I'm taking a break from that one game, and got a 30 day membership to Rift. I've never played this game, going in completely blind, and I'm hoping to love this game more than the others so that I can have a new permanent MMO to enjoy investing all my free time on.
The class system really confuses me though...I want to be some kind of melee damage dealer that does well in PvP battlegrounds. So many choices it seems and I don't want to ruin my build and lose interest in the game. Am I able to change my type of character at any point in the game? If I'm a melee type and at level 35 realize I should have chose a mage type instead, am I able to reset my build completely and become a mage? Or am I forced to make a new character and start at level 1? If you are able to change your class at any time, is there any point in making alts?
My last question is about socializing. I'm hoping I don't have to go from level 1-cap with never partying or talking to other players. I HATE the single player feel of every other MMO I've been playing. What's the social feel like in Rift?