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  • shamblemonkee 28 Jan 2013 14:02:49 14,661 posts
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    Yeah the credit blocks are fairly steep and likewise with the transaction points.

    seeing as they made the stuff account bound rather than single use at the last minute i can sort of undertsand that though. I do agree with Lou they they may be hard pressed to keep coming up with cosmetics or utility that peope will pay for.

    I went straight for a bunch of premium tabs to help organise my sh*t and also a couple of the weapon glows, but now there's nothing really there for me to spend on - until they add the extra gore packs etc.

    I reckon they'll retain a sizeable enough community - there's still a lot of good will there right now and the core kickstarter crowd will have already of been playing for months at least. whether that's large neough to continue funding new development rather thna just keeping it ticking over i guess we'll see.

    i really hope they are able to survive it's got huge potential. I'd guestimate that combat can be improved with relative ease compared to overhauling an entire loot and item system (as in d3's case).

    As for PvP - not of much interest ot me but i couldn't ever see why Blizzard wanted it so balanced and organized - my view in these matters is that most of the time the developer should simply provide the tools and let the players work out how they should use them - i.e let people create games flagged with pvp enabled and leave it as that.
  • UncleLou Moderator 28 Jan 2013 14:05:38 35,856 posts
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    Yeah, I actually see it more as a donation ware system with the added bonus of getting something for it, and I guess that's pretty much GGG's idea behind it as well. It worked well enough in the closed beta for them.
  • griff0x 28 Jan 2013 15:47:15 780 posts
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    well all i know is that i want that grasping hand effect for cold snap and the necro and vampire weap effects, 1 for each wand in me hand :)
  • JoeBlade 28 Jan 2013 20:11:16 2,671 posts
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    Goodness the servers are a bit of a mess right now aren't they? Yesterday I couldn't get on at all and overall I've been booted from the game a dozen times at least since I started playing.
    Just now I got booted 1 minute after connecting :/

    I think I'll let it rest for a while.
  • Sharzam 28 Jan 2013 20:16:32 3,374 posts
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    Trying to make a hardcore toon, but the servers are up and down so much.

    Guess word has got out to the mass minions about the game.

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • shamblemonkee 29 Jan 2013 09:51:04 14,661 posts
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    who is machmax?
  • UncleLou Moderator 29 Jan 2013 11:32:20 35,856 posts
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    Me. Although it could be the gf playing on my account. :)
  • shamblemonkee 29 Jan 2013 11:43:28 14,661 posts
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    hah, ok - just checking as i couldn't readily link it to a name on here. how are you finding act 3?

    i really enjoyed the battlegrounds area, found i tmuch simpler than sarn and the sewers
  • UncleLou Moderator 29 Jan 2013 16:08:13 35,856 posts
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    Battlegrounds are great, yeah, some nice new monster designs as well. Not too happy about the waypoints in act 3 though, most of them are hidden somewhere. It doesn't help that I made 6 (!) attempts to get to the waypoint of the Solaris temple (lovely music) last night, and not once made it because of disconnects/server reboots. :-/
  • shamblemonkee 29 Jan 2013 16:30:43 14,661 posts
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    Yeah Solaris Temple is both my favourite and most hated zone so far.

    The waypoint is apparently on floor 3!!! which was infuriating as i had the same issue as you with the stability of the servers ( won't even mention trying ot get to the battlegrounds WP).

    Love fighting the statues and banners though - despite getting totally 1 shotted by a unique flame banner a few times. I only ever made it about halfway through floor two (where you get the combos of cold water and augmented flame banners) and that was with great care.

    I got so frustrated that i ended up trying a slapdash conversion of my shadow to a bow - this actually worked really well for the most part is is now the focus of my latest case of alt-itis...

    The Evasion Bow Witch! :p

    I've started over as a witch for the early access to increased mana regen and will be working my way over to the ES+EV nodes. curerntly running it with minions but unsure if i can devote enough points to make them viable, whilst bumping up evasion and picking up stuff like arrow dodging and maybe acrobatics later
  • UncleLou Moderator 29 Jan 2013 16:42:39 35,856 posts
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    The "Evasion Bow Witch", huh. I can't say it sounds obvious, but I am looking forward to hearing how that plan pans out. :D

    I've seen a marauder on HC last night around level 35 who was dual-wielding wands, so nothing seems impossible!
  • shamblemonkee 29 Jan 2013 22:34:43 14,661 posts
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    argh, disconnects driving me batty tonight :(
  • RunningMan 29 Jan 2013 22:47:16 2,451 posts
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    Aye, just about to beat a boss in act i and bang. Still it is free I guess.
  • UncleLou Moderator 29 Jan 2013 23:51:12 35,856 posts
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    Yeah, pretty bad. Made some progress at least, but act 3 is longer than I thought.*

    One the one hand it's great that the interest in this game is far bigger than GGG anticipated, on the other hand it's obvious that player numbers will drop significantly in the next few months like they do with every game of this type, so resource management must be a bit of a nightmare.

    *which obviously is a good thing

    Edited by UncleLou at 23:52:53 29-01-2013
  • shamblemonkee 30 Jan 2013 10:04:23 14,661 posts
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    What build have you gone for pure Hulk Smash wall of muscle? pretty impressive going on HC.
  • UncleLou Moderator 31 Jan 2013 16:07:09 35,856 posts
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    Here's my build so far, using a sword (for better accuracy) and shield.

    Hardly any offensive nodes, which I think is the way to go in HC atm, unfortunately. Although I am close enough to several sword skill branches, should I ever feel my damage output is too low.
  • Sylar100 31 Jan 2013 22:20:25 29 posts
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    I need to play this game again. Stopped after my 1st level up since i was worried i would screw up my character on the skill tree thing.
  • Sharzam 31 Jan 2013 22:44:47 3,374 posts
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    My hardcore Witch (lvl 15) just died. It was all going so well till i entered a cave and 3 elite pirates with instant teleport and quick attack came at me.

    My build had a fair number of improvments to my energy shield but just wasnt enourgh in that small space as i was pretty much all based on spell casting. So do i, 1: Reroll a new hardcore toon, perhaps one with armour or 2: carry on with girly pansy mode.

    Oh the choices.

    Edited by Sharzam at 22:48:46 31-01-2013

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • UncleLou Moderator 31 Jan 2013 22:51:08 35,856 posts
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    Damn, at which (witch) level?

    Just arrived in HC cruel, with -20% chaos resistance now. :-/

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    And I am dead, killed at lvl 39 at the Fetid Pool which I hadn't noticed was several levels above the Mud Flats, charged by half a dozen dead Roas at once.

    Edited by UncleLou at 23:22:54 31-01-2013
  • shamblemonkee 31 Jan 2013 23:36:47 14,661 posts
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    ouch, unlucky :(..

    @Sharzam if you haven't already try using minons early on - they act as a nice meat buffer even with nothing invested in them.

    although I'm playing pansy softcore mode my witch has only died 1 time (due to lag), in large part i think due to me using zombies and skeletons as blockers, i've not put any skill points into them, only bolstered with a minion life gem.

    my skilltree at lvl 26: http://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAAAgMAB2MNjQ5IES8c3CL0LUc2PTgbUEJXK2HibAtzU33SiGuRz5maoi62997244TkEeaB53To1utj

    also early on i've found it best to stack armor on gear shifting into your preferred defence type a little later on. although there is a decent amount of armor & es gear avail

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 23:38:17 31-01-2013

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 23:39:08 31-01-2013
  • Sharzam 1 Feb 2013 07:45:42 3,374 posts
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    Oh and with the amount of fun iam having with this i thought i best spend some money. The $10 pack seamed ok, and an extra character slot is fairly cheap with credit still left over.

    Not sure if i see the point in the premium stash tabs but might buy one of them anyway at some point. Either way the lesson is make a fun game first and then it doesnt matter your business model you will get some money either way.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 1 Feb 2013 08:43:12 35,856 posts
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    I think it only changes if one of the gems is in the weapon or shield. But yeah, two different and entirely independent sets for the different weapon sets are deserately needed. I find it impossible to play a character that swiches between, say, a melee weapon and a bow.

    Edited by UncleLou at 09:05:21 01-02-2013
  • shamblemonkee 1 Feb 2013 10:05:45 14,661 posts
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    heh, yeah or you'll pick up an item that's not good as it is but has some property that makes you go "ooh not great at the moment, but the gem links are useful, if i hold onto it and can just reforge the gem colours and then upgrade it to rare after improving the quality then that will be awesome!"

    I'm really hoping the key and mouse re-binds come along soon with working weapons swaps.

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 10:13:15 01-02-2013
  • JoeBlade 2 Feb 2013 16:43:35 2,671 posts
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    Have the servers stabilised yet? I don't feel like getting booted constantly again so I'm still holding off.
  • shamblemonkee 2 Feb 2013 19:01:13 14,661 posts
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    seem to have
  • shamblemonkee 4 Feb 2013 10:18:35 14,661 posts
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    although sat and sunday had a couple of wobbles!

    Got my evasion bow with to the mid thirties, however i've now started fooling around with HC chars to see what's viable.

    at this rate im never going to see endgame :p
  • shamblemonkee 5 Feb 2013 09:50:04 14,661 posts
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    found a weapon called Soul Edge :D #littlethings
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