Roller’s regret is a bit like buyer’s regret, except that I oh-so-cleverly moved it into the realm of MMORPGs. I feel the pang of roller’s regret every now and then when I look at other classes and have a serious moment or two of doubt and second-guessing — “Should I have played that class instead of this one? Should I abandon this guy and start over? Which will make me happiest in the long run?”
I’m sure some people never suffer from this. You’ve got your folks who pick one class and stick with it, and they’re more than content playing and bonding with that character without a second thought. Then there’s the altitis crowd who, if struck by RR, go, “Hey, I’ll just make another alt!” and problem solved. Unfortunately for me, I no longer have the luxury of time to invest in more than one major character per MMO, especially if I want to get him or her to the max level. So I’ve got to make it count.
For instance, in my recent journey into LOTRO I spent a month and a half with my Lore-Master, fully determined to make that “the one” and not bother with any alts. Around level 28, I grew weary of the class mechanics and, y’know, dying all the time… and that’s when the Captain came a-callin’. “Try me!” she said. “I’m a pet class too! And I wear heavy armor! And I can use a big two-handed sword that is in no way compensating for any deficiency on your behalf!”
Thus far, Captain Crunch has proved to be a good decision. I enjoy combat with her far more than the LM, and feel pretty important in group situations. Plus, while Captains aren’t rare, they aren’t the FOTM class that Rune-Keepers, Champions and Hunters certainly are. Why, I haven’t seen a Guardian or Minstrel in ages! Speaking of Minstrels, I was reading the global chat last night (bastion of wise discussion, that was), and when they started talking about Minstrel instruments, etc, I began to feel the pangs of roller’s regret — I do miss my old (and deleted) Minstrel, and felt the urge to roll one and prove that RK’s aren’t the only way to heal these days. At least I’d be playing a class that wouldn’t make J.R.R. Tolkien roll in his grave for desecrating his lore.
But I know that if I do that, I’ll essentially be resetting the game clock to zero — I don’t have time to play both. And I realize that if I had stuck with my LM, I’d be in my 40′s by now, instead of level 27 on my second character. It takes a heckuva lot of effort to get all the deeds that I’ve put into both these classes, and I don’t relish having to redo yet another one. Looking ahead, I know that they’re going to be raising the level cap by the end of the year, and I’d surely like to do some Moria content before people move past it for good.
It is nice to see that LOTRO is pretty friendly to the reroller. Our kinship is chock-full of folks who wouldn’t dream of limiting themselves to just one toon, and that sort of thinking keeps the lower level zones populated.
Do you ever suffer from roller’s regret as well? Look over and see another class, and do some deep soul-searching as to whether or not you’d be more satisfied with that instead of the wretch you’ve become?