This morning I am opting to make a more traditional blog post rather than an other DAW post because… well the DAW posts take a lot out of me. It takes a lot of effort to summon up this hardcore reminiscing, and after doing four of them, I need to take a day off. I am sure I will return tomorrow with another segment. Though it seems like not that many people are joining in, and it was a little disheartening the other day when a friend of mine called it a marketing gimmick. In truth we forgot about it this year, and I felt that it was bad that we forgot about it. Normally speaking this thing is supposed to happen during the last week of March, but instead I rescheduled it to happen the last week of April because I didn’t want a year to go by without this thing happening. I feel it is important for us as players to remember that the games we often complain about… are made by actual human beings who just want to do a good job. So it only seems fitting to spread a little love around during a single week in the year. I don’t really get anything out of doing it, and I am certain Scarybooster didn’t when he first started doing the event back in 2010. So if it is a marketing gimmick it is a piss poor design.
I’ve been pretty sick over the last few days, a combination of allergies and asthma, so last night I decided that I really needed to turn in early and get a full nights sleep. I had a really strange dream as a result and I can only assume it is due to me not exactly being all here right now. So I had this dream that I was being thrown a birthday party, but instead it was all of my internet friends. There is a lot of the dream I am already forgetting but there were some really strange moments. For example my friend Tam that I record AggroChat with, had this circa 1980s Lisa Frank folder with a rainbow colored tiger on it… and inside he had written on big chief notepad paper… these summaries of different pen and paper character archetypes. For some reason Markiplier was there, which I found odd because I only really know of him from various Pax panels. He ended up getting me a gift called a “Cat Tether” which is supposed to be I guess like a cat leash? The box looked like it came from the as seen on television aisle at Walgreens. The rest of the dream is pretty fuzzy but I thought it was strange enough that it was worth writing about. In any case I feel more rested this morning and feeling a little less horrible, so I guess it worked?
The other reason why I wanted to take a day off from DAW is that I want to talk about the current Iron Banner. Largely I want to talk about it… while there is still enough time to people to get into Destiny and participate. In the past loot from Iron Banner felt like it was few and far between, but it seems like Bungie cranked the switch up to 11. On average it felt like every three to four matches I was getting a piece of legendary gear. This week the items up for grabs are boots, class items, Tormod’s Bellows Rocket Launcher, and Haakon’s Hatchet a bullet hose type Auto Rifle. The loot that you get as drops seems to be limited to these four items that are available. From the moment you hit rank 1, aka after your first match/bounty turn in you seem to be able to get either the Class Armor or Boots. When you hit rank 3 the weapons start dropping, and I got my first Hatchet from that next match after hitting the rank. The rank 3 package sadly is only a 320 artifact, which isn’t all that good for infusion, however all of the items that you end up getting are. For most of the matches I have been sitting between 327-330 depending on my weapon loadout, and all of my gear so far has been 332-334 with sadly no 335s as of yet.
Over the course of my matches so far I have managed to get four Auto Rifles, six boots, six titan marks, and a single rocket launcher. Now the dropped variants have wildly differing rolls, but I managed to latch onto one that wasn’t too horrible and have been using it for most of the banner. Hip Fire sadly is useless on an Auto Rifle, but the other stats on this one are pretty great. Right now I am a little over half of the way to Rank 5, and the goal is to buy the vendor roll which is phenomenal and infuse this 334 into it. The vendor rolls for pretty much everything are really good this time a round, and if I actually cared about rocket launchers I might consider picking that one up. If I ever use a rocket launcher I am going to use Truth for the tracking ability, because I suck at using rocket launchers. Other things I have figured out, is that 330 seems to be the current cap for faction packages, because during the course of the last few weeks I have turned in a ton of Future War Cult, Vanguard and Crucible packages… and essentially everything I have gotten stopped at 330. The funniest thing is that the last three Crucible packages have all rewarded me the exact same primary scout rifle The Saterienne Rapier, one of which was worth holding onto because it had hidden hand and explosive rounds… however the bulk have served as infusion fodder allowing me to bring up weapons I will actually use more often. As far as Scout Rifles go… I am most likely to use my brand new Hand of Judgement that I pulled out of Challenge of Elders this week.