My HC barb is up to level 15 right now. I had a higher level guy hook me up with a 5-28 dmg 8% life steel sword. I'm on the Horadric Malus quest. If any of you guys on USWest feel like starting a hardcore character I can hook you up with some starting cash and maybe some items. Besides, I need some clanies to play with so if I die or something you can loot my corpse. Of course, I don't plan on dying. I'm playing this character extra conservative... like, I got my barb up to level 15 by staying in the Cold Plains and the Stoney Field.