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Gaming General / Re: So I fired up D2 again
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:13:44 PM »
I believe if I remember right, I did 8 patriarchs on 1.09, then 1 on 1.10, then quit D2 somewhere around 2008 or 2009.  After reinstalling the game last month having not had much else to play, I finally got another one:

Patriarch Strongjaw
Level 86
Strength 187 (238)
Dexterity 55 (100)
Vitality 258
Energy 10
HP: 1436 (2929)
Resists: 33/57/32/26
Defense: 15376 (with Merc and Shout, Concentrate boosts it more)
Skills: 20 Mace Mastery, 20 Whirlwind, 20 Battle Orders, 10 in Concentrate, 5 in Shout, 4 in Natural Resistance, 1 in various others
Gear: IK Maul (2 Shaels), IK Helm (2 PTopazs), IK Gloves, IK Belt, IK Boots, Steel Carapace, Dwarf Star, Safety Amulet (+1 Barb skills, all resist +13), Blood Ring (7% LL, +Life, 28 Poison Res), 2x 2-Shaeled Ali Babas on switch (for finishing bosses and for "hoark"ing)

Merc: Defiance - Pierre Tombale Couant, Guillame's Face, Skin of the Flayed One

My Paladin and Sorceress got to Hell first and did most of the farming for a while, but the Barb was just much tankier and got through the tougher parts of Act 5 much easier.  It's really all about the enemy spawns.  Just now I figured I'd see what the WSK had for me, and not only did it not have any Burning Souls, it had mostly Flayers which come in huge packs that can't really damage me due to the high base-DR from Steel Carapace and provide a huge amount of bodies to hoark (nothing good this run though besides a 5-socket Thresher, my MF has been relatively low throughout so I already have 4, 5, and 6 socket polearms, crystal swords, phase blades, etc., but no runes to make runewords with).  A WW Barb is also pretty awesome for getting through the ice caves which can be extremely hard in Hell, because there usually at least 2 of the 3 types of monsters do Cold damage, which slows down the WW movement but not the attack speed, letting me hit enemies several times more.  I've been doing various runs with him, focusing on the Ancient Tunnels mostly, finding decent stuff now and then (found a Tal Rasha's armor and a Stoneraven today).

On a related note, I've been watching more Youtubers and streamers that play Diablo 2 (it seems to have been getting a lot more popular lately), and they pretty much all run PlugY.  While the shared stash and summed up stat listing (tells you how much MF/FCR/FHR you have total so you don't have to do math manually) are generally fine, I kinda question the not-so-complete Uber quest inclusion that lets people farm for Annihilus charms and Hellfire Torches without much effort and at a much reduced difficulty.  For the sake of your own enjoyment, you can pretty much do whatever you want, but some of the Youtubers put out all sorts of videos showing off their crazy damage on builds that would never work without 10 skill charms plus Hellfire plus Infinity Polearm merc or whatever (plus they use PlugY to instantly respec infinitely, using the same character for every video).  Things get a little shadier when showing off your hacked normally-ladder-only runewords with 20 optimized charms and such as though it was earned and offering that build as an example for new players (who can't use those runewords, or likely won't have that gear for months or years).  I watched about 5 different "Budget Build" videos from 5 different people and all of them included ridiculously rare stuff that I haven't found yet.  I mean, who really cares at this point, though I guess I just remember the integrity we tried to uphold in the SPF days, so people that are actually making money off of generally terrible advice and shadiness bugs me a bit (not all of the Youtubers/streamers are bad though).

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:31:55 PM »
Finds for the week so far: Steel Carapace (sadly not ethereal), 2x Wizardspike, Windhammer, Shadowkiller, a +1 Passive and Magic Skills (Amazon)/+38 Life Grand Charm, and a +2 Traps, All Resists +19, +22% MF, +35 Life, 22 Teleport charges Amulet.  Also finally found an Immortal King's Will even though I'd found everything else of the set except the Armor before it, so I respec-ed my Frenzybarb to a WW/Concentrate build using the set and the Steel Carapace for great defense (although still mediocre resists right now).  Been mostly MF-ing with my Sorc in the Ancient Tunnels and killing Hell Andariel looking for jewelry, since I still haven't found any unique ring above a Manald's, so Cannot Be Frozen stuff has been hard to find (been mostly using upped-Hawkmails on my melee characters). 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 09, 2018, 03:15:30 PM »
I think D2 is telling my Sorc to move on from farming Act 1/2 Hell stuff.  She got a 149/33/10 Gheed's from Duriel, then my first Griswold's Redemption from a unique blood lord pack in Durance lvl 3, another Ohm from one of the Council minions, and a Baranar's Star from Mephisto.  Looks like the River of Flame/Chaos Sanctuary is going to be a problem though, since Abyss Knights are lightning immune and have a ridiculous amount of health for my Blizzard to chew through without me or my merc dying (or getting bored from dodging their shots for 2-3 minutes).  I suppose I could respec if it gets too annoying.

Edit - Did about 10 more Meph runs.  Got several neat things, like a Thundergod's Vigor and a Naj's Puzzler.  The last one I did netted an Azurewrath (267% ED, +10 attributes, lvl 10 aura).  I didn't even know Mephisto could drop it, and I've never seen a Lightsabre either.  Of course, I don't have any lvl 85 characters yet (Sorc is 84, Paladin 83), so it's just sitting there, but it seems pretty rare.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 07, 2018, 02:53:18 AM »
More drops this week: Giant Skull from the Ancient Tunnels (+258 defense, 2 sockets, +27 STR), Ethereal 4 socket Dusk Shroud, regular 3 and 4 socket Dusk Shrouds, 4 socket Archon Plate, and a Djinn Slayer.  Still not sure how I've found a Giant Skull and a Crown of Ages before finding any other Exceptional or Elite Unique helm (besides one Peasant Crown).  Also my Paladin found a 2 socket Crown Shield pretty early on, which was great for a Rhyme, but I hadn't found a 2 socket paladin shield with decent resists with ANY character until I found one with +32 resist with no sockets that I luckily rolled 2 sockets with the cube, so now it can be a "better" Rhyme. 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:54:49 PM »
The only time the uber bosses in BL were fun for me was when I was with a friend that had been given a bugged shield with basically infinite regen, so they could stay alive while the rest of us died over and over.  We did this on Crawmerax in BL1 over and over just to see the 500+ items drop so we could spend 20+ minutes combing the field for cool stuff.  Never found a group to get through any of them in BL2.  No matter what gear I found I always died in 2 hits.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 03, 2018, 03:33:57 AM »
Been doing more Mausoleum runs to get the Hell gear I need.  Found an Ohm rune, the only "high end" rune I've found so far, but then took a break to get some other characters up to where they could maybe do the runs faster than my Pally.  Brought my Lightning Sorc into Hell to do Mausoleum runs (granted, she's using Blizzard for that since everything there is lightning-immune), and on her 2nd run she gets a near-perfect Crown of Ages (2 sockets, all resist +29, damage reduced by 15%), which I think is my first TC87 unique.  My Pally (or Barb) should find Hell much easier now.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:34:19 AM »
Been trying to farm gear to survive gear with at least one character going into D2 Hell again (who can then farm for everyone else).  Had a Mace Frenzybarb kill NM Diablo and get a near-perfect Serpentskin Armor (35 resist, 12 MDR), and then when going through the Bloody Foothills had a group of 3 champion Demon Imps that dropped a Repeating Crossbow, Gothic Axe, and War Maul.  Not all super useful but pretty cool to see 3 uniques from the same champion pack.  Put the armor on my lightning Sorc, did a NM Baal run with her and a Seraph's Hymn dropped (a first for me).

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »
I wonder if D2 is trying to tell me something this time around.  The first exceptional unique I found was a Fleshrender, and the first elite unique I found was a Fleshripper.  It does feel kinda weird having a Paladin Zealing with a Dagger, but hey, whatever it takes to survive. 

Excited for Yakuza Kiwami 2 next week.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:28:40 PM »
It's been a while since I've felt that nervousness of going into Nightmare with possibly subpar gear.  Thankfully most of my mediocre gear has MF on it, so I'm finding some decent stuff early in NM, like a Ribcracker (guess I need to play a Druid now).  It's kinda fun starting from scratch, it makes every find precious (well... almost).

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:35:40 PM »
I did a thing yesterday... I reinstalled D2 :o. Hadn't played in 8-9 years, surprised to find my CD keys still worked, able to register it and download a newer version that works pretty well.  Started a Freezeadin, first unique I found was a Manald Heal, which was quite nice.  Found 4 Breast Plates, 5 Full Helms and 3 Broad Swords so far, farming Baal for Nightmare gear.  Feels like old times.

Diablo 3 / Re: Diablo's Future!
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:12:00 PM »
I'd collect breast plates with her, if you know what I mean. 

:o ;D  ::) 

With the release of the Starcraft remaster came an updated rerelease of the original for FREE, so if a D2 remaster comes with the same, I'll all for it. 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: August 06, 2018, 04:23:36 PM »
I never really minded the loot grind that much in BL1 or 2, being used to it from D2 after all.  The areas just aren't that interesting for the most part, and I genuinely hated where the story went for the last half of BL2 (partly because I mained Roland in BL1).  I've beaten BL2 twice but never stuck with it long enough to finish a 2nd playthrough to get to the level cap.

Not sure what I want to play now.  Been trying to find a group to fight the Behemoth crossover in Monster Hunter World, but every group seems to die insanely fast, even with me doing nothing but healing (been running a Light Bowgun with max level Wide-Range so my potions work on everyone).  SFV final yesterday at EVO was insanely good, with Problem X from the UK winning with Bison (against Tokido), making him only the 2nd UKer to win EVO in any game (last one in 2008), and they announced that the last 2 characters from this season, G and Sagat, would be released today.  Of course, that release comes with a hefty 13.4GB patch which is taking forever to download.

Gaming General / Re: Hearthstone?
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:05:10 AM »
I've been off and on playing the original Decipher Star Wars CCG for 21 years or so (I'm even in the middle of creating a card for the community to use), so I've never been tempted to pick up Hearthstone (or any other CCG) despite how popular it is. 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:41:03 PM »
Mr. World Record Holder notice me senpai ;).  I bet the culture of speedrunning has changed a whole bunch since then.  Now everyone wants to get a world record in something, so it's kinda surprising no one has taken it from you yet.

Gaming General / Re: An Octet of Septs: A D2 story
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:42:31 AM »
This is a fun read just for the names :D.  Congrats!

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