Well, my "big box" PC is FINALLY up and running. *whew*
This time, I've "gone to the Dark Side, Luke" and have an Intel 2.6 64bit chip. First Intel I've purchased since 2001 (that was a Cube PC).
Anyway, once all the "bug-fixes" are done- which Micro$oft politely calls "updates" and "service packs" ... as if!
ANYWAY--I wanted to reward myself: I made a link to the D2 exe file. With most games, you really don't need to re-install. A link to the exe is nearly always more than good enough.
Since I had not touched D2 in 6 months or more ... I started a new char, natch.
I started a Druid, who is "be all the werewolf he can be". He has exactly 3 spells: Werewolf, Lycanthropy (passive only) and Feral Rage (attack spell). He is level 16, and is playing on "/Players 4"* currently. I may jack that setting up a bit, if he gets too easy to play. This is why, at level 16, he has JUST killed Blood Raven, and obtained his first follower.
I called him Wolfe-Spam, for no apparently good reason. :P
But, since it's been quite awhile since I have played a "clickfest" game, my hand does not have the stamina it once did. *sigh* or else I'm just getting older ... *bigger-sigh*
I am planning on breaking out Knights of the Old Republic I, as II's price has dropped to reasonable levels. I'll play "I" through once, and go out and get "II" - I'd heard it was as good as the first one.
Then, on to Dungeon Seige II, which I've played the demo a bit. It's a nice extension of the first game, which while not as re-playable as D2 (the maps are allways the same) it IS replayable with different party strategies.
Oh, and I'll have to treat myself to a game of Deux Ex. THE best first-person-perspective game ever. Even better than the sequal.
I tried playing this 6-year old game on the p500 I was using up until Monday, and with Windoze XP, that 500 was just too darn jerky. Even with ALL the detail/shadows off. But, on my new box, it ought to scream. <heh> I may try a "Ghandi" strategy this time: to see how FEW npc's I can get away with not killing ...
"It's GOOD to be back."
* "/Players 4" sets the difficulty level as if there were 4 humans playing as a team. It's keyed in using the "chat" option, usually [ENTER] and typing your message. "/PLAYERS 4" or "/PLAYERS 8" or whatever you want, between 1 and 8, but w/out the quotes. The monsters are harder, but the experience is greater- so is the treasure-drops.