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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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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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #6: Down to the Roots - Feedback

Down to the Roots – Feedback

I lied and I admit it. While concluding my last column I said that the next installment would discuss the roots of fantasy found in medieval literary works, fairy tales and folklore. However, that statement was made before a torrential downpour of responses rained into my inbox, flooding my PC with your thoughts, insights, suggestions, and wit. Therefore, I’ve decided to pause and post some of your very well written replies and provide some comments of my own. Its been said that if you ever really want to learn about a subject you should try to teach it to someone else. In this case, I find myself learning from you, as it appears that our readership has a vast knowledge base in regards to the fantasy genre. For that, I say thank you! It has been fun and educational for me to read your responses and add your suggestions to my research into the roots of fantasy.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #6: Down to the Roots - Feedback

Down to the Roots – Feedback

I lied and I admit it. While concluding my last column I said that the next installment would discuss the roots of fantasy found in medieval literary works, fairy tales and folklore. However, that statement was made before a torrential downpour of responses rained into my inbox, flooding my PC with your thoughts, insights, suggestions, and wit. Therefore, I’ve decided to pause and post some of your very well written replies and provide some comments of my own. Its been said that if you ever really want to learn about a subject you should try to teach it to someone else. In this case, I find myself learning from you, as it appears that our readership has a vast knowledge base in regards to the fantasy genre. For that, I say thank you! It has been fun and educational for me to read your responses and add your suggestions to my research into the roots of fantasy.

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