When I started playing Vanguard (F2P), the necromancer was one of the more interesting classes for me, even though I always loved the Shadow Knight from EverQuest much more than a pure pet caster. Vanguard has such a class too, the Dread Knight. I would have loved creating one of those, but it used to cost money to unlock that class.
Things are changing quickly in Vanguard’s F2P model, and last week SOE announced that all classes would become free for all players. This is a fantastic decision. Not only does it give free players a much more complete game, it also means that SOE has to think of new incentives to become a gold member. So far, they added nice things like a constant 50% exp bonus and several discounts on in-game transactions. This is lovely. So far I thought LotrO and Dungeons and Dragons Online had the best of all the F2P models, but I think Vanguard’s is even better. It allows you to get a full picture of the entire game, with all classes and all races, and spending money for a gold account gets you additional bonuses you actually care about.
Now I don’t know what to do. I’d love to have a Dread Knight instead of a necromancer, but I already got some insight into how necros work and I’m enjoying this class much more than I thought I might. Should I reroll as a Dread Knight? Perhaps yes, perhaps I will. I’ll do some soul searching and you’ll be the first to know what I decided.