Today Bashiok took a break from his CM responsibilities in regards to Blizzard’s other, lesser games, and returned to Diablo 3 with a flurry of quickie posts. Quotes below:
A fan asks about Shrines in Diablo 3, and suggest some shrine-like party buffs that might be included. Bashiok’s reply: (Also see the Talisman page for details about how stat boosting will be handled with items in D3.)
As far as “power-up orbs” it’s something I thought of as well, which usually means the designers thought of it a year+ ago. Not as a shrine replacement though, but as a replacement for buff scrolls/elixirs. I just either forget to use them or let them sit afraid of wasting them. So they just take up bag space. I face the same dilemma in WoW and usually just end up throwing them on the AH because I realize I’ll never use them. Obviously some people are better than me, and able to remember to use them, as they usually sell.
Another fan is unhappy that the SC2:CE will contain a WoW pet. Bashiok is unsympathetic.
A fan who missed one of the biggest debates in the history of Diablo 3 asks if D3’s attributes will work just like the do in WoW. Bashiok answers:
A fan shares some love for the prettiness of Diablo 3’s graphics, and is congratulated for his erudition by Bashiok:
But it’s ok, I can post in blue and they can’t! Nyeh!