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Well last week’s update was a Thursday and Friendly Stitcher’s updates seem to be on a Thursday so Thursday I guess it is.

Two major derailment this week, Diablo III and the flu.  We are a plague house at present so thinking and typing through a head cold and a migraine, well let’s just say that I’ve managed to re-watch the entire of Season One of Murdoch Mysteries this week!

I received an invite to the Diablo III beta test as part of my World of Warcraft Annual Pass and, not having played the game before in any of its previous incarnations, nor bothering to read anything about it, I jumped straight in.  Four hours later, I emerged.  I then spent a number of days chatting and reading on the forums understanding how the game was supposed to work versus how I was playing it. For example I learned that single point-of-view was a feature of the game, not simply me not figuring out how to pan the camera angle 🙂   Final conclusion, will continue to play this as a “casual” game when it comes out in its proper format and would LOVE to find some friends to try the game as a group rather than solo.

Mum’s been off work. She’s in an “if you don’t go to work you don’t get paid” job which is ridiculous in a respite and health care worker for elderly, disabled and otherwise frail people. If mum goes to work with a cold, some of her patients can get pneumonia and die. She cannot just take a few over-the-counter meds and work through it, she must take the health of her patients into account.Also this week I had a number of very long and extremely polite  phone calls with Centrelink until they eventually decided that yes I was to be put back onto sickness benefits until after the specialists visit in June. I’ve also caught mum’s cold.  So life here has not been a bundle of laughs.

So no stitching on a secret project. No stashing. Stashing and spending hiatus again. Until Mum’s fully back at work we don’t know if we can afford the trip the Melbourne.

But this week, even with the flu developing and looking after Mrs Cranky-Pants all week, I did manage to get some stitching in.  Last night I finally finished Part One of Mouse’s Dawn of Spring SAL.

Dawn of Spring - Part 1 completed

This is stitched on a piece of untitled Dovestitch evenweave given to me by Tina last year.  I’ve stitched it as follows:

First row: Bane Berry Bright (Vicky Clayton)
Second Row: Bane Berry (Vicky Clayton)
Third Row Crossed Cushion Stitch: Camouflage (Caron Wildflowers)
Third Row Smyrna Crosses: Bane Berry Bright (Vicky Clayton)

I also noticed this week that I’ve written over 100 posts on Project-a-Day. Today’s post, when I get it written, will be post 110.  Wow!  I had no idea I had written that many!

Finally I must give a shout-out to the girls on Stitching Hangout, especially Sisu, Kay, Katie and Cyn who decided that as a Goth Tigger I needed a Pretty Pink Dress to wear, and recommended these …..

Hello Kitty Wedding Dress

Lolita Dress

Hideous Dress 1

They were egged on by Melissa, Tina, Lana, Colleen, Alana, Rae, Deb and Niina who all voted on which of these I should acquire (all of them, one said!)  Ha! It was all a plot by the Pink Brigade!  I see it all now! I’m not paranoid!  Who’s paranoid?  Who said that?  Where’s the pink? No more pink!!!!!!

Seriously, thanks for the laughs in the last few days ladies, I didn’t mention anything on list, but I really really needed the mental boost 🙂

So this week, to continue the Project-a-Day, Mouse’s SAL will probably be set aside until I’m over the flu as I need to concentrate to graph in my initials, so it looks like it’s back to my other Blue piece Turple!

Well I went a bit AWOL on the weekend.  Mum has the flu and the winter weather has hit, we have the fire on most days and not much is happening while we wait for the specialist visit in June.  “Good stitching weekend”I thought and then Friday night as I was going to bed I received an email:

You’re Invited: Diablo III Beta Test
Congratulations! You’ve been selected to participate in the Diablo III beta test.As a beta test participant, you’ll have the chance to check out all five hero classes — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter. You’ll fight your way through part of Act I and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or cooperatively with other adventurers. You’ll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers, and other key characters from Sanctuary, and try out the game’s skill and crafting systems.

Brilliant! I’ve never played Diablo before but somehow signed up for this as part of a World of Warcraft Annual Pass. Yes the real Diablo players can hate my guts now.

So I downloaded the beta site (took all night because I am rural and we pay through the nose for 128k downloads) and had a play with it over the weekend. As Warcraft is my only other MMORG experience, a lot my comments will be comparing the two.

Now on the forums, the hardcore Diablo players say that you can run through the Beta content in 45 minutes.  As a brand new player to the whole Diablo concept I spent a very enjoyable 5-6 hours playing the game.

Game Mechanisms

It has one view, you can’t pan the camera around. I didn’t realise how much I changed my viewpoint in Warcraft, until I couldn’t in Diablo. It felt strange, not being able to turn the room around to see what was behind the wall.  Made me feel like I was back in a 1980s computer game like Ultima or Bard’s Tale.

When fighting, you hold down left or right mouse button for primary or secondary attack skills.  Rather than a whole panoply of shots or punches you have in Warcraft, your character has only the two options here, left or right. In fact the whole game is very mouse-driven. To move, you select a spot on the road and click the left mouse button for your character to run to that spot.  So run, left click. Shoot, left hold click. So for a long while I was shooting instead of moving and vice versa.  I personally dislike this kind of interface; especially when I’m using a laptop with a trackpad.

Game Play

You start in the middle of a road.  Having no idea who you are or where you are, you follow the road. It takes you to a small encampment. You speak to a person. He gives you a task. The entire game is now scripted. You complete the task. The next task presents on the side of your screen. As you complete your task the next one pops up until you complete your quest. The game does not advance until you complete that task. While completing these tasks, you learn how to fight and loot (money, weapons and books).

In Warcraft if you are given a task, you have so many helpful hints, pointers and addons, that location quests are quite boring.  In Diablo III, if your task is to find the graveyard, you must pick your own direction, travel out of town and explore, try to stay alive, and find the bloody graveyard yourself. Again, if you know the system I presume you know the locations and this would help a serious player get through the content faster, but I liked this combination of puzzle, exploration, and danger all on your own.

Social Interaction

And it is all on your own. I have yet to meet another player in Diablo III. The game starts in Private mode. Everything I mentioned above is just you against the game. After the totally immersive and social Warcraft, this single player mode in Diablo felt very strange. It didn’t feel like an MMORG. it felt just like an old adventure game I used to buy and put on the PC to play.

So I worked through all of the Beta content on my own. Took around 4 or 5 hours and my character was at Level 9 and I had left was to kill the final Boss. I can’t do it.  So I either spend a lot of time at the lower levels looting and crafting gear to increase my level  (I spent another couple of hours on this) or I can open the game to public and get a group of strangers who are at the same level and we can kill the boss together.

The only problem, is that if you open your game to be a public game, anyone can join, and then you cannot close it again. I don’t really understand how the public versus private games work, so I’m hoping a more experienced player can comment.

Payment Scheme

Diablo III is a single pay game. You just buy the game and you get all the online content free for as long as you want to use it. There are no monthly on-going subscription costs. I presume this is due to two reasons: 1. It is a simple game, 2. the real currency auction house.

1. It is a simple game. World of Warcraft is an immersive world. It has so much content that an experienced player can run the same content a myriad of times with a myriad of different characters and never get bored, or could even spend an evening fishing or digging for archaeology or choosing to group with friends or solo do one of thousands of quest lines or spend a weekend in the PVP arenas etc.  Diablo III simply does not appear to have this richness of environment. Granted the Beta in only the beginning levels, but it is so scripted and so directed, that when you finally get to the end game, many will leave and find something else to play until an expansion or Diablo 4 comes out.

2. Blizzard are introducing a Real Currency Auction House in Diablo III, this means that if you are lucky to loot a very rare item, or you work hard to gather materials and gold to craft a very rare item, you can put it up for auction in the RCAH and players will offer real money for that item.  Each player will be allowed a small number of free auctions per week, but if you want to place more, than Blizzard charges a fee.  This I think is how they plan to fund the ongoing costs of the game.

I will use the in-game Auction House which uses in-game gold – gold created or looted in-game but not the Real Currency Auction House.  These are games, not places for me to spend real money – I have enough hobbies that do that already!

 So in summary:

Movement and attack via the same mouse button sucks!  I don’t understand the private vs public games so I can’t comment.  I thoroughly enjoyed the quests, the ambiance and atmosphere. I loved the conversations my companion initiated. I will keep playing this on a casual level, especially when the crowds on Warcraft drive me nuts.

So if anyone else is in the beta, or if anyone gets the game when it is released live on 15 May 2012 (or anytime thereafter) and wants to group to quest or kill bosses, feel free to friend me. Email, twitter, Facebook or whatever me for my Battletag.

If anyone more experienced want to correct any misunderstandings, assumptions or just plain educate me on any aspect of Diablo, please do so in the comments! I do not claim to be anything but an enthusiastic beginner having a first look at this game.


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