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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfix Improves High-End Drops
10. Re: Diablo III Hotfix Improves High-End Drops Jun 28, 2012, 15:09 Alamar
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 28, 2012, 14:53:
Alamar, if you don't have great equipment, a Throwing Barb(I suggest 2h, but if you have a great 1hander you can go that route) is effective in Inferno.

I appreciate the suggestion... I've considered putting some range in my build (maybe even spear with 'rage flip'), but I'm hesitant to put stuff in a build I'm really not going to want around after the one fight...

However, if I can't take him down anyways, I may as well fiddle and get past the fight just so I can get into Act III (I don't expect Belial to be as bad... Breath is the only time I get hit on the post-snake part). And the breath is avoidable (there's a cheeve for it), but I'm not sure how... I've tried the edges, and stuff doesn't seem to come off CD fast enough (haven't tried Leap).

Your build seems to have all damage passives, and I'm not sure I can cope without some bonus armor/reduced damage.. : )

Course, on the other hand... I can kill the giants... Just with a lot of running and quaffing, so some extra damage likely won't make much of a mitigation difference.

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfix Improves High-End Drops
7. Re: Diablo III Hotfix Improves High-End Drops Jun 28, 2012, 14:33 Alamar
 
I support these changes... Now if only there were a buff to make more than 1 in 20 rares useful... Annnnnnd go...

Even with the boss drop un-nerf, getting drops from packs is faster, and, for me, much more interesting...

I got to Inferno Kulle on my Barbie last night... Act II was a challenge some of the time... A few groups were nasty... But mostly, Sand Giants, suck... And Kulle has two of them... That hit hard... I took about 5 attempts, and was able to get Kulle down to about 30% before he enraged... I need me some more dps, because I can't imagine stacking enough protection for those giants to not beat the poop out of me...

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 August 28th
7. Re: Guild Wars 2 August 28th Jun 28, 2012, 10:20 Alamar
 
wtf_man wrote on Jun 28, 2012, 10:17:
Acleacius wrote on Jun 28, 2012, 10:08:
Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck!

It's 3 times, right?

Well, if you haven't been in the BWE's to know or not... it doesn't and won't suck, IMO.

I'm not going to say it is perfect, since I don't think any MMO can ever achieve that... but it is definitely a few steps in the right direction.

It does have a few steps in the right direction... but soooo many steps in the same direction...

I expected so much more.

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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Jun 27, 2012, 23:48 Alamar
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 22:23:
Any thoughts on the Google Tablet?

I've been looking at 7" tabs a bunch this last month or so... I really wanted an 'iPad Mini', but it wasn't announced... Might be come Oct/Nov, but I don't want to wait...

So the Samsung Galaxy II was in the running... But the Nexus announced today has more power... And either less cost, or more memory for the same cost...

However, it is missing out on some nice to have'ities... Back facing camera (which I would have really liked), an SD slot, an HDMI slot (which I was looking forward to)...

Some of the Jellybean (Android 4.1) features will be nice... And apparently, you can add all your music (pirated or otherwise) to your library, and it gets linked to the cloud (Sounds like they're doing what megaupload did, but legit), so if you're never without wifi, you don't need much storage (or the SD; I'm assuming this is their 'argument' for not including it).

I bought the 16GB model, though a friend (a real Android fan) suggested the 8, partially for what I said above... I want the option of throwing some movies on there as needed though...

Also, it comes with a $25 'card' for google play (apps, movies, music, etc), and the latest Transformers movie, a book (I forgot which), and some magazines...

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News Comments > Diablo III Patch Reduces Item Wear
39. Re: Diablo III Patch Reduces Item Wear Jun 27, 2012, 11:01 Alamar
 
Julio wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 06:35:
They increased the feeling the game is like being at work, with grinding out less 'take home' gold due to excessive repair costs from wear and tear from mob killing. Pre-1.03, I might have had one drop that was better than what was on the AH. Then patch 1.03 lowered the drop rate of rare items as well, making it more likely you have to go to the AH for gear.

Uhm... What?

1.03 drop rates increased (unless you're only doing 5 packs and a boss runs, but that's far too boring to comment on : ), and better gear is available earlier...

Minus the apparent Act III/IV drop rate bug (which I don't believe targets rares), that's being fixed this week.

Theo wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 08:28:
InBlack wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 08:03:
Boohoo some more? Fuck that.

To be honest, as a life long D2 player (and d1 for that matter); i honestly think that most of the crying is from people "thought" that they were going to be in to the game for year to come; the truth is though they are just casual action RPG fans.

If a game gave you over 100 hours fun; regardless of long term appeal; it was proabably worth the money.

I am still playing - all tho now down to a few days a week (inf solidy on farm), still enjoying the game and dont mind the balance changes at all. my mate was bitching about repair cost, so we did a act1/2 run in inf. we made litterally well over 700k in gold - post repair bills. what. the. f. is the problem.

As a counter to this, which I think is valid for yourself, and myself... Is that while you can have these results, that doesn't mean the general populace does, and that's who is complaining...

For me, the day 1.03 came out, I found Act II challenging, and was having a great time... The next day, it felt like there was a stealth nerf, because I was doing badly... And silly me, still thinking the Blacksmith might be useful, spent my last 200k on some 5-stat belts (dropped recipe), and then died a bunch of times in Act II, and didn't have enough for repairs...

So here's what I did... I logged into the D3 forums, and wrote up a nice long post (in my own thread, because surely there weren't enough before that) bitching about how much the change sucked and blah blah... </sarcasm>

What I actually did, was run through Act I again, and netted a similar amount... I also got like 50 rares, which most were garbage, but that's a genre thing, not a D3 thing : ) The big money maker for me, however, was giving up on the BS... lvl 60 gear is worth 1.5-2.5k vended... So 48 or so of those rares made me about 100k, and the collected gold was another few hundred... Now I'm 'sitting pretty'...

Btw, for 'full disclosure', I once had 1 mil gold, but have never had the crapton that people seem to think everyone else has : ) I don't buy expensive shit on the AH (though expensive is relative - my highest, and only one time, was about 300k).

-Alamar

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News Comments > Diablo III Patch Reduces Item Wear
38. Re: Diablo III Patch Reduces Item Wear Jun 27, 2012, 10:54 Alamar
 
RailWizard wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 06:12:
NSanity wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 04:29:
eunichron wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 01:27:
If you're having trouble getting through Act II Hell without using the AH then the problem was not the game, it was you.

Agreed.

Like WoW starts at Level Cap, Diablo 3 starts at Inferno. Or used to.

That's some elitist braggart bs right there. "durrr-yup, da game starts at da end! That's how it's supposed to be...noob!"

Reminds me of that dude that beat hardcore inferno the other day and listening to his shit, you just know that guy lives alone. lol

This post gets my vote for most ironic of the year...

Anyways...

For a lot of people, WoW and D3 start at max level... Personally, I enjoy levelling, so that's a big part of either game for me... However, now that I've played D3 at 60, levelling (or more accurately, the collecting of phatty lewts) is less fun, because it's all going to be vended (or AH'd) at some point...

But the argument could be made for Inferno gear, even ilvl 63 stuff; It just may last longer.

Plus, there's the whole difficulty factor... I thought D3 scaled well (starting about mid nightmare, IIRC), and even Inferno Act I... Act II seemed extreme, but that was the point, so that's fine. Now that Inferno is nerfed, the difficulty curve evened out, and it's more challenging (and less stupid-hard/spiked). But the point is, Inferno is where 'the real game' starts for people that want the challenge... Or like to farm gear for ages, which admittedly, is more fun with a full stack of NV than in previous games (in the genre).

Anyhoo... I'm still enjoying it. My friends are still enjoying it. They haven't done much Inferno and considering how much they stand in the poo, I'm thinking they're going to have a hard time with it (when my OP Barbie isn't there).

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News Comments > TERA's $25 Horse
6. Re: TERA's $25 Horse Jun 27, 2012, 10:42 Alamar
 
Frijoles wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 10:28:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 10:26:
Unbelievable that people buy that crap. So glad I never played WoW...

On a similar note, stop going to sporting events because sports are dumb. So glad I never went to a baseball game.

Don't be silly... At least you come away with something when buying a mount : )

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News Comments > Scrolls Alpha Nears; Beta Plans Explained
12. Re: Scrolls Alpha Nears; Beta Plans Explained Jun 25, 2012, 12:49 Alamar
 
Dev wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 12:11:
They say to hit forums to enter alpha, but clicking on Community says "coming soon" LOL
Tip: If you tell people to enter forums, you might want to enable said link to forums.

After a quick google, here's the scrolls forum link:
http://www.scrollsguide.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1

They don't seem to have any details as to entering the alpha.

Hellbinder wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 12:09:
i dont know... scrolls seems pretty memorable to me. Only one of its kind. simple, easy to remember etc.

Its perfect.
I disagree. Regardless though, they agreed not to trademark it. So if it hits it big, someone could easily make a flash version of a similar game and call it the same.

http://www.scrollsguide.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=567 for a 12 min video of a full match... So at least that portion of the game is viewable (assuming it'll have other portions, which seems unlikely)...

Bring on some Etherlords III : ) With or without RMAH... : )

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News Comments > Scrolls Alpha Nears; Beta Plans Explained
4. Re: Scrolls Alpha Nears; Beta Plans Explained Jun 25, 2012, 10:46 Alamar
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 10:25:
Looks like a combination of Heroes of M&M and Magic: The Gathering to me...

I don't see any of HOMM in there... I assume you (and others) are saying that because it uses a hex grid (like thousands of other games heh)... But none of the video had any kind of unit control...

It looks, to me, like MTG... You have your summoned mobs, and when you have things attack, they're either blocked (by other mobs in that line), or they get to the back row (which in MTG is the player), which is a wall/fence...

As long as the battles are interesting (Etherlords) without too much stupid complexity (MTG), and the out-of-card-combat game is also fun; maybe even hex-terrain like (HOMM, Etherlords, Kings Bounty), I may have interest... You may have noticed, I liked Etherlords (II), and would like a sequel to that style.

Edit: Just read through the Game info page, and it looks less interesting now... So much for marketing hype... I'm not seeing anything new to the genre...

-Alamar

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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
45. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 23, 2012, 09:40 Alamar
 
eunichron wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 21:52:
Well, just found my first legendary since the patch (and 3rd overall; it was a Won Khim Lau fist weapon btw). I asked my AH monkey friend what he thought it was worth. He informed me that it was about 150% worthless.

What level and region? : )

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News Comments > Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition
101. Re: Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition Jun 22, 2012, 13:28 Alamar
 
Ray Ban wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 11:01:
Diablo 3 was supposed to carry on the legacy of Diablo 2.

Hopefully Torchlight 2, Grim Dawn and Path of Exile will succeed where Blizzard failed ...

Gawd, I hope not... I think D3 was a great update to the series... It's just crap that they shoveled in so many 'features' (and keep doing so) that are undesirable.

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News Comments > Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition
23. Re: Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition Jun 22, 2012, 00:05 Alamar
 
Holy crap... I thought someone was joking...

This is pretty high on the ridiculous meter...

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week
6. Re: Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week Jun 21, 2012, 13:36 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 13:22:
4 hours, during a typical work day and only for pre-purchasers? I mean, don't get me wrong I am stoked about this game after the disappointment of Diablo 3 but that doesn't sound like much of a stress testing event to me.

While I personally have no interest... Couldn't even fight away the boredom on the full weekend... The 4 hour window makes a lot of sense for a stress test...

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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
15. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 13:35 Alamar
 
Luke wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 13:17:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 12:57:
Flatline wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 12:29:
I wish we had that kind of vision here in America. However, here innovation means "figure out new ways to charge you more for less service or product!"

That is spot on. I can't remember the last time I called in or contact a company via e-mail and received a prompt sensible response. The tech support/help line/customer support in this country has gone to shit. It was never great... but comparing five or so years ago to today's standard... back then, it was stellar. I'm not just talking about computer software tech support. Everything from ordering services from a local provider (cable/Internet/phone) to applying for unemployment (not me). I hear it from almost every customer I visit and pretty much anyone else I talk to that had to call somebody for support concerning a service or product. Yet, these businesses wonder why the public hates them?

Back on topic. I've been out of town most of the past month and a half so I am finally thinking about opening my CE D3. Though I am hesitant to do so.

Don't open it , just sell it on ebay to some collector and buy the standard edition , because its all about the RMAH in this game so no need for collector edition version

Interesting... what games have a need for a 'collector edition version'?

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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
6. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 12:15 Alamar
 
Damn skippy... Change is made by losing money...

Edit:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 11:48:
How did I know the first 2 posts would be on my ignore filter?

Because you know you're a snob?

I wonder if he saw this : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Patched in Americas
55. Re: Diablo III Patched in Americas Jun 20, 2012, 14:18 Alamar
 
GibMonkey wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 11:11:
GibMonkey wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 08:29
uestion for you Diablo addicts. I'm playing hard now and as of midway through act 1 I no longer have enough money to repair anything nor do I have ANY piece of armor or a weapon that is not broken.

How the fuck do I get money to fix shit when I'm naked fighting with my fists?

Remind me not to play this drunk again. [/quote:


So I'll just assume I'm screwed here? I really don't see any reason for me to keep playing this at this point. Stupid liquor.

There are a few options here, though you may like none...

One is to go back to an earlier part of the game and farm enough for the repair bill... I'm not sure that would be any fun, except that there's already an achievement for doing it on boss fights...

Two is to have someone else carry you in an MP game...

Three is that since your gold is shared across characters, start up a new one (or play an already mid lvl one).

Edit: Oh and sign the petition about the repair costs... Petitions always work...

Krovven wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 12:30:
I've stated, 'D3 is great, it has some problems that need to be sorted out, but overall it's fantastic. I don't have a problem with online only, but would still like to see an offline mode.'

What the trolls see is, 'D3 is great, blah blah blah blah blah blah, but blah it's fantastic. I don't have a problem with online only, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.'

To be more precise, I think what they see is 'There are no problems with online only' : ) Like when a gaming company (let's say Blizzard) says that they would like to add 'this' feature, and a year later, when the game launches, people scream that they didn't get what was promised...

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News Comments > EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire
31. Re: EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire Jun 20, 2012, 13:57 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 13:17:
So. We're in completely defensive gear and builds, not getting drops and can't progress past Act 2. It's just horrible game design. I'm sure I could grind gold for a few days and go BACK to the AH and possibly buy some better gear, but honestly it's just not fun anymore. It's one thing to grind out Act 1-4 through all the difficulties, at least the scenery changes. Now we're stuck grinding Act 1 over and over, for seemingly no reward for our time. Bleh, I'm just done.

I'm really bummed to hear that dude, I know you're a pretty patient guy too. I don't know if its any help at this point but I might have some extra Barb gear on my DH. I agree that the game is pretty rough for melee though, it takes a massive investment on the AH just to do content that ranged can do in cheap, lower level gear.

I'm actually having a much easier time on my Barb than my Wiz... But then, gear is always an issue... on Monday, I could progress, slowly, on either, but wasn't doing enough to make it worth it... As of last night, I had a 'too easy' time on the Barb in the first half of Act II (with a few good, challenging fights'), and the second half is getting hard (I agree with the snakes comment earlier - was one of my harder combo's - most have been 0 to 1 death).

As for stats, I'm at 8.6k DPS base, 40k health, ~350 resists... Uhm... what else matters? Some elite/champ fights are long (Wrath helps), but a lot of them weren't a threat (30% revenge is fun to mash : ).

As for gear not dropping... I'm not sure what the 'better' alternative is... I've always hated farming for gear... especially in a system so random, but that aspect of the genre hasn't changed in 15 years... Maybe if they'd stuck with their one set of gear for Inferno, the implicit difficulty increases along the acts would have been better for a lot of people... Now that you have a single act to 'fully' gear up instead of an entire difficulty, it requires too much repetitition : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Patched in Americas
36. Re: Diablo III Patched in Americas Jun 20, 2012, 01:39 Alamar
 
Krovven wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 20:50:
RailWizard wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 20:25:
And all the mouth-breathing fanboys all go "great patch blizz, ur teh stuff!".

Really? Comments like that are no better than Wallshadows.

I've seen nothing but anger over this patch, from EVERYONE, and it's well deserved. They overreacted with the changes in many areas instead of focusing on dealing with the real cause of the problem(s).

Even bigger irony is, the only people that can afford to run Inferno now, ARE the bot farmers.


Not everyone... I'm loving this patch...

Act II Inferno, for my Barb, when from stupid hard to challenging, and it's great... I still die on some stuff, but only when I get stuck, or some other bad timing issue...

Repair costs seem a bit extreme, but I'm still making gold, and having more fun in Inferno (Act II) than ever... Pre-1.0.3, I really enjoyed the ramp up for Act I, but now I'm eagerly looking forward to Act III.

Edit: Oh and I'm getting more rares than ever... Sure, 90% of them are still garbage, but the mats helped me make a pretty nice (200 dex, 100 vit, regen, etc) belt for my future Inferno Monk... After I found the recipe to make it btw... 5 random stats : ) Anyone wants to roll the dice, it's about 45k gold and a bunch of blue/yellow/tomes.

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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jun 18, 2012, 18:44 Alamar
 
I'll admit it... My first thought was a breast shaped mouse...

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News Comments > Diablo III 1.0.3 Skill Changes Found?
34. Re: Diablo III 1.0.3 Skill Changes Found? Jun 17, 2012, 16:25 Alamar
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 17, 2012, 16:14:
Today must be pants day. 5 rare drops, 5 pants.....wtf!

I don't want to brag (but I will), but I had a few days with a bunch of rare pants drops in my youth : )

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