I played from 97 -00. Then came back 03-04 after AoS but quit before the samurai and elf stuff. My game disk gets here Friday and I'm just trying to figure some things out in the meantime. Armor. Can you still find good armor as monster loot? Or is everything good pretty much runic crafted or artifacts now? Same with weapons. Where do you get good weapons? Artifacts? Crafting? Elsewhere? As a new account, will I have any means of acquiring something like an ethereal mount so I won't have to keep buying horses or wearing holes in my sandals? What's inflation like now? For example, the going rate for a really nice piece of armor or a runic barbed kit. Is having either ninjitsu or samurai pretty much a requisite skill for a melee player? Between chivalry, spellweaving, magery, necro, etc......is there one that complements a melee hybrid character better than the others? What are the hot weapon skills right now? I'd like to know not so that I can go that way, but because it will take me long enough to reach GM level that by then the current hot skills will have been nerfed so I'll go with a weaker one now. Does mace still take away the target's stamina. Lumberjack still increase axe dmg? Is it worth it will all the other modifiers out there?