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    Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Just started playing Diablo 2 last week. I had never heard of the game until I saw a plug for Diablo 3. After getting it to work on my Win 7 machine, I have been having non-stop fun. I am currently in Act 2 and just about to finish it playing as a barbarian. Level 20 I think. I do have a couple of questions, so please be kind with the answers.

    1. How do you configure your mouse to get the most out of it while in battle? I get the right click, left click, but what about the scroll bar or side bar? I dislike having to touch the keyboard, but I don't see any other way to play this game.

    2. Best time to save? I noticed that if I save and exit, the monsters reset themselves. So does this mean the best time to save is at a way-point or after I have completed a quest, or both?

    3. Should I be doing "magic finding" at my level? I can't find a decent sword and I only seem to get items for mages when I do kill a boss or mini boss. Nothing pisses me off more than getting a wand with 10,000 gold that I can't use.

    4. Should I keep these unique or rare items? I only play single player, but am hoping to run through again using a few more players, like necro or paladin. Can I use the items that I find with my barbarian for my necro?

    Yeah, I am totally addicted to this game and am having so much fun. I can't believe that I could have been playing this game 10 years ago. Wow, did I miss out or what? BTW, I only play a couple of hours a night a few days a week, so it may take me months to get through this game with a Barbarian. Thanks in advance for your answers and your patience.



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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    1. The scroll wheel can be used to cycle through skills, but I've found better success assigning hot keys to the keyboard.
    2. When questing, I prefer to save and exit after reaching a new waypoint. Once I've finished the game (killing Baal on Hell difficulty), I tend to focus on running either bosses or certain areas, and save and exit after each run.
    3. Yes. Or run the Countess at your level for runes. The runeword 'Steel' would be a big help to you, I'm thinking.
    4. Yes. You should go to the Single Player Forum and download either ATMA or GoMule. Each allows you to keep nearly infinite stashes, as well as transfer items between characters. There is also a Multiplayer subforum, for those who wish to multiplay with their Single Player characters. I prefer Single Player play myself.


    Edit: One of the biggest advantages of Single Player is that you can manipulate the difficult of the game. For example, you can hit Enter and type '/playersx', without the quotations, and where x is a number from one to eight. This will simulate having additional players in the game, which makes monsters tougher, but also increases the experience you get from them and the number of items they drop.

    If you haven't updated the version you're playing to 1.13, you may want to connect to battle.net to update. Transhaw's version switcher is also available for download at the Single Player Forum, which allows you to switch between patch releases.

    Most of all, I'm glad you're having fun, and I welcome you to these forums!



    OH PLEASE HELP I found out why Waldo's always hiding he did so many horrible things please let me in he's righ

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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Welcome!

    Just as noodle sugeests: come to the SPF! Great community and tons of knowledge about the game.

    To the MF question: I wouldn't do that so early. A lot of people (not myself) run baal in act 5 before entering nightmare difficulty to gain extra lvls - this can of course also upgrade your items a bit. If you are looking for better gear I can suggest the runeword "Steel" just as Noodle. Also, when I go untwinked (only using the items you find") I always hire an act 2 mercenary and equip him with a cubed savage polearm (cube this by putting any staff+any diamond+a kris+a light belt in the horadric cube)

    There is also a Single Player Trading Forum where vou can trade for better gear. Be sure to thorougly read the rules first, though.

    Often some of the members hosts giveaways as well, which I myself found very useful when I started out.



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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Thanks so much. That is exactly what I was looking for.

    I will head to the SPF after I have read this this newbie forum. I need to research what "runewords" are and cubing recipes.

    Those mods seem to be exactly what I need as far as storage goes. I have no idea what to keep as far as chipped gems, skulls etc., so I just sold them. And any item I can't use with my barb gets sold also. At least I am only starting act 3, so I probably haven't sold too many good things.

    I did upgrade to 1.13.

    Thanks so much for all your help. I am sure I will be back.

    P.S. I found my first green item last night. Yeah, I peed my pants a little in happiness.



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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Glad you are enjoying it

    Cubing

    Runewords

    Atma and gomule are two very useful programs indeed.
    You should keep gems and skulls as they can be upgraded by using the horadric cube (3*chipped rubies=1*flawed ruby, 3*flawed rubies=ruby... etc).



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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Fresh meat!

    *steals pants and wallet*

    *gives big book of Durf*

    *Trouts new guy*




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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Thanks everyone for the help. I have to tell you, I am having a blast. The game is strangely addictive, but since you all have joined a forum dedicated to the game, I am sure you already know that.

    Now if I could just get GoMule to work, I would be set. I posted in the SPF and no one has answered my questions. D2 just seems like it wasn't meant to run on Win7 and GoMule is the same way. I hate throwing things away, but it is nearly impossible to do without having a stash program.

    As far as "fresh meat", I will admit one horrible screw up I made...
    I saved my lvl 30 Barb, then deleted D2 and reinstalled it away from my Program Files folder. Then I reloaded D2, pasted my "Saved" folder to the new D2 install. I then loaded the game without updating to 1.13 and my level 30 Barb became a level 8 Barb. Fresh Meat is correct!!!



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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Hey guys I have a question.
    Do skellies get the bonuses of summon necro's items.
    For example the necro is wearing a shield that has 50% chance of open wounds, would the skellies receive that bonus?
    Thanks




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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Quote Originally Posted by DidNotDidToo View Post
    Hey guys I have a question.
    Do skellies get the bonuses of summon necro's items.
    For example the necro is wearing a shield that has 50% chance of open wounds, would the skellies receive that bonus?
    Thanks
    No, although that would be a lot of fun.



    OH PLEASE HELP I found out why Waldo's always hiding he did so many horrible things please let me in he's righ

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    Re: Stupid questions? Smart answers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Verno View Post
    Thanks everyone for the help. I have to tell you, I am having a blast. The game is strangely addictive, but since you all have joined a forum dedicated to the game, I am sure you already know that.

    Now if I could just get GoMule to work, I would be set. I posted in the SPF and no one has answered my questions. D2 just seems like it wasn't meant to run on Win7 and GoMule is the same way. I hate throwing things away, but it is nearly impossible to do without having a stash program.

    As far as "fresh meat", I will admit one horrible screw up I made...
    I saved my lvl 30 Barb, then deleted D2 and reinstalled it away from my Program Files folder. Then I reloaded D2, pasted my "Saved" folder to the new D2 install. I then loaded the game without updating to 1.13 and my level 30 Barb became a level 8 Barb. Fresh Meat is correct!!!
    Sry to hear about that - but glad you are enjoying the game. If you can't get gomule to work (I never could) try Atma. In my experience it works great.



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