=== How do I make a hardcore character?
To unlock the option of making a hardcore character you have to play a softcore(regular) character up to level 10. Once you get to level 10, go back to character creation and create a new character and remember to click the "Hardcore" button under the gender options. (Thanks to Sky for this one)
=== What are the differences between hardcore and regular(aka: softcore) Diablo 3?
The ONLY differences are:
-No real money auction house
-If you die, you.....
Lose access to your Character
Lose all equipped items
Lose all items in inventory
Lose all items your followers have equipped
If it's not listed above it's the same as softcore
=== I didn't read what was underlined above so I'm curious; do I lose my achievements, stash, my gold, or my artisan progression?
No, you lose none of those things. They all persist even if your hardcore hero dies.
=== Can I share items, gold, artisans, stash between hardcore and softcore heroes?
No, nothing is shared between the two game modes ever. You don't use the same auction house and you can't play with other heroes of a different mode. Two Hardcore heroes can play together and share items as long as they are both hardcore though.
=== My character died but it's not my fault, can I get my character back or at least cry on the forums?
No and No. Even if it's lag, a stealth nerf, a blizzard employee comes to your house and covers your eyes, or a bug or glitch kills you at level 59..... You will not get that character back and you can not cry on the forums. You must suck it up because all those things are part of hardcore play. Accept it or don't play it.
=== How can I have two skills of the same slot loaded at the same time?
What you are referring to is called elective mode. It allows you to mix and match ANY skills in any spot. It is not on by default to prevent new players from making simple mistakes in skill choice (like not choosing a signature on a beginning wizard).
Elective Mode is enabled by going into options while in game, choosing the game play section, the checking the box next to elective mode.
=== Is there any way to loot a fallen party member like in Diablo 2?
No this is not possible in Diablo 3 all inventory items are effectively lost when you die, however you could *try to throw as many items out of your inventory onto the ground as your hero is in the process of being beaten to death..... Let me know how that works out.
=== Is there a way to quickly exit the game before I die?
No. Unlike Diablo 2 you can not quickly exit the game before that killing blow is dealt. Clicking "exit game" starts a ten second timer after that 10 seconds you will be logged out. The only exception is that there is no log out timer while doing so from the safety of a town.
=== Do my dead heroes take up my limited number of character slots?
They don't have to. Any time after they are dead you can select the option to "Archive" the fallen hero. This will put them into their own list where you can view them at any time. Heroes on the archive list will not count towards your account's 10 character limit.
=== How can I talk to other hardcore players while in game?
You can join the Hardcore Public Chat Channel by clicking the little gear above the chat window -> Click public chat -> Hardcore. If you change to party chat with "/p" you can get back to hardcore with "/c". Also "/?" Gives a list of chat commands.
Please ask any other questions in this thread and we will answer them here. These FAQ will be updated as questions are asked.
Thanks for reading,
Stay Safe and Honor the fallen!