It's been a while since the last time I posted here. IIRC, it was January or February 2003. It's been more than a while since the last time my barb wielded his sword - D2CL finals, December 2002.
A few months ago, I decided to clean up my favorites and a certain link was still there... I thought I'd see what was happening on these boards, just out of pure curiosity and something like a "fatherland's call", if you know what I mean. I checked whether my name was still taken and it turned out it was not! I couldn't resist the temptation so I registered under my old nick. Since then, I've been occasionally lurking around in order to spot some old friends or at least known names.
Now, I'm writing this post simply because I'm curious if the boards still feature some of the "old school" guys I know. I'm also curious about the game itself. I realize that "serious" D2 playing requires dedication and a lot of spare time which I simply don't have right now so I'm not really planning a return to the game but... I still want to know what 1.10 actually looks like (never had the opportunity to play it). How is PvP? How are barbs doing? What about builds, equipment, trading, exping, cheats?
BTW, Skit told me about one of the threads on this page and I want to make something clear - if you have played with a barb guy called Darius in the last 1 1/2 - 2 years, it wasn't me. My D2 chars are long gone - USWest account with a few "never-really-finished-but-still-decent" barbs was made accessible to Skit for item recovery a loooong time ago and Europe account with several 99 barbs swept clean by my clan and certainly deleted in the meantime. In fact, I uninstalled D2 at some point in 2003.
If anyone still remembers me from the board or perhaps battle.net (pub games or otherwise), my warmest greetings. To the guy who hoped I was OK in my "very poor" country (you can say a lot about PL but it has changed significantly over the last few years) in the thread Skit showed me, I can only say that I'm not starving, I work at a bank, travel a lot across Europe and I'm in a good shape. Nevertheless, the concern was touching, thanks.
As for my apparently controversial posting here, I would state the following:
a) I've never made a post beyond the 10k mark - regardless of what other people claim,
b) I've posted a lot of answers about BPs and such but someone had to do it.
c) I'm not Skit - we're close online friends and we're in touch ofc but Skit is not my alter ego or vice versa, I assure you.
Without false modesty, I know I have posted useful and relatively new things here. I have contributed to general "barb understanding" and although e.g. in the area of game mechanics & statistics some other people had far more numerous discoveries than my humble person (I've never really got into that D2 number crunching on serious basis, I preferred going into a game with my barb instead), I believe I have provided some recognition and knowledge (e.g. use of Berserk, my old TvT GF crusade, some basic mechanics, tactics, etc.). On the contrary, my numerous posts about BPs or basic build layouts were routine, repetitive, boring and bland, yes. However, they were needed. I know that many new barb players appreciated them and I had both the patience and time to deliver them so I don't think I should be condemned for that.
Some time ago, I even intended to make a real comeback and update my PvP barb guide to 1.10 but I don't think it's feasible, considering the meager amount of my spare time and the nature of competitive D2 dueling which has always been very time- and effort-consuming (so to speak) at top level. Now, I'm just fighting against the urge to see my clan again, play some TvT, and so on... Whatever we say about D2 and its flaws, I still think it was (is?) one of the best online games ever made. The adrenaline rush provided by PvPing in different forms (TvT, 1v1, BvB, pubby games, PK[K]) was unique.
Anyway, if someone still remembers the old days, please post something. Even if we go a bit OT, I'm sure the mods won't mind it this time. Mentioning moderators, I can't omit Halciet. From what I've seen, you're doing a great job, man. Since I've always felt somehow... responsible for this forum (even though I've never been a mod, due to a multitude of factors), I just want to say I'm glad that someone like you has appeared and is, so to speak, in charge, jointly with my buds Crow and Zo.
See you around on the forum (no, I'm not starting another 10k campaign but I'll stick around a bit) and perhaps even... elsewhere Tell me about 1.10...
Have fun, fellow barbs and D2 players.