Ban Wave For Hackers, Treasure Goblin Hit Points, Community Commentary, Does Anyone Still Farm Whimshire?, Blue Posts

Ban Wave For Hackers
Blizzard has brought a new ban wave dealing specifically with hackers and exploiters.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We've recently issued several rounds of account bans for cheating in Diablo III. In each of these cases players used a hack program for exploitive purposes, for example to zoom out their game view and kill monsters that were beyond the normal range at which AI is triggered. As we do with all Blizzard games, we will continue to monitor Diablo III for cheating and take action as needed.

As a reminder, we don't permit the use of hacks or other third-party software in conjunction with Diablo III. Most of the programs out there that are intended for use with the game are actually cheat programs and automation programs ("bots") that exploit Diablo III's mechanics and provide players with an unfair advantage. However, "third-party software" also refers to any file or program that attempts to:
  • Obtain information about Diablo III that's not normally available to the player
  • Transmit or modify the Diablo III game files
  • Provide access to features or abilities beyond what is allowed by the game's design
  • Change how Diablo III interacts with
In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play, this type of software can cause nasty technical problems, game-related bugs, and stability and performance issues with All of which can put a demon-sized damper on your gaming experience.

As we've said in the past, playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any third-party software which interacts with Diablo III—even if you are accessing that software from a reputable third-party site—as doing so can result in permanent ban from the game.

For more information on all of this, you can check out a copy of the related policy for Diablo III over on our Customer Support site.

Treasure Goblin Hit Points
Treasure Goblins have been pretty hard to kill for some players when going on higher MP levels. Blizzard is aware of this and a solution might be coming.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

When we were initially deciding how Treasure Goblin health would scale with each level of Monster Power, we wanted to make sure that they could still stand a chance against your heroes and provide a reasonable challenge. We thought we scaled them pretty well, but after paying close attention to your feedback since 1.0.5 launched, we agree that we may have set the bar too high. We're already looking at making some adjustments to tone down goblin health at higher MP levels, but we don't have any specifics to share at the moment.

Community Commentary: So Many Affixes, So Little Time… member Kasukaze has been promoted by the Community Managers for his original thread "If your Hero was a monster, What affixes ...?". Check the thread through one of the links provided in the blue post or by clicking here.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

This week's forum shout-out goes to Katsukaze, who in their latest thread asked fellow Nephalem one simple question:

"If your hero were a monster in Diablo III, what affixes would he or she have?"

Quite a number of you have already chimed-in with your thoughts, but we wanted to open up the question to the community to find out a little more about the affixes you envy. Maybe you want to be Nightmarish, so that creatures brave enough to attack you might sometimes question their resolve and flee in terror. Maybe you want to pull surrounding enemies close to you with the Vortex affix. Or maybe you just want to see what it’s like to Teleport at will or block an enemy's escape with the Waller affix.

Leave a comment below to tell us what combination you'd choose, or simply hop into the thread itself! You can find a full list of Diablo III monster affixes here -- but choose carefully, because the affixes fall into various categories and have certain restrictions placed upon them, so they cannot be chosen indiscriminately.

Does Anyone Still Farm Whimshire?
Some players seem to have abandoned Whimshire as a farming spot. Not Lylirra though. She does remind of course, that the place exists mainly for fun.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Whimsyshire is actually one of my favorite places to farm whenever I'm looking to gear up another character, or help out a friend do something similar. It's nice change of pace (and scenery) and, hey, I get to punch bears in the face. So there's that.

As for super serious farming? Nah, not really. It's definitely not my preferred spot, but it wasn't really designed to be that. It's a fun addition to the game, for sure, but not necessarily a core part of it. :)

Cause honestly only a Female could truly love Whimsyshire.
I'll see your totally facetious bandwagon statement and raise you one of my own:

Real men farm Whimsyshire.

Yeah. I went there. (Snap.)

The lead content designer for Diablo III also just stopped by my desk on his way to another meeting and told me to say that Whimsyshire is "the best place to farm happiness." Now, whether that means it's where you go to find happiness or simply slaughter all that represents happiness, I don't know. He left before I could clarify. :(

But hey, that's me (and just about every other masculine guy out there.)
All joking aside, that's completely fine. It's certainly doesn't have to be your favorite place in the world. It's a novelty level, and one that's completely optional at that.

really? cause for like 100k gold you can super gear out a new toon on the AH
Personal preference, but I enjoy farming for gear whenever I can. It might take a bit longer, and I may not have a set that's perfectly min/maxed, but I like the feeling of wearing items that I've discovered myself.

Although...if it's not too much trouble for your Devs...could they design a Pony Queen? Or maybe a giant Monstrous Teddy Bear that's covered in blood or some such other gory things, maybe have entrails around its feet and arms that end in spiked, club-like hands that squeak whenever it hits you?
Haha, that's certainly feedback I can pass on. :)

Blue Posts

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Community Manager Profiles
We may not be able to provide you with links to our profiles (largely to help prevent against possible harassment issues), but if you have questions about our Diablo III play experiences you can always ask us. We’re usually pretty open about what we’re current playing or experiencing with, and we love to chat about that kind of thing with fellow players whenever we can. We also tend to talk a lot about our play experiences on Twitter, so free to follow us: @Lylirra @Grimiku and @Vaeflare

How many chars do you have ?
Do you play hardcore ?
Do you use the Auction house (gold or $) or play with self-drop ?
At which paragon level are you with your best char ?
I have four characters, but I am mostly focused on my main who is a Witch Doctor. I also have a 60 Barbarian, a mid-30's Demon Hunter, and a mid-20's Hardcore Witch Doctor.

I use the gold auction house with my main, but my alts use nothing except self-found items. And all the gold I get goes to my main who is Paragon 16 for now.

You guys uber Blizz geared? "Sword of a thousand truths" <== South park reference LOL
We do not get special items or treatment as employees, and with that in mind I would say my gear is pretty average. My main character rarely sells items on the gold auction house, so most items are bought on a small budget. The most expensive item on my purchase history only went for 2 million gold and is a 914 DPS ceremonial knife. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blacksmith is Useless
If you're going to have this kind of discussion, please explain why you feel whatever you list is "useless" or not very valuable to you in Diablo III. It doesn't really help us when you just say you dislike something; that gives us very little to worth with. Instead, let us know what you think isn't working and then list the kind of improvements you feel would make it better. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Oceania Servers
This is something I will relay back. Usually we would never recommend a third party service within a product though. Oceania servers are not off the table, but it also isn't a quick fix. Will know more details early next year. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Gold Stuck in Complete Tab
If you're having issues claiming funds from a successful sale (or item you've purchased) from the Completed Tab, the best thing to do would be to contact Customer Support so that our representatives can investigate. They'll do all that they can to assist. :)

You've got a few options for how you can contact our support staff. Submtting an online ticket from may be the easiest: (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Depth Diggers
what in world was the art team thinking when they designed depth diggers??
comeon guys i put alot of time into my barbarian yet he looks like hes about to hit up a gay bar.

When he walks into town (yeah), this is what he sees (ok)
All the villagers just laughing, "he he"
He's got MF on his pants and he ain't afraid to show it
(Show it, show it...)
He's Nephalem and he's knows it

Locking this thread up, though. There are definitely better ways to express your opinions on how something looks without using defamatory language. =/ (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Players in Party Bringing 3 Infernal Machines Each
I'm guessing it's for a number of reasons. One, every one is contributing to the run equally (at least in terms of materials). And two, the more portals you have, the more chances you get at demonic organ pieces.

As for why 3 machines and not some other number? That's probably because you can only open 3 portals max per game. While the portals are random, you can't actually be sent to the same Realm of Pure Evil twice in a single session. So, it probably just makes everything more efficient. Player A uses their machines in one game, then player B uses their in next, etc etc. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Was the Forlorn Farmer's Wife Ever Alive?
Sometimes, the mystery is better than knowing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

"Rodent of Unusual Size"
I laughed out loud when I first saw Chupa Khazra in Act I and I think it is still one of my favorite monster names (along with the R.O.U.S the original post mentions). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Spam Bots
The best thing you can do whenever you receive these kinds messages is to report the senders via the right-click > Report Spam or Report Harassment option. Don't click on any links that the message may refer you to, though, as they may contain malware like Trojans and keyloggers. You'll want to avoid sharing the links publicly, since that could put other players' accounts at risk, too.

If you want to learn a bit more about phishing attempts and how to help safeguard yourself against them, there's lot of great information on our security website:

rather than always just tell their customers to do something reactive.
Because you have that power, and it's something you can choose to exercise if you want. It's a reactive option, sure, but it's an option that's available to you nonetheless.

i mean, how come someone can even have "Blizzard" as a part of a bnet name? i don't get it.
We actually do a lot of work behind the scenes that simply isn't visible to our players. For example, "Blizzard" is a restricted name for BattleTags -- as are several variant spellings -- and has been for a very long time. It's very likely that the player in question (the one mentioned in the OP) was actually spelling their name "B-I-i-z-z-a-r-d," with a capital I. That variant wasn't restricted previously, but it's now been added to the appropriate list.

Even though we are consistently trying to remove their influence from the game, the individuals who want to advertise in Diablo III are very persistent and excel at coming up with new ways of getting around the roadblocks we put up. So, it's a constant battle, but one that we're willing to fight. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)


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