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I have a character in Diablo 3 and am able to create games with the options of starting from a lot of quests. However, when I try to join a public game, I notice that my options are severely limited. I am wondering why that is?

For example, I am able to create a public game with a quest from Act 4. However, when I try to join a public game in act 4, that option is unavailable.

I am wondering how does Blizzard decide when you can join/create a game with certain quest.

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Joining a public game on a specific quest is limited to characters who are in a specific level range, which depends on the quest (and the difficulty). This limit only exists for public games, not when creating a new game or when joining a friend.

For instance, joining a public game on the quest "The Doom in Wortham" on nightmare is limited to levels 35 to 41 (inclusive), as you can see in this screenshot (look for the red freehand circle):

screenshot of level limits

That means that if you are outside that level range, you cannot join a public game which is currently on that quest.

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Great. Thank you oak. – user1277607 Jun 16 '12 at 16:55

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