First, after four years, it is nice to see the game is still as addictive as ever (my wife isn't as happy however).
Second, I am amazed that there is still lag...I would have thought that technology would have overcome that.
Third, the game seems a lot more complicated now. I have studied builds and read the forums, but I don't know where to start. Do you have a suggestion of a barb build that is good for getting back in the game and assume that I have crappy gear and have to find it along the way (I was given a few items by someone in a game, but nothing elite)? I am at level 10 now and have not used any skill points yet. I have put some stat points in str and dex so I can use some weapons/armor that I find, but I probably only used 20.
I just want a basic barb that is not too complicated.
This is a PvM barb, and not on the ladder if that makes a difference.
All barbs are pretty item dependent, so they don't make great first characters. I'd go with a Summonmancer or Hammerdin to build wealth. However, if you are only interested in playing a Barb, I'd say Frenzy. You'll probably have your progress slow down quite a bit by the end of Normal unless you have a couple of lucky finds or a little help from a friendly forum member or two (plenty of those). I have finished the game with a Frenzy Barb on ladder with all self-found items, but it wasn't easy.
Yes, what Bjam said, but I'd add in a Blizz or Blizzball sorc (they're cheap too) for building wealth. My first char was a Barb, and I cringed at the thought of leaving the Rogue camp in Hell. Ha, those were hard times... GL
thanks for the replies. I am now at lvl 17 have not allocated any skill points yet. I guess I'll wait until I get a weapon that I really want to use and let that dictate. I try to get more gear so I am not limited to what I have so far. I have 7% life steal with ring and my rare sabre, so I have been ok so far.