LOL Prol....I remember when I used to swear you were some hipster teenager. I also have no idea what's going on around here these days. Most threads I see are trading threads and what not. Like even now I just skimmed this thread you created to get to the end of it. And I'm sorry you had a stroke. You a smoker?
I was a little bent on playing through the story all at once, so normal in one day was inevitable unless I had another medical complication. You'll be glad to know that since then I have only just got to act2 in nightmare. I'm taking my time and looking for the few little events I missed, one lore tome apparently snuck by me.
Siay, oh to be young! I agree with your asessment of the forums these days and it is somewhat depressing. I may have to necro ye old religion thread to get people raging at someone other than blizzard. As for the stroke, I am not a smoker, nor did my doctor think I was a significant risk after the fact. It was just a bit of a genetic fluke plus my age. I'm getting physical therapy a few days a week, but no medication otherwise. They're hinting at putting me on some kind of diet, but I already eat mostly fruits and vegetables so I can't imagine what they would recommend. Perhaps I'm not getting my daily value of trans fat and corn sugar. >D
Us whiney teenagers (20 still counts as a teen since I'm unable to buy alcohol :P) make up a vital part of this community! Without us, there would be lots more public games due to people actually being nice and playing as a team. Nobody plays a video game to relax and escape reality, everybody knows the whole point of buying a game is to grief others and ruin everyone elses good time.
Oh wait... I think I may have messed that up a bit.
Not quite through NM today, due in large part to lots of afk, but also because I was testing builds. Unfortunately, I am now almost a full 20 levels ahead of my gear (since when did first-kill act bosses drop just two blues?) so my attempts at petless kiting turned out very poorly as I couldn't burn the enemies down fast enough.
At the moment pets+poison seems to be the best option if not the only option I have considering my gear deficit. It buffs my dogs/gargantuan up to viable meat shield status between the generous DR on jungle/zombie handler and the further dr for applied poision. Between using stinker garg, poision dogs, acid raid, and darts, there's really no way much of anything on-screen or near a pet is not being debilitated. Also, the pets have done a great job of helping me defeat nm act bosses who keep me running too often to apply much dart dps.
I don't expect the pet fun to last forever, but either way I am likely to need nightmare mode farm to make any kind of headway in hell, to say nothing of inferno. Hopefully the loot gods of sanctuary will smile upon me later
Yeah unfortunately you will reach a point where your pets become totally useless. I was really sad when I had to finally drop my Garg from my set of skills. Pretty sure they're going to tweak summonables later in a patch but right now in Inferno Act 1 my Garg can barely survive and in Act 2 he pretty much dies in one hit.
The Mongrels I never cared for much anyway. They reminded me of the dire wolves for the Druid and I hated always having to bring them back to life cause they wouldn't have the sustainability akin to the Necro's golems. Man, golems kicked ass.
Aye, the time to ditch my beloved pets is soon going to arrive. I've given some serious thought to just leveling another class rather than face that terrible reality though. To my mind, playing the WD like some kind of unholy hammerdin (that was the feeling i got watching a tankdoctor video) or a wizard just doesn't sit well with me.
Didn't have any time to log in today so finishing nm diablo will have to wait. I hope level 50 is ok for starting hell mode.
...since when did first-kill act bosses drop just two blues?
There was a recent Reddit AMAA where Jay Wilson answered this. For some reason, he felt that having bosses drop guaranteed rares for the first kill past normal would be detrimental to the game. I'm not really sure why. It was something like he was afraid people would think boss runs were supposed to be the way to farm or something. In any case, he said others on the team have convinced him that he was wrong about that and guaranteed rare drops will be added to post-normal boss kills at some point in the future.
Also, welcome back to the forums even though I don't think we've crossed paths before. I might have to go check out that religion thread though. Go-go gadget skepticism!
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...and if you disagree with me, you're probably <insert random ad hominem attack here>.
I was quite ready to shelf the WD for a while and get to leveling my barbarian when I had the good fortune to run into some fellow diablofans online (Much appreciated friends). Until that point I had the notion I would solo my way to the end of hell mode. Much to my chargin, this was proving so incredibly tedious (due to my gear deficit) as to break my will.
Today I gave public cooperative games a shake and despite some bugs (periodically unable to use party chat) and a disconnect or two, it was quite fulfilling. I began a game at the start of act1 and our party nearly made it to the conclusion of act2. There was much donating of favorable drops between myself and a barbarian (we seemed to get each other's loot at every turn) and good spirits were maintained all around until the inevitable need for us to part ways.
During this jaunt I managed to skill my way into zombie bears and after some fiddling with my spell setup I fumbled into what appeared to be an optimal build (for my equipment set at least). My desire to avoid Vision Quest was foiled, but with four short and fairly useful cooldowns to operate from and the ability to retain splinters it handles solo and group questing nicely. I remain to test it on a serious boss encounter, but I have high hopes.