Just thought I'd share this, since I found it ironic. As many of you know I have been playing since September of last year, and try to take the sound advice of the community in this forum. My RL good friend who introduced me to the game and has been playing a couple years does not usually look on the forums for advice.
So I noticed on my first character, my level 12 or so Human Wizard had more hp than his Druid of about the same level. This seemed odd to me, so I sent him an email about all the different ways that we can increase our hit points (without raids or crafting, which we don't do). I also told that we get a free LR if he ever wants to use it. I also told him about the great Mino Legens helmet, giving 100% fortification and 20 more hp. He was several tapestries short, so I gave him about 13 or so to reach the magic number of 20, and off he went to Necropolis to get his new helmet. When he came back I saw his HP had not changed, so I asked him if he got it. He said "Nah, I got the "+ WIS" one instead. I was thinking "Oh brother."
A couple nights ago, I am grouping with his 13 Rogue (halfling I think) who had about 140 hp, and another RL friend and I gave him enough tapestries to get the Minos for him. Off he went, and once again his hp did not change. When we asked if he got the Minos, he said that he got one that boosted his Thief skills instead
We've had a running joke for a while now with betting how many times he might die in a given quest. He's a really good player - he just likes living dangerously, with all his characters apparently. He's especially good at the puzzle solving stuff. We still have a lot of fun together, and I wouldn't trade our adventures EVER for grouping with some uber person I don't know.
But it occured to me that if I didn't know him in RL and have such a good time with him things might be different. So I think it demonstrates how much more we put up with from people that we are friends with than just random people. "A friend loves at all times." In fact, he puts up with me constantly trying to give him advice too, to his credit
Have you guys had similar experiences?