...and I was wondering if there was anything I should know before getting into the game. Forced to wait while it patches something massive, so I've a few hours with little to do but twiddle my thumbs in anticipation. This is sorta my first foray into MMO games and I picked rift as the one to go with because of the generally positive reviews and the low up-front cost, since there are not bunches of expansions to buy to get into the game.
I like the look of all of the class trees, and I think my first character will be a mage, maybe a necromancer, since I like the idea of having a pet to tank damage if I can't find people to party with. But the soul system is sort of confusing to me, and looking at it from outside the game might be the problem, but then again maybe not. Are there any guides on how to choose your souls to work well with each other? And any general gameplay guides you would recommend?
Any tips or hints you would grant to a new player who is also new to MMO's?