Diablo Creativity, Diablo III 0 comments on What I Learned from Doing #Blaugust

What I Learned from Doing #Blaugust

This is my very last post for #Blaugust, a project the requires participants to write one blog, every day, through the month of August. It is my understanding that you could write about whatever you wanted to, but most people seem to be writing about video game topics.

I chose to challenge myself by writing about Diablo III for each and every post. To be honest, I wasn’t entirely certain that I would be able to complete this project on time. I’m a freelance writer, so I knew that I could write a blog every day. I often write two or more each day. The difficulty was to see if I could come up with enough things to say about Diablo III for an entire month’s worth of blogs.

I’ve learned quite a bit from my experience with #Blaugust, especially about how to write video game related blogs. So, for my last post for the project, I’m going to share what I learned from doing #Blaugust.

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Diablo III, Diablo Lore 1 comment on Captain Rumford

Captain Rumford


Captain Rumford is one of the first NPC (non-player characters) that players interact with in New Tristram. If you’ve been playing Diablo III for a long time, you probably skip over the dialogue that involves Captain Rumford. You’ve heard it at least a dozen times by now.

His story is worth taking a second look at. Not only does it tell quite a bit about who he is, it also gives a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived in and around New Tristram when the dead started rising.

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Diablo Game Play, Diablo III 0 comments on Dead and Waiting and Brawling

Dead and Waiting and Brawling

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I found a folder of screenshots from a “Dead and Waiting” event that the hosts and listeners of Shattered Soulstone did on June 4, 2013. I’ve only attended a few of these events. This particular one involved Brawling.

Part of the reason why I am posting Diablo III screenshots from years ago is because this post is part of my contribution to #Blaugust. One of my goals was to use up some of the screenshots that I’d been hoarding. I meant to make a blog out of them someday… so, someday is today. The other reason is because these screenshots show my second hardcore character. At the time, I was extremely new to playing hardcore.

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501 Minutes to Christ – by Poe Ballantine

501 Minutes to Christ is a collection of personal essays written by Poe Ballentine.  They are in the first person viewpoint, as one would expect with stories that are taken from the author’s real life experiences.  This book is not one of those Christian inspiration books that include short stories that attempt to restore a person’s faith and make them feel uplifted.  It is not a book of prayer.

The title of the book comes from a small piece of one of the personal essays.  In it, a man is standing in the doorway of a church holding a sign that says “501 Minutes to Christ”.  No further explanation is given by the man holding the sign, or the author writing about it.  You are left to come to your own conclusions about what exactly that was supposed to mean.

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Season 4 Begins!

sparkle-level-1-season-4If you follow any gamers on Twitter, you cannot help but have heard that Season 4 of Diablo III has begun! I was excited about it, but having a bad allergy day, so I could only play for a little while. My husband, Shawn, decided to join me and that made Season 4 extra fun.

So far, all the blogging I’ve done for any Season in Diablo III looks different from the blogging for previous, or later, Seasons. There’s always something new to check out, so I end up focusing on different aspects of the game each time.

I think that my Season 4 blogging will focus on my progress as I level up my character, and also on the newly added Season Journey.

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Diablo III, Diablo Lore 0 comments on Lore of Duriel

Lore of Duriel

Duriel is one of the Lesser Evils.  He has what has been referred to as a “twin”.  The lore that is about Andariel indicates that they are not related to each other. They aren’t really siblings. The reason those two Lesser Evils are considered to be “twins” is because the actions of one of them compliments and assists what the other does (in a sick, twisted, way).

Duriel is the Lord of Pain. In the Book of Cain, Duriel is described as “brother to Andariel”. However, Andariel is described as Duriel’s “so called twin”. Their relationship gets a bit more confusing if you consider the information found about Duriel in Diablo III.
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Heroes of the Storm Crossover Items


Right now, players of Diablo III can get some goodies that are related to the Heroes of the Storm game. These items are intended to encourage people to give both Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm a try. If you are already playing both games, then these “freebies” are going to be extremely easy for you to obtain.

Most of the crossover items are cosmetic in nature – which means they won’t provide any special benefit that makes your character stronger (or gives your character any other advantage). There is one exception, and that offer is on a time limit.  To be eligible for these freebies, you need to have Diablo III on a PC or Mac.  The offer does not extend to those who are playing Diablo III on consoles.
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Diablo Game Play, Diablo III 0 comments on What Can You Do In Between Seasons?

What Can You Do In Between Seasons?

It’s pretty easy to figure out what to do while Diablo III has a Season going on. You either choose to roll a Seasonal character and play the Season…. or you choose to opt-out and continue with whatever it was you were doing in Diablo III. It’s the in between time that can seem a little confusing, especially for people who are brand new to Diablo III.

What can you do while you are waiting for the next Season to begin? There are plenty of options.
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Diablo III, Diablo Lore 2 comments on Lore of Andariel

Lore of Andariel

Andariel is one of the Lesser Evils.  She has what has been referred to as a “twin”, but isn’t technically a blood relation.  She and Duriel work together in different spheres of the Burning Hells. What one does complements and assists the other’s goals (in a weird, twisted, way).

Andariel is the Maiden of Anguish.  She enjoys inflicting emotional pain upon people.  If Andariel were to exist in the “real world”, she would undoubtedly be using Facebook to “catfish” people and Twitter to send people threats of rape, death, and harm to their families.
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End of Season 3 Stash Sorting

Season 3 in Diablo III is officially over and done with. My Seasonal Crusader has joined the rest of her softcore comrades. It was now time to open the mail and sort through all the stuff my Crusader brought back home with her.

I am a “digital hoarder”. I have a really bad tendency to keep stuff that I probably don’t actually need. I’ve gotten really good at getting rid of things in real life, in part because they collect dust (and I have severe allergies). The “loot” from Diablo III doesn’t collect any (real) dust, and so I tend to feel a need to hang onto it.

The hardest thing for me, when a Season ends, is that I have to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. I’ve decided to make a blog about my decision making process so I can use it as a guide when upcoming Seasons end. Others might find it useful as well.
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