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Jul 3, 2008Hey, on this note, is it possible to lock a thread at the same time that the poll verdict is reached (I.E. when timed polls are finished their preset time and stop receiving votes)? This would keep some poll threads that have been dead for a while from getting bumped back up.Posted in: Site Feedback
Jun 26, 2008Before even another moment had passed, the creature was upon them. Its wicked sword arched through the semi-darkness and slammed into an unanticipating Darrian, his reflexes unable to account for the weight of his heavy weapon of choice.Posted in: Roleplaying
Even as the demon's sword impaled his chest and sent him hurtling back in to a rotting, ancient pillar, the vile creature grinned insidiously.
Darrian struggled to his feet and fixed his hands upon the handle of his massive weapon, "In the name of Torm I cast this demon back to the Nine Hells!"
As his hammer fell throw the air, a distant enchantment echoed throw the shadows: "Praeses, Alia, Fero!"
Darrian's hammer stopped as if it had crashed into wall and then become stuck in it. His eyes contorted in confusion and surprise, "What new devilry has this creature summoned?"
A man slid out of the shadows to his right, robed in brown, his thumb and middle finger fixed on his temples, his right hand extended toward the motionless hammerhead. His hands then fell, his concentration broken, and he looked hard at Darrian, "The demon has said that your anger feeds him- do not raise your weapon upon him just yet-"
Darrian nudged him away, "Who are you- no, you do not concern me. Go about your business, there is a demon to be slayed and a wizard will not step in my way!"
He slung his hammer once again throw the air and in to the robed demon. He was tossed aside like a rag doll in a hurricane, tattered, blackened robes and bits of shadow collapsing and hurtling to the ground.
"See? There is no beast that can withstand my hammer!" laughed Darrian haughtily.
As he spoke the demon raised itself from the dusty floor, growing taller and larger than before, a thicker darkness and twang of terror upon him this time. His sword seemed somehow more solid and flickered with a wicked black lightning. His eyes grew brighter still, and he laughed.
Jun 24, 2008Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)Quote from "DarthKarnage" »Is there someway we can get a moderator here tomorrow to stay on all day and delete all posts by "firstposters"?
They aren't all bad. There were a few good ones, and everyone does have a right to discuss the possibilites.
Jun 24, 2008Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)Quote from "Daniel89" »You misiunderstood, you post was poking fun at people who only come on the forums during a big event, my post was merely mocking why would anyone want to randomely join a site when theres no event near. Unless i misunderstood yours, in which case i apologize.
Oh, okay. I guess it just depends on your point of view, then. For instance, I'm really sick of people with 3 posts coming in and when I say, "There's always a possibility that it won't be Diablo III- like MD said, it could also be WC IV or just more hype for WotLK," saying to me, "Evry1 who thinkz is WC4 F U!!one11!"
The majority of people that have this pattern of joining, posting once or twice, and then never posting again once the event(s) is(are) over 1) have no information to back up their argument, 2) are hopeless fan bois that ignorantly believe things without proper review of the facts, 3) flame for no reason, 4) don't thoroughly read through posts and then flame the person, 5) spam incessently, 6) all post "I've been watching this forum for x years and have been playing Diablo since it came out," 7) regurgitate what has already been said at least once on every single page and then say, "WTF I DONT WANTZ 2 REED TEH HOLE F***IN THRED!!", and 8) are usually very immature about their posts.
Given, there are exceptions, and immaturity on a site for a game is okay (in general, though since this game is technically for adults, this shouldn't be an issue.) I've seen this time and time again, and you have to understand, from where I'm standing it gets very, very annoying.
Apr 28, 2008Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)Quote from "toolboy198302" »Hey folks, Have we ruled out a new blizzcast? maybe something leading toward d3 in it?
just doing a little brain storming
Yeah, a Blizzcast was ruled out. Supposedly, the next two Blizzcasts will not be Diablo-related. That's also a good thing- it could mean that they're too busy (the Diablo team) to do a Blizzcast.
Apr 14, 2008-.-' You're missing the point. They can't be subject to our laws or they aren't beyond nature- "super-natural". They'd be aliens or something.Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)
Your brain is still subject to the natural laws of our Universe.
That really has nothing to do with the angel itself.
And let's say an angel came down to you, showed itself and had a nice little chat with you. Would it not be an angel then? If it wasn't, then angels cannot possibly exist, because there'd be no way to ever notice them. If we ever did, they wouldn't be angels anymore.
That's exactly what I'm saying. They're beyond our rules. It's obviously going to confuse us because it would be like trying to define a banana with HTML- we are something completely different than them.
If were are to assume that there are angels, then we have to assume we, too, have spirituality. That is the level, then, that a "spirit" would communicate on. But, in another sense, if you assume there are angels, then something must have created them, unless you want to buy in to some kind of spiritual evolution or something, like some new agers do. If we are to assume then, for sake of argument, that angels do exist, and that they also have a creator, we would have to assume that the same being created our spirituality, and, thus, everything that would come along with that, primarily meaning everything, at which point the creator would be called "god". And if this god were to create everything, he or she would have no chains to our rules, and thus be able to change them or go beyond them at anytime he/she so wishes. So, this god could command the angel to appear to deliver some kind of divine message, and then take whatever necessary steps he or she so chooses to keep that creature from being defined quantitatively.
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Aug 16, 2010Posted in: Diablo III General DiscussionQuote from Answerme
Thanks all for your comments.
Can you guys elaborate more on the games length. Since me and my friend we dont really try out new classes or multiple characters. we just stick to one from start to end. even in Wow i just have 1 character since 4 years.
Then maybe diablo is not the kind of game for you and your friend.
Diablo, unlike WoW, is a "introspective" game. This mean that the very core of the game is your character, not the world around your character. In other words, building character is the number one and the core feature of diablo (both by looking for items and by creating skill combinations). This is the reason why people keeps playing the same 5 dungeons in the last 10 years: the dungeon doesn't matter as long as you are playing with different characters.
I dunno how many hours of D2 i've played but it's huge amount. I've builded more then 40 different characters, most of then are lvl.80+, a few are 90+ and 3 are 99. And after all this time, all this characters, now and then i still come up with something new to play.
I"m not saying that diversity in maps and dungeons is not important. But they are not so important as diversity of characters. This is diablo phylosophy.
Aug 11, 2010True story, though.Posted in: Off-Topic
Happened to me as well...
I remember back when I was Seth's babe, he'd buy me all kinds of shiny things, tell me he'd stop spending so much time at the office, but he never did.
He never did :(.
Then I find out he's banging that secretary Nekro, and I fucking flip.
Wiped shit all over the walls of our house, killed one of our kids and collected the insurance, told them he was just playing hop scotch near the wood chipper, they believed me, the dumb shits.
Now I sit here, rich and alone.
Don't hold onto him Nekro, he'll leave you for the next piece of meat that comes along.
Jul 23, 2010Well something i noticed while watching ze wizard gameplay vid, in the graveyard she's shooting all these bolts everywhere at zombies. Then she kills this one zombie and he tumbles over the wall out of the map, but even out of the map he tumbles a bit off the ground. So that brings me to the conclusion that the area outside, which is for decoration, is interactible too...in a matter of speaking. Which is probably one of my favorite aspects of the game, theres nothing better then cleaving a zombie off a cliff and seeing him toumble down 8DPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Jul 21, 20101 - Why Marijuana is illegalPosted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)
I have actually done a considerable amount research on this matter, branching off from a study I had to do on cotton a few years back. There's a considerable amount of evidence to support the theory that Marijuana was originally made illegally only because it was a byproduct of the Cannabis plant, which was also used to make hemp. During the early times of American colonization, a great deal of the fledgling country's economy was based on cotton. It funded the slave trade, funded western expansion, funded the government, etc. There was a terrible amount of money invested in this single crop with hundreds (if not thousands) of acres of land devoted to cotton plantations.
Then along came hemp. Certain (progressive) people started to realize that hemp (another byproduct of the Cannabis plant) could be turned into a much stronger, more resilient, lighter and longer-lasting material than cotton with otherwise very similar properties. Had it become a business venture, it likely would have destroyed a lot of the cotton business, as it would have been considerably more value without any extra effort or work.
Immediately plantation owners and those heavily involved with the cotton industry (almost everyone, including many politicians) came down hard on it. They pointed out the narcotic aspects of the Cannabis plant, among other supposed "problems" with it and banned its growth and production - essentially killing any resistance to the cotton movement. Down the road, more and more people would begin to view Cannabis as this evil child-corrupting drug (all part of the government's very clever campaign to justify it's own actions). Since then it's stayed illegal mostly due to people's fear of it that has been disseminated from the government for it's mind-altering properties and dangerous 'gate-way drug' status.
2 - The facts about Marijuana usage and health
Marijuana is not bad for you (the average person) at all. AT ALL. The plant itself, is simply that, a plant. Consuming Marijuana is analogous to eating broccoli in terms of harmfulness to the human body (physiologically speaking). Marijuana when consumed through eating (baking it into brownies or cookies or whatever) or as vapour (through a water bong, bubbler, etc) has no harmful effects what-so-ever. The only potential direct harm from Marijuana consumption is if you smoke it. This is due to the harmful chemicals (such as Carbon Monoxide aka SMOKE) and the ash entering your lungs, throat, etc.
It should be noted, though, that smoking almost anything else will be worse for you. Look at cigarettes, for example. Cigarettes contain approximately 4,000 different chemicals (many of them harmful). To name a few: Formaldehyde, Acetone, Ammonia, Arsenic, Benzene, etc. This is in addition to the carbon monoxide and ash inhalation. Finally, cigarette smoke is also highly addictive, as it contains the chemical Nicotine. Some people can get permanently hooked on the drug after only a single dosage (one cigarette).
Another harmful (but completely legal) drug product is alcohol. Alcohol impairs your judgement and removes inhibitions. It is the ULTIMATE gateway drug, because it is completely legal for young people to buy (and they will!) and removes your normal inhibitions that make you say, "no cocaine for me, thank you". In addition to this, alcohol and ethanol are poisonous to humans. Consuming them is deadly. Ever heard of alcohol poisoning?
Other legal (and harmful) drugs include: caffeine (in coffee and chocolate), cough medicine, glue, pain medication, sleep aids, anti-depressants, and oxy-contin. All of these are considerably more addictive and harmful than simply consuming Marijuana.
Even sex, on average, is more dangerous than consuming Marijuana. Through sex, you can get any number of deadly or horrendous diseases such as HIV, HPV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Mononucleosis, Crabs, etc. Recreational sex is enjoyable yet dangerous (just like alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, etc, etc, etc).
(The following stats apply only to the USA and are approximated)
Annual deaths directly related to Alcohol consumption: 85,000
Annual deaths directly related to Cigarette consumption: 435,000
(The following stats apply to the entire world and are approximated)
Annual deaths directly related to Sexually Transmitted Diseases: 7,000,000
Annual deaths directly related to Marijuana consumption: 0
Marijuana has actually been proven to help some people suffering from pain or certain debilitating diseases (such as glaucoma). While it is obviously not generally used as a treatment by all, it is used very successfully by some and should continue to be. If it is going to improve the quality of your life, you should do it.
The only potential health risk I can even imagine being attributed to Marijuana consumption is obesity (and that's a pretty flimsy argument at best). Some people say Marijuana makes you lazy. Well, it can, but so can using the computer or watching TV or drinking beer. A lot of the time, Marijuana actually makes people more active, prompting them to want to go and explore or travel somewhere. It does increase appetite, but if you're a generally healthy individual in general there should be no cause for concern. The point is, if you're fat, it's probably your own fault. Don't blame it on the drug that you choose to take that makes you a bit hungrier. That's just silly.
3 - What should be done
This is tricky subject. Every country is different and has different laws. Being a Canadian, I am most familiar with Canadian society and its legal system. I am pretty familiar with the American society and system as well, though, so I'll try to comment on that as well.
In both countries, the recreational and medicinal use of Marijuana should be legalized but restricted. The production and distribution of Marijuana should be strictly regulated and controlled by government agencies. This should be similar to the production and distribution of alcohol or tobacco. The government should put a tax on it and print warnings on all packages sold warning of the potential hazards of smoking Marijuana (similar to with cigarettes).
- It should be illegal for minors (under 21 in the USA or under 19 in Canada) to purchase, own, or consume Marijuana
- It should be illegal for anyone to give or sell Marijuana to minors
- It should be illegal to consume Marijuana and then operate machinery or drive
- If there are restrictions on smoking cigarettes in public, the same restrictions should apply to smoking Marijuana
- The government should promote safe and responsible usage by encouraging the use of bongs or baking rather than smoking
This system would accomplish several things at once.
- It would cut down significantly on the amount of black market illicit drug trafficking
- There can be incentives to buy in-country Marijuana, promoting local agriculture
- Taxing sales would increase government revenue
- Regulated quality would prevent 'lacing' from occurring, promoting safer usage
- Restricting it from minors would make it just as legal as cigarettes and alcohol
At very least, Marijuana should be de-criminalized. We need to stop putting people in prison for consuming a relatively healthy, safe drug in the comfort of their own home, far from causing anyone else any harm.
If you have any respectable (like, from a scientist, not a pastor) evidence to support the idea that Marijuana is dangerous, harmful, addictive, or evil in any way, please reply. I'd love to hear it.
Jul 19, 2010Posted in: News & Announcements
Blizzard is known for their "It's done when it's done" slogan and their trademark "Soon™" which can cause much debate and mystery over their games' progress. While there has been no official word of how far along in development Diablo III is, there is some interesting information floating about that may just give us a hint and a guess of where they are at. With some careful reading and in-depth investigation, we can get some sort of idea on where they are at with Diablo III's progress.
Starting broadly, we know for sure that Diablo III will not be released in 2010. There is still plenty of information out there proving that they are still hard at work on this game and it is far from being completed. Their plans are to release StarCraft 2 July 27th, 2010 and the WoW expansion Cataclsym later this year. Blizzard has stated that these are the only two games they will be releasing this year. There is some good news to this and some insight if we look further into this however. Rob Pardo, Executive Producer of Diablo III, said at the 2008 WWI that the plan is to release Diablo III before the first StarCraft 2 Expansion is released . Along with this, it was also said that they plan on releasing the first expansion around a year after the game is released.With this information, we can guess that Diablo III will be coming out sometime in 2011. There is also the June 28th/29th date that has become synonymous with Diablo releases which would conveniently land about a year from now.
Official Blizzard Quote:
With "Warcraft III," we hit a year for the expansion. We'd love to hit that for "Starcraft II"
Moving beyond speculation of a release date, it is important to try to figure out just how far in development they are with Diablo III. The first thing that must be noted is that not everything they have completed has been shown to the public. We cannot assume that more Acts have not been worked on just because we have only seen the first two. Same can be said for the characters development. In fact, it was said that the last class, yet to be announced, was actually the first concept they came up with for a class. However, since that first development, the team has gone back and re-iterated the character and this could explain why it has not be revealed yet despite being the first character created. We also know that they have at least two more systems announced, one probably the new crafting system, that they have not shared any information about. Much of this game has been developed, even though we have not seen it yet. There is also the fact that the Diablo team is not developing the game in a linear fashion. Meaning, that Act I is not developed completely before Act II and so on. Therefore, all Acts, characters, and monster are all being worked on simultaneously.
Next, we need to figure out what we know for sure has been developed. As of 2008, Diablo III had been worked on for three years excluding the initial work done by Blizzard North dating back to 2003 which means the game has been in development for seven years, five of which have been work on the current version of the game. It was also said that the game was well into development.One of the major aspects for Diablo III is the characters. While it is unknown just how fully developed each character is, we do know that all five exist and many skills for most of the classes have been created. In fact, back in 2008, there was an interview claiming that all five classes were playable in the game. We also know for sure that the themes for the first two Acts have been created and that Act I is close to completion. We know that the skill rune system has been created and re-worked. Two other systems have been created although we do not know what they are. We know that at least a dozen or so monsters have been created and added into the game including major bosses. While this does not tell us anything new about how far into development they are, it does give us a base for the rest of our speculation.
Official Blizzard Quote:
The game's really far along and it's really fun to play already even though we're not having a playable build here at the show it's pretty far along and it's already a fun game to play
Moving onto the guessing game of Diablo III's progress, there are some hard facts that we can use to figure out current progress. Perhaps the biggest clue given was spotted by Dauroth after a recent Twitter update. In fact, quite a few of Twitter updates have recently been about item progression and development. Ranging from the Barbarian's Epic Armor, Jungle Themed Armor, and the Witch Doctor's Varying Looks, itemization has been a focus of theirs lately. While this may seem like more generic information with no concern to overall progress, Dauroth remembered a key quote that may just shed some light.
Looking at this quote, Jay Wilson has stated that itemization is one of the last things done in development of Diablo III and with the recent influx of item updates, we can guess that the game may be in the latter parts of its development. While I am sure there is still plenty to do to complete the game, there is a small glimmer of hope that maybe this game is not as far out for it release as some may think. With Blizzcon only two months away, we can all cross our fingers and hope to get tons of new information.
Official Blizzard Quote:
The game’s itemization is done fairly late in development. The itemization in general is done fairly late in development. So at that point we’ll be building unique items.
UPDATE 7/25/2010 :
Bashiok commented on a users question about just how much progress has been made. His response?
Official Blizzard Quote:
Stupid amounts of progress have been made. It's stupid. The amounts. They're just silly in the enormity of them. And the progress.
Jul 14, 2010Posted in: News & AnnouncementsQuote from Magistrate
Item hoarders rejoice! Though nothing particularly definitive yet, Bashiok updated us today with another bit of the shiny silver lining of the proverbial clouds of Diablo III! Okay, that was pretty much the worst analogy ever, but still:
Official Blizzard Quote:
it's something we hope to do, it's not designed or in any sort of implementation phase so until we reach that point and either hit a revelation of it working or not we won't know for sure. But yes, still hope to have some sort of easy way to share between characters. "Drop games are dumb." - Bashiok
Shared stashes on the caliber of the popular Diablo II mod Eastern Sun? Wandering from the archaic and traditional stash concept of the previous games into something more accessible and modern? Hopefully more information will come in the days ahead, and BlizzCon 2010.
i wuz the post creator, and bash replied to my question, nao i feel special, YAY ME!
Jul 14, 2010Posted in: Site Feedback
Approximately 70% complete; the client software is complete which was the most time-consuming task as I despise the language it's written in (Java). I'm working on the server at the moment.Could you tell us where in the process you are at in creating this? (That looks so grammatically wrong, but I don't care.)
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