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  • Machetazo 12 Sep 2011 15:29:11 6,372 posts
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    WTF is Path of Exile? by TotalBiscuit should explain things well, to start. It offers a nice overview to what to expect from this online-only free to play ARPG, that's currently in closed beta.
  • JoeBlade 12 Sep 2011 15:39:03 2,546 posts
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    Saw that a few days back; the game seems interesting enough and very, very decent for an indie game.
    The skill, stat and spell systems look like they'll take quite a bit of getting used to though. They could just as well be a welcome change of pace from comparable games as a contrived incomprehensible mess.

    I also wonder what the F2P model will be like. I wouldn't mind if they are going to charge for extra character slots or prestige items; the game becoming a dreadfully slow grind unless you pay extra la LotRO is not an option for me however.

    Wait and see.
  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 15:47:16 27,355 posts
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    That skill tree is fecking enormous!

    Very interested in this.

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  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 18:38:05 27,355 posts
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    Playing it now... it's amazing!

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  • JoeBlade 12 Sep 2011 19:01:50 2,546 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    Playing it now... it's amazing!

    Uh, how? I thought the beta was closed?
  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 19:15:13 27,355 posts
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    It is :D

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  • Tyggen 12 Sep 2011 20:34:56 135 posts
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    Signed up for the beta about a week ago, no invite yet :(
  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 21:31:48 27,355 posts
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    This feels, on so many levels, like a spiritual successor to Diablo 2. It has that same dark atmosphere and mood, sweet sweet loot, item sockets, etc.

    And that skill tree... dear lord that skill tree! Overflowing with choices and directions to take your character.

    The graphics are absolutely lush, with some lovely lighting. The music is simple yet nicely atmospheric. And for an early beta it's incredibly stable.

    It absolutely reeks of quality; it has the sort of polish you wouldn't expect from a small indie dev but rather a much larger, publisher-backed outfit.

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  • mentalabhoration 12 Sep 2011 22:57:04 69 posts
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    Nice find, seems like there's another alternative from the d3 route, or torchlight2 for that matter. The cynicalbrit video is very good, ty for linkage. Signed up for the beta straight away. Keep the reports coming morgado.
  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 23:31:20 27,355 posts
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    The best bit is that it's completely free to play, with all content available from the off. The only items that will be paid for will be vanity items.

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  • Deleted user 12 September 2011 23:43:16
    /glares enviously at DM.
  • spamdangled 12 Sep 2011 23:54:39 27,355 posts
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    click click click click click click click click

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  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 02:14:37 27,355 posts
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    I might make a map of the skill tree for people so they can see just how mentally huge it is (within the constraints of the beta NDA, of course)

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  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 02:20:54 27,355 posts
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    Google to the rescue!

    The skill tree.

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  • Deleted user 13 September 2011 03:10:17
    Yeah, saw it on TotalBiscuit's WTF and it looked huge even then.

    Good grief, given how I used to obsess over WoW talent trees that genuinely scares me.
  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 09:10:50 27,355 posts
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    The interesting thing is that every skill on the tree is passive - better accuracy, higher crit chance, better damage with certain weapons, etc. Active skills are all on gems which are looted and docketed on your equipment. But once equipped they gain experience and level up as you do.

    Oh, and all classes can use all weapons/armour

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  • pinebear 13 Sep 2011 09:21:58 8,565 posts
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    Seriously. Did you really get in just a few hours after signing up, DM?

    I co-glare with Hurble.

  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 09:31:26 27,355 posts
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    Yep :D

    Played for about 10 hours yesterday, got my Witch to level 16 at the start of Act 2. I'm specialising in cold magic for crowd control.

    It seems really easy to start with - the first 8 levels or so are a breeze. Reach the teens though and enemies seem suddenly a lot tougher and come in much greater numbers.

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  • MatMan562 13 Sep 2011 09:39:28 2,463 posts
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    Thanks for showing this. It looks really good fun so I have signed up for the beta.

    Anyone know when it's "proper" release date is?

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  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 09:55:28 27,355 posts
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    Well it doesn't reach open beta till sometime next year, so late 2012 I would imagine

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  • JoeBlade 13 Sep 2011 10:59:25 2,546 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    The interesting thing is that every skill on the tree is passive - better accuracy, higher crit chance, better damage with certain weapons, etc. Active skills are all on gems which are looted and docketed on your equipment. But once equipped they gain experience and level up as you do.

    Oh, and all classes can use all weapons/armour
    What's your opinion on that dm?
    Half of the fun of an RPG for me is selecting stats, skills, gear and so on to create a powerful specialisation. Here it looks as though class and character build may only make a marginal difference and the player's choices could therefore feel a bit inconsequential, though that's obviously very difficult to gauge from a few videos.
  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 11:09:50 27,355 posts
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    I'm fine with it. Your base stats are determined by class, so although my witch could learn swordfighting in theory, in practice she would still be pretty sucky at it. Again with the armour, I can wear plate, but it would affect my spell hit chance something chronic, and slots for magic skill gems only tend to appear on cloth - sockets on equipment are generally restricted to the sort of gems that would benefit the class most suited to wearing it.

    Don't worry about the skill tree, there is massive scope for customised builds. For example, lightning skills are in the opposite direction from frost, so you need to think carefully where you want to invest your points - you can't just pick any skill on the tree. And with 500 skills (so far) but only 99 points to invest by the time you hit the level cap, there's no way to max out the tree.

    Also, I think making active skills equippable is quite a clever move, because it allows you to mix and match your skillset to a large degree, finding combinations of skills that work, and limits what you can do at any time to the number of sockets in your equipment, so you end up wondering if you should abandon your frostbolt for an icewall, I stead of having both.

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  • JoeBlade 13 Sep 2011 11:41:41 2,546 posts
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    Cheers, that sounds interesting allright.
  • pinebear 13 Sep 2011 12:04:00 8,565 posts
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    How, DM? Just how. Random invite timer? Twitter account monitoring? Keyz giveaway?

    SO MUCH ENVY

  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 12:08:38 27,355 posts
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    Key giveaway :-D

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  • spamdangled 13 Sep 2011 12:11:06 27,355 posts
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    I might make a video and take some screengrabs at some point. The NDA is surprisingly relaxed, certain stuff just needs to be pre-approved.

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  • pinebear 13 Sep 2011 12:14:13 8,565 posts
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    Happy for you but insanely jealous.

    Please set up the crappiest PoE UStream powered by mobile phone camera and a 3G connection, just to rub it in even further.

  • Deleted user 13 September 2011 12:18:44
    pinebear wrote:
    Happy for you but insanely jealous.

    Please set up the crappiest PoE UStream powered by mobile phone camera and a 3G connection, just to rub it in even further.

    What he said.

    I've seen a couple of key giveaways, TalesofLumin is running one now on YouTube with 6 keys to be given away tomorrow but I can't think of anything funny or creative enough to enter.
  • khaz 13 Sep 2011 13:19:30 2,786 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    Google to the rescue!

    The skill tree.

    /faints

    DO WANT!
  • HitchHiker 7 Dec 2011 11:53:26 2,775 posts
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    I've got a key to the closed beta to give away . . . who wants it?
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