I've played D2 for about 3 years or so. I really love playing games, but as a husband and father of 2 girls, both under the age of 5 years I am sure you can guess as to how much time I'm able to put towards gaming.
I fell in love with the original Diablo game while in college, living in a house with fellow college buddies, all with computers networked via Cat 5 and duct tape. I found the dark and sinister setting very compelling and was drawn in by the story line and the great (at that time) re-playability of the game. I also have never experienced such strain on my right index finger, I can still feel the pain. I played Diablo I on the LAN just a bit however, as our game of choice on the LAN back in the day was Duke Nukem 3D, Oh... the hours lost... But I always like Diablo, because it was fun to play solo, where as Duke Nukem was rather boring during solo play after completing the game once.
Any way, life happened and I was slow getting to the D2 title. I purchased the LoD value pack and I have never played a better game since. My 1st character I created a Bowazon, this choice was fueled after reading through most of the material that accompanies the LoD pack (I had no idea that diabloii.net existed). I beat Hell difficulty with Guided Arrow w/ piercing using a Demon Machine. I found out about Diabloii.net I remember thinking it would be just a matter of time until I found my Windforce and starting taking names (still looking...). I then created a Phoenix Strike based Assassin that finished NM, but struggled in Hell, then eventually ended up on my "Not much fun to play" list of characters as the skill point distribution wasn't executed very effectively. However I think the Assassin is one the most fun characters to play. I compare playing an assassin to driving stick, what the heck to you do with all while driving an automatic???
When 1.10 came out (& 1.11 now), I have started a new task. I am playing all 7 characters through, advancing each character 1 act at a time before switching to the next. I am currently in the progress of moving my Fishy Mancer through NM Act I. I have found ATMA and this has really made the game great for me. I've never played D2 online as until recently, I've always been on dial-up and figured it wouldn't be worth the lag. Also, I knew how much I loved playing the game & I figured online play would just lead to more hours spent that I didn't have to spare. I've never traded anything, don't even know how or where I would go to do so. As a result, the list of high end items that I've found is very limited, if not non-existant to most folks who are much better players than I.
My question is, how do you guys interact (i.e. trade items) here in the SP land? What does the term "Open" player mean? How do you play single player online? Thanks for your expertise and patience with my basic questions.
WElcome! Enjoy these cookies and read the FAQs (don't mind the shin kicking, it's all in good fun)
Depends on what you mean by "single player online." If you want the new 1.11 areas/bosses, you don't SP OL, unless you count a passworded b.net game, but you don't get to keep your stuff so no ATMA and you have to keep playing or everything goes bye-bye. If you mean "playing with others who typically play SP" we do MP games with each other, there's a sticky thread at the top for it.
Trading takes place via ATMA stashes/charaters and e-mails, I suggest reading the FAQ for details.
Open, I think is refering to Open battle.net.. where blizzard lets the hackers roam free to do what ever they plee...
The way that we play online is through the TCP/IP function, it's just like on battle.net but with your SP characters ...
We normally trade through ATMA or some people like to host games to do that..
Welcome to the forum, forgot to say that before :P I hope you enjoy your stay and.. *Casts freezing armor on Dakota to protect from any shin kick attemp(That means you and your followers nebux:P)*
Welcome to the forum Dakota Duster! I am sure someone will be by to give your shins a swift one soon, so be wary.
As for your questions, any trading I have done involved making a character in ATMA (or in game and loading it into ATMA) and then putting a bunch of items on that character, and then emailing that characters save file to the one you are trading with. If it is a single item, you could also just email the item file, I suppose.
To play single player online, you can go through TCP/IP. If you notice, stickied at the top of this forum is the MP game thread. There, people will post their IP address and info about the game they made, and then you enter that IP into the TCP/IP section of 'Other Multiplayer' in Diablo 2. That will connect you to their game.
As for your "Open" played comment, I am not too sure. I don't think I have really heard it much myself, but I am sure someone else will be more than willing to answer it.
Edit: Gah, beaten by 3 people and then the original poster I am slow
Read the FAQ's, check out our MP and Giveaway stickied threads and enjoy the forums!
Answering your questions:
1.- Here we interact through 2 ways: a) Join into a Multi Player Game via IP number b) Trade through the SP Trade Forum. To do so, you need the ATMA program, which is by far the best tool ever to "stash" items indefinetely, check your chars and "mule" off and in items from chars, excellent tool for any SPer, get it!
2.- Open player means you're playing Open battle.net, which is the most hacked, cracked part of the very cracked and hacked battle.net (If you play open battle.net please state it here, as we care a lot about our legitness)
3.- Playing SP online is either MP or Open battle.net. MP is the prefered way here as in that way we ensure the game is legit