since 1995


since 2019

August 31, 2023 Thursday 08.31.2023

Regarding my news item from August 27, 2023 stating that Dead Orbit, Future War Cult and New Monarchy had been written out of the game.

Not so according to Destiny fans. Arach Jalaal (Dead Orbit) has been cited recently and Dead Orbit items have been sighted in new seasonal areas.

Good news indeed.

Early 2013 pre-release Destiny Faction t-shirts. Wear with pride!

Only $19.95 each back in the day.

Early 2023 pre-release Marathon Faction t-shirts are another story.

Staying on topic... tired of waiting for MarathonTheGame? Then play... Destiny!


What are we waiting for again?

Today's news has been sponsored by Destiny's Story page.

August 30, 2023 Wednesday 08.30.2023

Whatever you do... DO NOT SCAN THIS QR CODE!

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Big shout-out to long-time Marathon fan Wishes for Fishes. One of the first to spot the Marathon 25th Anniversary t-shirt when Bungie first announced their Black Friday sale on November 26, 2019.

Her artwork (above) was to celebrate the new Marathon game announcement. Finally we have Marathon by Balenciaga.

Marathon concept art.

Marathon Is Dior Again.

Don't feel left out guys... you get a choice... Blue Steel or Magnum?

When jokingly asked to convince people not to play her favorite game she wrote:
Do you want to read several novels worth of text? Do you want to wander around bullshit mazes and do bullshit switch puzzles? Do you want the plot of the third game to consume your life forever and be confused for the rest of you life???????

Don't play the Marathon Trilogy.
Consider yourself suitably warned.

This has been a Marathon community shout-out to Wishes for Fishes.

Soffish loves you!

Soffish 3D. Bungie 2011.

Now back to that QR code...

August 29, 2023 Tuesday 08.29.2023

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Traxus time is here!

Put your lipstick on!

We have a date with Traxus and the 14.

You know the score!

Click the puzzle boxes icon.
Open the Traxus Box O' Tricks.
And follow the White Rabbit down.

"Why so serious?"

August 28, 2023 Monday 08.28.2023

Back on August 12, 2023 we reported on an upcoming interview with Marathon legend Doug 'Voice of Bob' Zartman. The interview is now completed and is in the process of being cut edited according to Jeoku. Doug had a lot to say apparently!

At last we may finally get the answers to those burning questions like... "What's his favorite Marathon terminal?"

But the REAL questions Marathon's Story page readers want answered by Doug Zartman are the ones posed by Matt Soell many years ago.

Matt Soell working on a Sunday at Microsoft's new 'Bungie Studios'.

During Halo development Matt Soell wrote a series of weekly Halo updates which raised more questions than answers. In one particular update he asked:
"What's the real reason Joseph keeps a fish named Admiral Tirpitz at his desk? Why do those voices at the beginning of the first mission in Halo sound so eerily familiar? Why is Doug Zartman obsessively reading the Marathon's Story page and looking for a copy of Musashi's Book of Five Rings? Will Marty ever stop screaming?"
Why was Doug Zartman obsessively reading the Marathon's Story page and looking for a copy of Musashi's Book of Five Rings?

Was Doug searching for the answer to "What happens in Marathon Infinity?" and what did he find in the Book of Five Rings?

Hopefully Jeoku's interview will give us the answers we have been looking for.


When Halo was released we got to hear those "eerily familiar"  voices at the start of Halo. One belonged to Doug Zartman. Marty O'Donnell got Doug to voice two lines of dialogue spoken by the crew of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. Only two? Yes, sign of the times at new Bungie.

Unlike Alex Seropian, Marty didn't use pliers on Doug's sensitive parts to achieve that dramatic Marathon delivery. Game development had moved on from the dark ages.

You can hear both of Doug's Halo lines below.

Ah the memories!

August 27, 2023 Sunday 08.27.2023

Bungie's Marathon Community Discussion has been focused on Factions lately.

Which Faction will you choose?

Destiny fans are quick to point out that Destiny originally had Factions.

Indeed even before Destiny was released the lore around each Faction had been revealed. Jonathan Goff and the rest of the Bungie team had been busy priming the pump!

The Future War Cult's newest addition to its Faction line... Conduit F3 Fusion Rifle. (October 2013)

The three main Factions in Destiny were
Dead Orbit  (Democratic Survivalist)
Future War Cult (FWC)  (Paramilitary Spiritualist)
New Monarchy  (Political (Centralist) / Monarchist)
Which Faction did you choose?

In Destiny players could purchase Faction-themed weapons and armor which would identify them as being aligned to that Faction.

In Destiny 2 Faction Rallies were introduced where players would align with one of the three Factions and compete against the others in week-long events hosted once a month.

Eight Faction Rallies were held between September 2017 and July 2018 and then they stopped.

On February 26, 2020 Bungie's Luke Smith announced:
"Lots of folks have been wondering if Faction Rallies will return. We have no plans to bring back Faction Rallies. The reward gear hasn't been used that much, our character cast is growing too large, and crucially, they didn't drive a bunch of engagement with the game."
Dead Orbit, Future War Cult and New Monarchy have subsequently been written out of the game.


Faction Rally statistics reveal that the Future War Cult only won one Faction Rally.

August 26, 2023 Saturday 08.26.2023

Before John Wick there was... Arman

In 1996 the world changed. Well the gaming world anyway. Gaming companies (including Bungie) jumped on the 3D action bandwagon. To fund this extra dimensional work Bungie licensed their Marathon 2 engine to gaming companies who didn't get the memo.

Zombie VR Studios, a Seattle based gaming company, licensed Bungie's engine and developed a game called... ZPC.

In ZPC you play as Arman, last of the Warrior Messiahs, awakened after 400 years in cryogenic sleep you return to your homeworld to rid it from a totalitarian dictatorship.

Released in December 1996, the art style of ZPC was graphic realism, bold, colorful, stylised art.


The artist responsible for giving ZPC its iconic look was Aidan Hughes, perhaps best known for the album covers of industrial band KMFDM.

His art style is similar to Constructivism, where art is used for propaganda and social ideology. Some strong MIDA/UESC/UEG vibes here.

Aidan Hughes recalls working on ZPC at Zombie Studios:
"When I joined Zombie, I imagined my skills would be put to use doing a few texture maps and designing the characters and vehicles. Little did I know I'd also be storyboarding and drawing key-frames for in-game animations, designing multiple maps for every level, knocking out hundreds of objects, banners and icons, creating the merchandise and helping Roland Barker with the soundtrack. Easily the steepest leaning curve of my career."
As recently as 2022 Aidan Hughes revisited the art of ZPC with the iconic Arman.

"People keep asking if I'm back. And I haven't really had an answer.
But now, yeah, I'm thinkin' I'm back!"

August 25, 2023 Friday 08.25.2023

Thanks to all those who pointed out that yesterday's reference to the code phrase 'daedalus' (in the Yoshito Tamura's emails) was a likely Bungie shout out to their earlier PvP game Minotaur.

Yes indeed. Bungie's first foray into PvP only games back in February 1992. The Minotaur tagline famously read:

"Kill your enemies, Kill your friends' enemies, Kill your friends"

Jason Jones shipped each box himself. His first gaming title was... PvP.

In Greek mythology Daedalus was the architect of the Labyrinth that imprisoned the Minotaur, the 'part man part bull' son on King Minos of Crete. The story goes that every seventh year, seven young men and seven young women would enter the Labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur.

In Bungie's game Minotaur seven players fight to survive in the Labyrinth.

The Minotaur has been a regular feature in Bungie's anniversary artwork.

Bungie's 10th anniversary poster by Lorraine McLees (aka mehve).

Bungie's 20th anniversary poster by Ken Taya (aka Enfu).

Minotaur Poster (2011) by David Candland (aka Evil Otto) formerly at Bungie.

What if I told you... everything you know to be true is wrong.

There is no Minotaur in Bungie's Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete.

August 24, 2023 Thursday 08.24.2023

The threads are unravelling at the House of Sekiguchi.

Where is Purchase Order 910853457?
Who is messing up the email addresses?
What is Yoshito Tamura doing out of office at 5 AM?

Thanks again to the Guchi boys (aka The Crazy 77) for their help in translation.

You know the weave.

Smash the puzzle boxes icon.
Open the Sekiguchi Can-O-Worms.
And follow the White Rabbit down.

August 23, 2023 Wednesday 08.23.2023

Came across this retro style Marathon poster by Ryan Keeble.

Marathon Poster by Ryan Keeble on May 26, 2023.

Has a nice grainy aged look to it even though the content is modern. Ryan wrote:
"Safe to say I'm really excited for @MarathonTheGame to release and I made this poster to celebrate the announcement!!"
Check out his other poster work at Poster Spy and on

August 22, 2023 Tuesday 08.22.2023

"The following is from the logs of Bernard Strauss, the Marathon's first science director..."
Marathon.  Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones... (Terminal 1).  December 21, 1994.

Bernard Strauss
Bernhard Strauss
Bernhard H Strauss

But I digress.

Jeoku continues his in-depth playthrough of Marathon with the Alexander Seropian (with slight modifications by Jason Jones) level Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones...,  the fifth level of the Pfhor Chapter.

Sources in the video include:
Off world site.
Jason Jones had this to say about his Vidmaster film back in January 1995 in a usenet post which began... School is now in session. :)

For more information about Jason's Vidmaster skills and Vidmastery check out the The Origin of the Vidmaster Rules section.

Jeoku spends a good deal of his video discussing the logs of Bernhard Strauss and going over the many Strauss/MIDA/Traxus/Durandal theories over the last 30 years or so. A good way to catch up on what is about to come.

But questions still remain. Is Bernhard Strauss dead? What were his plans for Tau Ceti? Was the colony destroyed?

In a singularly important document buried deep in the Marathon ARG there is a singularly important paragraph. It reads:
Understand that ALL DATA the AI has access to must be viewed with suspicion. Blueprints, roadmaps, and all public and private records are likely to have been altered. Rely only on the data resources that you have brought with you.
What if I told you... that Morpheus never said... What if I told you... but yet you believe it.

August 21, 2023 Monday 08.21.2023

Marathon In Destiny Again.

As every 7th grader knows... MIDA, Bernhard Strauss and Battleroids are referred to in Destiny.

Their story is told in the MIDA Mini-Tool lore tab.

Original version.

Their story was also told in a series of "doddles" by Lamb (aka Lambdafallout12) some years ago. Back in May 26, 2021 Lamb wrote on Twitter:
"A lil Marathon/destiny doodle inspired by the description of the MIDA-Mini Tool's Lore Tab."
You can see the first part of the story below (click the images to enlarge):

"2472/11/17 - 4.9°S 0°E AUDIO ONLY: Strauss is gone. Whole sky alight as his ship set off. I might be the last MIDA survivor on Mars.-"

MIDA Survivor by Lamb. (May 26, 2021)

"...Shot the ice this morning. The gun fired a thermal round and then a pellet of water purifier. Came out pure and sweet. Marvelous..."

MIDA Survivor: Martian Water by Lamb. (June 1, 2021)

"...The gun detected teleports yesterday and I had to move camp. Cannot shake the fear that they will send battleroids; even this AI marvel wouldn't save me..."

MIDA Survivor: Battleroids by Lamb. (June 9, 2021)

Check out Lamb's work on DeviantArt. Lamb's art style would nicely fit an edgy MIDA comic series. Just saying.

BOOM panel by Lamb

August 20, 2023 Sunday 08.20.2023

Interesting to note that Bungie are looking for a Lead Gameplay Engineer in AI. The job description reads:
As a Lead Gameplay Engineer in AI at Bungie, you will collaborate with designers and engineers to drive development of the Artificial Intelligence technology that brings Marathon's simulated combatants to life. You will learn how Bungie's AI systems work, you will work within our networked gameplay architecture, and you will help formulate our strategy for building dynamic characters that populate an evolving multiplayer living world.
This is a $200k+ position at Bungie designed to lead a team to enhance the PvE experience in Marathon.

Christopher Barrett (Marathon's Game Director) stated some time ago:
"The heart of Marathon's gameplay experience is PvP but it isn't the entire story. We're building a rich, immersive world that will have ample opportunities for exploration and conflict - both against other players and AI-controlled enemies. Combine that with the different objectives and motivations that players will have for each run, as well as the narrative doors that can be unlocked as players discover things and accomplish tasks, and it creates this really rich palette of gameplay possibilities that will only continue to grow and evolve."
It will interesting to see if Bungie will attempt a 'Corridors of Time' in-game type puzzle which relied on mass community co-operation in Marathon's competitive PvP environment.

August 19, 2023 Saturday 08.19.2023

Happy 8.19 Day!

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of old-school Marathoner and friend, Steve Campbell.

Steve was one of the Marathon greats. Always quick to lend a hand to help new and old Marathon fans. He was instrumental in ensuring sites like the Marathon's Story page stayed running during the difficult times at Marathon Central ( Steve set up and maintained Marathon Midwest as a dedicated server for Marathon files and web pages. This would eventually evolve into Steve would constantly worry that the next storm rolling across Oklahoma would knock out the power and leave fans without their daily dose of Marathon content. A true Marathon Hero. Rest in peace my friend.

Somewhere In The Heavens... Steve Is Playing Marathon.

Deep in the Story page archives I came across an old bio that Steve wrote as a way of introduction to those visiting Marathon Midwest. You can read it here.

In other Marathon news...

Karakter, an award-winning German design studio, announced that they were working with Bungie in imagining a new world, based on their bold, graphic vision for Marathon.

Karakter specialise in designing virtual worlds. You can see examples of their work at their home page, on Instagram, and on ArtStation.

What are we waiting for again?

A Nar privateer hijacked the ship carrying the Marathon t-shirts and now the shirts are on their way to the Vylae Vyella system. What the Vyella will think of the MIDA shirt is anyone's guess.

First contact with humanity!

Bungie Aerospace Corporation were unavailable for comment.

August 18, 2023 Friday 08.18.2023

President People in a Story forum post draws our attention to the similarity between part of the ULTRA MARATHON artwork (yesterday's news item) and a screenshot in the Marathon Collage from September 1994.

He writes:
"Giving the classic TOZT salute from the balcony on Mars Needs Women."
The screenshot was later released as a larger version.

A nice nod from Count of S to the past. Indeed the ULTRA MARATHON artwork appears to be taking place in the main center room of Mars Needs Women.

This center room was appropriately named "Carnage Central" in the leaked Marathon beta but this map annotation was removed in the final release even though annotations like "The Coffin" were retained.

As we all learn in Marathon firing the Tozt.25 Flame Unit (later renamed TOZT-7) at a Hunter is pointless as they are immune to fire. However, we all have to learn the basics at some point.

The Marathon 2 manual had this to say about using napalm.
I don't believe it is necessary for me to state the personality disorders evident in an individual who enjoys, or more accurately revels, in spraying their enemies with flaming napalm aerosol.
Not withstanding this sentiment Bungie went on to use naplam in both Halo and Destiny, albeit in different delivery modes.

As it says in Destiny... "Burn the world. Burn it all."

It remains to be seen if naplam will feature in Marathon... again.

August 17, 2023 Thursday 08.17.2023


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Ultra Marathon by The Count of S posted on June 30, 2023 so that we may never 4GET...

"MJOLNIR Recon 54 is still out there, fighting his way through the Heavens..."

Guns Akimbo. The Double F.  Dual welding Flechette and Fusion. Flesh ripping, flesh melting, bio-organic trauma. Marathon Style!

Concerning the use of fusion weapons, Jonathan Goff (Narrative Lead on Marathon) wrote ten years ago:
"Advancements in directed energy disbursement were gained through dissection of hostile tech gathered in the field. The first implementation of this new technology comes in the form of Fusion Rifles."

Fortune favors the brave, we're told. Bravery, it turns out, is requisite for anyone fortunate enough to wield a Fusion Rifle. "One of the first working prototypes was deemed too unstable for mass production," recalls Goff.

Newer generations of Fusion Rifles have solved some of these problems through slow and painful innovation.

Next generation hardware for killing the bad guys who deserve it.

Charge it up, and let it off the chain.

The Count of S also posted a close-up of part of Ultra Marathon describing it as...

"A VacB.O.B and a regular B.O.B of Marathon's UESC (human) forces."

The Double B Team.  Blast and Burn.

August 16, 2023 Wednesday 08.16.2023

Welcome to the Unified Earth Space Council, the preeminent governing body for human expansion into the stars. Our organization is dedicated to ensuring the continued success of humanity's foray into space through rigorous protocols. diplomacy, and peacekeeping actions.

Shoot to Kill. Roger that.

Today on the Story page we peek into the mind maze of the UESC.
"A system of cells interlinked within cells interlinked within cells interlinked..."
What secrets lie buried beneath those layers of encryption?

You know the drill.

Click the puzzle boxes icon.
Open the UESC box.
And follow the White Rabbit down.

August 15, 2023 Tuesday 08.15.2023

A representative of the group calling themselves Halo Is Marathon (HIM) writes to point out that having ASTRONAV is the difference between the old:
Somewhere In The Heavens... They Are Waiting.
and the new:
In The Heavens... They Are Waiting
However this subtle but important difference will... "go over our heads".

Marathon fans be like...

The group calling themselves Destiny Is Marathon write to point out that MIDA is referenced throughout Destiny. There is:
MIDA Mini-Tool, MIDA Multi-Tool, MIDA Synergy, MIDA Radar, MIDA Tactical, MIDA schematics, MIDA Multi-Tool Catalyst, MIDA Multi-Accessories Bundle, MIDA Multi-Tool and Special Ops, MIDA Multi-Tool and Arctic Survivalist.
There is even a MIDA pin badge.

There is more MIDA in Destiny than in Marathon!

Accordingly Destiny Is Marathon.

Jon Goff was unavailable for comment.

August 14, 2023 Monday 08.14.2023

Thanks to Gopherofdoomies on the Marathon Discord for posting this pic of the NuMarathon look.

The promotional shot was taken out at the Venice Art Walls, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. Right beside where the MIDA graffiti art once stood. Long gone now.

Photograph courtesy of Jon Goff (Narrative Lead on Marathon) May 27, 2023.

Marathon's look is bold and colorful.

Coming soon™... to the Bungie Store!

August 13, 2023 Sunday 08.13.2023

Given that last month saw the release of film No. 7 in the Tom Cruise Mission Impossible franchise it is good to remind ourselves of...

The day Tom Cruise got stuck in Marathon Infinity

No Way!

Yes folks, Tom Cruise is a big Marathon fan and like most of us he got stuck in Marathon Infinity. He's only human after all.

Now the Tom Cruise story goes back a long... long... way and with each telling by fans gets a little longer, more special effects, more twists and turns, so it is good when the person at Bungie who originally took the call from Tom Cruise retells it again after some 20+ years. Resetting the timeline sort of speak.

So here is the story for the 21th century generation told by Doug Zartman (former Bungie PR Director) on the Fourth Curtain Discord on the day Bungie announced Marathon (May 24, 2023)

Now at first Doug thought the call was a prank. He recalls:
It was stunning, we were sure it was a fake.

Then I get on the speakerphone, and what was obviously Tom's voice yelled "Hey Doug! I'm stuck in Marathon Infinity."

At the time he said "I'm on the set of Mission Impossible, cooling off after a day of shooting with your game..."

I couldn't help him, so I called Greg, and it was like 2 AM in NYC for him, the phone rang and rang, he finally picked up, and I'm yelling "Tom Cruise is stuck in your level, what's the fix?"

The trick was a button hidden on the back of a column you would never see unless you fully explored the whole map a dozen times - it was pretty hard to find.
When Doug called back to give Tom the solution he got an aid. Doug recounts:
When I told him the fix, the flunky guy said "give us your address and we'll send you a Mission Impossible bomber jacket." Being the PR guy, I said "that would be great but what would really be great is if the next time you're on Letterman [you mention Marathon]" and the guy screamed "NO ENDORSEMENTS!" and slammed down the phone.
Did Doug ever get the bomber jacket? Doug replied:
I did not.

That episode led to a short-lived effort called "Free Fun for Famous Folks" where I sent games to celebrities in the hope that they would spread the word. The only thing that came out of that was I got a very nice postcard reply from Kim Stanley Robinson, one of my favorite SF authors.
And there you have it.

Of course this will no doubt lead to the inevitable flood of questions (like the last... times).
What level was it?
Which 'impossible' to find column?
What did the switch do?
Was Tom playing on Total Carnage?
Did Tom understand what was going on in Marathon Infinity?
Which Mission Impossible film was it?
But hey! That's Marathon for you.

(circumstances are cyclical)

August 12, 2023 Saturday 08.12.2023

Jeoku drops us a line to say that he will be interviewing Doug Zartman, Bungie's former hitman PR guy during the gory glory years. If you want to ask Doug a question like "Where's my husband's body?" "What's your favourite Marathon terminal?" then send it in to Jeoku on the Fourth Curtain Discord.

Doug Zartman joined Bungie as their first full-time employee in May 1994. Affectionately referred to as No. 1 his job was a combination PR guy/customer support/tech support/order fulfillment/copy editor, etc. By today's standards that's like 700 Bungie jobs including Directors.

He even did HR.  I mean... COME ON!

Thrown in the deep end from day one his real job was to deal with all of Bungie's disgruntled fans. You know... like the man who leaked the Marathon Beta. His body has never been found.

Doug has already started to answer fan questions. For example:

That's right folks. Bungie's 7-Step World Domination Plan is still in effect.

(circumstances are cyclical)

Marathon Is Destiny Again.

August 11, 2023 Friday 08.11.2023

The Fourth Curtain's interview with Marathon's Game Director Christopher Barrett.

Note this is not about Marathon per se but about Christopher Barrett's 'life journey'. From software pirate to working at Bungie (for 23 years). The title of the podcast is "The Marathon Journey of Christopher Barrett".

The interview actually starts here.

The Marathon team at Bungie continues to grow and Bungie itself has grown... "between 1500 to 2000, maybe it's over that...".

Christopher Barrett's second best game of all time is Myth. Find out what his first is.

Eating Ming Choy on the floor at Bungie. Find out more about Bungie's love for the Ming Choy here.

Doug Zartman to appear in Marathon as the Voice of Bob?

Christopher Barrett (Oryx) on Marathon Discord. Time is GMT.

Started working on Destiny in 2007 during Halo 3: ODST.

Christopher describes the aesthetics of Destiny. "How do we make something that is futuristic and sci-fi, and make it feel like it has history."

What happened to the Destiny story and why the single player story is so important for most people.

Christopher's take on marketing Destiny.

Marathon discussion starts here. "Bringing back a beloved IP... and doing it justice."

Shout out to Joseph Cross (Marathon's Art Director). Concept artist on Dune and Ghost in the Shell movies.

Shout out to Scott Taylor (Marathon's Business Manager).

Those tricky fan questions. "What is your favorite Marathon terminal?"

Alexander Seropian asks... "Have you guys called Greg Kirkpatrick at all?"

August 10, 2023 Thursday 08.10.2023

i see  i hear  i know

the dark reflection of ~self
seeping through
my maze of mirrors my circus glass
Double Aught. Blood Tides of Lh'owon.
Marathon Infinity Demo. August 10, 1996

Happy... Marathon Infinity Demo Anniversary.

Yes, folks on this day a long long time ago the Marathon Infinity demo was released.

Unlike the Marathon 2 Win95 Demo Read Me released 10 days earlier the Infinity Demo Read Me did not rewrite the events at Tau Ceti.

Marathon fans breathed a sigh of relief and fired up the Infinity Demo...

On that day of days a new acronym was born... WTFIGO. FIGO for short as most people couldn't get their jaw up fast enough.

The rest they say is history.

The old adage goes... that to understand the Marathon Infinity Demo is to understand Marathon Infinity.

So on this day of days fire up the Marathon Infinity Demo and relive that FIGO moment.

ignorance like selfish solitude
it the opium that dances the eye
it's b-r-i--  an ashen hole
Double Aught. Blood Tides of Lh'owon.
Marathon Infinity Demo. August 10, 1996

Happy... Marathon Infinity Demo Anniversary.


Rumor has it that Bungie, safe in the knowledge that Double Aught's Marathon Infinity scenario would save the day, boxed up the ill-fated Marathon 3 assets and stored them away for safe keeping. To be opened only in a time of dire need.

Somewhere in Iowa...

August 9, 2023 Wednesday 08.09.2023

The above pic is from the cover of the latest edition of Research Features (issue 148). A magazine that helps to communicate science to the wider society. Sadly nothing about Sekiguchi Genetics in this issue even though the cover might suggest otherwise.

Want to be a Runner at Tau Ceti? Well according to MIDA...
Gopherofdoomies on the Marathon 'Lore' Discord points out that ASTRONAV has a special meaning in Bungie's Halo Reach, namely:
UNSC Astronavigation, also known as ASTRONAV, was a branch of the UNSC. It dealt with the creation and maintenance of navigational data, such as the location of human colonies.
He sent in the adjunct pages from Halo Reach novel (2011 "Definitive Edition") which go into detail about ASTRONAV. Hard to find these original pages.

Destiny fans will point out that they don't need no ASTRONAV as they have a gun with an Interplanetary Positioning System and the Encyclopedia Arcana all rolled into one. It's called the MIDA MINI-TOOL.

Original version.

Old school Marathoners be like... I only need to know one thing...

August 8, 2023 Tuesday 08.08.2023


Today is  'Two for the Price of One'  Tuesday.

Follow us as we deep dive into the accounting practices of Sekiguchi Genetics and Traxus Global.

What are they hiding?

You know the drill.

Click the puzzle boxes icon.
Double smash those Sekiguchi and Traxus boxes.
And follow the White Rabbit down.

August 7, 2023 Monday 08.07.2023

Folks still asking about the news item on July 29, 2023. Is the letter real? Is Bungie Aerospace back?

Bungie Aerospace Corporation have never really been gone. They lurk in the shadows... pulling the strings.

Those that got the "Dear John" letter (dated July 28, 2023) can check the address at the bottom.

A similar letter sent on June 20, 2023 had this address.

Bungie Aerospace Corporation are working hard behind the scenes to... Make Marathon Great Again!

After all... YOU ARE DESTINY.

Marathon Is Destiny Again.

August 6, 2023 Sunday 08.06.2023

And now back to Marathon...

Jeoku continues his in-depth playthrough of Marathon with the Reginald Dujour (with cleaning up by Greg Kirkpatrick & Jason Jones) level Two Times Two Equals...,  the fourth level of the Pfhor Chapter.

Sources in the video include:
Green goo... green goo... green goo...

Back in the day it was called Pfhor slime or simply... slime. Check out what Mark Levin had to say about this level and slime... slime... slime...

Always handle green goo/slime with care.

The NuMarathon way!

In the video Jeoku uses the old door trick. Don't we all?

Vidmaster's have a different view. Dive into the mêlée. Endure.


August 5, 2023 Saturday 08.05.2023

New Marathon T-shirt released to coincide with the Gaming Community Expo (GCX) 2023, August 4-5, Orlando, Fl.

RUNЯ shirt. Photograph courtesy of m1k3y60659 on r/marathon. There is nothing on the back.

Looks like MIDA got a hold of this one!

RUNЯ shirt. Photograph courtesy of Leopard @leopardstealth on Twitter .

GCX is an annual event where gamers can hang out with other gamers, play new games and meet their favorite content creators.

Bungie's Andy (Chef) Lunique (Director of Influencer Programs at Bungie) is currently there spreading the good word and talking to folks interested in working with the creator programs at Bungie.
"Whether you're an established creator, just starting your content creation journey, or still deciding what path to take, Bungie invites you to sit and discuss the needs of creators and how to meet them."

Panzacola Theatre. August 4, 2023. 5:15 - 6:45 PM EST

The new Marathon shirt, with the title RUNЯ (aka Runner) with the Bungie 7 mark (7BNG), features Traxus OffWorld Industries and Sekiguchi Genetics from the Marathon ARG as well as new names DUMALOGI (with it's own symbol) and UAS (Universal Apparel System).

UAS also featured on the Marathon hoodie worn by Scott Taylor (General Manager, Marathon) during the Somewhere In The Heavens - ViDoc

The code-like pattern on the Marathon T-shirt is also similar to that found on the CyberAcme Cipher Key Card sent to Content Creators during the Marathon ARG.

From the latest Bungie T-shirt to the very FIRST Bungie T-shirt.

Doug Zartman (Bungie's former Director of Publicity Engineering... aka Social Engineering) posted the following on the Fourth Curtain Discord.
"I have pics of all the Bungie t-shirts I have (which is nearly all of them) - the joke for me was, Bungie was a t-shirt company which also happened to make games."
Some things never change.

But I digress.

A few days later he wrote:
"Dunno if this is the right place for it, but I mentioned I had pics of most of the Bungie T-shirts - here's the first."

In a standard military off white color this is the rarest of the rare. Bungie's first commercial game Operation: Desert Storm (ODS) and their first ever T-shirt... the ODS T-shirt. ODST for short.

Unfortunately there is no ODS Story page so I am posting the ODST here along with other remnants of this long forgotten... game.

If you look closely at Doug's ODST you will see a well hidden code along the front collar. Doug left it there for those to solve in The Fourth Curtain Discord 'codez' channel. Yes, a channel devoted to finding hidden cryptic codes anywhere on the Fourth Curtain, solving them and winning cash prizes!

Update: this one was just solved by Jeoku. You have to be quick to win!

August 4, 2023 Friday 08.04.2023

"From the first round of ammo to the last, it's your choice: Space Hero. Or Space Dust!"
Bungie Software.  Super Marathon.  Pippin @World.  1996.

Few people remember... and some want to forget... that Marathon was the first Bungie game released on a gaming console.

In truth it wasn't marketed as a gaming console but as the first internet/multimedia box for television called... @World. Though most people just called it... Pippin.

Available in the United States from September 1996 it came with a smattering of games including... Super Marathon by Bungie Software.

"Gun it. For all you're worth!"  read the box blurb.  "From the first round of ammo to the last, it's your choice: Space Hero. Or Space Dust!"

In a distinctive neon orange and bitter lime color combination you were encouraged to...
All that was missing was writing your name in the... snow.

Mid-90s marketing at its finest.

Now in the 21th century using 'alien tech' ConcentrateTight4108 on r/marathon recreates the Super Marathon box cover art.

On the subject of mid-90s marketing Doug Zartman (Bungie's former Voice of Bob and all-round PR guy) recently posted the following pic on the Fourth Curtain Discord.

He wrote:

"Was doing a little rummaging...
Don't have a Pippin, guess I'll chuck it.
For more information about Super Marathon then check out the Blasts from the Past section.

For more information about writing your name in the snow then check out what Bungie had to say on the subject.

Today we write our name a little higher.

August 3, 2023 Thursday 08.03.2023

On today's Story page we peel back the layers and unravel the threads that is the House of Sekiguchi.
Who is Yoshito Tamura really working for?
Why do Sekiguchi need to update their floor plans?
What is happening on October 15, 2888?
Thanks again to the Guchi boys (aka The Crazy 77) for their help in translation.

You know the drill.

Click the puzzle boxes icon.
Open the Sekiguchi box.
And follow the White Rabbit down.

August 2, 2023 Wednesday 08.02.2023

When the W'rkncacnter came, Pthia was killed, and Yrro in anger, flung the W'rkncacnter into the sun. The sun burned them, but they swam on its surface.
Marathon 2: Durandal.  Six Thousand Feet Under (Terminal 4).  November 21, 1995.

It's OFFICIAL... NASA reveals the W'rkncacnter in our sun!

Thanks to Iritscen on Marathon Discord for pointing out that NASA posted an interesting 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' yesterday (August 1st) with the title: "Monster Solar Prominence".

The photograph was taken by Mike Wenz, the Lead System Engineer of the Optical Telescope Assembly on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Explaining his photograph Mike writes:
"The monsters that live on the Sun are not like us. They are larger than the Earth and made of gas hotter than in any teapot. They have no eyes, but at times, many tentacles. They float. Usually, they slowly change shape and just fade back onto the Sun over about a month. Sometimes, though, they suddenly explode and unleash energetic particles into the Solar System that can attack the Earth. Pictured is a huge solar prominence imaged almost two weeks ago in the light of hydrogen. Captured by a small telescope in Gilbert, Arizona, USA, the monsteresque plume of gas was held aloft by the ever-present but ever-changing magnetic field near the surface of the Sun. Our active Sun continues to show an unusually high number of prominences, filaments, sunspots, and large active regions as solar maximum approaches in 2025."
2025?  Bungie better get Marathon out soon or... wrefkddud .  ref

The day before the big W'rkncacnter reveal NASA posted a photograph entitled 'Phobos over Mars' .

Apparently Deimos was missing.

Bungie Aerospace were unavailable for comment. 🚀🚀

August 1, 2023 Tuesday 08.01.2023

Folks asking "Is Bungie Aerospace a real thing?"

Yes indeed.  Bungie officially announced Bungie Aerospace on June 30, 2011.

Bungie had in fact been saying it was  "coming soon..."  since May 2010. It even came with its own latin tagline:  PER AUDACIA AD ASTRA.

Bungie Aerospace was originally intended to help independent developers create new games and give them access to the Bungie community to launch their product (you did read the small print when you signed up... right?).

Bungie Aerospace's first official partnership was with Seattle-based developer Harebrained Schemes, helmed by Jordan Weisman, the creative mind behind Halo 2's "I Love Bees" Alternate Reality Game. This dynamic duo launched Crimson: Steam Pirates.

Yes folks, after a decade (2001-2011) of  "coming soon..."  the Bungie team behind Pimps At Sea finally got a pirate game!

Crimson: Steam Pirates was a steamy adventure on the high seas.

Rampancy on the High Seas

Developed for iOS and Android devices it hoisted the flag for future pirate games.

Crimson: Steam Pirates came with a ripping yarn which begins in May 1888.

A thousand years later... in May 2888


MIDA.  ANTI:REV+ issue 4673c.  (Page 34).   May, 2888.

Coming soon... to a Pirate Store near you.  Yarr... o.

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