1. Lesson 25: Investment

      written by Ray Benefield
      So I've missed a few post in the last couple weeks. So sue me. :P Reach is awesome. I'm busy making you guys some great things to play for months or even years to come. I'm still giving you these forge lessons ain't I? Speaking of Reach content, if you have not been paying attention I have released two fun gametype sets for your enjoyment (they even have videos): Conquest and Flatline. I just got a solid prototype of my next big standard gametype (called Halo Tactics) and my first official competitive map, Double Helix, is almost ready for playtesting. Stay tuned in the future for how you can join in on the playtesting fun to offer your feedback on how to improve them. Do you think ReachingPerfection's content (Forge Lessons, Maps, Gametypes, soon to be guides, etc) is worthy of the rest of the Halo Community then hit up my fileshare, as well as your own, and start tagging things with the ReachingPerfection tag. You can even copy your favorites to your fileshare. Enjoy today's lesson as I slowly dive deeper into the art of advertising. Next lesson is Wednesday/Thursday. Laterz peepz.

      Do you have a great map that you designed that got very little attention way back in the day? How about that crazy little prototype layout that you threw together a couple months ago? Do you have goals of being an iconic figure in the level design world and having everyone enjoy your content? Then everything that you worked on will not go to waste. Quite the opposite, everything you make is crucial to your success in the future. Every little thing you do is an investment towards your goals of being a great level designer.

      Every little thing matters

      So what exactly is it you are investing? Well any content you make is an investment. Every person that you talk to is an investment. Every minute of every day is an investment in your future. One step leads to another and you are who you are today because of what you have done in your past. Do you want to make that “you” of today famous? Then you have to start thinking in terms of what you did to get to where you are and what you need to do to get to where you want to be. You remember that kid you helped back on Halo 3, Farcry, Unreal, etc? He could be the key to your success. He could be the person that tells Bungie’s Halo: Reach executive producer that your material is worth looking at. You remember that map you made 3 years ago that you thought didn’t get enough attention? Well that may be the map that tells that executive producer that you need to be working on their next game or future downloadable content. Everything is important… including those 10 minutes you spent helping a new level designer with their first map. That new designer may become your next big follower that gets you that lucky break.

      Time efficiency

      So now you know that everything you do matters. But now you need to start figuring out and deciding what your best courses of action are. Is building your map more important than helping your new friend with his map? Is responding to a private message for help worth more than trolling the forums? Is taking the time to respond to someone’s thread about their map a better investment than posting your own map in a thread? You want my opinion? Take the least selfish route. Remember the mention of learning to be selfless for advertising purposes and how you are only good to people for what you can provide for them? Well mix that with the concept of investment. That person you just sacrificed your time for just so happens to be best friends with some big shot… who knew? Sometimes you can only do so much for yourself and you need the help of others which is why investing in being helpful and selfless to others will benefit you the most. Trust me on the sunscreen.

      Time is money

      Time is money. Giving your time to others is just as or more valuable than giving those people your money. And some will see it as that and be very grateful. Giving that hour of your time to teach them to fish instead of paying $10 for a meal at Applebee’s will definitely be worth more to them in the long run. Use that never ending cash flow that we call time to your advantage. You never know when one of your selfless investments will pay off and win you the lottery.


      IxFlashPointxI said...

      Nice lesson Godly.

      DriedMoss said...


      "If I could provide you only one tip for the future, Sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientist, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience." -Wear Sunscreen.

      I like that.