The Diablo 3 Podcast #39: Hardcore!


Flux is joined by Wolfpaq and new columnist Xanth for a mega-discussion about all things Hardcore. On this first part the guys cover the differences between SC and HC players, new character goals, the shared stash, in-game HC graveyard, Inferno difficulty, and more.

The thirty-ninth episode of The Diablo Podcast is part one of a two part show, in which we put Hardcore mode under the microscope. I played a lot of HC in D2, Xanth is our new Hardcore columnist, and we’re joined by Woflpaq, whose entire D2 HC experience was a Clvl 19 Necromancer. That balance is on purpose, of course, to get a variety of opinions on the issue.

This is part of the show, since there was so much to talk about. In this one we cover a little bit of new Beta info, before going all hella hardcore. Issues debated include: The general differences between HC and SC play style, character design, and public games. How different it is to make a new HC character now, compared to during the glory days of D2C and D2X. The basic philosophical differences between HC and SC player mindset. What’s the goal when making a new character? Is a SC character only about the end game boss running? Do HC players enjoy the journey more than just a rush to the destination? How will the shared stash affect the gameplay in Diablo III, and will HC characters exploit it to switch away their best gear in case of danger? Is ten character slots enough for Hardore players, and will Diablo III include some sort of in-game Hardcore Graveyard? Will there be special HC-only achievements? Is the banner system distinction enough for HC characters? And how about a “never died” achievement for Softcore characters? Is the Inferno difficulty a big deal, or just more of the same for a Hardcore player?

The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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  1. Great diablo podcast !! 
    Not that others are bad; but just that this one was so much fun.  I do tend to prefer the ones where players who obviously love the game and are obviously well versed in game mechanics will just sit there and brainstorm/groupthink all the ideas the can about a given topic (this time: hardcore).

    This TDP really got me thinking about playing HC for real.  I’m not a player who can dedicate too much time to the game (probably 2 hours per night (3 if I’m really lucky)) so I’m more of the uber-fan-but-still-walk-away-a-lot type of players.  I will likely play SC a lot to become really familiar with the game, what’s it like to face Diablo; where are the tough spots; how do all the game mechanics work, spells w/ various runes, etc.. then once I’m comfy will likely shift to more HC chars.  Because at that point, I’ve [mostly] mastered the game and really my personal goal will be to challenge myself at playing well and forcing myself to reroll (likely trying new classes) frequently. 

    Regardless, great TDP – can’t wait for part 2.

    Hey Flux – when are you going to convince Jay Wilson to sit in on one of these TDPs?  I bet he loves HC and it would be awesome to hear him chuckle along with you guys about stuff he likes about the game as well as the implications of playing HC in D3 (perhaps comparing it to playing HC in D2).

    -Floyd

    • I’d love to talk to Jay again, especially when not in a tightly-timed interview. I’ve done those 2 or 3x with him, at Blizzcon (you see a second of that during the podcast opening credits; that’s me in the white t-shirt) and once on the phone, and he’s good with the game info, but I’ve known I only had 15 or 20m each time, so I was just firing questions for quick replies and new info.  A podcast type talk would be much more interesting, with the ability to digress and focus on specific topics, or press him on PR-style evasions, rather than just sticking to a script and rushing through.

      Sadly, if Jay’s ever done such an interview about D3, I haven’t heard it, and he’s not likely to do one any time soon. At least not with me, given that Bliz Irvine PR are the gatekeepers.

      • I hear ya re: Blizz Irv Gatekeepers.  Maybe someone at Blizzcon can slip Jay a secret note so he can call you on a secure line and conduct the interview – ooooh secret spy tactics!

        Nice shot of you & Jay there.  What you wearing?  Crazy shaman beads?  Maybe they cast a big bad voodoo on Jay to stay away.  😛

        -Floyd

        • Alas, nothing so interesting as that. Just the standard Blizzcon lanyard around the neck. I did have my classic D2X t-shirt on, white limited edition with the Death Mauler on the back. Blizzcon and Blizzard office visits are pretty much the only time I break out some of my collectors item old Blizzard T-shirts. I cherish my black Warcraft Adventures shirt (limited edition only made for Bliz employees in 1999 before the game was cancelled), with a huge picture of Thrall on the back. But it’s kind of pointless to wear, since 99% of people just think it’s a WoW shirt, these days. 🙁

  2. Created an account on your forums just to say I love all your pod casts flux. I listen to them in the car on the way to work, and also while grinding in wow or starcraft.
    This podcast in particular brought back a lot of great memories of my early days as hardcore player in D2.
    Keep up the terrific work you guys! 😀

  3. Great Podcast guys! I just began to listen to it and i luv the discussions that are going on.

  4. Glad to see your Megan Fox comment made the final cut! That’s how you rebound from the last podcast!

  5. Loved the Podcast, i love hardcore, only way to play Diablo. Can’t wait for the next podcast and i hope we meet up on bnet by chance and be friends.

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