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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:08PM Joshua Przygocki said

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I wanna see one of these blood mages I keep hearing all about.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:09PM Shadanwolf said

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If this game was totally free to play..not this pay $10 to open this class we all know you want to play,oh and we'll let you chat instead of removing your voice box 'free".TOTALLY FTP ,with an inconsequential cash shop...I'd be there.Till then Heroes of Three Kingdoms gets my limited play.
GL with you game play. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.I suggest you play the class you traditionally like

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:56PM Seffrid said

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"If this game was totally free to play..not this pay $10 to open this class we all know you want to play,oh and we'll let you chat instead of removing your voice box 'free".TOTALLY FTP ,with an inconsequential cash shop...I'd be there."

Methinks you've got your games confused. Vanguard is a subscription based game, no cash shop.
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 5:02PM (Unverified) said

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What game are you talking about, because it isn't Vanguard...
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 7:26PM (Unverified) said

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Perhaps he is thinking of another SOE title, EQ2? With EQ2X (extended) it *can be* F2P but costs money to unlock specific races and classes (among other things).
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:31PM (Unverified) said

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I am partial to the Goblins -- in any game -- and a Goblin Monk is my favorite combo. Mine was Named "Kickya Indashins" ;-)

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:21PM Xii said

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Voted for blood mage just because it's a fun class. FWIW the races that have that class available are:

Thestran
High Elf
Qaliathari
Dark Elf
Gnome
Goblin
Half Elf
Kojani

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:39PM bartillo said

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Come on vote for Bard people! thats the best class.. you can make your own songs as a bard.. combine various songs to make your own buff pretty much, its quite unique.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 5:00PM (Unverified) said

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You just have to macro so much to get bard to be effective, every time you switch songs you need to swap instruments.

They are fun, but as a first character they are a total pita.
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 7:42PM ultimateq said

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I looooove bards. but I also love disciples. I would love if he could play either, but might prefer disciple a little more.
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:43PM Bhagpuss said

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Disciple is the best class I have ever played in any MMO. Raki is my favorite race in any MMO. Only problem with playing a Raki Disciple is that you'll never feel entirely satisfied playing anything else ever again.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 6:02PM (Unverified) said

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Disciples are one of the best classes I have played -- in *any* MMOG. Great soloer, good healer and all around fun class to play.
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:57PM (Unverified) said

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Blood Mages are fun and all, but Disciples are really the class that sticks out as the awesome sauce class. I mean a Kung-Fu master that uses melee to heal? Super fun class, great soloablity and awesome in a group. They have a heal that ticks every time you hit a mob, so you don't even need to stop laying down the whoop-ass to heal!

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 5:24PM breezer said

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I voted for my old Vanguard class, Shaman. It's one of the most fun classes of any MMO I've ever played (then again, I'm a fan of support healers).

I also (think) I voted for the "good" barbarian class. Again, it's the class I played, but I voted for it simply because the starting area music is so beautiful and unforgettable. Then again, there's LOADS of incredible music in Vanguard. It's easily one of its greatest assets.

I'm really looking forward to reading the future columns ^^

Also, Brad McQuaid. SOMEONE had to say it!

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 5:34PM (Unverified) said

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Looking like a Raki Bard is going to be the character choice to win....

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 5:40PM Softserve said

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I bought the CE of this one for next to nothing a long time ago. It was quite fun, I thought.

I especially liked how they hook the game into their official site. It tells people if you were first to find an item, shows screens of events, lets you take a portrait, etc. It was really a nice feature.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 6:02PM (Unverified) said

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Almost every race has their own starting area. I recommend creating your first character on "The Island" then, when you hit level 20 or so, try creating some alts and start them in their racial homeland to get a better "feel" for each race.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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It looks like Blood Mage might win, but I think it would be a mistake to roll anything other than a Disciple if you're trying to be impressed by Vanguard. Not only is it just flat out fun and reactive class to play, but it's considered by many, including me, to be the best soloer. I was able to solo quite a few group quests with just quest gear with the Disc. And of course if you want to heal for a group, heals = always welcome.

Sometimes thinking about playing my old Disc makes me want to reactivate.

As a note to a newbie Vanguard player, I strongly reccommend that you participate in the diplomacy system throughout the new newbie island that is the default starter area. It's the only place in the game (that I've found) that has the diplomacy system full integrated with the quest system all the way through the zone and adds tons of depth to questing. Very immersive. It's a shame they didn't have more time to work on this in the rest of the world.

Also follow the tradeskill questlines. Not only does it also integrate itself fully into the questing narrative, but VG tradeskilling is often remembered by current and formers players to be the best trade skilling system around and one of the premier reasons to play the game, and you can get a nice sample of it in the starter area.

While leveling in the starter area keep your character level, diplomacy level, and tradeskill level pretty near each other and you'll have a great experience.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 10:51PM Jef Reahard said

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Dread knight is the most fun tanking class I've ever played, and I hate tanks. Very soloable.

In any event, it's good to see VG finally get a win (and some publicity). Have fun.

Posted: Sep 9th 2010 12:41AM (Unverified) said

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I really liked the trial, but I don't see SOE putting any $ into Vanguard, I wish current and future Vanguard players good luck in their relationship with SOE.
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