A thread about playing a new Hardcore character on Monster Power 10, from the Russian B.net forum, tickles my interest. See the full post for a huge list of characters who are entered into the unofficial tourney and some of their milestones, etc. Here’s an excerpt from the OP and the blue replies:

    Starting a new char from the beginning with DiabloWikiMonster Power 10. Everything (AH, restarting location, skipping packs) allowed except playing on different MP.

    Goal: reach A1 inf and farm there.

    OBLIGATORY: you play with this character ONLY on MP10.
    Nakatoir: I was looking into creating a new extreme purist health phobia character again after my last one died tragically. Combining that concept from a while back with the Monster Power 10 from level 1 idea here will be really cool. I am quite afraid though and feel I would not really get very far.

    Wish you all the best of luck, really impressed with the progress of some of the players in this thread! O.O

    what is a purist health phobia character?
    Nakatoir: It is a set of item and stat limitations that you place upon yourself to increase the difficulty of the game. You can find the thread about it here. Was a lot of fun, just as I can see this being a really enjoyable style of play as well 🙂

    The tournament in the OP here isn’t that challenging, since it’s just “play HC on MP10, but you can twink and AH” which sort of defeats the whole purpose. Thanks to MP10 and +exp gear, it’s now possible to go from 1-60 in under 3 hours, simply by playing on DiabloWikiMP10 (ideally while wearing DiabloWikiHellfire Ring and a ruby helm) and running along behind a friend with a high level character as they massacre the world. You won’t manage that speed playing solo, even with great twinks, especially not on DiabloWikiHardcore, but leveling is greatly accelerated.

    For more challenge players are doing what the CM mentioned, trying variations of the old Diablo 1 (and D2) DiabloWikiLive off the Land play style. Just how purist you are depends on your own standards (can you use NPCs for repairs/items/potions?) but at a minimum you don’t get to twink or use the Auction House, and of course you have to play solo, or only with other LotL purists, and only on MP10. Though D3 is much easier than D1/D2 in monster difficulty (at least on Normal) the much reduced quantity of item finds in D3 adds some more challenge, especially on higher MP settings.

    That style of play is obviously as far as possible from the “rush to 60, max out MF, frantically item farm with full AH everything, etc” style that’s kind of the default, but unless you’re employed in a Chinese gaming sweatshop, the point of playing a video game is to have fun. And some players have fun by maximizing their item find rate, but that’s not the only way to do it. You might find more fun making a new char, without using all the exploits that D3 provides to make things easy and quick?

    (I tried it during the PTR and loved it, but haven’t had time to try it again since 1.05 went live. It was an interesting experience, since the monster hit points and damage are way higher, so fights go very long, but your character gets overleveled quite quickly, which evens the battle a bit. I was level 21 just through Act One, though I think the exp curve catches up with you eventually.)

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