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A continuum of changing characters

I remember playing role playing games for some years. Although I have had some attempts at playing I mainly reside on the table side of the DM screen and creating the adventures and spending hours reading and re-reading rule books. I’ve recognised numerous changes across the years. From games being played round a table on a bank holiday or Friday night, through the use of letters (as in snail mail) to the new use of Roll20 and/or Skype to bring the players together. Although the game has changed I’ve also noticed a change in players. When I refer to players I’m not being they have grown older, although they probably have, but more of the characters they choose to play and, when considering this in more detail, I started to realise that the characters people play follow some sort of pattern.

Knights and Clerics

Okay, its an axe - but I will end up with a hammer/mace

Okay, its an axe – but I will end up with a hammer/mace

So this week I had a bit of a change of direction with my characters. After leveling a DeathKnight to 60th in preparation for the profession upgrade ready in the next patch I decided to leave my shaman and start to concentrate on my Paladin. I often wonder which sort of class I play the best within any game. I usually end up with either a pet class or the magic user. I think this is because I would always volunteer to play this class in the ‘olden days’ of dungeons and dragons. When playing World of Warcraft, I actually do enjoy playing a healer, mainly due to the fact that I find it hard to maintain the constant competition to achieve the highest DPS values of the long queues for raids when not playing a healer. With the new Crusader class coming out for Diablo 3 – I suddenly thought I like playing a class in heave armour (preferably plate) and weilding a shield and mace – or alternatively a two handed hammer. With this in mind I decided to start playing my paladin Armyth again.

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