Patriarch Hackerhuck or Whether it's better to suffer the slings and arrows Well I did it, my first 1.10 Barb pat. At times it was like pulling teeth. A shout out to the peeps who helped play along through Acts 2-4. Without you I might have never been able to do it (mentally speaking). Patriarch HackerHuck Lvl 86 Str 175 Dex 108 Vit 177 55 pts unspent Skills Frenzy 20 Double Swing 20 Conc. 2 (I decided not to be a conc. barb early on) Mace Mastery 10 Axe 1 Sword 1 (indecisive isn't he) Warcry 10 BO 20 1 pt prereqs and all the nice one-pt wonders Resists Fire 36 C,L,P 75 Equip My preciouses Stormlash Schaeffer's Hammer switch dual gimmersheds Arreats Duriels Medly of ammys (Highlords, Maras, Atmas depending on sit.) SoE (15%, 7% LL) Dracs Gores Carrion wind Skull Finger Ring Required Level: 46 Item Version: 1.10 Expansion Item Level: 90 Fingerprint: 0xf6081a8e +14 to Attack Rating Fire Resist +10% Cold Resist +29% 3% Life stolen per hit 5% Mana stolen per hit 2 combat skillers, nothing else worth mentioning down there. Hacker was a chore to play. As per usual cookie cutter he cruised through NM, but in Hell there were wardrobe problems. I tried every weapon you can think of except runewords, but I was sore tempted to burn an Um for crescent moon. History proved me right in waiting. When the lash and schaeffers came on board he could do p3 fairly well. I didn't try higher because I wasn't so good at auxilliary skills. After playing Act 5, I bet I could have done p5 all other acts. Act 5 was a trial...I usually don't skip Nihlathak, but after getting my butt handed to me by the ice caves, I opted out. After fighting an insane Frenzytaur pack at p3, I decided p1 would have to cut it. At p1, I died 4 more times, ouch, one booboo with an IM, the rest were FE or Frenzytaur related. Compared to the 30 minute battle with the Frenzytaurs, the ancients made me laugh...3 minutes, if that. Patting Hacker made me realize how badly unbalanced this patch is for the old school hack and slash. I used to think the guy who wrote the column about overpowered sorcs was just a whiner, but in many ways he's dead on. Cudos to all you HC guardians. I'm not worthy. Decent finds...2 potential Chaos claws, +2 CoT,+2 WB Suw. and +1 DFligh Suw. (If this had DS, I'd have made the runeword on the spot).