Diablo III’s Expansion Soon To Be Revealed?

It looks that way. Apparently, this Web page of Blizzard’s has everyone excited and abuzz with speculation and rumors. Word has that Blizz made a statement that they would make a special announcement soon (read: Gamescom 2013 next week): “We’re making a special announcement that’s sure to capture the attention of the Heavens, Burning Hells and all the shadowed places that lie between.” There you go.

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Blizz, fix the itemization first will you? Come on. Or are you getting too greedy that you’ll fix it in the expansion so people will have to pay? I mean, you’re Legendary items are bleh, boring, and there’s really nothing legendary about them. Just same stats over and over again, which you can find in Rare items (sometimes even better).

D3 Adventures

Still playing, still enjoying so far. I guess that’s because I don’t play everyday. Whenever I do though, I make sure I have a goal in mind – not just the mindless grinding, which is totally tiring. Even when I’m just running acts, I always have at least an objective – whether it’s to reach a certain level or because I’m looking to get  an achievement – so I don’t get bored fast.

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The elusive Halmin the Alchemist – been looking for this guy for months! Finally got him yesterday. Got tips from Battle.Net but mostly from this site – http://www.hardmodegaming.com/market-research-achievement-guide/. Pay attention to the minimap as the game guide said. When I saw this particular formation shaping in my minimap, I got so excited that just cast Hydra and ignore the rest of the monsters. I quickly went to the room Halmin is supposedly in, killed the demons there and – voila! – he came out from under the bed! Woot!

After finally finding Halmin, I tried runs in Act I to see if I’d have a chance in completing the Haunted achievement but no luck so far. I still have four ghosts to find but I’ve read that they’re extremely rare. I guess I got lucky with the first three I met. But I eventually got tired and frustrated and decided to go to something more colorful to cheer me up! Behold! The Land of the Killer Ponies!

Also, got this from a friend. The bonus damage is lower than what I have right now so if I use it it’s a nerf to my DPS so I’m not going to use it unless the bonus elemental damage somehow compensates. I’ve yet to figure out how that works though. And yes, it looks exactly the same in game as it’s art in the inventory – quite cool!

D3 Team Introduces Paragon Levels

The Diablo III website posted Jay Wilson’ article about Paragon Levels, which basically is a different kind of leveling after your character has reached the max level cap of 60.

Here’s the quick and dirty of it with Jay’s own words:

  • After you hit level 60, any further experience you earn from killing monsters will begin to count toward Paragon levels
  • There are 100 Paragon levels
  • Every Paragon level will reward you with:
    • Core stats such as Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Vitality in amounts similar to what you’d gain from a normal level
    • 3% Magic Find and 3% Gold Find
  • In addition, a distinctive increasingly-impressive border will surround your character portrait in the in-game party frame to denote your Paragon progression, with a new frame earned after every ten levels. Your Paragon level will also be visible to other players wherever your normal level is shown

For more information, head on over to Jay’s article at Blizzard.

Nice addition… I think.

Another Diablo III Easter Egg

Well not so much as, according to many fansites like this one, this character is a homage to a NPC/Super Unique monster in Diablo I. Here he is, Lloigor the Crazed, who is an echo of Zhar the Mad from the first game.

I wasn’t able to get a screenshot when he became a Super Unique monster. Was too busy trying to kill him with my lowbie Demon Hunter. LOL!

Why Do I Have To Do This Again?

Is it my fault that when I installed the game and launched, it was being a “know-it-all” and chose to use “The Americas” region/server when I created my character? If you want your game to be customer friendly, it should ask the player which servers they want to play because chances are, they’d be too excited to actually think about it.

Do I have to go through the forums every time a patch comes out and the game doesn’t patch on its own? The patches before had no problems. So what’s the problem Blizzard?! I had to search a bit on the forums to find the solution!! Players get frustrated if they have to do something like this, you know. Not all players would know that the game will decided which server they’d be playing for the first time.

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The following is a re-post from the Diablo III forum in Battle.Net. Thank you Barthus for posting this! The steps are easy enough to follow and I didn’t encounter any problem. But people shouldn’t have to go through this. Sheesh!

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This may apply to you if this is how your game/launcher is behaving:

On login you get a message saying “A New patch for Diablo III is available” and it also says that your game will be closed and the patch will be applied. The game closes, the Launcher comes up saying “Game is up to date” and no patch is applied.

Basically, the “new patch” message means your Diablo III.exe or battle.net.dll does not match the version accepted by the server. If different regions are at different versions, you need to set your patch_url to get updates meant for the region you play in.

If you play in Europe or Asia, change the patch_url accordingly and follow the steps under “Reverting the client to the correct version”.

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———- Change the patch_url by editing the .agent.db file.
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This is how you can set your client to get updates whenever they’re released in the Americas region: (Shouldn’t be needed if you use a client meant for the region you play in.)

Before you start, make a backup copy of the original .agent.db file. (to restore in case something goes wrong)

1. Go in your Diablo III folder.
2. Open the .agent.db file on WordPad.(This file may be hidden and please, do not delete this file)
3. find the “patch_url” line and change its value to:
http://enUS.patch.battle.net:1119/patch4. Save and close the file.

5. Now go in the Battle.net folder:
Win 7/8/Vista
C:\ProgramData\Battle.netWindows XP
C:\Document and settings\All Users\Application Data\Battle.net(ProgramData and Application Data are hidden folders.)

6. Once inside the Battle.net folder, select and delete the Agent folder. (don’t skip this step)

7. Start the Launcher.

Now, if the issue was the launcher not patching the Diablo III client because it was using a different patch_url, your client should be patched and you should be good to go. However, if you play in a region that’s behind your client’s version, you need to revert your client to the previous version.

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———- Reverting the Client to the correct version. (Set the patch_url before doing this)
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“An unexpected error occurred while trying to install” (Unable to reach final version)

The above message is the error you get when your diablo3 client version is ahead of the patch_url set, if that happens, this is how you should proceed.

1. Delete the Updates folder. (Diablo III\Updates)
2. Delete the Diablo III.mfil file
3. Delete all files named d3-update-10235 in the Data_D3 folder. Delete only the ones added in the most recent build, 10235. Go in “Data_D3\PC\MPQs” and look inside base, LOCALE, Win, OSX and Cache folders.
4. Replace your Diablo III.exe with an older version if the file (Must be older than 9991. And backup the original file, just in case)
5. Run Diablo III Launcher to repatch the game.

LOCALE = Your game’s locale (enUS, enGB, frFR, deDE, etc)

If you need a Diablo III.exe for step 4, you could download this one:
http://www.gamefront.com/files/21864092/Diablo_III_exe_1_0_0_8370_zipThis file was extracted — by me — from base-Win.mpq using MPQEditor, and if you don’t want to download this file, you could do the same. (Just google MPQEditor)

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———- patch_url list. 🙂 (You might need one of these if you don’t play in the Americas region)
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Americas:
http://enUS.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
Europe:
http://enGB.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
SEA/ANZ:
http://enSG.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
Korea (Asia)
http://koKR.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
Taiwan (Asia)
http://zhTW.patch.battle.net:1119/patch

If the regions are at different versions but changing the patch_url doesn’t help:

1. Your client version may be ahead of the region you play in. If that’s the case, just follow the steps under “Reverting the Client to the correct version.” (It’s on the original post)
2. It’s also important to check — in-game — if your client is set to log on to the correct region.
3. Make sure you followed the instructions correctly.

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An error that a lot of people are going to get:
ERROR: The file C:\Program files (x86)\DiabloIII\Updates\d3-0-10057-Win-final.MPQ appears to be corrupt. You may need to download this file again.
In this case, just delete the Updates folder to re-download the MPQ patch. (Diablo III\Updates)

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If you see a big “Install” button, close and reopen the launcher. If that doesn’t work try deleting the Updates folder. (This is being caused by a bug)

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How to Repair Diablo III:

If you messed up and believe your Diablo III Install is broken, there’s no need to re-download the entire game. You should be able to repair your Diablo III install by following the instructions on this post: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5271498956#4

Development Hell

Yep, found it in my first round of Act I in Hell difficulty. Spent an entire playthrough trying to get it to spawn in Nightmare difficulty but it never spawned. Bah! So imagine my happiness when I saw four dungeons in the Cemetery of the Forsaken? Woot!

And here he is…

You have to finish the game on Normal difficulty and then start a game on Nightmare mode or higher. The dungeon will spawn as an extra one in the Cemetery of the Forsaken area.

I took a screenshot of almost all the “monsters” there aka the game developers. Hehe…

Hiatus

Been busy playing Diablo III, so I haven’t really checked here since then. But that doesn’t mean I won’t post here anymore. Maybe I’ll blog about my character when I’ve got good gear. LOL!

So here’s something that’ll entertain you for the meantime. Video is from the official Tomorrowland After Movie but the music is the full mix version of Pryda – Mirage w/ Empire of the Sun – We Are People.

Diablo III’s TV Spots (May Contain Spoilers)

Containing scenes from previously revealed cinematic videos, featuring Leah and Azmodan, as well as new footage of Imperius, the Archangel of Valor – awesome rendering of him, I must say! I can’t wait to meet him! – and Tyrael, the Archangel of Justice, and of course, Diablo, the Lord of Terror!

April 29 – Evil is Back

May 2 – End of Days

May 4 – It’s Not Safe