Read on as we summarize what Brannon's been saying.
Friday, March 28th, 2003
...life for the last couple of days has been consumed by Halo: The Flood. My task is to scrub the novel for facts that need to be added into the Halo Story Bible, and then to create the new material (background for new characters, for example). I spent about an hour yesterday pulling the names, ranks, and positions of all the Marine officers out of the book, and arranging them into the org chart for the marine contingent on the Pillar of Autumn.
There are a lot of great new characters in the book, and also expansion of some facets of the setting, so I have a bunch of territory to develop. It covers lots of stuff that's only hinted at in the game - much like the novelization of a film covers events that happened off screen - and also fills in more of the background for the Halo universe. Many of the things I wondered about when playing through the game get directly addressed. The fanboy in me is really gratified :-)
I wish I'd brought my copy of the actual novel home from the office so I could take a MPG of me dancing gleefully around holding my copy (which won't be in stores till April 1st). Unfortunately, I only have my printout in a black notebook, because it lies flat open on my desk that way, which is a lot easier to work with.
A funny thing: almost everyone I know is in the game industry, or doesn't care about games, so none of the stuff I do is a big deal to the people in my direct circle. I don't have any friends who are really impressed that I have the Halo novel long before release, or that I've already got a good idea what's going to happen in the next one, or that I've had the prototype action figures in my hands. I have to keep reminding myself how special the stuff I do is, and how cool it is that I get to do it.
Thanks to Eric for slapping me on the back of the head and making me think about that.
I'll talk more about the book after it comes out - y'know, when it won't get me fired :-) I suspect the HBO Forum will be very busy April 2nd!...
Sunday, March 30th, 2003
Charged through my summarizing work on Halo: The Flood and got through half of Chapter 8. My goal for yesterday was only to get through Chapter 4, so I'm ahead of the game.
That leaves me more time for the extras I'd like to squeeze in, like doing a lot of history on the new characters, more on the ODST "Helljumper" Marines (which Eric will surely want to work on as well), updates to the current characters to explain what's changed after the latest events, and some revisions to the technology sections based on decisions we've made in the course of development. Some of my initial work on AI, for example, needs to be updated based on the things we've now seen AI systems do.
I suppose I'll need to do an update on my write-up for MJOLNIR too. I'm pretty sure Eric will want to handle the new weapons, since that's more his bag than mine, so I'm off the hook for that. I'm really glad to be able to do this, because I've lately become dissatisfied with some of that material, and I've wanted the chance to have another whack at it...
Keep up the good work Brannon and keep us in the loop.Posted by poenadare at April 4, 2003 7:07 AM