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Midland Base Weekly Update October 27, 2014


Welcome back my friends.  We are getting closer to release date to Halo: MCC, Destiny’s Iron Banner is undergoing some changes, and more Midland Base raids then you can shake a stick at.  Grab your favorite snack and favorite drink, kick back, and relax to some Halo/Destiny news.



343i News

With Halo: Master Chief Collection a touch over 2 weeks away and we have some sweet things to look forward to; Including HaloFest which starts on Nov. 8-10th just before the launch.  So here is a few things to look forward to.


Halo Bulletin

Halo: Master Chief Collection is set to release Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.  To celebrate 343i has set HaloFest the weekend leading up to release.  There will be a tournament in Halo 2: Anniversary with prizes totaling $50,000.  They will be live streaming the tournament on twitch.  Be sure to watch the broadcast on November 10th at 8PM PST (10PM CST) for some spectacular Halo goodness.


HaloFest will also feature interviews and a new look at Halo 5: Guardians Beta set to launch December 29th with your copy of Halo: MCC.  Make sure to keep your eye on the website and twich during HaloFest.  This includes the Showing of episode 1 of Halo: Nightfall, official trailer below.  Can’t wait to watch the entire serious, looks like they did an excellent job.




And here is another spectacular featured screenshot from Receptor 17 entitled "UNSC Goose.”  Soon it will be "UNSC Gungoose!”



Pre-Download

For those of you fortunate enough to have an Xbox One and got the pre-ordered digital download, you an now pre-download the massive 45GB Halo: MCC.  This does not include the 20GB download for the multiplayer some have let me know.  But while you are downloading the 20Gb you will have the rest of the game to explore and set up.  Get yourself reacquainted with the old Halos, and definitely check out the new polish on Halo 2: Anniversary.  For more info on that check out the interview with Frankie.


Bungie News


Weekly Update

To all you unsatisfied customers of the last Iron Banner, Bungie has promised some changes.  Although they are still ironing out the specifics, consensus is that it will be a lot more differences when fighting higher and lower level characters.  Hopefully the banner "Power matters” will finally really apply.   However, because there will be more drastic of a change in levels you will need a level 20+ character or a level 20+ Fireteam leader to take you in.  Although if you are lower then level 20 you might want to wait before jumping in feet first.


You will still only receive rep for the Iron Banner faction by winning.  What does this mean for all the quitting when team win looks impossible?  How will they keep people playing through their defeat?  Medallion of Iron is the answer.  For every loss you will receive a Medallion which you will continue to accumulate until your next win.  Upon a victory you will receive rep almost equal to a win.  So no need to quit early (Which we are definitely against here by-the-by), you will be rewarded for perseverance.  


Although they had planned to reset the ranks every Iron Banner they are extending the ranks from last Iron Banner for those with time constraints and jobs who couldn’t put forth all those crazy hours to get great loot.  But don’t think this will be the status quo from now on.  I expect at the conclusion of the next Iron Banner, ranks will be reset.


Some people with raid tier gear received armor from the Iron Banner, and although they looked cool, they could not use it for fear of losing precious light points towards their lever 30 Guardians.  Next Iron Banner will feature some (but not all) pieces of gear that will allow you to fully upgrade and still keep level 30.  Might be nice for those who might not have the ability for the Vault of Glass.


Bungie also released a disclaimer stating that all the features they are looking to implement are subject to change.  So one or all of those thing might change or not be implemented at all.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted

We have gotten a lot of help recently from our members in becoming leaders but there is still more to do.  We have Halo: MCC coming ever so near and will need people to help keep game nights in both Destiny and Halo.  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

Make sure to watch our forums to participate in officially lead Midland Base raids.  All leaders at this point who are doing them have completed the Vault so make sure to sign up early to secure your spot and your riches that await.


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

We have some new faces here and we are glad they have decided to join us.  Make sure to say hello to SekhmetDast, your_unequal, Furious D 18, V3n0m15, and Planov8.  Welcome to Midland Base!


Feature Forum

This week I am highlighting a forum that has changed into two easy to use forums.  The Party-Up Forum.  Now that we support Halo and Destiny it can be a little confusing where to post to get a party together for either game.  We now have a Destiny Party-Up  forum for all your Destiny needs (Strikes, Dailies, Weeklies, Nightfall, Raid, etc) and Halo Party-Up forum (Achievements, Vidmaster, matchmaking, etc).  We have also lifted the restriction letting only Vetted Members and above the access to start a thread so everyone who has posted their intro post have access to start threads.  Make sure to use them and game in good health.


Game Day/Night Attendance


Thursday Game Night hosted by Dredd1973:

Dredd1973, Silient Hit86, Ryderblind1199, NinJakeTsu, Ec1ip53, and ChickenMnkyDuck.


Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Dredd, I Gamzu I, Major Stick, Your Unequal, and NinJakeTsu.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, CovSmasher, and Dredd1973.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, Dredd1973 and Velarage.


Sunday Game Night hosted by Lenfest:

Lenfest and DreyosDrum.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...



Happy Halo-ween!


That is all there folks.  Have a safe Halloween.  I will be dressed as Doctor Who (David Tennant version).  Make sure to hit up the discussion page.  Until next time.


-TurboDew


elDewman20x6 Pics of the costume or it didn't happen!!! ...


Midland Base Weekly Update October 21, 2014


Hello my friends and welcome to another Weekly Update by your favorite Cowboy Ninja.  I have had some internet issues with my ISP but I will prevail.  We are talking Halo, Destiny, and good ol’ Midland Base news here.  Put your thinking caps on kids and get to it.



343i News

First and foremost the Halo Waypoint website is new and upgraded and I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it.  So if I miss any news I am sorry.  You can let me know in the discussion page linked below and I will try and add it to next weeks update.


Halo Bulletin

Lots of good news for you fans getting your hands on Halo: MCC, controls are better than ever.  Some of the most frustrating game play while switching from Halo 1 through Halo 4 was having to relearn controls.  The amount of times I accidentally stick myself with sticky grenades trying to execute a different actions is enough to fill an entire blooper reel and then some.  No more!  You will be able to choose between global control schemes, individual game schemes, or a mixture of both.  So if you like Universal Recon for all games but Halo 3 you can set it up that way.  You can choose a Universal scheme and then set individual game schemes as well as Matchmaking so you are always ready to go.  To see all the Universal control schemes make sure to read the whole bulletin.


Halo 4 DLC achievements have received a fix.  Some achievements were making themselves locked without giving you credit, now they should show up as you log in.  I haven’t tested this myself but I do know of a couple achievements I am due.


It’s that time of year for pumpkins and carving.  HBO has their yearly carving contest going with 343i providing some prizes so make sure to go out and buy a pumpkin.  If you send me a PM or post a picture in the discussion page I will make sure you get some rightly deserved recognition here on the weekly update.


Last but not least "Electric Field” by Receptor 17!



Halo: Spartan Strike

Another Halo mobile game is on the rise, Halo: Spartan Strike.  It looks like it plays like Halo: Spartan Assault but with some new features.  To catch a glimpse, watch the video below.



User Profile - Waypoint

The user profiles got a face lift during their new website launch.  Making your profile look a lot sweet and a whole lot more customizable.  As soon as I am done here I plan to make it very me.  Make sure you head over to Halo Waypoint to update your profile as well.


Bungie News


Weekly Update

Last week they nerf’d the Vex Mythoclast and as much as I was sad to see my huge scores in PvP I understood the reason why they did it.  It is still a viable weapon but no longer the beast it was.  However, I was sad to see how much it changed in the PvE gameplay as well.  Well Bungie is looking to rectify this soon.  They are looking for a balance between strong in PvE and not overpowered in PvP.  So if you get your hands on one of these highly sought after weapons, be patient, you will be invincible again (or closer to it).


Bungie also explains why some weapons effectiveness was decreased while others got a buff.  It has everything to do with allowing people to play to the game style they like without having to be pigeonholed to a specific weapon type.  I personally like the Scout Rifle the best but with Auto Rifles being so strong in PvP I am forced to either play an Auto Rifle or take a hit in my overall score.  So yes, there will be some growing pains as they continue to fine tune weapons, but overall we should all feel as strong as others in the game without having to pick weapons we might like less then others.


No more knocking off Atheon for the easy kill.  As much as it is nice to just receive loot without much effort, this was a bug.  I am all for it.  It can get frustrating when you are trying time and time again to kill Atheon, but when you finally land the killing blow and get that epic loot you have been waiting for you will have the pride of knowing you did it the right way.  Don’t worry, I believe in you all, you can defeat him and claim the treasures of the Vault!


There was now mail sack this week however there was something a little more fun in my opinion.  DeeJ gave an interview during a weekly podcast from fans.  I have not listened to the whole thing due to my internet problems but I enjoyed the first 10 min (that took me almost half a day to buffer to) I have listened to.  Make sure to click this link to listen to the full hour and a half podcast with DeeJ.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted


We have gotten a lot of help recently from our members in becoming leaders but there is still more to do.  We have Halo: MCC coming ever so near and will need people to help keep game nights in both Destiny and Halo.  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

Still going strong with our Vault of Glass teams, with Kegler’s Slamhammers joining us in official runs.  Make sure to sign up early to guarantee your spot and have a chance at the loot that awaits you in the Vault!


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.


Promotion!

Lenfest has risen to the rank of Emerging Leader.  We have welcomed him into the Head Shed and expect great things from him.  He alone made sure that those of us with out the means of getting the Xbox One were not left out in the cold when it comes to game nights and is an excellently fun guy to game with.  Make sure to show up to game nights with him and let him know how much we appreciate his hard work.


Fresh Meat

We have a newcomer here at Midland Base.  Make sure to say hello to TkniverFTW!


Game Day/Night Attendance


Thursday Game Night hosted by Dredd1973:

Dredd1973, ChickenMnkyDuck, Major Stick, Ec1ip53, AwesomestMatt, and DrkMage.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet and AnimeManicFan.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, NinJakeTsu, Dredd1973, I Gamzu I, Poetepoet, and ChickenMnkyDuck.




Last Caption Contest Winner:AnimeManicFan!



Screenshot by Receptor 17


That is all for the caption contest for now.  We will hopefully see its return with the release of Halo: Master Chief Collection.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...


Thanks to Ignis451.


That is all for this week.  Make sure to comment in the discussion thread and let me know what you think.


-TurboDew


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