April 4, 2003

Halo Bible Updates

Halo Bible UpdatesAccording to his journal, Brannon Boren has been hard at work updating the Halo story bible and, rightfully, celebrating the release of Halo: The Flood.

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

Keep putting updates! (if the hippo will allow)

Posted by: logan on May 23, 2003 3:10 PM

donnie darko is shit

Posted by: adolf on June 19, 2003 5:05 AM

will they release this to the public

Posted by: me on August 8, 2003 7:14 PM

Dude, great idea, but I hope the bible will have a few illustrations!!!
Its good to see other fans helping to expand the Halo universe, but try to keep within 'the guidelines'. So you dont make to many mistakes in the history, and motive of Halo, and human-kind.
It'll be interesting to watch the fan base grow. Infecting the minds of both gamers, and non-gamers, like the blood parasite which is 'the flood'.
You have a task infront of you, and I bid you good luck. As an Artist and a KEEN Halo fan, I intend to look out for details, and correct facts. Be sure to keep your own fanbase at heart, without them...

Posted by: Mazzepa on December 21, 2003 7:29 PM

Where can i buy this?

Posted by: Greg on March 27, 2004 5:14 PM

As long as this doesn't put Halo to a bad name, this is great.

Posted by: Major Martinson on April 18, 2004 8:06 AM

I love Donnie Darko!!!
He is cute and sexy!!!

Posted by: laura on June 2, 2004 7:47 AM

Will this be oput to be bought

I hope so cause i will buy it opening day.

If it is do you know approximatly when it will be released?

please email me with further information.


Posted by: Eric on June 30, 2004 9:19 PM

Yeah, will there be a Halo Bible? I have heard that it is only given to Bungie Employees.

Posted by: Seth on November 12, 2004 5:26 PM

what exactly is this HALO bible? where can I get my hands on it?

Posted by: Tim on November 29, 2004 12:42 PM

I have the Halo Timeline, which is too big to put down, so if you want me to send it to you, then you can email me, and i will send it to you over MSN, AIM, or as an Attachment.

AIM: AG D John 117
MSN: master_chief_117_@hotmail.com

Posted by: Richard on January 3, 2005 3:29 PM

here's my halo's ten commandment:

thou shall have no other video game before halo
thou shall worship none but the MC
thou shall not use the MC name in vain
remember the last day on reach, keep it holy
honor the sarge and ur captain
thou shall kill on sight
thou shall not connive with covie bastards
thou shall not bear false witness to cortana
thou shall not covet thy fellow marine's properties...jk, take wutever u want

Posted by: mmmd on January 3, 2005 7:51 PM

i just realized it dont show ur email but be free to send comments to: mikeyistighty@gamail.com

Posted by: mmmd on January 3, 2005 7:53 PM

DAMN TYPO that's gmail.com not gamail

Posted by: mmmd on January 3, 2005 7:57 PM

gmail.com not gamail

Posted by: mmmd on January 3, 2005 8:02 PM

hhmmm..I sent the timeline to you, but i am not sure if it will be accessable, as it did not finish uploading..after 5 minutes, but whe ni clicked send, it still said Halo Timeline as the attachment.

Posted by: Richard on January 4, 2005 7:41 AM

When can one hope to see this beauty?

Posted by: Sir Majestic on June 27, 2005 12:58 AM
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