Halo: Outpost Discovery
Our first event was an absolute blast! It was filled with fans of all ages and all different walks of life, incredible panels (You might not know this, but Steve Downes and Jen Taylor are quite the duo), unbelievable Spartan cosplayers, so much Halo content it's actually absurd, and plenty of learnings.
While down there I had the opportunity to participate in the first entirely in-person Community Playdate. Over the course of the weekend, ske7ch and Bravo narrated hour-long showdowns between me and my fellow Xbox/343 employees, Major Nelson, Frankie, Grim, and our teams comprised of community members from the audience. Friday was special because I went against Major Nelson while WWE star, Adam Cole, and LateNightGaming joined my side of the stage and we went undefeated in various Halo 5 minigames. Saturday and Sunday were also quite memorable with matches against Frankie and Grim (and his entire family) – both of which did not end well for them, though Frank's squad put up a good fight.
Regardless of my own good times though, we were actively monitoring the event so that we could improve things every minute, hour, and day we were there. Rather than shy away from your feedback on the first day or two, we embraced it so that we could improve in areas such as line management, autograph sessions, and more. Our partners in Halo: Outpost Discovery, Herschend Live, jumped on all of this feedback with us and helped bring about plenty of notable changes, which have since carried over to Philadelphia and will certainly make their way to the other cities.
We landed in the city of brotherly love just in time to be greeted with a record-breaking heat wave and could only combat it with cool, convention center air and lots of water. That said, our teams handled it like champions and worked to ensure this event would go smoothly, and it showed. We could immediately see the impact the changes had, and allowed for a better Halo experience for everyone. To show you what the event was like from a fan perspective, you can check out UberNick's new vlog covering his trip from Northern Ireland to Philadelphia just for Halo.
If I can be completely honest Philadelphia feels like a blur, which probably just means I was having fun the whole time – or that I ate too many Philly Cheesesteaks – but I can't wait for us to head to Chicago next weekend and do it all again... but with deep dish pizzas.
Chicago, Houston, & Anaheim
Since this is a traveling attraction, we're always on the the move. In fact, our Chicago stop is taking place just next Friday, which means we've got team members already packing their suitcases so that they can prepare to drop in and get everything ready for you.
If you'd like to join us and experience the Halo universe in a new way with fellow fans, here are our upcoming Halo: Outpost Discovery events!
We look forward to seeing you at one of these cities, but if you can't make it out I encourage you to follow the fun on the official @HaloOutpost accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Mixer!