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    While the most common interpretation of Bashiok’s recent cryptic comment is that the DiabloWikiDiablo III beta will not be starting in early August, the whiff of the approaching beta, imminent or not, has clearly increased interest in the game. Our Diablo 3 forums continue to grow busier and busier, with lots of new and returning readers keeping the threads hopping. This post only highlights a small percentage of the new conversations, but they’re a good place to start if you’re not already reading the forum regularly.

  • Stewie wants to know if playing in the beta would change your first character choice. I don’t see how it couldn’t, but I think the more interesting issue relates to how many people already have their first character choice chiseled in stone. Especially people who haven’t played yet! I’ve played all available chars at the last 3 Blizzcons, and I have no idea who I’ll play first, with 4 classes still vying for my first love.

  • Exile wants you to grade Blizzard PR’s efforts so far with Diablo III. There are a lot more Ds than Bs, but I think N/A is the most appropriate grade, since all of us, by virtue of caring enough about the game to post in a fansite forum, are proving ourselves to not be the targets of Blizzard’s casual-hunting, social media-focused, sporadic PR efforts.
  • For some reason DiabloWikiAuction House/trading system speculation/debate has blown up over the past week. There’s a lot of skepticism that a WoW style AH can work in D3, since Rare and Crafted items will have so many possible modifiers, and since there will be a nearly-infinite number of items for trade on a large realm. BigAl isn’t sure if it’ll work, Xavier is sure it will not, and TVC suggests an AH just for non-random items like gems, materials, and runes. I don’t see why an AH is so tricky for D3; eBay seems to work pretty well with every possible item on earth for sale; players just need enough sorting options to find more or less what they want.
  • Ibizur started a thread for people to dream up cool new boss monster modifiers. We already know about twenty of the DiabloWikiboss mods in D3, but I certainly hope there are many more that we’ve yet to see. Perhaps even some as inventive as the ones in this thread.
  • JaMonk’s poll asks just how difficult you want Hell to be. Most people say they’re masochists, but can we take that at face value? Or does it just mean that we all want other people to suffer through Hell, while we glide along on the wings of seraphim, Hoovering up the l3wts while schadenfreuding over the cries of dismay rising all around us?
  • Chaboi wonders if characters will get geared up in one-quarter the time (compared to D2) thanks to the individual drops in D3. Most replies argue no, while others point out that there are just too many unknown variables to make any definitive answer on this question.

    See the Diablo III Community Forum for these and many more.Talking; it helps to pass the time!

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