Regular readers will have noticed quite a few changes on Diablo: IncGamers since the launch of Reaper of Souls which was the motivation for us to make some of the changes we had been thinking about for a while.
When RoS launched we pushed the first stage of front page layout changes live. We know everyone likes to read their content in different ways so the site was changed to a similar layout to the main IncGamers site. Of course not every one will love that format so in the past week we set to work on the second phase which was giving you the option to read the content in the old format if you so desired.
In case you hadn’t spotted it, there are a couple of buttons above the news that allow you to switch to your preferred format.
Probably the toughest job we had to undertake was the forums. We have used the same forum system for around a decade and there were millions of posts to port over. It was important to us to make sure that threads from the old forum were not lost, we’d have hell to pay from you guys if they went missing Remember the great forum crash of 2003? That was not pretty.
So why the change? There were numerous reasons, the next version of the same forum was bloated with features that were useless to the community here. Spammers were also a consideration and the previous software was starting to struggle with the rise in spammers over the last couple of years. We needed a system that could pro- actively catch them and then make life easier for IncGamers moderators to deal with anything that managed to slip through.
The end results once we switched were good. The forums are now easier to use, faster and more robust. It’s taken some time to iron out issues with posts moved over from the old system but I would say we are 95% there with most things now. The forum is now easier to use and has more features to track new content additions.
One of the main issues we had during the change was with your logins. We have a custom login system that ties your forum account to the main site. When we moved forums that obviously broke down and had to be recreated. One of the issues we came up against was the inability for guests to post in the news and members who were logged in seeing a captcha. This was not acceptable so it took a few days for me to sort out but thankfully it now all works.
Regarding commenting on news, originally we had the news post into the community forum but as things move quite quickly here as far as content is concerned, we thought it best to create a separate forum for the news discussions. This reorganisation prevents any community forum discussion being lost in a pile of news. Your discussions are important after all.
Regarding accounts. Some of you have been registered here for over a decade and we have been helping members who have had login issues since the switch because they no longer have access to the email they originally registered with. If there are any of you still caught in that trap then we can sort it for you. Send an email here and we will deal with it.
With the new forums came new features, and something we’ve wanted to do for some time is highlight pro-active members and also award trophies for actions by the community. Elly sat down over a few days to come up with the points and reward system. You may have spotted the icons on threads but so you know how it works I have posted all of the trophies below for reference.
There are still a few things to do but the core updates are now in place. Your feedback on anything we do is much appreciated and a special thanks to the PALS who have helped make all the changes possible with their contributions.
Thread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
Topic Raiser – Points: 45 -You have started 20 Threads
Town Cryer – Points: 90 -You have started 50 Threads
Confabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads
Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.
Legendary Gems were first officially revealed in the Patch 2.1 preview blog back in June of this year. They will be added to Reaper of Souls in Patch 2.1, and are currently undergoing testing on the PTR.
The gems add special bonuses when socketed in rings and amulets (only on Characters and not on Followers), and can be upgraded in power via Urshi, the NPC who appears after Greater Rifts are cleared.
While the developers are calling them “legendary gems” these socketables have nothing in common with regular gems in stats or appearance, and are more analogous to the Rainbow Facet unique jewels of Diablo 2. The main difference in Diablo 3 is that these gems can only be socketed in jewelry, and the way the gems can be upgraded to improve their functions over time.
Legendary Gems Listing
While the Legendary Gems are still undergoing development on the PTR, their stats and bonuses are changing constantly. A major revision was created on July 15, 2014 with new or upgraded stats for almost every gem. The following are the most current details about Legendary Gems.
|Bane of the Powerful|
|Bane of the Trapped|
|Boon of the Hoarder|
|Bliz Note: As was discussed in another thread, allowing this this gem to rank up to +100% pet Crit would likely cause undesired gearing issues and probably be a little out of line.|
|Gem of Efficacious Toxin|
|Gogok of Swiftness|
|Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver|
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Diablo 3 Guide: Self Rush to 60 in Just HoursPosted 13 Dec 2012 by
An interesting Diablo 3 guide from Draba in our Diablo 3 community forum, in it he details exactly how to level a brand new character to 60 in just a few hours. That’s not hard if you have a high Paragon level friend to play with you, as you can just follow along on MP10 while he devastates monsters in Act 3 and shared the huge experience to you. But what do you do if a friend isn’t willing to give up 3 or 4 hours of play time to kill things for you?
You do it yourself, with a Hellfire Ring.
There are two catches to this build. You need to get a little help from a friend or a good samaritan on B.net to get a quick Diablo kill and Act Three waypoint on each difficulty, and you need a Hellfire Ring. Two, ideally, so you can put one on your Follower as well. You require the ring not just for the experience bonus, but for that “explosive ball of Hellfire” the ring launches every now and then with your attacks.
When the Hellfire Ring was new on the PTR, the Hellfire attack dealt damage on some sort of percentage of character damage, and was wildly OP. People were getting crits in the 3-5 million range, so Blizzard nerfed it (details in this post), cutting the Hellfire ball damage down to a level where it was a decent bonus, but wasn’t that impactful in Inferno. I assumed the damage was some % of the character’s damage, but for some reason the devs went with a flat damage of around 22,000 per hit (and it splashes). That’s pretty minor in Inferno, but it’s a sure one-shot all through Normal and Nightmare, even on Monster Power 10.
The Monster hit points on Acts 3 and 4 of Hell difficulty, on MP10, are about equivalent to MP0 on Inferno, so you won’t be one-shotting monsters with 50 or 60k hit points. But since reduced level requirement gear isn’t hard to come by, you can pretty cheaply outfit your new character in low quality Inferno gear by the time they’re level 48 or 50, and in that, plus the Hellfire ring, they can tear through MP10 Hell and rack up huge experience on their rapid treadmill to 60.
His guide covers the basic strategy, ideal equipment choices, how to get the rush, why Eirena is the best Follower choice, and more. Here’s the basic starting advice, and check the whole forum thread since he answers some questions in follow up posts.
Start a new char, equip hellfire ring on it. Rings with vit, socket, attack speed are preferable(but no way mandatory), if you have one of those you can tank a few hits even on mp10, otherwise you’ll have to dodge everything manually.
Ask someone to get scoundrel/enchantress + kill normal Diablo for you, and then drop you off on an act3 quest after Ghom (takes around 10 min total). Equip the fastest weapon available on both you and Enchantress and start killing mp10 keep2(or the area of your choice) with Hellfire blast procs. Get a socketed helm+ruby when you hit 15, all other slots are optional as you could do well totally naked with just the 2 hellfire rings on you and follower. Attack speed is a great bonus to have so it’s a good idea to grab some. When you hit 25 go nightmare.
I haven’t tried it, and I’m not likely to since I’ve got all 5 classes to level 60 and as we know, rerolling isn’t exactly necessary in Diablo III. But if you’ve been meaning to level up a new class and haven’t found a good excuse/time/friend to help, this strategy might work for you.