Bob for a reason. If it proves too hard for someone to follow eventually that someone will be identified as a non-Bob and booted from the clan.

What gametypes does your clan prefer?
Generally lots of Bobs like sniping. And we also like party-games like RUN (a ka Cat ‘n Mouse). Our favourite gametype we learnt from our friends in Zero Commit. It’s Sniper Rifles and Shotties KOTH on Lockout. We still call it “zero vs bobs2” since it was the second game in our challenge against the ZC guys. It’s just a great game type. Since our clan has so many different skill levels it’s extra good because it allows people to grab a role where they can contribute regardless. I’m always the hill monkey.

What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?
Halo 2 multiplayer! But yes, the clan plays lots of Customs and we also get to play challenges now and then. We have this Bob vs Bobs challenge where we have two Bobs playing head to head and a referee who has connection host and also helps writing up about the games afterwards. Great fun.

What is the closest game your clan has had in a Clan Challenge?
I think that was our challenge against Will Clan 4 Food. It ended in a draw actually. It was also one of the most fun gaming nights I have ever had. WCF are such a great bunch. We’ve lost quite a few CoB members to them because they are in some respect better than us. But as the two clans are close friend clans it we keep to play with these stray sheep anyway. =) The challenge against WCF was extra fun because they had this great idea that the first game be played with mixed teams. It was 8 vs 8 with half of each team being from the CoB and the other half from WCF. Then the parties split and played 4vs4 games where we shifted opposing teams. I can truly recommend this style of a challenge.

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Thanks alot PEZ for the info. I highly suggest that anyone reading this take a stop by Halowiki and browse and even register to enjoy more. I am glad I had the chance to profile this group, they are all very nice and cool people. They practice what they preach, respect. Thanks again PEZ, and I will see you on the battlefield.

If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

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