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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: April 26, 2017, 06:51:33 AM »
I finished the fourth chapter of the season with my witch doctor. She was powering along but now seems like she's flying. Lots of damage, reasonably safe, and the paragon levels are piling up so quickly my items and game difficulty settings can't keep up - 6 or more levels doing a set of 5 bounties, about the same for a greater rift. I went up 3 paragon levels just from the bonus xp talking to Orek after a rift.  I've got a ruby socketed in my helmet (don't feel the need for diamond or amethyst) and I think that's making a big difference, next session I play I'm going to equip Leoric's Crown in the cube, run rifts for an hour and see what happens.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: April 24, 2017, 07:57:16 AM »
Over the weekend I decided to have a go at the season and started a witch doctor, the one class I haven't at least tried yet ... really loving it! Much more fun than the DH, Wiz or Monks I tried before (I generally like smashing things with a big stick). I'm going down the route of summoning as many critters as I can, which I would have done anyway but the reward set looks like it will be good for the build. I have a few items in mind to aim for, but as usual I haven't read any strategy guides and I'm trying to make it up for myself.

I originally meant to start by playing through the whole campaign instead of jumping right into the grind of bounties and rifts, and also to get a feel for the background to the character. But after finishing act I, I decided to do the act I bounties and a rift to complete the first chapter of the season and then I just carried on. So now I've just passed level 70 and really looking forward to progressing the character further.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Necro beta is live
« on: April 24, 2017, 07:41:49 AM »
Has there been any information on how much the pack will cost?

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Non seasonal progression thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:19:03 PM »
Keep going Lego, I was there about 9 months ago. Barbarian is always the best choice for a first character (and the best choice for all subsequent characters, but maybe that's just me...), since as I liked to say way back in Diablo I "nothing is immune to a big fucking sword". You can figure out more complex character builds once you know more about the game.

Great work by Cluck and Bob! I really enjoy doing bounties in MP but other than that I'm a committed single player, a good team for greater rifts does sound fun though. I'm working a whirlwind build hard in non-season trying to get to 70 to open up primal ancient items, made 67 today at paragon 778 or 779. I have some doubts about my build and/or how I'm playing it but can't see how to make major improvements, I did some experimenting today after the GR67 and think I made some progress.

I've used the armoury to make up a leap-quake build but I'm not very good at that yet, will try to learn it once I've reached GR 70.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:37:59 PM »
10 hour international flight with a mild case of food poisoning, a window seat and fat guy snoring next to me... best to cross my legs and watch some movies to take my mind off it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - enjoyed it a lot, had some issues with the plot and slightly disappointed at the end, but can't really remember why now.

The Butler - very good film, one I wanted to see on it's release and definitely worth it, great true story too

Creed - I wasn't too bothered when I missed this in the cinema, but I thought it was really good. The main story of Adonis Creed was fairly routine and predictable but well done nonetheless, I thought Rocky's character progression was great though and enjoyed Stallone's performance.

Suicide Squad - an hour into it at 3 am with two hours sleep in the last 40... nope, even now I can't take these movies seriously. Turned it off and listened to music instead.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Successor to Queen Elizabeth II
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:08:18 PM »
I'd vote for the end of the Monarchy :)

Damn right! Although even as a committed anti-monarchist I actually don't mind the idea of Charles as the king. I don't like William with his fake "I'm just a normal guy with a normal family and a normal job" act, at least Harry uses his privilege for a suitably royal mixture of hedonism and charity.

if they let Americans vote... I'd totally vote for King Harry

It was your original American obsession with voting that meant that ship sailed long ago (or not as the Boston case had it) :P

General Discussion / Re: Work and Mental Health
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:36:32 PM »
Leaving has been a thought.


I love the company, and I love the work I do.   I want to work here, and I want this company in particular to succeed.

There are issues, I do not know how to address them.

I was in a similar situation a few years ago, loving where I worked, enjoying (some aspects of) my job, having issues, and considering leaving. I don't want to give too many details, but will say the issues were partly triggered by factors external to work, partly internal (I hated other aspects of the job), and were a recurrence of earlier problems I'd had. It was probably fairly severe depression but at the time I did nothing to address it. I ended up getting a new job at the same organisation (much more intellectually stimulating, thankfully, and also removed other workplace-based factors), which helped a lot, but recently things have deteriorated a bit and this time I am trying to do something about it before it progresses too far. So that's a bit of background, and more personal than I'd usually post.

I can't tell you how to address your issues, except to recommend seeking professional help, either from your GP or mental health charities if you have them available. I would not recommend leaving your job unless there is something very specific about it that is a direct cause of your issues. The possibility of boredom and added financial stress could make things worse, and given how positive you are about it in principal it could help you once you start to address things, but that will partly depend on the support you receive.

Fortunately I live in a country with good laws protecting employees, and it's basically impossible to be released for having health problems. Also I get the feeling my organisation goes well beyond what is required, especially concerning mental health. Our HR department has resources and information available on the intranet. The first thing my boss asked when I talked to him a few weeks ago was if work was a factor and how it could be changed to help me, e.g. more or less responsibilities of different types, working from home, reassurance that calling in sick at short notice was ok, etc. Also how he could adapt his management style to help me, e.g. more or less contact, style and tone of communications, etc.

So in summary, I was able to have a straight-up honest conversation saying "this is the issue and this is what I'm doing about it" and then work through options of adapting my job in the best way to help me. That seems to me to be close to the ideal, and I really hope your workplace environment allows you to do something similar. Knowing how you are affected (e.g being able to say "I can do this, I can't do that" or "most days I'm ok, but occasionally not") and also having a solution (e.g. "I have medication/counselling") could help the conversation, and that comes back to the most important advice which is to seek professional help.

Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: Karma system
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:22:23 PM »
Obviously I never played D&D! So I guess that number will go down as post count goes up?

Anyway, more importantly, I see the cookie count next in people's profiles, but I can't see the button to click.

There's a "give cookie" button under each person's avatar in a thread.

Thanks, I see it now and since it's right next to the count it makes my question look especially dumb :-\ Honestly, it wasn't displaying... (think I might have been logged out automatically).

General Discussion / Re: Karma system
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:03:48 PM »

I had to google and found the same information and I'm still lost... I mean, I know about armour class from playing Diablo I/II/III, but I don't get it.

Anyway, more importantly, I see the cookie count next in people's profiles, but I can't see the button to click.

General Discussion / Re: Welcome to GamersOasis, again!
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:52:16 PM »
Back from three weeks' holiday so only just signed up. Looks good, especially since I always liked the default theme and that hasn't changed :P No animated avatar though :(

Had a bit of trouble receiving the confirmation email. Seems to be because I used an alternate address on my email account. I found the option to resend to a new address (used the main one) and then received two emails at once, both straight to my junk folder (how can Outlook see them as junk and still let through 10+ other real spam messages every day?). I've changed my forum email back to the alt address, but wondering if any notifications etc. will make it through...?

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