Here’s Why ‘Destiny 2’ Can’t Bring Back Year 1 Armor (Yet), And How To Fix That

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One common refrain among Destiny players is that it makes little sense to keep making old gear irrelevant at this rapid of a pace. When armor received random rolls in year 2, for instance, the solution was not to just give all current sets random rolls and actual perks, but instead to just leave them with…literally nothing, allowing only year 2 armor and beyond to roll with actual perks.

What this means is that everything players worked to earn in year 1 is functionally useless, because having armor with no perks is a recipe to be at a huge disadvantage in every activity. But that means leaving tons and tons of sets behind. Ones from every destination, old Eververse sets, sets from Zavala and Shaxx, from the raid and Trials and Iron Banner. Those damn Solstice sets that we grinded for ages for. None of that is useful, and even if you can require it from collections, there’s no actual point in doing so without perks.

The problem is that you can’t just flip a switch and grant everything rolls all of a sudden because of the way the current economy and acquisition system is set up.

Right now for say, planetary vendors, you can simply buy individual pieces of armor directly from them. Even if you disallowed random rolls on those pieces, you can also turn in materials for engrams, materials that Spider now sells for legendary shards. What that would mean is that it would only cost you a handful of shards to keep rolling and rolling and rolling for god tier loot with the exact perks you wanted, but changing the Spider economy would mess things up for say, infusion.

Raids, Trials, Eververse and Iron Banner stuff are each their own issues, but Bungie isn’t even attempting to try and find a fix for any of it. So I will, because this is just way, way too much stuff to leave behind, and the more stuff there is try and acquire, the more engaged players will be. More so than getting their 98th Tangled Web set, that’s for sure.

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Planetary Vendors – No longer sell individual pieces of gear, and no longer accept materials for random engrams. Give each a “heroic” bounty that gives out one piece of planetary gear a day (not powerful, just themed). Give planetary set rewards at the end of adventures that take place there. Have an increased chance to drop planetary sets when on patrol or running strikes in those areas. You could even add planetary gear to the Prime Engram loot pool so give Rahool more of a selection.

Raids – Just let people run the old raids and raid lairs and have gear drop like normal. You don’t get raid gear fast enough to make this a farming problem, so if people really want to hunt for good rolls on old gear this way, let them. Who cares.

Year 1 Crucible, Iron Banner and Vanguard sets – Allow players to pick between turning in tokens for old sets or new ones. If you want to encourage people to give the new set a shot, make getting the old set like, twice as expensive or something in terms of how many tokens gets you a piece. But it would still be a way to acquire stuff. Also periodically drop old gear as rewards in those activities.

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Trials – I do not have a great answer for this one. Given that Trials no longer exists, these sets may have to stay dead. You could do something crazy like offer Xur 150 shards for one random piece of Trials gear you’ve already acquired, now with rolls, but this is a tough one given that the activity is just not in the game at all.

Escalation Protocol – Literally nothing needs to change. Just let people keep grinding it for random EP gear, it’s probably the best damn armor in the game. I never completed it enough to get full sets back when it was relevant, but at 650 power I sure have now even with just a couple randoms, and it’s a bummer that gear is just pointless now (outside of the weapons).

Solstice Gear – Another tough one because this was a one-time-only event. At the very least, just give everyone random rolls on the pieces they still have. They might suck, but at least they’d have the potential to use them. I’m not sure how more rolls would work for these unless there was some sort of grand re-roll mechanic for everything, but that’s an issue for another day.

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Eververse/Holiday sets – You may have heard my philosophy that putting armor in Eververse at all is BS and all of this stuff should just be in the general loot pool. Put all old sets in there now with random rolls, and stop doing limited time only sets that are literally impossible to effectively farm for rolls.

The other, easier solution to all of the above is just to allow armor transmogrification, meaning you can pay some currency to make any rolled armor you want look like any piece of gear you’ve acquired. This may be the easiest fix if you don’t want to jump through all the above hoops, and I’ve already written about that extensively.

I don’t know if I’ve covered every old armor set in the game here, but that’s a good chunk of them. There is a way to make this work, and it really makes no sense that A) Bungie would take so time designing this stuff and B) players would take so much time earning it only to have be made irrelevant in a year’s time. That isn’t how loot-based games like this are supposed to work, and there are fixes here if Bungie wants to pursue them.

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Nextdoor Seeks to Bring Neighborhood Businesses and Customers Together

Can you use the local social media network Nextdoor for small business marketing? Here's how to set up your business page and more.

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Nextdoor now make it easier for businesses to receive feedback and recommendations from their neighbors.

Nextdoor is a free, private social network that requires users to register with proof of both their address and identity. The network is built around neighborhoods. You can join as a neighbor and once accepted then you officially become part of a neighborhood where you can share news, setup a Neighborhood Watch Group or even a business page.

Noticing that many of the community members exchange recommendations about local business, the platform decided to add business pages for local business.

Launched in 2011, the social network has grown to an audience of “double-digit millions” and claims to reach over 100,000 neighborhoods in the United States.

Nextdoor for Small Business

Who Needs a Business Page?

Business pages are ideal for anyone selling goods or providing services. This could range from offering neighborhood plumbing services to running a local barbecue joint.

What Can Businesses Do on Nextdoor?

Nextdoor helps businesses better understand their neighborhood reputation. Through a color coded map, you will be able to see where your business has been recommended by Nextdoor members. You will also be able to reply to messages and comments that members have shared. Your neighbors can as well send you private messages.

How to Setup a Business Page

Setting up a business page is quite easy. Go to the business section and fill in your business name and address. The page will automatically find your business based on your contact details. Click “claim” and verify it’s your business. You will then be prompted to create your business account.

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You can as well claim your business page right from your personal account. Sign into your account and allow the platform to use your personal email to claim your page. However, the downside is that you will have to share your personal details with someone else if you need them to manage the page.

If you own multiple businesses or your business has multiple locations, then you can claim different pages for your respective business. However, at this time, Nextdoor only allows one account per business.

Conclusion

Nextdoor claims that many business recommendations were already taking place and thus there was need to offer the support.

Setting up an account is free and easy.

Setup an account now to start receiving feedback and business recommendations from your neighbors.

Image: Nextdoor.com

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Nextdoor Seeks to Bring Neighborhood Businesses and Customers Together

Can you use the local social media network Nextdoor for small business marketing? Here's how to set up your business page and more.

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


Nextdoor now make it easier for businesses to receive feedback and recommendations from their neighbors.

Nextdoor is a free, private social network that requires users to register with proof of both their address and identity. The network is built around neighborhoods. You can join as a neighbor and once accepted then you officially become part of a neighborhood where you can share news, setup a Neighborhood Watch Group or even a business page.

Noticing that many of the community members exchange recommendations about local business, the platform decided to add business pages for local business.

Launched in 2011, the social network has grown to an audience of “double-digit millions” and claims to reach over 100,000 neighborhoods in the United States.

Nextdoor for Small Business

Who Needs a Business Page?

Business pages are ideal for anyone selling goods or providing services. This could range from offering neighborhood plumbing services to running a local barbecue joint.

What Can Businesses Do on Nextdoor?

Nextdoor helps businesses better understand their neighborhood reputation. Through a color coded map, you will be able to see where your business has been recommended by Nextdoor members. You will also be able to reply to messages and comments that members have shared. Your neighbors can as well send you private messages.

How to Setup a Business Page

Setting up a business page is quite easy. Go to the business section and fill in your business name and address. The page will automatically find your business based on your contact details. Click “claim” and verify it’s your business. You will then be prompted to create your business account.

nextdoor

You can as well claim your business page right from your personal account. Sign into your account and allow the platform to use your personal email to claim your page. However, the downside is that you will have to share your personal details with someone else if you need them to manage the page.

If you own multiple businesses or your business has multiple locations, then you can claim different pages for your respective business. However, at this time, Nextdoor only allows one account per business.

Conclusion

Nextdoor claims that many business recommendations were already taking place and thus there was need to offer the support.

Setting up an account is free and easy.

Setup an account now to start receiving feedback and business recommendations from your neighbors.

Image: Nextdoor.com

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Vile remarks on Obamas bring call for Buffalo education official to resign

The Buffalo Board of Education voted Thursday to demand the resignation of Carl Paladino, a board member who made vile and racist remarks about the Obamas. Paladino co-chaired President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in New York.

In a special meeting called to discuss Paladino’s comments, board members voted 6 to 2 to call for his resignation. If he does not, the board will petition the New York state commissioner of education, who has the authority to initiate proceedings to have Paladino removed from the panel.

A statement from the New York State Education Department issued after the vote said:

“We will continue to closely monitor the actions by the Buffalo School Board, the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and others on this matter. Once we receive an application for removal, we will review it as quickly as possible. We continue to review all of our options.”

Paladino, a wealthy Republican business executive, said in response to a survey by the alternative newspaper Artvoice that his biggest wish in 2017 is that President Obama “catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations” with a cow, then dies and is buried in a cow pasture. He said he hopes first lady Michelle Obama would “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

He was denounced by elected politicians, schools and others, and many called for him to resign from the Buffalo school board, where he has served since 2013 and this year won re-election. Paladino initially refused to back away from his comments, but he recently sent a 12-paragraph email to supporters saying he would not resign but that “I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize.”

Syracuse.com reported that Paladino, in his email, also “went on to defiantly criticize those who have asked him to resign from the Buffalo school board over his remarks” and “continued his relentless attack on Obama’s record as president.”

Barbara Seals Nevergold, the school board president, called for Thursday’s special meeting and made a statement recently that clearly stated her position: “We have what’s called a Dignity For All Students act. It does not just apply to students. It applies to everyone in the district. It applies to me, every other board member, every staff member. Adults are expected to adhere to that policy and if we’re not adhering to the policy, how in the world can we ask our students to adhere to it?”