This mod of Diablo II LOD is insane. I don't know how to describe the alterations and gameplay changes other than: The steepest learning curve you'll ever find in a video game. And I played original Diablo II LOD. These authors are some kind of genius. I believe the main author went on to work with Path of Exiles itemization system. If you've played D2:LOD you have to check this out. Browse through the menu on the bottom left to see some of the changes made. Read the INTRODUCTION and be prepared to shit yourself. Look at the 'Items [Menu]' -> 'Cube Recipes' page... Hell yeah! http://modsbylaz.vn.cz/ I just hit endgame and the rewards are just as juicy as the ragequits. If you are interested in diving in make sure to let me know... I'm fairly versed with the game now. You'll have endless questions. I still have a hard time comprehending some of the extreme crafting I've seen done by others. They do have a forum but it's rather scattered. I've bookmarked key threads and will have to post them here eventually. Mostly of them are endgame related so I'll post them in due time. http://www.medianxl.com/ The best thing you can do is read read read up on the new information at http://modsbylaz.vn.cz/. And talk to me, I'm a veteran. Spoiler: SETUP GUIDE There is a few steps to get the setup correct. If there is any issues along the way stop and ask. The process is basically updating Diablo II LOD to a version below the current (mod comparability), installing a mod manager, and extracting the mod data into the Mod Manager's folder: Installation Instructions Install Diablo II: LOD (If not installed) Download and install patch 1.13c, not the latest 1.13d. (Source) Download & install PlugY 10.0 (Info) - Quick & Easy install, same with D2SE... Download & install the mod managing program: D2SE Modmanager 2.2.0 (Info) Download the Median XL - Ultimative mod zip file: Download Link Extract the download into Diablo II\MODS\ (created by D2SE Mod Manager) Run Diablo II\D2VidTst.exe to utilize Glide-wrapper (Installed with D2SE I believe) Whats Happened So Far At this point you should now have D2SE, MODS, and PlugY folders in Diablo II\ as well as the extracted MODS\Median XL - Ultimative\. A few files were added to the root Diablo II\ as well. From now on use D2SE.exe as the launcher (you'll see why). Side Note: D2SE is designed to leave all your original game files alone, and save character data separately per entry on it's mod list. That means vanilla version and mods do not share character data; for good reason. When it loads a list entry it will load the corresponding Patch_D2.mpq file over the original (which has most of the game alterations). Save locations (always good to know): Using D2SE......Version.........................Save Location No.................Original (Game.exe)........Diablo II\save Yes................Vanilla 1.xx....................Diablo II\D2SE\CORES\1.xx\save Yes................Median XL Ultimative.......Diablo II\MODS\Median XL - Ultimative\save Wait, Glide wrapper? Hold up what is this shit we're installing... When Diablo II launched it essentially had hardware acceleration from one graphics card - 3DFX VooDoo series. No longer are those around so a person created a 'wrapper' program around the Diablo II game window to take the old 3DFX Card command calls and translate them into OpenGL commands for everyone to utilize. You still need a discrete graphics chip, keep in mind. Otherwise the game will be forced to render via software (CPU, not GPU). Glad you asked! D2SE Configuration If you don't see the Ultimative mod on the list scroll down. This shows 2 extra between vanilla's and Ultimative 1.13c that you won't have (an earlier version and a experimental display version). Configure the Display Options before playing; there are many options such as resolution, windowed/full, mouse capture, etc. I highly recommend windowed mode, as you can see it checked on the screenshot. Next click the Configure Glide button on the top right. Guten Tag! Don't fret! Turn all that Deutsche into English by hitting the button towards the bottom. Click on the "settings" button. You will have an arsenal of options to look at. What I recommend: Now click on the "renderer" button. I bumped up the Texture-Memory and Texture-Buffer to the max. If you have graphic issues lower them down a bit: Playing The Game! A bit of a lengthy setup, but it's all worth it. Now it's just a one click launch with Glide providing better, faster, smoother graphics at scaled up 1024x768 in windowed mode without fucking up your screen resolution. Yeah dude. Just make sure 'Median XL Ultimative' mod is selected and click the "Start Plugin" at the very top. Now the hard part - becoming familiar with the new game mechanics. I recommend reading over all the different pages to get an idea of whats new. Some KEY new features is the utilization of the Horadric Cube - it is a critical component in item crafting later in the game. The real game starts at endgame when you beat the 2nd difficulty mode. So it may be a tad slow leveling up to about 50 when things speed up, then up to around 90-120 when you'll beat the 2nd difficulty. There are a bunch of 'challenges' along the way, but you'll get there in due time. I'm always available for TCP/IP multiplayer and Steam/Mumble/Ventrillo voice chat to give out some bomb twink gear and help you along. It is way more fun with some help. Oh and I have ...access to... a PVPGN Open BNET server running that we can all join up on. As long as we all have the same version/mod running we can mingle! Chat rooms and all! Showing off the sweet AoE proc on my bow. The colors and saturation of spells in this Glide mode combined with new spells and effects from Ultimative's additions make quite the show: Game running stretched 1024x768. Make sure and 720p full screen that beotch for full qual.