After the last patch, the stability of the EC client went to pot. Things started going whacky, and the frame rate goes way down until it seems you are dragging things through molasses... then WHAM! Client crashes! Open up Windows Task Manager and watch the memory usage of EC Client. When I first load the client, memory usage is about 150K, give or take. Loading a character brings it to about 350K. As I start running through dungeons the memory usage starts to climb and doesn't get reduced. On a run with my dungeon thief I hit Doom, Fan Dancer's DoJo, Yomotsu Mines, and both entrances of the Abyss. Once I've made it to the Abyss, memory usage is up in the 800K to 850K range and the video is stuttering and unplayable. I usually use Pinco's UI and thought that might be it, so repeated with no UI loaded and go similar results... Pinco's adds about 12K to memory usage. Refreshing the screen (ctrl-R) doesn't change memory usage at all, and log out/in brings it down to about 660K. Only completely closing and restarting the client resets the memory. Here is one example that I ran into in the Abyss... Most people who play the EC have seen this black area, but it was fixed almost a year ago... now it's back. The strange thing about this one was that I was able to run along the edge of the black area, but could not enter the black area - it was a fixed object. Logging Out and back In fixed it. So, whatever you did - added Punkbuster or whatever - please undo the last patch! The game is pretty much unplayable for me after 15 minutes, and it was just fine before that.