I had every intent last night of coming home and working on Star Wars the Old Republic, but instead I spent almost my entire evening futzing around in Destiny. I did at least manage to get into SWTOR long enough to re-gear my Sith Sorcerer and claim Treek from my collection vault. So in theory I should be ready to go with a new tank for future shenanigans. What happened last night is ultimately what has happened so many nights lately, that I start working on this bounty or that quest and end up spending the entire evening there. Towards the beginning of the night I decided to step foot into my very first heroic strike. I have to say it honestly went pretty smoothly, and I lucked out that I managed to get one that I had at least done on normal mode. The second strike I got however… was not so smooth. It ended with me being the last person remaining in the strike after the other two guardians gave up. I was slowly working my way through the mobs, but quite honestly it was going to take forever… so I also gave up and left. For some reason they were trying to rush ahead and skip mobs that only served to destroy us as a result when several different groups of mobs came tracking us down at once. A few carefully timed supers whittled down the mess but we still had the final area with five ultras up, and I simply did not have enough ammo to make it through all of that by myself.
In my travels last night I ended up picking up a Key of Yuul, and as I have gotten these various chest keys I have made an effort to try and track down the location. This one is a pain in the ass and is located near the Court of Oryx on the Dreadnought. The problem with it is, that you have to use a series of those invisible platforms to get up to the ledge that the chest is on. I suck at jumping puzzles and as a result I was cursing while trying to do it. As always the chest itself was disappointing, only giving me some materials and some court of oryx tokens. I did however manage to get several legendary items from rare engrams. One of which is the above Fusion Rifle, which has a name that is a bit of an inside joke for anyone who has watched the abridged PlayStation 4 reveal video. Panta Rhei is actually a latest generation rendering system… but in the video the joke is made that it is like a Manta Ray with Pants. I have to think that someone created this gun as a nod to that joke. In truth it is pretty fun to use, and is significantly more enjoyable than the fusion rifle I had. I seem to have incredible luck getting legendary items from rare engrams, because it seems like at least once a night one of them yield something nice. Granted a lot of it just ends up being disenchant fodder, but those are still tasty tasty legendary marks right?
One of the things you have to realize about me… is that I am bad at actually following content in Destiny. Hell it took me until a few weeks ago when we took Carthuun through it to actually do the Dark Below and House of Wolves content. Similarly I have done shit for making progress on any of the dozens of quests I have. Well in truth that isn’t exactly true, but apparently I was simply focusing on the wrong quests. Last night when Carth logged in he helped me get my act together on the sword quest and as a result show me his Hadium Flake farming route. I have to say… I was skeptical at first but in about thirty minutes of running around we gathered up the fifteen flakes I needed to get my sword. I think I may actually be able to eventually farm the amount needed to get get Touch of Malice the Exotic Scout Rifle. The thing I need to sort out is how to find Calcified Fragments, because I have only actually gotten two of them, and the part of the quest that seems insurmountable is that I will need 45 of them. Mostly I think I just need to do some research because there has to be a similar route to find them.
The most exciting thing that dropped last night was during our manic chest farming route, I managed to get rare ship blueprints. Once I turned in back at the tower it ended up giving me the ship above. I still think I like my teal/grey kestrel better, but I figure I will use this for a bit until I get sick of it then swap back. Ships seem to be one of the harder to get of the cosmetic items available, and I guess I can see why since they are basically the thing that you see when you load into a strike with random players. If you have a really cool looking ship, it is bragging rights of sorts. I’ve seen some really badass looking ones, and I have no clue how to get half of them. The thing about Destiny is that I am making really slow progress, but still having a blast. I had a friend last night send me a message to ask if I wanted to do a Nightfall… and I am not even vaguely close to well enough geared for that. Unlike a traditional MMO though I feel zero rush to get geared to do stuff. At some point I need to grab Carthuun and Euron and do a night full of nothing but heroic strikes but I am really hoping to do this over the weekend, when I have a chance to buy some more three of coins. I want exotics, and I want them pretty bad… but not bad enough to grind my face off to get them.