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Richard "Sep7imus" Heppner, Spotlight

Richard "Sep7imus" Heppner,

Posted by: Mhaddy on Mon Mar 14th, 2005 at 9:01 PM
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Name: Richard Heppner, Jr.


Moniker: Sep7imus, and also Septimus

Sex: M

Country of Residence: United States

Education: M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. For a while I thought I was the only Ph.D. in the Halo/Bungie community, but recent discoveries have taught me that that is not the case. Therefore, in order to maintain my status as the most over-educated gamer I know, I will be going back to school (Harvard law school) in the Fall of 2005.

How would we know you: I really don't know. When Mhaddy asked me to step into the spotlight, I accused him of scraping the bottom of the barrel. If you read the forum, you probably recognize my name. I post there quite a bit, mostly offering critical insights or just being critical.

Favourite Games: Halo 2, and Halo. I actually prefer the sequel, unlike many Halo fans. Actually, the Halo games are far above any other games in my limited gaming experience. You know how Anne Heche wasn't really a lesbian, she just liked Ellen Degeneres? That's me: not really a hardcore gamer, but in love with Halo.

Gaming Roles: Target, Bullet-Sponge, occasionally guy-who-distracts-the-other team-by-dying-in-a-spectacular-fashion.

Gaming Rig(s): Xbox. 15", 1 GHz Powerbook.

Gaming Groups / Squads / Clans: I'm part of Subnova, a long standing group of Bungie fans who were kind enough to welcome me into their strictly hierarchical but fun order a number of years ago.

Lately, I have been hanging around with the Seasoned Gamers, a group of older than average gamers who are interested in fun Xbox Live experiences minus the annoyances of team-killing brats screaming obscenities.

Favourite Sites:,,, and my rarely updated blog criterati.

Favourite Book: See, this is where the questions get tricky. As an English Literature Ph.D., I have pretty strong feelings about literature that can't be boiled down to a favorite, or even a list of favorites. Books that mean a lot to me, for a variety of reasons that I won't go into, include Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Ecrits by Jacques Lacan, Blindness and Insight by Paul De Man, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov. (I'm sure I've left some out.) Currently I'm slogging my way through the third book of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, which will probably take me years to get through at this rate.

Favourite Movie: Again, this is going to be hard to pin down. Here's a quick list off the top of my head: Vertigo, The Third Man, Blade Runner, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Clueless.

Hobbies / Activities / Interests: You know, I'm a fascinating guy. You would think I would have some of these. Unfortunately, the other questions covered a lot of my interests in more detail (film, literature, etc.). I've got a lot of interests/hobbies that I USED to have/do like rock climbing, but for the moment, it's all reading, playing Halo, and watching films.

Accomplishments / Achievements: In real life, I'm pretty proud of having gotten a Ph.D., gotten into law school, and married a wonderful woman (isn't that sweet?).

In this looney alternative world, I once won a stupid contest over at by cutting and pasting someone else's poorly drawn cartoon characters. Oh, and I got 2nd place in that Great Halo Scavenger Hunt. Finally, I christened the Megg (I didn't FIND it or figure it out and I still have trouble getting it) but I named it, darn it!

Blurb: I'm not big on advice or words of wisdom, but this quote sums up a lot of my attitude towards life.

"There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything." - The Hagakure, Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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