Welp, since im already asking a lot in the RP thread, i thought i would make a thread of my own about this. As far as im concerned, Hardcore means no Do-Overs. A companion dies, hes gone, you die, game over, lots of hours wasted. That means no stealing from NPCs unless you are VERY confident on your skills, and avoiding most of the random encounters. Combat set to rough game set to Hard. I build a Gifted+Small frame Female with S5 P7 E7 C5 I10 A9 L6, taggged Small guns, Speech and Outdoorsman. So far ive cleared most of the non combat quests in all towns down to new Reno, except for redding, it always bored me to death for some reason, besides most fo the quests there seem to revolve around killing afreaking pack of wanamingos, wich i aint prepared to handle. Out of good stuff to do, i went to the EPA. I managed just now to clear most of EPA, getting my AG to 10 ! Almost died (got to 1 HP!) trying to get to the Mr Chemie, i wasnt aware of the poisonous fumes there, it seems you cant get there without a power armor, cause i was almost dead halfway to the vents you need to clear. My current entourage is composed of Cassidy, Vic and Marcus (Sulik died), all of them with metal armor Mk2 except Marcus, tho i intend to go to the Abbey now to get some more XP the safe way. I have Myron waiting in Vault city so that i can have lots of super stims when i get my science high enough. Since im afraid of going to the NCR cause a single random encounter could spell doom for me, my current options seem to be the raiders and looting the very dangerous room under the Toxic caves in order to get the combat armor Mk 2 instead of the Mk 1 im using. That could work with the EMP grenades and Marcus throwing skill, but seems risky, altrough i think with psycho and the Combat armor i could make it out alive if push comes to shove if i stay close to the elevator. Afterwards i could clear the Sierra Army Depot, MAYBE, but i aint confident that my 100 HP can take a critical from the turrets, i suspect they cant. So, thats it so far, any advice id be glad to take. BTW, im using a Sniper rifle as main and a Magnum/Grease gun as secondary weapons, currently leveling doctor and science to get stimms and cure for jet, those extra AP could come handy in some tight spots.