I really wasn’t planning on getting Torchlight right away, but the constant and seemingly unceasing stream of comments and exaltations and gushings and general swooning in the blogosphere has convinced me otherwise. So as of right now, a copy is downloading to my computer, which will probably finish five minutes before I have to go.
I’m just generally excited and proud of the Runic team. They’ve had a really rough go of it, with the Flagship/Mythos going belly-up thing, and I was just a huge fan of Mythos last year, so I can’t imagine what it felt like for them to have to abandon their baby and essentially start all over. I also like the fact that they brought on board the guy who did Fate, because some of his mechanics (namely the pet system) called for being used again in a future game.
I am going to take Arbitrary and Spinks’ advice, and do the game on hard instead of normal for something resembling a challenge.
Speaking of peer pressure and former Flagship employees, it seems as though even Bill Roper isn’t immune to the comments and skepticism romping around the internet about Cryptic’s C-Store, costumes and retcons. He posted a pretty detailed State of the Game, in which you can clearly read the subtext of “Don’t freak out! We’re giving you free stuff! We do listen to you!” underlying everything.