For those of you who are aspiring writers, or just enjoy writing some good old fashioned fanfic, this could be quite the opportunity to showcase those writing skills. While Blizzard has commonly had contests in the past for all sorts of mediums, I believe this is the first actual writing contest they've ever had.
It also doesn't hurt that the grand prize is a trip to Blizzard's headquarters in Southern California to meet with the writing staff along with an actual Frostmourne sword! And even if you don't win first place, there are some nice runner-up prizes too.
Discuss what you might write about if you were to send in a submission.
I'm sure most of you remember when I made a post last month about how NerdyShirts produced their own Diablo 3 rainbow t-shirt. While I would kill to own one of the original spoof shirts produced by Blizzard's employees (and judging by the poll we held, many of you would too), this new one released by NerdyShirts just wasn't nearly good enough. It was lacking big-time by comparison both in colors and detail, and I suspected it wasn't a licensed t-shirt.
When I spoke with Blizzard reps a few weeks ago about the shirt NerdyShirts was selling and whether it was licensed or not, they had no comment at the time. However, if you go to the old URL where the shirt was being sold, you'll see that it no longer exists and now redirects you to the NerdyShirts homepage. I contacted a NerdyShirts rep to see what happened to the Diablo 3 rainbow shirt and here's all he had to say:
"We are not allowed to sell that shirt anymore "
Looks like it wasn't a licensed shirt after all and I'm guessing Blizzard's legal team put the kibosh on it. I hope all of you took my advice to hold out for an officially licensed t-shirt from Blizzard rather than buying that cheap one. And Blizzard, if you're reading this... please hurry up with our official rainbow shirts!
Hey all, just a quick note about a planned downtime that will be taking place early tomorrow morning...
"The Curse Network will experience downtime Thursday morning (3/12/09) at 3AM EST. Our collocation facility is upgrading our routers. The downtime should last no longer than thirty minutes and then it's back to your regularly scheduled programming. Here's a list of your favorite sites that will be affected:
Bashiok recently responded to a question on the Battle.net forums about whether or not full immunity would be in Diablo 3. Here's what he had to say:
"Jay has said, and I don't have exact quotes so I'm going to put it into my own words, that full immunities aren't something we're looking to have in Diablo III right now.
He added though that as we plan for people to have a good amount of active abilities at their disposal, there may not be the issue of having say... a Wizard with only ice damage spells late in the game where immunities would normally be seen.
So if we were to have immunities, but also a broad range of abilities with various damage types ensured to be available, it would be more a situation of the player just needing to intelligently use the different spells they have. At that point it becomes a method of injecting strategy into approaching a fight. The spell variety and build potentials, or rather limitations in this case, remain to be seen to some degree.
I think if we can determine that players will always be able to damage a monster regardless of immunities, then they remain a possibility. More than likely though, if I had to guess at this point, you'll see resistances to specific spell types rather than full immunity."
Destructoid recently reported about one individual who took it upon himself to combine the game "Doom" with the style of Diablo. The game is called Doom: Fall of Mars, although I prefer to call it Diabloom or Doomablo. Regardless of what moniker you assign to it, it's a really interesting and original fan project even though it's still in the early stages of development. Seeing Doom in Diablo's isometric style of gameplay, complete with a similar inventory setup, is pretty friggin' cool if you ask me. Take a look at some of these screenshots:
If you're interested in trying it out, there's a demo up for download on the game site which is about 3 megs. The demo contains three levels, and I definitely hope this is a project that he completes. You can learn more about this great fan project here.