to build a proper rouge
please keep in mind that I am what some people regard as an "elitist"
at the low levels (witch I have seen a lot of lately due to true reincarnation) when I am looking for a rouge, it is because I need you to find a trap that will net me more XP. this is the ONLY thing that matters to me, i do not like to "smell the roses" and am constantly red alerting dungeons (thanks turbine for making zerging even MORE fun!)
If you cannot perform your duty in a timely manner, I will either drop you from the party at the first given opportunity or reform the party without you to avoid hard feelings.
For example, one quest that many have been farming for XP is xorian cipher (a free to play quest). there are many traps in the treasure room that will improve the XP in the quest as well as drop uber loot (see Planar Gird) however in my running of this quest the other day, i came across one (1) out of seven (7) that had an idea of what to do. As you can see, I reformed my party many times because of this and each new rouge had to have their respective hands held for them (IE. come to me and open chest, no, there are 2 traps in that room ect.)
more examples include elite traps where even the WF barbarian will even be killed walking through. The traps as they are currently are borked to, hit for (lvl 3 quest on elite = 350ish damage, lvl 10 quest on elite = 950ish damage. Hoping for the fix on Monday)
as for that I highly recommend a build that will focus on traps threw the low levels of the game so that you can do what your party expects from you. Other than that I do not expect you to do ANYTHING else except not die (-10% xp)
requirements for a rouge for anyone who is new to the game (please note that this is not for vets, you already have your ideas and would not take mine anyway)
start at least 14 intel and 14 con.
Maximize your disable device, open lock and search skills at every level.
take the enhancements for disable device and search and open lock. For a backup take rouge skill boost. (keep in mind these can ALWAYS be redone).
make sure you have disable device, open lock and search items for the following levels.
lvl 1, +3 in each
lvl 5, +5 in each
lvl 7, +7 in each
lvl 11, +10 or +11 in each.
lvl 13 it really does not matter, you can disable nearly all the traps in the game by this time.
make sure you have the best +con and best false life item you can find.
for VIP run for tapestries at lvl 10 untill you have 20 of them from the orcherd in necropolis. pick up the helmet called minos legens witch will give you an extra amount of HP that will stack and heavy fortification witch will make you immune to crits. this is invaluable and can be put on at level 11
lastly, make sure you have +5 thieves tools ALWAYS on hand. there is no excuse not to have these. ask in the forms or in the trade channel of your respective server for these, I know some people have their banks overflowing with these and will part with 100 of them for no charge at all!
other then the previous, I really have no cares whatsoever about you build. some personal favorites of mine are the 18/1/1 rgr/rog/mnk or the 13/6/1 rog/rgr/mnk
have fun playing your character. if you dont like being the trapmonky roll up somthing else. fighters and barbarians are good this time of year I think. a dwarf or warforged barbarian with two handed fighting is one of the most potant characters to play at all levels of the game. it reqires no tomes and little gear to be effective and its really hard to mess up.