A few fun bits and pieces to start the week off with!

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Great news to start the week with!

So on the last Blatherings, I spoke how I was disappointed Brooklyn Nine-Nine was ending.  I got the news Friday after the renewal of Rick and Morty, and was really bummed by the news.

I hoped the cancellation was just a paperwork thing with the Fox-Disney merger and Brooklyn Nine-Nine being a Universal TV Property.

Well, luckily, it kind of doesn’t matter anymore!

It may only be one more season so far, but it’s back and that’s enough for me right now!

Destiny 2 new secrets aren’t just on Mars

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Say what you will about the state of Destiny 2, this kind of event is always awesome to see.  It’s something no one has to do – developer, publisher, or player.  But when it happens, and seeing everyone working together, I always have a warm feeling when people just work together.

First prize was a ‘real’ Javelin spear, with Golden Coins as consolation prizes.  While these are amazing and exciting, I can’t imagine the excitement as the puzzles were solved to reveal actual understandable content.  It may be cliche, but for me, that is a prize in itself.  And there is a chance it isn’t finished – check the last image!

*Photo gallery content is taken from Imgur.  The last image with the embossed lettering is from PC Gamer.

Reddit users joined forces to solve a cipher that started off as a symbol in AI Rasputin’s bunker, with one Redditor unlocking the following message:

“Thank you for taking the time to piece together this message, friend. The time of our final conflict is drawing closer and you and Ana have an important role to play in the events to come. So watch over her, Guardian. I would have no life without Ana or the Exoprogram. I regret that we have become strangers, but we each have a path that we must walk. And, ironically, there never seems to be enough time. Tell her Rasputin’s first attempt was in the right location, but the wrong moment. Look here: 43.549573, -73.544868 – e”

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I would never have even stopped to see if this could be translated

The note is penned by Ana’s sister Elsie, who is ‘The Stranger’ in the first Destiny.  I won’t lie, this is the storyline and lore that has me the most excited, and I can’t wait to see where else the lore takes us.  If only I had more time to raid…

If you want to see the entire Reddit mega thread of a solution, it can be found here.

For nothing more than a smile, and Deadpool

I am going to see Deadpool 2 Wednesday night.  I am going to enjoy it.  I have the tickets, and well, you know, Deadpool, so I am confident in these statements.

You know why I am confident of Deadpool?  Well, if the amazing marketing and impromptu videos (of which apparently 20 or so from the first film are still to be seen) didn’t convince you, nothing will.

For the rest of us, there is a show in South Korea called “King of Masked Signer”.  No, I hadn’t heard of it either.  But last week a special guest nailed a certain famous song from Annie, and the mask is so fitting…

So, good news all over the place!  Hopefully this puts a smile on your face to start the week with!

Here is to a great week everyone,

JohnHQLD

JohnHQLD Blatherings 007 – Some Upcoming Games And TV, And Changes Are Coming

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Welcome to the seventh Blatherings!

This week in the Blatherings has me talking about some new purchases I can’t wait to play. These include Escape the Dark Castle, and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – Carlton House and Queen’s Park. Then I give my impressions on Destiny 2’s Season 3 expansion Warmind.

There are also more details on changes coming on the very next Blatherings!  I can’t wait for this to start happening.

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

Wednesday I got Warmind on my Mind…

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New things are coming to Destiny 2 with Warmind

So I really wanted to have a few things written for this week. I was hoping to write a few things as I went to Sydney for work, but that didn’t quite happen. I tried to finish an article I started on Monday, but it’s just not happening.  You know what is happening?  The new expansion for Destiny 2, Warmind, goes live.

I keep looking at the clock while I write this, and just think to myself I can stay up the three or four hours and start the preload, get a couple of hours sleep, then get up and play.  This makes no sense, and I will be wrecked for a big day at work even with a late start.  But it’s what I am thinking.  I think I have rewatched the trailer about 4 times already tonight.

There have been promises of lots of new things with Warmind.  I have seen bits and pieces on the internet for a few weeks on how this is Bungie’s ‘make or break’ release.

On one hand, I can understand some players disappointment with Destiny 2.  A constant complaint has been stripping back content from the end of Destiny.  On the other hand though, really guys?  You think an expansion can fix something in your opinion fundamentally broken?

That is all a much deeper bunch of opinions than I can give proper thought to right now.  All I am thinking is tomorrow morning, I am going to start the Warmind campaign with Harls, and we are going to have fun.

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Meet Harls. It's usually his fault.

There are mechanical changes I am looking forward to, like Masterwork Exotics.  A reason to grind out certain mission types or hunt certain foes.  And the upgrades to the Exotic weaponry looks insane.  At the moment, even though I haven’t run many nightfall missions, I would need a very specific reason to run with an Exotic weapon over a Legendary Masterwork.  Just the extra orbs from multi kills make the choice clear.  Now, hopefully, those waters are muddied a little, giving weight to choices.

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One of the new Exotic weapons. Is it just me, or does this look like it belongs in Mass Effect?

There is the new campaign itself to look forward to as well.  In a lot of ways, to me, the story of Destiny 2 has been pretty light on.  But in the teaser trailer for Warmind one of the most referred to but never seen characters looks set to take centre stage – Ana Bray.

There is a new Raid, but I already don’t have time to run the current ones as regularly as I would like.  I haven’t even tried the Eater of Worlds yet.  New Strikes will be welcome, as will the new Secrets to uncover.

The main thing I am looking forward to is new end game content known as the Escalation Protocol.  Essentially a public event on steroids, the Escalation Protocol will not only see your fireteam taking on wave after wave of enemies, but groups of fireteams working together.  And, the final boss rotates each week, giving a little more variety.

Make it to the end, and specific rewards will be dropped for you to collect.  But unlike Public Events, people that wander in at the last minute and fire off a quick shot will not be able to loot the maximum level loot.

The Escalation Protocols sound like the epic challenge I want to take part in, without having to coordinate specific people to take part.  I hope it lives up to expectations!

I will be talking about Warmind more in the near future.  But for now, wish me luck!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD