Diablo III Damage Calculator
Dyril has posted about a nice damage calculator that he has been working on. The calculator does not require a spreadsheet and dual wielding is included in the calculations. You are able to save all your stat information, making it much easier to return at a later time and compare it with new gear.
Make sure to take a look at his thread for more information as well as give any feedback. He has been actively updating the tool based on feedback.
It is one piece of what determines an item's "budget". You can think of an item as a blank slate, and by placing specific labels on it that have pre-determined "costs" the item essentially has a number of points it can then "spend on itself". The game will say "This is an ilvl 63 rare set of gloves". Those labels determine what affixes it can have, its maximum and minimum ranges, as well as damage, speed, armor, etc. Essentially every part of the item is determined by its type (common, magic, rare, legendary), what kind of item it is (head, chest, sword, etc.) and item level. Crafted, Legendary and Set items follow the same rules, but can have set affixes on them that don't change but still have a range to roll.
Item's also have broad ranges, and will overlap. The below concept of that overlap is in no way accurate or indicative of anything at all, except to illustrate the overlap.
Completely made up power scale that has no basis in anything:
I'm probably missing something in there, but that's the basic gist. We're working on adding a ton of the more nitty gritty game design specifics to the Game Guide up-top. We're shooting for something not too unlike the old Arreat Summit to detail systems and the inner workings of the game, which should help with this specific question as well.
Colossal Golgor Double Hit
It appears the Colossal Golgor is currently attacking twice.
A crystal shield used to absorb a double swing from the fat colossus and now it destroys the shield and half my life.
We're aware the Colossal Golgor is bugged, and attacking twice. The other situations you mention aren't on our radar, but we'll look into them.
As for overall damage increases, no changes went in, but we'll do some spot checks just to make sure no bugs cropped up from some of the other fixes.
Are you going to fix the repair costs, or am I just going to stop playing since I lose 50k-100k gold a night due to the fact that you nerfed my class to the point where it's unplayable? Playing a DH with no passive defenses or active defenses (lol 1 second SS with a 2 second CD) is a joke.
We like the repair costs where they are now. I'd recommend hitting up the DH forums and see if there's some help others can offer. There are a few guides and threads that might provide some helpful tips on staying alive.
Battle.net Balance and WoW Subscription
Bashiok posted confirming that they are working on getting WoW subscriptions working with battle.net balance.
Possible legendary Updates in 1.0.4?
My wording is usually picked pretty carefully. We're not changing it. New set in 1.0.4 might be different though.
Did you mean 1.1, or are Legendaries getting updated sooner now?
We'll have more information as we get closer to future updates. (Source)
RMAH and Item Drops
JOURNALISM! I think the claims in the original article have been sufficiently addressed as being devoid of context and fact by others here as multiple replies have been made, very publicly, on the topic.
If you'd like to discuss the basic premise of the AH and item drops, feel free, but I don't think that spreading misinformation is particularly helpful to any onlookers who don't happen to read each page. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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JOURNALISM? I wonder if he means to reference Forbes magazine that ran an article about how badly Blizzard mishandled the ball and how horrible their customer service is regarding the RMAH.
Whining about JOURNALISM and then locking the thread on the official forums because people said something that you did not agree with just makes it look so much worse for Blizzard. People with nothing to hide do not whine about it when journalist expose what they are hiding to the light because they know the truth and go after a retraction; however, when you are making mistakes and trying to hide them you complain.
are you dying a lot? it's pretty cheap now just from normal wear-and-tear
The only way to avoid dieing a lot is to have the gear to keep you alive. The only way to have the gear to keep you alive is to farm the gold needed to buy the gear. The only way to farm the gold needed to buy the gear is to play the game where you die a lot. It is a vicious circle. Oh wait, there is the RMAH (which Bizzard profits from) where you can buy gear without gold and since you have no gold because you spend it all on repair costs while trying to make it...it sure the hell looks like Blizzard is trying to force people to use the RMAH.
However, you can get around it. Personally, I have been farming ACT 1 repeatedly, and sure I died a lot at first, but then I put around 200k into gear on the GAH (crap gear but worthy gear for starting out) and then just kept farming. I have made around 500k (after repairs and upgrading my jeweler and blacksmith to their maximum level) on just three runs and got a nice legendary ring and rare shoulder item. So, it is possible to play and stay away from the RMAH, but it is going to take a great deal of time. It all comes down to how quickly you want to clear.
One thing I have noticed that makes absolutely no sense and might be random is that between my fifth stack of NV and killing the skeleton king all of the elite packs tend to drop three rare items. However, from the skeleton king on the items slow to the elite packs almost always dropping only one rare item.