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    posted a message on How popular is season 18? A naive data analysis attempt.
    Quote from LTR»

    Nobody tried to bury the game

    Yeah, like nobody scrapped the second expansion and turned it into a DLC. Or delayed the appearance of Themes with 10 Seasons? The reason why they placed D3 into maintenance mode for so much time was that they thought D4 will be enough of a cake for the aRPG player base. And now, suddenly, we get a blog post about incoming system updates - well, seems like D4 won't be a cake at all, and D3 has to be brought back from the grave.

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    posted a message on How popular is season 18? A naive data analysis attempt.

    D3 is alive and kicking again nevertheless all the people who tried to bury it. And can become even more popular if D4 is a hybrid game and the continued support is made adequately.

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    posted a message on How popular is season 18? A naive data analysis attempt.

    Nice chart, Bagstone.


    Clear illustration that Necro was not a big success for them and smart patch notes beats any DLC.


    I think the recent blog post about the continuation of the D3 support (hinting at "system updates") means they are bringing the best Season Theme for Blizzcon. Will it include set items redesign, core changes to item hunt (new tier maybe?), changes to paragon system, redesigned item stats? We have to see.


    But one thing is certain - they finally started walking in the path of understanding what their very own player base wants. Where this will lead us? We have to see.


    WoW Classic is huge success - maybe they will analyze the data from it and apply the philosophy of prolonged item hunt to D3 also. This can't come without core stats redesign and punishing of old dedicated grinders, but let's not forget the majority of these grinders cheated at some point. If you have to sacrifice 1% of the legit grinders to get rid of all the nonsense in D3 and bring back all players who left in the past, I think that's a trade you have to make.


    We shall find answers in Blizzcon. I expect they'll finally announce MTX (cosmetic, stash space) coming to D3 there.

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    posted a message on Blue Tracker not working anymore ?

    There is a new forum software implemented at the official D3 forums since yesterday and it comes with an integrated blue tracker. Check it out!

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    I prefer cartoon 3D than any 2D. Reason is gameplay suffers a lot due to 2D. UI can NOT ever be worse than D3 so from my pov I am not worried about these.


    But botting may very well kill D4 for me quickly. Seriously, if they allow botting to interfere with the competition I am done with this IP as long as those don't you use bots, guys folks own it. It will be hard for me to leave the series I played most, but if they allow botting to ruin a third Diablo game, I am OUT.

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    D4 biggest threat is botting.


    D4 devs have to understand that botting needs to be killed by design when competition is involved.

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    Not only all content should be solo doable, but they have to keep the interest of all groups of players in the game be it casual, regular, dedicated or competitive; as well as hardcore and SSF. We would derive the thread if we go more in depth into what D4 needs, but maybe a mod could split it if there is interest in such topic.

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    Right now I really hope they don't mess up D4 and we receive a proper cARPG, the announcement date is not so big of a deal, although I enjoy the building up of the hype train, which for good or for bad started very early this year.

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    posted a message on Diablo 4 - What we know (or assume to know) so far

    November 7, 2018: A Quick Word from Blizzard


    We want to start by saying we hear you.


    Since the moment we stepped into the office on Monday, we have been discussing everything Diablo non-stop. We’re fully committed to listening and engaging—so please keep the constructive feedback coming. Our primary focus right now is poring over that feedback to inform internal discussions, and we’ll follow up with further thoughts as soon as we can.


    August 8, 2018: Multiple Diablo projects in the works


    Greetings heroes, I am community manager Brandy Camel, also known as Nevalistis.


    On behalf of the Diablo team, welcome back to Sanctuary for our newest season. For those of you still rocking your heroes in Reaper of Souls, you might have noticed we did something a little bit different for Season 14: Themed Seasons. The Season of Greed is our first Themed Season and we plan to explore additional themes in the future.


    We’d also like to let you know that the forges here at Blizzard are burning hot. And we have multiple Diablo projects in the works. Some of them are going to take longer than others. But we may have some things to show you later this year. We hope you stay tuned, while we work to bring these Diablo experiences to life. None of this would be possible without the support that you have shown us for over 20 years.


    So whether you first joined us in Diablo 3 or you are a seasoned veteran, thank you. Diablo is, and always will be, part of Blizzard’s identity, and we can’t wait for the future.


    October 12, 1985: Rorschach's Journal


    Tonight, a comedian died in New York.

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    posted a message on [2019] Upcoming aRPGs

    - Diablo 2 Median XL new engine mod coming January 2019: Released.


    - Grim Dawn second expansion: Released.


    - PoE 4.0 update designed to rival a potential D4: Pushed for early 2020.


    - Torchlight Frontiers: In Alpha. I am testing it these weeks and I love it! I hope they can handle the tons of feedback I send them. Game has huge potential.


    - Wolcen: Reviews at Steam are mostly negative.


    - Pagan Online: Looking great from the new YT videos.



    How is your 2019 aRPGaming?

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    posted a message on Diablofans is back! ? !!!

    Hey Bagstone,


    DFans alive again is great news. Even better however is DFans and HPwn are now owned by a small independent French team who are these games fans too! We couldn't have asked for a better start! Check this thread and the comments by jleclanche for more info.


    "What is dead may never die"

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    posted a message on Paragon 10000!

    4 years after this thread emerged we have:

    - Almost no existing non-botting playerbase

    - All top competitive players left the game

    - Botters to non-botters ratio hit the sky

    - 9.9k paragon player

    - 99% of the regular D3 players in the past oriented towards other games

    - Viewers interest hit the bottom

    - D3 aRPG share went from hero to zero

    - A mobile Diablo game has been announced

    - Diablofans is shutting down


    The only missing thing from the list above is D3 servers closing down.


    While we warned and written thousands of posts on the topic no one prevented what eventually happened - the paragon system completely destroyed this game to pieces. D4 guys, take notes.


    See ya,

    Skelos

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    posted a message on Diablo now available at GoG.com

    This counts in the "multiple projects" joke?

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    posted a message on 2018 in Review: The year that changed everything?

    If you always defend those who you love (even when they are wrong), you do them no favor - you simply make them more vulnerable for the times when you won't be there.


    Very nice post and really good metaphor with the Christmas dish and Blizzard destroying its traditions in 2018. Funny thing I wrote similar stuff on another forum - I feel we, PC gamers, are dying species. And Blizzard is just a corporation with one and only goal - to maximize profits. If PC gaming brings no profits, they won't release PC games. Simple as that.


    I myself always loved Blizzard since D1 and played a lot of WC3 and SC back in the days. Those two games were super popular in Bulgaria and that is a reason we had gold (WC3) and bronze (SC) medalists at WCG events. At these times strategy games weren't my favorite genre however. Ironically it was not the aRPG genre too. It was the classic RPG genre with games like Baldur's Gate and Fallout. With D2 that slowly changed through the years - the aRPG genre served for more replayability and became my favorite one, although I played hell of a BG2 (solo insane poverty) and F2 (mods and stuff).


    Right now I have to say first and foremost I am an aRPG fan. Then comes Diablo. I don't devote time to other genres, besides playing some HS from time to time. But HS is pretty much done as mechanics and platform. The only thing I am looking forward in the PC gaming (expecting some revolution in it) is connected with the aRPG genre. No matter whether this will be D4 or some other game from another studio, the aRPG genre could really boom if there is a new age engine in the future allowing for optimal player - AI - environment interaction (think D3 combat on steroids). I even thought of writing a book how the different aRPG elements in such a potential game should be organized to deliver the players the optimal experience. But who's gonna read it? Those that don't create games. And those that do, read other stuff - like how to extract the maximum from the MTX...


    As a conclusion I have to add I always said what had to be said for the good future of aRPGs and Diablo. This made me a lot of forum enemies through the years (mostly stupid kids that bot), but also a lot of friends who sooner or later realized I was right. Whether our words will matter in the end, we have to see (they might finally decide to announce D4 in 2019, who knows).

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    posted a message on [2019] Upcoming aRPGs

    I added Grim Dawn to the list. It's sad this game does not have online servers though. I would also add Lost Ark if their team announces US/EU release.

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