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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:17:29 PM »
I got my tab :)

Tried the last GR with Arachyr Firebats but found it hard even on T10, tried GR50 and it was impossible. The build requires you to do too many things at once for me to be able to play it. So I tried the Jade Harvester build: one practice on T10, then GR50, then GR55, finished with about half the time left... I'd avoided it because I couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work, still don't quite understand it but it's super-powerful even though not fully optimised.

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General Discussion / Re: Don't worry - I fixed my signature!
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:08:41 PM »
When I scroll quickly past your signature it seems to say "Let's go Penis!!"  :P

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Necro Roll Call!
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:11:47 AM »
I won't be getting the necro straight up, I've still only played 3 of the classes to level 70, so plenty to do before spending more money. If it looks fun and is a decent price then I'll get it after a patch or two and the inevitable balance issues have been fixed. I'll probably play the wizard and/or DH in the next season.

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:35:33 AM »
Thanks Matt, actually I know that site because I think you linked to it from the old forum.

So, I picked up my new big laptop and after deleting some bloatware and installing my antivirus and Firefox I then installed battle.net and D3. Set all graphics settings to max and it looks gorgeous, my little laptop struggled to run the game with all settings at min! It can't quite handle max settings when playing though, occasionally freezes up for a split second, so I turned off things like peripheral shadows. Load times seem better and I have more control in game as there's no lag on the cursor movement and click, didn't realise how much it was holding me back!

I'd finally found Bracers of the First Men, so specced the IK Hammer barb (my favourite build) and made GR55 comfortably but not easily, due to non-ancient weapon. Then specced leap-quake barb and the better control on my mouse meant I could leap with precision and everything died around me. I was finishing GR68 when Matt logged on, we did some speed runs in a public game and got my T13 in 5 min. Then we did GRs and got my gems to 62, I tried to finish that conquest in public games but couldn't find a good group so did it solo.

Just one more GR55 for the tab, will probably do it with Arachyr Firebats build - it showed promise when I tried before so should make it if I tweak it based on the guide.

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: June 12, 2017, 07:13:57 AM »
Yeah, I reckon I can do those GR55s, I just need to learn the builds. My first attempts at Arachnyr and Jade sets failed horribly, but that was probably 100 paragons ago. Up to now I had still never read any game guides and was making up my builds myself, which is fine for mid-level play, but I've now looked some up and will have another go.

I would really like to do boss mode because it would be fun to do something that isn't just plugging away incrementally until you get to the goal. I'm picking up a new computer tonight, which should reduce my load times. I didn't spend £750 just to do this one conquest, but I might have spent it this week to do it...  :-\

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: June 11, 2017, 07:19:30 AM »
I had about 2 weeks break from the game, I was getting bored always pushing for the same thing. Came back and spent a few days running easyish GRs and doing bounties, told myself I was levelling gems for augments and gaining paragon levels.

The race is on now though, 2 weeks left... I need:
* 3 gems to 55 (they're on 54 now, so not hard)
* 2 conquests
* T13 rift in 5 minutes

For the conquests:
* gems to 65: I could probably do if I spent enough time in public games
* 6xGR55s: I have Helltooth, Zunimassa's, Wastes. Pretty sure I could get Earth with a bit of practice leaping. Need to know builds for the other two WD ones, IK a possibility with a better weapon, Raekor I really dislike charge so prob won't go for that.
* Master 8 dungeons: I've only done Zunimassa's, I have 8 full sets but don't really want to attempt this one
* All bosses in 20 minutes: a possibility with the right team

Matt, Tim and me had one run through the bosses conquest yesterday, finished in 26 minutes. We weren't very coordinated though and my build was too slow, also I have a slow-loading computer. I've set up and practised the chicken doc build now (although my weapon isn't ancient yet) and it's super fast. I started to struggle with it at GR 60, but still finished with 2 or 3 minutes to spare despite all the deaths so it's tough enough and deals enough damage for TX.

I was running the chicken doc this morning when Tim logged on so I switched to the summons build and we did a few quick GRs.

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The Argument Chamber / Re: UK general election
« on: June 09, 2017, 07:52:43 AM »
Both!

Kas might be able to correct me, but I think it went something like this (BTW Tory = Conservative, like GOP = Republican):

* David Cameron was a fairly moderate leader of a centre-right government. Most moderates on any side of the political spectrum were in favour of remaining in the EU, including (at the time) the now-PM Theresa May.

* Cameron was under-pressure to change the relationship with the EU from the right-wing of his own party plus the even more right-wing UK Independence Party (whose sole reason for being is to leave the EU). These Euro-skeptics were given political weight by the insane right-wing press who dominate the media here and were able to whip up the unthinking masses who consume their bile (this was basically the same as the Breitbart-InfoWars-Fox-Trump effect, i.e. "foreigners and educated elites are the reason you don't have jobs"). Note it's not just the right-wing who are against the EU: Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the centre-left Labour party, was also in favour of leaving for ideological reasons related to trade unionism and class war, and he only grudgingly supported the pro-EU side because his party as a whole were on that side.

* Although he was secure enough not to need to do it, Cameron decided to appease these people by holding the referendum he was sure would be firmly in favour of the EU.

* The media fury went into overdrive, and certain pro-EU Tories (Boris Johnson, Michael Gove) campaigned for the Leave side because they thought a narrow Remain win would weaken David Cameron enough that Boris could take over as PM. Yes, these fuckwits actually used a referendum on constitutional issues and international agreements on trade, security, etc. to further their personal ambition and play internal party power games. Theresa May was pro-EU but kept her head down so she wouldn't be tainted no matter what the outcome.

* University students and other young people with the most to lose didn't turn out to vote, but old people romanticising the good old days did. Leave won. Cameron said, literally, "why should I do all the hard shit" and resigned. Johnson and Gove turned their knives on each other. Squeaky clean May was the only viable option for party leader and PM.

* The country descended into a few months of acrimonious bickering and insults between Remoaners and Brexshitters. May moved from a pro-EU position to hard Brexit (i.e. cutting all ties, soft Brexit means keeping some arrangements like tariff-free access to the single market and visa-free movement of workers but in turn having to comply with some EU laws without now having a say in making them). May also went full dictator and decided she could unilaterally decide everything to do with Brexit, but a court case went up to the Supreme Court that forced her to get the consent of parliament (a formality, but the fundamental basis of democracy). The Daily Mail newspaper, which supported Hitler in WWII and has the largest readership of any media outlet, called the judges who made that decision "Enemies of the People".

* She eventually triggered Article 50, i.e. formally told the EU that the UK wanted to begin the process of leaving, which must be concluded within 2 years. At this point the Conservative party had a large enough majority to push through whatever they wanted to do.

* Meanwhile, analysts had realised that whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations there would be a period of poor economic performance. The next scheduled election would fall right in the middle of these doldrums, and the ruling Conservatives would be guaranteed to get hammered. Theresa May called a snap election to push back the next scheduled election into what would hopefully be a period of recovery so the Conservatives might be able to win it. Again, a fuckwit put the national interest at risk for party political gain. This was sold as "wanting to increase her mandate", i.e. win an election in which she was the leader instead of being promoted into the role, and also increase the number of seats held by the Tories to make passing bills even easier.

* At that time the polls suggested the Tories would gain up to 100 seats, but May ran the worst possible campaign revealing herself as a charisma-less robot and Labour ran a positive campaign and their leader Corbyn found some previously unseen political leadership skills. The Green Party sacrificed themselves so as not to draw votes away from other anti-Tory parties that had a chance to win. The press continued in their revolting ways, but fortunately it seems like there has been some returning of the senses to the voters. Also young people realised they were going to get screwed over and actually made the arduous walk to the polling stations.

And so we're in this mess.

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General Discussion / Re: America's Cup
« on: June 09, 2017, 06:34:33 AM »
I find it hard to care about these rich boys' toys, it's basically like Formula 1 but with a veneer of national representation. My cynicism of it kicked off with the Peter Blake red socks campaign in 1995, which seemed to me at the time a lame attempt at manufacturing grass-roots support. I was quite interested in the racing itself though, but then when the government sunk so much public money into the defence campaigns I started to actively dislike it.

I do have a small amount of vicarious patirotic pride that so much of the boat design and build expertise comes out of NZ, and it looks like TNZ are doing alright so :thumbs up:

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The Argument Chamber / Re: UK general election
« on: June 09, 2017, 06:21:30 AM »
Well it was pretty much the result I was hoping for over the last week, would have preferred those Conservative gains in Scotland to either remain SNP or go to Lib Dem or Labour so that a left-wing government was more workable. I expected and was hoping that the LDs would have gained vote share and seats instead of losing more ground.

I think Brexit is still inevitable, but at least now we might stay in the single market and keep freedom of movement and not fuck the economy completely. I'm hoping for a Norway-style resolution, if the UK doesn't back down completely.

May surely can't stay on, but it will probably still be a Conservative government so Boris Johnson as PM??? Jesus Christ!

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Dumb questions thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 06:40:01 PM »
Ok, another one: "chance on". What is the chance? I guess it varies between item or skill, but my attitude is that if the game doesn't tell me the it is too low to make a difference. Probably unfair but D3 is exceptionally uninformative on these things.

The specific thing that made me ask the question is Ahavarion "chance on killing demon to gain a random shrine effect". I didn't expect to use it permanently but just testing I killed a lot of demons and got nothing so it's consigned to the useless category, but there are plenty of other things that are potentially useful with the same description.

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Dumb questions thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:47:56 AM »
Which potions do you all use?

The Potion of Amplification (healing from all sources) is my most typical potion to use.

I always use Amplification.

I can see why there are times you might want something else. The one that gives you resource seems like it'd be useful at times.

I've never actually encountered a guide that made a recommendation about using a specific potion. Just the same as they never really say which follower is better for solo play either.

I first used used Amplification on a whirlwind barb where it's great, you never stop whirling and life per fury kicks in a lot. Some other characters I've kind of thought that often if you're healing you're also often trying to run to a safer spot so less chance of additional healing and it's better to use something you know will work. Some like the leap-quake barb I've played around with (may not be the standard build) have super-high toughness and relatively low healing so again I think Amplification might not be as good. I've looked at the one that gives you resource, but it only works if you're <50% life, so won't work if Kormac has just healed you.

Which follower (and different ways to set them up) is also a good question! My favourite is Lyndon and I have used him quite succesfully but normally Kormac's healing wins out for me.

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Dumb questions thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:14:03 AM »
Which potions do you all use?

I usually use the Potion of Regeneration (additional life over 5 seconds) because I seem to find the most of them and it's guaranteed to do something useful, but the increase healing from all sources one is good if you have constant low-level heals and can work out to more extra health.

Kulle-Aid, burst through walls for 5 seconds, how often is that going to be worth it?!  :D I just salvage those and the fear, armour and resistance ones (maybe keep one each of those, just in case they turn out to be amazing). Teleport, too risky so I've never tried it, I'd rather know exactly what is going to happen.

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:39:12 PM »
I've only got 3 pieces of raekor, the game's been stingy on that set so far, so I'm probably going to do IK with the same whirlwind build as wastes, just replace ignore pain with the ancients. Actually I don't know the raekor builds and don't really like charge, so will only do that if I like the WD ones less!

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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 10 Progress Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:54:13 PM »
I didn't feel like doing anything stressful and I needed DBs so I ran some easy torment rifts with my WD. Once I filled my blood shards I gambled them all with my barb (for nothing) but then decided to test some changes I'd made to the Wastes build. My best was GR53 so I started at tier 50, then 52, 53, 54 with 4 or 5 deaths and about 1 min left at the end, then thought I might was well try GR55. I was behind for most of the run, hit the deck a few times, and with about 3 minutes left, just when I thought if I die again I'll lose, I got an amazing run of pylons (with nemesis bracers) and finished easily.

So that's 2 GR55s down, and IK set is ready to go. I could probably get close with 5/6 Earth set + RoRG but I don't think the weapon's good enough. I've also got full sets with multiple ancients including weapons for the WD which I haven't even tried yet, just need to learn the builds. Then a second conquest and the last speed run for the tab.

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Music / Re: RIP Chris Cornell
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:22:39 AM »
Only 52 :(

One of the best voices and best bands of my youth. I saw Soundgarden once at the Big Day Out in 1997.

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