As I have written in my "hello" thread, I have decided to play clean (no unsupported mods). Had to get rid of my veteran Sorceress as I ran into unexpected problems... To spice things up, I'm going for my 1st Hardcore character. The only ease-of-life feature will be hotmuling. I will post a new post or edit this one with informations about his progress. For a 1st hardcore character, I have decided to try Necromancer (recommended fishymancer build). I don't want to make another MeteOrb to not die of even more boredom. Sadly, the only remains of my Sorceress are the photos and comments I have put on facebook... Never played Hardcore. Never really tried any other chars than barbarian / sorceress. I'm still reading a guide - http://www.diabloii.net/forums/threads/fishymancer-version-2-1.349093/ I'm still thinking about a name... my real life name would be too ordinary... necro is male so I can't name him after my professor (without her help and encouraging I wouldn't even apply on my university PhD programme ! ).. maybe ProPublicoBoneO ? I used to do a lot of "community work" for my friends during my major. A lot of helpful resources were made by me and used by others + scanned books. The pun is free of charge and it comes from Lawyer Dog meme. https://www.rover.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/lawyer-corgi.jpg So, arise from your grave, ProPublicoBoneO, the world of Sanctuary needs You ! Warning: this will be a LONG post. Edit: so far so good... lvl 10 and haven't died The dead man lives ! Live ! Live ! And promise I keeeep ! Found two useful things for other chars - a rare small shield with resists (all +3% and two other bonuses to them) and damaged eagle orb with +1 fire bolt (as a alternative to starting staff). Haven't found any other special things except being near death few times. Damn rogue archers ! Entered the Cave on Cold Plains and right at the entrance - a pack with a boss. Had to escape that dungeon as I was too weak to kill them... Corpse explosion kicks asses ! So cool and yet so low. This range hurts. So mostly I amp the ranged attackers and then other monsters and watch them die. Char stats (from partial report from ATMA): Character name : ProPublicoBoneO Character type : Hardcore Necromancer Character level : 10 Character exp : 61416 Strength : 30 Energy : 40 Dexterity : 25 Vitality : 30 Stat Points Rem : 0 Skill Points Rem: 0 Life : ** / ** Mana : 77 / 73 Stamina : 113 / 103 Gold (Inventory): 0 Gold (Stash) : 14941 I'm going to bed now.. it's 2 AM now and I feel tired. I was in the Dark Wood, got Inifuss and later I will do Tristram. Edit: just found my 1st head - much worse than buckler but as far as I get +skills from it it's all ok. Also, found a nice replacement for the initial wand. The repair cost was 1k+... Edit again: The Countess has fallen. Lost 1 skeleton but after 1-2 of her minion died, I ce'd the rest. Got 3 runes (2x eth, 1 tal) and advanced to lvl 13. I have taken Skeletal Mage as a skill - just level 1, to have the requirements for Revive met and also some extra ranged support for skeletons. Might put a few points later, much later. In normal, I want to max Raise Skeleton as soon as it's possible so I won't take any other golems skills (except mastery & summon resist). Skills to be learned in normal: terror and decrepify. I will aim for attract later, maybe in nightmare and after I max skeletons.