While the creativity may be lacking in some boss fights, I must give them props for little bits of unexpected flavor they add to the game. While perusing through the auction house to add a few rare items I had found, I stumbled across a legendary item (pictured above) that can only be described as high in saturated fat. No word on whether you can socket a veggie version. The auction house functionality, though, has me a bit frustrated. While I had opined previously that I love the way the out-of-game AH sends stuff to your stash without the mailbox go-between of WoW, the search functionality is limited to legendary or set items, or looking for a max buyout price. I'd much rather be able to search by keyword. Is a WoW-style AH system too much to ask? I had commented in an earlier dissertation that I had disdained using followers to try the game as a solo experience. I rethought that position and added the Enchantress follower when I met her. Being passionate about the story and lore in any game I play, I found that NOT having a follower had robbed me of certain insights and stories these three extra characters (a Templar and Scoundrel are also available) can provide. Some of it is colorful banter, while other bits offer a bit of history from the follower's perspective. Unfortunately, the randomness of the game also applies to these conversations as I am now hearing the same stories and comments multiple times throughout the course of my travels. My monk takes it in good-natured stride, but as his alter ego, sometimes I just want to bash them in the face with my mace, especially when they start talking over the recording of a key diary or tome I have found. One character whose dialogue I have not minded is my new best friend, the jeweler Covetous Shen. His voice reminds of character actor James Hong and some of his whiny yet witty exchanges have made me chuckle. His prices can be 'ungodly' expensive, but unsocketing items and combining gems is a necessity to get the most out of the gear I find. I'll be back again next week with more musings for my Monk diaries. Hopefully I can find the ingredients to get me to Whimsyshire. Also, Indie Jeff plans to bring his Demon Hunter this weekend so we can try some multiplayer.
Dual-wielding these 'daggers' can lead to high cholesterol.