HFFL’s 4 Annual LAN Recap!

Whew, apologies for the late recap on this.

As you may know, I hold a yearly LAN. This year’s was on the weekend of August 13, 14. However, for me, things started rolling on the 11th. So this is where I’ll start the recap.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
My first LAN attendee arrived this day. We call him by his nickname, ‘Dij’. I consider him one of my best friends, not just through XBOX/Halo, but in life. He decided to come up a couple days early and arrived in the early evening.  This was not only save on airfare but to get in some other activities. So the first thing we did after I picked him up from the airport was to stop at the Pittsburgh famous Primanti Bros.

There we each got one of their huge sandwiches. Pictured below is one from the LAN weekend a couple years ago. It has your choice of meat, cheese, fries, tomato and coleslaw. Now, for those of you who have never had, believe me, this WORKS! I’m not a fan of most coleslaw, but Primanti’s has the best slaw I’ve ever had. I always encourage anyone who’s never had a Primanti’s to have a bite or two as it normally is, then decide to take off whatever they may not like. Most people find out that it’s really good as delievered.

Friday Primantis

After this we headed over to Toys R Us, where Dij bought the newly released Mega Bloks Kubros Master Chief figure. (I”ll have my toy review of that set soon.)

Then we headed to my place to relax for the rest of the night.

Friday, August 12, 2016
We proceeded to start with some of the set-up for the LAN. Dij was getting the extra XBOX One updated, while I brought up my TV and XBOX set-up from my ‘man-cave’ in the basement.
Much of the stuff I wanted to have out for display had already been set-up before Dij even got into town, so there wasn’t a ton left to do.

After what seemed like quite a bit of time updating the other XB1, we were set-up to start gaming, or so we thought. Turns out the other XBOX, the one I eventually got from MS after 4 months of trying to get back my original after it was lost in the mail, had a defective disc drive… Thankfully, I actually had yet another XB1. This one was the one Dij and friends had pulled together to get me when I was having those issues with MS/XB last year (unbeknownst to me). He got that one up and running and we gamed for several hours.

My wife made a great Chicken Pesto with Pasta dinner, then we gamed the rest of the night.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Finally the first day of the 4th Annual LAN was here!

We had to cancel p[lans for the tatoo session as the tatoo shop made a switch in personnel and didn’t have staff for us. Meh, no worries…

12:30pm Folks start to arrive! Pens_Halo brought pizza from his dad’s restaurant, always a hit! We had folks form all over the U.S. Texas, Colorado, and New Jersey for example, not to mention of course several from right here in Pittsburgh, PA.

1pm Set-up is finished and we’re ready to start gaming. We played both BTB and a little bit of customs until lunch time. Above shows only a portion of the set-up. There was MORE! Continue reading

Going through a bit of a rough spell folks.

Apologies for not posting as I said I would. Life is a bit rough for me at present. So that’s taking precedent over blogging.

I ask for your patience. I have PLENTY to post, I just need to take care of a couple things first.

With deep humility and respect to you my readers,

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:


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!

hffl for sal

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

Been busy with Firefight, how about you?

I’ve been playing so much Warzone Firefight and Forging that I’ve not posted on the blog for almost a week…apologies…

At any rate, Firefight has been such a grand time. If you haven’t played it, you NEED to. If you’ve only played a little, get back in there and shoot up some Covies and Prometheans!

I’ll get some articles out later today (Thursday).

I have planned a fan interview, some Halo Mega Bloks news, and of course Halo 5 news.

Thanks for sticking with me folks. It continues to be my honor to bring you news from around the Haloverse/Domain!

HFFL Spartan Company Commendations as of 6-7-16

We’re getting much closer to unlocking the Achilles Armor!

The graphic below shows our Spartan Company Commendation progress as of this writing (6-7-16). I took the liberty adding the bigger numbers to highlight where we’re at and which one we need to focus on.

The level 3 commendations are the most important to get to the next level as that means we will have unlocked the Achilles armor.

SparComp Commendations 6-7-16 v3 Continue reading

Still down for the count…

Well, I had planned to have an article today on the Phaeton Helios. I got some work done on the graphics, but my back couldn’t take sitting that way for too long.

Pas you may have read yesterday, I hurt my back. Looks like I’m going to need another day. grrrr…

Hang with me folks, normal blogging to resume shortly.

New articles coming tomorrow!

I’d have had these up today, however, I sprained my back gardening…

Anyway, tomorrow, I plan to have an article on the Phaeton Helios, that was just released in the Momories of Reach update.

May also have something for Halo 5’s campaign.That one depends on how much better I feel tomorrow.


Im looking for a few great Halo fans to help here at HFFL!

Want to be a part of a Halo Community? Want to help make it grow? HaloFanForLife.com could use your help.

I’m looking for:

  • Talented video editors (Youtube) to help make videos for HFFL. These would include gameplay, news, reviews, and more.
  • Are you a writer? I’m looking for at least two people to write articles for HFFL. Specifically, I need someone who is heavily in tune with Halo eSports. If selected, you would be responsible covering all of the Halo Championship series tournaments. This doesn’t mean you need to go to them. Rather, you would need to post up to date brackets, commentaries on pro gameplay and such. As well, if there are any major roster changes for the popular pro teams you would be expected to report on that. Again, this will require someone who knows the pro scene well, not just someone who is casually interested.
  • Forge specialist. This position will require a person with extensive knowledge of Halo’s Forge.
  • Web Design. Specifically, I’m looking for someone who can design a great Forum. As I don’t want to have to pay for another site, you will need to be versed in how to build Forums using some form of free forum service. Continue reading

HFFL’s Official Halo 5 Spartan Company: Progress towards Achilles Armor!

Folks, if you still have not joined a Spartan Company or are unhappy with the one you’re in for whatever reason, consider joining HFFL’s Spartan Company.

We’ve just recently gone over 50 members of the 100 member limit cap.

HFFL SparCom member size

As well, we are progressing nicely towards the Achilles Armor that is exclusive to only those persons who have joined a Spartan Company AND have completed level 3 in ALL company Kill Commendations. The Helmet is achieved by completing level 5 of all kill commendations. Continue reading

HFFL is now streaming on Twitch!

I’ve finally decided to start streaming Halo. Been doing this for about a week now. From now on, my plans are to stream every time I’m playing Halo.

To check out the stream, go to twitch.tv/halofanforlife.

I mostly play ion the evenings Eastern Standard Time.

As for the chat during the stream, I likely won’t be able to respond to that so quickly as I”m using an iPad to view it while gaming. The text is tiny, so it’s a bit hard for me to read it. I’ll do my best until a better option is made available though. If you chat via XBOX’s Twitch app, I won’t be able to see that at all as I don’t like having apps snapped. It takes up too much of the screen for my tastes.

I’m back (with an explanation)

Wow, it’s been nearly a month since a post has been put up. There are reasons for that though.

It started off with me downloading an update for WordPress. Along with that, I had been looking into changing a little bit of the look to the blog. That required me changing some code…. That is where things went wrong….

The update for one really slowed things down for me on the backend of the site. It was taking forever to upload graphics for example.

The big issue came though when I went to change just a few lines of code. I thought I had the right code and in the right place. Nope…. This in effect not only halted me being able to post, but actually shut me out of my site for about 2 weeks. I tried desperately to get help from WordPress and was given so many different answers that I didn’t know which was right or not.

I called up my hosting service and after talking with 6 people finally found someone who was versed in WordPress. He was able to help me get back into my site. For those of you following me on Twitter, you may have seen my post that said blogging would be back to normal. Well, I thought it would have been then… That didn’t happen as planned. I still needed to fix coding. Yikes, this got very frustrating.

Thankfully, over the weekend, I finally got things straight. Had another update to do and was a bit apprehensive about doing that, but I did. So now things are working and I can post again.

My sincere apologies for those of you who look to HFFL for your Halo news. One lesson I’ve learned is to NOT change code.

Anyway, now that things are good, I’m going to be playing catch up for the last month’s worth of Halo news. So forgive me if you’ve already read those bits of news elsewhere.