Quote from miles_drydenQuote from makaSorry, shaggy, but he's right. And you know exactly what he means. In D3 you just farm to get 'moar': more damage, more health, more resists. Nothing really changes.
Also, the fact that you equate having A MAXIMUM of 5 characters (most people have 1 or 2, mayben3) in D3 to the dozens he mentioned having in D2 is a bit....meh, I don't wanna start flinging insults.
Whether or not RoS can change that, remains to be seen. But I have some reservations.
As far as 'wacky builds' goes, the new legendaries should provide a bit of fuel for that fire.
Also, I don't agree that having dozens of characters just for trying out different builds is really fundamentally better (or even all that different) than what we have now. In D2, if you wanted to try something new, you had to essentially start from scratch. Sure, you could send some gear over to your new character to help him level but you only get to really start playing with a new build once he hits 70-ish, and that takes time. In D3, If you want to try a build, you just do it, and just keep any spare gear in your enormous stash, without the need to make a muel character just to hold stuff.
If you enjoy leveling a new character just for the sake of doing that, there is nothing stopping you. 2.0 will make that even more rewarding.
Wait wait wait... level 70 takes some time!!!! Ummm no If i recall correctly I got several characters (100's) to level 89-90 in a very very short amount of time using the Power leveling of a Hammerdin and Necro