With the big day almost upon us, our forums have been smoking. There were upwards of 10,000 people in the forums all yesterday, and as I look right now there are 9500, even on a far-too-sunny Saturday Sunday afternoon. Over 4000 in the Diablo 3 community forum, and 100+ in each of the class Diablo 3 strategy forums, as conversation about specific builds and strategies is starting to blow up. There are even 500+ seeking install assistance in the Tech Support forum.

    They can all have a pleasant fan experience since we added spoiler tag code to post titles and have a lot of great moderators (and readers), so there haven’t been any issues with spilled spoilers. This has not been the case on the “official” forums where people being dicks and spamming spoilers right in post titles. That’s very uncool; no one is impressed by spoiler spillers, and it’s not like it’s hard to view them on purpose if we want to.

  • Speaking of spoilers, we’ve not been posting any on the main page, other than the stats for the items and the achievements, and both those posts were covered in warnings. If you want to be spoiled though you could review all the photos of the pages of the strategy guide, or look at a bunch of stills taken from the end game cinematics, or watch all the cinematic movies, or look at pics of all the prime and lesser evils.

    I wouldn’t recommend any of those, and I’m avoiding most of them myself, just to have some surprises left for Tuesday. Some other threads aren’t really spoilers, but have the tags just in case, and there you can debate the nastiest possible boss modifier combinations, or debate the merits of all the Inferno Item Sets.

  • In non-spoiler news, if you haven’t yet put your guess into the Inferno Full Clear pool, you’d better do it soon since a guess doesn’t count if it’s made post-release. There’s a huge spread of predictions, with serious guesses ranging from 1-120 days, but the majority of fans are guessing in the 7-25 day range. I think the question of when the first Hardcore will do it is much more intriguing, and I just made a prediction thread with a poll for that. Naturally, you can only vote once.
  • Some fans doubt the wisdom of rushing through the game at all, and a thread asking how fast turned into a nice debate about “why.”
  • Everyone is waiting for launch date, but not everyone is still waiting for their copy of the game to arrive. Lots of players have reported that their D3CE or standard editions are already in hand, or that they’ve received shipped notifications. Besides numerous emails and PMs from people I know, there are several forum threads full of comments from fans who are eagerly awaiting or who have already received their little bundle of joy. Just hope that all the parts are included; a fair number of fans have reported a lack of guest passes in their D3CE, or even some that were missing the D3 Soundtrack.
  • Whether you’ve got the game or not, you’re probably looking for a way to occupy yourself until the big night. (Today is Mother’s Day in the US, so you could kill a few hours as you bid farewell to your family.) There are numerous threads full of “can’t wait any longer” sentiments, but this one about how to fill the last 12 hours, is worth a look. Or you might enjoy making a guess in either of fmulder’s helpful Caption This threads. You can choose from the cute girl with the giant D2 box face, or the cashier with the not so cute Diablo 3 box head.
  • As Elly pointed out a few days ago with her “only 3 more sleeps until D3” comment, after tonight you’ll never have to go to bed again without the option to play one last game of D3 before you rest.

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