If I were to provide a list of all the good threads in our Diablo III forums of late, that post would take days to write and hours to read… at which point I’d have to start over again, in painting-the-Brooklyn-bridge style to cover the 5000 more posts made since I began writing the previous one. So don’t consider this a best of; just a sample of some good reads that are active right now. These are mostly from the Diablo 3 community forum, but you might find posts more relevant to your interests in the Diablo 3 strategy forums, where there are dozens of new threads every day in all the class forums, Hardcore, Stats/Theorycrafting, etc.

  • swayzesghost started one of the funnier threads I’ve seen since release in which fans are complaining about and celebrating the maddening and yet somehow enjoyable way the Followers repeat the same few lines of dialogue over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Why? Because that’s how we do it in Kingsport!
  • Kaeros started a thread that hit upon a few issues I’ve been thinking about since release. Is the Auction House the source of all Diablo 3’s item problems? The extreme scarcity of legendaries makes sense if you assume Bliz meant them to be super-rare so they wouldn’t immediately clog the AH. And the GAH is behind many of the difficulty complaints, since as soon as a player gets into NM and then Hell, it’s easier to farm gold for an hour and buy a weapon that’s vastly better than anything you’d ever find or craft at your level. Also, you can buy high quality gems and items for a lot less gold than it costs to train the Blacksmith/Jeweler, much less roll and reroll to get the item you want.
  • On that issue, Mrjones wants to know if you think the Auction House is cheating? I wouldn’t say it’s “cheating” since it’s not against any game rules, but it’s certainly a very good way to corrupt (or accelerate) your play experience, since you can so easily obtain items that will push your characters well out of the designed DPS/exp/difficulty curve. I have personally bought and sold nothing in the GAH post-release, and done very minimal self-twinking, since I’m trying to see how the actual game balance and difficulty curve works as I level up self-found characters. Yes, I’ll probably regret not racking up easy millions during these early days of economic chaos. Hell, I already regret that Azzure is doing so, since he keeps ****ing telling me about his millions in profits.
  • All that said, I think we can all agree that the RMAH is a better funding method than having to pay a monthly fee for D3 would have been… right?
  • Marshmallow started an informative thread to talk about rare and random events in Diablo III. There are so many unusual and odd ones in Acts One and Two, before you get that sense of rushingtothefinish you got in D2, where Acts 3 and 4 seem to lack the care and variation and bonus features (and destructibles) that filled the first two, much-more-polished acts.
  • Yovargus started a thread for everyone to share their favorite monsters from Diablo III. Lots of different monsters named, including Grotesques, Treasure Goblins, and those guys with one really long subterranean arm you get on the Act Three surface.
  • Twiik wonders if D3 was really polished for years or thrown together at the last minute, and points to things that seem rushed and incomplete. Such as: the skill UI, all the missing “didn’t they ever use ebay?” features for sorting and organizing auctions, the constant litter of utterly useless gray and white items, the uselessness of 95% of the legendary items, the irrelevance of all types of elemental damage and resistance, big economic imbalances in item, etc.
  • If you’ve been wondering about Hardcore and Inferno, there is a lot of debate about it in our Diablo III Hardcore forum. Is Hell/Act Four the HC end game, given that Inferno trash mobs can one-shot any character without superb gear? Perhaps, but players are pressing on even before Blizzard balances Inferno (and the items needed to deal with it) in a future patch, and you can see the progress discussed in the How Far Are You? thread.
  • As I said, this is just a tiny sample of the hundreds of active threads you’ll see every day in the forums. I lost two hours writing this post when I got distracted reading about Hardcore, and then dove into a bunch of Demon Hunter and Barbarian strategy build debate stuff. Follow links, dig in, learn stuffs.

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