The AH issues are being worked on but there's no ETA at this time as to when they'll be resolved. That's all the info we have right now. No one has lost items or gold though, transactions are just being delayed much longer than people are accustomed to.
Fan Creation of the Week: The Cosplay of Anna He
Fan Creation of the Week spotlights this wonderful Wizard cosplay created by Anna He. Blizzard managed to find her and ask her a few questions!
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Q. How long have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying for about 3 years.
Q. What made you decide to cosplay the female Wizard from Diablo III?
I was very unsure when I wanted to create a special cosplay for Pax Prime last year. I love video games, especially those with strong female characters, and had a few options to pick from. But when I saw the wizard concept art, I think I had an epiphany. Being fan of Diablo series, of course I would be the kick ass caster!! Why would I be anything else?!
I also found the background story of the Wizard Li Ming intriguing -- her character, her arrogance, her power, and her beginning are just amazingly developed! It is with this state of mind that I pour my heart into creating every aspect of the costume.
Q. How long did it take you to complete your cosplay?
This cosplay took about 250 hours.
Q. What was the most challenging part of designing and creating your costume and props?
The most challenging part of my cosplay is also the most fun part. The whole back of the costume is nonexistent and totally open for interpretation. So I did research on historical Chinese costumes from the Tang Dynasty, keeping in mind that the front needs to match the back and how does it connect on the side seams, etc.
Q. We know that a lot of time and love goes into creating epic costumes, so what’s your favorite detail of your cosplay?
I LOVE LOVE the collar detail on the garment. I spend a few muslin drafts and mock up to get the right shape and fit. I also made two full collars in case I mess one up!
Q. What materials did you use?
I used a bright red crêpe de Chine, a white crepe de Chine with white on white print, a red dragon and phoenix brocade, a black on black chrysanthemum brocade, vinyl leatherettes, 20 yards of handmade gold bias bindings and miles of rayon chainette yarns. I also used foam and jewelry components to make the crown and charms.
Q. How long does it take you to get ready for a photo shoot? What aspect takes the longest?
It takes about 90 minutes. The makeup takes the longest. Even though I already had a few practice runs before the shoot, it still takes great care to execute. And when you know that the photographer also gets down and dirty on his knees and elbows to get the best angle, you also have to give 200%!
Q. What tips and advice do you have for aspiring cosplayers out there, particularly those that are just getting started?
Plan ahead, ask for help, and set achievable goals in short stages! For example, I work full time as a project manager, so it is only in my spare time that I get to work on cosplay projects. I plan way ahead to make sure I have enough time to execute. I started the project planning, gather reference, resources, and how-tos in June to make sure I can finish it by September’s Pax Prime convention. After that I set up smaller bi-weekly goals to make sure I am not running behind too much. It is no fun to get burn out on your cosplay, and it is definitely not awesome if everything falls apart at the end. I also ask for help from my friends who undoubtedly are more talented than I am. Their help and assistance also contributes to my cosplay completion.
Thank you so much again for this opportunity to share my cosplay!
You can see more of Anna He's fantastic work on her blog, and you can find out more about her latest updates on her Twitter. You can also check out Bill Hinsee’s photography over on DeviantArt, Facebook, and his official website.
TryHard: Best Legendary Items for a Barbarian
TryHardEnmity is back with yet another Legendary Item guide, this time for Barbarians! You can also check his previous Legendary guides for Witch Doctors and Demon Hunters. Don't forget to bring in some feedback in his dedicated topic, located here.
its surprising how long it takes for them to implement not a gamechanging patch. Im not seeing 1.1 in 2013 with this kind of progress.
The view from below is different from the view above. If the problems were just tooltips like Monk skills that don't give you the buff until you hit someone but the tooltip doesn't say crap about needing to hit something; I'd agree it's taking too long.
A thousand possible different pieces for most slots to like 1 best piece for each slot? That's crafted? Where acquiring items simply to salvage is the name of the game?
More so the exact opposite. At the release of the game gearing was extremely one dimensional because legendaries sucked and rares were BiS except for a few legendaries that had IAS. Gearing was mostly a matter of salvaging all your crap and crafting 6 prop ilvl62 rares to sell to get the gear you really needed. The legendary buff opened up lots of new specs that depend on having specific legendaries and made crafting near useless. The new BoA recipes only fill a few slots and aren't always BiS, they are mostly just a way to get a few pieces of decent gear when starting out or making alts.