Missing Halsey Journal Pages

File this one under: Transmedia experiment.

(Mr. Long, please note!)

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.46.48 AMYears ago when we were putting together Dr. Halsey’s journal for the LIMITED and LEGENDARY editions of HALO: REACH, I had the idea that Halsey would have done something that went too far (even for her). The pages detailing what she did were ripped out (supposed by Halsey), and the HALO fans that bought the special editions received the journals — with these pages missing by design.

I remember our Art team had to source a company that would be able not only to print the journal to exacting specifications … but then RIP OUT BY HAND those pages (also to exacting parameters!).

At the time, we let slip thought the cracks a few unripped journals into the mix, knowing the fans would find and share the information. I forget the number, but there couldn’t have been more than five.

I thought it would take a few weeks at most for these unripped journals to surface….

OK.  So, I was off by a few orders of magnitude.

Looks like as of yesterday the pages were finally posted.

Enjoy!

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Animated FOR

Just a quick note to say “thanks” for all the congratulations, comments, and questions regarding the animated FALL OF REACH adaption.

Please, however, direct all questions about the series to 343i.

I had absolutely nothing to do with this project. I found out like everyone else when 343i made the general announcement.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

-E

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Waiting for HALO 5

I got more than a dozen requests today that are a variation on: “You know people at 343. Can you please talk to them and get them to turn on my copy of HALO 5 early?”

Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: This is highly unlikely as there are servers and/or other infrastructure that has to be turned on to make this happen, and it’s not on, and it won’t get turned on for both reasons technical and the tens of millions of marketing $$ tied to a specific release day … which is not today.

And more of an answer than you wanted: My pull with 343? You’ve got to be kidding. If I sent them an email on your behalf — they’re just as likely to ban you account!

Have patience. Stay strong HALO fans 🙂

–Eric

 

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Unsung Hero of the HALO Franchise

It’s only fitting as Blue Team makes it’s reappearance in HALO 5, to remind fans that much credit is due someone who has been largely overlooked and forgotten. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Blue Team at all without this guy.

indexIn 2001, Eric Trautmann was part of the team that brokered the deal to create the first HALO novels. He was also my editor on the project, and for anyone who has seen one of my first drafts this is a true Herculean labor (the one with the stables). Most important, however, there was a point when the novels were ordered killed and Eric T saved them.

I was halfway through our crash dive schedule to get the FALL OF REACH out in seven weeks when Eric T tells me…

Eric T: The powers that be don’t want the novel anymore. They’ve ordered it killed. They don’t want a backstory for the Master Chief. They want him to be a blank so gamers can just fit into the avatar.

Me: (choking on my 18th cup of coffee that morning) What!? (panicking) What do we do? I’m halfway through this #*%&(% thing.

Eric T: (annoyingly calm): Don’t worry about it. Keep writing. I have it covered.

Me: How do you have it ‘covered’? I’ve only got three weeks left!

Eric T: Here, have another cupa coffee. Keep typing…

So Eric T went away, and in what I can only characterize as a cross between UN diplomacy and the bargain Vito Corleone made to get Johnny Fontaine out of his original contract (i.e. he made them a deal they couldn’t refuse), like magic the objections just … vanished.

The rest as they say is history: More than a dozen HALO novels out, and 2 million copies sold by yours truly alone.

So, next time you’re entertained by all the HALO fiction out there, please give respects to Mr. Trautmann, and if you’re in the area visit his and his wife’s amazing store in Olympia. (the best comic/card store on the West Coast in my opinion).

Salute.

PS: okay , okay — if you really want to hear about Eric T’s Sillian deal in his own words go here: link.  Click the “direct download.” Halo story starts around 17 minutes.

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Review #500

It’s hard to believe more than 12 years have passed since HALO: FALL OF REACH came out. Today the 500th review for FOR was posted on Amazon.com by “dsamuilov.”

I know the lion’s share of the book’s popularity is due to the attachment to a great game franchise, but it still means so much to me to see fan support like this, even after a decade.

Thank you to everyone who has read the book, and thanks to everyone who has dropped me a note over the years.

–Eric

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