Although I imagine Error 37, and my subsequent spring fling with CTRL-V, will take awhile to fade from my first impressions of Diablo 3 going live, I did get the opportunity to create my Witch Doctor yesterday arriving alongside my husband’s Wizard outside of New Tristram. We only managed to claw ourselves up to L11, but I must say that what the beta promised, the final product delivered and I’m thoroughly enjoying my return to Diablo’s playground. I don’t imagine that I’ll be hitting nightmare any time soon (unlike some people I know) but as a returning Diablo player, I expected to be running the ropes rather smoothly; however, I did have a few questions crop up, either myself or from others getting ready to start playing. Since I obviously cannot be alone in my derp (wishful thinking) here’s Wind’s self Q&A.
D2 to D3 Comparisons
You’ve got five classes to choose from. Each class has a male/female version. I’ve matched ‘em up with how I felt they were the most comparable, although none feel exactly right if you’re looking for a straight transition.
- Barbarian — Barbarian
- Monk — Assassin
- Demon Hunter — Amazon
- Wizard — Mage
- Witch Doctor — Necromancer/Druid
To play D3 you must have a battle tag, such as Windsoar#1521. You can hand your tag out to anyone you please, and they can add you to their friends list. Like the RealID system, it allows people to see if you are on or offline, where you are (quest-wise) and which toon you’re playing. It also crosses Battle.net, so players in WoW, Starcraft, etc. can track you down and see what game you’re playing.
IF you have friends on your list who are ALSO playing Diablo 3, AND they have a public group, you can enter their “dungeon” from the character selection page. You can also choose to join public games at any time during your dungeon. If you run a public game, others can do the same to you, magically appearing within your dungeon at a whim.
You can also choose to create a private game for some soloing R&R or just to keep your game confined to a friend or two. Those wishing to join you will need permission to enter your game, or you can invite them.
Teleporting & Identifying
No, you really don’t need a book of scrolls in your bag at all times. You won’t start with the ability to teleport. When you reach a certain point in the game (Act I, don’t worry) you’ll be handed the ability and a quest to teleport back to town.
Identifying items just takes a handy right click. You’ll identify it yourself.
You’ll unlock a special and wonderful vendor, the Smith during the first act. Don’t worry about upgrading him. Not only will he follow you from Normal to Nightmare, and Act to Act, but he’s also shareable across all your characters.
Tiny but powerful, feel free to share gear between characters with the lockbox next to the inn. (And don’t forget to grab your free potions when you first log-in).
If you haven’t made it in yet, I hope you do soon, and if you are, I hope you’re having as much fun as I am! ^^ Happy Diablo-ing!