In case you haven't noticed, the website has had a total facelift. We've recently had a software upgrade to IP Board (may you burn in hell, Vbulletin), which essentially, is the prettier cousin of our old software.
With it comes a whole host of new options to tweak with, new things to do, and new ways to interact with your fellow users (check out the new PM system, it rocks). I have been particularly enjoying the status updates, as they're by far my most favorite feature we've got now. That, and the "view new content" button. Which, brings you to a page displaying new forum posts, topics, users, blogs, even gallery images.
Anywho, my rant about how much I love the new software aside, it's time to spotlight the community.
(Also, there are still bugs in the software being worked out. So, if you spot one or have any problems, head over to this thread to get help.)
Badass new fonts, by the way.
Odd, that such a resiliant and well known thread has not yet been spotlighted. But, I feel it necessary to finally point out the Ultimate Random Thread. Also known as the URT. This thread was first made by Infinitum (then known as Party_Foul) who started it off with the million post thread. Much random spam was present back then, and it was a dark time for us all. It crashed and burnt horribly, which led to much raging and then to its reincarnation as the Ultimate Random Thread, made by Kenzai. Now it serves as a place to chat about whatever it is you want.
Next, is our April Fools gag. Some users thought that it was Blizzard who announced the Unicorn class (it was all a clever ruse!), while it was actually our warped imaginations that made such a class. As well, in case you missed them, the Blizzard April Fools gags are here. They're definitely worth a read, the Deckard Cain GPS in particular made me laugh pretty damn hard.
Finally, is the favorite class threads! Scyberdragon has been posting up competitive polls for the Monk and Witch Doctor, and now the Barbarian and Wizard. Only a vote is necessary, but of course, it's encouraged that you give some reasoning behind your choice. Hopefully, we'll see some solid discussion out of these threads in the near future, and we'll also see who comes out on top as the Diablofans favorite class. (Go Wizard!)
Aside from the software update, there haven't been any changes.
The software update broke a couple of threads with good art in them, but thankfully, we've got two posts with new art!
Good work guys, and Kamrad, I'm expecting fully colourized sketches soon to come!
GET ON IT!!
For fan fiction, Magistrate has continued his works The Veiling, adding yet another chapter to the already impressively hefty text.
Also, Scyberdragon has started chapter two of the Choose Your Own Adventure. A brief recap is in this thread for any who weren't around to steer William's life in the first chapter, so don't be afraid to start now!
Whole lot has been going down in here over the last few weeks. As for work being done right now, the runes are being reworked for both the Diablo II and Median XL pages (the latter being a well known mod for Diablo II).
But, the most significant change is the new portals, and front page.
It's looking pretty snappy now, with much more organization granted by the use of portals, and a much simpler front page, making browsing all the more enjoyable. To the right of the main page, is a list of mods currently on the wiki. Right now, we've got pages for both Median XL, and The Hell. Check in there to spruce up your game, or to learn more about the vanilla versions, as we've got that too on the wiki! (Also on the sidebar, seriously, go look at the new wiki. It's eye candy in the extremes.)
A Fond Farewell...
WELL, this is going to be the last of the community spotlights, as I've resigned from the news team. Not because of any problems with the staff or the website though (trust me when I say this, the forum is in good hands, the staff here is fantastic at what they do, and more responsible than any I know). But, real life has been having its way with me lately. My spare time has been cut down by my workload, and my job is getting fairly demanding as well (business recently expanded). So, with my grades and my job on the line, I haven't had the time to write news as effectively and frequently as I would like.
Thus, decided to take a break from the forums, and get back to reality for a couple months.
So, while this is farewell from the news team, it isn't farewell from the forums. I'll still be lurking around the shady corners of Diablofans, watching you browse.
Anywho, hope you guys enjoyed these articles, they were a hell of a lot of fun to write, you users get into some crazy shenanigans.
Shrines have been around since the olden days of yore (you know, when Diablo launched), and we've been exploiting them for all they're worth ever since. Doing an experience run? Snag the increased experience shrine! Teleporting through a drab cave and need some more fuel? Grab up that mana shrine! Little has been confirmed as far as shrine types for Diablo III so far, but today we might now have a further glimpse in to their functionality, and it looks like fun!
Official Blizzard Quote:
Shrine buffs apply to the entire party as long as they're in range.
This sounds like a big asset to forming parties in-game, and to keeping everyone together so everyone gets the shrine bonuses. It could also mean each individual party member, regardless of ability, is even more important, since each party member has the opportunity to host a different shrine effect, much like the Paladin did in Diablo II with auras. One can only wonder if they'll stack!
Bashiok also elaborated on a possible replacement for inventory clutter:
Official Blizzard Quote:
As far as "power-up orbs" it's something I thought of as well, which usually means the designers thought of it a year+ ago. Not as a shrine replacement though, but as a replacement for buff scrolls/elixirs. I just either forget to use them or let them sit afraid of wasting them. So they just take up bag space. I face the same dilemma in WoW and usually just end up throwing them on the AH because I realize I'll never use them. Obviously some people are better than me, and able to remember to use them, as they usually sell.
Sounds good- less time wasted managing your junk, and more time engaged in that fast-paced playing experience we've all come to love! True to the Diablo way and a welcome change in many ways.
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DiabloFans recently upgraded to a more powerful, dynamic, and feature-rich forum software called IP Board. This was done to improve site functionality, to offer members better ways to socialize, to make DiabloFans better suited to future upgrades, and to bring us up-to-speed with other Curse network sites. Unfortunately, as with anything new, there are little glitches, stylistic errors, and missing features from vBulletin. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please report them in this thread, and staff members who are able, or other members, will try their best to resolve, fix, or answer anything you might ask about.
In addition, many posts may look a bit odd due to differently-functioning BB code, and some members have found that they cannot post in some, or all, areas, resulting in some temporary inconvenience. It is all being worked on. Patience and input are the best ways to ease DiabloFans into the future. Once again, please reply here with any questions, comments, or concerns.
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Note:Brief mention of the following info was made in Sixen's pre-release analysis of patch 1.13. However, the dev team made note of it again, yesterday...
A request was made yesterday to implement a feature allowing gamers to customize the channel they join when accessing battle.net chat. Rethek, of the Legacy Game Development Team, responded:
Official Blizzard Quote:
I actually implemented this feature in 1.13, but unfortunately we didn't get this into the patch notes. You can set a Diablo II registry key to the specific channel you want to join.
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Diablo II
Name: Default Channel
Set the data for this string value to the channel name you'd like to join. Now when you enter Battle.net chat, you should be in the channel of your choice. If you do this, you will miss the intro information printed out by Battle.net, such as how many users are using the Battle.net service and when your last logon was. This may also hide any indication of previous failed login attempts on your account.
(adding a slight note of caution: )
Official Blizzard Quote:
It should be noted that editing your registry is definitely not for everyone. If you don't feel comfortable doing it, please don't.
For those unfamiliar with making registry edits, see here for a guide to making this one.
So while it does have the small drawback of bypassing certain official information, and involves some manual tinkering that could prove unfortunate if done incorrectly, this could be a handy little feature for clans and others who might wish to avoid the various downsides of being dumped into the default public chat channels when traversing battle.net.
It also makes one wonder if there are any more hidden gems still to be found in the new patch...