HCSF... You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I know. It's not really self-found. It's more like group-found. I'm using SF as short-hand for non-AH... but non-AH is such a mouthful, and SF is the more widely accepted term that communicates those ideals. So yes, technically, we aren't SELF-found, but we are more like... AH-free.
And yeah, I know I can't enforce any of the principles I have listed above. It's only meant as a guideline and illustrative of the mentality. I am sure many people will be using gear found by their other non-HCSF chars, and that's okay for me. The whole point is the co-operative aspect of it. It's not an easy way of playing, but it is certainly more fun when playing in a group of like-minded people.
@Demiwraith: I've added you to the list of people who want to play this way. :)