The TBoD Podcast – 78 – A Night with the Oscars

How do chaps and chapettes,

on this weeks show Crinbot, The Quim Ninja and myself discuss all kinds of gaming stuff including;

no respawn,


favourite levels,

and this weeks indie game is the delightfully strange “Oscar“.

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– eremenko


1 thought on “The TBoD Podcast – 78 – A Night with the Oscars

  1. Another great show, gents!
    Just wanted to jump in and talk about the Vault of Glass a little bit. Wall of text incomming πŸ™‚

    My first experience with the raid was quite similar to yours. Things were going ok until the Gorgon’s cave, which completely sucked the life out of the group. By the time we got to Antheon, we were tired and frustrated, which lead to LOTS of sloppy mistakes and bad play. We bailed without completing the raid, and I left with a very bitter taste in my mouth.

    The next day, I went in with (mostly) different group, and we steamrolled through the entire raid in about 90 minutes. Having some raid experience under our belts surely helped, but I think the group itself was the bigger difference. Everyone communicated clearly (except for me, mr. “:no mic”). We knew how and when to rotate positions and cover teammates who had gone down. Even more importantly, we were able to clear sections while shorthanded, so having a member of the fireteam go down wasn’t the end of the world. On the first night, clearing the Gorgon section took almost 90 minutes. This time it took about 10 minutes. The difference overall was night and day.

    A comment about gear and level. While the raid is technically a “level 26” mission, it is ball-breakingly tough at 26. Going in at 27 or 28 makes a huge difference. Even more important than that however is your weapons. I’ve beaten the raid 4 times now (3 on Normal, 1 on Hard) and every single time the Icebreaker was critical to our success. Having at least 2 or 3 members of the fireteam using the Icebreaker allows your group to deal with some of the more deadly enemies from extremely long range and relative safety. The gjallarhorn is also a huge help when it comes to quickly taking down Petorians as well as the bosses. And when it comes to your primary weapons, Blue-level gear is going to make your life difficult. It’s doable, but having at least 1 decently leveled Purple primary will help a lot.

    Finally, I wanted to comment on the nature of the raid itself. The way I see it, there are 3 distinct levels of “challenge” within the raid:

    1) The basic challenge of shooting all the enemies
    2) The “puzzle” element of figuring out the mechanics within each encounter
    3) Coming up with a plan and executing effectively

    For me personally, I knew going in that Challenge #2 was not something I would enjoy. I don’t have the time to spend hours simply figuring out what is going on, THEN trying to actually beat the encounter. So I specifically looked for groups that had at least 1 or 2 members who knew where to go and what to do. There is still a lot of problem solving involved, since you need to figure out exactly what works for your group, but it streamlines the entire raid.

    Finally, regarding the “fun factor” of the raid: For me, much as Crinbot was saying, the fun comes in when your team works out a strategy and executes flawlessly. More so than anything else in Destiny, the Raid requires a level of precise teamwork. Your chances of success lie on a razor’s edge; when everything clicks, your group feels invincible. But there’s always the thrill of knowing that 1 tiny mistake will send everything crashing down.

    Just as an example, here’s a video of my group beating the final boss on Hard mode last week. We shred him in under 6 minutes. What you don’t see is the 2 hours leading up to this point where we fail and fail and fail, before all the pieces finally fell into place. Beating him was one of the greatest gaming experiences I’ve ever had:

    So if you can bring yourself to try it again, I would certainly recommend it. I certainly had a similar first experience, but I’m so glad I went back in πŸ™‚

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