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[Path of Exile] They might have forgotten to tell you that you're in the beta.

EchoEcho very gravitasSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
The OP will be rather thin for the moment. Work in progress.

The quick one-liner: A hack'n'slash dungeon crawl that's online-only, free to play, and very inspired by Diablo 2.

Beta rules?

Be nice and play by the rules if you get in the beta:
- You can tell people that you are in the Beta. Your account is marked as "Beta Member" on the forums.
- You can discuss any publicly available information that you would normally have discussed before you were in the Beta test.
- You're welcome to post your general opinions on the game. Please do not go into detail about unannounced specifics or unfinished systems.
- Please do not reveal unannounced information or comment on how things in the Beta work. For example, you should not post about some skill that hasn't been announced yet, or some unannounced looting system we are testing out.
- Please do not post balance values from the game or update public websites or wikis with this information. For example, if someone is gathering a list of item names in the Beta, you should not tell them new names. This information will change very frequently and we don't want to confuse people.
- Please do not post screenshots or videos without permission. However, if you ask you are likely to be granted permission.
- Please do not share your account. In the future, we'll periodically allow you to invite some friends to play with.
If you abuse these rules we reserve the right to remove your access.
Classes

PoE will have six classes total; currently only five are announced and available in the beta. More info
Strength (Red): The Marauder
Strength confers raw brute power, and is represented on weapons by high base damage. Strength armor pieces grant physical damage reduction. Monsters aligned with Strength generally hit hard and take many blows to defeat. Our announced Strength character class is the Marauder.

Dexterity (Green): The Ranger
Dexterity confers agility in combat, and is represented on weapons by faster attack speeds. Dexterity armor pieces grant the ability to evade enemy blows more often. Monsters aligned with Dexterity are nimble and difficult to hit, often attacking from a distance or with multiple weapons. Our announced Dexterity character class is the Ranger.

Intelligence (Blue): The Witch
Intelligence confers knowledge – of both arcane magic and deadly combat techniques. It is represented on weapons through improved critical strikes. Intelligence armor pieces grant the wearer a mystical energy shield which protects them from blows and can recharge when they are out of combat. Monsters aligned with intelligence are often weak spell-casters who can be dangerous if not immediately dealt with. Our announced Intelligence character class is the Witch.

Strength/Dexterity: The Duelist
The Duelist is a hybrid character class that excels at both Strength and Dexterity skills.

Strength/Intelligence: The Templar
The Templar is aligned with both Strength and Intelligence.

Skills

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The current max level in the beta is 100. You get one skill point per level. You'll need it. PoE has a massive skill tree of passive skills that buff your character in various ways, or add secondary effects like a chance to knock enemies back. Observe yonder skill tree.

Your active skills are actually item drops that you slot into items (just like gems in Diablo 2). These skill items then level up by using them. These are not actually limited to a certain class, but you will naturally want to use the ones that fit your class the best - no witches running around whirlwinding with dualwielded wands and stuff.
Nearly all action RPGs had linear skill systems where the progression of an active skill was preordained by the developers. If you were a fire user, you would progress from a weak fire spout to a more powerful fireball, and eventually to something big and flashy like a flame wave.

In Path of Exile, active skills (i.e., skills that you use on command) are itemized onto "Skill Gems". These gems confer an active skill to the player when they are socketed into equipment and gain experience as the player slays enemies.

A choice of staple skill gems are given out as quest rewards throughout the game to ensure that players have a variety of skills available. You’ll discover rare advanced skill gems out in the wilderness and dungeons. Like all items, these can be traded between players. Some of the more devastating skills are extremely valuable.

Gems can also level up. When a player is rewarded experience, all gems in equipped items gain 10% of that value. This gain is in addition to the experience earned by the player. When a gem is removed or traded, it retains its experience. It’s possible to specialize in leveling up valuable gems and trading them to other players. We haven’t announced the number of levels that gems will have, but it takes a substantial amount of experience to reach the highest levels of gem potency.

Gems have attribute requirements based on their type and level. For example, a higher level cleave skill gem requires more strength than a low level one. If your character doesn’t meet the attribute requirements of the new level of the skill gem, then the experience value sits at the maximum of the previous level until you next gain additional experience and also meet its requirements.

Throughout Path of Exile, you'll acquire many items with colored sockets that correspond to the game's three attributes of Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence. You can socket the skill gems you find into these colored sockets to immediately gain the use of that particular skill. Each skill gem is aligned with a single attribute. For example, the Fireball skill is aligned with Intelligence, and therefore appears on a blue gem.

The color of sockets on items is strongly biased towards the attributes that the item is aligned with. For example, a Strength/Dexterity sword is very likely to contain red or green sockets and unlikely to have blue sockets. Skill gems can only be placed in a correctly colored socket.

Skill gems can be removed from sockets by right clicking on them. There is currently no penalty for doing this. We want players to experiment with the nearly infinite combinations our skill system allows.

Items can have multiple sockets, which can be different colors. Though the early items you encounter will contain one or maybe two sockets, the number will increase throughout the game. Most armor pieces can have up to four sockets. High end body armor can reach six sockets. One-hand weapons and shields cap out at three sockets, while two-hand weapons can contain six.

In addition to active skill gems, another type of gem exists – support gems. These are placed in special, linked sockets and grant additional properties to other gems they are linked with. They do not grant active skills themselves.

These linked sockets start to occur in groups on items as the player explores further into Wraeclast. Larger groups of linked sockets occur infrequently but offer greater opportunities for augmentation.

For example, linking a “Multiple Projectiles” support gem to a fireball skill gem causes the fireball skill to launch multiple fireballs when used. Linking an “Added Fire Damage” support gem to an ice nova skill gem causes the ice nova to also deal fire damage in addition to its normal cold damage.

Leagues

The game will have "leagues", which are different game modes. Some are permanent leagues, some are periodic time-limited events.
Hardcore
Typically, “hardcore mode” in action RPGs involves permadeath. A character killed in this mode cannot be accessed any more. In Path of Exile, slain hardcore characters revert to the parent non-hardcore league. This system encourages non-hardcore players to try the hardcore game mode, while still permanently removing hardcore characters from the economy when they die.

Ironman
In Ironman, players are unable to trade with vendors or refill their flasks in town. Mana regeneration is disabled by default. Players are encouraged to band together and manage their resources in order to survive.

Cut-throat
The cut-throat leagues appeal to the niche of players who demand the most hardcore gaming experience possible. In this mode, all world areas are public, with full PvP enabled by default. Slain characters drop all their items upon death. This game mode can also be combined with Hardcore to create an even more unforgiving world.

Attrition
An attrition league is a short duration league that starts with a fixed number of players and eliminates the player with the lowest amount of experience at periodic intervals. For example, a 24 hour attrition league might start with 100 players and eliminate one player per 12 minutes after a four hour initial leveling period. Players would be able to see how close to elimination they are on an on-screen ladder display.

Free 2 Play? Or Pay 2 Win?

What the devs say:
Path of Exile is completely free to play - no upfront costs or monthly fees are required to enjoy 100% of the game content.

To fund the development and maintenance costs of the project, we plan to let players purchase aesthetic perks for their characters such as:

Additional character animations (for example, taunts or PvP victory animations)
Dyes and item skins
Alternate spell effects
Social pets

We will also offer some optional paid services such as:

Inter-realm/inter-account character transfers
Character renaming

Videos 'n stuff

TotalBiscuit does a WTF:


Several hours of beta footage:

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  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    I WANT TO BE IN THE BETA FOR THIS SO BAD!!!!

    This is made by some of the people who made Titan Quest, one of my favorite dungeon crawlers!

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  • LanrutconLanrutcon Registered User regular
    Online only? boo.

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  • EchoEcho very gravitas Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    Lanrutcon wrote:
    Online only? boo.

    Just like Diablo 3, except 60 dollars cheaper.

  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    It's a free to play game. Seriously, there can't be any complaining here.

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  • Al BaronAl Baron Registered User regular
    I wished the notSphere Grid wasn't all passive skills.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    They lost me at dark and gritty, got me back at free, lost me again at online, got me back at super complex sphere grid and then lost me again at PVP.

  • Lord_MordjaLord_Mordja Registered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote:
    They lost me at dark and gritty, got me back at free, lost me again at online, got me back at super complex sphere grid and then lost me again at PVP.

    There's pills for that you know.

  • -SPI--SPI- Registered User regular
    They did a great job with the look of it, it really gives off the vibe they they specifically went out of their way to out-diablo diablo3.

  • AddaAdda Registered User regular
    Apparently this beta has friend codes just like Firefall. Someone hook me up and I will give you hugs!

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  • DracilDracil Registered User regular
    I completely forgot I had the beta DVD from PAX. /installs

  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    Oh god,yeah, if anyone has a friend code, I would be very very happy about one!

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  • MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    Signed up for a beta account, will give / want a friend code. :D

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  • intimateintimate Registered User
    Will hand one out when my code is available.

  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    The skill gems remind me of materia once they start talking about linked gem slots.

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  • MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    Neat feature on the front page that counts down until a new code is sent.

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  • surrealitychecksurrealitycheck you must go on i cant go on ill go onRegistered User regular
    Will hand one out when my code is available.

    intimate i'll get intimate with you if you give me a code :(

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  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    fuck i could have gotten into the beta if I stopped by their booth at pax? kind of sad I missed it, I didn't even know about this game but it sounds awesome.

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  • AddaAdda Registered User regular
    Hey no cutsies! :P

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  • Dac VinDac Vin Reimu Hakurei sat in her shrine because she was on the internet. Registered User regular
    Muriden wrote:
    Neat feature on the front page that counts down until a new code is sent.

    Actually it's more like a torture device. "Hey dude you want to know who's gonna get the next invite? SURPRISE! IT'S NOT YOU!"

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  • MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    Dac Vin wrote:
    Muriden wrote:
    Neat feature on the front page that counts down until a new code is sent.

    Actually it's more like a torture device. "Hey dude you want to know who's gonna get the next invite? SURPRISE! IT'S NOT YOU!"

    But you get to see the horrible user names some people make. The current one is "iloverboy".

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo Crushing pussy; Marry a man Registered User regular
    Dac Vin wrote:
    Muriden wrote:
    Neat feature on the front page that counts down until a new code is sent.

    Actually it's more like a torture device. "Hey dude you want to know who's gonna get the next invite? SURPRISE! IT'S NOT YOU!"
    It's the best idea. I am a fan of this.

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  • hadokenhadoken Registered User regular
    Oh man that looks incredible. Best of luck to the developers.

    I wonder if Australia will pull a Russell Crowe on New Zealand and claim this game as its own as well...

  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo Crushing pussy; Marry a man Registered User regular
    Apparently you have more chance of being randomly selected for an invite if you have some forum posts under your belt. The boards are a pretty bleak place though. It's 95% invite begging.

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  • cheesestringercheesestringer Registered User
    looks great :) can't complain with it being F2P :P

  • MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    Mojo_Jojo wrote:
    Apparently you have more chance of being randomly selected for an invite if you have some forum posts under your belt. The boards are a pretty bleak place though. It's 95% invite begging.

    If that's the case and you don't want to make another post in the "begging" thread. There is a thread here for posting your system specs. Will give you a post and will give the devs a hardware sample.

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  • TcheldorTcheldor Registered User regular
    If this game has some decent fun going for it, I'll be in. Torchlight did nothing for me, but Diablo 2 was wonderful.

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  • SyphyreSyphyre A Dangerous Pastime Registered User regular
    Titan quest was one of my favorite games of the 00 decade. Some screwy bugs but the skill system was pretty awesome. This looks to be even more screwilyawesome with that insane grid.

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  • AddaAdda Registered User regular
    This guy is giving away three keys for the game



    Just leave a comment saying what you like about the game and what you want to see in it different to diablo or some such.

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  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    the countdown thing confuses me, why is there an 'on deck' random choice, do you have to be all like HEY I LIKE PATH OF EXILE if your name comes up?

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo Crushing pussy; Marry a man Registered User regular
    the countdown thing confuses me, why is there an 'on deck' random choice, do you have to be all like HEY I LIKE PATH OF EXILE if your name comes up?

    Hmmm? It tells you who got the last one and who will get the next one. What is not to get?

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  • MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    I've checked the last 5 people on the counter and show 4/5 have 0 posts, and the one that did only had 2 (in "gimme a beta key" threads). I don't think the post count has a significant effect on your chance of getting a key.

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  • ChenChen Registered User regular
    A Templar class that looks like Deckard Cain? It's like a dream come true.

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  • chamberlainchamberlain Registered User regular
    Klyka wrote:
    I WANT TO BE IN THE BETA FOR THIS SO BAD!!!!

    This is made by some of the people who made Titan Quest, one of my favorite dungeon crawlers!

    Titan Quest?!

    Sold! Er, well, signed up to get beta.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo Crushing pussy; Marry a man Registered User regular
    Muriden wrote:
    I've checked the last 5 people on the counter and show 4/5 have 0 posts, and the one that did only had 2 (in "gimme a beta key" threads). I don't think the post count has a significant effect on your chance of getting a key.

    It's possibly lies, but this was posted by the lead designer:
    We've changed the formula for the beta invite timer so that forum users are now substantially more likely to get in.

    We can and will alter this later. It has to be fair on everyone, and we do care about the guys who signed up but haven't posted.

    By the way, when the signup date is the same as the join date and there are no posts, that doesn't mean that that user is a duplicate or someone who doesn't follow the game. There are tens of thousands of people who signed up and haven't logged in again since their initial signup. They still read the forums and want to be in the beta.

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  • SpawnbrokerSpawnbroker Registered User regular
    Can anyone hook me up with a beta invite? I will give blowjobs.

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  • VerboseVerbose Registered User regular
    I noticed this a couple days ago and now all of a sudden I am seeing it EVERYWHERE. Do want.

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  • PeffPeff Registered User regular
    Any of the current beta mans, are there friend codes? I didn't see one with mine and I wouldn't mind sharing the love.

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  • AddaAdda Registered User regular
    Peff wrote:
    Any of the current beta mans, are there friend codes? I didn't see one with mine and I wouldn't mind sharing the love.

    They are gradually emailing friend code invites out to current members apparently.

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  • LackadaisicalLackadaisical Registered User
    The countdown is killing me. I've been watching it for some amount of hours now. I've noticed over the last day that I've instead been living in thirty-five minute intervals, I have to wonder if worshipping this cryptic clock can really be called 'living.' It may yet be the death of me.

    It's a warm feeling when you realize that people share your views...
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  • RizziRizzi Registered User regular
    Why am I not in the beta for this? I need it.

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