One life to live: Every thing dies sometime

I’ve spent a long time writing about Hardcore in Diablo 3. I started back before there was a beta wondering what this game could be, and continued after release trying to shift some light onto this game mode I love so much. However after a year and a half I’ve decided to move on and hope that the focus doesn’t die with me(pun intended).

Okay you made it past the break so I assume you’ve read my columns before and liked them. First thanks to everyone for reading it’s been a great experience and every time I’ve heard about people jumping into hardcore on account of something I wrote it’s brought a smile to my face.

The sad truth is I just have not been playing enough to really write about the game anymore. A combination of work and life has taken me out of the game. Not that I’ve given up on it, I just don’t have the time to accurately create new content on a weekly ( or bi-weekly) basis. I didn’t think that less than a year after release i’d find myself here writing this column, but here we are.

Secondly this is a departure column but it’s also a call for contributors and for someone to take my place. is the only site I know of who had someone 100% focused on hardcore and I’d like to see that trend continue. I’d like to see someone else in the hardcore realm step up to the plate and keep it coming. While I won’t be writing here anymore I sure as hell will be reading. We have a great niche here and for that to continue to flourish we need fresh minds and fresh ideas to keep it going. While I wish I could, I’d be doing the site a disservice by not giving it what the readers deserve: Quality content.

When I first started I was just another reader with an idea. I approached Flux and he liked it, I can’t help but wonder how many others have had ideas but didn’t take the chance. Now’s your time to take that chance, you don’t have to be the best player in the world, the most elite WD, the most bad-ass barbarian, just having a passion for this mode and the ability to string a few sentences together can suffice.

I can honestly say it’s been a blast writing about this game and participating in this community. I’ll still be active here and there, and I never intend to stop reading this site as it’s been one of my daily visits for over 10 years. Thanks again to Flux, Elly and Rush for allowing me to take up their friday space, and to each one of you for taking the time from your day to read, to comment, and of course disagree. It’s been a true pleasure to be a Hardcore columnist/site reporter and one I will always remember. Thanks.

One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth (a paragon of objectivity) and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly. For all the archived news about Diablo 3 hardcore check our Archives!

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19 thoughts on “One life to live: Every thing dies sometime

  1. Thanks Xanth!!

    I truly enjoyed reading your columns, it was great to read about the game from a perspective which receives little attention otherwise from the community.

    Hope this doesn’t mean you will no longer appear on the podcast. The amount of witch doctors you burn through has become something of a running gag 🙂

  2. I do not play hardcore, have no intention of it now or ever but I still read and enjoyed your articles 🙂

    Best of luck to you in your future endeavours.

  3. Sorry to see you go Xanth, I enjoyed reading all of your columns.

    Somebody bug Zappafan to pick up where Xanth left off.

  4. Thanks! and best of luck to you, Xanth. Your articles have always been the only articles on this website that I read from start-to-finish every time.

  5. thanks for the passion! I too have been coming to this site daily since before Diablo 2 came out… planning my necro… drooling over iron maiden and ressurect… yummy

  6. I appreciate the work Xanth, but reading your columns really gave me something to think about, and I ended up trying hardcore atleast a few times as a result of your columns, I hope you have great success in your future endevours.

  7. Didn’t read all your columns Xanth, but the ones I read were good and entertaining. I kinda wish I’d played hardcore, because the lvl 60 inferno grind isn’t too satisfying. I’d love to see ladder in the game, but without that hardcore seems like a good alternative. At this point, I simply don’t play the game much at all, so I’m not going to switch now. Anyway, thanks for the column.

  8. Sorry to see you go!

    I have a young, terrified HC Wizard who was thrust into existence totally because of you…

  9. I have three dead WDs (none reached inferno) who join me in your farewell, Xanth. I didn’t play hc in d2 but gave it a shot in d3 after reading your columns.

  10. Noooooo! Xanth you b*st*rd, I will miss your columns! 🙁
    As a (mainly) hardcore player I should be used to saying goodbye, but it’s just as hard every time.
    Thanks for the columns and best of luck with whatever you choose to put your time into now.

  11. Xanth, you will be greatly missed! I loved reading your Hardcore columns. It is largely why I continued to play hardcore. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

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