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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    Thanks D2DC. I'll definitely do another when I have time. Lovely feedback, thank you :). I'm glad you are feeling inspired! iPDR is cool, but I think a 'full' iPDR set-up may be too limiting in some ways. Compare a perfect iPDR armour (Jewelers whatever of Life Everlasting with 4x Sols) with...
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    D2 Res Alpha starts Friday

    Hideous because you don't like the new character model? I watched through the gameplay vid you posted and thought the graphics looked pretty snazzy. I have to say, though, I really don't understand the decision to make all the characters look different. They were extremely faithful to the...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    Thanks Swamigoon, that's very clear! It's interesting you went completely offensive without maxing BO or War Cry; I suppose Howl is pretty excellent defense. I worry in Hardcore I'd miss the extra life or stun at a crucial moment... but maybe it would be made up for by faster killing speed? Food...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    Thanks Swamigoon! It has definitely been a fun journey... well, the latter half anyway haha. Travincal is an excellent target for MF for a berzerk barb I think: a few, high-health, hork-able targets. Is this primarily to increase damage? Do you kill all the council minions as well, or just...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    This is precisely the sort of advice I was looking for, and yes I meant MF. Thank you! I think I may actually keep McGregor's stash separate from the rest of my characters, because I've been enjoying finding better items and upgrading his gear on his own, rather than 'skipping' ahead. I'll...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    Thank you! I had some luck, plus a measure of persistence. Thanks Luhkoh, I appreciate it :). All this positive feedback for the build has me so chuffed haha. I'm going to keep McGregor as a spearzerker for sure! I played WW a lot on b.net back in the day, and wanted to try something...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    Thank you, this really made my day :). I've really come to enjoy single-pass because it puts a focus on 'making do' with whatever I find. I think you're right... Even though an Eth Death CS would be more damage, there is style to the Needle! I'll have to investigate how to make the most out of...
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    The Fighting McGregor -- untwinked single-pass HC guardian

    The Fighting McGregor (A hardcore, single-pass, no extended stash journey) The Name When my brother was a child he had a black, soft toy cat, instead of a teddy bear. When deciding on a name for his cat, my brother saw a headline in a newspaper titled “The Fighting McGregor”, and decided to...
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    It is announced THIS VERY MOMENT! Remake is coming!

    This is really disappointing to me, especially since there are the 'ladder only' uniques available in SP already! I feel like allowing the 'online only' content into single player would be a wonderful thing, including ubers, etc. Ah well. The original game still stands, at least :) [edit]...
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    Help improve my HC untwinked(ish) Riftsin

    Thanks very much for your suggestions! I do have a PTopaz Harlequin Crest currently doing nothing, so I will have to give it a go. The +life and %DR will increase my tankiness too, which could allow me to play a bit more agressively. I think the crushing blow from Guillaume's is important, but I...
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    Help improve my HC untwinked(ish) Riftsin

    My first 'new' guardian, and first guardian I was sure I finished 100% untwinked, is Sable, who debuted as a kick/trap hybrid with a Voice of Reason longsword. Since then I've continued to play her, and she consistently circles around to being my favourite character. I was lucky enough to find a...
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    Help enabling ladder-only runewords Mac Os X

    I now have Diablo 2 running on a virtual machine through VMware Fusion (just used the free trial). Performance is okay, but the game does stutter a little. That could be because it's run virtually, or it could be due to the fact that my Macbook Air is a 2012 model! :eek: So for anyone looking to...
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    Help enabling ladder-only runewords Mac Os X

    Thanks everyone. I spent a frustrating day yesterday trying to dual boot with only limited success, so today I'm exploring virtualisation options. Being such an old game has some advantages! Total use of computer resources should be low enough that virtualising doesn't ruin the experience. I...
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    Help enabling ladder-only runewords Mac Os X

    Thanks Trim! I've been reading as much as I can find on the topic, and don't really think there are any working/uptodate methods. I'm going to partition my disk and boot into Windows 10 instead, which will definitely be easier by the looks of it. On a side note, it frustrates me that Blizzard...
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    Help enabling ladder-only runewords Mac Os X

    Hello! I have decided I'd like to try and get Diablo 2 running on my mac laptop, so I can scratch that looting itch away from home. I'm aware it won't work on Catalina, but installing an older version of OS X (Mojave, perhaps) in a partition seems possible. Muling should be fine with GoMule...
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    Guardian Dosmingo: untwinked LF/FA -zon

    Thank you! I have a vague plan to complete a HC untwinked sept-- but I suspect life and inevitable upcoming exams will get in the way. Not to mention my RSI... Thank you for your kind words :). The shared stash is fun, although a large number of items go unused when you're running characters...
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    Guardian Dosmingo: untwinked LF/FA -zon

    Introducing Guardian Dosmingo, my second untwinked HC character! Named after a fluffy my toy Flamingo (see my profile pic for an example) I started this Amazon before my previous Guardian (Sable the Assassin) was created, but I slowed right down in Hell and let the Assassin overtake. Once Sable...
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    Guardian Sable: untwinked kick/trap/Voice of Reason -sin

    Thanks you two :). I've got an untwinked Amazon sitting in Act 1 Hell, but I got a bit annoyed at the bug with Peace not summoning a Valk without hard points in the skill. I'll get there eventually haha.
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    Guardian Sable: untwinked kick/trap/Voice of Reason -sin

    I previously completed the game untwinked about 4 years ago with an assassin, but at some point I decided to trade for some gear on the single player forum. I'm almost certain I completed the game and traded afterwards, but I can't remember for sure... so I decided to start from scratch to say...