Diablo 3 – Two Monks Making Trouble

Double Monks (Diablo 3)

Boriz and Natasha

So for the lols CrankyB and I made two Monks. You put two Monks together and oh man it’s just nuts how much damage they can do. We were able to breeze through most encounters.

So far we’re about halfway through Act 1 (again heh) and only on regular mode. We’ve made it past the first couple of mini-bosses and seem to be doing ok so far. CrankyB wants to try getting into a public group. I’m not a big fan of the idea, but I should give it a shot just to see how it works out.

The Demon Hunter is still my favorite class, without a doubt. But so far, the Monk is a pretty fun class too. The Monk definitely doesn’t have the same kind of style that my Demon Hunter has, but she sure seems to be a force of nature. That by the way, can be a blast.

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Diablo 3 – Nightmare Mode Unlocked

Demon Hunter and Witch Doctor Combo

I can’t believe it but we did it. Mea and CrankyB completed all four acts of Diablo 3 and we’re working on Nightmare mode.

I loved the story. Yeah based on the lore there’s some parts of it that you’re like “OK, I know what’s going to happen now”, BUT, there’s some twists and turns that keep the story interesting. I’m not going to spoil it, you’ll have to check it out for yourself.

Honestly I can’t believe it’s done. I figured it would be a lot harder and take a lot longer. Though I’ve just started NIGHTMARE MODE. ( bum bum buuuuuuuum ). That’s probably going to kick my ass, but if CrankyB wants to do it I’m there.

As it is I’ve already told him I’d follow him into the mouth of hell, and hey I have!

Granted, I’m not totally sure why you’d want to go through the same game over again. Why didn’t my character get to max level the first time through? Why do I have to go through the same story a second time to hit the max level?

BUT, it’s Diablo. I’m not going to ask, I’m just going to play.

As it is, I think I’m getting the hang of it. I mean we managed to beat the end boss without dying. Granted that was in normal mode, who knows what will happen in Nightmare Mode.

Chances are I’ll spend most of my time dead watching CrankyB take things down with his zombie army.

OK, that and I’m hooked on Jewel Crafting in Diablo. I have it ranked up as high as I can go without the happy little pages I need to rank up again. Sadly, those only seem to drop in Nightmare Mode. Guess that will give me reason enough to push through the story one more time.

OK that and it’s a good story and there’s enough things that we haven’t done yet that it’s totally worth it.

I mean as it is we managed to find a well full of zombies named after the people that worked on the game. If you ever wanted to give a Dev or Quality Assurance a piece of your mind, that’s probably the place.

Granted though, I’m loving Diablo 3 so I don’t have much in the way of complaints.

I do have some lag based issues. There’s points where my game slows down to a crawl. I’m somehow managing to blast through it, but the delay has been enough to get me close to getting knocked off or has pushed me over the edge. Safe to say it can be a real pain in the butt.

It’s an even bigger pain when CrankyB’s Witch Doctor is depending on my Demon Hunter for damage. We’re not sure why but his Witch Doctor just isn’t set up to do as much damage as my Demon Hunter is.

Right now, Demensia, my Demon Hunter isĀ  level 33 and is at just over 500 DPS. I’ve equipped her with anything I can find with a high Dexterity rating and she has +Damage Flawless Rubies in her dual crossbows. My reasoning for the +Damage on the crossbows is to boost weapon damage to therefore boost damage on skills that are based on weapon damage.

You put that together with Rapid Fire and OMG… I managed to end one boss with just that skill.

Granted I was cornered by AoE and totally freaking out so I was trying to get in as much damage on the boss as I could before I bit it. I’m so glad I didn’t run out of Hatred. So very, very glad.

I’ve been sticking with the Withering Fire for Rapid Fire so far. Sure it’s not the higher end rune for Rapid Fire, BUT, since it reduces the amount of Hatred required for Rapid Fire, I can keep up my DPS a LOT longer than I’m able to with most other skills.

I do have to swap out with one of the Hatred generator skills pretty frequently to boost my Hatred back up again. With Withering Fire however, I’m not blowing my wad it a couple of seconds just to stand there and fire whatever I’ve got that’ll get my Hatred back up again.

Though it always cracks me up when I’m throwing flaming bolas out for no reason and CrankyB is asking me over Skype “um sweetie, what are you doing?” It’s kinda funny to tell your fiancee “need to generate Hatred”. That could be so wrong out of context.

On Demon Hunter, I also love Vault (with Rattling Roll) and Shadow Power (with Blood Moon). Since my Demon Hunter is a glass cannon, using Vault to get her out of the middle of a mob zerg is VERY handy. Then popping Shadow Power to replace lost health while mowing things down is also a win win. Safe to say they’re both pretty handy OH CRAP buttons.

We’ve also been using Spike Trap and Marked for Death. Using those to help boost the damage the Witch Doctor zombie army puts out is a big bonus. OK that AND it’s really fun watching the mobs explode.

I mean come on, who doesn’t enjoy watching demons explode?

So far I’ve stuck with the Demon Hunter. I really enjoy the class. I’ve messed around with the other ones a little bit, and now that I’m getting the hang of Diablo 3 I might want to play with those a little when CrankyB isn’t online to come romp through the maps with me. Aside from that though, the machine gun style goodness has just been a blast.

Till next time I’m going to be exploring maps and exploding… well everything… in Diablo 3.

Diablo 3 – Multiplayer Fun


Lately the Diablo 3 server issues have been a right pain in the ass. Everyone’s experienced it, and no one is much of a fan of getting booted out of a game right when it’s getting good.

It’s like getting stone walled right when you’re trying to get it on. No bueno.

Even with that hassle, though, I have to admit, the server architecture of Diablo 3 is actually pretty damn sweet.

When you’re playing solo, you just don’t see it, and yes the server downtimes are a serious freakin’ hassle.

When you’re rolling multi-player though, it all comes together. Why? Because running Diablo 3 solo is a blast. Running Diablo 3 with friends is EPIC.

That and, it was an awesome way for me and my guy to celebrate our 4 month anniversary. He’s Euro, I’m US, so it’s not like we could set up a LAN. The BattleNet servers really are the best way for us to spend time together.

And what a way to spend time together!

Thing is, he wasn’t going to pick up D3 AT ALL. Mostly because it took so long for the game to actually publish. I have a copy of D3 because I signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass. I played it, told him it was fun, he decided he had to try it after all. Now we’re both hooked.

I’m totally stoked he was willing to do that since it gives me a chance to blog about the multi-player side of Diablo 3. Now I actually prefer playing it multi-player over playing solo. It really is a different game when you get to throw even just one more player into the mix.

The character talents play well together. There’s more mobs. You have someone else to enjoy the map with. I mean, what’s not to love?

You don’t really see how the classes work together until you get them into a multi-player scenario. Deal is though, it can also depend on who you’re running with. It helps if you’re running with someone that you can talk to and coordinate attacks with. That actually makes all the difference in the world.

In multi-player, you kind of need that edge. The game spawns more mobs and more difficult mobs when in multi-player than in solo mode. Having more mobs to shoot at is always a win. You get more loot that way, but the game is also more challenging. I really like that, it kept me and CrankyB on our toes.

Oh and sidenote on loot. When in multi-player, the loot that you see is your loot, so there’s no loot squabbles. We can however trade if it looks like something dropped would be better for the other class. I’m loving the just loot and go aspect.

To me, the best part about multi-player is having someone to laugh with while running through the maps. There was one point where CrankyB and I finished mowing down a couple of groups and all we could do is laugh and laugh hard.

I had just mentioned that the combo we have going, CrankyB as a Witchdoctor and myself running Demon Hunter was pretty bad ass. Then a bunch of skeletons pop up out of the floor. I go “Eeeeeeek!”, we mow them, down and spend the next five minutes or so just laughing.

Between his flaming bat breath and my rapid fire arrows, we’ve been having a blast. Literally and figuratively. Though he did have me rolling when he said “shouldn’t I be called creep now?” Yeah, the Witchdoctor has a lot more creep to it than the Demon Hunter, but I just love me some swift and blinding violence. It’s just my thing.

If you get the chance to go Multi-Player in Diablo, give it a shot, it’s a blast. Not only is it more rewarding loot wise, it’s also a lot more fun to run through the maps with friends.

Not to mention that when you run with other folks you get to see and do stuff that you probably wouldn’t have on your own. I showed CrankyB that you can tear down bookcases. He showed me that you can shoot up statues.

Of course by the end of that we were wondering what the townspeople would think about us running through and further trashing the joint. Probably something like: “Heroes my ass, they just destroy damn near everything.”

Hey even a hero has to let off a little steam.

Till next time, I’ll be doing just that.

Diablo 3 – Played

My Demon Hunter in D3

I downloaded, I authenticated, and I played Diablo 3 *queue evil laughter*.

The most interesting part is that I ACTUALLY enjoyed it. Granted I didn’t get through much of the first act before I was booted from the server. *grumble mutter bitch whine moans*

It’s a lot like what I remember from watching friends play Diablo 2. I didn’t get a chance to edge into that game and didn’t have a machine that could play it back then. Fortunately times have changed and now it’s my turn to get to enjoy some creeptastic Diablo goodness. OK well maybe Diablo evilness… I’m not sure which.

I really like what Blizzard has done with Diablo 3. I was able to step right into the game and get into it. That part I really dig. There’s no advanced tutorial on how to use their user interface re-envisioned. No, oh look at how cool you’ll be at the end of the game then smacked down to null from the start, it’s just boom, right to the fun.

OK, well that is once you get past logging into BattleNet. That is kind of annoying, but as long as I have a net connection and the servers are up it’s not too bad.

On the upside, the net connection makes it really easy to play the game with anyone that might want to drop in and play. I like that. I haven’t had a chance to try it myself, yet, but me and CrankyB are planning on hopping into some games once he gets D3 installed.

In the meantime I am able to talk to any of my RealID friends in game. I like that quite a bit. Even if they’re playing other Blizzard games, as long as they have RealID support, I can see they are online and chat it up with them a bit.

Now I’m sure that everyone will be either praising or dissing the actual gameplay. Since I didn’t get to far into it before I got booted, I can’t say too much. I can say that I like the voice overs. I liked the combat. I also like being able to tear shit up.

I think I spent most of my time busting barrels, tearing down bookcases, oh and dropping every chandelier I could find. I also searched through every nook and cranny of the game as I went.

That’s the awesome part about Diablo, it pays to poke around.

Diablo 3 lives up to the creep factor too. The way some of the mobs work, at least so far is pretty awesome. I mean explodie mobs, things that crawl at you, it’s all awesome.

So far I’ve only been able to try out the Demon Hunter. I’ve only wanted to play one since the trailer was released for the Demon Hunter who knows how long ago now. I’m stoked that I finally have a chance to try it out. I really like it. The Demon Hunter is just my style, swift and blinding violence. What’s not to love?

While I’m no Diablo pro, I did really enjoy what little I’ve been able to get into so far and I’m looking to play more.

If you get a chance to try Diablo 3, I say go for it.