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Title: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 18, 2018, 07:55:31 PM
No idea how long it will last, but right now I'm having fun goofing around in 1.07 with a sorc. Hopefully I'll get to run some racks eventually.  :P

Anyone remember much about 1.07?

I'd love to run some 1.09 and 1.10 (at least) if I can find a good version switcher. Need to track down some sort of ATMA, too.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 19, 2018, 12:24:39 AM
Gg Dave.

Some faqs around. Cold mastery breaks immunity. Static field doesnít stop!  Full purple bug. No min level for the ancients reward!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on January 19, 2018, 06:42:49 AM
OMG!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on January 19, 2018, 04:31:13 PM
Sounds good.  Maybe you will finally finish off that HC Trapper that you were too scared to continue.

:P
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on January 19, 2018, 04:47:00 PM
If you don't mind some cheese, there is a bugged crafting formula in 1.07 that can give you up to 35 mana points per kill (MPK bug).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 20, 2018, 02:22:51 PM
Sounds good.  Maybe you will finally finish off that HC Trapper that you were too scared to continue.

:P

She got lonely after the rest of you louts got yourselves killed off.  :P
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 20, 2018, 02:26:47 PM
My might sorc Tempest is now level 10 and is working her way through the Jail in act 1. I really need the cube to help cut down on my overflowing stash!

Does anyone have a link to ATMA? And does it work in 1.07?

I finally got the version switcher fired up, but I'm going to try to hang in 1.07 for awhile.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on January 20, 2018, 04:21:06 PM
ATMA works with 1.07, but IIRC crafted items will cause major problems with it.

http://atma.incgamers.com/

Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on January 20, 2018, 05:20:33 PM
Impressive that it is still available and works on W10.  I am assuming it does.  Not sure I would want to install the version of .Net that it needs.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 21, 2018, 07:57:06 AM
Thanks for the ATMA info! Andariel is dead and I have now made my way into act 2.

Which merc would you recommend for my sorc? I'm thinking Act 2 defensive, but I'd definitely love to hear some opinions.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 21, 2018, 07:17:55 PM
I switched my merc for an Act 2 defensive merc.

I finally rescued the Horadric Cube and dispatched Duriel (after dying many many times!) and have made my way to act 3. I believe I'm level 20 or 21, and so far the only legendary or set item I have found is the Arctic Belt.

Runes have thankfully started appearing, and I look forward to hopefully making a runeword or two before too terribly long.

Is it  safe to assume that once you socket an item with something, there is no way to retrieve the gem/jewel/rune? I think so, but I'm not positive.

Onward!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 21, 2018, 10:53:30 PM
This ainít d3 mate!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 25, 2018, 05:57:32 AM
The Flayer Dungeon proved to be quite challenging and I died far too many times. My tireless mercenary Razan is a killing machine, but sadly he is incapable of walking in a straight line and gets distracted at every possible opportunity.

Onward to Lower Kurast!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 25, 2018, 07:16:49 AM
ATMA works with 1.07, but IIRC crafted items will cause major problems with it.

http://atma.incgamers.com/

Any idea which version of ATMA I should use with 1.07?
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: GalaXyHaXz on January 25, 2018, 09:32:18 AM
Don't forget about rings with 35% LL!  :D

Hey, I made an update to ATMA (http://www.mediafire.com/file/kqihic7thjfcbob/ATMA_V_113.7z) and I recommend you use that. It fixes compatibility with 1.13. Also, if you are serious about 1.07, don't forget the updated drop calculator (http://www.mediafire.com/file/foxlf50ch91nu3b/d2-atma_dropfix.zip) as well. ATMA's drop calc for 1.07-1.08 was full of bugs but most are fixed now.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on January 27, 2018, 07:16:59 AM
Don't forget about rings with 35% LL!  :D

Hey, I made an update to ATMA (http://www.mediafire.com/file/kqihic7thjfcbob/ATMA_V_113.7z) and I recommend you use that. It fixes compatibility with 1.13. Also, if you are serious about 1.07, don't forget the updated drop calculator (http://www.mediafire.com/file/foxlf50ch91nu3b/d2-atma_dropfix.zip) as well. ATMA's drop calc for 1.07-1.08 was full of bugs but most are fixed now.

Thanks on all counts! I could use some LL rings right about now! :D

Meph is down and I'm slowly winding my way through Act 4. I finally have Blizzard in my arsenal, but I'm still very much a glass cannon.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on February 03, 2018, 10:20:22 AM
Inspired by Dave, I've been playing a little D2 the past couple of days.  I've been doing Baal runs using my hammerdin, and found a griswold corona from an elite oblivion knight in WSK3!  The loot hunt in D2 never goes away it seems.   
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: syn on February 03, 2018, 11:52:48 AM
geez, you guys are making me think about reinstalling that thing.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on February 03, 2018, 12:38:36 PM
geez, you guys are making me think about reinstalling that thing.
Do it!  Other things I've found today:  Steel Pillar, Metalgrid, Stormlash, Mavina's Caster!!!!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on February 03, 2018, 01:28:36 PM
I did a few runs last night, nothing worth mentioning. Gg mn4nu on the lash! Also steel pillar is a missing grailer for me :p
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on February 11, 2018, 07:01:16 AM
I've been doing some (a ton) of Pindle and Meph runs with my blizzard sorc. I don't remember much of what is considered good any more, but I did get Tal's Laquered Plate and an IK Stone Crusher, so those were cool. I also got Bartuc's for the 'sin I'm working on, so that was nice. :)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on February 11, 2018, 05:14:24 PM
Dave!

Tal's armour is awesome, its 2nd to top TC, so rarer to drop.  It has lots of good benefits and the rest of the set isn't too hard to drop except the ammy.  IK Maul drops as often as Tyreals in D3!  I use them for Iron Golems in D2 :D

Bartucs is great for the middle stages of any sin!  Keep it up!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 10, 2018, 07:40:42 AM
I've been playing a sorceress on Battlenet off and on for awhile now.  Started from scratch, so it has really been challenging.  I forgot how difficult parts of this game can be if you are untwinked (normal Duriel).  I finally finished nightmare yesterday.  Not sure why I am doing this, as I don't plan to really get into D2 again, but it has been a fun distraction.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 10, 2018, 08:31:17 AM
I keep pondering revisiting the glory days of 1.09 but, I don't know if I could get my old disks to work.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 10, 2018, 11:05:39 AM
I keep pondering revisiting the glory days of 1.09 but, I don't know if I could get my old disks to work.
If you have the activation code, you can sign into your blizzard account and register the game with them.  Then you can download and install the game without the disks.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on April 10, 2018, 01:40:05 PM
Version switchers, no CD fixes help too. Can post links if you are keen
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 10, 2018, 02:43:23 PM
Version switchers, no CD fixes help too. Can post links if you are keen

Would be handy.

I do have a version of the game on the USB stick that came with the D3 collectors edition.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on April 10, 2018, 05:54:21 PM
That is after what you need, having most of the files is handy
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 19, 2018, 10:59:08 AM
I installed PlugY and started a new sorceress to try it out.  So far so good.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on April 19, 2018, 07:58:38 PM
I installed PlugY and started a new sorceress to try it out.  So far so good.

isn't that the one that will corrupt you, you grow hair on your palms, you go blind and it ruins your soul?  Or was that just overreaction?
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 20, 2018, 06:52:48 AM
I installed PlugY and started a new sorceress to try it out.  So far so good.

isn't that the one that will corrupt you, you grow hair on your palms, you go blind and it ruins your soul?  Or was that just overreaction?
It better be overreaction or else I'm screwed!  One thing I don't miss about D2 is having to do the same thing 3 different times.  At least D3 got that right.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on April 20, 2018, 09:06:52 AM
Eventually. Remember when you had to do it four times not three!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 20, 2018, 11:57:13 AM
Eventually. Remember when you had to do it four times not three!
The game was so hard back then doing it a fourth time wasn't really possible.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: lemming on April 20, 2018, 02:10:54 PM
PlugY's not kosher by SPF standards, for what it's worth.

I don't think I'd want to use it for inventory management anyway, since GoMule is so much more powerful.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 23, 2018, 09:47:11 AM
PlugY's not kosher by SPF standards, for what it's worth.

I don't think I'd want to use it for inventory management anyway, since GoMule is so much more powerful.
I don't care about the SPF.  I haven't visited there in years, but thanks for the info.  I agree inventory management is not as convenient as GoMule, but that's not why I'm using PlugY.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on April 30, 2018, 07:40:03 AM
Do you know you cannot even say "PlugY" at the SPF?  There was a brief hope that a breathe of fresh air was going to blow through, but it was snuffed out pretty quickly.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 30, 2018, 08:19:02 AM
So, PlugY is like "Voldemeort"?  ;)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on April 30, 2018, 07:51:18 PM
So, PlugY is like "Voldemeort"?  ;)

Don't laugh, I refer to it as the "Voldemort program" on the SPF.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on May 01, 2018, 06:24:14 AM
So what's the deal with PlugY and the SPF? Is it an actually an issue the SPF have or is it that the website admin's don't like it?

I remember "back in the day" that Ron (Greybeard) went to the wall to defend the use of ATMA by the SPF, when behind the scenes the D2.net Admin and other Mods were discussing that it was a "duping" program and whether to ban its use. That ATMA is still accepted today I suspect is in part to Greybeard sticking to his guns on behalf of the community.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on May 01, 2018, 07:59:18 AM
The one thing I think that they might not like with PlugY is that you can reset skills anytime.  Other than that, after playing it for a couple weeks there really isn't much of a difference to me.  I actually had the diablo clone spawn in a game the other day, but my character was much too weak to make a dent in him.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on May 01, 2018, 06:28:55 PM
As far as I know it is a forum wide ban on all third party software that gives PlugY its bad name but there is a certain amount of hypocrisy in it.  The SPF has been allowed to develop and promote certain utilities (ATMA/GoMule, RWM/RRM, various version switchers, run counters) without hindrance but there seems to be an ideological objection to PlugY.  The funny thing was that you could use it if you were playing Median XL, but you were not allowed to mention the program by name; it promotes its use you see!!  The most resent schism at the SPF really brought these (and more) issues to a head.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on May 02, 2018, 05:55:25 AM
Now I'm confused as fuck.

There's a ban on third party software.
But, some third party software is allowed.

I...

Wut....?
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on May 02, 2018, 08:47:37 AM
Now I'm confused as fuck.

There's a ban on third party software.
But, some third party software is allowed.

I...

Wut....?
Yeah, I'm with you on this.  That makes no sense.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on May 02, 2018, 09:59:08 AM
I can't believe this is still discussed.  SPF was always crazy.

To me it was always clear cut. 

This issue is over a decade old.  The definition of insanity.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on May 02, 2018, 01:12:02 PM
I can't believe this is still discussed.  SPF was always crazy.

To me it was always clear cut. 
  • If you want a clean environment play self found.  Don't trade. 
  • If you want to trade understand that you can't guarantee you are not using a dup.
  • Trade with people you trust.  Which is why this forum and others, including SPF came about.
  • When you trade be open about what programs you use.
  • Check you self righteousness at the door.  <-- Where SPF fails

This issue is over a decade old.  The definition of insanity.
Good summary!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on May 03, 2018, 08:10:08 PM
Of course this forum is much quieter in D2 than 10 years or more ago, but as Ssssith said, we know this and dealt with it.  The SPF mainly views things as the last vestage of humanity stoping a zombie virus from killing off the last humans.

Some of the previous mods left without a goodbye (Hrus, Cattleya).  In the vacuum, Thyiad got the job.  Overall for a long time she did a pretty good job, there were some things I didn't personally agree with, but these things happen.  However in more recent times its gotten out of control.

She appeared to go a bit postal, and it appeared she had left forever.  There was a lot of shock, but also HOPE.  Hope that other mods who viewed and posted could do a few things. that CHANGE might be able to come by what the users want to do, what they want to talk about.  5 months later she is back, the Iron fist comes down and a big can of NOPE is opened up.

We learnt somewhere along the line she had been having a real rough time in real life and certain people had been working to kill her reputation online.  Naturally she was not in a good place.  Now these are horrible things and no one wants to go through this, or see anyone go through it.  Its not always obvious this is the reason behind people's behaviour online.

Back to stuff that happens in game, and as people learn more about doing stuff in game, and how that works.  People were finding new/exciting things!  They wanted to be able to talk about it, have screenshots, guides etc.  Thyiad on the other side didn't have time/energy to game and wasn't really in the mood for it.  It must have seemed like a lot of "this is why you can't have nice things"

For 5 months it appears the SPF was turning a corner, that there could be some consensus based discussion about why people choose to spend their free time on a hobby.  Instead it was basically, follow these rules or GTFO, and if you GTFO, there is NO where that will survive, or is a decent place.

Here are some examples:
Don't mention voldemort! https://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/a-reminder-about-non-fam-mods.960596/

Straws breaking the camels back:
https://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/pre-lod-trading-no-longer-accepted.950867/

Basically a "screw you guys, I'm leaving"
https://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/not-the-spf-i-knew.950868/ 
That particular nugget of a locked thread spawned a different thread https://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/the-spf-i-know.952249/  I got really annoyed that it was a very subjective view on how things were, and the only way to do things correctly.


These days Maxicek is now a mod, doing a fine job, is active, playing and contributing.  But the rules/right way to do things is still an issue for many.

Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on May 04, 2018, 07:14:24 PM
Great summary Tim. 

Do you know that the use of the -seed command has been outlawed at the SPF?  The funny thing was that when you looked at the SPF survey results (https://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/spf-reform-survey.960392/) this is the only section where the recommendation was accepted, the rest just blew away like a morning mist.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on May 23, 2018, 08:30:56 PM
I couldn't ignore a D2 post. :) I happened to be messing a bit in 1.09 again recently. I never uninstalled it from an old computer. I still have ATMA and my stashes.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on May 24, 2018, 07:38:49 AM
Nice to see you around here D2A!

I found a HoZ yesterday, so my smiter has a nice shield now.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on May 26, 2018, 06:47:50 PM
Hi D2A.  Over the last five years or so I've taken short excursions into Diablo 3, Path of Exile and Grim Dawn but I haven't lost my passion for D2; 70 mat/pats and still going strong!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on May 28, 2018, 07:42:21 PM
Hi D2A.  Over the last five years or so I've taken short excursions into Diablo 3, Path of Exile and Grim Dawn but I haven't lost my passion for D2; 70 mat/pats and still going strong!
Good to see you both too. Maybe a MP game some day for old times sake? I am definitely out of practice.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: TheNix on May 31, 2018, 07:11:48 PM
Hi D2A.  Over the last five years or so I've taken short excursions into Diablo 3, Path of Exile and Grim Dawn but I haven't lost my passion for D2; 70 mat/pats and still going strong!
Good to see you both too. Maybe a MP game some day for old times sake? I am definitely out of practice.

I'll have to dig up my 1.09 characters and stashes.  I've not seen them for a while, but there on a flash-drive somewhere!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo 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).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 09, 2018, 02:08:56 PM
About a month ago I found a Sur rune, which allowed me to cube a Ber rune.  I then had the runes to make the Infinity runeword, something I never did before in single player after all my time of playing this game.  I have spent the past month searching for the right base weapon to put it in.  I finally got lucky yesterday.  An unsocketed eth cryptic axe dropped in the ancient tunnels and I used the cube to socket it.  I was very happy that it got 4 sockets.  I've cubed probably 5 or 6 eth weapons (threshers mainly) trying to get 4 sockets, but I was always getting something besides 4.  I made the Infinity and it rolled pretty good with 321% damage mod.  I then cubed my 2 Gul runes into a Vex and made a Heart of the Oak runeword and got 38 reisists on that.  Now I have a decent lightning sorceress going.  I still need to find a 5 socket phase blade to make Grief in for my smiter.  Once I do that I can run the ubers for torches.

I've been playing D2 using the plugY mod for all of this since mid April of this year.  I've finished 1 character for each class.  In about 6 months I've found a lot of good stuff.  Still no hellfire torch yet though, and, surprisingly, I am still missing a number of unique items that I thought I'd have by now (Skulders Ire for one).  Yes, Max is right that the Ubers in PlugY are easier than on battlenet because they don't spawn minions, but I still think it will be fun to do on single player.  I've done it lots of times on Battlenet in the past, but never on SP.  D2 is still fun after all these years.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 09, 2018, 04:01:53 PM
LOL, I haven't found a Skullder's either  :'( ;D . I've been using the GoMule program to track my progress on items (68% of uniques, 84% of set items in about 2 months of play), which has helped quite a bit when I would otherwise waste space on a unique I have 3-4 of already.  A lot of my more recent drops have had terrible rolls on them, like a +1 skills Eschuta's Temper with 10/12 skills damage (rolls 1-3 for skills and 10-20 for damage), +3/3/3 skills on Wolfhowl with 8/8/15 stats (rolls 3-6 on skills, 8-15 on stats), +15 to resists Saracen's Chance (rolls 15-25), etc. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 11, 2018, 08:32:35 AM
I got my first single player torch last night!  It rolled +3 to sorceress skills and +16/+11 on stats and resists.  I was pretty happy with it being a sorc torch.  I have enough keys to get 3 more torches, so I will probably do that and hope for a paladin one.

Comparing the whole process of farming keys, getting the organs, and killing the ubers between single player using PlugY and on battlenet, I would have to say that the single player experience is slightly easier.  They are identical except for the uber Tristram fight.  The ubers don't spawn minions in single player, I'm not sure why.  That makes the fight against them a little easier.  When I have done this in the past on battlenet, the minions were more of an annoyance than an actual threat, but their absence does make it easier.

Conversely, the easiest part of the process on battlenet for a smiter (fighting Duriel to get Baal's eye) was the hardest part in single player.  On battlenet, it seemed like Duriel always spawned right next to the portal into his zone.  This meant that you did not have to search the area for him and fight the mobs inhabiting the zone, which made this fight very quick and easy.  This is a big deal because the zone spawns physical immune locust swarms that are a real pain in the ass for a smiter.  In the single player version, Duriel doesn't spawn in the same spot, so you have to search the area for him and deal with all those stupid locusts.  I actually had to give up on my first attempt in this area since I died in a huge swarm of those things, and had no way to get my body back.  I eventually respec'd to add 1 point to both zeal and conviction and use a lightsaber on switch to kill them.  It was a slow process, but it worked.  I am going to try to come up with another plan to deal with the locusts that could speed up the run in this zone.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 11, 2018, 02:27:53 PM
Yeah, at least from what I've read online the Ubers will summon minions with pretty much all immunities (Diablo summoning Pit Lords that are immune to literally everything but physical, Baal summoning Specters and Dark Lords that are immune to physical, etc.), which is why it was intended to require a diverse group of players.  Dealing with the bosses alone is a lot more simple, though it still requires a very strong or specialized build.

I think the game is taunting me for not using PlugY, since I got 3 Lo runes from various places in a 24-hr period after never having seen one in 17 years.  There are only 2 runewords that I can make with them, neither of them that great (well, Doom is decent, but it also requires a Cham), whereas there are 8 ladder-only runewords that use Lo that are ridiculously powerful like Grief, Fortitude, and Pride.  Could cube 2 of them to a Sur, which I might do for a Bramble for my Necro, although I'd have to respec some of his skills towards Poison to make use of that function.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 11, 2018, 02:57:36 PM
There are only 2 runewords that I can make with them, neither of them that great (well, Doom is decent, but it also requires a Cham), whereas there are 8 ladder-only runewords that use Lo that are ridiculously powerful like Grief, Fortitude, and Pride.  Could cube 2 of them to a Sur, which I might do for a Bramble for my Necro, although I'd have to respec some of his skills towards Poison to make use of that function.

You can do all these in SP ..  for some of the most recent ones you needed a small file to enable, eg spirit.   don't let "ladder only" put you off.  Hell even the SPF allows all the runewords


GG Mn4nu!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: syn on October 11, 2018, 03:14:30 PM
since I got 3 Lo runes from various places in a 24-hr period after never having seen one in 17 years. 

!!!

RNG god has smiled upon you.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 11, 2018, 04:20:04 PM
You can do all these in SP ..  for some of the most recent ones you needed a small file to enable, eg spirit.   don't let "ladder only" put you off.  Hell even the SPF allows all the runewords

Although the most common methods would not work for me since I'm on a Mac (which requires version 1.14+ which is what added newer Mac OS support, most of the mods require 1.13 or lower), I probably wouldn't use them anyway.  I haven't needed the crutch, and I'm still surviving and finding items at a decent clip using the game "as is".
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 12, 2018, 04:00:26 PM
More finds this week: another Ethereal Reaper's Toll (my 2nd, 4th overall) 225%ED/12%LL, a Mav's Diadem, a Seraph's Hymn, a perfect Boneshade (+2/3/3/5/5 skills), a +2 bow/crossbow skill 20%IAS +14 Dex 3%LL set of gloves, 2x Jalal's Mane, 2x Alma Negra (both with +2 skills, although low +ED%), and a Kira's Guardian (+56 resists).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 12, 2018, 04:01:55 PM
Nice finds!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 14, 2018, 05:20:45 PM
GG Maxbeedo.  I was thinking if this upcoming Diablo annoucement isn't rubbish maybe we move this thread into the current D3 forum and have a home of Diablo awesomeness to hype us up. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 16, 2018, 01:54:25 PM
I've been doing Countess, Summoner, and Nilithak runs for keys over the past few days.  I did 3 more uber runs and got a barbarian and 2 amazon torches.  I'm hoping I get a paladin torch next.  I also found another IK set armor while doing a random Pit run.  That's my 3rd one of those.  Still no Skulder's Ire, Arreats Face, or Homunculus, among other things.  That's RNG for you.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, I found some more noteworthy runes...1x Pul, 1x Um, 2x Mal, and 1x Sur.  That was my third Sur rune I've found in PlugY.  I used the other 2 to make a Ber.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 16, 2018, 02:27:21 PM
Nice finds!  Yeah, RNG is funny sometimes.  Haven't found either Titan's Revenge or Thunderstroke so I can't realistically make a good Javazon.  Still no Harlequin Crest, Skullder's Ire, Oculus, Stormshield, or Tal's Adjudication, so my Sorc gear is somewhat limited.  Oh, but out of the 18 unique amulets I've found, I now have THREE Seraph's Hymns.  I started doing Pindle runs the other night after having gone maybe a month since even thinking about them (mostly doing Baal/Meph/Tunnel runs with my Barb), and the FIRST run he drops Shadow Dancers, the SECOND run he drops Messerschmidt's Reaver (dropped another one about 60 runs later). 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on October 16, 2018, 03:04:13 PM
Have the drops been improved.  I forget the rune hierarchy but I think my best was something like an Ist.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 16, 2018, 04:34:11 PM
More recent patches helped fine drop rates. Iíve even had ber drop. Back in old days I never even got um
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 16, 2018, 05:23:25 PM
Yeah, patch 1.13 back in 2010 boosted the rune drop rates by about 2.5x-4x, based on the drop calc numbers.  It's not a huge difference really, since that only brings down the odds of a random monster dropping a Ber rune for example from about 1 in 10 million to 1 in 4.4 millon (depending on the monster obviously), and a Zod went down from 1 in 60 million to 1 in 15 million.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: lemming on October 17, 2018, 04:57:21 AM
(https://s33.postimg.cc/ocpnqdr73/runes.png)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on October 17, 2018, 09:55:37 AM
That would make things more fun.  The runewords were a fun gimmick.

Looking at that list I think I had an Ist drop from the countess.  I know I had an Um drop.  The rest of my good runes came from give-aways.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 17, 2018, 02:05:32 PM
1.09 zod harder to drop than 1.07? Wow

I saw current ift in spf started on 07 zod
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 22, 2018, 10:59:37 AM
Just this morning doing some key runs I have found an Um, 2x Mal rune, and a Ber rune.  Countess dropped the Mals and ghosts in the arcane sanctuary dropped the Um and Ber.  I had the players setting on 5 too.  Crazy.

Yesterday I had a Gul rune drop when I popped an undefiled grave in the tower cellar lvl 3.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 26, 2018, 04:13:55 PM
Just had a pretty great GG Baal run with my Barb.  Baal himself dropped a Griffon's Eye (19/14, max is 20/15), and an Ethereal Harlequin Crest (my first... too bad about it being ethereal).  Before that, found my 3rd perfect 6-socket Superior Phase Blade (15% ED, +3AR), and a Tiara with +2 Druid Skills, 8% ML, 7% LL, All Resist +18, Fire Resist +19 (so 37 total), +9 minimum damage. 

Other recent drops: Grand Charm with +1 Necro Summoning Skills/+35 Life, a Gut Siphon, a 2nd Bul-Kathos's Tribal Guardian, a Nature's Peace, an Eaglehorn, a 2nd Kira's Guardian (+61 resists), and a 2nd Boneshade (this time 1 off from perfect, +2/3/3/5/4 skills).

Been trying to run NM Cows with my Necro to find the Cow set.  10 runs in, no luck on any of them, though of course it's also a decent area for lower uniques I might be missing.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 26, 2018, 05:12:34 PM
Gg max you could be going for a while at this rate!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 29, 2018, 05:52:41 PM
Pindle was not dropping crap for 2-3 days, so I started running the Tunnels again with my Sorceress.  5 runs in, get a fairly high roll on a Death's Fathom (+27% Cold Damage, 35% Fire Res, 38% Light Res), and my first Stormshield.  My Sorc does use Blizzard as a backup spell, but she's primarily lightning, so I'm debating on if I should respec her or try to make a new dedicated Cold Sorc.  I think I have 4 Cold Skill Grand Charms, 1 for Fire, and none for Lightning so far, but Lightning is really good for certain areas, so I might keep her as she is using the Tal Rasha's set (now if I can only find the damn Amulet), and make a Cold Sorc using Death's Fathom, Stormshield, Snowclash, etc.

Started some secondary characters now that I have some decent gear.  Kept finding nice Assassin gear that focused more on melee (Tiara with +2 skills, 8%LL, 7%ML, Amulet with +1 skills, 7% LL, 6%ML, all resists +19, etc.), and I have Bartuc's and 2 different claws with +2 skills/40% IAS.  I started a Holy Fire Chargeadin named "Gemfinder", whose job will be to essentially run low level areas letting fire kill hordes to grab chipped gems for... whatever reason I guess (mostly cubing runes I think).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Melchior on October 30, 2018, 12:00:53 AM
You guys.....are making me feel the D2 itch again.

Y'all playing 800x600 or what?
I really can't play without higher res and the high res mod stopped working with 1.13 IIRC(?)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 30, 2018, 01:43:09 AM
I am running zero mods on 1.14b, so yes, 800x600.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on October 30, 2018, 02:56:08 AM
Melchy. I hear d2 remastered will be announced on Saturday morning our time. It will do 1024x768
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Melchior on October 30, 2018, 08:23:25 PM
Excellent.

Will that accept my old D2 serial? I should think so
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 31, 2018, 12:25:29 PM
I suspect if they do a D2 Remastered it would be a "new" product you have to pay for, much like Starcraft Remastered, but they might make the original free for download like they did for SC.

My Barb has been switching armors frequently the last few days.  I had been wearing a Steel Carapace as he was my only character with the strength to use it, but then he finally hoarked a Skullder's Ire (my 1st), which he obviously put on immediately.  Just a few minutes ago though, a boss group in the WSK finally dropped the Immortal King's Soul Cage, completing his IK set.  The debate then becomes do I keep using Skullder's for the MF (his primary purpose), or use IKSC thus freeing up several charm slots that were being held by resistance charms.  The tiebreaker might be the somewhat annoying "Freezes Target +2" that the gloves get with the complete set, making him shatter 90+% of corpses preventing me from hoarking at all.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on October 31, 2018, 01:08:26 PM
Max, big congrats on finding the Griffon's Eye and the Death's Fathom, both super rare items.  I'd respec to cold on the sorc and give the griffon's to a javazon.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on October 31, 2018, 02:26:06 PM
I definitely plan on using the Griffon's on a Javazon, I even have a 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facet ready to go in it, but I'm also missing Titan's Revenge or Thunderstroke to really make one effective.  I have a few Demon's Arches and a Wraith Flight but neither are quite as good as the Amazon javelins.  My only Amazon right now is a Bowazon, which I could respec but I have all her gear set up already for Bows, so I'm basically waiting until I find a Titan's before starting another Zon.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 05, 2018, 07:36:21 PM
Nothing too crazy with drops over the weekend, though I did complete several sets.  Was missing the M'avina's bow, the Trang-Oul's wing, the Sazabi sword, and Aldur's armor and all dropped over the course of 2 days, so I'm only missing 10 set items total now (3 Cow King set, Tancred's Boots, Bul-Kathos Sacred Charge, Natalya's Mark, Griswold's Valor and Honor, Sander's Paragon, and Tal's Ammy).  Down to missing 80 uniques as well.

Respec-ed my Elemental Druid to a Wind Druid, who is at the end of Normal.  It's fun watching the lvl 28 Hurricane demolish Players 5+ monsters before they can get to me without even needing to use the wind skills, but that'll change obviously in parts of NM, though I may run Normal Cows with him for a few days since he just has to run to kill things to see if he can find at least 1 part of the Cow set.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on November 06, 2018, 08:16:07 AM
Wind Druid destroys things in NM too.  Make spirit in a crystal sword and you won't regret it.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 06, 2018, 12:02:02 PM
Can't use ladder-only runewords in SP without mods, which I won't use.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 13, 2018, 01:01:56 PM
Grail-finding has certainly slowed down quite a bit now that I'm under 80 items to find.  Found a Head Hunter's Glory, 3x Arioc's Needle (all with +2 skills :( ), and a few stray exceptionals I was missing, but otherwise the drops haven't been good at all.  Did 30 Baal runs in a row on Players 3 where he dropped no unique or set items with ~400%MF.   I'm also randomly up to 42 rare Templar Coats without finding a Guardian Angel for whatever reason. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on November 14, 2018, 09:20:34 AM
Yes item hunting certainly slows down once you get to a certain point.  30 Baal runs without a set or unique and that much magic find seems really unlucky.

I'm still trying to get a Paladin torch.  I've got at least 1 for every class besides the paladin.  No good finds to report lately, although the countess dropped a Mal rune and a Harley the other day.  I have 2 Sur runes, and 1 Ber rune right now, so I am a Ber rune away from making Enigma.  That would be awesome to be able to make that.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 14, 2018, 03:32:40 PM
Yeah, at least 7-8 of those Baals didn't drop a single magic-able item, just stacks of gold, arrows and bolts.  Really awful runs, but I guess that's RNG for you after finding the Griffon's + Ethereal Harlequin's a few weeks ago.

I really should farm for runes at this point.  Run the Countess, maybe run the Council too with my Barb for maximum hoarking.  Making that 1st Enigma seems to vault all the streamers and youtubers from "I'm a n00b with no good items" to "I'm a god who leaves Tomb Reavers and Death's Fathoms on the ground unless they're perfect".  I'd also take an Ist for a Call to Arms and a Vex for a Heart of the Oak.  I have 4 Mals, 3 Ohms and 3 Los, so I could cube 2 Mals for an Ist I guess.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 15, 2018, 10:58:20 PM
Heh, after 30-40 LK runs, I finally found the Ist I needed to make a Call to Arms... then I realized after looking through my mules that I didn't have any low-req 5-socket weapons to put it in (just 2 Phase Blades that need 136 Dex), so I went back to farming.  I was looking for Crystal Swords or Flails, but the first thing that dropped was a Military Pick :-/.  And then, of course, it rolled poorly, 3/1/4 on skills (the 1 being Battle Orders), making it pretty weak to use, but at least I have one now.

Did find a Stormspire hoarking a witch in the WSK though, which would be a huge accomplishment if this were still 1.09. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on November 16, 2018, 07:09:05 AM
GG Max!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on November 22, 2018, 09:01:41 PM
I fired it up as well.  I found I had 2 characters in normal with my uber levelling gear.  A paladin who one day wants to have multi auras was pushed through Diablo and is leveling in act 5 before the ancients now.  A druid who will use Armageddon finished the 2nd half of act 2.

and GG on the stormspire.  As you say, for someone who was around in the 1.09 days, that will ALWAYS be extra special to read on the ground.  The fact it is now one of the most unusable TC87s .. that's something else ;)  Just hope you don't mull over the fact it could have been something better
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 22, 2018, 10:30:48 PM
Well, it was a grail-er, so that's always good.  The fact that I already have 5 Reaper's Tolls (2 Ethereal) softens the blow, since that Decrepify is so dang good.  I've noticed that I've been having major trouble finding a lot of the not-so-GG 1.09 uniques.  I found a Crown of Ages, Giant Skull, 2 Kira's Guardians and 2 Andariel's Visages before finding my first Harlequin Crest (which dropped at the same time as a Griffon's).  I've found 25 or so Rare Wire Fleeces without seeing Gladiator's Bane, 25 or so Rare Balrog Skins without an Arkaine's Valor, 6-7 Rare and 40+ magic Swirling Crystals without an Oculus, etc.  I had never found the Hellslayer but then I found 4 within the same HOUR (and then none afterwards).  I think there's something weird going on with the RNG in my version of the game, since I've seen at least 20 occurrences of the exact same unique dropping in consecutive runs (never a really good one though). 

Just had a really nice Eschuta's Temper drop, after the first 3 I found were all garbage.  +3 skills (1-3), +20% Fire damage (10-20), +17% Lightning Damage (10-20), +24 Energy (20-30).  The 40% FCR meets a breakpoint I need with my Lightning Sorc, but sadly that means dropping below 3 items of the Tal's set because I'll never find the damn Ammy, losing 65% MF.  Arguably still worth it for the extra skills and damage over the Tal's Orb.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 26, 2018, 12:42:13 AM
Jewelry time!  Just found my first Mara's Kaleidoscope from Meph (+23 resists), then found my 2nd Stone of Jordan from one of Eldritch's minions.  My 1st SoJ was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in vanilla D2 in 2000, and I never found another during all those years in 1.09-1.10.  Only took 18 years to find another.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on November 26, 2018, 09:41:09 AM
I never did find an SOJ.  Stupid ring.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on November 26, 2018, 02:14:55 PM
I got a paladin to finish normal last night. He will one day use multi auras
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Melchior on November 28, 2018, 05:21:48 PM
Keep posting guys, I'm so close to reinstalling  ;D
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Orbert on November 28, 2018, 05:34:32 PM
I never did find an SOJ.  Stupid ring.

I remember right after I got Diablo II, sitting down with the player's guide to D2 (I think it was BradyGames?) and reading all those tables in the back that listed items and sets and all the mods.  Stone of Jordan with +1 to All Skills just sounded so amazing!  Yeah, when I find them, I gotta make sure to hang on to them.  That the odds were so low that you could play for 10 years and never see one didn't even occur to me; I just figured it was an item in the game, you play long enough, you'll find one.

I think I found one eventually, but this was D2X after all the power creep and you could get +2 to All Skills on items or as set bonuses and +1 to entire skill trees on charms and all kinds of other stuff.  That +1 to All that seemed so amazing was so tame by then.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on November 28, 2018, 08:02:27 PM
Yeah, you can get +skills from a lot of sources, though there are a ton of characters that use the mana boost so they don't need any points in energy.  After finding a Death's Fathom and a Stormshield (not really necessary but I've never used one before) I made a Blizzard Sorc to use them, but putting those points into Strength meant she has fewer for Vitality or Energy, so that SoJ is helping a lot. 

Starting to find some of those annoying TC3 uniques with my Holy Fire Paladin.  Not planning on taking him very far in the game, but I got to him to lvl 23 or so to use Kinemil's Awe for that +6 to Holy Fire, toast everything in Act 1 and farm Coldcrow, Bone Ash and Andariel with Sigon's set, Tarnhelm and Nagelrings for MF.  Found Biggin's Bonnet and Greyform.  Down to 63 items for the grail. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on December 02, 2018, 02:31:24 PM
Got an Ohm rune last night to move me 1/8th closer to a Ber for Beast ..
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 14, 2018, 05:38:10 PM
Haven't made a ton of progress, mostly been playing around with NWN:EE.  Got 3 more grailers, all Gs, Gargoyle's Bite, The Gladiator's Bane, and Ghoulhide.  My Blizzard sorc is in Hell, although she's mostly all about damage (4300 Blizzard damage, 2500 Ice Blast, 1000 Fireball), so her MF isn't great and she's only at the Crypt/Mausoleum right now, may work on getting to the Ancient Tunnels sometime since there aren't any Cold immunes there either.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on December 14, 2018, 10:11:01 PM
Found a SOJ from a regular monster in the Pit.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 18, 2018, 04:32:04 PM
Every SOJ is precious  ;D .
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on December 18, 2018, 05:20:07 PM
True story. I never, ever found one. I traded for a couple, but never got a drop myself.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Casebeer on December 20, 2018, 10:23:38 AM
Never ever found one either. I remember farming for it for a good couple of weeks at one time. Non-stop 16 hours a day, every day. I get PTSD every time it drops in D3. haha
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on December 20, 2018, 10:27:32 AM
Damn...I never went all out for in D2 but it always pissed me off that I never saw one.  Can't imagine trying for it day after day and having no luck.  In D2 I had pretty miserable luck with jewelry in general.  I was aces at Green Breast plates though!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on December 20, 2018, 11:32:48 AM
I got lucky a few times in 1.09 I hit that meph vending machine a lot. 1.10 had andariel great for jewellery and easy with a fire sorc
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 21, 2018, 11:45:45 PM
Phew, finally found Tal Rasha's Adjudication.  Figured that would take forever.  Only took... 90 set amulets or so.  Also found a Marrowwalk and a Cranebeak for a few more grailers.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on December 22, 2018, 02:58:30 PM
Nice find Max!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 27, 2018, 01:43:51 AM
After finding that Titan's Revenge (and another later), been working on a Javazon.  Stopped at Normal Cows to farm for the Cow King's Hooves to complete the set, which took about 25 full clears (on top of 250 others from my Necro, Wind Druid, Bowazon, etc.), but at least that's done.  She's now blowing through NM on players 8 like it's nothing, killing bosses in <10 seconds with a lvl 25 Charged Strike, which is way stronger than I thought it was.  It'll be even more fun when she gets to level 76 and can use a 19/14 Griffon's Eye socketed with a 5/5 Facet. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 31, 2018, 01:25:28 AM
Grailers found last few days: Griswold's Valor, Crescent Moon, Thunderstroke

What I'm Missing
Normal Sets: Tancred's Hobnails
Expansion Sets: Natalya's Mark, Sander's Paragon, Griswold's Honor

Normal Uniques: Lenymo, Knell Striker, Gull, Pluckeye, Ume's Lament, Blinkbat's Form (pretty sure I found all of these way back when though)
Exceptional Uniques: Stealskull, War Traveler, Buriza Do-Kyanon, Todasfaelle Flamme, Gloom's Trap
Elite Uniques: Veil of Steel, Nightwing's Veil, Arkaine's Valor, Templar's Might, Tyrael's Might, Blackoak Shield, Spike Thorn, Spirit Ward, Death Cleaver, Executioner's Justice, Widowmaker, Windforce, Ghostflame, Stormlash, Schaefer's Hammer, The Cranium Basher, Earth Shifter, Tomb Reaver, Heaven's Light, Asteron's Iron Ward, Steel Pillar, The Grandfather, Mang Song's Lesson, Death's Web
Class-Specific: The Oculus, Cerebus' Bite, Spirit Keeper, Ravenlore, Herald of Zakarum, Dragonscale
Jewelry: Atma's Scarab, Metalgrid, Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band, Wisp Projector
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on December 31, 2018, 05:19:14 PM
I have been messing a bit in 1.09 now and then. Gambled an awesome pair of amazon gloves today with life and mana leech, resists and skills.

I never found a SOJ in any version.

I went thru my stashes and found I still have 105 skill grand charms pretty evenly split between all classes.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on December 31, 2018, 09:13:31 PM
Gg d2a!

I found 4 sojs in my 1.09 days but I mfed a lot then.

On my fixed computer Iím going to try rack a cranium basher. Well I should say try to find a rack to drop thunder mauls. That is problem number one

Got it all moved onto an ssd so it loads faster now
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on December 31, 2018, 10:27:03 PM
Long time no see D2A! :)

How is that Beast coming Timinator?  Any luck finding with runes to make one?  Seems like one of the more fun runewords to make.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 01, 2019, 01:21:44 AM
Nothing new towards it. It might be my next project after basher.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 04, 2019, 05:27:32 AM
I had a thunder maul drop in the right area! But couldnít get another to stop :(

Then accidentally ate all my fat purples and having issues mulling more on :(
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 04, 2019, 11:42:16 PM
I had a failed unique Archon Staff drop from one of Eldritch's minions, which I thought was actually impossible since he and his minions are lvl 84 and are capped at TC84 drops, whereas the Archon Staff is lvl 85/TC87 (Mang Song's Lesson is qlvl86, which is why it couldn't drop).  Kinda weird.  I think the diablowiki mentions that most regular monsters can actually drop items from a TC just above their level (but not a unique/set with a qlvl above their level I guess), it's just incredibly rare.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 05, 2019, 11:15:15 AM
Ouch! Lots of people still miss that.  I was lucky to get mine in 2005. Only ever one so far
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 06, 2019, 02:30:38 AM
.07 Bramble Mitts

Fuck yeah! Also Ik gloves. No basher yet
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 10, 2019, 02:33:54 AM
Not much in finds lately.  Figured I'd list the characters I'm using:

Lvl 94 IK Maul Barb
Lvl 92 Lightning Sorc
Lvl 90 Blizzard Sorc
Lvl 86 Freezeadin
Lvl 80 Fury Druid
Lvl 80 Summon Necro
Lvl 79 Bowazon
Lvl 79 Javazon
Lvl 76 Trapassin
Lvl 50 Wind Druid
Lvl 42 Martial Arts Assassin
Lvl 28 Fireadin (for gem farming)
Lvl 14 Poison Necro
Lvl 13 Frenzybarb
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on January 12, 2019, 10:39:10 AM
I just found a Griffon's Eye off Baal.  It rolled terrible (-16%/+10%), but still, it's a Griffon's Eye.  Down to 58 items left in PlugY.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 12, 2019, 09:16:49 PM
Very nice.  My Javazon is certainly enjoying the Griffon's, makes going through Hell easier when you're guaranteed to instantly wipe most enemies on several screens with one Lightning Fury since many monsters have 33-50% resist.

Summon Necro plowed through all of Hell difficulty without issue so he can start running Cows.  Found a Sur Rune in the River of Flame, which is the highest rune I've ever found, so hopefully that's a good sign that Cows will provide some more.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on January 14, 2019, 08:35:08 AM
Congrats on the Sur rune!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 20, 2019, 01:19:19 AM
No grail items in almost 3 weeks.  Found a 2nd Stormspire, now have 4 complete Bul-Kathos sets, found a 2nd Griswold's Valor (both have 30% MF), and this pretty good ring:

+27 Attack Rating
5% Life Steal
5% Mana Steal
Fire Resist +9%
Cold Resist +9%
Lightning Resist +9%
Poison Resist +30%
15% Magic Find

But otherwise it's been pretty hard to keep doing runs with nothing coming.  My lightning sorc even had 3 Gheed's Fortunes drop but all of them were either 20% or 21% MF and hers already has 33% (but it rolls 20-40).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on January 28, 2019, 05:08:43 PM
Running 1.07 nilly temple to try to get racks to drop the right base is soul destroying.  So I changed things up and picked up my assassin in Act 2 normal.  I was in the desert and picked up about 5 levels, finished the act, and later equipped a whole Sigon set.  Having some fun there!  When I can, I'll get the others running in normal too. Can't wait to hit the ancients.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 29, 2019, 12:40:25 PM
Assassin is the only class I don't feel comfortable using much in Hell.  She's really fun before that, but an MA build can't survive without godly gear and a Trap build can't deal with immunities well without a godly merc and/or Infinity (something has to die first before Death Sentry can do its work).

Found 3 more grailers, although no real GG ones.  Spike Thorn, Ume's Lament x2, and Lenymo (from Pindle!).  Also found another Ohm from Hell Meph.  Trying to keep things interesting by switching between several characters for farming, even though most of them have terrible MF%.  Got my Bowazon to act 2 Hell so she could run the Ancient Tunnels, though she only has around 125% MF (Javazon has even less).  Would be nice to find another Skullder's Ire and at least one War Traveler's (or 5).
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on January 29, 2019, 12:59:39 PM
...a Trap build can't deal with immunities well without a godly merc and/or Infinity (something has to die first before Death Sentry can do its work).

Fire blast does a pretty good job against LI/PI monsters.  Most people add to it since it is a synergy for death sentry.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on January 29, 2019, 01:55:10 PM
...a Trap build can't deal with immunities well without a godly merc and/or Infinity (something has to die first before Death Sentry can do its work).

Fire blast does a pretty good job against LI/PI monsters.  Most people add to it since it is a synergy for death sentry.

I've run into multiple uniques with LI + PI + Fire Enchanted before (or Magic Resistant), so Fire Blast does almost nothing.  Sucks that Wake of Fire and Wake of Inferno are such garbage at higher levels.  I have a Reaper's Toll on my merc so he doesn't die instantly and can crack the physical immunity (most of the time), it just takes sooooooo long.  Most of getting her through Hell involves resetting the game so that specific monsters don't spawn, like trying to get most of Act 2 to not have beetles, etc., but with the right spawns it's not too bad.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on January 29, 2019, 02:27:51 PM
Good point Max.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on February 03, 2019, 05:39:55 PM
In 1.14 I got my future armageddon druid to Slayer.  Nightmare will be interesting to see just what its like against non FIs with some proper skiller gear.

In 1.07, I got my necro through act 3 normal.  He started with terrible gear and slowly I hit level 13. I shuffled on 3 pieces of Isenharts set!  That let me equip 3 spare pieces of Sigons set and he was able to finish the act.  The council went down ok and Meph wasn't too bad, but there were a few deaths.

I think I'll take my zon and assassin through  act 3 next as part of my "Project Complete Normal"

Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on February 04, 2019, 02:40:12 PM
Armageddon druid up to level 40, stripped of the Raven claw and given nightmare proper questing gear.  Parked in the Rogue Encampment for now.

I then ended up moving a 1.14 CLASSIC barbarian who was in act 2 normal.  The poor guy was underleveled and after trying and finding it slow going, I went back to mid act 1 and at players 8, quickly got up to level 15.  That let me equip a gleamscythe and a coif of glory!  The best of my spare twinking gear so far .. Also a scepter with a normal sapphire and two topazs helping.   I managed to push from the Dry Hills up to the Arcane Sanctuary. 

Its nice to make progress and work towards my goal of finishing normal difficulty with everyone.

Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on February 08, 2019, 02:14:34 AM
So yeah, there's definitely something fishy about the RNG in Diablo 2.  I finally got a Herald of Zakarum, then got another one 20 runs later.  The 2nd to last Exceptional I needed was a Buriza-Do Kyanon (so I had found 117 out of 119 at that point), and then I found another within 5 runs.  At least when I find that Tyrael's Might I might be able to snag another right after. 

Of course, the last Exceptional I need is arguably the most useful for MFing, War Traveler's.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: dave in the basement on February 08, 2019, 11:41:24 AM
Gratz on the HoZ! I miss drops like that.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on February 17, 2019, 07:51:59 PM
I never found a SOJ in any version.

I was going through my characters just checking them out and ran across 1 SOJ. I assume I did find one because I don't remember trading or getting it any other way.


1.09 seems to be trying to draw me back in. I played about an hour and a half and picked up a few decent items.

Islestrike Twin Axe
Skin of the Vipermagi Serpentskin Armor
Haemosu's Adamant Cuirass
Hwanin's Refuge Tigulated Mail
Hwanin's Justice Bill
The Battlebranch Poleaxe
Steeldriver Great Maul
Sol Rune
Dol Rune
Tir Rune

Glyph Cowl Circlet

Required Level: 65
+40 to Mana
All Resistances +17
8% Life stolen per hit
6% Mana stolen per hit

Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on February 19, 2019, 05:30:30 PM
So I have taken a little break from D2 since the D3 season started a few weeks ago.  I just did 1 Chaos Sanctuary run and 1 Meph run and picked up 2 items I have been missing, Templar's Might and Skullder's Ire.  I was playing D2 for well over a year and didn't have either of them drop in all that time, then I play 2 runs and get them.  Go figure.  I'll probably get them again in the next 100 runs.  That's usually how things work.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on February 19, 2019, 07:29:32 PM
Congrats on the Templar's Might.  I've found 3 IK Armors and found about 20 rare Sacred Armors, but still haven't had either unique drop.  And yeah, you'll probably grab 2-3 more real fast.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on February 20, 2019, 07:49:49 PM
Congrats on the finds maxbeedo and mn4nu.  :)

Timinator - You always have so many characters going and different versions.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on February 24, 2019, 08:25:20 PM
I was getting bored with D3 again, so I played some D2 this weekend.  I found some good tc87 grailers:  BK Tribal Guardian, Wraith Flight, and the grand prize...Death's Fathom!  It was 27% cold damage too, which is a pretty damn good roll.  It dropped off some unique just outside the waypoint in WSK2.  I have never found that thing before in all the time I've played D2, so I was pretty excited when it dropped.  I might make another sorceress to be exclusively cold.

I'm down to 52 items left with my plugY characters.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on February 24, 2019, 08:29:59 PM
Excellent work! That is a fine item for a cold sorc!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Saracen on March 15, 2019, 01:46:29 PM
 :)Hello everyone.  I was just wondering if anyone still played D2.  D3 has gotten stale whereas I never used to tire of D2.  I guess I've never found anything that could replace it.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on March 15, 2019, 03:01:53 PM
Welcome.  Yes we still have active players.  Not many but a few.  I have long since given up on D2.  Maybe if they ever do an update to it...
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on March 15, 2019, 03:13:19 PM
Welcome.  I started again from scratch in August trying to do the Holy Grail, but I've been taking breaks lately to play other games.  Gets harder to stay invested when you start going days or weeks without finding anything new. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 03:16:30 PM
I've seriously thought about getting it again. It's only 9 bucks on blizzard's website.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on March 15, 2019, 04:10:54 PM
Well if you want LoD then you will need to throw down 20.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 04:48:28 PM
Oh shit didn't realize that.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Pixie on March 15, 2019, 04:52:19 PM
Don't do it.

Nostalgia only carries you so far.

I've tried replaying a number of old good games and I never can. A lot of times, the things they did that were good have been improved on since then, done better by other games. In other cases, the graphics are just too dated and your eyes start to hate you and try to gouge themselves out.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 05:02:53 PM
Yeah, and at 9 bucks it's an impulse buy. At 20, there's alot of good 20 dollar games out there...
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 07:47:59 PM
Grid 2 free on humble store:


https://www.humblebundle.com/store/grid2-spa-bathurst
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 10:17:07 PM
Oops wrong thread. Meant it for gaming chatter. Anyhoo, downloaded and it sucks. Not worth it.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on March 16, 2019, 09:43:08 PM
Don't do it.

Nostalgia only carries you so far.

I've tried replaying a number of old good games and I never can. A lot of times, the things they did that were good have been improved on since then, done better by other games. In other cases, the graphics are just too dated and your eyes start to hate you and try to gouge themselves out.
LOL!  I get what your saying, but I still love playing it.  I still get the thrill when finding a rare item.  Heck, today I found a Lo rune and was pretty excited about that. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 26, 2019, 06:44:07 AM
I've ordered myself D2 +LOD as I can't find my old disks and I have a hankering to give 1.07 a try again.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on March 26, 2019, 12:25:59 PM
We might have to send you files. The digital download starts 1.12
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 26, 2019, 05:49:40 PM
That's why I ordered disks.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on March 26, 2019, 07:34:53 PM
let us know how you get on
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 27, 2019, 06:49:54 AM
I will. Once the disks arrive and are installed, there is the nice guide on d2.net (or whatever it is called these days) about 1.07. I'll probably set up a 1.09 and 1.07 install.

I can't recall what the virtues of 1.08 vs 1.09 were, if any.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on March 27, 2019, 07:00:02 AM
I think that 1.08 is basically 1.09 with broken magic find.  It's much more difficult to get sets/uniques.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 27, 2019, 07:20:54 AM
As someone who doesn't know, what is the reason to play 1.07 vs 1.12?
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 27, 2019, 07:46:23 AM
1.07 has a whole mess of stuff that never made it into release.

1.12 has a more D3 style system for Magic Finding, which I really don't like.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Lego on March 27, 2019, 07:50:27 AM
Gotcha. Thanks. I've been contemplating downloading it myself, as I don't have a cd drive in my laptop, so I'd be stuck at 1.12.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 27, 2019, 10:15:10 AM
Although 1.12 does have a lot of additional content and offers more of a challenge at hell diff, I just don't get on with how it handles item finding. I like doing boss runs and knowing that the TC ranges means I know what I can expect from Meph or Council or whatever. If I just want to mow down hordes of monsters in search for something good, that's what the cow level is for.

I do have a separate 1.12 install, so I might use that once I have characters geared through 1.07 to 1.09.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on March 27, 2019, 11:53:55 AM
Not sure what you mean with the item finding in the later patches.  All of the TC drop possibilities are known for every monster and boss, with exact drop odds, which are still low enough to be a huge challenge.  Rune drop rates were boosted but not in any ridiculous way, I've still never seen a Zod, Cham, Jah, or Vex (and the only Ber I ever saw I got like 15 years ago).

Depending on your OS, the version you get through downloading might be 1.14b (which is what I got when I downloaded it), or 1.14d if you update it on battle.net (the current patch).  1.14a is what added Windows 7/8/10 and Mac OS 10.10+ native support (no XP compatibility mode needed).

1.10 was the biggest change, as it made Hell difficulty much much harder, added skill synergies, and like triple the number of elite uniques.  As fun as it would be to go back to 1.07 to try to get some of the items that no longer exist, there was also no /players setting (added in 1.09), so everything would take way way longer. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Saracen on March 27, 2019, 01:14:19 PM
A lot of good info here.  Thank you all!  I feel really good about cranking it up again.  I don't have any recollection of 1.07, but it sounds interesting and somehow brand new.   :)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 27, 2019, 01:18:30 PM
Not sure what you mean with the item finding in the later patches.  All of the TC drop possibilities are known for every monster and boss, with exact drop odds, which are still low enough to be a huge challenge.  Rune drop rates were boosted but not in any ridiculous way, I've still never seen a Zod, Cham, Jah, or Vex (and the only Ber I ever saw I got like 15 years ago).

My understanding was that they'd changed item finding so that the optimal way to get items was to run areas, rather than target specific mobs like bosses.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Sssith on March 27, 2019, 01:47:04 PM
I have vague memories that they changed areas to be associated with a particular TC.  So the Den of Evil could drop the highest level items as an example.  But I thought you could still run Pindle and Meph for similar goals.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on March 27, 2019, 04:05:50 PM
Not sure what you mean with the item finding in the later patches.  All of the TC drop possibilities are known for every monster and boss, with exact drop odds, which are still low enough to be a huge challenge.  Rune drop rates were boosted but not in any ridiculous way, I've still never seen a Zod, Cham, Jah, or Vex (and the only Ber I ever saw I got like 15 years ago).


My understanding was that they'd changed item finding so that the optimal way to get items was to run areas, rather than target specific mobs like bosses.
It isn't a whole lot different from 1.09 in terms of item hunting.  There are certain areas of the game in v1.10 and later versions where champion and unique monsters can drop everything in the game.  The end boss, Baal, can drop everything in the game. Pindleskin, got a mini nerf in that he can drop all but 3 items now, unlike in 1.09 when he could drop everything.

1.09 item hunting was mainly run Pindleskin a billion times.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on March 27, 2019, 04:14:25 PM
Areas in NM/Hell have a level that all regular mobs are set at.  Random uniques (and their minions) are at +3 level from that, champions are +2 from that.  Super uniques and bosses are set very specifically, so some have their TCs or levels manually adjusted to be different than the area they are in.  As someone who somewhat recently restarted the game completely, I like that the idea that, while Hell is extremely hard, there are areas you can target in Act 1 or Act 2 that have the possibility of dropping anything in the game, and they are usually areas you wouldn't go to normally, thus allowing you the chance to farm up the gear you need to proceed further.  In Act 1, the Mausoleum and The Pit are level 85 areas, and thus the normal mobs there can drop TC87 items (though you have to kill uniques/champions to get the rarest unique/set items that have a qlvl of 86 or 87), but the entire main path in Act 1 is in the 70s.  Monster TC and level are checked separately, and the item can't be dropped if the monster doesn't meet the requirements of both.  That's partly why so many of the TC3 items are hard to find, because they have qlvls in the high teens or 20s, so for example I'm still missing Tancred's Hobnails that are TC3 but are qlvl27, so they can't drop until Act 4 despite just being "Boots." The immunities also make it so different builds have to target specific areas if they want to farm the best gear effectively.  The Ancient Tunnels in Act 2 doesn't have any naturally-spawning cold immunes, the Mausoleum only spawns zombies and skeletons that are lightning immune, Durance levels have no fire immunes, etc. 

Hell Meph is level 87, but is manually capped at dropping TC78 and lower.  He's still very good to run for the amount of drops he gives for the time it takes, especially for mid-tier gear, but you won't get the hardest-to-find gear from him.  Pindleskin is level 86, so he can still drop "almost" anything, making him still a favorite to farm (can't drop Tyrael's Might, Arachnid Mesh, or Azurewrath because they are qlvl87, Tyrael's being the only one of those that Meph can't drop).  The Worldstone Keep is all level 85, and Baal himself is level 99, though the area can be ridiculously tough depending on the spawns (mostly Burning Souls), and Baal's level matters very little compared to the scope of items in the game, as the highest set/unique qlvl is 87 (there are a few specific Charm affixes that require above that though).  The area vs. boss debate depends on what you're looking for.  If your gear sucks, bosses are still way better since they drop good stuff way more frequently, but if you're looking for specific gear you might want to target a specific area or super unique.  For example, at Players 1, 0% MF, Hell Meph has a 1 in 1841 chance to drop a Harlequin Crest, but a random unique has around a 1 in 45000 chance (dropcalc (http://dropcalc.silospen.com/item.php)).  If you're looking for something like Tyrael's Might though, the only bosses that can drop it are Hell Baal and Nilathak, which take a long time to get to and take longer to fight than clearing lvl 85 areas looking for unique/champion packs.  I like that it balances things this way, as I tend to get rewarded farming bosses OR areas. 
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on March 27, 2019, 04:36:18 PM
Excellent summary Max.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on March 27, 2019, 05:29:39 PM
From 1.09 to 1.1X there were a bunch of changes, but all very different to Diablo3.

the newest patches are great for the rune drops.  In 1.09 I'd never seen Um or above.   Now I've seen Ber and below as drops. 

Remember D3 would with loot 2.0, if you were a barb, you basically never got a wizard/DH items to drop.  In any Diablo2 player, it doesn't care about class specifics and will drop what it wants.
D3 also had the shards later so you could gamble and it was a matter of time before you got the item you want. 
D2 (any patch) you could spend months or years and never see the 1 item you want.
"Magic find" basically doesn't exist in D3, at least as a stat.  If you haven't seen something in an hour or something legendary WILL drop.  but when you high level you'll see a tonne of shiny items.  Compare this to D2 (any patch) when you could play a lot and potentially not get anything, or at least the things you desire.

All things considered I haven't actively played D3 in quite some time.  I want to get back to D2 when time permits.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 28, 2019, 05:34:10 AM
Max that is an excellent summary, thank you.

My current plan is to primarily play 1.09 until I have a suitable collection of items and then transition a character or two over to 1.14.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on March 28, 2019, 06:15:08 AM
Character respec will greatly help too!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on March 31, 2019, 05:39:33 PM
So I'm up to the Great Marsh in Act 3 with my proto-WW Barb. No great luck on drops so far (only two pieces of Clegaws set) but, its steady away. Think I've died once since starting out, which is not bad. LE uniques are still a PITA and I'm dreading meeting my first MSLE but, I hope that won't be for a while yet. I've played through until act 2 with my 1.14 Barb and on balance, I'd say so far the difficulty is about the same as 1.09 but in a different way. I chug a lot more potions in 1.14 to stay alive but, I've not run into any instantly lethal packs yet. Drops are a lot better and I've started following the MF throughplay guide as well, which is helping even more.

My 1.09 Barb could use a little help to speed things up so, if anyone has any spare items suitable for a Barb, they'd be gladly received. All of my old D2 uniques/sets were given away back in 2003 (I think Stridje got most of them) and the two character files I did keep, I can find no trace of. So if you fancy sending me a mule, send it to: sendraks@gmail.com
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on March 31, 2019, 06:53:23 PM
So I'm up to the Great Marsh in Act 3 with my proto-WW Barb. No great luck on drops so far (only two pieces of Clegaws set) but, its steady away. Think I've died once since starting out, which is not bad. LE uniques are still a PITA and I'm dreading meeting my first MSLE but, I hope that won't be for a while yet. I've played through until act 2 with my 1.14 Barb and on balance, I'd say so far the difficulty is about the same as 1.09 but in a different way. I chug a lot more potions in 1.14 to stay alive but, I've not run into any instantly lethal packs yet. Drops are a lot better and I've started following the MF throughplay guide as well, which is helping even more.

My 1.09 Barb could use a little help to speed things up so, if anyone has any spare items suitable for a Barb, they'd be gladly received. All of my old D2 uniques/sets were given away back in 2003 (I think Stridje got most of them) and the two character files I did keep, I can find no trace of. So if you fancy sending me a mule, send it to: sendraks@gmail.com
I don't believe a MSLE typically shows until at least nightmare. I seem to meet most of mine in Act 1 Hell.

I still have lots of 1.09 stuff but not much spare high end items. Low or Mid level I have some extras, Give me an idea of some things you want and I can see what I can pass along. I have lots of rare rings and amulets and skill amulets. Lots of rare gloves, headgear and boots too. If you want/need some IAS or other jewels or lower runes (Amn or lower) I probably have spares. If you want magic find I have at least an extra nagelring around 20% MF. I have gems of all types too.

Are you using ATMA for 1.09?
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 01, 2019, 05:31:04 AM
Thank you D2. Skill amulets, rings with leach and any MF gear like the Nagelring would be appreciated.

In terms of specific items I'm looking for, the unsurprising list is as follows and anything from it would be gratefully received.

Helm: Vampire or Blackthorn
Chest: Shaftstop
Belt: String
Gloves: Venomgrip
Weapon: Crainte Vomir

Specific MF items: Skulders, Goldwrap, War Traveller and Blade of Ali B.

And yes, I'm using Atma. :)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 01, 2019, 05:07:43 PM
Milestone of level 30 reached in the Kurast Bazaar. Of course Whirlwind is largely useless at the moment due to the damage penalty and my lack of mana leach. On the plus side, I only died once getting that far through act 3 and that was to a fire enchanted stygian doll, whose explosion killed me. Otherwise I've played it careful and avoided being barbecued by Flayer Shaman.

Just Upper Kurast, the Council and Meph to go.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on April 01, 2019, 08:28:14 PM
Milestone of level 30 reached in the Kurast Bazaar. Of course Whirlwind is largely useless at the moment due to the damage penalty and my lack of mana leach. On the plus side, I only died once getting that far through act 3 and that was to a fire enchanted stygian doll, whose explosion killed me. Otherwise I've played it careful and avoided being barbecued by Flayer Shaman.

Just Upper Kurast, the Council and Meph to go.
I just sent you a stash with some items in it. I picked some lower level items hoping you could use them right away but it looks like you are higher level than I guessed now. I didn't have the shaftstop armor but I did throw in a Skin of the flayed one. I have lots of dusk shrouds, wire fleece and the like with sockets if you want something like that. Let me know you got the stuff here or by email. I threw in the magic war sword just for the heck of it. It was for sale when I started my game and it was decent so I thought it might be better than what you had. I think I put in a couple things that should help your mana issues.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 02, 2019, 05:16:39 AM
Thank you D2, I'm pretty sure it will all be useful given the game tends to drop lower level stuff anyway. Will check out the mule once I'm home from work and let you know. The life leach on the Skin will be incredibly useful, given I'm short on that at the moment and I'll be able to use it in a levels time. :)
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 02, 2019, 12:07:13 PM
Yup! All really useful stuff. My Barb is now mana sustaining whilst using concentrate, whereas before I had to keep chugging potions to use skills and had made it this far just using the basic attack. So this is a huge upgrade in and of itself.

Thank you so much D2!
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on April 02, 2019, 04:20:37 PM
Yup! All really useful stuff. My Barb is now mana sustaining whilst using concentrate, whereas before I had to keep chugging potions to use skills and had made it this far just using the basic attack. So this is a huge upgrade in and of itself.

Thank you so much D2!
Cool glad it helps out. If you think of something else you need let me know and I can check.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 02, 2019, 05:06:21 PM
Cheers!

Got Diablo down earlier. On players 8 it was a protracted affair and I'd forgotten how much of a sod he could be to actually hit. Still having the fight last a few minutes felt suitably epic.

The Chaos Sanctuary is still no pushover thanks to those damn Oblivion Knights.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 04, 2019, 04:26:33 AM
Act 5 gives so much xp. I hit lvl 42 last night and have only got as far as Pindle. So that's both the Blackthorns and Crainte equipped although I didn't have much time to play with them. Thanks again for those D2.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: D2Addict on April 04, 2019, 06:06:45 AM
Act 5 gives so much xp. I hit lvl 42 last night and have only got as far as Pindle. So that's both the Blackthorns and Crainte equipped although I didn't have much time to play with them. Thanks again for those D2.
Yeah Act 5 is probably my favorite for places and experience. Enjoy the new equipment. I don't have many higher end swords but if you let me know what you would like I can check or watch for it. I still do some MF runs with my old Barb and have been playing a bit with a few 'newer' characters that are in Hell now. If you want another Barb amulet let me know. A lot of them are magic but I do have rares and have enough to equip my own Barb army. I still have 74 Barb specific amulets.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: maxbeedo on April 05, 2019, 01:28:10 AM
Let me know if you need anything for 1.14b or later, as I have duplicates of quite a bit of stuff.  I'm using GoMule, but I'm just manipulating the .d2s files, so I can send you a D2 character save as a mule if you need anything.

Only grailer I've found in the last 3 weeks was a Grandfather.  Otherwise a lot of nothing, or "almosts", like a rare Unearthed Wand and 2 rare Hydra Bows.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 05, 2019, 09:52:53 AM
Only grailer I've found in the last 3 weeks was a Grandfather.  Otherwise a lot of nothing, or "almosts", like a rare Unearthed Wand and 2 rare Hydra Bows.
I've slowed down too, down to 43 items left.  I started a hammerdin the other day and got him to the Pit in Hell now.  I think I'll level him there for a bit before pushing on to finish Hell.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Timinator on April 06, 2019, 01:27:30 AM
Just remember if you stop playing you stop progress. Keep running and they will probably keep sropping
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: mn4nu on April 07, 2019, 10:06:29 AM
I just found a perfect 30 res Mara's from a hung skeleton thing in the City of the Damned.  Pretty amazing luck there.  42 items left!

EDIT:  More good luck!  A few minutes later the hellforge boss drops me an Arachnid Mesh belt.  I've found a few of those already, but it's still got to be one of the best things Heyfatso has ever dropped for me.
Title: Re: So I fired up D2 again
Post by: Darkness on April 09, 2019, 06:39:46 AM
Into Act 2 Nightmare now. Having left normal mode at level 52, I didn't really gain any significant amounts of XP until the end of Act 1 and didn't reach level 53 until I finished the Sewers at the start of Act 2. I'm inclined to make reasonably swift work of Act 2 up to a point and then be more thorough in clearing.