Episode IV: Battlefield 5, Hearthstone, & Pokemon

This week we discuss our disappointment with the state of The Division,  the upcoming Battlefield 5 (or rather Battlefield 1) announcement, the possible slow death of the once great Nintendo, and more! As always our music is brought to you by The Dark Winter Project.

 

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Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness…. But Mostly Life.

I want to start by apologizing to our millions of fans around the world (here’s looking at you Dark Winter Project) for the lack of content over the past month. Legion Radio Network had to take a rather annoying hiatus thanks to, among other things,  that cruel mistress known as life.

Life that catchall term for the random bullshit that gets in the way of doing the fun stuff has gotten the better of  the Legion Radio Network lately. That being said sometimes life gets in your way in exciting ways. DesertFrost and DesertFire will be more or less unable to participate in the Legion Radio Network for the next 6-8 weeks as they prepare to come back home. Awesome! DesertCrypt is a newly wed and…. and has a cat? I don’t know what his excuse is. I guess growing a mean beard is a lot more work than I thought. God knows I can’t grow one. And as for me life has decided to bless me and my wife with our second child which is freakin’ amazing but getting ready for her to come is time consuming.

As a kid and young adult I could play video games all day. Now married with 1 child and another on the way working a full time job while also serving in the Army National Guard it is a pain in the ass to find time to get any gaming done. I do. Much to the chagrin of my beautiful wife I lose way too much sleep in order to get some time on the controller. Times are hard for the gamer in me.

 


 

So there you have it, our best excuses for why we have not talked about the flaming ship wreck that The Division has become and all the other big gaming news. I personally think Ubisoft Massive will be able to correct course and turn The Division back into the post apocalyptic fun land that it once was. You can hear our brief discussion on this topic on our upcoming episode 4 of the Legion Radio Podcast.

Speaking of flaming ship wrecks is it too early to start fearing for Nintendo’s future? They recently announced that they will be releasing their next home entertainment system next Spring and yet their E3 event will only feature Zelda…. for the Wii U. Come ON! I absolutely love Zelda but with everything else happening in the gaming world you cannot pin the next year of your company’s future on a single game.

From disappointment there is a shinning light in the world. Actually there are a lot of them. The biggest expansion yet to Fallout 4, Far Harbor,  will come out later this month. Overwatch’s open Beta started yesterday and let me say it is a blast. and finally the Battlefield 5 announcement is tomorrow!

Obviously we have a lot to discuss coming up and we are happy to get back into it. While DesertFire and DesertFrost are away from the mic we will have some guest fill in. So thank you if you’ve listened to us before and wondered where we went and welcome if this is your first time hearing about us. As always….

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

I’m a Feminist Don’t Call Me a Gamer

“Remember it’s both possible and even necessary  to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.”

On this weeks podcast DesertCrypt admitted that he finds it uncomfortable to call himself a gamer. While he did not expand on his feelings of the title I can give my reasoning for cringing when someone calls me a gamer.

I know there will be “gamers” who see this post and immediately refuse to ever look at this page again. That’s fine. People will see me mention Gamergate and notice that I’m on the side of Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, and the countless other women who have been on the receiving end of violent sexual harassment and death threats. When other “gamers” see that I am a fan of Anita Sarkeesian I may in fact open myself up to receiving similar messages.

I don’t like being called a gamer because the community has refused to out the extreme anti-women  beliefs held by a small portion of the population. When women become the target of endless sexual harrassment the industry as a whole throws up its hands and says ‘its not me and oh by the way she might deserve some of those death threats did you see what she was wearing?’

The Tumblr account Latininig gives horrifying first person accounts of this abuse and I ask that you please read it and consider what she is saying there.

 

Its Dangerous to Go Alone (especially if you are a woman going to a con or walking down the street or venturing onto a forum ….)

-DesertFawkz the Feminist Raven

Episode III: For the Love of Gaming w/ Dark Winter Project

In this episode, Legion Radio Network is joined by special guest Dark Winter Project to talk about music, The Division Incursion Update 1.1, and the love of Gaming.

The Division: Incursions Update 1.1

***This is a Repost***

Division-Agents.com

The first free update will introduce the first incursion, a new challenging end-game activity developed specifically for squad play. Teams will be able to test their skills as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies to gain high-level weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the community’s most-wanted feature, loot trading; allowing players in the same group to trade loot collected during a co-op game session.

In a Special Report on the official The Division Twitch channel, they finally revealed new information about the Incursions themselves and how the new gear sets will work. This breakdown summarizes the important points of the stream, but you can re-watch it anytime on Twitch.tv/thedivisiongame.

Story and Background 

  • Falcon Lost will be the first Incursion
  • It takes place in a Water Treatment Plant and is a LMB Stronghold, because that is not really something that you bomb, when you want to take back New York
  • Captain Perez reassembles the LMB to keep control and now it is our job to stop the rest of the LMB
  • Multiple voice-overs and discussions that will be different each time

Tactics:

  • You won´t be able to camp in Falcon Lost, you will have to change position on a regular basis
  • There will be new enemies: Drones – they will flush you out of cover and need to be shot down
  • You really need a good group and tactics, will be very difficult with PUGs
  • It is not only about gear but also a lot about player skills

You need synergy between playstyles

Matchmaker

Matchmaker is confirmed for Incursions. There is a Gear-Score recommendation for hard-mode and for Challenge Mode, you won´t be matched with players that are below a specific score.

Checkpoints

No checkpoints in Incursions, when you die you have to start over

Weekly lockouts?

No weekly lookout for incursions you can play them as many times as you want.

The first time in the week you will get a very good reward, and after that you will get good rewards

Future Incursions

More Incursions are planed (Columbus Circle is already confirmed for the Conflict update in May)

Future incursions will have different mechanics

Rewards

Best/new gear and weapons than everywhere in the game (also new named weapons)

Gear-Set-items

Difficulty

  • The Difficulty of the Incursions is very high, because it needs group coordination, tactics and also good gear to beat the Incursion
  • Incursions have two difficulties
  • Hard Mode that will require the equivalent of the current level 31 high end gear
  • Challenge Mode that will require the new gear-sets

The devs could beat the hard mode, so they made it more difficult.

The QC players needed days to beat the Challenge Mode Incursion.

Trading

  • Player can drop items to give it to the other players in the group that were present as you got the item
  • Restrictions:
  • Dark Zone you have to go to a Checkpoints to trade the item (safe area)
  • Dropped loot can be picked up by all players in the group
  • Items can be dropped and traded multiple times in the 2h window after pickup

New Feature: Assignments

  • There will be weekly and daily assignments
  • You can earn Phoenix Credits and Division Tech
  • Good rewards in general
  • Example: killing 10 Cleaners

New Dark Zone Activities

Supply Drops

  • Drop from the sky that happens every hour on different locations and have very good rewards
  • Only the first group that gets there will get the reward.
  • Supply Drops are protected by hard enemies
  • When you get the supply drop, you don´t have to extract them.

In general, they will add new activities in every future update

Spectator-Cam

When you die during a group-mission, you can follow other teammates

You can switch between your teammates, look around and help them until you are revived

 Gear-Sets

There are 4 gear sets

  • Finding and equipping four pieces from a single set unlocks a new, never-before-seen talent for your Agent, which the developers aren’t revealing yet.
  • You will also get a setbonus when you have a specific number of set-pieces equipped
  • Gear sets will have other talents than what we already have
  • Different gearsets per playstyle
  • Are more powerful than High-Ends gear pieces – but you have to equip a multiple number of items to get the buff – but gear sets don´t have gear talents

Help a lot in the group synergy when players of the group have different sets…

Sentry’s Call – This is the Snipers Gear set

Striker’s Battle Gear – Combat Assault set

Path of the Nomad -Dark Zone / Solo oriented set (very vague)

Technician’s Authority – Support and Tech-Bonus

You can get Gear Sets from:

  • Incursions
  • Blueprints that can be bought
  • Drop in Challenge Mode Missions
  • Dark Zone

(you need to do multiple things to complete the set)


  

Gear Score

After you reach level 30 you are measured by gear score / now you don´t see player level but the gear score

The gear score is calculated by the gear you are wearing and is based on the quality and item-level

Gear score is also included in matchmaking. Matchmaking will also include the items you have in the inventory.

Player Level Cap

Agent level is still capped at 30, but your gear score can boost your abilities beyond your level, and are touted as a new way of leveling up for top-level players.

RELEASE DATE

April 12th 2016 – on all platforms.

The Day Ubisoft Stood Me Up

6 a.m EST.

Alarm.

Man mid twenties with buzzed hair and the whispers of a beard rolls over in bed. Groggy he glances at his phone as he shuts off the alarm. He suddenly jolts up.

Pan in on phone screen: TheDivisionGame Twitch notification.

“Did I miss it!?”

The man eagerly clicks on the notification while jamming headphones into his ears to hear the announcement that will change his life.


 

No one really seems to know just where they had seen the announcement but everyone could agree on one thing: on the 29th of March 2016 Ubisoft Massive would be telling us everything we wanted to know about incursions for The Division during a live stream on their Division Twitch account.

I was shocked when I woke up this morning to find that there had already been a stream and I’d missed it. It was frustrating but I still get up before a lot people on the east coast of the United States I would still be one of the first to know exactly what to expect form The Division. Luckily my phone is waterproof so I was able to start the stream while I showered. This was important information, I didn’t have time to wait. But wait I had to.

At first it seemed like a  normal stream with Hamish Bode and friends. But Hamish is a Community Developer for The Division and a guy in the know about a lot of things for The Division so I figured this must be it. Alas my hopes were rather quickly dashed when he said he couldn’t say much about the incursions yet and that he had shot a video about the incursions but it wasn’t ready yet. Then Hamish proceeded to torture me by dropping little tid-bits such as “It’s very very very very difficult. To the point where people inside  the company cannot finish them.”

The Division Podcast Hamish Bode Arekkz TwoSixNine
I’m finding it very very very very difficult to not punch my phone through a wall

Then he drops that we should “stay locked to this channel” and that “This week will be a big week for information for people.”

So when several hours later I get another notification that The Division Twitch account was live i rushed to my cubicle, messaged my clan mates, and tuned in. This time it was Natchai, an Ubisoft CM surely he would give us news. But Natchai simply played the game killing a couple named bosses and then venturing into the Dark Zone all the while the chat was exploding with questions like “when is the incursion stream coming?” Natchai playfully told us he wasn’t sure every few minutes than finally after about half an hour of constantly being asked he shattered our dreams. There would be no incursion stream today and there was no set date for such an announcement.

I may have died a little inside.  Ubisoft released The Division 3 weeks ago today and in that time span I have spent 72 wonderful hours with their creation but today they left me at the dance.

 

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

 

-DesertFawkz The Disappointed Blood Raven

Episode II : The Division Incursions and Future Updates

Legion Radio Network discusses the recent patch to The Division, Xbox One updates, and future DLC from Ubisoft. We are featuring Dark Winter Project music throughout the episode! Also, LRN announces a contest and free giveaway for our listeners! Make sure to listen to the end!

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!”