Again a little late with the update but nonetheless it is here. This new item set for the male wizard is a hot one made of cloth and metal. This looks to me like a middle-tier one just because it has metal in it.
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I think it looks sweet.
I understand the scrutiny of these things, like, what else are you supposed to do? And we're showing them off like this so we totally expect it. I sort of wish we had also included shots of what they actually look like in-game though, because there's literally no time where you'll be looking at a character head-on like this at such a close distance. (although likely in a character selection screen which doesn't exist yet...)
All development is done for game-cam. We play to game-cam, because that's what you're going to see things from. We could have a ton of varying circlets with different jewel arrangements. We could do a head piece that's a sort of small cap, or a dozen different types of small caps. But it would most likely be be wasted effort as you'd never be able to tell what they were. So there tends to be fewer, but bolder colors. There tends to be more pronounced sections of the armor, and a bit less minute detail. The sets also tend to be very bold and have a unique look, but (and maybe most importantly) maintain a coherent silhouette and look throughout all the items. The wizard in particular tends to have larger headdresses.
I also saw that fan edit of the female witch doctor, and it was pretty cool. Kudos to that guy for some nice shop'in. In my personal opinion I think that it was a bit too busy, a lot of that's going to be lost and just make the character look messy from a distance. It's also a bit too much. Remember these are very early sets. You get too crazy early on and you're making the later items not look as awesome.
UPDATE (sort of): It was announced yesterday that these armor sets are going to be the armors used in the demo at this year's Blizzcon so we will get to see what these things look like in actual gameplay.
Better late than never, Blizzard finally gave us our look at the female Witch Doctor. Wearing a very elaborate VooDoo mask, the Witch Doctor looks to be continuing their look of barely clothed spiritualists. It is unknown what type of armor this is or at what level we can expect to obtain it. It makes you wonder just what this type of armor looks like on a different class. Blizzard is doing everything they can to keep each class with its iconic feel without limiting armor choices.
It appears that this is about the fifth level of armor out of a total of eighteen types.
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So what tier is this one, then?
5. Out of 18 or so.
Special thanks to Ent1ty for catching this first. Article by ScyberDragon.
Blizzard has just announced that the musical awesomeness of Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) will be doing the end-of-the-Con concert this year.
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We're awestruck to announce that Tenacious D, the greatest band in the history of the world, will take the stage at BlizzCon 2010 to close out two days of epic entertainment!
Although tickets to the convention are sold out, you can still catch all of the panels and events, including Tenacious D's performance, with BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. ( http://blizzcon.rayv.com/ ) online or via DIRECTV in the United States. The Virtual Ticket multi-channel Internet stream allows viewers to switch between multiple channels of live HD coverage dedicated to different areas of the show.
The month of September started off slow on the development news. The first interesting post was about the empty space on the inventory screen from the screenshots from Gamescom. Bashiok mentioned that the area where the player's hero is pictured was actually a cover-up over a mechanic that they had not revealed yet. Just what this mechanic is up to much debate. For more discussion on the mysterious new mechanic see: A New Game Mechanic by NorthAmericanPenguin.
The next big news in the development of Diablo III came when a user on Battle.net discussed the followers from the first gameplay video released. Bashiok responded by explaining that those archers were "throw away" helpers and not a system they are using to replace the mercenaries of Diablo II. Unfortunately, he did not reveal any information on just what they are planning as the replacement. Some users have discussed a couple of ways of improving on the mercenaries. One users idea is to add a skill tree just for the mercenaries. For more discussion on this idea see: Hireling's Skill Tree by DarkMagicc.
While no new information was given out about the Artisans or Health Globes, both mechanics have officially been updated on the Diablo3.com website. You can now read up on both of these mechanics and just how they will work and be implemented in Diablo III. Hopefully, the addition of these pages means that both the Artisans and the Health Globes have been finalized for the game. See: New Crafting Section and Health Orbs Hit Site by Magistrate.
While the first half of the month did not reveal much, the second half was a different story. Skills were talked about in many different aspects. From new skills being made and worked on to the amount of skills available, many new topics about skills have popped up. Perhaps the biggest news that affects skills is the announcement that players will max out at level sixty. With the new skill cap, no content will be removed, only that the curve of leveling up will be different from Diablo II and by the end of Hell difficulty, players will be around this level. For more information and discussion on this see:Level 60 Cap by ScyberDragon.
As mentioned, much more information has been shared about skills and many users have started other interesting threads about them.
Starting off, DiabloFans has gone through a small change. First off, there has been rewrite of the Forum Guidelines. Please take a quick moment and look them over. We do our best to create a thriving community and part of that comes with creating guidelines. Next, we have added another member to our staff. Long time resident of DiabloFans, Mephisto's Lament has been brought on to be a community representative and will be running official DiabloFan's polls and other interesting contests. DiabloFans is also looking for more users to become staff members. If you are interested please see: Uncle Sixen Wants Youfor more information.
Last month, we saw the submissions to the Create your own Monster contest. With the contest now over, we have the winners of each category. Congratulations to ArtofTy for his awesome art submission, Hyralism for his amazing mechanics submission, and Umpa65 with his astounding lore submission. And a special thanks to everyone else who participated in this contest.
Perhaps this biggest news to help bring the community together was the Diablo II Ladder Reset. Sparking some much needed enthusiasm for our beloved ten year old game, many people have been starting over with this new ladder.
Lastly, between the Epic Scene Contest and the ladder reset, why not take a minute and upload some screenshots of your character using their skills into our Wiki. We are still needing a lot of help getting pictures added for each skill. For more information see: Skill Page Screenshots by Kickin_It.
Well, that wraps up one more month here at DiabloFans. With Blizzcon now right around the corner, there is bound to be a lot of new information coming out. Last class, skills, resource systems, Acts, monsters, bosses, story, and mechanics are all possibilities of news we will get at this year's Blizzcon and we here at DiabloFans will do our best to get this information to you as soon as possible.
We here at DiabloFans are looking for some people to help us with some Blizzcon coverage. While we will do our best to cover everything that comes out of Blizzcon, many of our staff members are unable to go to the actual event. We are looking for some users to act on behalf of DiabloFans as field reporters to help cover everything that is going on at Blizzcon.
If you are going to Blizzcon, we would like you to help us with coverage over the event. While the panels and stage information will be covered, there are some things that we will not have access to, primarily the game demo. Perhaps the biggest advantage of actually going to Blizzcon is having the opportunity to actually play Diablo III. We need some people to share with us their experience and information gained from getting to play the game.
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