As a preamble, let me apologise for the lack of reviews in the month of December, and the majority of November. We’ve been waiting on reviews from two naturally very busy Bungie employees, and we are very happy to announce that we have had one returned from the musical maestro, [url=/Inside/MeetTheTeam.aspx?Person=odonnell]Marty O’Donnell[/url]. If you’d prefer to skip the usual drivel, you can skip to the second post and read it immediately. Otherwise, the Week in Review follows. For a start, the Bungie.net [url=/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5369927]Art Contest[/url] (as derived by [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=13968]Excalibur[/url]) has come to a close. After a month and a half of accepting top-draw entries (judging by those on public display), the judges ([url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=1064982]Butane123[/url], [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=454515]ODST1125[/url] and [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=125218]GodsProphet[/url]) are finally narrowing them down and will soon announce the winner and runners-up, who will receive prizes from the sponsor ([url]http://www.bungiefansonline.com[/url]). Good luck to all those who entered, and if you wanted to but didn’t get chance – the opportunity will arise again later in the year, so don’t fret. Another community competition (again hosted by BFO, in conjunction with [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=356854]sir_brilliant[/url]’s [url=/fanclub/officiafanficgroup/GroupHome.aspx]FanFic Group[/url]) drawing to a close is the [url=/News/Story.aspx?link=199F2658-CE71-4749-B8CD-5236E8C03B72]FanFiction Contest[/url]. It’s all over on the 20th, so read up, get writing and get submitting. Prizes are also available for the winners/runners up of each category (all from the [url=http://www.bungiestore.com]Bungie store[/url]), so it’s worth making the best effort you can. Once more, the best of luck to all participants, and a big thanks to [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=219812]snowmanaxt[/url] for volunteering to purchase and distribute the prizes (as well as for maintaining BFO). As of late, the Flood has received a tightening up on the rules. In case you haven’t already, you should check out the [url=/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=92401]updates to the Flood rules[/url] (and maybe read the rules themselves!) to make sure you know what still goes. Something that may not catch your eye is also the general policy that moderators will ban not only trolls, but also those who respond. Be careful if you don’t want to depart on bad terms with the banhammer. On a lighter note, [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=76974]Kritz[/url] and [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=116591]kd5shw[/url] have collaborated to proudly present [url=/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5824112]the Flood RPG[/url] to all Bnet users. What is it? Basically an online role-playing game where you can interact with other users of the website. It’s still basic, but certainly has potential, and if you’re up for an alternative way to pass a few hours, it’s worth your while. They’re not the only members hard at work in the realms of programming, as [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=2426]littlerat[/url] puts your Bungie.net knowledge to the test in his [url=/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5849868]commitment test[/url] – come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough! Also lurking around will be various beauty contest threads, allowing you to judge play-offs between the mugs of community members. If it floats your boat, vote and you could help to make somebody’s ego that little bit bigger. Moving on to the Septagon, [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=104]stosh[/url] posted that the [url=http://www.mozilla.com]FireFox[/url] extension [url=/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5813453]Yakalike[/url] allows users on the same website to chat to each other. Unfortunately, we say goodbye to two of Bungie.net’s earlier moderators, [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=76]Reiginko[/url] and Sigma. The former decided to resign; the latter, after a long period of inactivity, had his account automatically deleted by the system. Their contributions will be missed, as well as their notable wit and charm. Happy hunting to the both of them, whatever course their life may take. On the subject of Bnet leavers, I’d like to point out that there is no official confirmation on whether the return of yeroen is/was a hoax – it appears his “new” profile has been deleted, but more on this as it develops. Please don’t make any wild assumptions. As far as new people go, let’s all give a warm welcome to the Bungie employee [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=1163243]Kuniklo[/url]. His mysterious project is already underway, and details are scarce. Who is he? What does he do? Nobody knows, but spamming his inbox isn’t likely to help either. Not that anyone would do that, right? Chapter of the week goes to [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=7162]impurity[/url]’s [url=/fanclub/1571/Group/GroupHome.aspx]Elite of Elite[/url] – big things are coming to the madhouse, and the half-crazed drunkard at the helm maintains a fun and entertaining atmosphere for all. You should certainly check it out if you just love Halo 2 and want to discuss/play it with other fanatics. Don’t mind the jerks, though. Being shut away from the rest of the world for so long can play terrible tricks on the mind. And with that, I’ll sign off and leave you with the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the Marty interview. 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1/15/2006 5:33:32 PM Permalink[quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Psyched Chapter of the week goes to [url=/Account/Profile.aspx?memberID=7162]impurity[/url]’s [url=/fanclub/1571/Group/GroupHome.aspx]Elite of Elite[/url] – big things are coming to the madhouse, and the half-crazed drunkard at the helm maintains a fun and entertaining atmosphere for all. You should certainly check it out if you just love Halo 2 and want to discuss/play it with other fanatics. Don’t mind the jerks, though. Being shut away from the rest of the world for so long can play terrible tricks on the mind.[/quote] Heh, we're not jerks we're....[i]trails off[/i] Good review, I'm surprised Marty actually answered that many questions. And, I'm going to say that the Myth and Halo:CE music was the best, in my opinion.