The modern gaming industry would look a lot different without the influence of RPGs. That's why it's so surprising to learn these games didn't go commercial until the 1970s, after the release of Dungeons & Dragons.
Empire of the Petal Throne also put RPGs on the gaming map in the 1970s.
A defining feature of RPGs is their use of game mechanics to attract and keep players, regardless of the genre - they could be medieval games, MMORPG games or any other, for that matter. Game mechanics in RPGs, such as critical hits, have helped this genre build a loyal fan base.
But how do you succeed at playing role-playing games? Are there any strategies you can use? The answer is yes, and to find out why, we have to explore the primary success strategy — utilizing RPG classes.
Choosing the correct character is one of the most important things you can do in role-playing games. When you know the strengths and weaknesses of your character, you are better able to see how to act in certain situations.
That knowledge gives you a competitive advantage and increases your chances of success in the game.
Game developers introduced RPG classes to help players achieve this knowledge. RPG classes differentiate characters in combat by presenting a list of skills they have access to. In other words, a character's ability depends on their class.
RPG classes aren't just a fun gimmick. They add genuine content. When there are more classes, you can play the game in new and exciting ways every time. By far, MMORPG games have embraced the use of classes the most. For instance, the MMORPG game Dark Age of Camelot boasts around 45 different classes.
Well the game has 45 classes.
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Likewise, we're seeing other gaming genres start using class systems more, including first-person shooters. In particular, Hero Shooter, a sub-genre of first-person shooters, has begun to capitalize on classes.
As a player, you want to choose a class that reflects your personality and playing style. You should also reference your playing history and see where you had the most success in the past. Obviously, if you're opting for a superhero, you must be keen on having a perfect name. For that, we must insist that you generate a superhero nickname with our free tool.
For instance, did you see the most success when you played with more offensive skills than defensive skills, or was it the other way around? Are you a better player when you're at the front of the battlefield or keeping to the back?
After learning how the class you choose in RPGs should represent your style, a very common follow-up question is naturally “What RPG class am I?”. It may seem like a daunting question, but finding out the answer is simple.
All you have to do is think about what you enjoy about the gaming experience and go from there. Do you prefer to play games that focus more on damage rather than defense? Or, do you enjoy games with a more cautious style of gameplay? Do you like bladed weapons or archery?
These are all indicators of what class suits your playing and personality style.
Looking at the class list, we know there are archetypes in RPGs. You may even recognize them from characters you have related to in books or movies. Moving forward, we are going to explore these tropes in detail, so keep on reading to see if you are right about your class!
The Fighter is one of the most basic RPG classes. But, this character archetype is still one of the most popular. The Fighter excels at fighting their rivals in close-range combat, and they tend to have high HP scores.
Fighters will also have excellent defense and offensive skills. If you like hack and slash gameplay, you should try the Fighter class. The same goes if you enjoy having the best armor and weaponry around.
There are also several variations of the characters associated with the Fighter class. They include:
Another one of the main RPG classes is the Rogue class. Rogues are masters of stealth, and they prefer to attack when their enemies are least aware. Rogues excel in battle, though they tend to be fragile. They instead depend on their speed to get out of tight situations.
Rogues are also useful outside of battle. They tend to have a range of utility abilities, including lock picking. Like the Fighter class, there are several variations of the characters in the Rogue class. They include:
The Magician is another popular option among the various RPG classes. Magicians tend to use less weaponry and depend more on the elements (earth, wind, fire, water). They also use different spells to beat their enemies.
We should note a Magician is a glass cannon. That refers to a character with offensive power but weak defensive skills. In other words, a Magician can attack from a long-range, but their enemies can take them down at a close range. The variations of this class include:
Another archetype on the RPG class list is the Ranger. Rangers are woodsmen who favor using their archery and melee combat skills over weapons and excessive force. For those who don't know, melee combat is hand-to-hand combat fought at close ranges.
Rangers use their surroundings to their advantage, and they sometimes have skills in natural magic. Rangers are also often very good at fighting one specific enemy, such as monsters, which is why they focus on melee combat. Variations in this class include:
The Clerics class differs from other RPG classes, including Magicians. That is because Clerics get their powers from a God or faith. Sometimes it is a variation of the two. This character’s magical abilities tend to focus on healing.
This class has the least amount of variations, but they include:
There are also RPG classes that don't appear in games all the time. It depends on the developer’s world-building and the story they are trying to tell.
Variations of the rare character class include:
Role-playing games would be nowhere without the influence of Dungeons and Dragons in the 1970s. However, since then, the genre has gone on a journey of its own. Today, role-playing games can provide entertainment for hours.
They also challenge gamers and keep them on their toes as RPGs increase difficulty levels. Like other genres, there are different ways you can try to see success in role-playing games.
As we have covered, one of the best ways to succeed in this type of game is to think about the different RPG classes. You want to select the class you think your preferred playing style will benefit the most from.
Another suggestion is to go into the game with an open mind. You can get carried away with thinking you need a pre-set strategy for RPGs, but things change all the time. You have to be flexible and ready to throw out your favored playing or fighting style if need be.
Working with other players is another way to see success in role-playing games. Some games have impossible missions to complete without talking to other players. Be open to this experience. Team-work will help you as a player in the long term.
The more you bounce ideas off other people, the more planning and strategizing becomes second nature.
So, after reading this article, we have two questions for you. First, do you now see how the use of classes has allowed RPGs to build a dedicated fan base over the years? And two, are you still wondering, "What RPG class am I?"
If you answered yes to the first question, that’s great! But, if you answered yes to the second question, go out and play an RPG to get the full experience. You’ll never understand RPG classes without playing one at least once, but try and remember what we said.
Create a list of all the things you enjoy about gaming and use it to find the accommodating RPG classes.