Dear Blizzard / Activision

Dear Blizzard and Activision,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me Diablo III for free with my promise to not shut off my WOW account.

I do have a serious question though. Why do you insist on a game like this requiring a connection to the servers? Diablo I and II were great games. This is a pretty great game. Really If I wanted another MMO I would turn my swtor account back on.

I think that its fantastic if you want to make some features unavailable if you do not have an internet connection, but I want my game to work where ever I am regardless of the quality of my internet connection, or the status of your servers.


Diablo III Beta Invite

Diable III Beta Invite

Several days ago I received my Diable III Beta invitation in my email.

So I decided to download it and check it out. Initially I intended to write a big long “This is what I experienced” post, but have since decided that I just don’t have the time. Worst yet, I do not find that I feel like I have much to say about it. Is it a good game? Well I beat the Beta in under 5 hours. It was fun. It has nice graphics. Is it a beta? You bet it is, I experienced several crashes. Is it buggy otherwise? Not that I noticed. Everything appeared to work as intended. For those who are curious I played a Wizard and got to level 9 before I beat the beta. I did however go out of my way to kill thing that I didn’t need to and approached it as a completionist might.

A couple things that may not be completely evident right away:

  • SHIFT is your friend. It makes it so you can click with out moving.
  • Crafting once opened on one character can be accessed by any other character.
  • Wizards are really gimp until you get a new wand. Craft one as soon as you can.
  • SPACE is also your friend. Click it to speed through quest conversations.

Here is what the patcher looks today, much like WOW.

Today there is a message on the login screen that reads:

We’re in the process of inviting 275,000 additional beta testers. Please be aware that this stress test may result in a variety of issues including the inability to log in, disconnections, and potential lag/latency. We’ll also be testing our Queuing system, which you may see when attempting to enter the game. Thank you for your patience, and your assistance in helping us test as we approach the May 15 release.

Perhaps this explains why I cannot seem to connect tonight. After entering my account and password I continually am receiving an error that states:

There is a temporary outage of the service. Please try again later. (Error 75)

If I find anything else that I really feel like I need to report you can expect that I will write about it again. Perhaps I will go fire up the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Beta client and finally get around to checking that out.

WOW: Darque and Elder Tribunal Update

Ok so I’ve been a little lazy about updating recently. (Are you really surprised?) So I thought that I would write a summary post, about all the things that I should have posted about but haven’t.

  • ET is currently ranked 16th on Bloodhoof. We’re 7th Horde side, and actually tied with the 6th place guild for actual boss kills.
  • We are currently 7/8 on Dragon Soul normal, and I expect us to be 8/8 tomorrow when we raid again.
  • Darque is number 1 ranked horde side for holy Paladins currently on wow-heroes. I’m sure this is subject to change, but it still made me smile so I thought I would share.
  • Here is the list of kill dates (but no times because I’m apparently lazy):
    + Morchok [? on 11/29/2011]
    + Warlord Zon’ozz [12/01/2011]
    + Yor’sahj the Unsleeping [? on 11 /29/2011]
    + Hagara the Stormbinder [12/01/2011]
    + Ultraxion [12/01/2011]
    + Warmaster Blackthorn [12/08/2011]
    + Spine of Deathwing [12/08/2011]
    Maddness of Deathwing []

  • A bunch of people are looking forward to SW:TOR. I’m hoping that some of our members who do decide to make the move will also start an Elder Tribunal over there and carry on the tradition.

Elder Tribunal: Heroic Baleroc 10

Last week after some unsuccessful attempts on H:Baleroc we’ve change things up a little and this week we beat his toes into the ground with rocks and pointed sticks. [That’s what he gets for being so tall that we can’t reach anything else.]

Congrats Team:Sinwell and to the following:

  • Pyrocore on your Gauntlets of Fiery Conqueror!
  • Psymon on your Avool’s Incendiary Shanker! (offspec)
  • Grinamdord on your Necromantic Focus!
  • Drysta on your Crystallized Firestone!

This kill brings ET to 3/7 H.

Also of note is that the other rosters are Myzt Moore 7/7N and Mastoj 6/7N. Great job all!

Elder Tribunal: Ragnaros 10 and Loot System Change

Yes I’m being Lazy.

Statreos wrote: “After a second week of looking at Ragnaros, Elder Tribunal has defeated the firelord! Congratulations to Beastmaster, Grinamdord and Statreos on their phat loot, and congratulations to all on a job well done. Unfortunately, they were so eager to get their gear enchanted, only a few of us remained for a screenshot in the firelord’s vacant chamber!”

Congrats ET on finally hitting [7/7]! Next week we start on Heroic!

As a side note we have adopted EPGP as our loot system. (We actually started using it a while ago and tracking in a spreadsheet, but have since moved it into the Officer Notes and are now using the mod.