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How Diablo 2 Evolved from Gothic Horror to Epic Fantasy

By David Craddock, Jun 29, 2018 7:00am PDT

In an exclusive chapter from 'Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II,' Blizzard North's developers recount the making of Diablo 2's desert-themed act and reflect on how the sequel's look and feel differed from the bestselling original.


"You can't reinstall D2 you goofball. That implies that you uninstalled it which obviously isn't ..."

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StoryBundle Video Game Bundle 7.0 includes 'Stay Awhile and Listen' (Plus, a Shack Giveaway)

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 07, 2015 12:05pm PDT

The latest batch of eBooks from StoryBundle includes 'Stay Awhile and Listen,' a detailed history of Blizzard North written by author and Chatty poster David Craddock. Plus, learn how to win a copy of Craddock's latest book, 'Dungeaon Hacks.'


"My favorite, dumb as it sounds, is the World's of Power Blaster Master book. Probably not what ..."

- Calsetes see all 12 comments

Community Spotlight: David Craddock's Stay Awhile and Listen post-mortem

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 27, 2013 2:00pm PST

Author and long-time Shacknews community member, David Craddock, recently released the first book of the Stay Awhile and Listen trilogy. We got an interview with Mr. Craddock, chronicling his work on the ongoing project, asking about his time at Shacknews, and also about his...


"Okay, cool. Book sounds great but I don't own a kindle/ipad :("

- dewdman see all 12 comments

Stay Awhile and Listen tells the story of Blizzard on October 31

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 13, 2013 12:00am PDT

Stay Awhile and Listen, David Craddock's book on the life of Blizzard Entertainment, has received a release date and can fill your virtual shelf on October 31.


"From my blog: the table of contents and an explanation of how bonus material works in the book ..."

- David Craddock see all 7 comments

Give us your best Blizzard stories; win a copy of Stay Awhile and Listen

By John Keefer, Nov 09, 2012 9:00am PST

Some developers create games. Others, such as Blizzard Entertainment and Blizzard North, create experiences that stick with us forever. Millions of gamers have commanded armies and raided dungeons across the world of Warcraft, waged intergalactic warfare amid StarCraft's gal...


"The contest is now CLOSED to submissions. Thanks to all who entered!"

- David Craddock see all 42 comments

Win a copy of Stay Awhile and Listen; Give us your Butcher stories

By John Keefer, Nov 02, 2012 9:00am PDT

Win a copy of David Craddock's book, Stay Awhile and Listen. Just give us your best stories about your encounters with the Butcher in the original Diablo for our Tales of Fresh Meat contest. Check out the rules to participate.


"Thank you very much for the information, I'll be looking forward to them!"

- Shadow Hado see all 50 comments

Community Spotlight: The man behind the book of Blizzard

By John Keefer, Nov 01, 2012 9:00am PDT

You read the chapter from Stay Awhile and Listen. Now, we chat with author David Craddock about putting the book together, including more tidbits from Diablo 2, World of Warcraft and StarCraft.


"As an avid fan of Diablo II (to the extent of remaking it) this book sounds awesome! I also like ..."

- Dricoust see all 23 comments

Author: Blizzard's Nomad gave way to World of Warcraft

By John Keefer, Nov 01, 2012 6:45am PDT

We've known that Blizzard had scrapped a project called Nomad, but we didn't have too many details other than it was to have been a squad-based affair. Author David Craddock has been able to fill in a few details from his in-depth interview with Shacknews coming later today.


"So another game from GW that was almost ripped by Blizzard? oO"

- Arcath see all 2 comments

Chapter 8 finale -- Condor and Blizzard lock horns over Diablo

By David Craddock, Oct 31, 2012 9:00am PDT

Today, in part 3 of our exclusive chapter form David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment, Stay Awhile and Listen, Condor and Blizzard Entertainment lock horns over how Diablo should play.


"That last quote from David Brevik gave me the chills. Filing under the gamedev motivation category."

- hyperwired see all 37 comments

Chapter 8: Part 2 -- Work hard, play hard

By David Craddock, Oct 30, 2012 8:15am PDT

Today, in part 2 of our exclusive chapter form David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment, Stay Awhile and Listen, Condor develops a "work hard, play hard" mentality as it builds Diablo.


"Also, I lived in the Bay Area at the time, so most of the local guys were up for talking over ..."

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Chapter 8: Part 1 -- The foundation of Diablo

By David Craddock, Oct 29, 2012 9:00am PDT

Today, we kick off our exclusive chapter form David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment, Stay Awhile and Listen. Chapter 8 deals with Condor (later Blizzard North) and the early days of the making of Diablo. Part 1 deals with building the team to start the gam...


"I would purchase an audio-book like that instantly! I just don't have the time to read a regular ..."

- Curike see all 22 comments

Shacknews exclusive: A chapter from the book of Blizzard

By John Keefer, Oct 29, 2012 8:45am PDT

Today, we kick off a week of coverage on David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment, Stay Awhile and Listen. On Monday through Wednesday, we will publish Chapter 8, The Velvet Hammer. On Thursday, we will interview Craddock and include questions from readers, a...


"Ah - I can explain this. It IS our image, but a very early one meant as a teaser. And we didn't ..."

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Author: Blizzard prototyped Diablo in space

By John Keefer, Oct 22, 2012 9:00am PDT

Only one more week until Shacknews posts a full chapter from Stay Awhile and Listen, David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment. And to make the tease even more enticing, today's story from Craddock talks about a Diablo clone set in space.


"Blizzard should kickstart that idea to see how much interest there is among us. Not that they ..."

- poutniksantiago see all 19 comments

Author: Diablo hacking fix a priority of sequel

By John Keefer, Oct 15, 2012 9:00am PDT

We are getting ever closer to the October 29 release of the full chapter of Stay Awhile and Listen, David Craddock's upcoming book on Blizzard Entertainment. But, as with every Monday, we bring you a few more tidbits and recollections from Craddock about his research. Today'...


"Different trainers let you do different things. Now, I *did* use them, but only in single-player ..."

- David Craddock see all 4 comments

Author: Blizzard wanted a Diablo for handhelds

By John Keefer, Oct 08, 2012 9:00am PDT

The Stay Awhile and Listen series continues with author David Craddock as we lead up to the October 29 reveal of a chapter from his upcoming book. Today's stories revolve around a possible second expansion for Diablo 2 and a Diablo game for handhelds.


"I originally revealed Diablo on the Game boy back in 2008 on my website, Past to Present Online, ..."

- Borman18 see all 4 comments