Gavin: Hello again, my fellow Raiders! I wanted to give you a heads-up on an upcoming feature for the King’s Fall Raid: Challenge Modes!Early in December, one of the King’s Fall bosses will offer their challenge each week. You’ll see which boss when you select the Raid in the Director. It will display next to a skull, just like one of our Nightfall modifiers. They work on both normal and hard mode, and offer rewards to match.Each boss’s challenge requires that you defeat them in a very specific manner. How, exactly? We’re going to leave that up to you to discover (but apologies in advance to those that run the single-pool strat for Golgoroth).Good luck, Guardians!
Derek: One issue that comes up a lot when talking about “map balance” is that of initial team spawns. On roughly-symmetrical maps, like Pantheon, balancing initial spawns seems pretty straightforward. With asymmetrical maps, like Rusted Lands, things get trickier. You’d suspect that that one team would have a definite advantage based on their placement. Destiny is a huge project, and we try to get hard data on as many aspects of the game as we can so we can find and fix bugs that might not be apparent in one or even a few hundred matches. We can measure if initial team spawns unduly affect outcomes by recording each game, and noting which team won. For last weekend’s Trials of Osiris on Rusted Lands, across all matches, the map balance looked like this:50.128% Alpha Team49.872% Bravo TeamThat’s pretty close to dead-even. Thanks, Science!
DPS: Now that the Refer-a-Friend program is available, our #Recruitment forums are a good place for Referees looking for their Veterans. Many players are asking the following question: Who am I? A Veteran or Referee?Referees are new players who are looking for a referral. Referees either don’t own Destiny: The Taken King, or have owned and played Destiny: The Taken King for less than 7 days. Please note, Bungie does not support console sharing features. Referees must have purchased Destiny: The Taken King under their personal PlayStation Network or Xbox Live account in order to participate.Veterans are existing players who are looking to send a referral. Veterans have played Destiny: The Taken King for more than 7 days and have downloaded patch 2.0.2.Status qualifications will be listed in detail within the Refer-a-Friend Guided Support. For answers to the most frequent questions found in the #Help forum, follow this link to the Refer-a-Friend FAQ.With the influx of new players, Destiny Player Support has also released the Destiny: The Taken King New Player Guide. For information regarding various aspects of Destiny (e.g. Bounties, Quests, Factions, etc), follow the link above. While this will provide some information to get you up to speed, there is still plenty to discover so you don’t have to walk the Earth alone.
Cozmo: All of this week’s videos come to you courtesy of the Crucible. Guardians competing against each other can result in amazing moments. All the videos chosen will be rewarded with the MOTW emblem. If you too seek the emblem, submit your video to the Creations page. It doesn’t have to be a Crucible video. It could be a video of you beating a Raid while spinning several plates on sticks, blindfolded, with one arm tied behind your back. Be creative.