How to Improve Your Roleplay by Changing Class
Change by itself is intimidating to a lot of people. But changing class can be downright scary especially if your entire Achaean life since stepping foot from the Trial of Rebirth has been spent practicing the same skills and abilities over and over again.
Whether you are a diehard PK’er (pun intended!) who wants to start out a new class for roleplay reasons or just want to change the way you roleplay period, Achaea makes it very easy to try out something new. Many adventurers change class throughout their time in the realm while keeping the same house, city, and Circle of Friends!
Leading Up to the Change
Sometimes the choice to change class is spontaneous and spurred by a highly emotional decision. More often than not the decision comes after plenty of thought, research, and not to mention figuring out how many credits you will need to supplement the change in order to trans all your new skills.
Another thing you will have to figure out in the time leading up to changing class is how to best roleplay the switch. If you are a rogue then a class change might be as simple as a visit to Certimene. Here are some suggestions to help smooth the transition regardless of your current standings in the realm.
DISCUSSION – Take advantage of knowing friends and family who are already this class. Ask them the pros and cons of joining. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about the skills, abilities, and history associated with the class there could be something that surprises you.
ARTEFACTS – Are there artefacts that you will need to help ease your transition into a new class? For example, if your new class requires a lot of mana usage then you might consider investing in a Circlet of the Will. And if you have artefacts that no longer apply, then consider turning them in to help fund your class change.
ORGS – Does your current house and city accept your new class? For example, if you are an infernal knight in Mhaldor and want to go druid, then you will be required to quit your current city. That is because only the city of Eleusis accepts forest-based classes as citizens. Additionally, only certain houses accept certain classes. Using HOUSE LIST (class) while in the game reveals your options.
Benefits of a New Class
There are so many benefits to changing class that it is sometimes hard to list them all. For one thing, being the same class in the same house located in the same city your entire time in Achaea is boring. It not only limits your perspective which puts your character at risk for becoming a narrow-minded individual.
But changing class can offer you a more well-rounded perspective which can add new depth to your character. This will especially be necessary if you go from a class with skills like forging, harvesting, or enchanting that generate income to a class like bard which offers very little chance at using skills to turn a gold coin at all.
Embracing Your New Class
Even if your reason for changing class is totally insane, meaning out of character in this case, then you should have an in character reason for doing so. Your reason could be fueled by a major event, like a new Divine awakening after being gone from the realms for a long while, or something less realm-shattering like house or city politics.
After the big change, make sure you give yourself enough time to immerse yourself not only in your new skills and abilities, but also in the history and lore surrounding the class. One of the best things about Achaea is its rich plots and storylines. A little research can go a long way toward easing your transition into a new class.
Trying a New Class as an Alt
If you still have doubts, try creating a second character. If you do this then you should keep two things in mind. First it is very frustrating to start as a newbie because unlike your established characters, you lack the resources and social networks to fully enjoy the class.
And secondly, whenever you create an alternate character in Achaea, be careful that you do not violate HELP SECONDS or HELP MULTIPLAYING. No matter which class you are now or what new one you wish to try, nobody can get anywhere in Achaea if their only action is to sit over there, rustling a bit.
About the Author
Annie Foster is a college student who funds her character’s class changes by working as a freelance writer. No matter whether she is hanging out in her dorm room, killing time at the on-campus coffee shop, or even at home for holiday, she loves that she can play her favorite Iron Realms "MUD games" from the website without having to download anything to her laptop.