3rd Annual HFFL Halo LAN Recap

Well, this year’s LAN has come and gone. Games were played, prizes awarded, eats were had and everyone walked away with a few goodies as well.

No to be more specific…

This was the first batch of prizes that were sent this year. As you can see they come courtesy of Sprukits, which is a division of Bandai. I’ve reviewed these sets on the blog, so check them out.
Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Master Chief
Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Commander Palmer
Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Spartan Thorne
Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Master Chief (Large sized)
SpruKits Halo Level 2 Spartan Locke Toy Review! EXCLUSIVELY only on HFFL!
Sprukits gifts
A HUGE thanks to those folks! They were generous with their prizes and I want to thank them properly!!!

While I was preparing for the LAN, my bud Zach (@TheHaloArray) was in New York city and snapped this pic of Halo 5 Guardians prominently on display at Toys R Us in Times Square. Looking GREAT!
H5G at TRU in NYC

I received some items from 343. Posters from one of the folks, while another sent me a slew of varied things. Halo 4 Soundtrack, RvB season 12, Forward Unto Dawn Blue Ray, HSC stickers, and more. I filled out the rest of it with some Halo Mega Bloks sets (they didn’t donate anything this year, surprisingly); McFarlane figures, Micro sets, and Avatar figs. as well, my bud Rhythmic Warrior supplied us with his ever cool Pipe Cleaner Red Spartan figures!

(Apologies for the dark pics of the prizes. These were taken by my wife who hadn’t realized she had a dark filter on) HFFL 15 LAN prize set-up 2

Some close ups of the prizes:HFFL 15 LAN prizes close 2HFFL 15 LAN prizes close 1
The drawing in the middle (not posters) of this was not a prize. It was something I was showing. It is actually a signed drawing of the Forward unto Dawn by “Sparth” of 343.
HFFL 15 LAN prize set-up 2
Two of the posters sent were signed by various members of 343. Pretty cool!
HFFL 15 LAN prizes close 5
The Mega Bloks at bottom were not prizes either…just a Custom I was showing. I didn’t have enough room on my display table, so I had to put a few things on the prize table.

The messenger bad was another item sent by 343. VERY cool!!
HFFL 15 LAN prizes close 4

Speaking of the display table, each year, I display Halo merchandise that came out over the previous year, between LANs. Not everything mind you, as that would be a lot. Some things though I bring out again, even it they are new, as they are still pretty cool pieces.

(Again, dark pics by my wife…sorry folks. I was busy with running the LAN. I only got in a few pics myself.)

The Cortana seen here was an April Fools Gag that my wife concocted. She painted it herself. HFFL 15 LAN display 1
Lots of Mega Bloks sets as you can see. The UNSC Firebase at bottom mid to right, is a new set. I’ll be posting a review on that shortly. Zach and I actually built this the night before the LAN. You’ll see pics of that in the review.
HFFL 15 LAN display 2
A little bit better shot of the Scarab. And of course I did a multi-part review for that as well.
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 1 (of 6) The Unboxing
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 2 (of 6) Front Legs
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 3 (of 6) Back Legs
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 4 (of 6) Lower Body
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 5 (of 6) Upper Body
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 6 (of 6) Turret, figures, weapons and the rest
HFFL 15 LAN display 3

We supplied a nice assortment of eats.HFFL 15 LAN eats

Better shot of the sandwich ring. (This is my pic…)HFFL 15 LAN eats4

This is my wife’s soon to be famous ‘Sopapilla Pie”.HFFL 15 LAN eats3

We had a candy bowl as well, if you had a sweet tooth.HFFL 15 LAN eats2Not picture in close-up are a couple of bowls of potato chips and Lasagna!! MMM, that was so good!

This was part of the set-up for the LAN. HFFL 15 LAN set-upLeft to right: Zach, Brandon, Me, Darrn (in green bean bag chair on floor), Pens Halo (aka, the other Sal, LOL).

Everyone brought their XBOX Ones. For those that didn’t bring TVs, we had a few extra around the house. None was left not playing when they wanted to.

The 2nd and 1st place winners of the FFA tourney. Darren (2nd place) and Brandon (1st place). Each got a Mega Bloks Flame Warthog, while Brandon additionally got a Sprukits Master Chief set.HFFL 15 LAN FFA winnersBrandon was the champ last year. The year before that, he came in second place. The guy’s pretty good. I’d like to see him go pro!

Pens and Zach got prizes as well. Pens got a McFarlane Master Chief figure (As seen in Halo Legends) and Zach got the large Master Chief Sprukits set.HFFL 15 LAN FFA winner and LOREZach built his set quickly and sent me a pic. Zach's MC Sprukits build

Here’s what Pens walked away with after the LAN ended:Pens LAN haul
• Master Chief Poster
• Locke Poster
• RvB season 12 Blue Ray
• McFarlane Master Chief figure
• Red Spartan Pipe Cleaner figure
• Halo Mega Bloks: Spartans Palmer and Davis
• Halo mega Bloks blind pack figures (one each from three different series)
• Sprukits button

That’s a good haul, considering the cost to attend was only $10. (Not to mention the food and such.) Folks, you really have got to come out for this. It’s a LOT of fun!!!

In between gaming sessions we ate and ate….In fact, so much so that we actually skipped the usual Primanti’s gathering afterwards. A few folks had to leave early, but that didn’t stop the rest of us from gaming on. As scheduled, the LAN went on until 10pm.

I said my good byes to those leaving then and breathed a sigh of relief that another HFFL LAN was a success. Zach (who was staying for another day) helped me clean up a bit.

The next day, My wife, Zach and I met up with Zach’s girlfriend and one of her friends at Primanti’s Zach’s girl and friend had stayed in NYC to finish out their visit with his GF’s family.

So of course, I had to get one last shot in. (It’s an in joke….)

HFFL 15 LAN Primantis

And with that, the LAN weekend was officially over.

Next year, I want this to be a LOT bigger. I’m going to be contacting other Halo communities to see if they will attend. What I’d like to do is rent out a hall and have Halo communities display their wares as well. Of course a Halo tourney will happen. (God, my dream would be to have an official HCS tourney…but that might be a bit big. Won’t stop me from trying thought). Basically, I want to grow the LAN into a Halo themed convention.

For those who can’t get to PAX East (Bostom), SDCC (San Diego), RTX (Houston), of the main PAX con in Seattle, I’d like to offer them another location, that being right here in Pittsburgh. It’s a lofty goal yes, but one I’m most willing to undertake! It helps that I have nearly 20 years of advertising and marketing experience.

-Sal

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I’ve got tons of experience with Halo gaming and collecting. I feel I have something to offer to the greater Halo fan community. Posts along the way will be about tips and tricks in the games as well as collecting and many more Halo related things. I’ll also repost interesting articles from the official site, Halowaypoint.com, or from fellow Halo fan sites. As I continue this blog, I hope to help gamers who want advice on the games, as well as any collectors with regards to where to find collectibles as well as deals, coupons and so on. You can also follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/HaloFanForLife or Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/halofanforlife11. Welcome to my blog and I hope you’ll come back again and again. -Sal

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