Before Halo Grifball there was Blood Bawl


So I’ll finally write about this.  I created a mode back in Halo 3 called Halo Football aka Blood Bawl.  I published it to Bungie’s servers on October 7, 2007.  You can see the file here:

Couple people played it.  279 downloads.  64% rating.  Not too bad.

It was basically Grifball before there was Grifball.  Grifball was created on or around December 16th, 2007.

Don’t get me wrong.  I appreciate that someone else (Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth) had the idea and helped shape the iteration that it is in now.  I’m thoroughly enjoying the game type in Halo 5.

So I made four maps for Blood Bawl which are unfortunately not available anymore.  I tried my best to make sizable arenas but it was tough.  I was vehicles for walls.  So imagine players getting into the vehicles, driving off, and basically breaking “the game”.

Anyways, it was fun times.  Wish I had video.

Here are some comments from that time:

• Anonymous User (Deleted)
I have never beta tested anything but i am a frequent halo 3 player and would like to test anyhting that you have to offer.
• 10.11.2007 8:39 AM PDT

• Anonymous User (Deleted)
Yo bro, seems like a very kick ass gametype. Send me a party invite whenever you get a game going, and I’ll send you one if I get one going, which I’m sure I will tonight.

XBL: TheComingCurse
• 10.11.2007 10:15 AM PDT

• Anonymous User (Deleted)
This mode is actually a lot of fun to play once you get over the fact that it’s completely insane! Try hitting the ball carrier in the back to give him a boost so you can score a touchdown, hehe.
• 10.11.2007 2:27 PM PDT

• Anonymous User (Deleted)
My tag is NPlace, this seems like a good gametype. Add me, I’d love to play.
• 10.16.2007 5:42 PM PDT

Original Description:

Master Chief, unable to get his fill of violence after the war is over, decides to create a deadly sports game unlike anything anyone’s ever seen before. With the help of Cortana and Innocent Sharp, he’s created the first arena, Blood Gorge. Now all that is left to do is to find the best and bravest athletes across the Human and Covenant worlds. Are you a normal cry-baby or do you have the biggest (guts) to play this game?

•Blood Bawl is a variation on neutral assault
•Two teams compete to deliver the pigskin (i.e. the bomb) to the touchdown marker
•The only weapons available are the gravity hammer, two starting grenades, your fists (if you have the ball), and your wits
•Each game consists of two 2-minute halves and 1-minute sudden deaths.
•Friendly fire, radar sensors, and motion trackers are OFF
•200% Gravity
•200% Speed Boost
•2X Overshield
•Non-bawl carriers can only be killed by being hit from behind (i.e. assassinated)
•Upon picking up the ball, the player turns gold,
moves at 75% speed,
is no longer invulnerable but gains 300% damage resistance and 25% leech power

Blood Gorge is the first map for this game variant. The arena is located across from the downed pelican on Valhalla. It is surrounded on one side by a giant forerunner wall and on the other by human equipment and various indestructible but broken-down vehicles. It is suitable for medium sized parties (3v3, 4v4, 5v5, and 6v6) but has been made with 16 respawn points for 8v8.

Thanks for your interests. Now go kick some arse!

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