My plan is to start with a class that is simple to play, so I can focus on learning the game controls and mechanics. Later I will start alts so I can experience each race's starting zone and try out different classes. Over time one of these characters will hook me (hopefully) and become my main.
If you've played LotRO before, I encourage you to comment with your advice on what you'd recommend as good race/class combos for me. I know first hand that how a company describes a class in their marketing materials can be radically different than how the class is implemented in the game.
[Sorry in advance if this post rambles...I went home sick, drank much cold medicine, and just woke up from a 3 hour nap.]
If this were any other RPG and I had the same choices for race, I would start a human or elf. But this is LotRO, so I'm starting a hobbit. Simple choice really. The Tookish side of me wants to explore the Shire and roam its borders.
I'm also interested in playing a dwarf. I love Tolkien's portrayal of Durin's folk in the Hobbit. They have a rich history of hardship, greed, and revenge. I'm curious how Turbine interpreted this in an MMO.
This is so unlike me. I don't play short races like halfings, gnomes, dwarves, kender, or whatever. But in LotRO my first two choices are hobbits and dwarves. Go figure.
My choices for race in order.
Over many years of playing RPGs I gravitate towards a few basic types of characters:
- Ranged DPS (Sorcerer in Diablo 2, Mage/Hunter in WOW)
- Healer (Cleric in D&D, Priest in WOW)
- Pets (Necromancer in Diablo 2, Hunter in WOW)
- Melee DPS Hybrid (Jedi Sentinel in KotOR, Fighter/Cleric Hybrid in Neverwinter Nights)
- Ranged DPS: Hunter
- Healer: Minstrel
- Pets: Loremaster
- Melee DPS Hybrid: Captain
- Hobbit - Hunter
- Dwarf - Minstel
- Elf - Loremaster
- Man - Captain
Quick links to the LotRO prep series:
LotRO Prep - Intro
LotRO Prep - Roleplay and Servers