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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Does Anyone Miss Maphack?Posted 6 Nov 2012 by
A fan feeling nostalgic for Diablo 2′s more popular cheat piped up in the Battle.net forums today and drew some mild blue condemnation.
…I do fondly remember using MH on D2. I never bothered using Pindlebot or the autopick up programs- but MH made my runs so much more efficient and reasonable (read as “fun”).
Vaeflare: Using the type of programs or “hacks” you mentioned could potentially violate our Diablo III Exploitation Policy. I highly encourage you to check it out and familiarize yourself with it, because players found to be in violation of it may have their accounts actioned.
I wasn’t even going to news this one, but after reading it I started wondering if it would even matter. Even assuming you were going to use some Maphack-like
feature cheat in Diablo 3, would it make any real difference? My initial thought was no, since MH was useful in D2 since everything was about runs, and players were forever dashing through multiple levels of the Worldstone Keep or the Durance of Hate or the Forgotten Tower (Cellar), just to get to the lowest level and kill Meph or Baal or the Countess. And since Diablo 2 levels were random, and regular bosses along the way weren’t really worth the trouble, anything that let players find the stairs more quickly was a competitive advantage.
Compared to that, using a hack to find the stairs in Diablo 3 would be kind of pointless, since (aside from initial leveling up) you’re never really rushing to find the end of a dungeon. You’re generally touring through them to wipe out all the randomly-distributed random boss packs, and to do that you’ve got to pretty well explore the whole thing.
…And then I remembered that later versions of maphack showed not just the map, but all of the random elements on it, including the locations of monsters, and bosses, and shrines, etc. And of course that would be very useful for D3 item hunters, since you could just rush instantly to the bosses, find the keywardens quickly, etc.
Personally, I’m glad we don’t have that in D3, since I enjoy playing and exploring and feeling like there’s some actual challenge and luck and fun to finding what I’m after. Searching the entire damn Fields of Misery and running into a pack of Champion Beasts with Vortex, Arcane, Fast, Molten (or something like that) for the Keywarden can make the level live up to its name, but when I do find finally find the Keybastard and split his purple goaty corpse open for the goodies inside, it’s a feeling of accomplishment and fun. And games when he’s right by the waypoint, or when I run the correct direction and find him quickly, feel like a bonus.
If every single game was like that, and I could always avoid all the other bosses, or avoid bosses with nasty mods (by reading them on the map), and always find the keywardens instantly, I think that would get boring very quickly. Like playing on godmode, where all the running on the wheel is eliminated and it’s just non-stop food pellets. Others may disagree though, and that’s what comments are for.
If there was some sort of MH-like tool built into the game, would you want it to be there? Would you use it? It’s kind of hard to answer those questions independently, since if it was in the game most players would feel “forced” to use it just to keep up with everyone else. So you might be glad it’s not there just since you’d be unable to resist it if it was. Thoughts?