Today, players who pre-ordered Aion were able to create 2 characters across all servers, starting around 12:45 pm PST.
Just after 5pm PST, on the Aion web site, the status of those servers was posted:
It doesn’t take a statistical genius to infer from that screenshot that Asmodian is the more popular faction. The funny thing is that players often generalize and say that the “goodie-goodie” races (in this case Elyos) tend to attract more players. Looks like that is not the case so far in Aion.
Who are my 2 characters? They are:
- Taugrim the Chanter on Triniel / Elyos
- Taugrim the Assassin on Lumiel / Asmodian
I had been thinking about re-customizing my character on Triniel, but based on that screenshot, I’m not going to risk deleting a character and not being able to re-create him.
Which class, server, and faction did you roll?
P.S. switching to Chanter was a last-minute surprise change for me.
For those of you not keeping track, here are the classes I’ve thought about rolling as my main:
Chanter -> Gladiator -> Assassin -> Chanter
While I was waiting for Preselection, I thought hard about what class suited my personality and preferred playstyle the best. The answer was Chanter, not Assasin. I like doing multiple things, including bailing out an ally with a timely heal or bubble.
I also realized that I was putting too much weight on previous experience with a similar melee buffing/healing hybrid, the LOTRO Captain. When I played Captain pre-MoM (Mines of Moria), the class couldn’t meaningfully self-heal on-demand (aside from blowing the Man heal, which has a 1hr cooldown). Chanter doesn’t have that problem. Both classes are limited in terms of CC, but you can’t have everything. If I find later that Chanter isn’t viable for solo PVP, that will suck. I’m going with my gut.
I have some time before Head Start to decide if I want to stick with Chanter. Choosing a class is always the hardest part of an MMORPG for me :D
EDIT (2009/09/24): my main is now Taugrim the Chanter on Lumiel / Asmodian.