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I have kinda retired from doing this. Most of the peoples I wished HBD to are now gone anyway.
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Jul 19, 2011Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)Quote from DieHardDiabloFan
I miss Doppleganger and Goodguy's war.
Hehe - those were fun.
I miss the Carloseus rants. Thasador and Darkjay stories.
Winston's fun, Sesslers cartoons, and Atru's Dee'hablothree (probably spelled it wrong)
Zuby thought I was a guy when I first joined despite me stating I was female. hehehe
Ooo, Zuby, you beat my joining by one day. lol
Everybody loves Zuby!!!
Jul 18, 2011WALKING THE DOGPosted in: Off-Topic
A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.
Everybody got off the plane except the one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.
He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, 'Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?' The blind lady replied, 'No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs. He might even need to pee.'
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were even trying to change airlines!
True story... Have a great day and remember,
THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR.
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May 15, 2011Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from -Mephisto
She thought we made out a lot, when in reality I saw her twice a week and we'd kiss a total of 5 minutes. I think she was looking for a gay friend, or something, what with her asking me talk with her more even though we'd talk like 6 hours every day.
I wouldn't be able to live there. Definitely not! Making out is my favorite thing to do before (and after) sex. I remember making out for hours in my first relationship (before we actually had sex).
Mar 31, 2011Posted in: News & AnnouncementsWe all learned about the caravan concept back at the 2010 Gamescom last year. This caravan would be a group of NPC's that would follow your character around and offer you different services. Deckard Cain and Leah will be a part of this band as well as the three Artisans we have learned about. While these Artisans filled various roles, Blizzard apparently felt a few more were needed. The development team has announced two more Artisans to join the line-up that will each offer their own unique services.
Cobbler, who is almost as old as Deckard Cain, will be following you around Sanctuary on your journey. Adding sole to your adventure, the Cobbler will focus primarily on all equipment related to your feet. From repairing your current boots to selling you new ones and crafting special boots this Artisan will focus solely on this one area of equipment more-so than the Blacksmith will. One example of this idea is through one of the many services the Cobbler offers: the Stamina and Run/Walk System, which will be returning to this latest game of the franchise. The Cobbler will be able to alter your shoes to increase both the stamina and run speed of your character, adding yet one more viable gold sink to the game. It is unknown just yet how much of an effect it will have but it will most likely be a required upgrade for PvP and the arena.
You will gain this Artisan through the quest Frail Pools. This quest will lead you through some poisonous pools where the feeble old man needs your help. Being partially senile, the Cobbler has mixed up his thoughts and has gotten lost; finding himself in a mess of trouble as demons encroach on his location. After saving the old man and bringing him back to town and safety, he will offer his services to you.
When asked why these features were not just added to the Blacksmith's services, Blizzard responded:
Official Blizzard Quote:
While it is possible that we could have added these services to the Blacksmith, we wanted to keep a clear focus of each artisan. The Blacksmith will be focusing on forging and socketing your armor. The cobbler will be focusing on just boots. The reason for this is that we have added another mechanic to Diablo 3. In order to enhance the environment even more, we have added a system where the environment will interact with your character. If you are on ice, your character will slip around, if you are in a swamp your movements will be sluggish. The cobbler will offer services to help counter these effects.
- Rainy Fields - Character will slip and have a higher chance to miss attacks.
- Sinking Sands - Characters will be pulled in with the moving sands.
- Ice - Characters may fall and be vulnerable to attack for a short period of time.
- Swamps - Characters movement and attack speed are slowed.
- Lava - Characters will take continuous damage while standing in the lava.
The Cobblers shop will reflect his foot fetish. We have been given a picture of a mid-grade Cobbler' shop, as seen above. It was said that he will start off with his shop looking more like a sandal and as he progresses, his shop will change to a a more durable and fitting type of shoe. They hinted that the last version would be a metallic boot with all sorts of sharp spikes and no laces to trip on.
Bard will be the fifth Artisan joining you on your mission. Offering inspiration in the form of music, the Bard will not only play music for you but teach you how to play it yourself. You will learn to play new and more complicated songs through scrolls you will find while venturing into the various caves and dungeons your path will take you. After getting these drops, you can simply take them back to the Bard and he will teach you how to play the song. The effects of these songs vary and, as your skill with a given instrument increases, your songs will become stronger, but also longer and more complex. To play a song, players will press a key to ready their instrument while still battling the foes of Hell. Following a string of commands consisting of the up, down, left, and right arrows a pattern will be needed to execute the song.
You will meet this whimsical character through the quest called Aid Fops O'Rally. In this quest, you find O'Rally trying his best to serenade a group of Goatman. Unfortunately he appears to be flopping and the monsters are quickly turning on him. After mowing through the dozens of beasts, the Bard will follow you back to town. After coming to terms with the fact that his music alone is not enough to stop these monstrosities, the Bard will offer to teach you how to play various songs to add to your physical and magical arsenal.
Official Blizzard Quote:
Originally we had wanted to add the Bard as a playable class, it was one of the many ideas that we had tossed around. We even got as far as getting him in-game and were working on his skills. However, once we matched him up with the other classes, we felt he just didn't fit in with the environment we wanted for D3. We tried axe guitars, dagger flutes, and mace-like drum sticks, but none of them felt right. Let's face it, slicing off a demons head is just cooler than playing them a song, no matter how hard you shred.
We still really liked the concept though so we decided to make him an artisan instead. Players will be able to seamlessly switch from fighting to playing a quick song without having to change any gear or skills. This way, players can still blow things up and can use this mechanic to help them in their fights instead of lead them.
- Drums: All drum songs will focus on fortifying your character and party. From raising your defense to increasing your HP, these songs will help you stay alive. A likely choice for those venturing into Hardcore.
- Lutes: Lutes will improve your killing ability. Both physical and magical attacks will be bolstered by shredding out a tasty lick on your lute. Speed, damage, and accuracy can be improved.
- Flutes: Songs played on your flute will focus more on passive bonuses to your skills and debuffing monsters. Despite being among the daintiest of instruments, these flutes can help turn the tide of battle by lulling your enemies to sleep or decreasing the cost of your skills.
Pictured above is a screen shot of the Witch Doctor using a flute to play the lullaby song. The song has put the monsters ahead of him asleep, rendering them defenseless against the mongrels' attacks. You can see that the song that will pop-up on your screen after hitting the "M" key. Pressing the arrow keys in the correct order will execute the song. As mentioned, the greater the effect of the song, the more difficult the song will be to play. To make sure that it does not interrupt combat, no skill or instrument needs to be equipped. The player can quickly play the song and go right back to blasting their enemies.
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Jan 21, 2011Nekrodrac posted a message on Fairy Tales Revisited. Part deux: Little Red Riding Hood.Hello there. It's me- Mr Narrator. While browsing through these forums, I realized the terrible and saddening situation that has befallen our fellow users. They seem to paddle in ignorance and have forgotten the perennial morals and values of our good old fairy tales. However, this need not continue.Posted in: Non-Diablo Fan Fiction
So, in my great generosity and compassion, I have decided to spare some of my time and infinite wisdom to tell you of the stories that have graced our childhood, and also reveal the shocking truths that your parents could not tell you due to the blissful innocence of your then unblemished minds.
Our second story is that of ‘The red little riding hood’. Never has the stigma associated with appearance been so tragic. So much so, that people even forgot the real name of the poor little girl in our story. Her name was actually Stormcat or as called by her friends- Stormy.
Alas, this was not the only thing misconstrued or forgotten.
So today, we shall delve into what really happened and determine the moral of this epic tale.
Once upon a time in a country far far away, there was a little girl called Stormy. She lived with her mother in a house at the periphery of a secluded village.
The road that ran close to their front door, continued only a few more yards before plunging into the forest that surrounded this small settlement of farmers.
In these times, it was common to send young and defenseless girls into beasts-infested forests to see their grandmothers.
Narrator- Indeed, there were even acclaimed and greatly-respected bookmakers within villages who would take bets on the survival of these little girls.
And so it was that on a fine Saturday morning, Stormy’s mother called her from the living room,
“Brat, come here!”
Stormy- “Yes, kindly and beloved mother. Do you need me?”
Mother- “Obviously, duh! Why would I call you if I didn’t need you, eh? Anyway let’s cut the crap and get down to business here. I need you to deliver some cookies to your grandma. She’s sick and cannot cook. I am sure the nutritious value of these cookies will be able to sustain her for weeks, maybe even years…”
The caring and compassionate mother thus carefully wrapped half a dozen cookies and put them in a basket along with some lemonade juice before giving it to her daughter.
Stormy picking up her favorite green cloak prepared to set off but was stopped by her mother.
“Oh dear, why are you wearing this horrible cloak? Here, take this red one. You look prettier in it.”
“But mother, won’t I be really conspicuous in such clothing?”
“Of course not, you daft girl.”
“But mother, aren’t there supposed to be wolves in the forest?”
“Come on, you silly girl. Wolves? You have listened to too many stories…”
“Oh for God’s sake, just shut up and go already, will you?”
Following this very emotional and teary departure, our Stormy waved her mother goodbye and walked along the road that would take her into the forest.
The latter indeed held some fearsome beasts. Among them, notoriously infamous was Umpa, the green monster or as his street name went- Reptar. He preyed mercilessly on any weaker creatures, devouring their flesh and keeping the bones to scratch his back or use as toothpick.
Right then as our story began, Reptar was chasing a wolf. Though he moved on two legs, his speed was unmatched around these parts for he religiously trained everyday and had acquired deadly predatory skills. The wolf succumbing to the poisonous bite of the vile creature gave a last howl-
“Aaaooowwoooooo….whaaaaat the heeeeeeeckkkkkk!?! Thiiiiiissss waaaaaaaasn’t iiinnnnnn the scriiiiiiipttt...”
While Umpa was ripping through the flesh of his victim in frenzy, the sensitive ears of the monster picked a humming sound. It was Stormy that he was hearing and he quickly understood that some fresh and easy victim had entered the woods. However, he dared not approach the road for even among the beasts, there were the rumors of a demon who lurked there and dragged off its victims to consume. Whether true or not, Reptar was not about to risk his neck, especially when he had a freshly caught meal right in front of him.
Stormy was happily strolling along the road, humming to herself and with not a care in the world, having already eaten half the cookies she was meant to bring her grandma. The sugar rush did not help. She was now dancing and hopping everywhere and had forgotten the safety of the road. For she knew very well, that the dangers of the forest would never touch a person for as long as they remained on the path.
This knowledge was widespread among the villagers and while they themselves did not understand it, they knew that some ‘power’ held the beasts at bay. But that was only if one stayed on the road.
Straying slowly but surely from the path, Stormy soon became lost and when she realized it, she was alone, surrounded by gnarled trees which darkened the place with their menacing shadows. Reptar, who has been quietly watching his potential prey almost literally walking into his claws, guffawed maniacally. Seeing he had the obvious advantage over his victim, he decided to play around a bit more with his food.
Sneakily, he approached Stormy from behind and put his cruel paw on her shoulder. The latter jumped slightly and spun around. She was met with the sight of a drooling creature with ravenous purple eyes.
She let out a sigh of relief. Finally she thought- someone to help her. But then she reconsidered and said-
“Why are you drooling and looking at me like that? Are you a pervert?”
Taken aback by the apparent calm of the little girl, Reptar exclaimed- “What? Of…of course NOT! ”
“It…it’s just how I normally look,” he added defensively.
Stormy- “Oh I’m so sorry sir. I was just a little surprised. I am lost. Will you help me?”
Stormy- “I need to get back on the road. Do you know the way.”
Finally snapping back to reality after this unusual conversation and response from his prey, Reptar put on his most suave voice-
“Certainly, my child. And where may you be heading like that?”
Stormy narrowed her eyes-
“Why do you want to know that?”
Reptar- “Well if you are heading for your village, I can show you a shortcut.”
Stormy- “But why?”
Reptar- “Well…it’s for your own good. There will be less walking this way and you’ll get home quicker.”
Stormy- “But why?”
Reptar- “Err…I just explained to you why.”
Stormy- “Oh sorry. It’s just a silly habit of mine to ask questions repeatedly. I can see you are a kind person. Furthermore, you are green and that’s my favorite color!”
She proceeded to explain to Umpa where she was heading and how she got lost (while carefully omitting that she ate most of the cookies).
Reptar considered for a moment and then decided that this was too good an opportunity to pass: a defenseless little girl and her sick grandma.
After explaining to Stormy how to get back on the road, he went back to the dead wolf, salted the meat and put it to dry in the sun.
Looking at the delicious strips of flesh, he said- “I’ll have you for dessert” and dashed to grandma’s house, using a real short cut and following Stormy’s description of the house location.
In the meantime grandma was making out with grandpa, having already recovered from her brief sickness. Her house had 4 rooms and a basement- where she was, undertaking some PG18-worthy series of moves.
And so when Reptar reached the house, he was surprised to see no one in sight. Greatly annoyed, he didn’t even notice the short staircase that led to the basement or even the muffled noises that came from it.
Instead while searching frantically the 4 rooms, he came across grandma’s wardrobe. Fascinated, he started trying out her clothes while admiring himself in the mirror.
The minutes quickly slipped by and suddenly he heard a familiar humming. Quickly recovering from this transvestic lapse in consciousness, he said-
“Oh well, at least one is still on the menu. Hehehe….let her come to grandma then,” and jumped into the bed with grandma’s gown on, pulling up the covers over himself in the process.
Stormy knocked on the door and the disguised voice of Umpa called for her to enter.
Putting the nearly-empty basket on the table in the kitchen, Stormy went to see her grandma.
“Oh, what happened to your boobies, granny? They look pointy. Is it the illness that is making them like that?
“No, you silly. It’s just the covers. Here, now you can see everything is alright,” said Reptar, flattening the covers.
“But why is everything so flat now…? Even I, a little girl..”
“Now now young lady, what kind of talk is that? You are being very rude.”
“Sorry granny. Oh I wanted to ask you- why is the sky blue?”
“That is because the day it was ordered, that was the only color available, honey.”
“Why are rocks hard?”
“Oh for God’s sake…”
And with that, Reptar jumped out of bed and ripped off grandma’s gown to reveal his true self- an act he immediately regretted as he thought the gown looked really good on him.
Tearing his mind from his tragic mistake, he flung himself on Stormy who had jumped out of the way just in time and started running around the house, shouting for help.
Then a sharp voice (grandma) came from the basement-
“Stormy? Is that you? Damn…I need to put my clothes back on.”
Stormy ran down the staircase and headed for the basement. Reptar realized that was where grandma was and smiled to himself-
“Ha! Now for the main course!”
Stormy entered the basement and quickly shut the door behind herself. She jumped for joy when seeing her grandparents(who managed to make themselves decent except for grandpa who always only wore a white apron anyway).
Umpa laughed to himself upon seeing the wooden door and threw his whole weight against it, causing the wood to splinter. A second bashing cause the door to wreck itself open and in came the green monster. A deep grunt met him-
“AAahhh, fresh meat!” said grandpa.
Umpa stared in shock at grandma, Stormy and large creature which might have been a man but for the horns on his head and blood-red eyes burning within the face. The white apron he wore was covered in blood stains and the room itself was full of mangled corpses of various beasts from the forest. In the creature’s hand was a massive cleaver which might have been responsible for all the butchering. Stormy tugged on the evil-looking being’s hand and pointed at Umpa-
“He’s the bad person trying to jump on me and scare me, grandpa.”
Reptar regained his wits and tried to dash for the door and out of the room. But it was to no avail as the huge cleaver thrown skillfully by grandpa impaled Umpa’s tail to the wooden floor.
What followed cannot be described into the nitty-gritty since this story is meant for a PG-13 rating approval.
Suffice it to say that Stormy sat with her grandparents later in the evening to enjoy grilled meat for dinner.
The moral of the story-
Do not name little girls or anybody for that matter by the clothes they are wearing. It’s rude.
Or was it…Beware of green looking monsters you meet in forests…?
Eh…perhaps it was- grilled meat is delicious.
Anyway now that you have understood the moral of this tale, farewell my friends and may your lives be enriched by the wisdom that you have presently gained.
Farewell...until our next tale.
Dec 23, 2010Posted in: News & Announcements
With the Holiday season here, it appears as though we have been given a gift. We have gotten some images of what appears to be the next Act in Diablo III. Showing just how bad the devastation is upon Sanctuary, not even Santa and his workshop are safe from the horrors of this Evil.
In the frozen tundra at the North Pole, Santa has been safely hidden from the world. Working with his elves, he creates toys to share with all of the children of Sanctuary. Perhaps the embodiment of purity and goodness, his generosity has struck a particular sharp thorn in Evil's side. Eager to show the whole world just how powerful the Denizens of Hell are, they launched a major attack against the jolly old man. While his elves put up a great fight, the demise of the happiest man in the world was inevitable. Soon his elves became tormented and twisted at the exposure of such evil. They one by one turned on themselves and even the fat man himself. Admitting defeat, Santa slipped out the back on his sleigh, leaving his own personal sanctuary. The monsters took over his dwellings stripping it of almost all remnants of Christmas. Santa flew with his eight reindeer until he found a band of Heroes looking to rid this world of the Evil that had taken his home. Informing the group of their whereabouts, they traveled to the most Northern tip of the world. Crossing frozen glaciers and blizzards, the team had finally made it to reclaim Santa's workshop.
Pictured left is a screen shot from the new area. At the entrance of Santa's workshop, the Demon Hunter is fighting off a horde of the corrupted elves. One must be careful when fighting these green clad monsters. They wield sharpened candy canes that can pierce through the toughest of armors. The cinnamon burn lingers within the player causing fire damage over time.
With Santa busy aiding the Heroes in taking back his workshop, there was nobody to deliver this year's toys. With Christmas now upon us, our beloved Deckard Cain has, once again, stepped up to the plate. Donning Santa's hat and red robes, the lore expert carries the book of "Naughty or Nice" eager to read its contents. Too feeble to fight off any monsters, Deckard realized that this was the best way to help in the fight against Evil. For he knows how important it is to all of the Children of Sanctuary to get their Christmas gift. If their hopes were lost in this last joyous holiday, then all hope for a victory against these demons would be lost.
DiabloFans would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I would like to conclude this Holiday post with a poem. Found in the writings of Abd al-Hazir, entry 1225:
Twas the Night before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through my houseI was constantly stirring, clicking my mouse.My Battle.net was logged as I waited and staredIn hopes that Diablo 3, soon would appear.
Giving up hope, I went to my bed,While visions of Sanctuary danced in my head.Killing hordes of monsters and looting a cap,I awoke only to find, it was just a long nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.Away to the window I flew like a flash,Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snowGave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,But the Lord of Terror, and eight fallen to fear.
With a mouth full of teeth, and fire aglow,I knew in a moment it must be Diablo.More rapid than eagles his fallen they came,And he roared, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Basher! now, Crasher! now, Smacker and Slashen!On, Vomit! On, Stupid! on, on Bomber and Blazen!To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!Now smash away! Smash away! Smash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, jumped to the sky.
So up to the house-top the cursers they flew,
With the chest full of weapons, and Lord Diablo too.
And then, in a cracking, I heard on the roofThe smashing and crashing of each little goof.As I drew in my head, and was turning around,Down the chimney Diablo came, quick with a bound.
He was fleshed all in red, from his head to his foot,And his body was all tarnished with ashes and soot.A bundle of spikes he had lined on his back,And he looked like the master, on his forehead a crack.
His eyes-how they grimaced! His spikes sharp at the tip!His claws were like weapons, his tail like a whip!His full giant mouth was drawn up like a bow,And the fire he shot out melted all of the snow.
A fire burned bright, behind his sharp teeth,And the smoke, it encircled, his head like a wreath.He had a broad face and looked eager to kill,He shook when he laughed, the idea gave him a thrill!
His minions attacked, they ran down the hall,As they ran up to me, I slaughtered them all!A roar from his mouth and a twist of his head,Soon gave me to know I soon would be dead.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,He fired lightning and fire, then turned with a jerk.A hit with his tail, I fell off of my toes.And before I got up , up the chimney he rose!
He cracked open the earth, creating a hole,And slipped down in it, completing his goal.But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he left out of sight,"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
I took a look around, shaking my head,“What the hell was that?” was all that I said.I took another look and what did I see,In my stocking was it, my own copy of D3.
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Dec 3, 2010The problem with believing "Just In Case" is because the Christian deity will know if your believing just to be safe. And what if it's the Buddhist deity? Or a Wiccan deity? Or a Shinto Deity? What if you believed in the Jesus "Just In Case" and it turned out that Jesus was a lie and Kami is pissed at you?Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)
The way I figure it is, I'm a good person. If whatever deity is upset that I didn't worship him, ignoring the good things I've done, then he doesn't deserve to be worshiped. If he is glad that I was a good person, then it didn't matter. And if he didn't exist, I was a good person and my memory and honor will still be there.
Nov 1, 2010Posted in: Diablo Wallpaper and OS Art
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I used the Skeleton King art piece from the d3 blizzcon 2010 press kit. this epic painting I had to use. Cutting him out was tricky but turned out well. I had hoped to find a way to make it look like he was standing inside the circle and partially outside.
This came out exactly like i had hoped, and I finally recolored the nameplate. Shocking i know! I hope you all like.
Oct 23, 2010Posted in: Diablo III General DiscussionQuote from Alcovitch
If he had told us WHEN the beta was likely to start, that would have been news.
now the fact that they are talking about a beta is encouraging. but we shouldn't get too excited before they talk about "when" there's going to be one.
Oct 22, 2010There was a whole lot of info given out about just how we will get to make our characters unique. Although there will still be auto-stat distribution, they are adding in a lot of new mechanics to help us build our characters just they way we want. From the skills they use to fine tuning the play-style, no onw character is going to be alike.Posted in: News & Announcements
- Skills -
Skills are at the core of the Diablo franchise and a major part of what makes your character unique. We have all known that they got rid of the original tree-like mechanic but we were left in the dark to what new system they are using now. First off, it should be re-iterated that each player can now only have seven skills at their disposal. While there will be a lot more skills to choose from than seven, you will only get seven skill slots to use and put your selected skills into. Since leaving the tree system, the development team went to a tab system, like in Diablo II, to help break up the clutter. Unfortunately, this made it too hard to see all of your choices. Next, they went to a simple list system that worked really well but it looked unappealing. The combined this list idea with a better looking UI and came up with the current version,
The new UI reflects this change to seven skills. On the left will be your seven skill slots which will unlock as you level. To the right is a window with all the skill choices possible, broken up by when you can access them. This will help you to see directly what you have as well as what you can get and plan for future levels. All skills start off with a possible increase of five ranks but there will be a chance to increase this amount through other means. Leveling up a skill will be as simple as clicking o the skill in the UI.
- Demon Hunter - You can read about the newly announced Demon Hunter skills here.
- Barbarian - A new skill added to the Barbarian is Ancient Spear. Keeping in touch with his melee roots, Ancient Spear is a ranged attack that will actually pull the monster within melee range of the Barbarian.
- Wizard- For the Wizard, they are bringing back the ever popular Meteor skill with a revamped graphic and feel. They have promised that runes will have a wide array of effects for this skill.
- Witch Doctor- The movement skill for the Witch Doctor, Spirit Walk, has finally been shown. Going into the spirit world, the Witch Doctor becomes corporal and can move through enemies.
- Monk - In-tune with the Monk's melee and Holy attributes, Wave of Light drops down a symbolic holy bell that the Monk hits and sends flying towards monsters.
Traits is a new system that will be replacing passive skills. This mechanic was added to allow players to customize their character without having to waste skill points to do so. As you level, you currently gain one trait point every other level. Traits will vary and help distinguish your particular play style. Each Trait will have ranks that will range from one to five that you can upgrade. Helping define you character as a tank, berserker, or battle master for the Barbarian, each trait also includes some flavor text to help explain and immerse your character into the world. There will be about ninety possible choices, including upgrading, but your character will only get about thirty points to distribute. Jay mentioned that right now there are actually too many possibilities and that some will probably be cut out. This will still leave plenty of room for variety and personal choice. Because passives can also become simple mathematical stat boosters, they are making sure that the stat increases are enough to wow you. Some where like a 50% increase as oppose to using +.1 damage.
- Inner Rage - increases strength and attack damage to your Barbarian
- Prismatic Cloak - adds more damage to defense skills and attacks enemies that attacks you.
- Legendary Might - increases attack speed
- Iron Skin - improves defense
The Talisman feature has finally been revealed. It will be a system that will work in conjunction with charms to help customize your character. A UI included in the character screen, the Talisman will house the charms you use so you no longer have to waste inventory store holding them. Starting off with just one charm, the Talisman will increase in size as you level finishing with thirteen available slots.
Charms will act very similar to the charms in Diablo II. They will be random drops that you can collect to enhance and customize your character. However, in Diablo II, charms would have almost any random stat possible in the game. In Diablo III, charms will focus more on key attributes like increasing strength or health points. This will help alleviate the monotony of the auto-stat distribution.
Skill Runes have finally made their way back into Diablo III. They have been reworked and are fully implemented into the game. There have been some changes to the skill runes since we last heard. Still random drops, the skill runes are added to your skills to augment their effects. There are officially five runes; Crimson, Indigo, Obsidian, Golden, and Alabaster. The original names of multi-strike and power were changed to allow a wide range of effects the runes can have on skills. With the amount of skills, skill runes, and choices, each class will now have 96,886,969,344 combinations of active skills. That is over 484 Billion builds including each class; obviously lending itself to character customization. Most of these skill changes will not only have a gameplay change but a visual change as well so you feel like you have actually changed your skill. Each rune will also have seven different grades ranging from stone which will cover levels one through and be found in Normal, silver which will be levels four and five and will be in Nightmare, and finishing with gold which will be levels six and seven and found in Hell setting. The rank will increase the effect the rune has on the skill. The example given was the Wizard's Magic Missile with the Indigo rune. It normally shoots one missile but increases to two with a level one rune. With the level seven rune, it jumps up to eight missiles.
Which Doctor's Blow Dart skill:
Barbarian's Throw Weapon skill:
- Regular - Blows out a dart
- Crimson - Adds fire damage
- Golden - Steals mana
- Obsidian - Slows target
- Indigo - Adds multiple darts
- Alabaster- Blows out a snake that stuns the target
- Regular - throws a weapon for basic damage\
- Crimson - Adds damage
- Obsidian - Turns into a stunning hammer
- Indigo - Adds ricochet
- Alabaster - Confuses target
- Golden - Throw a corpse instead of a weapon
- Regular - Summons a fire spitting hydra
- Crimson - Changes to short range frost
- Indigo - Creates a never missing lightning hydra
- Alabaster - Changes to a AoE arcane type
- Obsidian - Adds acid element
- Golden - Giant hydra that creates fire walls
- Regular - Summons out poison toads
- Crimson - Changes them to fire damage
- Golden - Reduces mana
- Alabaster - Blinds target
- Indigo - Causes the toads to rain down
- Obsidian - Giant toad that eats monsters
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