Blizzard’s D2 Tech guy has revealed a nifty undocumented feature added in v1.13; you can now set your client to auto-join a specified channel on Battle.net.

    Blizzard needs to add a “Home channel” feature on Battle.net for DIablo II for those of us who prefer to stay out of public channels away from the spambots, and for those of us who have clan channels and whatnot.

    Having to join whichever channel everytime you enter chat from logging in or switching characters is highly annoying after the first 1000 times you do it.

    Rethek: I actually implemented this feature in 1.13, but unfortunately we didn’t get this into the patch notes. You can set a Diablo II registry key to the specific channel you want to join.

    ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareBlizzard EntertainmentDiablo II

    Type: REG_SZ
    Name: Default Channel

    Set the data for this string value to the channel name you’d like to join. Now when you enter Battle.net chat, you should be in the channel of your choice. If you do this, you will miss the intro information printed out by Battle.net, such as how many users are using the Battle.net service and when your last logon was. This may also hide any indication of previous failed login attempts on your account.

    It should be noted that editing your registry is definitely not for everyone. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, please don’t.

    “Your madness ends here betrayer!”
    Legacy Game Development Team

    A later (non-Blizzard) poster in the thread added a bit more how-to info, for those who are new to registry tweaking. (Which can totally screw up your computer, and thus should be undertaken at your own risk and with appropriate caution—which might explain why this particular feature didn’t make the patch notes.)

    In the search bar on the start menu, type in Run, you should be able to figure out the right one to click. Once you’ve got run open, type in REGEDIT, then press enter and sift through the folders and find what you’re looking for.

    ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareBlizzard EntertainmentDiablo II

    Now that you’re in the Diablo II folder, right click in the white area where you see all the little files. This should bring up a little menu that simple says “New…” go through it and select String Value, name it Default Channel, as Rethek said to. Next, click on the new file you’ve created and select Modify… then enter the channel you want to use. Click okay and you’re done.

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