It was honestly a sheer miracle that I made it through yesterday. As the day went on, it felt like my estimate of three hours of sleep was a bit too high. Luckily around 3 pm I managed to catch a second wind which made the whole “driving home” thing significantly safer for everyone on the road. My general goal was to stay awake long enough to be able to head to bed naturally around 9 pm thinking that maybe just maybe it would fix the problems and give me a good nights sleep. For the most part it seems to have worked and while I am a bit groggier than normal this morning, I am feeling significantly “better”. In my stupor yesterday however I managed to have an insane bit of luck. I happened to be watching my twitter feed at just the right moment, when Rift tweeted that they were just about to give out some Wilds Packs. They posted a photo with I believe six different codes on it, and I picked the smallest one… and started typing. Apparently my fingers were fast enough because much to my shock I saw a note in my transaction history that said the Wilds Pack was added to my account. Also much to my shock… I thought this was the basic pack that just included the new primalist class only, but instead it was apparently the $100 pack that includes a ton of other goodies as well including an insane dinosaur mount.
I think maybe that I violated the intentions of the class when it came to outfitting him. I rolled a dwarf, thinking that a dwarf with a big hammer/axe/thing would be kind amazing. Then when it came to actually setting up the wardrobe and picking a mount to use… things happened. Now I have my goggle wearing, leather clad, aetherbiker Dwarven Primalist. I played a little bit but very quickly realized that maybe when I am half awake is not the best possible time to play anything that requires a significant amount of reading. I did play enough to decide upon the Berserker prebuilt class for the time being. I considered going Titan which was the tanky build listed, but for the time being I think I am just going to be a pewpew hammer swinging dps. The starter primalist weapon looks kinda amazing, and honestly one of the big things that I look forward about playing him is that I will actually collect all of the low level gear appearances as I get stuff to drop for me. That was the negative about going into a major change like the wardrobe system with a high level character… that ultimately I was well past the gearing phase and all that I would end up physically seeing was new gear. Playing a low level character again will see me coming across all of that gear that I had and sold, or at least that is the hopes. However this is a journey for another day, one when I am not struggling to exist.
One of the negatives about playing Destiny as primarily an MMO player is that there are certain traits that carry over into the MMOFPS title. Namely that you actually find yourself caring about having quests hanging around in your quest log. Since the whole reading and making sense of things part of my brain was largely malfunctioning, I thought I would instead venture into Destiny and work one some of the things that have been looming over my head. Namely the “High-Value Targets” quest. On paper it sounds simple enough, that you need to defeat several of these High-Value targets… 3 in the Cosmodrome, 3 on the Moon, 3 on Venus, 3 on Mars, and 3 on the Dreadnaught. The problem being that in order to qualify as a high-value target, it has to be one of those special patrol missions that ask you to go kill a given mob somewhere in the patrol zone that is marked with a red star. To make matters more interesting… I learned that these only come from special patrol beacons that are also marked with a star. Theses seem to be largely rare and absolute luck of the draw if you will see them. So as a result I managed to complete the Cosmodrome and Dreadnaught quickly… but struggled with having not found a single high value target patrol on Venus or Mars.
So last night I spent pretty much the entire night wandering around various planets looking for star beacons, and when I did not find them… running as many patrols as I could in the hopes of making them spawn. At about 9:30 last night, moments before we were heading to bed… I managed to complete the quest. Additionally I also managed to complete Taken Assault: Mars which gave me enough Queen’s Wrath faction to finally start opening up bounties on the Reef. This also opened up The Wolves of Mars quest chain for Variks which involves doing a bunch of shit involving the Fallen. From what I have heard this will reward a Boolean Gemini at the end of it… which in truth will probably be a Year One variant… but if it works like Last Word did, it also opened up the Year Two blueprint for me. So in theory I can save up my marks and purchase the 280 version as well. In any case I had a lot of fun last night faffing about working through the various quests and bounties. There is something relaxing and mindless about wandering around and taking things out with an assortment of really fun to use weapons. The other big progress I made is I collected enough data using a shotgun, so I am now on the step where I need to disassemble a bunch of blue or better ones. I had a handful stowed away just for this occasion but it was nowhere near enough. As a result I will be farming engrams in the hopes of getting more, and in theory I need to just start running strikes. I did however manage to make it to 287 light when wearing my “best” gear, which is slow but palpable progress.