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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Diablo II Ladder Reset Coming March 28
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced it will be resetting the Diablo II ladder on March 28. At the end of each ladder season all participating ladder characters are changed to normal characters. To join in the next season players have to create a new ladder character.

While our original poll for reset length showed a little less than 150 people wanted a reset every year, our most recent follow up poll had over 1,000 votes for 6 months

We've heard you, so this is a one week warning that the Diablo II ladder will reset next Monday, March 28. We generally prefer to provide a two week warning for the case of resets, but to hit the exact 6 month mark we feel one week is sufficient this time.

We anticipate all Diablo II realms to be down for approximately six hours during the reset. More specific information on realm availability on the day of the reset will be posted in the Status forum. When the ladder is reset all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types pageD

Read more at the link below.

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Castle Vox Now Available At
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has added Sillysoft Games' Castle Vox to its lineup of game titles. The simultaneous-turn strategy game features large maps with no player limit, teams, castles, and knights. Castle Vox features over 50 maps, online multiplayer support, and a challenging Hard AI.

Castle Vox is a simultaneous-turns strategy game. Out-strategize your opponents on a variety of war maps. Board game fans will particularly enjoy Castle Vox, which mixes elements from both Diplomacy and Axis & Allies.

Castle Vox includes maps spanning many eras and mythologies, such as the American Revolution, Hades, Japan, Napoleonic Wars, Native America, Outer Space, and the Roman Empire. The map editor lets players create their own boards.

Multi-player modes allow both relaxed one-move-a-day games as well as fast speed wars.

Maps of History and Fantasy
Play on historical, geometric, geographic, and fantasy settings. New maps get added all the time, and can be one-click installed using the built-in Map Manager.

Same-Time Turns
No waiting while other players make their moves. Everyone plans their moves at the same time. When planning is finished, all battles are resolved simultaneously. Finish an epic game in half an hour.

Co-op Teams and PVP
Collaborate with teammates to conquer your enemies. Jointly occupy continents to earn their bonuses. Secret team chat in multi-player modes.

Challenging AI Brains
Single-player computer AIs will give your brain a good workout. Open-source SDK available.

Online Multi-Player
Fast real-time multi-player games. Or play slower once-a-day turns games. The network game tracker lists them all. Host your own server.

Axis & Allies meets Diplomacy
Castle Vox is an homage to these classic strategy boardgames.


  • Fast world domination.
  • Plan attacks simultaneously.
  • Collaborate with teammates.
  • Maps from history and fantasy.
  • Giant maps with many players.
  • Map editor included.
  • Hard AI will push your brain in single-player matches.
  • Online multi-player modes: relaxed and speed variants.
  • Achievements.
  • Easy to learn, hard to master.
  • Mixes elements from Diplomacy and Axis & Allies board games.
Castle Vox is currently available for the sale price of $13.95 (USD). Head over to the links below to learn more.

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Din's Curse: Demon War Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Malaysian Gamer has posted a new review of Demon War, the expansion for Soldak Entertainment's action RPG, Din's Curse. Demon War expands the number of class combinations to 196, introduces the new Demon Hunter class, and adds a variety of new creatures, quests, environments and modifiers to the main game.

From the review:

Apart from the mainstay NPC’s(NPC’s that will exist in every town) your town will be populated by regular residents. The residents and even the main NPC’s can die, starve, get diseased, kill each other(out of hatred) or even might have a quest for you. Before you start a game, you’ll have to pick the level of difficulty(which is based on your characters level). Do yourself a favour and pick normal.

This basically generates a dungeon in your town that correlates to your level and is a perfect challenge for new comers(not too difficult, not too easy). The dungeons are all randomly generated and like other action RPG games, the deeper you get into the dungeon, the tougher the beasties get. Back in town, your dungeon adventure may be rudely interrupted with warnings that demons have invaded the town(the game has a news ticker message box that informs you if stuff happens). If you do not rush back to town as soon as you can to deal with the invasion, you could find your entire town obliterated.

Read the full review at the link below.

Malaysian Gamer: Din's Curse Demon War Review
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New Diablo III Facebook Screenshots Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently revealed another new screenshot and piece of concept art to celebrate the 700,000 Likes milestone on its official Diablo III Facebook page. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game’s physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the game’s random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment’s renowned online gaming service,
View the new screenshots at the Blizzplanet page below.

Blizzplanet: Diablo III Screens
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Mac Games News for Monday, March 21, 2011

IMG Reviews Pinball Yeah!6:00 AM
Inside Mac Games Interviews Wolfire Games' John Graham6:00 AM
Project Magma Looking For Myth II Update Beta Testers6:00 AM
Puzzler World Released6:00 AM
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