I added a new section Unofficial Addons containing the add-ons for Diablo which I don't have enough information to create separate sections for. Perhaps in the future I will merge this section with other sections about unofficial add-ons.
There are going to be some changes in Blizzard online games. Battle.net, which was created in 1996 to allow online gameplay in the first Diablo and all later games released by Blizzard will change it's name. Blizzard believes, that sometimes there is a consufion related to the name Battle.net, apparently Blizzard and Battle.net were identified as separate companies. The new name of the service will include the word Blizzard, however, the core and functionality is meant to stay the same. The changes will be implemented within a few months which we are still to be informed about.
We’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We'll just be referring to our various products and services using the Blizzard name instead. You've already seen this recently with things like "Blizzard Streaming" and "Blizzard Voice," and more changes are on the way.
When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name. Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls-Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.
We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware as we moved forward with this change over the next several months; we’ll provide any relevant updates as the transition progresses.
I added a new section Level Master IV in which I described unofficial addon for Diablo 1 released by Macmillan Digital Publishing in 1997. On the CD there was, among others, strategy guide for Diablo in HTML format and program to create back up copies of characters.
I added a new section presenting yet another unofficial add-on for Diablo 1 named The Green Portal - The Resource Toolkit For Diablo. It was released in 1997 in a form of big box and included, among other things, guide for the game and hacking toolkit. You can find the description and photos in The Green Portal section.
I added a new section Unearthed Arsenal regarding an unauthorised addon for Diablo released by Micro Star Software in 1997. The section includes information about the content of the addon and pictures presenting the box and the CD for Unearthed Arsenal
Last year studio Thing Trunk announced they are working on Return 2 Games – series consisting of 7 games which are a tributes to the cult productions released in the 90s. Pierwszym tytułem z cyklu R2G jest Book of Demons - first game from the R2G series is Book of Demons, a game that references the classic Diablo 1 and has debuted on Steam yesterday. Well, the truth is, it's still in Early Access but the game looks quite good. Website of the game: www.bookofdemons.com
The attention is certainly drawn to the graphic style of paper cut-outs and the game play consisting of i.e. a card system that replaces items, spells and skills. So far, the only available class is Warrior, however, two new classes are to be introduced soon - Sorcerer and Rouge, so the same characters that are present in the first Diablo.
We made Book of Demons as fun for any player but the players that know the original Diablo and miss similar atmosphere should have even more fun playing this game. :)
Especially for my readers a free code for the game:
"We were always fascinated by the intensity of the experiences in the games from the 90's, especially Diablo 1, which in our opinion is one of the best hack & slash games of all time" said Maciej Biedrzycki, Thing Trunk co-founder. "Book of Demons is a tribute to this sentiment."
Undoubtly some of you know the story form few years ago, that name of Decard Cain from Diablo comes from a real person. I decided to get together all pieces of information related to the real Cain and create an article. If tyou want to know how exactly Decard's name has been chosen, I encourage you to read the article The Real Deckard Cain.