What can I say, I’ve been inspired to write an AA guide for those to consider when contemplating the ranged character. What with the influx of new players, and their never ending desire to use bows, I figure I may help the community out a bit by offering this little manual.
Some disclaimers are in order. First, my main character is a ranged ranger. She’s been so for the last 4 years as I’ve played DDO. I really enjoy her, and I like playing her. That having been said, I recognize (more than many, I’m afraid) the weakness inherent in the ranged combat system in DDO. This post is not about that. I heavily endorse pulling out your two weapons and fighting in melee. I’ll post on that below. Next, ranged combat is not for everyone. I heavily suggest that before you try working in ranged combat that you roll up a front line melee character first so that you get a feel for it, and for how annoying a poorly played ranged character can be.
This guide is intended for first timers/new to the AA PrE individuals who don't have the background knowledge in DDO to make a truly creative AA. It is not for min/maxing. It is for a solid core AA that helps and doesn't hinder a party.