Blue on Followers, Gold, and Set/Legendary Item Reveals


A grab bag of Blue forum posts and Bashiok tweets about various other things in the busy busy news today. A fan asked about gold needs during the leveling process, and got a reply from CM Kaviax, who says more gold is never enough.

As I’ve said before, gold is definitely the drop I want most while leveling up my char, and my followers, and my blacksmith, and my stash, and my gems.

Even when it starts dropping in stacks of 200-400g, it’s spent before it hits the ground.

Another fan asked if playing with Followers raised the difficulty (it does not), and got a reply from Kaviax about the Follower item shuffling mini-game.

I love the followers. Keeping track of which pieces of gear they’re all wearing and moving around gems when you change out from one follower to another is one of my favorite parts of the game.

Elsewhere, Bashiok chimed in with a couple of tweets about issues other than release date schedules:

if I buy the digital download, and I get a new computer, will I be able to download another copy free if I uninstall the other one? –csears18
Yes, you can download the games you own as many times as you like. –Bashiok

Will we be seeing the stats on some of the Set/Legendary items before release? 😀 –Xalziz
Unlikely. We’re holding all the updated game data until release. –Bashiok

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  1. “I love the followers. Keeping track of which pieces of gear they’re all wearing and moving around gems when you change out from one follower to another is one of my favorite parts of the game.”
    No it is NOT, shut up, that’ll be a complete waste of good gold. In fact, I think Blizzard is gonna have a hard time (again) even convincing me to use gems because it’s expensive to un-use them.

  2. “I love the followers. Keeping track of which pieces of gear they’re all wearing and moving around gems when you change out from one follower to another is one of my favorite parts of the game.”

    I guess it’s going to be a fun thing for casual players to toy around with. Some people enjoy messing around with what are essentially pets. Harcore players like you and me are more likely to ignore them, but we shouldn’t really complain about game systems that cater to newcomers. We’re going to play the shit out of this game anyways.

    “As I’ve said before, gold is definitely the drop I want most while leveling up my char, and my followers, and my blacksmith, and my stash, and my gems.”

    This is good. If the gold sinks are working properly we may get a semblance of a functioning gold-RMAH economy.

    • I doubt it will be fun for casual players 
      and even if it is, do you really think it will their favorite part of the game ? 
      or even in their top 5 favorite things ?  

      you put a piece of gear on your follower and you forget about it  

      maybe once every 10 minutes when you’ve found an item and you look and double check to see if the found item is better than the current item, but that’s it 

  3. It’s defiantly not fun gearing up a pet, nor is it fun having a pet forced upon you because not using one puts you at a disadvantage. I really hope followers don’t become a necessary piece of equipment like the act 3 mercs of D2, could also mess up the whole balance of the end game if followers can equip stupid powerful weapons like some of the runewords from D2.. aside from this, everything is golden.

    • While I agree with you, not everyone does, and I think it’s important to accept diversity from the “hardcore” values in a gaming community. They’ve expressly said that followers are a choice for normal that will not be be relevant in the higher difficulties.

      • They already expressed that followers will be viable for endgame since that is what people wanted. The normal part was how it was in the beginning.

        I’m a hardcore player myself but still want viable endgame followers. Somtimes I want to play alone cause I don’t have much time or for w/e other reason.

      • thats old info, they are relevant for endgame they just don’t do much damage anymore.

        • They are? Then I don’t like it. This will make me feel that I’m gimping myself if I don’t bring one of these chums.

    • get out of here WoW baby, pretending to know D2.  everyone knows mercs from act2 were the preferred choice!   😛

    • Play multiplayer. Problem solved.

  4. Followers will be a part of the game, and I suspect they’ll be much more survivable than they were in D2, and probably smarter as well. Who cares if you didn’t like tinkering with them? I did, I was a serious player, and I thought they were a welcome addition. It’s part of the game, adjust your play and priorities accordingly. Appealing to notions of your “extensive” Diablo 2 experience is stupid and transparent, so don’t bother. 
     
    Some of you guys need to rip your heads out of your asses and stop compulsively criticizing everything a blue poster says. 

    • I find it funny that people were so quick to say this was a sign that Kaviax isn’t “hardcore” enough. Yeah, because min-maxing your followers is such a totally “casual” thing to do, amirite? Only noobs in D2 bothered with mercs, lawlzorz.

  5. “As I’ve said before, gold is definitely the drop I want most while leveling up my char, and my followers, and my blacksmith, and my stash, and my gems.
    Even when it starts dropping in stacks of 200-400g, it’s spent before it hits the ground.”
    I really would like to hear Azzures opinion on this. This will have a HUGE effect on the market. Seems my plan of selling some gold might be a good idea…
     

    • A heightened interest in gold has been part of my experience with the beta.  Seems I’m always working on leveling up the blacksmith or buying rings or some such thing…
       
      Mogs

  6. i thought the Followers lose their usefulness past normal mode ?

    • They’ve been rebalanced to last throughout the whole game. But they don’t really do damage, even in normal. So they’re basically walking spell buffs who probably spend every boss fight taking a knee.

      • Haha yea, I was like get up and heal me already! Jeeze, do something!

        Anyone know how their MF works?

        • I don’t think they have any effect on your magic find, the Scoundrel did at one stage but that got removed. The only thing that might happen is any +magic find on there items gets added to your character.

  7. you get 1/4 of their MF added to yours, don’t know if they get yours for killing.

    • It’s actually 1/5 (20%) as proven here (thanks to Eagle in my thread).

      Not sure about their kills, but seeing as they do next to no damage it really won’t matter. 

  8. Gold is spent before it hits the ground? Hey it’s just like my pay checks with auto-billing gone before I even get home 🙁

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