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~A la Sixen [/hr] EDIT 2:00PM PST: Some server-side changes were made regarding the downtime. When the actual server is upgraded, the change will go unnoticeable. So as far as everyone is concerned, this can be safely ignored.
Normally, we'd be getting a community spotlight article this weekend.
However, due to the sudden surge of use of the "fan creations" forums as I call them, we thought that an article dedicated to them was in order.
An underrated, under-read part of the forums. Here is where all of our writers post their works. Some have been added to over the course of months, such as The Veiling by Seth, while others are relatively new, such as the Dfans Movie by Nekrodrac. You might also want to check out Kickin_It's Redemption of the Vizjerei.
At the heart of this forum, is the Diablofans Writing Guild. Here, reviews and critiques are given to the various works submitted. In addition, a story of the month is chosen, and put in the OP. If you wish to begin writing, or want some help with writing, this would be the place to seek it.
Also, for those of you who have no interest writing Diablo related stories, there is the Non-Diablo Fan Fiction forum. This forum is, as the name reveals, the place for any writings that are not based in the Diablo universe. Many have been submitted here, and are as good as, if not better, than some of the Diablo related works.
As for the stories themselves, here is an excerpt from The Veiling:
"They say far east of the Marshland coasts is a forgotten continent, steeped in intrigue and mystery. Miscarcarand, it was called, when Sanctuary was yet young. They say it came from a world even older than ours. They say the Nephalem never knew of it. They say a lot of things, and then they disappear.
Far from the ravages of the Mage Wars, isolated from the morality of mankind, magick was practiced there: very old, very powerful magick, the kind forsaken by the Mage Clans long ago."
~Excerpt Now, among the fan fiction forum, is a special type of fiction that revolves around the choices of the users. Scyberdragon has written a "choose your own adventure" story, in which you, the user, direct the actions of the main protagonist. A synopsis follows...
Choose your own adventure is just that, you get to choose your own adventure. The story has been running Sept. 05, 2009 and is still going strong. Every update to the story ends with a decision, that you the reader, get to make. This decision will completely change what happens next time the story is updated.
The story began with our main character William, a young boy, bravely opening the door and saving his Mother's life. His town was in ruins and a Barbarian (Kaelan) saved William and his mother. William soon returned the favor and saved the life of an Assassin named Sara. The four traveled to Kaelan's home of Mt.Arreat. Here, they left William's Mother and continued their journey to find the source of Evil. They have run in to some other people only to have them unfortunately killed. Upon reaching Caldeum, they met up with a Sorcerer who goes by the name of Gaheed. Joining the group, they made their way to the Kurast docks. Here, they got a mission from the famous Assassin Natalya, to retrieve a ring. While fighting a giant spider, the readers decided to have William put on the ring they found. The ring magically turned William into an adult instantly. Not knowing what happened, the group decided to travel to Ureh to find Natalya and get answers. Along the way, through the jungles, they have met up with a crazy Witch Doctor named Kifu. They continued their journey until they saw a mysterious glowing ball. After tracking it down the ball has begun emitting a strange fog out of it.
This is where the story has lead up to. If this sounds interesting and you would like to be a part of this heroic tale, stop in and vote for the next series of events.
And a summary and excerpt of Kickin_It's Redemption of the Vizjerei:
As a hypothetical backstory for Diablo 3's male Wizard, Redemption of the Vizjerei follows our hero-to-be as he begrudgingly embarks on a journey with a mysterious old man to confront his personal demons in the lands of his childhood and forestall the return of the Burning Hells to Sanctuary.
He lowered his hand from his face and ran it tenderly across the scarred and pitted surface of the old table. “This could be your chance for redemption, son. For setting right the ill deeds you have committed.” So he did know. But how? I slowly lifted my head and peered once more into his glimmering eyes. My lips parted to speak, but again he raised his faintly trembling hand and I was struck dumb. “There is more to your fate than even you know. This journey – if you like to think of it as such – is not one of adventure. Rather, it is one of erudition and deliverance. Your personal salvation, as well as that of the entire mortal realm of Sanctuary, rests in your hands...”
For those of you who can't use words as your artistic medium, there is the Fan Art forum. This is where all of our artists showcase their works. Atrumentis used to be the reigning champion of this forum with his web comic. However, he has been unseen lately, and thus, champion status is available to anyone who wants to take this forum by storm.
However, this doesn't mean we don't have strong submitters already. Holyknight3000 frequently posts up wallpapers (one of which I'm currently using), and Tepes has recently emerged as one of the best artists on this website. Kudos to everyone who takes the time to create, and post their artwork.
Also, somewhat related, is the Off-Topic Forum. This is where any non-Diablo artwork goes. So, even if you can't draw knights and demons, then you can put any artwork you make in this section and it will still gain recognition.
Personally, my favorite piece of artwork is the Doom Knight, by naj. It's an amazing piece of (unfinished) art, and is oddly disturbing. There's something about it that I love, I just can't put my finger on it.
Yet another underrated forum section. This is where on-forum roleplaying games are hosted. From zombie survival, to demonic hordes, this forum has many roleplaying games that users can take part in. They are constantly evolving, being created, and dying off. All the games are the creations of users on this website, all it takes is a bit of creativity, and some spare time to get one off the ground and onto the screens of users. This section was much more active in previous years, with Elfen Lied and Jetrall running the show with several RP's suited for a multitude of players. However, this forum has recently surged upwards in activity.
At the moment, this section has two upcoming, and two running RP's. To participate in them, just ask the users who are running them if there is room. Most RP's on the forum revolve around the Diablo storyline, however in the past (and currently), we have had roleplays that take place during modern times, in outer space, even in the lore of games such as Zelda or Baldurs Gate.
Should you wish to create your own, then the Roleplaying Archive would be a fantastic place to look for inspiration. Here is where all the past RP's are stored. They're fairly good, yet extensive reads if you wish to fully immerse yourself in the story.
A Final Word...
Myself, and all of us here at Diablofans wish to thank everyone who takes the time to make, the time to display their creations, and the time to listen to the feedback of all who view their works. It brings us together as a community, and provides entertainment to many. Seriously, give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it.
Should you be reading this and feel left out of the "back pat club", then you know what to do, start planning some projects!
On Twitter, fans were asked to help make a decision between two different flavors of frozen yogurt. Blizzard's cafeteria has had some mention before when select press members get to visit the elusive Blizzard HQ.
At the last press event, the Blizzard cafeteria made excellent pizzas and had them sent up to us, but today, the press group was escorted over to the Blizzard cafeteria for a buffet-style lunch, consisting of various hot sandwiches and sides.
Official Blizzard Quote:
Diablo: Choose which frozen yogurt I shall enjoy from our cafeteria. Mocha cappuccino or vanilla tart. Go! I'm hungry for frozen yogurt.
We can safely assume that the Mocha Cappuccino flavor resembled that of most coffee flavored treats. The interesting flavor choice in this line up is the Vanilla tart. While most vanilla's are seen as bland and plain, it appears that this version has added something else into the mix. Maybe a lemon flavor to give it that tart aspect? Well, people responded back with their opinions and Mocha won by a landslide.
Official Blizzard Quote:
Diablo: Mocha cap by a landslide. You didn't fail me, it's delicious. Although maybe a bit too mocha, and not enough cap.
While the recipient seemed pleased over the vote, it appears that they thought that the Mocha was a little too strong while the Cappuccino part was not bold enough.
Which flavor would you have chosen for and why?
Blizzard's Global Domination
The Diablo3.com website has been updated with a new language selection, Russian. This further proves Blizzard ultimate goal for global domination. World of Warcraft (WoW) has over 11 million subscribers world wide and with the launch of Starcraft 2 and Diablo III on the horizon, it appears that the World is Blizzard's oyster. Let us not forget their new MMO and new franchise they will also be coming out with.
Official Blizzard Quote:
Diablo: Diablo3.com is now available in Russian! It joins English, German, Spanish, French, and Korean as languages the site is available in.
Russia's population is currently at 141 million people and their official language is called Russian. They have joined the select groups of English, German, Spanish, French, and Korean. This slow spread covering the entire World's population is both exciting and scary. We can only hope in the near future other languages such as Swahili and Cantonese make it into the line up.
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For those who don't remember, one of the main problems the fanbase had with the art direction of Diablo III was that characters were "over the top". To some, their armor was too big (pauldrons in particular), their muscles too exaggerated, and their sizes simply disproportional to their environments.
For those who saw this as a problem, hope may be on the horizon, as was recently indicated by Bashiok:
Official Blizzard Quote:
We design and animate our characters to be viewed from game-cam distance. They really aren't meant to be seen from the distance that we show them on the website. So yeah some things (all things?) might seem strangely exaggerated that close. We have to design our characters, create textures, animations, spell effects, etc. all for a fixed camera that's way up in the sky. It's actually more challenging to adapt to and work with than if it were to just be seen from a personal view.
The image pictured on the top right was the one that made many fans first question the art direction and the armor proportions. Many thought that the massive pauldrons had no place in a "realistic" game like Diablo; however, when we take the above quotation into consideration, we can figure out that this is due to the camera angle and position.
The picture in question was taken to showcase the female barbarian, inflated, and rotated to give an action pose. If we compare this to the picture to the left, it's very apparent that the size of the pauldrons may be the cause of the angle, and distance of the camera.
Official Blizzard Quote:
The male barbarian is, and is intended to always be the tallest character. He's at least 7' tall. The female wizard is probably somewhere around 5'10.
Next, we have this fact. When you're seven feet tall, or very close to seven, since we are talking about the female Barbarian, you are going to need some massive shoulder pads. So of course they will seem massive when compared to other characters or the scenery; however, when we look at the Barbarian, herself, we can see that the pauldrons are actually a size relative to the size of the character in the second screenshot.
Official Blizzard Quote:
It turns out that in order to get the Monk and a number of other features for Blizzcon we just slapped a lot things into a special effects kit that were not meant for how often they showed up in the game and made the Blizzcon build a little messier than we had intended it to be. However, the way we tend to go about doing this kind of thing is to make everything too big on purpose to make sure that we've gone far enough. Once we realize that we've done that, we go through a period where we sort of pull things back [...] That's the mode we're in right now, tightening some things up.[/
This quotation by Julian Love also helps to explain the shoulder pad fiasco. Using the two screenshots as comparison once more, the one pictured on the top right was taken very early in the development cycle, and it was one of the first batches to be released. The second one, with toned down pauldrons, was released further down the development road.
Obviously, with the above quotation as proof, the first set of pauldrons were oversized for a reason: to be sure they were big enough. With their "pull back period", they've been refined, made more proportional to the size of the Barbarian, and more believable.
Fear not all ye' of little faith in the art direction, hope may still be on the horizon.
That's right, folks. Get ready for what might be the female Monk!
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Complete with the promised pixie haircut (see Diablo III, the Female Monk), could this really be the character we've been waiting for, or is this just part of the Jace Hall act? It certainly looks authentic. What do you think?
If anyone missed it, enkeria spotted this early this morning; see the old thread here!
Official Blizzard Quote:
Yes, that is indeed the female monk.
We'll have an official site update and a couple high-res goodies soon.