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Breaking Character

A series of articles on MMORPG roleplaying from an avid MUD player.

Author: lsomb

Character Building: Class

Posted by lsomb Tuesday August 7 2012 at 1:46PM
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Now that we've covered name, gender, and race, we'll look at class or profession. Character classes in Achaea and other MMORPGs, known as professions in some games, represent basic archetypes or 'careers' of characters, providing basic direction and limitations.

Choosing a class for your character is probably the most important decision of what we've discussed thus far. Although a profession shouldn't and doesn't need to be the end-all, be-all of your character, it does play a significant role. Depending on the game system in question, it could determine important things such as your alignment that would affect your future roleplay avenues. Class not only reflects on your character's interests and capabilities, but also affect your 'style' in the game. I personally recommend thinking of it this way: choose your class based on what kind of story you want to play. What do you want from this game? What are you expecting? What do you want to roleplay?

If you've already got a basic idea of what kind of character you want to play, look at his or her personality, past, and other aspects. What makes sense most for this character? What kind of background does your character have that make him or her fit for this class's lifestyle, or, conversely, what drove him or her to strive for it despite not having one? Does he or she serve as that class because she enjoys it, or out of necessity?

Remember also that classes, like all other things, come too with their own stereotypes. Is your character a scholarly mage, a charming rogue, or a hardened warrior? Do certain alignments, races, or cities have a particular viewpoint on certain classes? Look into the lore and research what playing certain classes entail. For example, in Achaea, choosing a paladin would mean that you'd have to play on the Good side, while playing an Infernal would mean that you'd likely be an Evil Mhaldorian knight.

Your class can make for interesting motivations throughout your gameplay in your favourite MMORPG. Take these thoughts into consideration, and if you're looking for a new game to explore the intricacies of class roleplay, check out Achaea or one of the other Iron Realms games. writes:
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