Shacknews Staff Select: David Craddock

Listen carefully, skeleton!


Who is David Craddock? He's an author, a writer, and the Shacknews Long Reads Editor. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.

Fun fact: I'm one of a select few Shacknews writers to have come full circle with the site. Shacknews gave me my start as a paid writer in 2005. I left in 2007, wandered the earth (via the Internet) for nine years, got lots of experience writing long-form features, and then I came back to write even longer long-form features such as Rocket Jump, and Stairway to Badass, and more coming soon.

I could tell you my three favorite games, but then you wouldn't have as much incentive to watch the video, and Greg would kill me, and then he would kill you, and then he would wind up in jail for a double homicide, and no one wants that. I'll give you a hint: My favorite games change almost by the hour, but the ones I rattle off in this video profile are all sequels. What can I say? I'm the gaming industry's target demographic. Its play thing. I've never bought horse armor, though. Had to draw the line somewhere.

If you enjoyed this video--and how could you not?--stick around for others that profile other members of our ace Shacknews team. You should also check out our YouTube channel, where we've uploaded a larger profile video introducing you to some members of the team as well as the growing Shacknews business as a whole.

What? Oh, yes, since you asked, I did beat Asif Khan, Shacknews CEO, editor-in-chief, and aged FPS player, 9 to -1 in Duke Nukem 3D.

Long Reads Editor

David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    July 12, 2018 5:00 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Shacknews Staff Select: David Craddock

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      July 12, 2018 5:26 PM

      I've heard of him!

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      July 12, 2018 6:14 PM

      Serious question. - what do you think the future of diablo looks like? More DLC? Diablo 4 but more MMO? Curious what you think

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        July 12, 2018 7:01 PM

        One or two more DLC packs for Diablo 3, at a minimum, and then a fourth game. MMO? Not cut from the same cloth as WoW. That'd be too slow for a Diablo game. I suspect Diablo 4 will follow roughly the same model as Diablo 3: always-online connectivity, with more classes, more lands to explore and pillars, more monsters, more loot, more character classes.

        If Blizzard's smart, they'll make a clean break from Diablo 3, and from Diablo 2. Diablo 3 sold phenomenally well out of the gate, but it was clearly hampered by decisions that prevented it from reaching its full potential as a Diablo game. Namely all forms fo the Auction House. Blizzard's smart. They've learned from their mistakes, and from the success of Diablo 3's overhaul patch and the Reaper of Souls expansion, and should have all the knowledge they need to make Diablo 4 great in all respects from the get-go.

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          July 12, 2018 7:01 PM

          pillars pillage (Been writing about Pillars of Eternity a lot as of late.)

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          July 12, 2018 10:22 PM

          well tell them to hurry on the DLC for D3 - seasons need a massive influx of content.

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          July 13, 2018 6:59 AM

          How do you figure there'll be more DLC?

          Seems that the team was clear they didn't have enough juice left in that old fruit for a second expansion. Hence the smaller necro dlc and free updates. With barely any sign of life since then, I'd imagine D3 is done and complete.

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            July 13, 2018 8:27 AM

            new smaller DLC like the necro would be awesome. give us a bunch of new stuff in small chucnks that ties into seasons and adventure mode. new items and new territory and bad guys would be awesome.

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            July 13, 2018 10:32 AM

            Should have clarified: D3 either has another smaller, Necro-sized pack left in the tank, or it’s done and Blizzard will settle for ladder resets and the like to pave the way for a new game.

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          July 13, 2018 7:01 AM

          Do you think they'll go full Fortnite and make a Diablo game that you can play on PC, consoles and mobile platforms?

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            July 13, 2018 8:52 AM

            What about overwatch themed Diablo clone? Hanzos, rogues, same diff yeah?

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          July 13, 2018 9:12 AM

          No Diablo 2 Remastered?

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      July 12, 2018 7:10 PM


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      July 13, 2018 11:05 AM

      writing an article about yourself, isn't that a bit weird?

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        July 13, 2018 11:15 AM

        We’ll all be doing it. We thought writing about ourselves, in our own voices, made more sense than assigning other editors to our videos. This endeavor is a lark, just to introduce the team to Chatty and other visitors.

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