My first two MMOs, DAoC and WoW, I was lucky enough to find the class I loved in the first one or two tries. In DAoC my first character was a Thane, which I played to level 20 or so before trying a hunter. The hunter became my main after that and I played him for the rest of my time in DAoC.
WoW was even quicker. I rolled a dwarf hunter as my first character and he remained my main throughout the next 4 years. I loved him. I also had a capped shaman and an almost capped druid, but I always found myself back to my hunter.
I wasn’t so lucky in my other MMOs. In LotRO I had a fairly quick search for a main, after trying a burglar, guardian and hunter, I made a captain and leveled him to cap. In AoC I made quite a few characters before settling on a Bear Shaman.
Warhammer was even worse. I went through so many characters that I couldn’t name them all and I still have not made one I would consider a main. I could have 2-3 capped characters, but instead I have none. All because I could not settle on a main.
Now I am looking at Aion and praying that I do not have that trouble. I think that the difficulties finding a main in AoC and WAR especially, were more driven by problems with the game than my indecision. Or maybe I am just getting indecisive in my old age? I don’t know, its easier to blame it on the game.
At first glance the Ranger would seem to be the logical class, as my best times in MMOs have always been with a ranged character. The problem is I always try to use logic when making characters; what class is more rare? What class will be needed at end-game? That type of stuff.
Its not that I want to be the most powerful class in the game, to the contrary I enjoy classes that are tough to play. The Midgard hunter was certainly no powerhouse and my WoW hunter was created and leveled back when hunters were more underpowered than anything. I just want a class that isn’t overcrowded and needed at end game.
The logical choice, of course, is healer. Right now, that is my highest class on the Chinese Aion client and I really enjoy her. Luckily there is quite awhile until the release of the North American game client so I have plenty of time to settle on a main. I just made a rogue with an eye toward ranger.
Lets see where this goes!