Back in October 2011 we interviewed author David Craddock on the podcast and heard all about his ongoing project; Stay Awhile and Listen, a book charting the history of Blizzard North and the development of the early Diablo games. The project grew much larger than David anticipated back then, and he’s been working on it ever since. You probably heard his name now and then when he popped up with curious tidbits about how Diablo was almost set in space, was almost turned into a Diablo Jr. for the Gameboy, how Hardcore almost made its debut in Diablo 1, and more.
Well, much to David’s relief and our gratitude, the book is nearly ready for release, and will be out later this year. We can’t say when yet, but I’m looking forward to reading an advance copy and interviewing David again as the date draws near. For now, we’ve got a cool promotion that David cooked up. Since this book is all about the early years of Blizzard North and the creation of Diablo 1, David wants to hear your best stories about corpse runs in Diablo 1.
Recall that death in Diablo 1 was not like Diablo 2 and certainly unlike the very minor inconvenience that is non-HC in Diablo 3. In the good old days, when you died to a monster you really died — all of your gear fountained out right onto the dungeon floor, and if you wanted it back you had to restart in town, make your way back down to your corpse, and then somehow deal with the monsters standing over your body. The best case scenario was dying near an internal dungeon wall, so that you could return through a cleared area and use Telekinesis to grab your gear over the wall. That was seldom the case though, and players often had to use themselves as naked, toothless bait, desperately trying to dodge and herd and Stone Curse the enemies away from the equipment you were helpless without.
Even as I type this numerous such adventures are returning to my memory…
If you share similar memories of such delightful torture in D1, here’s your chance to leverage them into fame and fortune. We’re teaming up with David Craddock to collect the best stories of your Diablo 1 corpse runs. Entries can be up to 300 words in length and should be posted in comments to this news post. The one judged best will win a free copy of his book when it’s published later this year, and the winner will be included in the book itself!
Click through for the full contest rules and guidelines, and good luck. You’ve got until next week to submit your entry, but don’t delay. As Cain might have said, “Stay awhile and narrate.”
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