Part of the job for a Community Manager is to also scour the depths of the social networks and forums.
[blizzquote author='Blizzard' blue='http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker/topic/262019-someone-has-to-say-it-to-the-blues/#post120' battle='http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/9233943350?page=6#120']I understand where you're coming from here, but I think you might have taken Bashiok's comment a bit out of context.
Part of our job is to "surf the web," as it were, but it's not in the way you might think at first. While off the clock we roam around the fringes of the internet just like anyone else, when we're on the clock, it's important for us to keep up-to-date about a variety of topics that pertain to our communities. Therefore, we sort of "surf the web" in a targeted fashion, seeing what fan sites are saying, popular blogs and news sites, articles, our Reddit communities, and the forums on various other sites. We do that because it's important to keep a pulse on the community all over the web, and that includes the many vibrant communities outside of our traditional Blizzard forums and blogs.
For instance, one of my responsibilities is also manning our Diablo Twitter and Facebook accounts where players from around the world come to interact with us on yet another medium. It may very well be that certain players don't use these social media outlets, but I try to ensure that I get some time to interact on there as well.
As for Bashiok, he transitioned over to the World of Warcraft community team last year, so you no longer need to hold him accountable for posting here on the Diablo III forums. Instead, you have an Archangel, Khazra, and Fallen Hound to keep you company.
[blizzquote author='Blizzard']The Rules of Self-Found
You've probably got a good idea of how you're going to play your self found character already, but here's my personal rule set. I don't keep track of how much gold the character has because I'm lazy about it, so I don't restrict gold use.
- No Auction House
- Self found party trades are O.K.
- No vendor items
- Crafting is ok, but only use self found materials
Console or PC?
I have a few family members that only play games on Xbox 360, and I'm glad that I'll be able to play Diablo III with them rather than just talk about it. I'll always primarily play on my PC, but this will definitely have it's time and place too.
For those of you who are going to get a console version, do you think you'll play more on consoles or pc? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Loroese's Arcane Mines Guide
One of the great Wizards on our forum Loroese has made a great guide for an Arcane Mines Wizard build. It focuses on using the Arcane Mines rune for Arcane Torrent and is great for coop play, but is also a viable solo build.
Loroese has made sure to include the pros and cons of the build, plus some information on gearing. He has provided a few videos, one of which you can see below. Check out his guide and don't be shy to drop him some feedback!