First of all, a bit of background - I've played Achaea for a few weeks about ten years ago. From what I remember, I used to play as a druid and I got to level 35-40, I can't really remember. About three weeks ago I've made a come back, but I'm having a hard time deciding on a class.
Here are some things that I'm looking for:
- since I'm still pretty much a newbie, I'm looking for a class that will help me explore the game - decent travelling skills and good escape skills; a glass canon class may not be very wise from this point of view
- casual play - I may not be able to log in every day, nor will I be able to play for long sessions (e.g. more than 2-3 hours)
- I prefer to be houseless - I know it's a bit hard to learn the game in this way, but I don't mind this
- I don't plan to buy credits
- I prefer versatile classes, with plenty of utility skills to keep me occupied - I tend to get bored easily and I'm always looking for something new
- I don't mind complexity - actually, it would probably be a bonus since there's more to learn
- Versatility usually comes at a price - I don't mind if the class I'm playing is not the best in specific field
- PVP is not really a focus for now; I may become interested in it as I learn the game, but it will probably be in a group context
- from a PVP point of view, good defence or escape skills are a bonus
- I would like to avoid classes which limit the social interactions - from a role playing point of view, I would like to play a neutral character
I've tried a few alts - priest, druid, serpent, alchemist, monk and occultist. Out of these, serpent and occultist are my top candidates, but I'm having a hard time deciding on one of them.
Which one would fit my criteria better? Occutlist seems more complex, but I'm a bit worried about karma and being houseless. Is this really an issue? Serpent has some nice utility skills, but I'm having a hard time role playing this class - I just can't imagine biting people and garrote seems a bit too violent for my taste.