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RoS Beta – Level 10: Breaking Not So Bad

The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (RoS) beta is now over.  Even so, I wanted to continue blogging about my experience in it.  We still have some time before the RoS expansion is released.  Perhaps something in my blogs about it will interest and/or help someone who wanted to know more about what the beta was like.

I was playing a female Crusader named Joan.  In the previous blog, I stopped right after Joan hit Level 10. This blog will pick up at that point.  All of the screenshots used in this blog were taken on December 18, 2013.
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Shattered Soulstone 100 Word Story Contest

The Demon Hunter skulked out of the shadows and glared across the dungeon. The other member of her party was about to head into trouble, and she was too far away to stop him.

“Get out of the lava, Smashez. You won’t survive it”.

The Barbarian climbed back up the stone steps and spat on the ground. “If that were so, then why are there stairs here?”

“We have bigger battles to fight than this one,” she reminded him. “Now, let’s go.”

The great Barbarian pouted and stomped his huge feet. “Aww, ThirtySeven, you never let me have any fun!”

Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Haweswater – by Sarah Hall

Haweswater – by Sarah Hall

Haweswater starts with a violent birth, includes a flood, and ends not long after an explosion.  Yet, it is not a book that fits into the adventure genre.  The story takes place in, and around, the town of Mardale, which really did exist.  So did the Haweswater dam, a structure that takes on epic proportions in the story.  Yet, this book could not truly be described as historical fiction.

Instead, it is an incredibly compelling work of fiction about the interconnections between people and the land they live on.  I found myself falling into the story and wishing I could walk around the landscape described within it.

The main character is a woman named Janet.  The author, Sarah Hall, built this character from an old legend about a mysterious woman named Janet Tree.  Fiction and reality are intertwined like the roots of a plant in this beautiful, tragic, book.

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RoS Beta – Level 9: Stuck in the Corner

This is part of my ongoing series of blogs where I review my progress through the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls beta.  I’ve been taking things slow, in part so that I would have the opportunity to really think about the game.

I’m playing a female Crusader that I named Joan.  She hit Level 9 at 2:50 a.m. on December 13, 2013.  Things got a little weird once she hit Level 9.  All of the screenshots that are used in this blog were taken on December 13, 2013.
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RoS Beta – Levels 7 – 9: Common Debris and Rare Items

I’ve been blogging my experience in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls beta in an effort to give myself time to really think about the game.  The result seems to be a series of gaming blogs that are rather introspective, and less of the “game guide” variety. I’ll leave the game guides for others to produce.

When I started the Reaper of Souls (RoS) beta, I rolled a brand new character.  Joan the Crusader gave me an opportunity to try out the new Crusader class.  When I left off, Joan had just hit Level 7 (as shown in the screenshot above).  She achieved Level 7 at around 2:35 a.m. on December 18, 2013.  All of the screenshots in this blog were taken on December 18, 2013.
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RoS Beta – Levels 6-7 and Poor Mira Eamon

I am playing the Diablo III Reaper of Souls (RoS) beta, and have decided to start blogging my impressions of it and thoughts about it as I go.  It seemed like a good idea to get started on this before I got really far into the beta.  As a recap:  I’m playing a female Crusader named Joan.

In a previous blog, I focused on what it was like to level her from 1 – 5.  This blog will pick up with Level 6. The screenshots that I am putting into this blog were taken on December 18, 2013.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on The Chosen – by Chaim Potok

The Chosen – by Chaim Potok

The Chosen by Chaim Potok is a book that my brother recommended I read. There are very few books that he likes enough to recommend them to me. So far, each of the books he has suggested to me, over the years, have been incredibly compelling.

Typically, my brother chooses books that fit squarely into the fantasy genre. The Chosen, however, has no fantasy elements.

It focuses on two Jewish boys live in the same neighborhood. Both boys play baseball. My brother is not Jewish, and doesn’t care much about sports. Despite this, he liked The Chosen, possibly because the book has a deep story with a lot of social complexity running through it.

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