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    posted a message on Diablofans Redesign Launching Tomorrow! Plus, Live Chats During BlizzCon!
    Quote from "eugene66" »
    We've come along way from the diablo 3 domain days baby.......:D
    Nevar 4get ;)
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    posted a message on Diablofans Redesign Launching Tomorrow! Plus, Live Chats During BlizzCon!
    Quote from "Kwic" »
    Livechat was greatly done last year, hopefully this time you will be just as good :) Looks good so far ;)
    Thanks Kwic, glad you enjoyed the live chats last year. We had a lot of fun bringing the news and chatting with everybody live at the event. I'm sure it'll be just as fun this year. Glad ya like the new design too!

    Quote from "Absolut" »
    the new ad below diablofans banner :(
    Those ads used to be there actually and still show up here 'n there. These server bills don't pay themselves after all ;)
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    posted a message on Diablofans Redesign Launching Tomorrow! Plus, Live Chats During BlizzCon!
    Quote from "Dauroth" »
    Question: Are the titles (Zealot, Faithful, Sexton etc.) and generally everything about the user on the forums going to be the same, or are we going to see something new in that area?
    There's always the possibility for new additions, but don't worry, all of your current forum accounts / titles / etc will remain as is. It's just a big facelift for the site at the moment. :)
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    posted a message on Diablofans Redesign Launching Tomorrow! Plus, Live Chats During BlizzCon!
    In preparation for our extensive coverage of BlizzCon 2009, I'm happy to announce that we'll be launching our Diablofans site redesign tomorrow! This change will be the first step in what will lead to many new features on our site, so it's definitely exciting to see it finally happening. While you wait for the redesign to launch, I have a screenshot of the redesign that you guys can check out (be sure to click on it to see the full-length version):

    Keep in mind, this is just a sample screenshot sample and obviously not exactly how the final design will look once it's all filled in with content and background graphics. Please let us know what you think of the new layout as it's going to be a work in progress that we'll be adding onto in the coming weeks. And just so you know, that box above the "Latest News" area is where we'll be displaying new media as it comes in. Should be really nice. So yeah, make sure you post some feedback about it to help us continue to improve things here on Diablofans!

    Hope you guys are all excited about this and BlizzCon. Just so you know, we WILL be holding live chats once again this year for ALL of the Diablo-related panels at BlizzCon. It was a huge success last year and everybody had fun getting the live up-to-the-minute updates, so we had to do it again. Make sure you're here on Diablofans at the appropriate times so you can join in the chatroom discussion with us!

    Here's the current schedule for our live chats just so you're aware of them:


    Diablo 3 Heroes & Monsters Panel
    2pm - 3pm (PST)


    Diablo 3 Q&A
    11:30am - 12:30pm (PST)

    Diablo 3 Art Panel
    1pm - 2pm (PST)

    And for those of you who missed it, be sure to check out Seth's post about the Gamescon Diablo 3 coverage for what is likely a taste of things to come at BlizzCon 2009!
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    posted a message on Gamescon Reveals Desert and More!
    In addition to 1UP's coverage, Kotaku has their hands-on coverage of Diablo 3 up online now:
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    posted a message on Gamescon Reveals Desert and More!
    This is definitely some cool news and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Desert area (and squishing creatures under my feet hahah). That being said, I'm still hoping that they'll have a different demo at BlizzCon with a new playable class. It's been a year after all... show us the goods, Blizzard! :)
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    posted a message on A Look at the BlizzCon 2009 Floor Plan.
    With BlizzCon 2009 quickly approaching, everybody's getting excited to see what goes down at the big event this week. While we wait for all the news to unfold, here's a look at the official floor plan for this year's BlizzCon:

    [click here to enlarge]

    As you can see, it's larger than ever before, so it should be a blast for all in attendance. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I still wonder if Blizzard will use a portion of Hall D to show us their unannounced game. A lot of people were pondering that back when it was first announced that they'd have an extra hall. The last time they added on an additional hall, they shared the Diablo 3 demo with us. So just because it's not on the map, I'm not entirely convinced they don't have more up their sleeves in store for us with the front area of Hall D. What do you guys think?

    In other Diablo 3 news, for those of you planning on entering the Diablo 3 Unique Item Contest, Bashiok recently posted a close-up shot of the prize:

    As they stated on the Diablo Twitter feed, Bashiok's hand is not included as part of the prize. Damn!

    (Thanks pwnsickle)
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    posted a message on New Curse network site: FFXIVCore.com! Plus, Diablo Haikus.
    Quote from "Seth" »
    I don't mean to be pessimistic, but why is a FFXIV fan site making headlines here if this is about Blizzard, but more specifically, Diablo news? I hope I don't start seeing every Curse news cast flipping up in our announcements.

    Haikus, though... Oh goodness, who knows what madness this will unleash? :D
    Seth, any time there's a huge a big announcement in the Curse network, we try to post it just as those sites post our big news. It's one of the ways we try to help each other out.

    Does that mean you're going to see non-Diablo/Blizzard related news on here all the time? Of course not. I wouldn't let that happen to the site. This is a community for fans of the Diablo series and we're here to bring people the latest news about it.

    Now go write some Haikus! :P
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    posted a message on New Curse network site: FFXIVCore.com! Plus, Diablo Haikus.
    Hey guys, I just wanted to help plug a new site that was just added into the Curse network today. Introducing FFXIVCore.com:

    "In our quest to provide you the best communities for your favorite online games we've positioned FFXIVCore.com into our network! This new addition to our network renews our promise to cover the top MMORPGs and provide value-added news and services wherever we can! FFXICore already has some of the best coverage, and most active forums, for this game on the internet, and we plan to add more unique features to put this website at the top of Final Fantasy communities."
    If you want to learn more about it, check out the official press release. Let's give a warm welcome to 'em as it's always good to have some new neighbors in the network!

    In Diablo-related news, a fan of the game recently started a "Diablo Haikus" thread on the Battle.net forums and Bashiok already pitched in one of his own:

    "Only four more days
    BlizzCon doesn't wait for me
    Fetal position"
    I'd like to see each of you write a Diablo-related haiku too and post it in this thread. Let's see whatcha got!
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    posted a message on Blizzard's Three New Twitter Contests Are Live!
    Well they certainly didn't waste any time getting those promised contests up and running, eh? Blizzard has just announced three contests to give a nice jump start to their new Twitter feeds (Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft). Speaking of which, the feeds for each game are now up and running complete with some nice background artwork on each page, so be sure to check them out.

    Here are the quick summaries of each contest straight from the source:

    1. @Warcraft -- Let out your #BattleCry to show your allegiance to Horde or Alliance in preparation for BlizzCon! Win Horde and Alliance prize packages while showing off your pictures during the ongoing battle across Twitter! (click here for official rules and details)
    2. @StarCraft -- Are you the biggest #SC2fan? If you are, you will have a chance at 500 StarCraft II beta keys we?re giving away in this challenge. (click here for official rules and details)
    3. @Diablo -- Have you always wanted to have an item in a game that you've named? Enter the #d3unique contest with your best item name and you could win the grand prize of seeing your item wielded by Diablo III players worldwide. (click here for official rules and details)
    So who here is going to be entering the Diablo contest? That'd be pretty damned cool to have an item you named in a game that will be played by millions. Better yet, who here plans on entering all three contests?

    (thanks lordbone)
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    posted a message on Blizzard Coming To Twitter!
    We just received word from Bashiok that Blizzard is going to be officially launching some new Twitter feeds for their three primary game properties, Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft. Here's what he had to say:

    "In the next few days we will be officially launching the @Warcraft http://twitter.com/@warcraft;, @StarCraft http://twitter.com/@starcraft;, and @Diablo http://twitter.com/@diablo; Twitter feeds where we plan to share news, run contests and events, and much more. We'll be starting things off with a bang by holding contests leading up to and through BlizzCon as well as will be twittering all through the show.

    We're looking forward to the opportunities that will come with these new Twitter accounts and the increased interaction between Blizzard Entertainment and the community."
    So for all you tweetoholics out there, now you have even more feeds to watch, especially since they'll be launching some contests. Keep an eye out for 'em!

    Also, if this discussion thread doesn't generate at least one image and/or animation of Diablo killing the Twitter bird, we have failed as a fan community. Make it happen people. Make it happen.
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    posted a message on Ozzy Osbourne to Perform LIVE on Stage at BlizzCon 2009!
    I'm sure you all remember the World of Warcraft TV ad featuring Ozzy Osbourne, right? Well, Blizzard just made a surprise announcement today that the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy himself, will be performing live at BlizzCon 2009!

    "Ozzy Osbourne, the only mortal to openly challenge the Lich King?s claim to the title "Prince of Darkness" and survive, will take the stage live at Anaheim Convention Center to rock the closing ceremonies of BlizzCon 2009.

    Although tickets to the convention sold out in minutes, you can still join in with the 'BlizzCon Virtual Ticket' live Internet stream or via DIRECTV Pay Per View. The Virtual Ticket will feature 18 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including Ozzy?s live performance, as well as the BlizzCon 2009 exclusive in-game pet: Grunty the Murloc Marine.

    Check out the official press release to learn more."
    That's definitely one hell of a way to end BlizzCon in memorable fashion. All abooaaaard the Crazy Train!

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    posted a message on Starcraft II Delay Won't Affect Other Blizzard Titles.
    We recently posted about the Starcraft II release date delay, and there was some concern that it could potentially cause the release of other future Blizzard titles (including Diablo 3) to be delayed as well. Fortunately, that's just not the case as Blizzard president Mike Morhaime had the following to say during Activision's quarterly earnings call:

    "I'd just like to reiterate that we haven't announced any release dates on any future titles, and I'll also reiterate that the move of StarCraft into next year does not impact the schedule," he said after being asked whether or not we'll see two Blizzard games next year twice by two separate analysts.

    "So, it would be correct to conclude that you could expect two releases of Blizzard next year, but I would not make any conclusion on what those titles are going to be." -(source: VG247)
    So there you have it... no need to worry about the Starcraft delay affecting Blizzard's release schedule. All this news really does is make us wonder what other game they're going to release in 2010. Will it be another World of Warcraft expansion, or could it finally be Diablo 3?

    (thanks cwain)
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    posted a message on StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010.
    Some bad news for Starcraft fans today. Blizzard just announced that the game, which was due out this October, is now being pushed back to a 2010 release. From what it sounds like, it's mainly because the new version of Battle.net isn't quite ready to go yet and since it's a huge part of the game, they're having to push back the date until (hopefully) no later than the first quarter of 2010.

    "It's official. You won't be playing Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty this year, as Blizzard has moved the release date of the real-time strategy game to the "first half of 2010." No, they never dated it; but they have now.

    Activision Blizzard's reason for the delay of Starcraft II is reportedly tied to the relaunch of its upgraded Battle.net service, which handles multiplayer for all things Blizzard. In a statement to the Blizzard community, the developer writes "Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game."

    Blizzard calls the new Battle.net an "integral part of the Starcraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward." Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said during an investor call today that the new iteration of Battle.net will likely be ready "early next year.""

    (source: Kotaku)
    We're all obviously used to long delays with Blizzard's new games, but the extended waits never seem to get any easier. One can only speculate as to whether this delay will affect the release of Diablo 3. Do you think this will push the release of that game forward or will it stay on track?
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    posted a message on The Witch Doctor's Plague of Toads lame? Hardly.
    A user on battle.net forums recently commented that the Witch Doctor's "Plague of Toads" skill was "lame". This baffles me, because out of all the skills that I played around with at BlizzCon last year, the toads were easily my favorite and seemed perfect for the character. Bashiok also commented in on the subject:

    "If you're basing the entirety of your purchasing decision on if Plague of Toads remains in the game or not, then sure, otherwise that's a giant leap of logic.

    I'm saying if you don't think it's cool enough there are tons of other skills to spend points on. I happen to personally think it's a cool ability. It works really well, the sounds and visual of a plague of toads hopping around and exploding in poisonous goo is entertaining to me. It fits the style and feel of the witch doctor class, and it's a fun and useful skill. I like it.

    If you don't think it's a good ability, you don't have to use it. The great thing about Diablo III is there are lots of options for building a character. If you don't like an ability for whatever reason, it doesn't work with the build you're going for, it seems weak, or you just don't like the way it looks, don't get it. There are plenty of skills to spend your points in. The witch doctor trees have only been shown in a very limited amount, so I know that's kind of hard to put into focus, but he has tons of awesome (AWESOME) skills. Pick the ones that appeal to you. Customize your character as you see fit.

    Saying it's not cool enough is completely subjective, and based on limited knowledge. So I disagree with you, I think it is awesome, and it should be a skill. There's no consensus here. So where does that leave us?

    We could argue back and forth how appealing something is to each individual person. Or! We could agree that not every skill will appeal to every player, and through diversity and choice we welcome a wide range of players to choose how they wish to play."

    He then went on and responded to the following user comment:

    "I'm happy that you often mention sounds with skills, though. That is a very, very important aspect of any skill in any game. I hope to hear more about that soon. (pardon the pun).
    I know I probably won't since game companies tend to gloss over sound creation and highlighting those features but it is very important, as was mentioned in some thread about the sound the health globes make. Distinctive and unmistakable is key.

    "I would love! to have a dedicated feature just to the sound engineering that goes into the game. It's truly amazing how much of an abilities power and feeling comes from the audio.

    Jay had an anecdote at ... the last BlizzCon I think, where he talked about seismic slam. It was one of if not the first barbarian abilities created, actually first in the game entirely, and they were working on it and working on it, and just never really happy with it, and then one day the sound came back for it and they got it all working in game, and finally it all came together. It became this stunningly powerful feeling ability. I think that speaks volumes (nyuk nyuk) about how important sound is to the feeling of a game.

    That same lesson is true through the development of the game. A new skills goes in and it seems awesome, it looks cool, but until you get the sound attached it just seems incomplete.

    Just because a lot of the sounds are early renditions though, as amazing as they are, we'd need to make sure the audio engineers are far enough along where they'd want to showcase them. They're perfectionists. So hopefully a sound feature is something we can do, but if I had to guess it won't be for a while yet."

    So what do you guys think about the Witch Doctor's skills from what we've seen so far? I for one love 'em. And yes, sounds are vital and it's unfortunate that the foley artists often don't get the same credit that the graphic artists do.
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