I thought the first post I wrote would have been enough. However I was wrong, not in how to avoid it but in my impression that it was enough. ROS brought in new ways to play the game and of course new ways to spoil it.

    The current method involves rifts. The group(or player) floods the portal with enemies and waits idly in town while their target rushes in to start rifting. It’s rather ingenious if you think about it. You would rarely suspect a fresh portal, and often groups sell their goods in between rifts and there is some downtime. There is little to suspect. Ironically the only death I’ve had in ROS was from this exact same strategy though on accident as opposed to purpose. The party zoned in before me and took on a few packs that were too strong and fled to the portal as I zoned in..to my death. That set up was a drop in the bucket compared to what someone trying to kill you might have behind that portal. 99% of the time your public rifts will turn out fine and have no ill intent. However for 100% of your rifts you need to be conscientious of a few things.

    Step one: Inspect

    A lot of times we assume people in a public game are generally good people out for the same interests as us. However that isn’t always the case. We have the ability to inspect others characters, do it! Look for anomalies, are they doing 100k dps with 23mil toughness? That might not be a good thing. If you have a group of three all built heavily on toughness it just might be a trap. They are building to survive the trap and set you up. Take a moment each game and see what everyone is up to.

    Step two:Location

    Look at where people are! Is everyone still in town? Did you see anyone actually open the portal or was it up when you got in? Has anyone moved? Is there one person in the portal whose banner is going nuts? All of these point to signs of a potential pk.

    Step three:Wait

    Take a moment and just wait. see who blinks first. Maybe they all really were just selling gear, or out for a smoke break. They may come back jump in the portal and surprise you. Or they may stay sitting there waiting on you, which might be your cue to leave.

    Step four: The chat

    As you’ve taken stock of the other three things watch for what they say. Their whole point in that game is to kill you, and to do that they need you to fall into their trap. They ma tell you to go in, that they need to afk or that they need to sell. Don’t trust anything they say unless you know that it’s fresh.

    If at any point you don’t feel safe find another game! Most importantly if you did not heed this advice or were not aware report the players responsible! While I have yet to see a pk in game since ROS the HC forums are littered with posts about them. If you do fall victim report them and let your clan and communities know. The faster the word spreads the less likely anyone is to fall prey yet again.

    This won’t be going away anytime soon, but if people know how to avoid it, eventually it won’t be worth it to try anymore. Anything I missed to help avoid this blight on the HC community?

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly.

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