I decided to uninstall LOD and try the original Diablo 2 for fun (haven't played it in 12 years). Immediately I see how ridiculously easy LOD is in comparison. I made a Sorc and forgot you can't buy mana pots from vendors. That changes early game strategy big time! Also, the value of spending your points early is a must. It is a lot tougher to "save points." Also, my reward for killing a unique such as Bimbosh... one blue. WOW! In LOD he would drop much more.... I am currently level 6 running around the cold plains looking for mana pots.... I guess I'll have to find a good meelee weapon for a while.