I'm a Diablo-aholic.
I wasn't sure exactly where this 1st post belongs, so I figured "Newcomer" might be as good as any (or the Mods can move it).
After searching around at various Diablo 2 sites over the past couple of weeks, I found this site and "community" which seemed more like what I was looking for than some of the others I ran across. Kudos to the site 'owners', Forum Mods, and the overall "community" here for what seems to be (from reading through tons of threads and lurking for a week) a really nice site and very nice "community".
I started out with Diablo, then Diablo w/ Hellfire Expansion. I playing the original Diablo a zillion times until Diablo II finally came along.
I played Diablo II a zillion times, followed by the D2 LOD Expansion. I started getting burned out and/or moved on to something else before really getting lots of playing time spent visiting 'Baal' at the end of LOD (if I'm remembering the right character - the final boss).
I never played on Battle.Net Closed Realms. I didn't like having to trust my character on some server way back then and starting all over due to server crashes, etc.
I never played PvP/Duel stuff... that's *never* had any interest for me (in any games, for that matter)... I always/only preferred playing Co-Op when playing multiplayer online and still do.
I played on Open Battle.Net and TCP/IP when playing D2/D2-LOD multiplayer co-op many years ago.
I played using strictly 'legit' characters, no mods, no hacks, no hacked items, etc.etc.etc. (and saved thousands of items along the way that I'd find in games). That's still my playing style/preference.
This was many years ago - many were still using lower-end computers (even by Diablo 2's standards), and most were still on dial-up 56k modems. Unfortunately, lag was always a major issue back in those days.
I've since played through the Dungeon Siege and Dungeon Siege II series, as well as Titan's Quest. All were fun, but as nice/fun as they were, it just never was quite the same as playing Diablo II (despite the lower-res graphics).
Years passed and several moves later, I have no idea exactly where my original Diablo II/LOD "stuff" is although I still have it all saved somewhere... so recently, inspired by hearing that "Diablo III" was getting closer to becoming a reality than a myth, the temptation was too much, so I recently bought the "Diablo Battle Chest" package (Diablo II w/ LOD).
After deciding not to install it on my MacBook Pro laptop, since I feel like I'm still a 'Mac-Noob', I finally got D2/LOD installed/working on my desktop PC running Vista via downloading the digital copy directly from Battle.Net. I did not apply Patch v1.13x, so I'm running v1.12c if not mistaken.
Wow, I've been very pleasantly surprised at how I've been able to tolerate playing at 800x600x256 - as well as how much fun I've missed playing D2!
I have absolutely no plans whatsoever to play on Battle.Net Closed Realms, compete in Ladders, or play PvP/Dueling. I also have no interest in playing on Open Battle.Net servers where "anything goes" (hacks, cheats, mods, etc.) - where it's not uncommon to see things like Level 1 characters that are able to clear Hell difficulty on their own or Level 99 characters that are asking for help with the most basic questions or begging for items, etc. (I assume this type of stuff is still commonplace for jumping into many Open Battle.Net games with complete 'strangers').
When playing D2-LOD Co-Op, I'm never in it for grabbing up all of the "loot" ($ & items) before anyone else has a chance or running around on my own clearing out certain areas known for typically having the better 'item drops' then running off or leaving. I play D2 for fun and try to play co-op with 'teamwork' as #1 priority. I'm happy to try to help lower-level characters, and I don't mind having a little help from higher-level characters, although I try to "hold my own" while co-op'ing as a 'team' and not rely on someone to 'babysit' me.
Unfortunately, I don't have the free spare time to devote to playing D2-LOD all over again completely from 'scratch' 24/7/365 just to develop 1 or more characters as high as all of the ones that I had years ago. I simply wanted to enjoy playing the game again and bringing back so many wonderful memories. So I created a Level 51 Amazon (specifically a "Bowazon" - since that was always one of my most favorite character types to play) to get started with and play on my own offline to try to refresh my memory on the controls, etc. - it was like being a noob all over again in many ways, all of the many things I'd forgotten after so many years. I've worked my way through on Normal (just to get the hang of things again) up to where I've almost completed Act 3. The character has just started picking up small amounts of XPs. I could be wrong, maybe I'm expecting way too much from a Level 51 character (or maybe I'm getting things confused with what worked well in Dungeon Siege), but this "Bowazon" character of mine seems like it's going to have a very difficult time at the end of Normal and really struggle from then on. I'm guessing that maybe it's an "oops, my bad" on the character 'build' (dumping all Attribute points into Dexterity only). (yes, I know, this part belongs in the "Amazon" section)
I'm interested in playing D2-LOD Co-Op Multiplayer - either via TCP/IP - or via Open Battle.Net in Passworded games. I'm on a high-speed FIOS broadband connection with an up-to-date higher-end PC, so hopefully lag would be little or no issue on my end.
My apologies to all those that hate loooong posts such as this one. Being the 'noob' here in this community, I'm just trying to provide some decent background info as well as current info, with the idea that it might help serve as an introduction as well as for hopefully matching up with others here in the community with similar interests that might enjoy another person to contact and look for when playing a Co-Op Multiplayer game of D2-LOD. If so, please feel free to contact me.
- Heckifknow -