I have been playing this game since day one. Or maybe i should say i have been paying for this game since day one. I get really into it for awhile and then drop it for a few months. Example, I last played during the invasion that ruined Magincia and then a little bit when that big hole was in Moonglow. Then i didnt log in for months. When i saw there was a new expansion (SA) i got it and started playing again to check out the new stuff. I have had a fencer with healing for some time that i use occasionally in doom and he worked alright for jumping in and getting artis as long as the DF had something else to bang on but i didnt have or concern myself with any real technique. just hit til i was low and run away and heal. So when SA came out and i saw that i could make my own gear the way i wanted it instead of wasting a bunch of time shopping or hoping for good loot, i got right on making an imbuer. Being an oldtimer i had already maxxed out the other crafter skills so i turned my mule to a gargoyle and wasted much of the first 3 weeks training imbue to 120. Then i stoned everything and loaded some mele skills and killed slyths til i could go to the queen's forge. Luckily for me, i had a stack of probably 100 or so martys laying around from years of playing so I had plenty of relics to make whatever i wanted. I got on here and studied all of the Sampire guides and decided that was what i wanted so after busting out excell and weighing all the requirements i made my suit and weapon. Here is what i came up with: DI: 100 HCI: 45 DCI: 45 LMC: 40 MR: 1 HPR: 2 STA: 32 ML: 50 SL: 50 SSI: 0 (kryss or leafblade so still fast) HLA: 50 MANA: 0 DEX: 0 INT: 13 STR: 0 PHYS: 70 FIRE: 97 COLD: 70 POIS: 70 ENER: 75 PARRY: 15 ANAT: 15 LUCK: 220 Stats are STR:120 INT:10 DEX:125 and show 113, 43, 157 after adjustments. Character is an elf. Skills with adjustments are: Bushido: 120 Fencing: 120 Parry: 120 Anatomy: 120 Tactics: 100 Necromancy: 99 Chivalry: 71 = 720 So I get it all together and decide to go try it out at chaos shrine on balrons substituting a HLA weap for one with demon slayer... and get killed in about 5 seconds. Go rez and have at him again but forgot to Vamp so died again. Third time's a charm and i get it my stuff and kill that one after a close battle. next one come up and i remember i am supposed to honor it first so that one goes easy. After a while i get a feel for it and am able to kill them pretty well so on to the next challenge... I decide to go after Dreadhorn because i read he is the easiest. Here comes the part with all the gray robes... Those friggin changlings are a nightmare. I got whooped so many times i wore a mudhole trail back to the spirit shrine. finally i just went and got my tamer/bard with GD and got all the keys. That was much easier so i thought id try DH with the tamer first. I pop in and he's on me and wont peace so im dead in 10 seconds and then watch my GD bite the dust. I turn my ghost to a chicken in UO assist so i can bring up DH's lifebar and he barely has a scratch. Oy Vay. So i take the bridge, get rezzed and go home to drop off the other keys so i can try the sampire. Load up with potions and head to Ilsh and hit the key with 2 minutes to spare. I sneek up to DH and see he still has a sliver of red so i cant honor him and spend the next 15 minutes keeping him just off screen hoping his life comes back. No luck there and he finally targets me so i take my stand. I toe to toe with him for a few minutes but eventually run out of potions and he snuffs me out. all i was using was EoO and LS and consecrate so i know my technique sucks but he put the whoopin on me pretty good. Afterward i went back and tried to get a few more of the keys but the changlings kept killing me so i gave up. I took on a paragon Cu and killed it pretty easy, having to run only once to heal. so i took on another and it killed me about 6 times and i let it be. Frustrating after all that work getting ingredients, etc but i guess it is as much technique as equipment so I will work on it and figure it out eventually. I am pretty happy with my gear. Except for those damn changlings i can keep all of my bars pretty much full while fighting. I have never used potions much before or honor or any of the special skills other than EoO and CW so i know i have a lot of technique to work on. I'm not really asking for advice here, just offering up my first experience as a fledgling sampire. My two cents, if others are working on one, don't expect it to be a cakewalk as soon as you finish your skills/suit. Hopefully it will be worth it eventually but my Disco tamer is much more effective so far. Of course it has only been one day so i am optimistic. Perhaps i will make some gorgon lenses and try medusa next. i have soloed her with the tamer so i think she may be easier and a nice stepping stone toward the other peerless.