So I've started my quest to get to high level content with two games in mind. Both of which do contain a person or two that I'm friend's with who can help me when need be.
Back to Vana'diel
First game that I've gone back to for the long run is Final Fantasy XI. I've decided to try something new this time. My previous characters have mostly been Red Mages, with an occasional Warrior or Monk. I found that with Red Mage there's the benefit of magic, but way too much down time recovering MP. With a Warrior or Monk I've always plowed through a stronger monster pretty well, but I'd have a lot of down time recovering HP.
This time I decided to go with a Thief, Mithra. Windurst naturally. I got in, equipped my weapon (and Windustrian Ring, when did that happen?), my first 50 gil, and went out to the grind. I was amazed by the ability of this class. While not striking as hard as a Warrior or Monk, it still hit pretty hard. I also was amazed at how little damage I actually received, and how quickly my TP built up. I was able to string a half dozen monsters almost every time I went out hunting.
After playing a bit, my friend came by and power leveled me for a bit, but I probably would have gotten to level 5 even without them, in about the same time.
Status: Aritelenial, Mithra, Level 5 Thief, Sylph
In the World...of Warcraft
Okay, so the guys I play D&D with brought me back into this game. This time I joined their Realm, and was forced to play Alliance (I'm sorry my Blood Elf brothers, I have betrayed you...). I've decided to try out a few characters before I pick one to stick with. So far I've just started a Night Elf Rogue, just to really try out the Rogue class. So far I've found it to be pretty enjoyable, though even for a newbie Rogue I could see some of the other new Rogues have no idea how to play the class. I saw quite a few just run into battle, not using any skills or stealth. Maybe I'm confused here, but isn't the Rogue class based around staying hidden until you strike to deal massive damage? Oh well, I think I was playing well, and that's all that really matters. Just got outside the starting area, so I'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll try another class or two before I pick one.
Status: Fidchell, Level 5 Night Elf Rogue, Shadowmoon