My experience at PAX I was lucky enough to get to play Diablo III a few times while at PAX, and thought I would share my impressions and experience with you all. I started out playing the Wizard, and quickly found that it has a learning curve. If a Wizard gets into a bad spot, they die a lot faster than other classes. They also have a lot more active skills, so knowing what button to press and when to press it is a lot more important. I didn't have a lot of time here, so I mostly just died a lot before my friends took over. One of them played a Monk for a while, but I'm sure you've read a lot about them already. Later I came back and played a Barbarian, and they are much improved from the DII variety. For one, no more mana. The Fury system felt very natural, which surprised me, because I expected it to be like the Rage mechanic in WoW (which I dislike). I especially enjoy the fact that if you Cleave into a group of enemies, you get back more than enough Fury to just keep on Cleavin'. Also, the warstomp was not only effective, but fun. The +defense warcry had no cost that I could see, so no precious resources wasted on the buff. When cast, a small box with a timer appears above the action bar to let you know how long is left on the buff. On to the gameplay. I got a full inning with the Barbarian, and it was action packed. Started with two one-handed weapons, but soon found a big axe and started using that instead. It was honestly pretty hard to tell a difference between the two styles, but both produced lots of dead things. I later on picked up a rare two-handed sword, and that was both effective and pretty. It added lightning damage, and you could see little bits of electricity hitting the enemies now and then. Very satisfying. While playing, I pretty much ignored the main quest given to me and explored the desert. While wandering, I found three random quests. For the first one, I stumbled on a group of cultists performing some ritual. Knowing that's often a bad thing, I attacked them; one of them cowered and begged for his life. In return, he told me where to find a treasure chest. It took me until almost the end of my game session to find it, but it contained a rare dagger among other things. I also came across an adventurer fighting near some ruins. Once I rescued him, a quest display popped up saying "1 of 5 adventurers rescued". I eventually found all 5, at which point I was prompted to find their captain nearby. After talking to him, it initiated an event that had waves of monsters rushing us. Not too difficult, and it awarded some nice exp. Last quest I found was a collapsing cave. I clicked on the portal in and found myself on the floor of the cave with 4 minutes until the roof collapsed. There were chests all over the place; I would estimate there were over 20 of them in there. Lots of rares. The marketing guy that we were talking to said that if we didn't get out in time, we would lose all loot gained inside. I managed to find that above-mentioned rare two-handed sword in here, and used it to kill the few enemies that were inside. I never managed to find the exit, though. When the roof collapsed, it killed me and I resurrected at the portal in. I still had the sword I found, so perhaps you get to keep everything after all? Either way, it was a lot of fun. Kept me on my toes and definitely added to the excitement. On top of all that, I watched a buddy play the Witch Doctor for a session, and he fell in love. He was casting zombie dogs and spiders all over the place, and then throwing firebombs into the mess. I swear he even cackled a few times. The only problems he seemed to run into were occasions that big boss-types took out all his dogs, and he had to retreat to resummon them. His mana was generally quite high, unless he was just chain-gunning the firebombs. Last but not least, Bashiok was around and quite friendly. He provided plenty of information and didn't seem to mind the barrage of questions that were directed at him. Good man for the job. Lemme know if you have any questions!