Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo!

We had so much fun hosting Twitch streamer 3vil_Aura on Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast that we decided to do it again!

Welcome to the podcast Zack or ZG Photo of The Photobombers. With years of streaming and a good amount of gaming under the belt, Zack pays a visit to the Tower to talk about his experiences with Destiny, his love for the raids (including King’s Fall!), and his thoughts on the recent Destiny 2 Beta…and hockey.

Yes. Hockey.

Got a question for Zack or the Guardians at the Tower? Give us feedback at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Trying a new recording location. Tee’s still figuring out where everything is.
  • SWEET — ZGPhoto is on the line!
  • Zack is quite the hugger, especially at events like GuardianCon.
  • By the sound of Nick’s voice, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
  • A little bit of a GuardianCon tease before jumping in with both feet…

2:42 — Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo!

  • You met ZGPhoto in our first video episode. Now, get to know him and what his channel is all about.
  • Zack loves some Destiny, but PUB-G is an experience!
  • What made Raids Zack’s thing on Destiny & Coffee
  • A bit of love for Logan Scott
  • For any KinderGuardians, what is the difference between a Strike, a Nightfall, and a Raid.
  • How does ZG Photo call the shots with players he has never ran with. (Sometimes, it is not as easy as one would think.)
  • Brandon put ZG Photo on the spot
    • Zack’s Favorite Raid: Vault of Glass and Wrath of the Machine
    • Nick draws first blood…and Tee goes on the defensive.
    • The show’s favorite drop-in, an encore play
    • Why King’s Fall is not Zack’s favorite raid.

17:29 — Podcast It Yourself Workshop 2017

18:10 —Episode #017: An Interview with ZG Photo! (Part Two)

  • Zack’s fitting in just fine, isn’t he?
  • Zack’s Favorite Raid Visually: King’s Fall (Yes, King’s Fall!)
  • On Wrath of the Machine, Tee was not the only one sight-seeing in Aksis’ Server Room…
  • ZG Photo chimes in on the Destiny 2 Beta
    • It was a “safe” Beta.
    • There needed to be more, on both PvE and PvP.
    • Quick shout-out to Orion who’s in step with Zack.
    • Why are our Destiny 2 characters looking like…cartoons?
    • PvP felt smarter.
  • Thoughts on The Crucible
    • Matches felt slower.
    • 4v4 was a lot of fun in Countdown
    • Brandon’s Joy: Hunters will have knives in their melee
  • Returning to GuardianCon 2017 and Zack’s one-day experience
  • Some quick-love to Molly…and her non-gaming talents.
  • Changing gears in the show…
    • Dirtiest team in the National Hockey League
    • Nick and Zack settle in for some hard hockey talk…and it is so much fun to listen to them go!
    • And the Red Wings are getting a new stadium!
  • Serious love for Detroit. (Tee was just there last month!)

34:47 — Feedback & Wrapping Up

  • And Zac gets to join us for a Feedback segment! How cool is that?
  • Wait a sec… who called our show?!
  • YES, #BlondeSolo HERSELF CALLED OUR SHOW!!!
  • Oh, Zachary, you do not know who Courtenay Taylor is? You need to listen to this show.
  • That voicemail has aged like a fine scotch, it has. No, seriously…
  • Welcome to Happy Hour from the Tower, the most adorable Destiny podcast in the podosphere!
  • And Zack was worried about following 3vil_Aura’s interview. Holy Hannah!
  • So we’ve heard from #BlondeSolo. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
    • And make sure to leave us a review on iTunes! Let people know about this podcast.
  • Where to find ZG…
  • Having Twitch streamers in studio is good fun. Cool stuff happens.

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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #016: Gameplay Review with Tee Morris

We’re continuing our celebration of the Destiny 2 Beta and the upcoming release of Destiny 2 on September 6 with another video episode featuring gameplay breakdown.

This time, Tee takes you into the Crucible’s Control, a mode of Player v Player (PvP) where two teams battle for control of three designated zones on a map. This breakdown also doubles as side-by-side comparison between Destiny and the upcoming Destiny 2.

Want to see more gameplay from us? Let us know what you think at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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We’ll talk about it!

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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

 

Episode #015: An Interview with 3vil_Aura!

With the time closing in on the release of Destiny 2, the Guardians have decided since we’re on a roll with the weekly shows, we will continue this special once-a-week drop right up to Release Date. Then, once Destiny 2 is up and running, we’ll switch back to the fortnightly schedule.

The ramp-up to the new game and release date will include not only a video episode with Brandon and Tee, but interviews with other Guardians we like. And here’s one such Guardian, 3vil_Aura. Streaming from the Philadelphia area, Aura can be found on Twitch, tearing up the Crucible and entertaining viewers from all around the world.

If you got questions for Aura about Twitch, Destiny, Destiny 2, or pitbulls, reach out to him through us to us at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Episode #015: An Interview with 3vil_Aura!

  • Welcome to the show their very first interview!
  • When you say “I’ve been watching you on Twitch…” there’s no real un-creepy way to say that.
  • How do you make an interview happen? Well…
  • Welcome to Aura’s Twitch stream, The Pit, where the music mix is a lot of things, but “safe” isn’t one of them.
    • Find Aura on Discord, and offer up your music suggestions…
    • …but don’t expect Aura to get to that suggestion straight away.
  • Along with Destiny and seriously kick-ass music, what else can you expect to see on The Pit?
    • Overwatch
    • Different flavors of Call of Duty
    • Destiny 2 (coming soon)
    • …and, of course, Layla. Who is Layla, you ask?
  • And, six minutes in, we hop off the rails…
  • NO SOUP FOR YOU!
  • What brought Aura to Destiny?
  • Brandon, are you a little nervous? Hang in there, bro!
  • What are classes best suited to the Crucible?
    • How do you engage in The Crucible?
    • How combat style matters in class and subclass
  • Why Aura focuses his Destiny stream on PvP and the Crucible, primarily
    • Time constraints
    • The “replay-bility” of a Crucible match compared to Strikes and Story missions
    • The entertainment factor
  • How you get to run with Aura on The Crucible?
  • Aura’s thoughts on what Bungie has in store for us in Destiny 2
    • A deep-dive into Game Mode Specific Maps
    • Aura stuck with PvP exclusively during the Beta. Here’s why.
    • The value of Supers in Destiny
  • Wait, it’s already been fifteen minutes?!

13:34 — This Kaiju Life

14:04 — Episode #015: An Interview with 3vil_Aura! (Part Two)

  • Trying to get Nick and Brandon to behave in-studio? A lot harder than you think.
  • More on Destiny 2
    • No, Tee didn’t know that Nick wanted to ask about the 4v4 dynamic because he kept his questions all to himself. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE SHOW PREP, KELLY!!!
    • From Aura, in a nutshell: “I never had to struggle to find a gunfight.”
    • The difference between engagement in Control and engagement in Countdown
    • The new RADAR needs work.
  • Stepping away from Destiny
    • Sitting back and letting the bassists rap a bit.
    • Nick does not Twitch. Here’s why.
    • Twitch Chat Management 101
  • Aura’s Passion Project: Villa Lobos Rescue Center
    • Yes, the same Villa Lobos from Pitbulls & Parolees
    • How Aura uses Twitch to sponsor and raise money for Villa Lobos
    • Other charity events Aura has participated in, including GuardianCon.
  • Aura’s GuardianCon 2017 report
  • We don’t really want this to end, but…
    • Where to find Aura…
    • Tee’s new at-work catch phrase, inspired by Aura
  • Where to send your feedback
    • Voicemail/WhatsApp — 703.791.1701 
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
    • Remember to leave us a review on iTunes!
  • Where to find us online…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

 

Episode #014 — All About the Beta! (Part Three: The Inverted Spire and Closing Thoughts)

With thirty days to go before the release of the final game, here you go, Guardians — the third and final installment of Happy Hour from the Tower’s in-depth look at the Destiny 2 Beta! We may be a little slaphappy at this point (when are we not?) but we do manage to stay on topic, and that point is the Inverted Spire Strike. Maybe not a full-on strike as we are used to, but definitely a preview of what is to come.

But now it’s your turn, Guardians! What are your thoughts on Destiny 2? What do you think needs work? Talk to us at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp now) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction 

  • Tee’s new favorite drop-in…
  • Ghaul accomplishes more in one quote than all of the Decepticons of Michael Bay’s Transformers films.
  • The Destiny/WWE Connection

03:25 — Episode #014: All About the Beta! (Part Three — The Inverted Spire and Closing Thoughts)

  • Talking about the Strike
    • Except for Nick who’s learning all about Twitter on account of his new twitter pal, #BlondeSolo
    • Hey, wait — we mentioned Nathan Fillion! Hashtag it!
    • Say “Hi!” to the Vex.
  • If you’re new to Vex, you will not like them.
  • The Pacing of Inverted Spire: Pretty Quick…until the Boss Fight.
    • Ron found the Raid fast paced, but not necessarily difficult.
    • No checkpoints during the Boss Fight.
    • Where’s the Power Ammo?!
    • An added complication: The Boss is not the only issue in the Inverted Spire…
  • And Nick makes a correlation between Destiny and Strip Clubs. No, we didn’t see this coming.

12:01 — GameStop of Innovation Center (Manassas, Virginia)

12:42  —Episode #014: All About the Beta! (Part Three — The Inverted Spire and Closing Thoughts)

  • What a ride with this Beta!
  • Did you know there was a rocket launcher under a waterfall?
  • Ron’s wish for Destiny 2 and those ammo drops.
  • Anyone pay a visit to the Farm?
    • Ron and Tee enjoy a go with Nick on the Titan’s new sitting animation.
    • Tee’s thoughts on the Farm: Eh.
    • Speculation, speculation, speculation…
    • …especially the creepy, old basement.
  • Tee’s concern about the Farm: Walkers.
  • Nick did some research on the Beta’s Easter Eggs. How many did you see?
    • The Lost Sector connected to the Vault of Glass
    • Paul McCartney’s song is playing ominously in the background
    • #BlondeSolo left behind her stash of hooch for you.
    • Did you revive Zavala?
    • A computer monitor, covered in Post-It Notes
    • One weapons rack is nothing but Khvostovs (your first weapon in Destiny)
    • Shaxx is wielding the Raze Lighter.
    • A glimpse of Shaxx’s trophy room
    • This ominous moment…
    • RIP the Energy Ball!
    • Did you catch any we miss?
  • Now that we are done with the Beta, now what?
  • The Farm and other odd glitches throughout…
  • Are we going back to the original Destiny? Well, duh!
  • Any reason you would want to go back to Destiny after Destiny 2 launches?
  • Brandon’s wish for Destiny 2: Relivable Ghost Memories
  • Guardians, what did  you think of Destiny 2?
    • Voicemail/WhatsApp — 703.791.1701 
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
  • Remember to leave us a review on iTunes!
  • Where to find us online…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

 

Episode #013 — All About the Beta! (Part Two: The Crucible)

Welcome – welcome – welcome to Part 2 of our special in-depth look at the Destiny 2 Beta which concluded just last week! Hard to believe, but yep, a week ago we were getting a look at what’s coming in September. So to celebrate, we are changing up our show schedule for the time being and going weekly with a special deep dive into the Beta.

This week, your Guardians (except for Nick who is preoccupied with Twitter now) are talking about what they liked — and what they didn’t like — in The Crucible. We’re taking about the new 4v4 approach as well as the new “Countdown” Elimination game.

Sound off, Guardians! What are your thoughts on the new Crucible? What do you think needs work? Talk to us at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp now) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction 

  • We’re back for more!
    • Tee throws Nova Bombs when he gets grumpy.
    • Nick, dammit, would you put down your Twitter?
    • Coach V. Ghaul: Who would walk away?
  • Coach says go here to see how multi-lingual Ghaul is!
  • What happens when the Kellys and Tee get slap-happy in Destiny.

02:51 — Episode #013: All About the Beta! (Part Two — The Crucible)

  • We’re switching gears from the first show to focus on The Crucible.
    • Nick’s out. Busy on Twitter.
    • Now Brandon no longer has to sing a drop-in.
    • Inappropriate movie quoting at work with Nick Kelly
  • Two Flavors of The Crucible
    • Control
    • Countdown (Competitive)
  • The discussion over the controversial 4 v 4 Crucible
    • Ron’s got strong opposition to it.
    • Parallels with Destiny 2’s new Crucible and the H1Z1 eSports Competition Tee watched.
    • Aaaaaand Tee goes off and says something WAY OUT OF BOUNDS….
    • Okay, we’ve jumped the rails here…
  • Quick shout-out from Spartan Jenzii about Destiny 2
  • Is there really a problem with team shooting in The Crucible?
  • Brandon’s review of Countdown
  • But Tee is digging the new approach. It should be about team play, right?
    • What happens when Hunters gather together in Control…
    • Compelling people to play as a team. A good thing? Or no?
    • There is irony in that the Endless Vale is actually quite tiny.
    • Will there be a place for the solo player in PvP?
  • And the Nick/Courtenay/#BlondeSolo sage continues…

11:58 — GameStop of Innovation Center (Manassas, Virginia)

12:38  —Episode #013: All About the Beta! (Part Two — The Crucible)

  • So Nick is done with The Crucible…but not with Twitter…
  • Thank you, Coach, for getting us back on track!
    • Silence does not work well in podcasting, guys!
    • Changes in what is considered “Power” weapons
    • Protect Your Cleric!
  • Elitism? We have it here, sure…
  • The style of Power Ammo drops Tee digs that in the new “Countdown” game.
  • How we review Countdown
    • There are pluses…and minuses.
    • Similarities and differences between Countdown and Trials.
  • A detour on Ghost Hunting and Age of Triumph challenges…
  • The different approach to Countdown as opposed to Control
  • Guardians that care only about K/D and how that comes into play with 4v4 PvP
  • Guardians, what do you think of the new rules of The Crucible?
    • Voicemail/WhatsApp — 703.791.1701 
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
  • Remember to leave us a review on iTunes!
  • Where to find us online…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

 

Episode #012: All About the Beta! (Part One — “Homecoming”)

Wasn’t that Destiny 2 Beta awesome?!

Okay, okay, okay, maybe not all Guardians would agree that the Beta was perfect, and even Nick, Brandon, Tee, and Ron would admit there were flaws.

It is a Beta, though.

Fresh from the experience, your Guardians are talking about what they liked — and what they didn’t like — in this week of awesome from Bungie. Instead of dropping all our thoughts in one massive show, we’ve got word from the Vanguards to run on a weekly schedule in order to take our time and enjoy our look at this incredible sneak peek at what’s coming on September 6th!

Sound off, Guardians! What were your favorite parts of the Destiny 2 Beta? What do you think needs work? Talk to us at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp now) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction 

  • Right — Let’s get some serious SEO accomplished here…
    • No, Coach. Don’t spoil the Punch Line!
    • The fans love Nathan Fillion!
    • Welcome to the Nathan Fillion Is Awesome! podcast. And did we mention that we love Nathan Fillion? We sure do!!!
  • Ron, you want to drive?
  • Tee Morris: Rant the First
  • We go hot with the mics…and NOW Nick wants to re-decorate!
  • Tee Morris: Rant the Second

02:45 — Episode #12: All About the Beta (Part One — “Homecoming”)

  • Tee can’t quite get the reveal of the Farm as a great way to end a Beta
  • There were some issues reminiscent of Destiny: Year One
    • Not this again? (No, thankfully…)
    • Problems logging on…
    • …for everyone except, Tee. Tee was patient. (For once.)
    • “Hey, Twitch Guy…I gotta go play! Thanks!”
  • Yeah, Tee took a whole day off from work for this. No regrets.
  • Nick, on the other hand, had bigger issues.
  • Tee streamed his experience! Take a look here at archived Twitch streams.
  • Brandon is our resident Beta expert, so we want to know how the Destiny 2 Beta compared to other Betas he played.
  • Nick doubles down over Ghaul: Ghaul’s a jackass!
  • Some other problems in the Beta
    • Cooldown times were ridiculous…but not if you ask Coach who has a different perspective on this.
    • The new abilities are very cool, provided you remember you have them.
    • Like it or not, this is part of “starting over” in Destiny 2.
    • Transitioning with the mechanics is a little tricky.
    • All weapons felt nerfed. Especially when Nick compares ballistic damage to punching aliens in the face.
  • Sadly though, Tee is still shooting like a stormtrooper.
  • Now that we’ve seen her fly, Nick has a new nickname for Amanda Holliday: #BlondeSolo

15:21 — GameStop of Innovation Center (Manassas, Virginia)

16:03  —Episode #12: All About the Beta (Part One — “Homecoming”)

  • How could I have startled Coach when he speaks to me this way in the Crucible?!
  • And Nick watches us nerd out…
  • So who else had all the Feelz when you reached out for your Ghost?
  • Let’s talk about “Homecoming”…
    Not this one…although it is a REALLY good movie!
  • The opening mission is extremely well-directed
    • Beautiful cinematography
    • More storytelling in this mission than in all in Year One of Destiny
    • DAT SCORE!!!
  • Dr. Stacia Kelly has a tough time walking through the Tower now
  • Tee has a theory about Sweeperbot.
  • Security Sentries seen everywhere in “Homecoming” and at The Farm.
  • So much to see walking through what remains of the Tower…
    • The tipped-over urn of Eris Morn
    • Did you see Shaxx’s Trophy Room?
    • The only banners still flying in the hangar: The Future War Cult
  • There’s too much for one show, so expect more installments just about the Beta experience.
  • Okay, let’s talk about Gary…
    • Nick still thinks he’s a jackass.
    • When Ghaul makes an entrance, nothing else matters. It’s a terrific villain for a terrific game.
    • Ghaul returns fear to the game.

25:05  — Guardian Feedback

  • All the way from the Great White north, Steve Saylor a/k/a The Blind Gamer, taking his first crack at Destiny with the Destiny 2 Beta!
    • Oh, Steve…what’s waiting for you…
    • Totally new to Destiny? Start with Destiny 2, or go back to the original?
  • Another voicemail, this one from Jonathan Jett-Parmer, going deep into the mechanics. AND SOME SERIOUS “COUNTDOWN” LOVE!
    • What is it with the hate for the Arcstrider? (I love it.)
    • Tee and Brandon go back and forth about the Sentinel’s super…
    • …and we discuss more mechanics that we should have a place to practice, but we didn’t have it.
    • Destiny 2 Beta. Not really for the lone wolf?
    • The purpose of a Beta: A Bug Hunt
  • Twitter feedback from Episode #011
    • A simple message…
    • …from an unexpected listener: #BlondeSolo herself, Courtenay Taylor
    • This is what happens when no one else but Tee checks the podcast’s Twitter account!
    • Nick may need a moment…
    • An appeal to #BlondeSolo to come on the show.
    • Why didn’t Shohreh Aghdashloo tweet Tee? Nick knows.
  • What did you think of the Beta? Let us know at…
    • Voicemail/WhatsApp — 703.791.1701 (And Brandon’s rolling his eyes about the “WhatsApp” connection. Whatev’s.)
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
  • Where to find us online…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
for the show at 703.791.1701, or here at the blog.
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And remember, you can find the show on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play!
Subscribe, listen, and review.

Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening.