April 21st, 2015

Battle Royale. The Extreme Survival Championship. 36 players enter an ever shrinking battlefield with nothing but the clothes on their backs searching long abandoned towns, settlements, and military complexes for the loot that might allow them to reach the final few.

This ARMA 3 Mod is what The Gunslingers’ small PC contingent has been playing the past many weeks. That ARMA platform may be a little obtuse and clumsy at times, but it’s sandbox platform allows for some truly unique and incredibly fun gaming experiences like those of Battle Royale. We’d like to share some of those with you.

Sometimes you’ve got to track your prey through the forest:

Plans can change when things get personal:

And very rarely, you might even make it to those final heart-pounding moments:

Join us on our forum if you’d like to see more.

December 8th, 2014
TTL Cozmo23

Operation Vanguard

Eight long months ago myself and twenty three other Gunslingers from three continents descended on Seattle, Washington. We arrived under the guise of visiting friends, attending Comic Con, or whatever reason we could come up with to explain to friends and family inquiring about why we were flying across the country, or in some cases, the planet. Why the need for secrecy? Our mission was different than usual. In the past we have mobilized in large numbers to travel to LAN events. That however, was more of a social endeavour. We always look forward to sharing beers with fellow clanmates, but we had a clear purpose for making this trip to the west coast. Bungie had called on us to act as crash test dummies in their most diabolic creation… Destiny’s first Raid.

We had to guard three plates to open the door.

We had to guard three plates to open the door.

Would you like to know more?

November 25th, 2014

TTL Plays! is back to bring you a look at one of my most favorite games we’ve played in recent memory, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. A game where reach and swing speed replace more familiar considerations like bullet range and reload time, and where you’ll spend your time debating whether to attempt to crush your opponent in one blow with an overhand smash or whether your weapon might be better suited to hitting them with a variety of quick stabs.

Watch as TTL Cute, TTL Cozmo23, and TTL Pony wrap their heads around some of their first forays into first person medieval melee combat.

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Join us on our forum if you’d like to share some of your own medieval war stories.

November 20th, 2014

Last week, 343 Industries released Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the latest title in the Halo series, and it’s a big one.

Jam-packed with Halo content, the game includes Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, and over 100 multiplayer maps from the four games.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Halo 2’s campaign has been remastered with brand new graphics, music, and sound effects.  The cinematics have been completely redone in spectacular fashion.  And six Halo 2 multiplayer maps have received a graphical make-over along with added interactive elements.  (Don’t worry, the originals are still there, too!)Halo 2 Anniversary: Stonetown

Halo 1’s campaign includes the remastered graphics featured in Halo: CE Anniversary.  Halo 3 and 4 remain largely untouched, but all four games benefit from an increase to 1080p resolution and 60 frames/second.

Add to this a brand new Forge mode, complete with scripting, switches, precision placement and rotation, snapping, terrain objects, and a performance meter, and you have a recipe for an unparalleled amount of creativity for custom games.

And to top it all off, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes a whopping 450 achievements.  Yes, you read that right.

Having unlocked all the achievements in all eight Halo games, I am both excited and overwhelmed.  When I was interviewed earlier this year by Jessica Shea (AKA bs angel) at 343i about completing all the achievements, she promised they had more in store.  Looking back, I don’t think I realized at the time what I’ve gotten myself into.


Halo is responsible for much of the Gunslingers’ history.  Our clan was forged on the battlefields of Halo 2.  Skirmishes long past still live on in our war stories.  The journey to the Dark Tower of Relic.  Fighting the Battle of Terminal.

Many TTL traditions find their origins in Halo.  Operation: Sweet Jumps.  ‘Nade the Hog.  The occasional friendly round of betrayals.

Even our name “Tied The Leader” is an homage to Halo’s multiplayer announcer.

One thing’s for sure, the Gunslingers are prepped and ready for action.  Our Battle Rifles are loaded and our Warthogs’ engines are running.  You can find us in matchmaking, doing what we’ve done since Tied The Leader was founded.

After all, We Deal In Lead.

Join us on our forum to share your favorite war stories and what you’re most excited about in the Master Chief Collection.

October 28th, 2014
Sunburned Goose

The highest peak in the collection of Destiny achievements is “Flawless Raider”. This achievement rewards a fireteam that can complete a Raid without any member dying during the attempt. That’s a challenge several Gunslingers were ready to accept.

Follow along as TTL Cute, TTL Cozmo23, TTL Eisen, TTL Tortacular, TTL Nightmare and Sunburned Goose take on the Vault of Glass in the span of one lifetime.

Join us on our forum to continue the converstation about the Destiny and the Vault of Glass.

September 4th, 2014


By now, you realize The Gunslingers aren’t afraid of trying something new.

We’ve had our hands in so many styles of digital media that I’m shocked we haven’t started our own band, yet. You’ve watched the Twitch streams. You’ve witnessed the montages. You’ve read the dramatic and occasionally long-winded blog posts. Now, it’s time for something completely different.

Introducing the TTL Party Chat Podcast.

Our good friends over at Guardian Radio Network inspired us to take a leap into uncharted territory once again, and have rolled Tied the Leader into their podcast umbrella. Let me tell you this: We had a blast. Episode 1 is a little rough around the edges; you can tell we’re figuring it out as we go. Hopefully you find that endearing, and will be back for more. Episode 2 is already shaping up to be tighter, better produced, and recorded soon enough. No spoilers, but it may lean heavy on Destiny debauchery.

If you missed the link above, here it is again:


Leave a comment with some input/reactions; we’d really appreciate it.


August 7th, 2014

Not since The Three Musketeers have a trio been this entertaining, yet deadly.

The Gunslingers, along with most of the internet, poured their hearts and souls into the Destiny Beta. From “Legend”-ary runs through the Devil’s Den to 6 vs. 6 throw downs in the Iron Banner, no human or AI was safe from the tactical prowess of a TTL Fireteam. Did you get a chance to deep dive into the Earth’s moon? We did; get an eye full of that and much more below, as TTL Jericho, TTL Eisen, and TTL Demag0gue show you the Destiny Beta through their eyes.

Oh, and don’t forget those dancin’ shoes.

Chime in on your favorite moments. We’re looking for chatter to tide us over, as September 9th is still over a month away.

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June 25th, 2014
TTL Cozmo23

It is finished! I played a little over 30 hours of the Destiny Alpha and made this short mini-tage of the clips I remembered to record. All the footage is from my perspective but there may be a familiar face or two. Really wanted to go back and play while I was stitching this together, it just makes the wait for the Beta a little more excruciating. See you Starside on July 17th!

Tell us your favorite parts or how bad I am.

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June 10th, 2014

I don’t think you’re ready for this.

A small and fortunate group of Gunslingers had the opportunity to get their gauntlets on the Destiny Alpha build, and we did not let that opportunity go to waste. I won’t bore you with words, friend. Our very own Sunburned Goose put together an exhilarating montage comprising many pieces of the Destiny Alpha. PvP? Got it. Exploring the ruins of Old Russia? Check. Public Events? In there. Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the Devil’s Den Strike on Legend difficulty.

Watch and salivate. Start some chatter on the boards. Soon enough, you too will Become Legend.

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June 10th, 2014

Hold on to your butts, Guardians.

The three man wrecking squad of Cute, Cozmo, and myself dove into the heart of the Devil’s Den in hopes of Becoming Legend. This is no montage. You will not be watching a highlight or blooper reel. You will experience the ENTIRE strike as we did, through each of our eyes and alongside our tactical chatter. Bungie built the challenge; it was up to us to overcome.

Ride along with us, and come talk about it afterward.

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