I recently started playing Diablo 1 again and became to realize that it is still fun even to this day. While playing on battle.net I found a few other players who were still playing. One day I mentioned to one of the players that I remembered playing the Diablo 1 multiplayer demo. Turns out this guy also used to play and we decided to make new characters on the Diablo Shareware (Hereafter referred to as "Spawn") to test the limits of the game, get max stats with shrines, and become the best Spawn pvpers on the net. After playing for a bit and going through a huge nostalgia trip I found out that Spawn is just as fun as the full game. It is everything about D1 melted down into a tiny microcosm of a microcosm. Here is a list of the things I particularly like about Spawn:
1. LESS IS WORTH MORE - Since its only the first 2 levels of the D1 dungeon your resources are very limited. Money is much harder to get and much more useful than in D1. Mana can only be refilled with found potions, repair bills get expensive, and the best gear and spells can only be bought from vendors for very high prices. This gives the game a sense of resource management which rewards good critical thinking skills.
2. SPELLS COST LESS MANA - Because your character stays at a low level. This means that even with the low mana pool of a warrior you can use spells practically. Even without investing many points into magic, high level spell books can be read with the proper gear.
3. ALL CLASSES IN ONE - In Spawn you can only be a warrior. What this means is you can be any kind of warrior you want. The three main builds of magic, swords and bows still apply, with all sorts of room for hybrid specs.
Really Spawn is all the fun of the actual game, compressed into a neat package of action rpg awesomeness. I think 2v2 matches would be a lot of fun so roll a character today!