Friends, years ago I used to be the kind of MMO player who pored over every class description and skill layout. I’d wiggle into betas and test everything to find exactly the right class for me. I’d been burned by enough bad class choices that I didn’t want to invest any time into the “wrong” one.
Time has been kind to me, as MMOs have gotten better about not launching entirely broken classes (ahem, Squad Leader anyone?) and reducing grinds such that picking the “wrong” class is a much less costly mistake. I don’t think I’d noticed how much that’s changed my play strategies until I started up in Albion Online last month and in spite of all the admonitions about “your gear determines your playstyle,” I pretty much just made a bow and started shooting without putting any thought into it. I’m a bow user now; let’s just do this.
How do you go about choosing your class in an MMO? Do you agonize over your choice and research it to absurdity, or do you just pick something pretty and roll with it?