As the topic here mentions, I am utterly new to playing Achaea. I've read through several of the recommended class threads on the forum here, which all seem to say that knights--I'm assuming this means paladins, infernals and runewardens?--but are other classes sufficient for killing things to level? I, for instance, tend to love playing a caster, but seeing as how I've seen naught at all about them on the "good classes" threads I've been reading through, I'm guessing those tend to be no so great?
Also, I've read a fair bit about artifacts. Pardon my newbie stupidness, but what are these artifacts? I'm guessing something I can buy with my card or some such. What sorts of things do they do for a particular class, and what sort might a new player of some yet to be determined class wish to get? I'd really love to get some suggestions, even if they're all "Go for a knight class or die screaming!!!!1111oneoneeleven", especially if there's some rationale as to *why* these are great classes. All said, I definitely prefer staying out of melee combat as a rule, but I'm not dead set against it as long as there's some good reasoning behind it!
Thank you in advance for any reply you can give.