Acemac this is the first place I ever rolled a toon. It was a year ago roughly, I happened to pick a ranger. After reading some on the pc side about rangers IMO this is THE place to be a ranger.
Bow dps rocks and with the typical AM3 and EQ it sets you well on the way to being a dps asset to those around you. If you solo this will be the only way you do it at high levels here . Root and shoot. I solo a fair bit and have enjoyed seeing my aa's reduce my time per kill.
As others have said the community is great. As a ranger here you really are utilized as a utility class. Simple things on a small server make a big difference in xp groups, for example having snare. Often when grinding in a group there wont be a class in the group that can mez adds or root them effectively. So at times you would be getting aqgro off the casters and sticking that mob somewhere out of the way. You will deffinitly be pulling a LOT, however the scope of typical xp places is very limited and does get a bit boring. Plane of Valor is the xp hang out here. So you will be pulling a LOT in the same place
But thats how I spent many levels there and aa's just pulling and plucking arrows. AN enjoyable thing has been that with gaining defensive aa's, and through time gaining some good but by no means uber gear I often get the call up as a tank for xp groups. This is a nice change of pace.
On that same line I found a home in a smaller guild, we are posting in the guild section after all. That has made this fulling out of my ranger toon that much more enjoyable because I have seen the major difference of being able to do some crowd control on raids without dying in the process. Very rewarding when your own efforts helps others.
You would know better than I if when raiding in the elemental planes this same aspect holds true.
I guess in short as Cicero advertises LOL, being a jack of many trades and master of none, is often as good as being a master at that trade here since at times the option of a bad tank, is no tank LOL.
Lastly I considered myself new a year ago and you truly do get to know the other new mains who began in your same timeframe. Now there have been about double the amount of new players since that time and with more players starting all the time its actually starting to be hard to spot new players.
Cheers, enjoy your trip through if you so choose!!
Ranger of Tunare
65 crossings of the stream <Destiny>