Salem’s Fire #9: Help, I’m in Single Player!

Help, I’m in Single Player!

My internet connection in the past has been so slow I could have typed the ones and zeros into the browser faster than they were coming through my connection. I am not exaggerating when I tell you my browser would show speeds like 24 bytes/sec and I would be happy about how fast I was flying along. Needless to say, playing any game online was an exercise in futility. So, my Diablo 2 playing has been primarily single player. Single player Diablo 2 is basically multiplayer Diablo 2 without the extra people on Battle.Net. That sounds obvious, but stop and think about what that means. The single player people have to be entirely self sufficient, not able to rely on allies. More importantly, we cannot trade.

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Salem’s Fire #9: Help, I’m in Single Player!

Help, I’m in Single Player!

My internet connection in the past has been so slow I could have typed the ones and zeros into the browser faster than they were coming through my connection. I am not exaggerating when I tell you my browser would show speeds like 24 bytes/sec and I would be happy about how fast I was flying along. Needless to say, playing any game online was an exercise in futility. So, my Diablo 2 playing has been primarily single player. Single player Diablo 2 is basically multiplayer Diablo 2 without the extra people on Battle.Net. That sounds obvious, but stop and think about what that means. The single player people have to be entirely self sufficient, not able to rely on allies. More importantly, we cannot trade.

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Flux’s Decahedron #12: Top Ten Reasons D1 Was Better Than D2

While everyone reading this is a Diablo II fan (And if not, um… you get lost on the way to more goat porn or what?) quite a few of us were big fans of Diablo I as well.  And while Diablo II added hundreds of new features, all new characters, tons of new items, changed most of the game mechanics, etc, there are still those of us with a soft spot in our hearts for Diablo the First.

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Flux’s Decahedron #11.5: The Best/Worst Item Sets—Feedback

Reader Feedback

It would help if you read the Best/Worst Sets Column before you read this feedback, or you won’t have any idea what most of these emails are talking about. Since the column was quite long, I’m doing the feedback on this separate page, just as I did after Column #11, another long one on the Best/Worst Uniques of every item type. The next couple of columns will be less novel-length, so the feedback should fit neatly on the same page.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #7: Down to the Roots - Medieval Literature

Down to the Roots – Medieval Literature

I read this wonderful story last week. It was about a common man that came from the humblest of beginnings to eventually become a wise and just king by his own deeds and merits. Hopelessly outnumbered, he led a ragtag army against the superior forces of an evil tyrant to bring hope into the world. Counseled by an old mage and armed with the legendary weapon of his family lineage, he was able to complete his quest with the aid of his unlikely companions to bring peace and harmony into the world. Sound familiar? It is nearly impossible to find fantasy literature that doesn’t contain at least one of these themes.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #7: Down to the Roots - Medieval Literature

Down to the Roots – Medieval Literature

I read this wonderful story last week. It was about a common man that came from the humblest of beginnings to eventually become a wise and just king by his own deeds and merits. Hopelessly outnumbered, he led a ragtag army against the superior forces of an evil tyrant to bring hope into the world. Counseled by an old mage and armed with the legendary weapon of his family lineage, he was able to complete his quest with the aid of his unlikely companions to bring peace and harmony into the world. Sound familiar? It is nearly impossible to find fantasy literature that doesn’t contain at least one of these themes.

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The Ninth Circle #6: Designing Diablo III, Part One

Designing Diablo III, Part One

We’ve all daydreamed about what Diablo III might be like, so here I’m going to take a stab at defining it. This is not an attempt to create the “one true Diablo 3” game, but rather a look at what the game could look like. This is no true design document, as those are dry, descriptive things, not made for light reading at all. It’s also worth mentioning here that a Diablo 3 game is not in Blizzard’s forward plan right now, as they concentrate on WoW, though with the Warcraft III expansion pack to ship soon, who knows where Blizzard will turn next?

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The Ninth Circle #6: Designing Diablo III, Part One

Designing Diablo III, Part One

We’ve all daydreamed about what Diablo III might be like, so here I’m going to take a stab at defining it. This is not an attempt to create the “one true Diablo 3” game, but rather a look at what the game could look like. This is no true design document, as those are dry, descriptive things, not made for light reading at all. It’s also worth mentioning here that a Diablo 3 game is not in Blizzard’s forward plan right now, as they concentrate on WoW, though with the Warcraft III expansion pack to ship soon, who knows where Blizzard will turn next?

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Salem’s Fire #8: Stuffed Animals Are My Friends Too!

Stuffed Animals Are My Friends Too!

While still waiting for 1.10, I thought a brief diversion from the world of gaming might be in order… a sort of a break before the hard work of figuring out new character builds and Lister strategies begins. A recent holiday brought to mind an old suspicion of mine, and I figured this would be as good a time as any to share it.

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