The headline explains the problem, but in more depth:
I have an 85 Dryad which fails to load in "gold" difficulty. I can load other characters just fine, and I can even load the dryad in a lower difficulty without a problem, but every time I try to work through the gold campaign, the game crashes to the desktop.
Starting about a week ago, the character screen would flicker for a few moments when loading this specific character, but the game always managed to start up just fine after a bit of a delay. Now, no bueno.
I am running the community patch 140hf, but I'm NOT running the elite graphics or whatever. I have tried lowering my graphic settings to no avail, and I also tried disabling the community patch, but the disabler that comes with the 140hf fails to run because of some missing piece. My next step would be to uninstall and let Steam redownload it fresh, but if someone can help me avoid the hassle, then that would be fantastic.
I've uploaded the saves here: http://rapidshare.com/files/3660307110/hero07.sacred2save
. Maybe if somebody could get it to load in Gold, then resave it on their end, I'd have better luck? That's assuming you also don't just CTD.