Events – In-house Coverage


November 18, 2011

Torchlight 2 Hands-On Report

While at Runic Games, and in the days since then, I’ve had dozens of people ask me what I thought of Torchlight 2. To my chagrin, I still don’t have a good answer. I enjoyed playing it, and I was impressed by the quality and the numerous, evident improvements over TL1. But that seems such a cop out; “It’s like TL1, but much better in every way.” Surely I can do better than that?

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November 16, 2011

Runic Games Visit and Torchlight 2

As I mentioned last week, I attended a small media event at Runic Games’ Seattle offices this week. The devs have asked that attendees not post any specifics until Friday morning, but I can say that it was a great visit, that everyone at Runic was awesomely friendly and welcoming, and that TL2 is a blast to play. Thus far I’m having trouble quantifying it, since I just want to say things like, “It’s like Torchlight 1, but so much bigger, better, faster, more complex, better looking, etc…”

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April 15, 2011

Live Diablo III Chat, Friday Afternoon

Since it went pretty well last Friday, we’re running another live chat tomorrow. The plan is to run one every Friday afternoon from now on, plus other chats when some big news breaks, or during important live events. The chat will run at the same time, 2pm California time, which is 5pm US East Coast, 10pm UK, and 7am Saturday morning in Sydney. Sorry, Oz. (Worldwide time info.)

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December 24, 2010

Hands-On from Blizzcon: Mega PvM Report: Demon Hunter

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At long last, our massive Blizzcon article series wraps up with the mega-sized Demon Hunter PvM report. This one covers D3 Archer expectations, Blizzcon demo class strength ratings, runestones, the DH vs. the D2 Bowazon, but it mostly focuses on the DH’s play style, and her skills. Oh does it focus on her skills.

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December 17, 2010

Hands-On Preview: Quests and Dungeons

Taking a break from the character reports, with only the Demon Hunter to go, here’s an absurdly-lengthy discussion of the Levels and Quests that made up the PvM demo at this year’s Blizzcon.  This one covers the lighting, atmosphere, mood, theme, and layout of the dungeons, and goes into great detail about the minimalistic quests presented therein. It’s copiously illustrated with interesting tidbits from screenshots and the huge gameplay movie, and should teach you a thing or two that you didn’t already know about Diablo III.

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December 8, 2010

Hands-On from Blizzcon: Mega PvM Report: Witch Doctor

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Here’s the fourth of my five jumbo-sized PvM class reports from Blizzcon. This one covers the Witch Doctor , leaving the Demon Hunter for last. This article examines why the D2 Necromancer never quite satisfied me, explains why the D3 Witch Doctor should, digresses about Harry Potter, details the Witch Doctor’s skills available in the demo, drools over the vast improvements offered them by skill runes, and speculates about various long term Witch Doctor issues and skill varieties.

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December 4, 2010

Hands-On from Blizzcon: Mega PvM Report: Barbarian

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As night follows day and lethargy follows a big turkey dinner, here’s my Blizzcon 2010 Barbarian PvM report. As did the Wizard and Monk reports, this one covers extensively the Barbarian’s play style, his equipment and tactics, the skills I tried out, and lots of those miscellaneous little details that you know and love. Well, I guess you don’t know them or this would be your report, and not mine.

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December 1, 2010

Hands-On from Blizzcon: Mega PvM Report: Wizard

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Here’s my Wizard PvM report, based on my play testing at this year’s Blizzcon. It details the skills system, discusses in great detail the five Wizard skills I used in two play sessions, includes a lot about the rune changes to her skills, goes into Wizard tactics, and more. It’s quite lengthy, larger than Monday’s Monk report, if size matters.

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November 29, 2010

Hands-On from Blizzcon: Mega PvM Report: Monk

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After several weeks of delays and excessive wiki work, I finally had some time over the holiday weekend to type up my Blizzcon PvM demo reports. I’ll be posting them all week, one per day, in no particular order until the Demon Hunter wraps things up on Friday. Today starts off with the Monk, and this article covers general Monk gameplay issues, his skills and equipment, and includes some basic info about the PvM demo, the dungeons, the monsters, and more.

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October 30, 2010

Post Blizzcon Chat #2

Our second post-Blizzcon chat went off fairly well and fun was had by all. There were more mods and fewer attendees, so the vibe was more relaxed and conversational, compared to the non-stop machine gun question pace of the first chat. Click through to read the full transcript, and we may, as many attendees requested, organize these chats more regularly, going forward. Where else can you discuss Diablo III with several hundred like-minded strangers? Thanks to all who attended for the good questions, and thanks to Apoc and HK and the other mods who helped out.

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October 29, 2010

Post Blizzcon Chat #1

Update: The chat just ended, after 2 hours of nonstop questions. There were 389 readers and over 400 questions posted, and my fingers are tired. Thanks to Apoc for helping on the admin and everyone who showed up. Click through this post to see the full transcript, if you missed it. The second chat will start in 4 hours from right now. Be there or be rectangular!

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October 28, 2010

Post Blizzcon Chats Tomorrow

Since our live chat during Blizzcon was such a success, we’re going to do what we did last year after the show and host a pair of shorter, more focused post Blizzcon chats. Got queries about Blizzcon, the PvM or PvP demos, or just want to share in the experience? Tomorrow’s your chance to get answers from show attendees with their invaluable hands-on D3 experience.

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