Back in the days of Scorch and Flux, around 2003, I acquired Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction. As I tried to learn how to play this fascinating but bewildering game, I came across diabloii.net, and read many, many build guides. They were all shopping lists for cookie cutter builds. The more I read, the more frustrated I became: It seemed from what I read that I would have to have have a character playing in Hell in order to acquire the items required to play in Hell. It seemed an insoluble dilemma. In my frustration, I looked elsewhere, first to the Lurker Lounge (host of Jarulf's Guide, which had been a great help to me as I played the original Diablo) and, when the Lounge was down, to the Amazon Basin. There, I slowly (I do everything slowly) discovered that there were players who were not dependent upon godly items to succeed in the game, and after a while I joined some of them in regular group games on battle.net. Over the course of a couple of years, mixing MP and solo play on line, in both SC and HC, I slowly came to realize that I had no interest at all in trading, that I strongly preferred finding my own gear, that I preferred HC, and that everyone else I encountered wanted to play faster than I did. I had completely given up playing with other players in 2006 when a player whose AB posts I had admired lured me into a game. We cooperated so effectively in D2LoD that we started wondering whether we could cooperate as effectively in Real Life. We were ~1500 mi / ~2500 km apart at the time. Within six months, we were cooperating under one roof, and nearly a dozen years later we're still doing so. Despite my preference for HC, I was playing SC at the time, to develop a better understanding of the game without the high costs of HC mistakes. We played, individually and together, on US West SCL during 1.10 Ladder Season 3, and mostly on West SCNL through Season 4. At the beginning of Season 5, we switched to East HCL, and commenced numerous projects. At the end of Season 6 (the first six-month season), we found ourselves heavily invested in off-ladder projects we weren't willing to abandon. We've concentrated on East HCNL ever since, though we perpetrated Ladder Strike Forces in Seasons 10 and 15. My partner has in the meantime been driven away from D2LoD (by patch 1.14 breaking the game on her Mac) to OVG, though we still play together occasionally. But I'm deeply rooted in East HCNL, and don't foresee moving to SP until Blizzard or other factors force me to do so. So, "Why are you here?" First, I've been lurking a lot in recent years, and I've learned a lot, from hundreds (if not thousands) of players/posters. My enjoyment of the game has been deeply enhanced, and I'm deeply indebted. I can and do and shall make frequent and shameless use of the Like button, and may from time to time to express my appreciation in words. Second, several SPF members have posted deeply personal information about their lives outside D2 which would certainly have triggered hateful responses elsewhere. The responses I've seen here have been consistently understanding and supportive, and I've seen no negative responses, due to self-censorship, to effective moderation, or both. I appreciate that very much. Even though I've now introduced myself, I still probably won't be a frequent poster. But I'm sure there'll be topics, such as this one, where the temptation will be irresistable.