Hey everyone. I've just bought Diablo 2 a few days ago (played it at a friend's house and wondered why I never have), and I'm starting to get hooked. After doing a bit of research online, I started to realize that the complexity for this game online is massive - not something I'd expect from a 2000 title. A 100+ hour single player title is mind blowing. I started making a blizzard sorceress, currently level 17 (meh). I have a few questions/concerns about the game and community. To start, I ask: is there much of an active online presence any more? This seems like a game that would be so much more fun if played with friends instead of alone. I checked on b.net open, but there was hardly anyone online. Do most people just play ladder/closed, or is the community dying/dead? I also noticed that there isn't a lot of help for beginners to the game - not so much a hatred of noobs as an assumption of knowledge. I had to spend a while searching for a game/build guide that didn't keep using abbreviations and god-tier weapons that meant nothing to me. My concern is that, as a new player, even if the community is well and alive, I won't even be able to find people to play with. Plus, in regards to the gear, it seems some classes (blizzard sorc, ex.) are severely handicapped without stat-boosting armor and weapons. Along with that, I'm pretty oblivious to hardcore mode, hell mode, magic finding, PVP, etc. This is perhaps because I haven't seen any online gameplay for this game. So, my questions are: Is online still alive? Should I make a ladder/b.net closed character? Will I be able to find others to play with (and how)? How should I get by without having any money/items? And finally, can you give a rundown of general online stuff I should know? Excuse the long first post. I appreciate the read + help!