The Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon has shipped today. This novel tie-in bridges the gap between Diablo III and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The Prologue starts right away with Tyrael facing his mortal doubts after taking the mantle of the Archangel of Wisdom, and the discrimination …read more
The Pool of Reflection is a new feature to be introduced in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. It has the same graphics as a Health Fountain, except it is gold-colored. The buff provided by this Pool of Reflection increases XP (experience) by 10% of your XP, stacks up to 10 …read more
Blizzard Entertainment revealed the contents of the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition. Follow this link to pre-order while supplies last.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls PC/Mac Game (DVD-Rom)
Exclusive In-Game Content:
Diablo III Spectral Hound minion
Diablo III Trio of Ageless Helms
Diablo III Malthael Inspired Weapons
World of Warcraft Treasure Goblin Pet
StarCraft II …read more
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With Diablo III: Reaper of Souls barely a few weeks away from hitting gaming and retail stores, Blizzard Entertainment announces the Diablo III game launcher will be no more. On its stead, the Battle.net Launcher will be the main tool to access and update the game.
In preparation for death’s imminent …read more
The Infernal Machine is a portal device used to open a rift into a random location that will match you against two Uber Bosses. Each encounter has a chance to drop one of the four organ items required to craft the Hellfire Ring (Requires level 70).
How to Start
The Infernal Machine …read more
The beta build 21390 introduced new changes to the Sanctuary Map navigation UI (User Interface).
I created an Adventure-Mode game. As I opened the Map by pressing (M) on the keyboard, I noticed the navigation UI was changed slightly.
Before the patch, you would click a small globe with a curved arrow …read more
After the recent patch, the developers added sort of LFG Tags to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls in Adventure Mode only.
Basically, choose the Adventure Mode. Then choose Public Game. At that point, the LFG Tag shows up at the top with a dropdown menu which says:
Now, I understand …read more
Blizzard Entertainment announced the data pertaining new Battle.net system and other changes is now downloadable in preparation for the coming expansion Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
The expansion will go live on March 25th, 2014 — however, you can skip the download time on launch date by downloading most of the …read more
Blizzard Entertainment deployed a new Diablo III: Reaper of Souls beta patch (build 21390).
Among the most important changes is the availability of all the materials to build the Infernal Machine (level 70) and thus the Jeweler is able to craft the Hellfire Ring level 70 — as well as Adventure Mode, Crafting, Cursed Chests and Class changes. — PTR Patch Notes are also available.
The amount of experience needed per level from 64 onward has been increased
Fixed an issue where Covetous Shen’s unique side quest could not be completed
Fixed an issue where the Soul Crucibles in Gideon’s Row and Nobles …read more
The Diablo III developers gathered feedback from several fans to Design a Legendary item for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
The top five submissions are now open for scrutinity, and it relays on “You” the fan to decide which design is best for your Legendary item. Pick one and vote at the following page.
Legendary Power #1:
You radiate an aura of Hatred. All monsters near you deal and receive additional damage.
Legendary Power #2:
Attacks have a chance on hit to cause your current target to be hated by all nearby enemies, taunting them to attack that target for the duration of the effect.
Legendary …read more
Blizzard Entertainment and its partners release Blizzard licensed products every year. Some of these products come in the shape of novels, eBooks, graphic novels, action figures, dioramas, statues, children’s books, and epic weapons. Did you know from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 there are so far 41 Blizzard Licensed Products?
There isn’t an official list of recent and upcoming products. Therefore, I will share a permanent list of recent and upcoming products for which you can pre-order now and relax later knowing that you secured your copy and it will automatically be charged and delivered on release date.
Some of the products were released already, and I felt I should mention them in case you missed them. They are in stock while supplies last and shipping now.
The Fall 2013 – 2014 Blizzard Licensed Products line up is as follows: (click links to reach the pre-order page)
Blizzard Entertainment released an excerpt of the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light novel by New York Times best-selling author Nate Kenyon.
In this brief excerpt we can see the interaction between the Angiris Council and Tyrael in his mortal form shortly after the Diablo III cinematic finale where Tyrael took his place as the new Wisdom.
According to the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael, the mantle of Wisdom was infused into Tyrael by the Crystal Arch itself — which is something that happened off-panel and not in-game.
The excerpt shows the debate between the archangels of what should be the proper thing …read more
After three days of mind-blowingly farming the Mystical Source in Whimsyshire, I have finally looted the oh-so-very-elusive Mystical Source.
I don’t have the Sage’s Journey Set recipe. I simply wanted to loot it to demonstrate whether it existed in closed beta or not. Or who it could be looted from. Of course, also to add it to the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Legendary Crafting Materials guide.
It drops from a super-rare pony, and I don’t know if he spawns in normal mode. After nigh 80 runs in normal mode, I switched to Torment I mode. After 20-30 runs this pony …read more
Nevalistis posted a few juicy details on current changes yet to be implemented in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls beta build and revealed some of the bugs the team knows of that are planned to be addressed in an upcoming build.
Most End-game Legendary items are meant to drop from Horadric caches earned through the Bounty system. Some of these Legendaries are Act specific.
Greater Horadric Cache will be removed from completing Nephalem Rifts. The loot from Greater Horadric Cache will instead drop from the Nephalem Rift Guardian itself.
Legendary items and Set items have a small chance to drop when purchasing …read more
The weekly Jinx Critical Hit sale has placed the spotlight on the Diablo III Tyrael Hoodie, World of Warcraft Monk Hoodie (Women-only) and the StarCraft II Vintage Hoodie lowering them to 30% discount.
You should hurry up. This Critical Hit promo will be up until January 13, 2014 or while supplies last.
- Diablo III Tyrael Hoodie
- World of Warcraft Monk Hoodie (Women-only)
- StarCraft II Terran Vintage Logo Hoodie
While farming for the Mystical Source (legendary crafting material), my templar accidentally hit the Diablo piñata and this dagger dropped. I loaded Adventure Mode Torment level 6, and clicked the dagger.
To my surprise, it was the Horadric Hamburger ramped up to level 70, which pops in my mind … will all level 60 sets make a return as a level 70 version? Chances are that’s the drill.
The Sydyru Bone is a legendary crafting material used by Blacksmight Haedrig Eamon to craft the Sydryu Crust (2-Hand Legendary Bow).
The Sydyru Bone is a randon drop off the Plague Carrier (rare spawn) named Sicklefang. Create a normal-difficulty Adventure-mode game. Go to the Act I: Fields of Misery waypoint. Locate the Forsaken Grounds and talk with the Beleaguered Farmer. He starts the quest titled Carrion Farm. Kill the four Plague Nest. The last plague nest will auto-spawn Sicklefang where the plague nest was located. If no Sydyru Bone drops, keep creating new games until it happens. Took me about 20-30 …read more
The following Diablo 3 merchants are random spawns which have a random chance to sell some really hard-to-find white quality items usually required to craft a Legendary Weapon. The Witch Doctor ceremonial knife legendary weapon requires a Tecpatl (white-quality item). It is sold by Adenah the Curio vendor.
Thus, this list might be useful to those who aren’t able to find a specific item that never drops from weapon racks.
Adenah the Curio
Adenah the Curio Vendor – can be found in the House of Curios at Act I: Field of Misery. Random spawn. Usually when you see burning houses and the …read more
The Quaking Vial is used by the Blacksmith Haedrig Aemon to craft a 2-Handed Mace named Sunder.
The Quaking Vial drops off elite Mallet Lords in the Hell Rift Level 1 (Campaign Mode): Hammersmash and Sledge. Open a campaign mode map and choose Act IV: 2. The Light of Hope — Corrupt Growths Tier 1. Search for the Hell Rift portal by destroying the Corrupt Growth. Enter Hell Rift.
Sunder – 2-H Legendary Mace
A Persuader is required to craft this weapon. Flesh Render can be looted from the Weapon Racks in High Heavens. I found mine in Gardens of Hope 2nd Tier.
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Living Flame is a legendary crafting material used by Blacksmith Haedrig Eamon to craft a legendary 2-handed weapon axe named Cinder Switch.
Living Flame has a chance to drop off the morlu caster Sao’Thall (Embodiment of Hatred). He is a Bounty target in Act IV: The Silver Spire Level 2 — however, he spawns in non-bounty maps too. I just killed him during Bounty: Aspect of Terror, for example.
Living Flame also drops from Rhau’Kye in Act IV: The Silver Spire Level 2 and Malfeas the Abhorrent (rare spawn) in Act IV: The Silver Spire Level 2 found at the Radiant Chapel …read more
The Maghda’s Tormented Soul is a random drop for killing Maghda. I looted about 5 of them in about 40 kills. Simply create a normal-difficulty Adventure Mode. Take the waypoint towards Act II: Road to Alcarnus. Enter Maghda’s lair. If she doesn’t drop it, leave the game, and rinse and repeat until she does.
Cain’s Destiny Set
The Maghda’s Tormented Soul is required to craft the Cain’s Destiny set at Blacksmith Haedrig Eamon. The Cain’s Destiny set adds +6 magical properties, and as you can see from the images below the stats are really good with +100% Magical Find, +50% Experience and …read more
Sideshow Collectibles is shipping now the 21-inches high Diablo Statue Polystone Statue
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to bring you the Diablo statue, from Blizzard Entertainment’s hugely popular action RPG Diablo III. In a brilliant collaboration between the award-winning Sideshow Design and Development and Blizzard Cinematics teams, led by Sideshow Collectibles Creative Director Tom Gilliland and Blizzard Cinematics Creative Director Nick Carpenter, the Prime Evil’s chosen form comes to life, crafted in high quality polystone. The Diablo statue measures over 20 inches tall, hand painted and finished with painstaking attention to detail. Possess it now, before it possesses you.
License: …read more
The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition is now available to pre-order for $79.99.
The Collector’s Edition includes the following items:
Malthael mouse pad, bearing the impenetrable visage of the Angel of Death
Hardback Collector’s Edition art book, chronicling the game’s artistic development
Behind-the-scenes Blu-Ray/DVD two-disc set, featuring in-depth interviews with the development team and members of the Diablo III community
Digital goods include:
Spectral Hound Minion and Transmogrified Gear
Treasure Goblin Pet for World of Warcraft
Battle.net Portraits and Malthael Decals for StarCraft II
Battle.net has launched the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Pre-Orders page, and reveals the official release date: March 25, 2014.
The Standard Edition costs $39.99, while the Digital Edition (which includes the digital goodies found in the Collector’s Edition) available for $59.99.
Thanks to awesome contributor Kuangtu for sharing the find.
Update: Blizzard Entertainment has now posted the official announcement.
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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls closed beta has launched. It is no longer Friends & Family-only. Several invites will be issued over the next weeks in waves. In the meantime, double-check your Battle.net account to see if you got an invite or make sure your opt-in is set to participate.
Reapers, and Westmarch, and Crusaders, oh my—the Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Closed Beta has begun!
Invitations to this next phase of our public test are now being delivered to nephalem worldwide. If you’ve been invited to the Closed Beta, we’d love to hear all about your adventures on the forums, watch your live streams, and see screenshots and videos of your experiences in Sanctuary. Please keep in mind that Reaper of Souls is still in development, which means that all content in the Closed Beta is subject to change and isn’t necessarily representative of the final game.
For additional information about the Closed Beta including how to participate, copy over characters, and provide feedback, read on below!
- How to Participate
- Installation and Play Instructions
- Beta Character Copy
- Feedback and Bug Reporting
- Closed Beta Test FAQ
New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak launched a Kickstarter to develop a novel titled… Legends of the Dragonrealm: The Turning War.
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New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak launched a Kickstarter to develop a novel titled… Legends of the Dragonrealm: The Turning War.
According to Richard, this is a three-volume saga which answers many questions concerning the Legends of the Dragonrealm and the Dragon Masters that never got answered.
That truly sounds powerfully interesting.
Blizzard Entertainment, Pocket Books/Gallery Books have published in past years several novels based on Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft which tie-in with a Blizzard video game or expansion that’s in development.
That’s a great practice because it allows players to learn what happened in between one game and the next as a bridge to inform and draw the players into an immersive story.
However, a long time passes by between the release of these novels.
Warcraft, for example, is very rich in lore, spanning more than 10,000 years of life-changing events, but most of it is given to the player through an in-game book in a very brief medium.
Who hasn’t read about the Three Hammers War?… where the Bronzebeards, the Wildhammers, and the Dark Irons went into a civil war that culminated in the eruption of the Blackrock Mountains with the accidental summoning of Ragnaros 300 hundred years before the opening of the Dark Portal.
Who hasn’t read the fabled story Khadgar once read in the library of Karazhan — “Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt“?
How about the story that led the Darkspear to flee from Stranglethorn Vale?
Or the story about the first humans led by Tyr to safety.
Or how the first Highborne arrived to Tirisfal Glades prior to the founding of Quel’thalas.
The TOKYOPOP Warcraft Legends manga filled a great niche to tell some of these stories, but a novel is longer than a manga. Better yet, novels can extend into trilogies. Or even an entire series of more than three.
Why, oh why–hasn’t Blizzard Entertainment not caved in to the pleas of lore fans?
That’s a question that will haunt me yet for several years. I know the answer down in my heart. Chris Metzen’s plate has been full these past years with multiple games currently in development and other games not yet announced. He’s also co-producer of the Warcraft film. Not to mention the countless meetings he must participate in at each team department. Plus leading a normal life at home with his children and wife.
Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland, Matt Burns and others are busy with other projects too, and the logistics to prepare those stories before it comes to reality on paper is mind-blowing.
Still … I dream. As any other Warcraft / StarCraft / Diablo lore fan out there, I dream. I have always dreamt of the community getting involved somehow in the initial development of Blizzard novels or graphic novels. Even if everyone involved needs to sign an NDA.
The community has been influencing in the past on the forums, or via Twitter. Even at BlizzCon. Heroes of the Storm has been forged and shaped through BlizzCon and by BlizzCon feedback. TheRedShirtGuy (Ian) was very influential with his lore ABCs. Got immortalized as the Fact-checker NPC in Iron Forge. I do have an anecdote that only some fans in the Scrolls of Lore forums know about. Back in 2009, a fan by the username Timolas pointed out the unnamed captain (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) who spoke with the emissary of King Terenas in the scene where he recalls Arthas’ troops to return immediately to Lordaeron is named Captain Luc Valonforth. At the time, I think World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was in beta testing. Pocket Star Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc. Division) had begun printing the novel titled World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. I contacted really an awesome editor, Jaime Costas. We had been in contact for a few years. Some of our past giveaways, and interviews on and before 2009 came to happen through her. I infomed her that the captain in the quest titled: The Truth Shall Set Us Free had been given a name in-game: Captain Luc Valonforth. I had read a review copy two weeks before the novel went on sale. As soon as I told Jaime Costas, she edited the scene where the captain talked with the Lordaeron emissary. The novel then was printed with that name. As I was writing this article, I was double-checking some links and found my tale was added (without my knowledge) to the WoWpedia. See how the lore community works? It’s awesome. The original forum thread is here.
Back to the main topic… say some of the most influential lore fans around the community are picked, and invited to a Skype session or chat room with Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Sean Copeland or other members of the Creative Team. Prior to the meeting each is sent by mail an NDA that must be signed, notarized, and sent back. Whatever fancy or legal procedure is needed for such a thing.
Those fans then brainstorm with the creative team. Talk about the different stories, and choose one story. Everyone provides an idea, or ideas on what races or characters existed in that time-frame, what possible stories could exist within that sandbox and timeframe.
Then, Micky Neilson (Publishing Lead) posts a Kickstarter to fund the project. Here is where this dream gets interesting. The project is community-driven from concept to execution. We have seen the success of Blizzard novels.
Just an innocent examples: the Diablo III: Book of Cain reached # 1 Amazon’s best selling graphic novel before its release date. World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria by Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway reached # 3 New York Times best selling graphic novel. The World of Warcraft: Stormrage was # 1 best seller too. How did all these lore books win then? Magic-word: Pre-orders.
Pre-Order and Kickstarter are basically the same thing. People commits to buy a product they are interested in, and enlist themselves. There is a slight difference, though. When you enlist to a pre-order in Amazon or another retailer you will get that item delivered on release date. On Kickstarter or other type of crowdsourcing the item isn’t shipped if the item doesn’t reach the targeted price goal when the kickstarter expires.
However, the lore fans are there. It has been proved once and again in Amazon and the New York Times best selling lists.
It would be nice for Blizzard to have a Kickstarter-like page on the Blizzard Store or even in the World of Warcraft in-game store, but Kickstarter is more abroad in terms that non-Blizzard fans can also jump in and participate.
It’s all a bunch of dreams. However, they say dreams do come true. Hope the right people read this, and I know they do.