WARNING - WALL OF TEXT INCOMING I started playing this game back when it came out, I can't remember how much I played, but I remember it was a lot. Probably not at the "level" I played later in my 20's, or today, but a decent amount. I was 14 at that time. Fast forward to age 20'ish, I started playing again. And now I really played, full retard. Before I started, I enjoyed being around people, hanging out with friends, party, work out. I had a good social life. But that all changed, as time went on. I first started on B-net, but I got so annoyed with the timer thing when doing Meph runs, that I looked into single player. Since I didn't know that much about SP, I needed some help. And viola, I became a member of the SPF. I decided not to continue with my old account due to personal reasons. Now things really took off. I was hooked, finding like minded people was a real eye opener for the depth of this game. All the cool builds, all the difficult items to obtain...and the runes! I was obsessed with completing the grail, I set a goal and simply couldn't move on, until I had completed that goal. I once did 25K Pindle runs, basically just that, before I could venture on to the next mission. Well, I also took a Trapsin to lvl 86, with help from Pindle, mind you. And after that, I set a new goal of 10K AT runs, which I also completed, before I could move. I started to retreat from my social life. When friends came to visit, I was more annoyed than happy. I stopped working out. All I did was minding my work, and Diablo. My mind was on D. This madness had to stop. I killed my D2 business with deleting all my save files, and my Atma stash. Cold turkey. I started working out again and seeing friends. All was good, Fast forward once more, age 30'ish, I somehow thought I've gotten old enough to control this game, not letting it take over my life. I was just gonna play casually, try out new things. First char I create is a Windy, this is fun, I think. He could use a Shako, though, so I create a BlizzSorc. Big mistake. Before I knew it, I was back to farming Pindle and AT (though able to mix things up this time) Before this re-start, I had learned some things about my self. I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder after a manic episode, and before I met my wife, I was drinking more than what is considered healthy. This explains my obsessive behavior above, it's coded in my genes. And now I seem to be slowly falling into old habits. I love working out, I've even become pretty good at powerlifting, developed an interest for movies, and I'm trying to take up coding and electronics (I'm an engineer by trade). All these hobbies are starting to fade away, and this is depressing the hell outta me, that I can't find a healthy balance between RL and D2 goals. I don't know what I want with this thread, probably nothing, I just wanted to share my story, and maybe hear if there are others alike out there. Hearing your D2 story would also be very interesting, runs, numbers. It doesn't have to contain bipolar disorder or alcohol abuse. An obsessive, unhealthy relationship would do just fine.