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    posted a message on Gold Viability
    I'm not sure having an AH in Diablo is wrong, but that it doesn't fit the fast pace of the game.

    I think the real challenge is coming up with an integrated trade system that exists outside of the instanced game worlds. One could argue that the trade channel is exactly that, but in reality, it's only a chatroom for advertising (read: spamming) or brokering a deal verbally. The actual trade takes place inside an instance.

    What really should happen is that they create a usable and intuitive interface for advertising which items you're offering that persists while you're hacking away at mobs as well as while you're back in the channels/matchmaking interface.

    It's this persistence that was lacking in D2. This doesn't mean players should be able to bid on items, but that it be possible for them to browse for and leave offers for items in the owner's mailbox of sorts (that are verbal and nonbinding, but offers nevertheless).

    This facilitates trading in a more robust way without slowing the economy or the pace of the game. It encourages interaction and communication and it might even reduce spam in some way.
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    posted a message on Gold Viability
    I'm pretty sure they confirmed gambling in some capacity. Jay mentioned players had mixed experiences; some figured it out (and then they had to go nerf it by taking away uniques) while others rolled for worthless items and never went back to it. I think gambling would be great especially if gold were worth something. A precious chance for an elite item. That's the way it should be.
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    posted a message on Classes by geographic reasons
    Yes! Rat Catcher! I would also play as Farnham except the screen would constantly be blurry and he would never stumble exactly where I click, always drifting a little to the right... and hiccups...
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    posted a message on Classes by geographic reasons
    Could we be overlooking the possibility that the new class can adhere to the cultural parameters of the Westmarch region and still maintain some air of originality? I argue that a class akin to that of the gypsy (think Gheed) would be a welcome addition to the cast of characters. If my lore serves me correctly, this figure wouldn't have to be an overpowering, influential humanoid such as the paladin was or a potential inquisitor.

    It could very well represent the average human who, based on the lore, has recognized his true powers which rival those of the demons and angels. I realize an "average joe" class wouldn't create much buzz. I think that if the character had a great backstory; one that provides an artisan's mastery of a certain craft, in this case looting, pickpocketing, subversive behavior and a unique ability to manipulate their environment, that we'd have a rather interesting class that's still quite rooted in the Westmarch region.

    All that said, I do really like the idea of an inquisitor. That's a really excellent idea as well.
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    posted a message on Diablo III PK and PvP
    PVP in D3 could potentially be very similar to PVP in D2 with some modifications. My suggestion is that a new element of notoriety be incorporated into the game. In RL, ff you were a really efficient and feared murderer you would have a reputation and that reputation would be known by those who are sufficiently experienced and possibly murderers themselves, correct? The greater your reputation the less experienced one would have to be to know of you. For example, your children may already know of the most heinous of criminals that ever existed, but it would take an older, more educated and wiser person to know of the lesser or more esoteric criminals.

    If they can provide a mechanism whereby players are more attuned to a hostile individual's status (with experience) or perhaps create quests or events that allow you to buff your awareness without overtly tipping off the true nature of a player (i.e. the PK wouldn't get the obvious label "Murderer" appended to their name), there would be that lingering sense of danger - but it would be more realistic. You'd have to be very experienced to spot an edge-case killer, but the most grotesque and accomplished murderers are easily spotted even by lowbies.

    Quite opposed to the random "take your chances" feel of PVP in D2 but still in accordance with the evil and gritty Diablo environment that makes the game what it is.

    EDIT: In addition, your reputation can dwindle the longer you go without killing another player - thereby slowly eliminating the perceived threat to other players. You would have to kill again to bring it back up. It makes for a more legendary experience - a single player can be known as the one who slayed thousands, but has slipped into memory - his presence hardly known. You could make a character whose primary goal is to terrorize others - and then slowly play him into extinction - only to be resurrected more brutal than before at an unexpected moment.
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    posted a message on WWI Teaser - Day 5
    I really think that each rune on the ice represents each of the Blizzard franchises.

    Solar system for SC, a hel rune for Diablo, a viking compass for the Lost Vikings.

    It could be a tribute to all the success they've had and they want to show the fans that they haven't lost their roots and are really going to please the crowd this time around.
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    posted a message on WWI Teaser - Day 4
    It's preposterous how this thread has gone to 209 pages in length.

    And I haven't chimed in a bit.

    As for the teaser, I have no speculatory quip. I am simply going to wait until big Blue unveils their new prized secret. I will not be content until I have heard it straight from the mouths of the Blizzard executives.

    As I listen to the gentle grooves of the Tristram theme I contemplate a world that sees the third installment of the Diablo series - be it an MMO or another familiar hack 'n slash. As a faithful fan and staunch supporter I will trod forward with the series as it propsers or fails as I've done over the past eleven years.

    I am a Diablo fan.

    Are you?
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com becomes Diablofans.com! Blizzard acquires diablo3.com.
    Come on. After years of speculation, the endless debates - over 120 pages of forum comments during Blizzcon with several of us GLUED to our monitors watching giga.de broadcast embarrassingly pointless footage - watching the hordes (oh, pun? maybe ;)) of WoW fans clamor for more of their digital crack while we remain restless and disgruntled yet hopeful - this community has stuck it out through all of it. How many nay-saying trolls have we had to stomp to keep our dignity and the truth of the series at the forefront?

    Every single crumb of hope we've seen we've made mountains out of - and now some of you want to downplay this? I find that ridiculous.

    If there was ever a time to be excited about the Diablo franchise, NOW is the time.
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com becomes Diablofans.com! Blizzard acquires diablo3.com.
    Hallelujah! This rules guys. Excellent work and I really really like the new design. I'm so happy right now.
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    posted a message on Countdown Teaser
    What if we're all getting beta keys to Blizzard's "next-gen MMO" (doesn't have to be that particular one, but substitute your favorite Blizz genre here)?

    That doesn't particularly mean an imminent announcement nor does it place a title squarely in the picture. What it does is say "thank you for being Blizzard fans and we are really excited that you have stuck with us for so long."

    I can dream can't I? :)
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    posted a message on Countdown Teaser
    Quote from "Medievaldragon" »
    Sounds like they are busy folks nowadays.

    I like the way this sounds. I also like the way an "announcement of an announcement" sounds, but I believe that they let that news drop about three and a half weeks before the tournament last year and it wasn't necessarily a publicity thing, rather a matter-of-fact press release.
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    posted a message on Diablo 3 News Watch
    Exactly! It's bunk. I think it's nice that someone went to the trouble of stuffing it into a dvd case this time though. I was getting sick of those rather awful box art hoaxes.
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    posted a message on Diablo 3 News Watch
    Softpedia is occasionally nonsense, but I will post this either way. It's definitely, at least, a conversation starter. Again.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Diablo-III-Packshot-and-Info-Leaked-82083.shtml

    Info could be bunk. Photo could be a doctored up DII cover stuffed in a Windows DVD case for all I know. Just have a look-see.
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    posted a message on Diablo 3 News Watch
    I didn't read all 20 pages of the post, so if this is somehow "old news" forgive me:

    Another Surfergirl update.

    Again, disclaimer remains: this is not gospel. It's industry insider speculation. It may be incorrect, but I do hold firm that SG is a pretty solid source overall.

    If it's correct it is, indeed, congruent with the idea of a WWI announcement. If they are playing the anniversary tip as well, then I think we're all in for a treat.

    Otherwise, Blizzard will just bone us like they have in the past. Whoa, was that some pessimism creeping into my voice? How dare me. :rolleyes:
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    Aw, man. I gave up looking at the Blizzcast page for the longest time because I thought they were never going to post it.

    Oh well.

    It only has one quick mention of the Sin War anyway. They really boned us on this one.
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    I now interrupt this forum topic with the following:

    Blizzcast Episode 2 is out.

    http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcast/

    Have at it.
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    posted a message on Hostility, PvP, and Dueling
    PvP is an interesting topic for the next Diablo. I have no doubts as to whether or not Blizzard will implement it in a polished format. I'm not sure that Diablo I and II were ever intended to be PvP intense games to begin with. The option was made available, however the fact that Blizzard never took the game in that direction wasn't entirely surprising. For the next game it should be a more rewards-driven model a la WoW. I believe that D3 can make PvP everything that WoW fails to make it. (Off topic, but pertains to combat in general, oh wait - no this whole post is off topic, nevermind) I also sincerely hope that the next form of Diablo keeps all the formula-intensive, math-nerd gear attribute structures (e.g. IAS, Ignore Target Defense, AR, etc.) and that it's not simply reduced to the "lite" version of stats and attributes that we have in WoW.
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    They haven't! The next Blizzcast podcast features Chris Metzen answering questions about Blizzard lore and they will be answering questions about the Diablo universe as well. Everyone knows Blizzard is tight-lipped about their games before release as they well should be. Their dedication to quality dictates that they minimize vaporware. They've paid consistent attention to the Diablo franchise in its current form, that is, they've released minimal content as far as gameplay goes but have still pushed the lore and broadened the universe from many other angles. They KNOW that Diablo is on everyone's mind lately. All in-depth interviews feature at least one question where the interviewer grills a Blizzard rep or other Blizz creative talent about Diablo III. With all this fan attention how could they possibly deny its importance? I'm glad we're getting a patch and even if it's a No-CD patch it's fine with me :) Not thrilling, but still fine.
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    Quote from name="Elfen Lied" »
    That does not necessarily point to Belial or Azmodan, or some other powerful demon of lore.

    You're absolutely correct and I agree that there is no evidence of a patch with new, significant bosses. I was merely paraphrasing Medievaldragon to debunk the idea that a No-CD patch would be at all superb in the eyes of the true Diablo player (besides the minor convenience of not inserting a CD to play ... I still have all my original Diablo discs dating back to Diablo 1 so I consider myself pretty much set in this department).

    It would, however, be advantageous to harness the opportunity to extend the lore in-game considering they are putting in the effort in other forms of media (i.e. the book series, the upcoming Blizzcast Diablo Lore Q&A). Why not slip some into the main artery, so to speak?

    Then maybe Orions_Landing won't have to mainline so much Diablo waiting for a new game:D
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    It's agreeable, at least, to estimate that this new patch may in some capacity have an influence on future renditions of Diablo? Medievaldragon mentioned it's bound to be a crowd pleaser. Despite the murmurs of "warden" patch and "no cd patch" I believe that it can bear some effect on the series regardless of the presence of the Lesser Evils. I think that a "warden patch" and "no cd patch" are the antithesis of crowd-pleasing if Medievaldragon's post holds water, and I think that it does.
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    I firmly believe that the Lesser Evils will make an appearance in the next Diablo title. It makes sense that they could show up in Diablo II to set up the lore for a new installation.
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    posted a message on Diablo II Patch soon
    You realize 3-6 weeks would put it rougly around the time that the GDC is taking place in February. If they launch the patch the night before the event and make a ... world event ... happen sometime coinciding with the GDC ... anyone getting where I'm going with this? (Apologies for the wonton use of the ellipses ... ah, crap I did it again.)
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    posted a message on Update on the unannounced MMO!
    I'm certainly not insinuating that any of these sites are gospel by any means.

    I'm saying that the mainstream media is starting to get a whiff of hysteria surrounding the new and Blue-confirmed "next-gen MMO." Until Blizz outright hits us with the news none of this is evidence. I merely provided some links for discussion. The fact that a sanctioned site has been either A) given the green light for a Diablo III related forum or B) has yet to be contacted to remove it from their site remains somewhat exciting.

    Blizzard is wise to sanction a site for Diablo discussion as they are unable to host the boards on their own site for various reasons. Sure, it would be a lot more reassuring to have a Diablo III board on the Blizz site (that would be the Blizz blessing), but that is clearly against their long-standing doctrine of non-disclosure. You'll see a Diablo III (or World of Sanctuary or what have you) discussion board when the game is announced or released.

    Discounting or swearing-against a Diablo MMO this early before any information has been released solely based on the fact that WoW is a somewhat mediocre experience is also unwise in my opinion. How did traditional Warcraft players feel about having their pride and joy mutated into what it is today? Its hack-n-slash roots will shine through in whatever form the game takes in its next iteration. Blizzard might be figuratively cruel and unresponsive at times, but they are far from ignorant when it comes to these matters. Alienating a community and fanbase as savvy and dedicated as the one gathered here is a sure way to lose business for life.
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    posted a message on Update on the unannounced MMO!
    I didn't take the time to search this post for dupe links, but I do have some links to offer (I love offering links).

    This time it's not Surfer Girl, but equally credible sources (maybe less-so, but certinaly mainstream enough) that tout the clues and have started to pick up hype signals about the next iteration of Diablo.

    Wired I realize it's an article on Vaporware, but D3 has been vaporware since 2001, so let's call it like we see it hmm?

    Softpedia This one echoes our community's giddiness about the subject and points to an interesting forum addition at a sanctioned Blizzard fansite page.

    Keep hope alive. I don't think we have to wait til 2009 for an announcement. Maybe for a playable demo, but certainly not for an announcement.
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    posted a message on Changes to the Diablo Lore
    I need to hang out where Solomir is posting around here. This is the kind of Diablo lore discussion I want to be involved in!
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    posted a message on Changes to the Diablo Lore
    Does anyone know of a serious compendium for Diablo lore? I mean an all-out guide to the characters, events, connections and battles of the world of Sanctuary?

    Is this something we should look into maybe creating? I know there are committed fan communities for Diablo out there, but I would challenge anyone to find me an, at least, half-decent collection, interpretation and summary of the lore of Diablo.

    As a devoted and eager community ourselves shouldn't we, at bare minimum, seek out this grail of knowledge (lest we create it ourselves)? I've always been keenly interested in the lore. I think that the lore of Diablo is something we should champion even above the raw mechanics of the game. Without the story and the narrative the overall quality of the experience suffers dramatically. Without enthusiastic authors like Richard A. Knaak and others we risk losing the essence of Diablo.

    EDIT: Off-topic. Does anyone feel slighted in the least that they whored out many of the popular Diablo item names to WoW? Sorry for the change of pace here. It just crossed my mind, but it bears some correlation to the lore.
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    posted a message on MMO (Diablo III?)
    For the same reason we all thought D3 was going to be announced at the GC in Leipzig this year: the Germans (and Europeans in general) are just as fanatic about Blizzard software as the North Americans. :)
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    posted a message on MMO (Diablo III?)
    Since we're on this topic of information flow regarding the Diablo franchise, I would recommend staying somewhat apprised of what Surfer Girl is saying. After cruising the archives I've found more posts regarding Blizzard (especially this one about the merger) and their IPs. While the overall view of corporations and the like are somewhat negative from Sufer Girl's perspective, the posts are rather objective (in that they stray from fantastic plot speculation or vague concepts like my favorite one "IT's AWESOME, it's like hell invades heaven and its a huge war and Tyrael turns on the light BLAH BLAH") Take the time to read the comments for posts like these as "she" takes the time to answer questions from most of the commenters.
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    posted a message on MMO (Diablo III?)
    Surfer Girl is seriously accurate despite residing behind a shroud of secrecy.

    I generally, as a rule, treat rumors and hearsay with a hint of caution, but if there ever was a tipster to listen to amid the static surrounding any upcoming announcement or release, then it's far and away Surfer Girl.

    Aside from the chuckles we've eked from Morhaime in his myriad interviews including those conducted during the recent Blizzard/Activision merger, this is the most comforting revelation indeed.

    Disagree to whatever extent you'd like, but this is serious knowledge. I'm excited.

    Also, unless someone has previously posted this in which case you are free to berate me, you missed this one.

    EDIT: To support my claim here, I'd like to point out that several prominent gaming communities often refer to Surfer Girl posts (like destructoid, 1up, etc.) when they're sniffing out news for upcoming announcements.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I'm sorry. Like I said it's been a while. My apologies.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Ahhh I'm back. Though I'm not sure where I went.

    I know this thread is probably quite off topic at this point, but did anyone notice recently the Blizzard jobs page? Now they're listing their hot jobs by providing a little icon reference to the team to which they will be hired. So far it looks like WoW, SC2 and Top Secret at the three.

    Top Secret?

    Nice. I like their style on this one.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I apologize for any malcontent in the following message, but;

    Can we finally close the verdict on this thread?

    I feel as though I have contributed as much relevant forum fodder to the thread as I possibly can, but at this point I realize we are spinning our wheels with no real focus in mind.

    Let's put our efforts back into Diablo 3 and what this community really stands for. Why not revive the efforts to tease out some D3 facts? I'll even go back to speculating over rumors (carefully and cautiously).

    We are the authority on Diablo 3 news, I guarantee you. I've read a number of forums where the topic of D3 has perked its evil, horned head and the mods have pointed the discussion to the learned pages of Diablo3.com.

    In closing, I would hope that the moderators would start a new thread that we can dedicate to the healthy banter regarding the subject of Diablo 3 and less of the other flotsom that has recently plagued this noble community.

    Sincerely,
    The Octagon
    (Diablo fanantic since 1996)
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Here's some news pertaining to a recently announced Game Convention in Singapore September 6-9:

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=28106

    http://kotaku.com/gaming/steaming-mad/gc-asia-announced-just-to-piss-us-off-294070.php

    Blizzard is expected to be in attendance. No further announcements are confirmed
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    The answer is yes, but it appears to me that they are going to be covering it in German and quite possibly not entirely live.

    Check it out though, if you go to GIGA's homepage they have a nice GC banner with a link to the GIGA2 video page.

    www.giga.de
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Quote from "likwidsteel" »
    DAMN YOU!!! YOU STOLE MY POINT!!!

    And germany is the founder of #2 hack and slash: Sacred 2... And EU plays a ton of D2 still...

    I'm just happy we're all somewhat on the same page :)

    Keep hope alive!
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I was just paging through some recent news on the CG in Liepzig and was thinking that Blizzard may be trying to unleash a new title on each major game-playing content. If this holds true, we have a Diablo 3 scenario on our hands for Europe. Observe.

    SC2 - Korea (Asia)
    WotlK - America (North America)

    that leaves the third of Blizzard's major consumer population and one that would be thrilled to have a game unveiled on their soil

    Diablo 3 - Germany (Europe)

    What do you think? I'm just rekindling my optimism here. Also, I haven't seen much coverage of the event as of yet, I know IGN has a dedicated page for it. Post some links if you find coverage people!
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Hey are we going to create some new threads for the GC tomorrow?

    I certainly hope so. It's been tough slogging through 150-200 page threads lately haha.

    Either way - let the Diablo community band together and hope for the best!!!
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    posted a message on No more game announcements for BlizzCon '07
    Ok - I did a little looking back in time here and found the Kotaku article (http://kotaku.com/gaming/luke%7C-i-just-soiled-myself/blizz-confirms-new-product-next-month-255518.php) on the SC2 announcement.

    It seems that in order to get any sort of substantial response from Blue, one would have to employ the press (in this case Kotaku jabbed them until they spit out some knowledge) and also have a pseudo-insider leak some sensitive information. It would also help if Blizzard were actually planning to announce a title in the near future.

    I'm not saying this is a definite plan - or even a long shot for that matter - but is there any problem with someone (moderators!) asking the major gaming news sites if they've been pushing Blizzard enough for comments? Obviously our humble forum represents a stalwart bunch of Diablo enthusiasts, but our pull in the world of the media is slim.

    How do we extend our influence to tease out these all-important facts?

    Can we find the one web-journalist who shares our plight and can take up arms with us in our cause?

    Your ideas please.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Hey good work dunhac! It didn't occur to me that we should try researching announcement locations for the original Diablo games.

    That said, were there any major pseudo-public game conventions in the late 90s or was it all more or less an industry word-of-mouth procedure? I remember printed magazines having a large influence on the exposure of new games to the public. Maybe ... just maybe ... I have some original issues of Computer Games Strategy Plus tucked away somewhere, but those may have long since been recycled. I will, however, comb through the archives for the edification of the Diablo3.com crowd :D

    EDIT: Oh, shit, I just found my copy of King's Quest VI. Nostalgia setting in...
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Quote from "Carloseus" »
    fusion would be solved in months!!

    Let's make this happen. Imagine how much attention Blizz would pay to us if we, in fact, had made a major scientific breakthrough. I bet they would give each of us our own hidden NPCs in game or something.

    Which is a funny point - if you go through and look at the credits of the Diablo titles there are quite a few items and monsters that share their names with the developers (e.g. Schaefer's Hammer [Max and Erich Schaefer], Lord de Seis [Rick Seis], Shenk the Overseer [Phil Shenk], Colenzo the Annihilator [Karin Colenzo])
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Far too much negativity on this board.

    I prefer "realism" to negativity. If you perceive the reality of our having to wait until we have a finished, polished, all-star product on our hands then, yes, it seems a bit unfortunate.

    I'll reiterate that coming on this board among a community of Diablo 3 hopefuls and saying the ever popular "sorry but Diablo 3 is not coming out didn't mean to ruin your day or anything" certainly doesn't phase me. As a long-time veteran of the Diablo franchise I firmly believe that Blizzard will revisit it at some point (within 18 months, ideally, to see some real footage and maybe a hands-on preview at a major game convention) and may very well have their production teams blazing full steam ahead on Diablo 3. I hope this is the truth. There are certain signs that point to this as being reality.

    I love to speculate and I love to conjecture on the "hints" and such. That's what makes this a good discussion, but I am afraid we'll continue to see more unsubstantiated and poorly constructed all-out rejections of Diablo's future. I suppose a few here and there are good to spur a nice argument, but for real debate let's stick to the tangible stuff. We have statements from Paul Sams, Richard Knaak and other Blizzard executives that do not specifically allude to Diablo but do not altogether negate its possibility. If they express clear interest in a series and recognize its community as active and starved for a title it is in their best interest to start production on a game or tell us quite plainly that we should not expect a Diablo sequel.

    I believe this makes sense. And since we've heard Blizzard say that Diablo is still a living franchise, there is no reason to believe that we are to be deprived of Diablo for more than is absolutely necessary.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Yeah, all the blizzard themed URL's point to the Blizzard homepage, but what about ...

    www.diablochaos.com

    Yeah, that's right. I found that the other day and posted it but these threads have gotten ridiculously long so it's worth a repost.

    It's also worth noting that I tried about 20 different combinations of words with diablo only to find that that one was operational.
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    posted a message on No more game announcements for BlizzCon '07
    It, uh, doesn't exist.
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    posted a message on No more game announcements for BlizzCon '07
    Oh, dude, I got sick goosebumps watching that.

    You can make out some of the D1 cinematics on the 'tron there too.

    Wow, I think the Diablo1 music is some of the most well orchestrated video game music out there. I think D2 has its moments, but nothing near as atmospheric as the D1 stuff.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Paul Sams exclusively denied the existence of a console game in development at the current time. He all-out dodged a few questions which you can interpret as him having all the information and not being able to disclose it, or having almost none of the information, but when he comes out and says definitively "We don't have console plans" then you can rest assured that Blizzard is not hiding some ultra secret console dev team.

    You can't lie to the public - but you can sure as hell be cagey about your responses to questions that you are unable to answer honestly without sacrificing some prestige and element of surprise for future releases.

    As for his reaction to the Diablo question - like we've all known, Blizzard knows damn well that Diablo is a very popular franchise and also a great money maker for them.

    I think it caught him off guard, because in my opinion, maybe this whole Diablo-less Blizzcon could have been to throw us off the scent a little bit. I wanted D3 announced at Blizzcon as much as many of you devout fans out there, but at this point we all have to reinterpret what has just happened to us. Based on what Sams said, Diablo is still a living franchise (and he obviously hadn't much to say past that) and that we can expect to see it revisited. I don't think Blizzard is giving us a giant middle finger, because it's clear to them based on the community and the continuing number of players of the Diablo 2/D2x that we're not just meant to be passified, we need to be satisfied, and they have a lot on their plate right now and as such will not be coerced into producing crap (which we clearly don't want) so all the Diablo fans will shut their mouths.

    I for one wouldn't stand for a new subpar Diablo product. I can't blame Blizzard for their hangups with Warcraft, but at the moment it's their most popular product. Remember when Diablo was on the top of the heap?

    Same story.

    Also, another thing I can't tolerate are people saying "Oh I saw a job posting for a mobile developer on the Blizzard site, Diablo 3 is going mobile, sorry guys you lose." That is absolute nonsense. How does anyone know that Blizzard doesn't want to create a new Lost Vikings game for the handheld market (cell-phone, as handheld might fall under console)? How do we know they're not just planning a stand-alone app that allows you to check Blizzard news and ladder status (beacuse they're pushing the PvP eSport angle more in North America now, and our addiction to cheesy cell-phone apps is flagrant)?

    Let's all take a deep breath and rethink this. Nobody get up in arms over Blizzard's decisions. I'm sure they'll follow through with thier promises, and if you want to follow the ever-so-popular "decade" theory, we're not due up for a sequel until 2011. That certainly sucks, but it would give them enough time to have SC2 out and fully supported while WoW dwindles a bit and those fans jump ship for a new taste of adventure.

    It's so disheartening, but we still stand strong as a community and we don't have to stop analyzing artwork and release dates and coincidences, it's actually kind of fun. Just use some logic and it turns out to make the waiting less painful.

    Ok, I'm goin to go do some MF runs :D
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    posted a message on No more game announcements for BlizzCon '07
    I forgot which thread I posted this in, but considering the absolutely outrageous (and encouraging) activity on all D3/Blizzcon threads, I'll sort of repost this idea.

    The E for All Expo is coming up in October which also happens to be the month that Richard A. Knaak's third book in the Sin War trilogy ships to stores.

    Blizzard, knowing that their new Diablo franchise will be based on Knaak's storyline, probably wants their fans to have a full sense of what the tale of the Sin War actually involves (completely, not two books, not half-assed, the whole thing ya know, kind of like how everyone knows Arthas is the Lich King in WoW, they know the lore before the game ever came out).

    Is it ridiculous to think that they might get a trailer and an announcement out then, when the fans have had the full opportunity to explore the lore and storyline of a potential new game?

    I don't know about you - but I'm dilligently reading the Diablo book series in hopes of this type of announcement. Not to mention it really keeps you apprised on the whole backstory of Sanctuary (and I'll fight a WoW junkie to the death on the depth of lore between Warcraft and Diablo) and allows you to properly analyze any and all new plot variations intelligently.

    Keep hope alive Diablo fans!
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    posted a message on No more game announcements for BlizzCon '07
    Aibo, I'm 22 now. I don't plan on giving up on the Diablo series.

    While it's unfortunate that we have been stiffed as far as our third of the Blizzard pie goes this year, there was not a total lack of Diablo presence at the festival.

    The goodie bags have commemorative button packs, Diablo has its own button on there - have a look.

    Also, we've noticed several Diablo posters and banners interspersed with the WoW and SC banners. Blizzard isn't dumb. Why would they even continue to print this merchandise, license books by Richard Knaak, etc.?

    I have a new theory. Nobody panic.

    New Diablo book - third in the Sin War trilogy - to be shipped to stores in October. E for All Summit, to take place mid-October. WSVG to feature Blizzard's WoW - BC (meaning there'll be Blizzard employees on hand). I haven't seen anything about the companies attending yet, but that's well a ways away so I'm sure news will be out soon enough of those involved.

    Blizzcon looks to be a bust for Diablo, but in about three months maybe we can expect at least some information. I had hope for this weekend also, but I won't give up that hope.

    I'm sticking around.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I just tuned back in, what is this "D3 button" we are all talking about here?
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com is now at Blizzcon.
    I hope Umaro comes back and tells us all about the awesome panels and stuff.


    And at least gives us some hope ... any morsel of hope ... that he can.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    YO LEROY JENKINS IS ON the VID FEED WOOOO

    ok yeah that is still funny despite it being a WoW thing
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com is now at Blizzcon.
    That's always been there.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I bet there would be mayhem if they announced Diablo's next title.

    Also, I think I'm going to cry or have a panic attack. I can't live on my computer for the next 48 hours :( but it's so hard when you have the live coverage right at your fingertips!
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I noticed the same thing myself. I think there were more WC3 fans in there than WoW fans - they went mildly nuts for the vid.

    This, I would like to believe, is because there is a lack of young children at Blizzcon, which, I would estimate provides the most raucous crowd of WoW fans.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    nm i got it
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    It is absolutely not working for me. I dont have anything where that player used to be earlier : (
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    The live feed page is totally flooded, is anyone watching it??
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Well we can bet money on there being a WoW expansion.

    Definitively.

    http://media.pc.ign.com/articles/810/810325/img_4763411.html

    Whether or not that is the "big announcement" is really the question.

    What's to announce if they've already plastered the walls with the new title and such?

    Did the people who were hoping for SC2 walk into the WWI seeing SC2 posters everywhere before they announced it, or was it just Blizzard generic fanfare (a legitimate question, not rhetorical because I really would like to know the specifics)?

    By the way - keep an eye on the IGN live updated blog, they're starting the opening ceremony in a few minutes.

    Link - http://pc.ign.com/articles/810/810325p1.html
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Hey, let's cut the crap and get back on track here.

    Read that link that I posted.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    HEYOOOOOO

    http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=80775

    It could be anything, but if papa Vivendi started calling the press, then it's gotta be something!
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com Attending Blizzcon
    Quote from "igormitic" »

    That's a picture of Kel'Thuzad, the boss of the instance Naxxramas in the pre-BC patch (I can't remember which it was) for WoW.
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com Attending Blizzcon
    check out this picture of diablo owning warcraft.

    http://media.pc.ign.com/articles/810/810325/img_4762532.html
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    The WoW expansion is pretty much a foregone conlcusion at this point.

    I believe it was well known for some time now that Blizzard intended to release an early expansion for WoW following Burning Crusade.

    Now we have almost definite confirmation - please refer to blizzplanet.com for the news updates as they are an officially sanctioned fansite.

    As for Diablo hopefuls, there is no reason to rule it out.

    We know SC2 is in production, we know WoW is getting an expansion soon (called Wrath of the Lich King) but we are unsure as to what this third title may be.

    We also do not have confirmation that they will unveil anything within the next two days at Blizzcon.

    These are the facts. I like facts. But as I posted in the D3.com attending BlizzCon thread - Blizzard announced SC2 in the opening ceremonies of WWI in Korea. Also, seeing as how they moved the "Expanded Universe" session to directly following the opening ceremony, I believe they wanted to make sure to have Richard Knaak on hand to discuss the plot details to some extent. They have the two most highly influential creative minds at Blizzard scheduled to hold a panel immediately following a slot of time that they have been known to unleash new projects during.

    Am I connecting the dots or coloring outside the lines?

    You be the judge.

    *dunh dunh*
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com Attending Blizzcon
    Oh, yeah, and they changed the "Expanded Universe" session to directly following the opening ceremony on the first day.

    So, uh, if they were to announce a new Diablo title, I bet they'd want Richard Knaak on hand to elaborate on its storyline.
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com Attending Blizzcon
    Alright - let's see here. It appears as though Blizzard announced SC2 during the opening cermonies..

    http://www.ggl.com/index.php?controller=News&method=article&id=4936

    Even though there is no "new product announcement" title in there - it is not by any means farfetched to see them unveil a product during the first hour.

    And the plug the SHIT out of it for the next 48 hours.

    That's just good marketing.

    And since Blizz is a pretty secretive company, I wouldn't put it past them. Yes, I am all too optimistic at this point, but let's not rule this possibility out.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    It works. It's a magic eye, I used to have a crap load of them when I was younger but I've never done one on a computer screen before this.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Haha I love the banner over at Blizzplanet for thier blizzcon/comiccon section ...

    "Starcraft II
    World of Warcraft
    Diablo ???"
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    posted a message on Diablo3.com Attending Blizzcon
    No one really knows how long each of the performers are going to be on for.

    Chances are VGL and L70ETC will be splitting stage time and Jay Mohr might get some time to warm up with some comedy, but I don't know if they each have enough time to fill that block entirely.

    How long does it take to show a cool trailer and make a small, teaser announcement right? We're not expecting a full-blown Diablo Q&A session, just something that says we're on the right track.

    At least that's what I'm hoping :D
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    We've known about the banner for a while now - it's small in comparison to the other artwork on it, but it's still there - Blizz hasn't neglected Diablo.

    So conclusively, sons of the storm are a group of artists from Blizzard, if you note some of their work has even recently been featured on the Blizz site (the new SC stuff e.g. Protoss Zealot) so it doesn't surprise me at all that this artist created that Diablo head for the new banner.

    It also inspires me to think that these are some of the artists on the creative development team for the new Diablo title.

    If you also check the galleries under the Diablo sections (at the end for all the artsits) you'll notice some of the artwork from the game manuals, meaning if these guys are still Blizz employees they still have part of the Diablo IP and could be a part of the process.

    Just more excitement for me :)
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    If I'm understanding this correctly, sonsofthestorm are a group of artists commissioned by blizzard to create site/media art for their publications and web pages?

    Am I getting this right?

    And they'll be at blizzcon, presumably to showcase their artistry?

    No, wait, these guys are blizzard employees.

    Metzen = Chris Metzen?


    Ok, yes, definitively these guys are Blizzard artists with a personal portfolio page here. Check out their galleries - they are downright awesome to be frank.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I think there was a question about er 40 pages back about who's covering Blizzcon on TV right?

    Ok, if I'm just dreaming that someone asked it's no big deal, but I just read over at G4 that they will be covering the event. I'm not 100% certain it's going to be like a marathon thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were broadcasting some spots from the floor and whatnot.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Tooooo much excitement for me.

    I think I huffed all my inhaler away days ago... :(
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    So I went on a domain name typing spree.


    www.diablochaos.com


    Ok ok I know the whole "links to Blizz" home page nonsense is hardly an indication. But WTF. Honestly, Diablo Chaos?

    We're onto something....

    Oh, and that was the first one I thought of ... subsequent diablo + word combos didn't work. Try it yourself.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Somebody honestly admit you saw SC2 coming (ok - aside from the fact that we knew the tournament was in Korea).

    I don't think the argument that there've been no prior leaks about Diablo's next game holds any water.

    Also, the Diablo franchise is the oldest pure franchise that hasn't seen its next iteration. What I mean is that Warcraft made a genre switch so I don't necessarily count WoW as part of the lineage of WC3 in that it is not an RTS.

    SC got its facelift and those fans are going apeshit.

    Diablo needs to see its day. I honestly don't think Blizzard is a stupid company - there has been buzz, albeit no confirmed leaks, but buzz nonetheless on all the major game sites leading up to Blizzcon. Diablo is on the tip of everyone's tongue. Blue has to see this, and if they hadn't planned on unleashing this project sometime in the near future (read: year to year and a half) they know they'll lose their Diablo fanbase.

    I'm expecting at least an un-narrated trailor to close the convention this weekend.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Let's not forget this page right here.

    http://www.alexmunn.com/html/gameportfolio_unannounced.htm

    Not news - not suprising - not even groundbreaking. Just thought it nice to add to the discussion.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Blizzard has been good about maintaining economies where the best items are available through simple hard work and know-how, even if they're super rare, they are still attainable through in-game transactions.

    I wouldn't want a game where I had to pay more real money for elite items. That's just not fun - that crosses the boundary of where games and real life meet. If I'm working my real job to make real money for an in-game item, I've suddenly turned my life into a video game or at least developed an unhealthy obsession.

    It's strictly a personal opinion, but I couldn't justify that type of expenditure.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Quote from "AlphaX" »
    One long ass game, and the option to skip over would have to be slickly done.

    Lol - you'd have to approach Deckard Cain after the conclusion of Diablo 1 and he'd ask you for the ancient words that bind spirit with time ...


    and then you enter your product keys for D2 and D2X.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Good point!

    I totally overlooked the GW simliarities in my suggestion.

    Ok - so let's have GW with Diablo universe. Fine with me! :D
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    The world of Sanctuary has plenty of lore, making it an ideal candidate for an MMO.

    That said, why does the MMO have to be conventional in its construction?

    Technically, D1/D2/D2X are not "MMO" by today's standards, but consider how you reach your instanced game rooms - through a monotonous chat client.

    Super 90's.

    Take that chat window and use real avatars instead - essentially having each instance a branch of a main city - therefore, instead of each game having its own instance of Lut Gholein, have Lut Gholein be a hub where all players gather (with inns, guild housing, etc.) and each dungeon crawl be instanced. That way you eliminate silly chat windows (or at least make them a means of communication and not the entire experience), can now create an auction environment (meaning the economy is more stable and current) and have a greater chance of seeing awesome PvP instances instead of having to wander outside into the Blood Moor for duels. (kind of like WoW, but think about it - all of Diablo gameplay is an instance, why not incorporate more face-to-face MMO elements).

    WoW instances involve getting booted when leaving the raid, but for Diablo, why not make it so that you can re-group upon entering an instance? This creates the possibility for different quest and competition ideas. Check this out:

    Let's say you have a group of 18 ready to go, you divide into 3 teams of 6 and you embark on a race-like quest where the first group to accomplish a certain goal receives good rewards to split amongst themselves (or is auto-rewarded individually, but equally, or even based on char-level). This could be fun for intra-guild promotion or inter-guild competition (without having to resort to a permanent faction system). It's just one of any number of possiblites with this setup. Or you could even go solo - 8 man race, winner take all.

    So it might not be a traditional no-borders MMO, but if they give it a more personal touch without the boring chat, it's still Diablo, but cooler. Then you can actually see when some badass (*ahem* probably me) is weilding a
    super elite weapon instead of just takin his word for it. Much cooler imo.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    And if you try to dissolve them in Pepsi while snorting Pixie Stix you're in real trouble.

    But those days have long since passed me by...

    *sigh*
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I don't wanna be the guy to piss on the party but wasn't the gamingsteve.com article roundly rejected when it surfaced as a fabrication?

    The ideas are cool, but I remember somebody debunking its credibility.

    Also, does anyone have a copy of the article over at blizzplanet saved they can post or link to? Just curious as to what it really said and why it was deemed "sensitive" material by the poster.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Wishful thinking or not...

    I like it.

    Hey does anyone have a cached link to the old "rumored" pages of IGN Diablo 3 coverage?
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Did anyone rule out the possibility of a prequel?

    Hear me out.

    Has anyone seen a legitimate prequel to any series in the history of gaming? We know in movies and books it's been a staple but I am unaware of any real prequels in the gaming scene.

    What's to say we don't play this universe over again from even futher before than Diablo 1 started?

    I'm talking if you are up on your lore (and if you listen to Richard A. Knaak) then you'll be enticed by the possiblity of fighting in the Sin War itself and even possibly the entire gammut of conflicts that encompass the lore of Sanctuary.

    I believe that if Blizz knows what's good for them they will take the story of Sanctuary and run with it - knowing we've seen where our battles have taken us thus far - why not venture back (a la Caverns of Time in WoW on a MASSIVE SCALE) into what shaped the Diablo universe and battle some age-old demons in a different light?

    Can't hurt right?

    Maybe I'm wrong. But there is too much lore and world-shaping story to throw away here - if not a prequel then a game that encaptures all that there is to offer in Sanctuary. I want to travel to all the towns and cities that we've been shut off from. What about Kehjistan and the battle of Viz-jun? Let's board boats and travel to the Amazon isles of Lycander, Philios and Skovas. Let's meet the druids face to face in Scosglen.

    How about it? We've only discussed what happens after D2X but nothing of what led up to it, which I believe is a far deeper story than what we've experienced thus far.

    This is the Diablo 3 I am searching for. MMO or not, this game should bring us the entire story. Blizzard can close the book after they give us all there is to offer as far as I'm concerned.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I had a look at that Blizzcon schedule from Worldofwar.net.

    It raises some questions.

    A) Not that I don't trust worldofwar.net but as far as I can tell, Blizzard hasn't released an official schedule on their Blizzcon site so this schedule is unofficial at best.

    B) What is the "Expanded Universe" section on day 2 at 5:00pm in Rm 204? Not as though I'd expect Blizz to announce a major project to a small room of fans, but I wouldn't put it past old Blue to slip something in there while only a few are looking.

    I won't be elated or disappointed until next Saturday at 10:00pm when I'm certain of the news that comes out of the convention.

    Similar doubts are discussed on the official BC forums: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=442902637&sid=1
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I totally agree. Although it is a fact that SC2 was announced prior to a D3 announcement. So is it safe to say that D3 will be released after SC2? I'm fairly certain that there has been somewhat confirmed news that the next Diablo title has been scrapped and reworked. Does this mean that we could be facing a one-two punch of epic proportions?

    I'm excited to see if the next Diablo title is actually more like 70% complete whereas SC2 may be 35% complete (totally arbitrary numbers, but for the sake of argument that's what I picked) because of its status as having already been worked on.

    Would it anger SC fans to see their game announced prior to a Diablo title and see that title come out of the gates quicker than SC2?

    My guess is no because SC fans already have a great preview of what to expect and a hands-on experience awaiting them at Blizzcon with much more content to be added to the SC2 site in the coming months.

    Their exposure to a title that doesn't fall in the same realm (hopefully) as a new Diablo title will douse any angst that a longer wait is in store. After all, SC:Ghost was supposed to be the new SC title and was publicly scrapped after having a website and fanfare devoted to it. Maybe this setback prompted a longer revision process for the Blizz team whereas Diablo was privately scrapped and re-worked further back and has since gained much more momentum.

    I'm so intersted to see the developments. I hope all the news coming out of Blizzcon is positive and, moreover, more evenly distributed across the three franchises.

    I realize I sort of took the discussion in a different direction there, but I had nothing to refute there - I'm on the same page. D3 should pick up new fans and appeal to long-standing fans.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I am in the group who discovered Diablo (I) around the age of 11 (when it was released, 1996) and my obsession with Blizzard products grew from there. A friend of mine introduced me to Warcraft (which was a 1994 release, I had found out about it after my Diablo foray) and at the time I was unaware that it was a Blizzard game. It came as no surprise that games as good as WC1 and D1 were produced by the same outfit.

    My point is since I was hooked at that ripe age on Blizzard software and had firmly picked my favorite of their fledgling franchises, is it not unwise of Blizz to unleash a new franchise so as to provide some new footing for younger players to grow into life-long Blizzard loyalists?

    Believe me - I'll go nuts if Blizz doesn't announce Diablo 3 soon, but it's not altogether unreasonable to think that they have a new series brewing for sometime in the forseeable future.

    Is it not unrealistic to think that somewhere in the bowels of Blizzard HQ there may be an elusive "Team 4" that has just begun preliminary work on a new franchise?
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Makkara, I second that. College = great time to play games and go nuts.

    I played some WoW in college among others and found I had plenty of time for gaming, academics and an active social life. In fact, I found lots of time to meet friends online and play Company of Heroes and CoD.

    Don't worry about rushing through college because you might find that it ends up being the greatest time of your life. I speak for myself, however, so I can't speculate on anyone else's feelings about it. I'm just offering some opinion :)
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Heh, much appreciated :) I actually just got back from a small trip to Atlantic City - and subsequently spent enough time on the beach to be burned on at least half of my body. During that time I hadn't thought of a video game (except, uh, I guess you could count video poker).

    Back to the topic though - does anyone have a timeline where we can see the time from announcement to completion on a Blizzard project, more specifically something from the Diablo series? Maybe a few magazine articles archived away somewhere will let us know if there's an (hard to describe it this way) "average" completion time for the series.

    Also, does anyone know how big the team was that developed D1/D2/D2X? I realize this should reflect the fact that there needn't be any 3d modellers, etc. during those years, but was it a massive effort on Blizz's part? In other words, this 40-person team 3 we're speaking of, does it compare to what manpower Blizz has thrown at previous Diablo titles?
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    I graduated from a four-year university this past May and will be shortly (hopefully, pending the response of the companies in question) going on a tour of interviews for full-time positions in the IT industry.

    I know I'm not hanging up my gamer shoes when my "real" life starts.

    I'm sure in the not-so-distant future that children and family will come into question at which point my gaming desires and needs may evolve into something more along the lines which Little Boy described. That is, short, fulfilling bursts of enjoyment be it online or off.

    Either way - and I've expressed my sentiment before - I'm absolutely pulling for Diablo 3 to be announced in the neighborhood of a week from tomorrow.
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    Quote from "TheOctagon" »
    To be entirely honest, I prefer to stick to fact and reason with my assessments of the coming announcement at Blizzcon.

    I'll instead abandon reason in this particular instance and instead give into my baser instincts.

    ** never drink and post **

    Let that be a lesson to you all.

    Like I mentioned in my stupor-laden post earlier this morning, I highly anticipate any new developments in the Diablo universe and precisely for the reason that I've played World of Warcraft and even have friends who are dedicated to that title (and they know damn well that Diablo was their game of choice for years). Not to mention that Diablo is STILL my game of choice.

    I've found that WoW in its early days was a fairly satisfying experience. It wasn't polluted with some of the more annoying trends of today's WoW environment. I think fewer players on fewer servers (I know, some were nearly bursting at capacity) helped the experience somewhat.

    In addition, WoW has a glowy, cartoony feel to it. Most of the time it didn't bother me, but when I really thought about it, I felt most of the environments and player characters could be so much more intense. Obviously this is in keeping with the overall "less mature" feel (I really don't want to offend anyone with that statement, but I call 'em like I see 'em) of the Warcraft universe.

    Imagine the Diablo universe set in its true, fully roamable, form. What would it be like to look up at the sky for once in Sanctuary and see the soot and ash of the demons who you've just incincerated floating ominously against a pale orange sky? Or, perhaps, you enter a city (which would be more developed hopefully) and it's just as though you sauntered into a dark, medieval, war-torn citadel, not a playful bubbly little castle town.

    The possibilities are exciting to say the least, but these are my reasons for joy over anything ... anything ... Diablo related.

    I realize I'm posting like a madman, but I just found some interesting words from Rob Pardo of Blizz noting that SC:Ghost is off the table.

    I followed a link from blizzplanet.com but here's the full article.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6176&Itemid=2
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    posted a message on Blizzard Establishes "Team 3"
    To be entirely honest, I prefer to stick to fact and reason with my assessments of the coming announcement at Blizzcon.

    I'll instead abandon reason in this particular instance and instead give into my baser instincts.

    That being said, has anyone seen the recent banner displayed on the Battle.net website (at the time of posting if you click on the number 2 slot of the banner slideshow you'll see what I'm talking about)?

    Clearly - in accordance with their slogan of "a celebration of the Warcraft, Starcraft and, Diablo franchises and communities" they have displayed, in more prominent detail than before - the Lord of Terror himself - our pal and yours, Diablo.

    Of course, this could be to lead us to believe that there is a coming announcement for Diablo - but I ask you this (and I honestly have no answer to this, so I'll throw this to the mercy of the faithful denizens of Diablo3.com to reply);

    Has there been in Blizzcon's humble past a reference so bold to the *entire* trinity of titles such as the one being displayed this year?

    Moreover, has there been even an allusion quite like this as to the reality of a new Diablo game in the past, mmm, 4 years? Especially after the news broke of the majority of Blizzard North heading to greener pastures?

    For the record, I hope more than anything that we see a new Diablo title, regardless of its true gameplay nature (MMO or otherwise), coming to fruition within the next year or two.
    Posted in: News & Announcements
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    posted a message on Diablo Movie
    Somewhat off topic, but in response to the banter of game/movie possibilities -

    I'm in the camp leaning toward a Diablo game announcement (hopefully). Call it blind optimism, but I just recently discovered that Blizz is resetting the D2X ladder:

    http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp/

    This is an act they haven't carried out since 2005 - if my figures are correct. Also, they have listed somewhat disingenuous information in their FAQ on the Arreat Summit page regarding the reset dates, pointing toward a more relaxed policy of server maintenence and upgrades.

    Blizzard has always been paramount in supporting their aging titles, no doubt, but since the last patch they've had no viable reason to continue to do seasonal ladder resets on the D2/D2X realms (aside from overload, but no conceivable upgrades in the recent past). I think they're sending us a nice new hint here that Diablo fans are not forgotten.

    I believe we'll be the last to see our new shiny sequel, but patience will eventually pay off.
    Posted in: Other Games
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