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How was an unspoiled player supposed to find out about RWs?

Discussion in 'Single Player Forum' started by Turbocannon, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Turbocannon

    Turbocannon Diabloii.Net Member

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    Just a random question I thought of. Aside from Ancient's Pledge (which Qual-Kehk actually mentions the recipe for, I think... or so I recall, I haven't actually read his conversation options for quite a while), I don't think there is any hint in the game as to what the various runewords are, and Blizzard couldn't seriously have expected that players would try out every combination of runes possible. Plus back in the day LOD was released, Internet coverage was far less than today even in the most developed Western countries. (I, for example, didn't have it in the very beginning of my LOD career, so when I got to browse the Internet, and found some Diablo 2 related site, I spent quite some time scribbling some of the simpler runewords onto a piece of paper that I then took home... I remember that my first attempt to make a runeword failed, though whether this was because I wrote it down wrong or because I used a Mechanic's item or something like that, I'm not sure anymore.) So was everyone just expected to head to Arreat Summit to find out about the various runewords? Did Blizzard even put the runeword list onto their site at the time?
     
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    GooberGrape Diabloii.Net Member

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    I imagine the idea was that the players themselves would share info with each other. Much like any other MMO there would be guilds who hoarded secrets and fought for the top spots, several fan sites (such as this one) for more benevolent players to share their good will, and a wide swath of casuals who would soon move on to the next game.

    Certainly the rarity of runes is staggering for a single player, but consider that millions of people played this game and it's much easier to imagine experimentation. And of course, hackers breaking the code to dupe and exploit, although I doubt that was intended.
     
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    jimsfriend Diabloii.Net Member

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    Rune words, unique items, and set items were all listed in the game guide that came with the expansion pack. (It might only have come with battle chest).
     
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    pharphis Diabloii.Net Site Pal

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    I'm sure they knew the game files would be looked into and spread online.
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I still think it's a shame that there are so many more runewords in the game code, but for some reason they were never enabled.
     
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    I remember there were supposed be items called "Scroll of Knowledge" that would drop in the LoD expansion which would contain info on runewords. You could collect those and find more and more runewords. I may be wrong, but it could also have been mentioned in the game manual at the time. The idea was scrapped later apparently, but it might still be there in the gamefiles.
     
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    DiabloTwoinDC Diabloii.Net Member

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    That would be awesome if your character had to find each scroll of knowledge before they could make/use each RW.
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Yeah, sounds like a cool concept. Never heard about it to be honest.
     
  9. Turbocannon

    Turbocannon Diabloii.Net Member

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    Oh, so that's it! I remembered having heard of something like that long ago, but I wasn't sure if I should mention it in my original post since I thought someone probably made that up.

    Are there? Interesting. Is there a list of them somewhere?
     
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    matjex Diabloii.Net Member

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    I believe there is a list of runewords if you open the Patch_d2.mpq or the d2_data.mpq files with a mpq reader, and head to the runewords file. Or you could probably just google them.
     
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    Here is all the RW names from Runes.txt file: I removed all the known RW listed on AS. (sorry the names aren't all in order, this took longer than expected)
    (These RW are inactive in later versions)
    Runeword2 Armageddon
    Runeword3 Authority
    Runeword5 Beauty
    Runeword7 Blood
    Runeword12 Broken Promise
    Runeword15 Chance
    Runeword18 Darkness
    Runeword19 Daylight
    Runeword21 Deception
    (no stats/no req runes listed)
    Runeword23 Desire
    Runeword24 Despair
    Runeword32 Destiny's Daughter
    Runeword28 Dread
    Runeword56 Dweomer
    Runeword35 Envy
    Runeword52 Heaven's Will
    Runeword53 Holy Tears
    Runeword57 Humility
    Runeword58 Hunger
    Runeword61 Innocence
    Runeword63 Jealousy
    Runeword64 Judgment
    Runeword67 Knight's Vigil
    Runeword70 Law
    Runeword73 Lightning
    Runeword77 Loyalty
    Runeword78 Lust
    Runeword79 Madness
    Runeword84 Mist
    Runeword85 Morning Dew
    Runeword86 Mystery
    Runeword95 Patience
    Runeword100 Penitence
    Runeword101 Peril
    Runeword102 Pestilence
    Runeword104 Piety
    Runeword105 Pillar of Faith
    Runeword107 Praise
    Runeword108 Prayer
    Runeword123 Serendipity
    Runeword124 Shadow
    Runeword125 Shadow of Doubt
    Runeword127 Siren's Song
    Runeword129 Sorrow
    Runeword132 Starlight
    Runeword135 Still Water
    Runeword138 Storm
    Runeword140 Tempest
    Runeword141 Temptation
    Runeword142 Terror
    Runeword111 Prowess in Battle
    Runeword113 Punishment
    Runeword114 Purity
    Runeword115 Question
    Runeword118 Reason
    Runeword119 Red
    Runeword76 The Lovers
    Runeword143 Thirst
    Runeword68 Thirst for Knowledge
    Runeword144 Thought
    Runeword145 Thunder
    Runeword146 Time
    Runeword147 Tradition
    Runeword90 Nightfall
    Runeword93 Oblivion
    Runeword94 Obsession
    Runeword50 Hatred
    Runeword40 Flickering Flame
    Runeword42 Fortune's Favor
    Runeword89 Nature's Kingdom
    Runeword46 Glory
    Runeword43 Amity
    Runeword136 Sting
    Runeword149 Trust
    Runeword150 Truth
    Runeword151 Unbending Will
    Runeword152 Valor
    Runeword155 Victory
    Runeword157 Void
    Runeword158 War
    Runeword159 Water
    Runeword161 Whisper
    Runeword164 Wings of Hope
    Runeword169 Youth

    Here are the interesting ones: (completed RW, but active = 0)
    Code:
    Runeword97   Pattern      h2h         TalOrtTir      r07   r09   r03               att%       10   10   dmg%       40   80   dmg-fire       12   32   res-all       15   15   str       6   6   dex       6   6   block2       30   30   0
    
    Runeword106   Plague     weap      ChamFalUm   r32   r19   r22               dmg-demon       260   380   gethit-skill   Lower Resist   20   12   hit-skill   Poison Nova   25   15   pierce-pois       23   23   deadly/lvl   3           aura   Cleansing   13   17   allskills       1   2   0
    And, a few RW that are incomplete (also active = 0)
    Code:
    Runeword153   Vengeance           weap                                       r06   r11   r01
    Runeword156   Voice                   helm                                       r03   r06
    Runeword165   Wisdom       shld   staf   wand
    Runeword166   Woe                weap   miss
    Runeword167   Wonder               wand                                       r04   r12   r24    
    #Wonder3osWands!! o_O
     
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