Good read, I had an opportunity to do the Torchlight II Beta but didn't have any time to go in and play it so it is good to read some thoughts on it. As I am playing through Diablo 3 it is interesting to see how much I enjoy some of the design decisions they have made I enjoy so much. I love being able to go in and change my build a tiny bit and head back out with a new style of fighting character, and it will be interesting to go back to a system where that isn't the case. Also as much as other people have griped about the fact that you can't really allocate skill points in Diablo 3, I like that change because there is a freedom and movement to it, where when you have to allocate skill points I feel like I could completely screw myself over in the late game if I am just not understanding one portion of how each skill factors into my overall combat. Regardless though I am looking forward to Torchlight II because I immensely enjoyed the first one, so I will pick it up when it is released but I believe I have to prepare myself for a different experience, that I may or may not like.
I have been training my artisans throughout normal difficulty have they have given me some pretty good items to use. I am not using the Auction house so it is a good way to get the best gear I can get in each slot, that I might not find a good drop of in the game. This especially becomes true when the blacksmith can craft yellow items which have been great to use.