A few weeks after I had started playing Diablo, I finally felt courageous enough to make a hardcore character. I picked the sorcerer. The sorcerer seemed like he had plenty of tools to prevent damage and escape death, while dealing a hefty amount of both to my opposition. I stuck around in town for quite some time, making sure I had the optimal equipment and spells to ensure my survival with the limited amount of gold I had. I felt I was ready, and I headed for the church. I descended into the darkness, to find myself surrounded by barrels. "Is this the best Diablo can throw at me?" I said as I kicked the barrels. It turns out that it wasn't the best Diablo could throw at me, but it was certainly all he needed. The barrels exploded, killing me. The tale of "Butts" the sorcerer marks the first and last time I ever attempted hardcore mode, in any iteration of Diablo.