GrunkleStan has had a fun first act. Brandishing only a simple axe in his hands, he howls as he attacks his victims one by one in the nude.
I kinda forgot to take pictures along the way...except one of Andy. Act 1 was a breeze though (of course). I've never played a Barbarian in PvM, and I had no idea how much fun using Howl and Taunt could be. I can see how necessary they'll be for crowd control later on, as Beserk won't deal with mobs with the same expediency as whirlwind.
I found surprisingly few runes, only one Tir from the Countess (and only one jewel! Guh). I don't see how I can't rerun areas for runes/gems, as pretty much every single piece of armor I'll need to make myself (and most likely my weapons, too). All of the item mods for GraveGolem are related to +max damage, which doesn't really spawn on armor (shields, circlets are the only two). I'm definitely going to run act 1 shrines to make some Perfect rubies, I need to make a Blood axe and a Blood belt ASAP. Having no belt is probably the most annoying thing I've ever had to deal with in D2, especially as I'm constantly having to use healing potions.
I'm currently using a Broad Axe of Maiming (+3 max), which gives me 21-54 damage. At /p8, my killing speed is already slowing down quite a lot in the beginning of Act 2 so the sooner I can craft a Blood Axe, the better. Thank god for the inherent 35-60%ed on Blood weapons, I would hate to waste a pruby on something that wouldn't be any better than my current. I can see my weapon woes becoming a recurring theme of this build, though thankfully Beserk's insanely high enhanced magic damage% will make it a little easier.
All in all, a very fun start, and I can't wait to start crafting! Really, I can't.
As promised, a picture of Grunkle killing Andy:
I'm in first place!Code:"ALIVE" Character Name----Type/Class/Path/Talent---------------------Forum Name----Level--Act--Score AchmelTheCursed Mummy/Druid/Reaper/Shadow Affinity pharphis 12 1 4 Katabatic Vampire/Assassin/Reaper/Shadow Affinity SunsetVista 1 1 0 JohnnyMnemonic Banshee/Paladin/PathOfTears/Bonecraft Mezion 10 1 4 KaldiWintermaid Wraith/Sorc/Witchcraft/Terror felixbavaria 1 1 0 GrunkleStan GraveGolem/Barb/Reaper/Shadow Jocular 20 2 14 DEAD/RETIRED Character Name----Type/Class/Path/Talent---------------------Forum Name----Level--Act--Score
P.S. As an explanation for GrunkleStan's name, it's from a really cool cartoon called "Gravity Falls". This is the intro. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tctX771EQeA The universe that they're in has supernatural things and such, so I thought it fit the theme. Kinda.
P.S.S. For those that watch cartoons...watch the show. Is good.