I have just gone out and on an impulse bought Rift (basic game, not SL) for $20. Now I don't care if I don't end up liking it, for me it was cheap. Now I'm a WoW player and am looking for something similar but different. Due to the fact I can't do any raids in WoW (work...meh) I'm thinking this may be something that interests me.
Now after getting the game installed and now waiting on a 9 gig download patch I'm looking at the character screen and cannot decide which character or faction to pick. I always love dark magics and all that jazz so I'll more than likely go Mage > Necromancer.
Anyways how similar is Rift to WoW and how different is it? Is the crafting system better than WoW's one or pretty much the same? I see there is playter housing kind of thing with the Dimension (expensive so not going to get into it for some time I think).
Is there any advice you could give me, as a community, as to what to go about doing in the first few hours of game play? What sort of professions should I go with starting out etc.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.