All through the years of playing D2, I never even started a HC character. I guess it just comes down to the thought of losing gear that took along time to get, and I am really not that good. Yesterday evening, I found myself actually contemplating a hardcore character. I thought about the softcore Barb I made in D2 that never died, until a 5 pack of Gloams instagibbed him. And the Barb I made in D3 that beat Big D before I could with my Wiz. So, I made a Barb, since I thought my first run at HC should have a tough character. I started out kinda feeling the same way as any other new character I have made in D3, but realized once I got to the stash box, this is going to be a whole new ballgame. There was nothing, and even though I knew this going in, it was still a shock to see one small row in the stash box and "0" gold. I played through the Skeleton King, and was hoping he might drop a rare for me to use, but the only thing was a rare xbow. I got lucky and the merchant in town with the rings, had a 2-4 Dmg/3% IAS ring, and I had to sit there and really think if I should spend 2,500 of the 10,000 gold I had accumulated on one of them. That was a big change, but I liked it for some reason. At this point, I had not really come close to dying, as I had ran through that part of the game countless times. I got to the Fields of Misery, and had my first wake up call. I started in on a Wood Wraith and a Beast charged me. It hit me then that the red glow meant real death, old dude would be done. I chugged a health pot, and ran off around a landform to get my **** straight. That was cool, and I know it really wasnt nothing like having a level 60 with decent gear come close to death, but still a change from what I am used to. I am going to try my best to not use the AH with this character. My biggest hurdle with my first SC character was a weapon, and what ultimately led me to the AH, so we will see with this one. Sorry for the wall of text, that always happens when I am really trying not to. I guess I am just excited because that was something new for me, even in a game I have been playing for 15 years. I would like to make it at least to Inferno with this guy, but either way, it will be fun. Wish me Luck!!!!