Xur Location for July 7

It’s the weekend, and Xur is back! I don’t know how you say “Happy Hour” in Agent of the Nine-ese, but we approve! Here’s what Xur has for sale this weekend, one of the few before the Destiny 2 beta drops in under 2 weeks.

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Legacy engram [Helmet] – 29 Strange Coins
Eternal Warrior [Exotic Titan helmet] – 13 Strange Coins
Young Ahamkara’s Spine [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13 Strange Coins
Ophidian Aspect [Exotic Warlock gauntlets] – 13 Strange Coins
Hawkmoon [Exotic hand cannon] – 23 Strange Coins
Three of Coins – 7 Strange Coins
Monte Carlo and Superspy [weapon bundle] – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust
Zhalo Supercell and No Toy [weapon bundle] – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust

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Weekly Reset – July 4th

Happy Independence Day, America! Happy Tuesday to the rest of the planet, and Happy Reset Day to Guardians everywhere! It’s Tuesday during the Age of Triumph, which means we have new raids, nightfall strikes and more. Here’s all you need to know this Stars and Stripes day!

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Weekly Nightfall

The Weekly Nightfall strike is The Nexus. Modifiers include Specialist, Juggler, Chaff, Ironclad.

  • Specialist increases special weapon damage.
  • Juggler means no ammo drops for your equipped weapon.
  • Chaff disables the radar.
  • Ironclad increases the overall number of shielded enemies.

Heroic playlist modifiers

  • Juggler means no ammo drops for your equipped weapon.
  • Airborne – you do more damage while in the air.
  • Catapult – grenade cool down takes longer

Crucible playlists

Mayhem Rumble. Nuff said.

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Challenge of Elders

Chaff, Trickle, Grenade Kill Bonus.

  • Round 1: Noru’usk, Servant of Oryx (Cabal)
  • Round 2: Overmind Minotaur (Vex)
  • Round 3: Wretched Knight (Hive)

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Weekly featured raid

King’s Fall is this week’s featured raid. Good luck taking out Oryx once again!

Episode #010: Gameplay Review with Tee Morris

We’ve broken into double digits with this episode, and we wanted to do something different. So Tee is putting himself out there with his own gameplay, breaking down what went right and what wrong during his first crack at Wrath of the Machine.

What did you think of this, Guardians? 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
for the show at 703.791.1701, or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

And remember, you can find the show
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Subscribe, listen, and review.

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

Thanks for listening. 

 

Xur Location for June 30

Xur is finished his normal 9-5 job and has now shown up to work weekends selling Exotics. This time around, he’s chumming in the Reef. If you want to find him, do what religious folks recommend, Turn Right and Go Straight. (He’s down the stairs.)

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Xur’s items for the week:

  • The Glasshouse (Titan Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  • Young Ahamkara’s Spine (Hunter Gauntlets) -13 Strange Coins
  • Starfire Protocol (Warlock Chest Armour) -13 Strange Coins
  • Hawkmoon (Hand Cannon) – 23 Strange Coins
  • Legacy Engram (Leg Armour Engram) – 29 Strange Coins
  • MIDA Multi-Tool and Special Ops bundle – 30 Strange Coins & 25 Silver Dust
  • Truth and Heart of Gold bundle – 30 Strange Coins & 25 Silver Dust

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Xur Location for June 23-25

Happy Xur Solstice!

Okay, I know it’s Summer Solstice and that joke didn’t even make sense, but when you get to chasing the Agent of the Nine every week, you get a little loopy. So, here we are with some summertime iced tea and chasing Exotics. Let’s see what Xur has for us this week!

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This weekend, Xur is hanging out in the Tower, with his buddy, the Speaker (presumably for one of the last times ever). Here’s what he has available to Guardians.

  • Peregrine Greaves (Titan legs) – 13 Strange Coins
  • Celestial Nighthawk (Hunter helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  • Heart of the Praxic Fire (Warlock chest) – 13 Strange Coins
  • Monte Carlo (Auto rifle) – 23 Strange Coins
  • Legacy Engram (Body armour) – 29 Strange Coins

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He also has these weapon bundles:

  • Monte Carlo and Royal Flush – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust
  • Red Death and Steel Witch – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust

Monte Carlo originated as a Playstation exclusive, and its featured power is that it grants quicker melee cool down. From what we’ve been reading, auto rifles may not be the #1 choice of all Guardians. Also, apparently, no one but me runs around punching everything. (After a long travel week, you can bet I’ll be doing that tonight!)

Thanks to the folks across the pond at The Sun for this week’s information.

Reset Tuesday: Info for June 20

It’s Taco…I mean Reset Tuesday! What are the new challenges for the Guardians during this week’s Age of Triumph activities?
There are updates to the Challenge of Elders, new enemies in the Prison of Elders, an updated Nightfall strike, new raid of the week, and more. Let’s discuss!

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Weekly Nightfall

This week’s strike is the Blighted Chalice. Head to the Moon to face the Pride of Oryx. Be prepared to deal with Void Burn. Modifiers include Brawler, Fresh Troops, Airborne, and Daybreak.

  • Brawler increases melee damage.
  • Fresh Troops increases the number of enemies in squads.
  • Airborne (aka the Thermal Wolf special) increases the damage you deal while in the air.
  • Daybreak greatly increases ability recharge rate.

Heroic playlist modifiers

Solar Burn, Specialist, Juggler.

Crucible playlists

Mayhem Clash.

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Challenge of Elders

Guardians will be dealing with Berserk, Small Arms, Melee Kill Bonus.

Round 1: Seditious Mind (Vex)
Round 2: Keksis the Betrayed (Fallen)
Round 3: Val Aru’un (Cabal)

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Weekly featured raid

Crota’s End is this week’s featured raid.

Don’t forget to give Episode 009 a listen for some of my starting over from the beginning, plus an amazing cosplayer from Awesomecon!

Episode #009: Nick’s Master Plan

 

Our episode begins with the presentation of a PS4 to Nick Kelly, He’s now able to play alongside Brandon, Tee, and Ron…but not before he gets his numbers up to snuff.

So…Nick’s got a blank canvas in front of him. What now?

Sound off, Guardians! Do you spark it in Destiny or do you troll? Talk to us at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Tee is getting his Heath Ledger on…
  • Ron reminds Nick of Shepherd Book from Firefly…and you know, he’s got a point.
  • When Ron gives advice in game, it’s tough love.
  • Shout out to +2 Charisma who made us these wicked-cool glasses for our podcast!
  • And suddenly we get plug heavy…

3:52 — Nick’s Master Plan

  • If you ever wondered what makes for bad audio…
  • Tee presents Nick with a non-gift because, well, Nick’s purchased Tee’s old PS4.
  • Does anyone need a LAN Cable? How about a toe?
  • Nick’s beginning a band new adventure on his household’s second PS4.
  • Now, a breakdown on where to find us all…
  • Ron puts down an ultimatum about The Crucible.
  • Music tangent, featuring composer Blake Neely on Twitter
  • The question to Nick: Are you going to spark it, or are you going to troll it?
  • One advantage of trolling to 40: Experiencing the Cinematics. Again.
  • Making a connection that takes Tee completely off-guard…

13:43 — Headshots

15:19 — Nick’s Master Plan (Part Two)

  • Coach makes everybody happy.
  • Ron’s definition of trolling in Destiny…and it’s eeeeeevil.
  • Other oddities of Destiny…
  • Anyone need a LAN cable?
  • Another way Nick can organically troll: His Grimoire.
  • And there goes Tee, breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • Advantages of working through levels, and what Nick can’t do presently (a/k/a pining for Archon’s Forge).
  • Waxing nostalgic. It’s what you do…
  • Quick shout out to Subifan05 who represented Guardians with respect at AwesomeCon!
  • Share with us your stories on how you decide to start over…
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • 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.
We’ll talk about it!

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. 

 

Weekly Reset for June 13

E3 is in full swing in Los Angeles, with plenty of news regarding Destiny 2. Meanwhile, it’s Tuesday, and that means another Age of Triumph reset. What’s new for Nightfall Strikes, the Crucible, the featured raid and beyond? Let’s take a look!

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Weekly Nightfall
The Undying Mind is this week’s Nightfall. Modifiers include Epic, Specialist, Juggler, Grounded, and Chaff.

  • Epic means an increase in heavily shielded enemies
  • Specialist provides an edge to special weapon damage
  • Juggler prevents any ammo drops for your equipped weapon
  • Grounded increases damage taken by Guardians while in the air
  • Chaff disables players’ radar

Heroic playlist modifiers
Heroic, Arc Burn, Brawler, & Ironclad.

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Crucible playlists
Zone Control.

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Challenge of Elders
Berserk, Catapult, Precision Kill Bonus.

Enemies:
Round 1: Keksis the Betrayed (Fallen)
Round 2: Seditious Mind (Vex)
Round 3: Noru’usk, Servant of Oryx (Cabal)
Weekly featured raid
Wrath of the Machine is this week’s raid. Go get that slick armor!!!

Weekly Reset for June 6, 2017

As the guardians have seen, the Age of Triumph once again brings the Weekly Reset. What’s new for Nightfall Strikes, the Crucible, the featured raid and beyond? Let’s take a look!

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It’s the Iron Banner! According to Bungie, Supremacy is this week’s challenge type. Victory rewards include the Iron Saga Mark (Titan Mark), Iron Saga Helmet, The Branded Lord (Fusion Rifle), and The Distant Star (Scout Rifle).

Weekly Nightfall

It’s everyone’s favorite eyeball, as the Weekly Nightfall brings back Sepiks Perfected, with Arc Burn. Modifiers include Ironclad, Catapult, and Exposure.

 

  • Ironclad increases the number of enemies with shields.
  • Catapult up the grenade recharge rate.
  • Exposure increases shields, but they do not replenish.

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Heroic playlist modifiers

Void Burn, Berserk, Brawler.

Crucible playlists

Combined Arms.

Challenge of Elders

Airborne, Trickle, Super Kill Bonus.

Round 1: Wretched Knight (Hive)
Round 2: Keksis the Betrayed (Fallen)
Round 3: Overmind Minotaur (Vex)

Weekly featured raid

King’s Fall is this week’s featured raid. Good luck against Oryx.

Episode #008: Play Smart. Play Efficiently.

 

It’s been a challenge recording this episode, but third time’s the charm! Ron had so much fun in studio with us that he decided to come back for more, but in this episode we talk about playing efficiently. What exactly does that entail, and when is it a good time to stay away from your comfort zones?

Sound off, Guardians! How do you play Destiny and where do your preferences lie? Auto? Pulse? Scout? Talk to us at 703.791.1701 (reachable through WhatsApp) or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Man, Chief Wigam 49 and Halo Is My Bitch 12 are throwing serious gremlins in the mix!
  • Ron decides to pick apart a line from The Empire Strikes Back
  • …and the show is already off the rails.
  • Brandon’s take on Friday the 13th: The Game.
    • Worth the wait!
    • Disturbing chats in hardware stores after playing Jason Voorhees…
    • Wait, this is not the podcast for that game. This is!
  • Destiny accomplishments for the week
    • Some of us got together with Michi. Some of us…
    • Damn social life.
    • Takeaways from the week’s Nightfall Strike
    • No, Tee…that’s not a Troll. That’s…oh, never mind…

7:09 — Play Smart. Play Efficiently

  • Brandon brings up a painful memory on why Tee wasn’t even able to play Destiny inefficiently on Day One…
  • A Titan’s mantra
  • Tee is convinced that certain weapons go with classes. Tee’s delusional.
  • #FloofingOff
  • However, some classes and races “fit” better together.
  • Ron’s Kryptonite: Sniper Rifles.
  • Lessons learned in the Challenge of Elders
    • Tee surprises himself with headshots.
    • Brandon wants a better indication of a precision kill…and we are back in Jason territory…
    • #Not aStormtrooper

12:47 — The Nerd Out App

13:58 — Play Smart. Play Efficiently. (Part Two)

  • Bless you, Brandon.
  • Ron dealt Tee during a loot review a Boot to the Head.
    • And Ron and Nick rub salt into Tee’s 400 Light wound.
    • A look into a new perspective on how to level up.
    • Pew-pew-pew-pew-pew…
    • Ron’s Tough Love. We all feel it when we run with him.
  • No, Tee…Ether Seeds, not Exot—oh, never mind.
  • The Plight of a “Part Time” Player…
  • Tee breaks the Fourth Wall, derails the episode, and turns it into a segue.

21:11 — Guardian Transmissions

  • Tee started up a chat with Spartan Jenzii after seeing a work-in-progress of hers appear on the Destiny Facebook Community.
  • Jenzii’s jam is EPIC cosplay builds.
  • Her current work: Aksis from Tee’s favorite raid, Wrath of the Machine!
  • Spartan Jenzii shares her story of her Aksis, Archon Prime build on the HHFTT Blog…
  • Sharing some Cosplay Melee love.
  • Wrapping-up and winding-down the episode…
    • AwesomeCon
    • Escape Velocity 2017
    • BlerDCon
  • We can take our act on the road, so if you want HHFTT at your event, reach out to us!
    • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
  • Where to find us online…
    • All these different locations…some of which ask for reviews, and we would appreciate that.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Pinterest (No, really, Pinterest!)
  • Ron, you want to take that call?

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
for the show at 703.791.1701, 
or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

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. 

 

Xur Location for June 2

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend! (Quick, somebody photoshop me a bandana on the Agent of the Nine.) It’s Friday, and that means it’s TGIX: Thankful Guardians Interview Xur.

That’s not a thing. Scrub your eyeballs.

On with the show…Xur is back and here’s his location and what he’s hocking out of the back of his panel van this week. (That’s also not a thing). This week, the Agent of the Nine is in the Tower nightclub. So, belly up to the bar, pop some glimmer in the juke box, and enjoy Happy Hour (from the Tower).

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Here are the Exotic Armors available this weekend (13 Strange Coins each):

  • Crest of Alpha Lupi chest piece for Titans
  • Mask of the Third Man helmet for Hunters
  • Skull of Dire Ahamkara helmet for Warlocks.

destinyThe Exotic Weapon is Hard Light, a fast-firing auto rifle whose bullets ricochet off of hard surfaces. (23 Strange Coins)

The Weapon Bundles are Monte Carlo auto rifle with the Superspy ornament, and the Red Death pulse rifle with the Steel Witch ornament.

Not a lot of love for this week’s inventory. Maybe Xur will have some better items for next week’s “School’s out for Summer” edition.

 

School Bands Getting in on Destiny

Special thanks to the continued great work by the folks over at GameRant.com. Kyle Sledge posted this article earlier this week featuring a middle school orchestra doing their rendition of the Cabal Stomp.

Game Rant’s article on the Cabal Stomp orchestra HERE.

As Kyle points out, this was originally posted by a Reddit user named “rediamnot” on Bungie’s official Destiny subreddit. It’s always amazing to see just how widespread the game’s popularity is, across generations and countries throughout the globe.

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The article continues, pointing back to a 2-year old post from Game Rant contributor Sarah Fields. This post features an 8-minute video of the Guyer High School Wildcat Marching Band doing a full performance to music from Destiny. This isn’t new territory for the Wildcats, who, in 2012, performed an entire set to video game music. Songs included medleys from Tetris, Pokemon, and Halo. 

The Wildcat Destiny Musical Article from Game Rant here.

Music has always played a big role in Destiny, with a wonderful soundtrack supporting the game play. Back in 2014, Sir Paul McCartney even released an accompanying song, titled “Hope for the Future.” It marked the first time that the former Beatle had composed for a video game. To celebrate the song’s release, McCartney even created his own Guardian for the game.

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Sir Paul McCartney’s Guardian

Weekly Reset for May 30

It’s Taco Tuesday, which in the Age of Triumph, means we have need weekly nightfall strikes, raids and more to accomplish. It’s an oldie but a goodie this week, and a favorite of our very own Brandon “Headshot” Kelly. Check below for details. Eyes up, Guardian!

Featured Raid: Yup, It’s Vault of Glass

Ok, Headshot, time to hit the Vault of Glass on Venus for a chance to earn some exclusive 390 raid gear and weapons.

The VoG has challenges for both the Templar and Atheon. Here are the requirements to pass them both:

  • Templar Challenge – The fireteam must prevent the Templar from teleporting once during combat.
  • Atheon Challenge – Each member of the fireteam must kill the Oracle once during every teleport phase of this fight.

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Weekly Vanguard Nightfall

The weekly nightfall is the Dust Palace. (Quick piece of trivia: This strike was originally exclusive to the PS4, but opened up to all players in 2015.)

The active modifiers on this strike are:

  • Epic adds heavily shielded enemies that are more aggressive and appear in greater numbers.
  • Match Game makes enemy shields immune to damage that doesn’t match its element type.
  • Small Arms increases primary weapon damage while slightly decreasing special and heavy weapon damage.
  • Chaff removes player radar.
  • Berserk prevents enemies from flinching even after taking massive damage.

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SIVA Crisis Heroic Strike Playlist

Someone, Strongbad is happy, because this strike includes a burn modifier. “TROGDOR!!!!” Break out the Sunsinger, Sunbreaker or Gunslinger and “Set Fire to the Sun!” Rewards include 30 Legendary Marks and a Treasure of Ages loot box. Lucky players will also potentially land a Skeleton Key.

The active modifiers on this strike are:

  • Heroic buffs enemies, making them more aggressive and in greater numbers than normal.
  • Brawler increases Guardian melee damage.
  • Berserk prevents enemies from flinching even after taking massive damage.
  • Solar Burn increases all solar based damage from any source.

Weekly Story Playlist

Revisit past missions, although with a new flavor, with the Weekly Story Playlist. This brings back old missions with new challenge modifiers, and rewards players with a Treasure of Ages box and Legendary Marks. This week’s story modes stick with the Iron Lords.

The active modifiers this week are:

  • Heroic buffs enemies, making them more aggressive and in greater numbers than normal.
  • Void Burn greatly increases all void based damage from any source.
  • Small Arms increases primary weapon damage while slightly decreasing special and heavy weapon damage.

Weekly Crucible Playlist

It’s Mayhem.

The modes this week are:

  • Clash
  • Rift
  • Elimination
  • Skirmish
  • Rumble Supremacy

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Thanks, once again, to Derek Nichols of Gamerant.com for this information.

Xur Location and Exotics – May 28

Xur, the Agent of the Nine, aka Squidward, aka Acne-pus (an octopus with bad acne issues) is back for the weekend. He’s making use of the Tower, while we still have one, hanging out with the Speaker, while we still have one, to sell you exotics. Here’s a breakdown of this week’s items.

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The items that Xur are selling this week are as follows:

  • Helm of Saint-14 (Titan Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  • ATS/8 ARACHNID (Hunter Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  • The Ram (Warlock Helmet) – 13 Strange Coins
  • Hearafter (Sniper Rifle) – 23 Strange Coins
  • Legacy Heavy Weapon Engram – 31 Strange Coins
  • Monte Carlo and Superspy – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust
  • Truth and Prototype – 30 Strange Coins, 25 Silver Dust

Thanks to Matthew Reynolds at Eurogamer.net for this week’s update.

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Xur Location and Items for May 19

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TGIX! Thank God it’s Xur? Doesn’t really have that sing-a-long ring to it, huh? Well, it’s Friday, and that means the Agent of the Nine is back with a new catalog of “what’s it gonna take for me to get you into this Exotic today?”

Specifically, Xur (who I believe matches the original concept art for Squidward on Spongebob Squarepants) is in the Tower. This time, he’s hanging with the Speaker, instead of downing a pint of … uh … you got me in a box, here. I have no idea what that dude would order.

Here’s the breakdown on the items available from Xur this weekend:

Thanks again to Sharif Saed at VG 24/7 for this info.

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Weekly Reset for May 16: Nightfall, Playlists & Challenges

It’s Tuesday, and that means Bungie once again resets the weekly Nightfall, Challenges, and Playlists. Here’s the breakdown for this week, including…wait for it…Wrath of the Machine!

Weekly Nightfall

Winter’s Run is the Nightfall this week with modifiers Specialist, Chaff, Ironclad, and Exposure.

  • Specialist increases special weapon damage.
  • Chaff disables your radar.
  • Ironclad increases the number of enemies with shields.
  • Exposure increases your shields but they do not replenish.

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Heroic playlist modifiers

Solar Burn, Specialist, Fresh Troops.

Crucible playlists

Mayhem Clash.

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Challenge of Elders

Catapult, Small Arms, Melee Kill Bonus.

  • Round 1: Noru’usk, Servant of Oryx (Cabal)
  • Round 2: Overmind Minotaur (Vex)
  • Round 3: Seditious Mind (Vex)

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Weekly featured raid

Wrath of the Machine is this week’s featured raid. This means all three challenge modes will be active, which means you’re going to need to make sure you don’t mess up the attempt. Reading the full guide at the link is a good way to start. – Special thanks to Sherif Saed of VG 24/7 for this week’s info.

Xur Location and Items for May 12

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend. Why? Because the Agent of the Nine is back and he has some super sweet gear as usual. Where’s Xur? Let’s find out…

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The squid-faced one is hanging out in the lounge/bar at the Tower (we approve, of course.) The big question is…what in the name of Osiris would this guy drink? And how?

What’s he Got?

The Legacy Engram (for just 29 Strange Coins) is leg armor.
13 Strange Coins will get you one of the following pieces of armor:
Immolation Fists (Exotic Titan gauntlets)
Khepri’s Sting (Exotic Hunter gauntlet)
Ophidian Aspect (Exotic Warlock gauntlet)

23 Strange Coins will get you the Zhalo Supercell (Exotic Auto Rifle).

7 Strange Coins get you the Three of Coins.

The following bundles are also available:
Zhalo Supercell and Not a Toy (weapon bundle) – 30SC, 25 Silver Dust
Hawkmoon and Carrion (weapon bundle) – 30SC, 25 Silver Dust

(Thanks again to the good folks at VG24/7 for the information on Xur this week.)

 

Iron Banner

So this week the Iron Banner is back in action, and the gamemode is Mayhem Clash. So that’s fun! Here’s some rules and things I’ve learned from playing the Iron Banner Mayhem Clash.

 

Rule #1
Fighting a Stormcaller is pretty difficult when you’re a Stormcaller yourself.

Rule #2
If you hear a Hammer of Sol, run for your life.

Rule #3
Grenade… Melee…. Grenade…. Super…. Grenade…. Melee…

Rule #4
Grab as much Heavy ammo as possible… It can save you.

Rule #5
Grab those Banner bounties, they’re worth it.

Rule #6

It’s not a bad idea to stick with your teammates.    Unless they’re all Sunsingers

Episode #006: Baby’s First (Successful) Raid

If you’ve been tracking with us on Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast then you know that Brandon, Nick, and Tee have never been on a Raid.

Check that — never been on a successful Raid.

When Bungie revealed their new armor for the Age of Triumph, the guys knew they had to up their game, one Raid at a time; and recently, Tee and Brandon got a fireteam together and headed into the original (vanilla) edition of Vault of Glass.

Here’s how things went…

Share with us your own favorite (or least favorite) Raids at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to share them with the Guardians on the show!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Nick has his own soundtrack. Did you know that?
  • Brandon kills Demigods for the fun of it.
  • If Orion is the foundation, then Brandon is the gravel.
  • #TankLife
  • #DieOmnigoulDie

3:15 — Baby’s First (Successful) Raid

  • Holy Cow — we completed a Raid! And yet Brandon’s salty about it…
  • Nick did not join Tee and Brandon on this Raid. Our team included…
    • WikiReedia (never completed a Raid)
    • TheTeeMonster (never completed a Raid)
    • Th3rmalw0lff (never completed a Raid)
    • Nitrolad (Veteran of Raids)
    • ObiOrion (Veteran of Raids)
    • ZoneMudKip (Veteran of Raids)
  • Heading into the Vault of Glass, we — looked — great!
  • The Vault of Glass with Nick Kelly as EmCee
    • Digging into the Grimlore about the Vault via the Destiny app…
    • Six Guardians total
    • Brandon’s first Raid, depicted with drop-in’s
    • Subclass Breakdown
    • Nobilis’ strategy, similar to OneActual’s on Twitch: Have a Defender on call.
  • A few words on Sherpas
    • What makes a bad Sherpa
    • What makes a good Sherpa
    • Shameless plug for Rev3
    • ObiOrion, ZoneMudkip, and Miss Anubis — ideal Sherpas
  • Brandon is jonesing for that AoT Vault of glass armour.
  • Tee faces a nasty jumping puzzle that eats away at his final nerve….
  • Why did we go with Vault of Glass?

15:27 — Nutty Bites

16:07 — Baby’s First (Successful) Raid: Part Two

  • Why did we go with Vault of Glass? (continued)
    • Nick will get to do a Raid…eventually.
  • Could we do this again at 390?
    • Well, maybe?
    • Tee wants a Light buffer before giving it a shot.
    • If Orion had that armor, he would be wearing the new armor.
  • So, how did we get along?
  • The Key to Raid Success: Communication and Coordination
    • Tee learned a lot when watching an H1Z1 Event.
    • On OneActual’s feed, one person is making the call.
    • Another #DestinyGoal: A chain of command.
  • Vault of Glass’ Boss Battle: Atheon
    • Just let Brandon do his thing…
  • Was the Raid worth it?
    • Did WikiReedia have somewhere else to be?
    • Enjoy the scenery…
    • Anyone else think the Vault looks like this?
    • The adrenaline crash is nuts!
  • What’s next?
    • Please avoid “easy” when describing these Raids…
    • Leaning towards Crota’s End…
  • What is your favorite Raid? LET US KNOW!
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  • Brandon sounds so sad. Cheer him up, will you?

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Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #005: How Do You Play Destiny?

It’s that kind of Tuesday where Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is live! Brandon, Nick, and Tee are talking this episode about how we play Destiny. There are different approaches to the game, and everyone has a favorite way to play. In the second half of the show, they discuss ways they can improve their game.

Have a listen and feel free to share with us your own approaches to the Cosmodrome, the Dreadnaught, or the Plaguelands at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Tee is trying hard to make everybody feel good about the show in its infancy…
  • Carving out time for Destiny sucks when you adult on a regular basis.
  • Brandon inches closer and closer to 400 Light. (UPDATE: He made it Monday night.)
  • Who’s coming out on top? Cayde-6 or this guy?

3:30 — How Do You Play Destiny?

  • Nick sums up his style-of-play with the Titan succinctly. (#TankLife)
    • There are other classes out there for the Kellys, and their KinderGuardian is a Warlock
    • Nick’s Advice: Don’t play a Hunter like a Titan.
  • A quick visit from the Studio Cat. (One of them anyway…)
  • Where to find us on the PSN…
    • Nick Kelly — TBA
    • Brandon Kelly — Th3rmalw0lff
    • Tee Morris — TheTeeMonster
    • Nick and Tee are making Brandon squirm…
    • How does Brandon play?
      • One word — He’s a Baller.
      • Crucible Doubles is Brandon’s jam.
    • Nick likes to farm the Forge.
    • “Titan no jump good.”
    • Why Brandon prefers Nightstalker over Gunslinger
  • Tee’s approach to Destiny
    • Thanks to Nick, Tee’s working up the Defender with his Kinderguardian Titan.
    • Tee’s more confident with the Hunter in the Crucible, but he’s got mad-love for his Warlock.
    • Brandon hates the Warlock melee…especially when he’s on the other side of it.
    • Before anyone says it, yes, Tee knows the Telesto is a FUSION Rifle. He was buzzing hard off the Rev3.
  • Thanks, Clark Gregg.

15:07 — The Phil Rossi Experience

16:20 — How Can We Be Better Guardians?

  • We love this game…but what can we do better?
  • Tee volunteers as Tribute
    • When the E becomes a P, Tee’s aim makes him ready for the Imperial Armed Forces.
    • And here comes the hump-busting…
    • Tee’s other problem: He missed his calling and should have played hockey..like Nick.
    • The Rage isn’t directed at other players. It’s all on me.
  • Sebastian (the Cat) returns, and loves on the plug bell.
  • Tee got an awakening about “aggressive styles” of playing when watching the H1Z1 Event.
  • What makes Tee unravel: The voices in his head(set).
  • Brandon’s Room for Improvement
    • Channeling an Inner Leroy…
    • Brandon hates Pulse Rifles and Shotguns.
    • SIDENOTE: Tee’s a sword guy.
  • Nick looks at where he can improve.
    • “Titan no jump good.”
    • Patience is a virtue….and a measure for how much Heavy Ammo synthesis you have.
    • Can Nick get over those jump puzzles? He’s confident.
    • #DestinyGoals 
  • How do you play Destiny?
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #003: The First Week of Age of Triumph and Destiny 2

Episode #003 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast was not supposed to happen for another week but let’s be honest— Bungie had a pretty jam packed week last week and we needed to get back to the Tower and talk about it.

What a week, indeed!

00:00 — Introduction

  • How about those new drop-in’s?
  • This is so NOT a weekly podcast…
  • …but HOLY HANNAH IN A HELICOPTER, Bungie is keeping us busy!

2:05 — The Age of Triumph: Week One 

  • So what do we think?
    • Nick’s got some catching up to do…
    • What is up with that “From the Beginning” accomplishment?!
    • Tee sums up the Age of Triumph.
  • Brandon is closing in to the coveted 400 Light Level with his Huntress after five days. Five. Days.
  • Shout out to Obi Orion!
  • Inching closer to our own six-person fireteam…
  • Tee hopped on to Twitch to celebrate AoT…
  • Whatever Tee is drinking, he’s having a wild ride with this episode.
  • With the Husk of the Pit, Tee was making poor Destiny choices.
  • Brandon is a man of few words…
  • Nick’s First Impression: Don’t leave the house without your Sunbreaker!
  • Brandon was getting a lot of Ogre Love.
  • Where was Vin Diesel on today’s strike?
  • Tee learns something new about rocket launchers from OneActual on Twitch
  • Age of Triumph, baby — it’s on!

13:25 — The Steamrollers Adventure Podcast

 14:36 — Destiny 2: Electric Boogalloo

  • On the FIRST TAKE…
  • Summing up Tee’s misadventures today…
  • When you need to mine for loot…
    • Tee and Nick prefer Archon’s Forge.
    • Brandon is all about the Crucible.
    • Quick Tip for the Crucible: How’s your Three of Coins stash?
  • So you think people are digging Cayde-6?
  • Who doesn’t love the SweeperBot?
  • Thoughts on the teaser trailer and then the trailer for Destiny 2
  • How can you purchase Destiny 2?
  • Have you picked up a Cayde-6 from GameStop yet?
    • What we know about Destiny 2?
      • The Tower has fallen.
      • When heading into the hot zones, get ready to go Cabals-deep!
      • Bungie’s word on the importing of characters.
      • Destiny 1 is not going anywhere soon, but no new content after AoT.
      • A few other upgrades to the game itself.
      • PC Gamers are jumping into the Cosmodrome on Day One.
    • Remember— April 1: Don’t believe anything you read on the Internet.
    • The Internet has got this. Seriously.
    • Want to share your thoughts with the Tower?
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    • Shout out to the Headshots podcast!

Signing off from the Tower…

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Episode #002: Welcome to the Age of Triumph!

Episode #002 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is going “Cabals Deep” into what Bungie is calling their “Victory Lap” prior to the release of Destiny 2. Age of Triumph is a new record book—the biggest Bungie has ever released—and Tee, Nick, and Brandon are nostalgically looking ahead to what’s in store.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Once again? But this is our second episode.
  • Age of Triumph in one Twitch stream? Don’t be ridiculous…

1:32 — Welcome to the Age of Triumph 

  • This is the celebration from Bungie for Destiny.
    • Why Twitch is called Twitch, according to Nick…
    • A bit of the community is upset about all this new gear coming.
    • Let’s enjoy the Farewell Tour
  • Stream One: Let’s talk about RAIDS
    • Deej (David Dague), Community Manager
    • Ryan Paradis, Lead Designer
    • Joe Blackburn, Senior Raid Designer
  • All of Destiny’s raids are back…but there is a catch.
  • For any new Destiny players, what is a Raid?
  • Brandon discovers the hard way how matchmaking works: It doesn’t.
  • Horror Stories of Failed Raids
  • There is more to Age of Triumph other than Raids. Let’s talk about Strikes.
  • Smoked Meat analogies work for this game.
  • Stream Two: All About STRIKES and QUESTS
    • Deej (again)
    • Tim Williams, Story Developer from Rise of Iron
    • Joe Sifferman, Strike Developer
  • New weekly Quest Playlists
    • 12 steps to new treasures and cool stuff
    • Where is your Record Book? (Just in case you don’t know.)
    • This is a 12-Step Program that is no help whatsoever.
  • Treasures of the Ages: available at EverVerse or playing the AoT challenges.
  • A few notes on finding Silver Dust
  • Feeling the pain of the grind…
  • New Weekly Offerings
    • Challenge of Elders (Level 42 Arena)
    • Nightfall Strike (Level 42/380 Light)
    • Some Daybreak Modifier Love
  • Can you smell the nostalgia? We can.
  • Daybreak Modifier drops on Day 1…and we are counting down…
  • Nick’s Lament…

13:10 — Geek Radio Daily

14:11 — The Age of Triumph (Part Two)

  • When does this Age of Triumph madness begin today? Wait…TODAY?!
  • So how close are we to that coveted 390 Light Level? Yeah, about that…
  • Stream Three: All the GOODIES
    • Deej (as always)
    • Ian Macintosh, Artist
    • Josh Hammrick, Senior Designer.
  • Apparently, Deej is your huckleberry.
  • We do love MAGFest on this podcast.
  • The armor of the Age of Triumph is insane…
  • The Vault of Glass armor

    Brandon covets it, but Tee’s got issues.
  • Verizon will not be sponsoring this podcast anytime soon.
  • We also love Rev3 on this podcast.
  • The Crota’s End armor
  • And you know what’s another great analogy that works for Destiny?
  • The Wrath of the Machine: Age of Triumph Armor…

    Tee wants this. BAD.
  • Tee is continuing baby steps with his KinderGuardian…
  • The Moment of Triumph armor…sexay!

  • So how did Bungie pull this off without putting on additional demands on the consoles?
  • And then you have the Exotic weapons…
    • It’s great listening to Nick and Brandon covet gear.
    • Foreshadowing to Episode #3
  • Nick goes there…

23:06 — Guardian Feedback

  • Comments from the Cosmodrome already?!
    • A question from Steve Saylor, The Blind Gamer — Where to start on Destiny?
    • A comment from author P.C. Haring — Why do you play Destiny?
    • What happens when Guardians tie the knot? You get epic photos like this! (Props to Sandy Pataray/illbeyourpal on Xbox)

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Signing off from the Tower…

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Episode #001: Meet the Guardians!

Welcome to Episode #001 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast. This is the first episode of a passion podcast featuring Titans, Hunters, and Warlocks. It’s three guys who just love the game and ant to share that with you. This is the “Meet the Guardians” episode where Tee, Nick, and Brandon give you a lowdown on who they are, how they play, and what they are looking to accomplish with this brand new podcast.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Once again? But this is our debut episode.
  • Happy (Belated) Birthday, Brandon Kelly!
  • Commit now, retcon later.

2:00 — What am I listening to?

  • It’s all Tee’s fault, starting with bad assumptions…
  • If you’re looking for an in-depth, hardcore, all-about-getting-to-the-Lighthouse Destiny podcast, we got bad news for you…
  • Who are we?
    • Tee Morris — author, podcaster, Reluctant Gamer, and lover of MAGFest thanks to Nick
    • Nick Kelly — author, cybersecurity specialist, podcast, and a gamer of all kinds
    • Brandon Kelly — resident teenager and digital native
  • A few thoughts on games Brandon is crushing…

10:49 — The Melting Podcast

11:43 — Now that you know us, what is this podcast all about?

  • This is more than an excuse for the grown-up’s to drink…
  • When you need a pick-me-up… #Crucible
  • For Nick Kelly, this podcast is a celebration of Destiny.

13:30 — First Steps into Destiny

  • Brandon is the seasoned veteran of the three of us.
  • Nick purchased a PS4 for Christmas (You know — THAT Christmas) with good intentions…
  • Riding the Skylanders wave to Disney Infiniti (which, yes, Tee still misses…)
  • Tee’s entrance into Destiny. A bit of a bumpy one for a reluctant gamer…

17:27 — Why do we still play in the Cosmodrome?

  • The storytelling continues to get better and better.
  • The Splicers from Rise of Iron — scarier than the Borg?
  • As Brandon is the gamer, what brings him back to the game outside of others?
  • Nick does not care for PvP. Here’s why…
  • Quick plug for Rev3, the drink that powers us through the Crucible.

22:06 — We want to hear what you think!

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Signing off from the Tower…

 

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