New Halo Toy reviews coming this week!

My wife hooked me up with the first complete wave of Mattel Halo figures. She first got me the Linda figure early August, then surprised me with the rest of the wave for my birthday.

So look for reviews of the following Mattel Halo figures this week:

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As well, the build-a-figure review for the Crawler that you get pieces for from each of the above figures. I should make mention that the Helioskrill fig I’ll be reviewing is NOT the SDCC exclusive, but rather the Mass Release version.

I will also be posting the following Halo Mega Bloks reviews….. Continue reading

I’m back after a much needed break. What’s been happening!

Okay folks, I’m back to blogging full time again.

Quite a bit has happened in the month of August, both for Halo in general and me/HFFL in specific. So let me give a quick run down of topics that I’ll be catching up on from Halo as well as HFFL happenings.

Okay, let’s work backwards from present to the HFFL LAN (August 13/14).

Halo Happenings:

• Anvil’s Legacy Preview: The September Update!
• Loot Crate drops: A look at the Halo Loot Crate. Was it worth it??
• Halo 5 Forge System Requirements for PC: What you need to know, to run Forge on your PC
• Community Action Sack: The many fun (and maybe not so fun) community mini games in the now official Action Sack playlist
• The Halo App for Windows 10 PC: Hmm, what have we here?
• Team Arena Fall Preview: A look at potnetial changes and more for Team Arena.

I will be posting articles on each over the next couple of days to catch up on the official Halo news.

Now to HFFL Happenings. This time I’ll go from the LAN and work to present:

• HFFL 4th Annual LAN: All the events and pics and stories from the Fourth Annual LAN!
• I get a surprising phone call… Might I be moving to Seattle?
• Hopes are dashed. [Redacted]
• It’s a UNYque world. I get to play with a 343 employee. Guess who?
• Achievement Unlocked: Achilles Armor! One step closer to be an ‘actual’ Spartan
• A HALOva Happy Birthday! My Halo haul from my birthday.
• Missed it by THAT much! [Redacted]
• The future and beyond… What the future holds for HFFL as well as my hopes and dreams for it.

Now each of those as well will be articles. All of which will be NEW content that pertains specifically to HFFL!

Now, before I get to all of that, allow me to address my moderte absence from blogging for most of the month of August. Continue reading

HFFL’s Fourth Annual LAN: Schedule of Events

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This weekend on Saturday and Sunday from noon-8pm EST, I will be hosting the FoUrth Annual HFFL LANstravaganza.

Admission: $20 per day or $30 if you attend both days.
Food and soda is included with price of admission. As well as a small door prize, while supplies last.

There will be raffle tix for sale for a mix of Halo Swag. Value is no less than $50 for the prize. Tix are $5 each. Need not be present to win. Continue reading

HFFL Spartan Company Commendations to work on.

Below are the remaining level 3 commendations the HFFL Spartan Company needs to work on to get the Achilles armor.

HFFL Commendations Aug 16 to get

We are getting very close on the top 4 of those. It’s the bottom 3 we need to pay attention to.

I will accept new members until August 16. At that time, new membership will be suspended until such time as we get the Achilles armor. Then I will once again open it up for new members. This is to ensure that people aren’t just joining to get the armor, then leave.

If you want to join, you have 11 days in which to do so. Send a request to join here:

https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/spartan-companies/halofanforlife

There should be a link there for you to sign up. In doing so, you MUST be VERY active. Since we are very close to getting the armor, I will not allow for inactive people to sign up and get the armor for no work towards it. I will be monitoring member activity DAILY. From Aug 16 until we get the armor. New members that join between now and the 16 MUST play at least 20 games within three days (straight). If you cannot maintain this amount of gameplay, you will be removed from the company. Members who are currently in will be monitored for activity but on a different scale as most of those have been members for awhile.

Also, to all of my Lieutenants of the Company, from Aug 16 until we get the Armor, you will be temporarily demoted to member. This is to ensure that we do not get a flux of new members without my knowledge, and more importantly, ones who are not active.

So recruit now!

Fourth Annual HFFL LANstravaganza!

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Every August, I hold a LAN party. This year is no different. In fact, just TWO weeks from tomorrow, I’ll be hosting the FOURTH annual HFFL LAN event.

I had hoped to make this a big event, though that wasn’t in the cards this year. So hopefully next year.

As for the event itself, it will be from noon-8pm EST on August 13 AND 14. The first time the HFFL LAN will be a TWO-DAY event!

This is being held in Pittsburgh, PA. (As it always is, due to this being my home city.) Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Story Vidoc

There is SO much goodness in this video. Take a look then we’ll talk after…

Okay, so what did you think? First off, Blur’s visuals have gotten even BETTER.

Atriox is truly a Brute Commander to be reckoned with! Fighting off 3 Spartans and not even breaking a sweat or breathing heavy? Yeah, uh, we’re in for a fight here!

The updated look for Anders is decent. I like the new AI, though I can’t wait to see what happened to Serena.

Can you imagine being in Cryo for 28 years, then coming out of it to this? Just think about in our own lifetimes how much has happened in 28 years. For instance, if you went into Cryo in 1998, then woke up now? The world has changed DRAMATICALLY in those years. Such it is as well for the crew of the Spirit of Fire.

The story of Halo Wars 2 is really shaping up to be something special in the Halo timeline. I have a bad feeling that ending of Halo Wars to may not bode well for the crew of the Spirit of Fire… Worse still, the UNSC at large.

HCS Pro League EU Summer 2016 Finals Preview

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Over the course of the European Summer 2016 Season in the HCS Pro League, it has seemed like there are almost two divisions: FAB Esports – formally known as U4X – and everyone else. While defending Halo World Champions CLG have gathered the lion’s share of top-contender attention, FAB Esports have in many ways quietly put together the most impressive display of any team in either HCS Pro League region. FAB Esports easily topped the season standings at an undefeated match record of 10-0, losing only four individual games throughout the entire Summer campaign. Meanwhile, the rest of the standings were hotly contested all year, with every other team ending the season each only separated by one match. In the end, it was Infused, XMEN, and Vibe that earned the right to join FAB Esports in the Finals, leaving Dinosaurs and Pulse fighting for their HCS Pro League lives this Saturday in the Relegation Bracket. Here’s how the schedule breaks down for all of this weekend’s action:

WHERE TO WATCH

You can check out all the action from our live studio audience by purchasing tickets here, but if you can’t be there in person, you can catch it all streamed live on Twitch.tv/Halo and Halo.gg. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Brute Chopper Raid

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Mega Bloks Brute Chopper Raid

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: less than 1 hour ( including sorting and building)
Set Piece Count: 221
Minifigures: Brute Captain, Spartan Kat
Accessories: Buildable Bubble Shield, Bubble Shield generator, figure stand, pistol, Brute  Mauler
Special Features: Chopper wheel rolls, pivot chassis
Cost: $21-23 Depending on where you buy it from. I got mine from Amazon.com

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Incinerator Cyclops

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Mega Bloks Incinerator Cyclops

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: less than 45 minutes (sorting and building)
Set Piece Count: 162
Minifigures: UNSC FlameMarine (Halo Wars style, with tan undercut, mostly grey armor(
Weapons: Buildable Flamethrower
Accessories: Buildable Flamethrower for Cyclops, Figure stand
Special Features: Multiple points of articulation. See pics for specific details.
Cost: $17-20 Depending on where you buy it from. I got mine from Amazon.com

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER) Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Strike Cyclops

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Mega Bloks Strike Cyclops

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: less than 45 minutes (sorting and building)
Set Piece Count: 162
Minifigures: UNSC Marine (Halo Wars style, with Black Helmet.
Weapons: Shotgun
Accessories: Buildable Gun for Cyclops
Special Features: Multiple points of articulation. See pics for specific details.
Cost: $17-20 Depending on where you buy it from. I got mine from Amazon.com

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Pro League Tickets on Sale NOW!

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

The HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season is drawing to a dramatic close, as the top Halo teams and players from around the world are competing to etch their names in Halo esports history. All season long, fans across the globe have tuned in to cheer on their favorite squads, and today we’re excited to join our partners at ESL and KCON USA in announcing this opportunity for fans to watch their esports heroes in action live and in person.

In both the North American and European regions, tickets are now on sale to the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Finals, and we’ve got the details on the goodies and the glory up for the taking for those in attendance. Continue reading

7.15.16 Halo 5 HOTFIX!

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

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It’s been just a few short weeks since we dropped Warzone Firefight, Halo 5’s latest and largest free content release. In that time, the community has banded together to battle round after round of alien enemy, taking the fight to Covenant and Promethean opponents alike. Back at the 343 mothership, we’ve been carefully monitoring your feedback and play data in order to continue evolving and improving your Halo 5 experience.

In that vein, earlier today we flipped the switch on a hotfix to improve your experience in both Warzone Firefight as well as on Tidal, our brand new Forge canvas. Let’s take a quick look at what’s been improved with this hotfix update. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC JackRabbit Blitz

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Mega Bloks UNSC JackRabbit Blitz

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: less than 20 minutes (sorting and building)
Set Piece Count: 91
Minifigures: Spartan Douglas-042 (Part of Red Team!)
Weapons: 2X Pistol
Accessories: N/A
Special Features: Wheels spin, roll cage lowers and raises, mini turret pivots/turns
Cost: $10-12 Depending on where you buy it from. I got mine from Amazon.com

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FOUR Halo Mega Bloks reviews incoming!

I just received a small box from Amazon. Providing all the pieces re there, I’ll have 4 NEW Halo Mega Bloks reviews coming. Starting tomorrow and then one more each day for the three days thereafter.

Sets to be reviewed are (all are from the upcoming Halo Wars 2 game):

UNSC Jackrabbit Blitz
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Brute Chopper Raid
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Incinerator Cyclops
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Strike Cyclops
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All made possible by my loving wife who understands my fanaticism with collecting…

Community Update: RTX 2016 Recap

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Welcome back, friends. Since we last spoke, the Warzone Firefight release has reached your consoles, we’ve traveled to the heart of Texas, and we’re now back in the studio preparing for what’s next. Perhaps the “what’s next” list may be of great interest to you.

This week, the Warzone team pushed out an update to fix the “back button” scoreboard and PGCR (post game carnage report) sorting, and they’re also hard at work on further updates to Warzone Firefight. As we speak, teams are looking at all of the data and feedback you’ve generated so far, and evaluating as they work towards future updates for the mode. While we don’t have a final ETA just yet, you can rest assured that work is well underway, and that you’ll be hearing about more details soon. Oh, and fixes for Tidal lighting are being worked on, too.

HFFL: Oh good, regarding Tidal. It takes an inordinate amount of time to bake lighting. If you are going to forge on Tidal, I HIGHLY suggest SAVING your game before baking lighting. The game can lag out before doing so. It’s happened to me and a few others I know of. 

We’ve been thrilled about the incredible amount of new players who jumped into Halo 5 during the free play period, and hope many of you stick around (one of us! one of us!). As we mentioned last night, we’ve also been ecstatic to see the number of monthly Halo 5 players increasing month over month over the past few months. This is pretty special to see, and I’m looking forward to plenty more gaming with you this summer. Speaking of, we’ve seen many inquiries about what’s to come for Halo 5. We’re glad you’re asking. While you won’t be seeing updates every month moving forward, nor updates the size of the Warzone Firefight release, we’re happy to let you know that there’s still more on the way. Things we have yet to talk about or discuss. Things that I have seen, and I think you will like. These and more are in the works, so in short, there is indeed more to come. Rest easy.

HFFL: Cool. Glad to know there is more on the way. We’ve gotten plenty already. More than enough, IMO. SO anything from this point forward is a huge heap of icing on the cake, so-to-speak.

Next up, let’s catch up on a few different topics, starting with RTX and the cool things we brought there. Grim’s got the details.

RTX 2016

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