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Midland Base Weekly Update Sepember 29, 2014


Hello, Holla, Bienvenue!  Welcome to another Weekly Update by yours truly.  This week we dive into some hot fixes, loot drop changes, comics, screenshots and we even see some of our own take the treasures from the Vault of Glass!  We have a lot to discuss so lets get discussing!




343i News


Halo: Master Chief Collection is less then a month away and rest assured we will be fully supporting the game.  343 also released the next in a long series of comics with Halo: Escalation #10 and Receptor, master of screenshots, is featured yet again.   He really should be offered a job at 343i as their official screenshot taker.



Halo Bulletin

So Halo: MCC is drawing ever nearer and I assure you we will be here to fulfill your nostalgia with like minded gamers playing along side of you.  I don’t know who will be leading a game night featuring MCC but if you want to make absolutely sure we have at least one game night you can always volunteer to be the host.  Check below for more details in how to help.  With the eminent release just around the corner 343i has decided to do a little Q&A about plot details behind some Halo mysteries.  All I could think about when reading them was the theme song to Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) "If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes an other science facts.  Then repeat to yourself, ‘It’s just a show, I should really just relax…’”


To read the Q&A make sure to head over to the bulletin and see if their answers fit your curiosity to the unresolved events of the Halo universe.


As I promised here are the latest in the great Receptor 17 screenshots portfolio, to download it just click on the photos and you will have the full screenshots worthy of any desktop background.

Filligreed Shadow

Filligreed Shadow


A Noble Weapon

A Noble Weapon


Vibrant Rifle

Vibrant Rifle


Halo: Escalation #10

I really wish I had the cash to be getting these comics to give you by full opinion of the comics but from what I can see they look very well done.  As I understand it though, if you are a fan of Halo Universe canon, these are a must have.  He are the pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 for you to see if you are interested.  I am not posting the pages in case you don’t want to ruin the story until you get your hands on the series and read it then.


Bungie News


Patch Notes 1.0.1.4, 1.0.2 and Hot Fixes

As Bungie has stated several times Destiny is never finished.  As they see issues good or bad they will make changes.  Sometimes scheduled (patches) and sometimes on the fly (hot fixes).  Sometimes this works in our benefit as in the future of engrams and sometimes to hinder our farming abilities (as in no more Ascendent Shards from Queen’s Bounty Legendary Gear).  Now farming for engrams and/or glimmer using in game means (those available to all using in game methods) is not against Bungie’s or our rules but that does not mean when the exploits are found Bungie has to let it slide.  Their answer, increase wait times for enemy respawn times, change majors and ultras to regular enemies, and decrease drop rates for glimmer and engrams after death during missions.  As much as I hate to see my quickly leveling Hunter take longer to get items I need I understand why they do it.  If you level too quickly, long term there is no reason to keep playing when you have everything and need nothing.  


In patch 1.0.1.4 they reduced the difficulty of a few heroic missions and changed some in game issues to the Vault of Glass.


In the Hot Fix (9/25/14) they reduced the exploitations of in game rewards.  Some of the "Treasure Caves” have increase wait times to enemy spawn points and took away the Ascendent Shards that would be given for dismantling Queen’s Bounty gear.  The Queen’s gear was meant for helping those without legendary gear to get said gear in prep for the Vault of Glass not to help those of us with gear already to quickly level ourselves to max level.  As much as I hated to see it go, once again I understand why.


In patch 1.0.2 we are going to see the Bungie trolling fade away.  Most of us were ecstatic when we got our first legendary engram only to see our dreams crushed when we went to the Cryptographer and got an uncommon piece of loot, "WTF? Where’s my legendary loot?’ we would say.  No longer.  Now when you get an engram, you will receive that tier of loot or better.  If you get a rare engram, you will receive a rare item or legendary, no uncommon.  When you get a legendary engram you will get a legendary piece or exotic, no rare or uncommon.  Getting legendary engrams is hard enough without Bungie trolling us, so this is a very welcome change.  So I know what you are thinking "I will just hold onto my legendary engrams from now until then.”  Don’t.  When the patch is released all legendary engrams will revert to rare because, and I quote, "We all know they were blues already…”


Developers Notes

Bungie is also making other changes in the game some more slowly.  Some fixes take time.  They are constantly taking our feedback and trying to make Destiny the game we all want to play.  Sometimes what sounds great in theory doesn’t pan out in application so they will keep making changes as they see fit to make Destiny exciting.  Some changes we can expect to see is more fanfare in letting you know when rewards happen, voice communication with those in your matches and strike that might not be in your party, and the ever growing problem of weapon balance.  There is a lot of planned changes so if you want the full details head over to Bungie and read for yourself.  Some things are really exciting and I can’t wait until they are implemented.


Queen’s Wrath

The Queen’s Wrath bounties and missions are in full swing.  Even though we can not get Ascendent materials, this is still worth doing to get shaders, emblems, class rewards, reputation, rare weapons, and legendary gear for your other guardians.  If you are struggling with getting through the missions and need help there are plenty of us high level members that are willing to help.  If you see me on and are on the xbox 360 I will definitely help.  The best part of being in our group is that fact there are so many willing to help out.


Bungie Weekly Update

Another milestone was hit in Destiny this week, Vault of Glass on heroic was beaten.  And from what I hear the main big difference from normal and heroic is no reviving teammates.  From those of you lucky enough to play the VoG already you must know this really adds a degree of difficulty.  Bungie interviewed the team who beat it and you can read the interview here.  We too have made our own milestone with the first all Midland Base team finishing the VoG on normal but more on that latter in the update.


Destiny OST was released for a mere $9.99 on iTunes.  For those of you who know me we’ll, you know the best part of games for me is the music that sets the mood in game.  I will sometimes find a deep dark cave where I can safely enjoy the music before setting off to finish the mission.  I can now enjoy the music from the safety of my iPhone while driving around town and you can too.



Iron Banner starts next week.  This Crucible game type is not for the faint of heart.  Unlike the regular Crucible wear everything is scaled so a level 5 and level 30 have the same chance of winning for the most part, the Iron Banner will not. So if you have worked hard to upgrade you legendary gear to the max and show others how hard you worked this is the game type for you.  But be warned, other people have been working hard too…


Mail Sack

There are a lot of questions answered this week but I want to share one here that has been a topic of concern here:


Q: Can you be banned for farming?

A: Well of course not!  We didn’t ban anyone for staring longingly into the Holy Cave – or for shooting into it for hours on end.  The last safe City on Earth needs more hunters than farmers, though, so we’ll do what we can to inspire you to complete missions of variable difficulty under new, challenging circumstances.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted


With our group now participating in Vault of Glass and game nights in both Halo and Destiny we need your help more than ever.  We haven’t even seen the launch of Halo: MCC yet.  What can you do to help?  Volunteer to be a leader here and we’ll use your help to continue to grow and become the best group of Halo/Destiny gamers ever!




Midland Base Clan


There are now several game nights in both Xbox One and 360 dedicated to Destiny but to participate you need to be apart of our clan.  It is super easy to join up and Dredd has all the steps laid out nice and easy for you here.  Make sure you join up so we can all enjoy Destiny together.


Vault of Glass

We had our first Midland Base group complete the Vault of Glass.  These 6 + 1 intrepid gamers brave the Vex to claim their rewards and we’re not done yet, not by a long shot.  The first 6 to complete it were Ec1ip53 (Fireteam Leader), Silient Hit86, ChickenMnkyDuck, NinJakeTsu, FunkyChickenLvr, and AnimeManicFan with Outlaws Bounty providing support when another member was having a couple of internet issues (way to help the team Outlaw).  Congrats to you all!  I will try to get an interview together for next week’s Update so you can see their prospective as they worked together to beat those Vex into a pulp.  I will also be featuring any and all Midland Base fireteam’s that continue to show their gaming prowess against the VoG.  Ec1ip53’s Warpigs (the new name for Ec1ip53’s fireteam) took 10 hours and 44 min to complete the Vault but expect this week they will improve on that time (I know you can do it).


If you want your shot at the Vault make sure to watch for official sign ups in the forums.  They fill up fast so keep an eye out.  I myself will be leading a team on the xbox and will be waiting for you to join me.  


Also we will be giving away a ribbon to be designed soon to show others you completed the Vault and were willing to pass that knowledge on to others so they could claim their rewards too.  How do you get this highly coveted reward?  Just make sure after you complete your own first run in VoG to pay it forward.  To get all the details check out the reward ribbon thread.


Fresh Meat

As Destiny grows so do we.  He are some more fresh faces here at Midland Base, make sure to give them a big Squeaky Sheep welcome: IIIDefalt, Blofu, BoboGro, Broken Squeaker, and The Squirells.

Game Day/Night Attendance

Thursday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Silient Hit86, FunkyChickenLvr, ChickenMnkyDuck, NinJakeTsu, and AnimeManicFan

Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, NinJakeTsu, Velarage, Chipk77, Dredd1973, Wetz689, and Outlaws Bounty.

Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, AnimeManicFan, CovSmasher, and Silient Hit86.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, ChickenMnkyDuck, Dredd1973, Outlaws Bounty, Velarage, and Wetz689.

Sunday Game Night hosted by Lenfest:

Lenfest, TurboDew, Poetepoet, and Itskilleryo.



Caption Contest Winner Week #175: ChickenMnkyDuck!




Screen Shot by ShockingResults



Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also, stop by to vote on week 176 and leave a caption for week 177.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...



And that is that my friends.  I will miss you until next week.  Be sure to find me in Destiny and feel free to join up.  98% of the time I am doing nothing else important.  Be sure to hit up the discussion page.  Please let me know what you think, be honest, it is the only way I can make these better.

-TurboDew


Midland Base Weekly Update August 18, 2014



Welcome back to the Weekly Update folks.  It has been another week of great news.  I have been enjoying Destiny very much and have already gotten my Hunter up to level 27.  There is still more to come from Destiny according to Bungie and 343i is less then 2 months from releasing Halo: MCC.  It is a good time to be a gamer and to be apart of Team Update™.  So let's get to it.



343i News


343i put out a Bulletin this week (finally) and had some great screenshots from Halo: MCC, video of Halo 3, and a new vehicle to mow people down in.  



Halo Bulletin

343i released some more screenshots of Halo 2: Anniversary and they really have done an excellent job of updating the look of the game.  My favorite update was to Zanzibar of course but overall the polished maps and the campaign look next gen. 




They also released video of Halo 3 with an explanation of why Halo 3 and 4 did not get the polish treatment.  Although we were already told why they show cased Halo 3 to show how even with 60 fps and some lighting changes how the game can look much better.  Honestly, it looks the same to me.  I won’t have the Xbox One to do a hands on test but to me, no difference.  




Great news Mongoose lovers.  The Halo: MCC is getting the Gungoose. How many times have you thought, "Are you telling me you are a super soldier on an ATV, am I supposed to believe he can’t drive and shoot at the same time?”  Well now, in addition to being super quick, the Mongoose is getting a gun mounted on the front.  Although some well hate this and I am sure there will be ways of making sure the regular mongoose shows up in matches I think this has immense potential in racing game types.  All I can say is if you every see Mongo on a Gungoose, just run.




Once again our very own Receptor 17 is in the screenshot highlights and with what I am calling an epic pose.  Congrats man.




Halo: Reach – Gold

If you still haven’t got Halo: Reach and/or just want to get rid of your hard copy, Halo: Reach is available free to Xbox Live Gold members.  I still love playing some Reach Grifball and having a blast (get it?  cause he blows up on the score!).  Plus it’s free, did I mention that.  So no excuses.




Bungie News


Bungie Bounty

Well Bungie is at it again.  They are taking on the world one console at a time. Bungie will announce a date, time and console they are playing on as well as which game type to enter.  If you should play against them and win you will get an emblem to prove it.  They are calling it "The Sign of Opposing Will” and it will be bragging rights to all that you indeed beat Bungie at there own game.  We will of course be posting in the forums when they decide to take the fight to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One so make sure to keep an eye out for when these occur.



Upcoming Events

So it looks like every weekend they will be doing another feature playlist.  This last weekend it was Combined Arms and looks to be Salvage again next weekend.  


Also starting tomorrow September 23 until October 6 you will be able to participate in the "Queens Wrath” bounties.  I don’t know what this exactly entails but with rare and legendary gear on the line I assume it will not be too terribly easy.  I look forward to checking these out.


Iron Banner returns next month.  For those who don’t know this is where all that hard work you put into your legendary and exotic weaponry will pay off.  The shackles of even game play will be lifted.  I myself had rocked a level 6 Auto Rifle in the crucible because of the rate of fire and impact made it better then most rare and legendary weapons in the crucible but no longer.  Take in that weapon and it will be like bringing a slingshot to a gunfight.  And if the trend continues from the beta, there are some sweet loot to be had as well.  Under geared? Don’t worry there is still plenty of time to get ready.



Bungie Weekly Update

Well folks as many of you know the Vault of Glass raid opened last Tuesday and there were several groups that attempted it.  After 10 hours, starting at the wee hours of the morning, one group had claimed the first Destiny raid victory ever.  There was a total of 1111 kills and whopping 281 deaths.  Making that achievement of no deaths in a raid by anyone looking pretty daunting.  No one in the group has completed the raid as far as I know.  As soon as we have enough people leveled up, I myself will be probably be leading a raid or 2.  If you think you can muster up the courage and want other by your side we do have a forum to help you out.  The Party-Up Forum is for just such an occasion so make sure to use it.


Mail Sack

They once again opened up the mail sack so I will post some highlights for you, make sure to read the rest here.:


Q: Is the Tower going to be opened up more?

A: Yes. And Soon> Hell hath no fury like a Queen scorned.


Q: Did you intended for the PvP reward system to be the way it is?

A: Yep.  The question you should be asking is: Do we intent for the PvP reward system to work like that forever? The answer is: Ask us again sometime.  We’re one week clear of the launch pad here.  What we can promise is that Destiny is never finished.


Q: DeeJ, Why are Warlocks the best class in the world?

A: They’re not.  Hunters are.*


*Okay so I might have taken certain liberties to what DeeJ actually answered to that last one, you will have to go check out the mail sack to see how it slightly differs.



Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted


We are very fortunate to get a couple new volunteers and get SwiftFire back in the head shed but we are still in need of more folks.  We now support 2 games IPs over to generations of Xbox and with MCC just a month and some change away could use some more help.  To see what you can do ask our fearless XO here and we’ll get you started.




Midland Base Clan


There are now several game nights in both Xbox One and 360 dedicated to Destiny but to participate you need to be apart of our clan.  It is super easy to join up and Dredd has all the steps laid out nice and easy for you here.  Make sure you join up so we can all enjoy Destiny together.



Fresh Meat


Lots of new faces.  With the addition of Destiny the people are flocking to Midland Base and we couldn't be happier to have them join.  Please make sure to give a warm welcome to vTrippsz, Spocksbrother, D3AD Vigilance, SteeledMJ, IllusiveTag7, TardySeven and Johnny Blair.



Feature Forum

This week I am featuring the Awesome Match thread.  This is where you go to brag about that awesome match, strike or even raid to others.  Let us know about that sweet Nightfall Strike you solo'd or a crucible match that you went K/D 4.0.  We want to hear your triumphs.


Featured Member

We have Ignis451 in the spotlight this week.  He has been a member here before and we are glad to have him back.  He is a great addition to our membership and I think I speak for the rest of us we hope you are here for good Ignis.



Game Day/Night Attendance


Thursday Game Night hosted by Dredd1973:

Dredd1973, Velarage, Silient Hit86, AnimeManicFan, Ec1ip53, Outlaws Bounty, and SickRainb0w.


Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Outlaws Bounty, ChickenMnkyDuck, NinJakeTsu, Blindsite33, Dredd1973, Silient Hit86, Wetz689, and Ryderblind1.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, Dredd1973, Silient Hit86, Ec1ip53, I Gamzu I, Receptor 17, ChickenMnkyDuck, Trippsz, Outlaws Bounty, and NinJakeTsu.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, ChickenMnkyDuck, Dredd1973, Outlaws Bounty, and Tardyseven.


Sunday Game Day hosted by Silient Hit86:

Silient Hit86, Outlaws Bounty, and Dredd1973.


Sunday Game Night hosted by Lenfest:

Lenfest, TurboDew, ElDewman20x6, Itskilleryo, and Swiftfire.



Caption Contest Winner Week #174: Recpetor 17!




Screenshot by Mongo 50



Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also, stop by to vote on week 175 and leave a caption for week 176.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...




You got two this week since I did not post one last week.  


And that is that folks.  I will be here again next week to let you know what is going down in Midland town.  Make sure to hit up the discussion page and let me know what you think.


-TurboDew



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