Bashiok on Unlocking Tyrael’s Face


DiabloWikiBashiok hit on two more issues today, with posts about chests/keys, and Tyrael’s face.

Will there be keys and locked things in the game?

I don’t think it’s a surprise that chests aren’t the highest of priorities at the moment, so final design on them is lacking, but personally I think requiring a key for them really only plays into a classical sense of what chests are in an roleplaying game. And… I think we’re just sort of past that in terms of game focus and design. We can logically and realistically map out how chests and their loot effects a game and its players, and design accordingly. There’s no reason to require a key for what is essentially nostalgia.

You’re already fighting against the odds. First did a chest even spawn at all? If it did what quality of a chest is it? If it’s a high quality chest then let the game roll and see if anything even worth picking up pops out. Y’know? It’s a lot of “ifs” and hopes to then also throw an item requirement on top of just to see what the dice show.

I won’t disagree with the… ceremony (uh oh dangerous words) of having a key that then opens a lock. That’s very tangible and real and fulfills a certain desire for work and reward. I carry a key, it opens a lock, good things are behind the lock. But we obviously want to impact inventory as little as possible, and carrying keys just feels like a punishment. Coming across a chest and not having a key, that doesn’t feel fun, that’s really aggravating. Another punishment. Having keys take up no space and be almost infinite in quantity to resolve both those problems and the reason to have keys disappears completely.

So is there any reason to have keys except to fulfill some sense of nostalgia that we know there are locked chests in games, and we need keys to open them.

I don’t ask that rhetorically, sometimes keeping things identifiable and seeming “right”, reminding us of the feeling of past games makes the experience better. So please discuss.

Why isn’t Tyrael’s face ever visible?


From what I’ve heard, Angels are vibrations of light and sound and don’t hold a corporeal form.

Having read the first book in the sin war trilogy the angels are exactly as bashiok said, vibrations and light. they can manifest a face and body but it is only a form to hide their true identity to mortals.

Ah right, right, they can create a human appearance for themselves (I think DiabloWikiInarius did for prideful reasons?) Not unlike some demons have, although their natural form is obviously far more tangible… and gross.

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  1. More often than not it was annoying to hear

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