Yes, you read that right, this post is for those who actually want to be a GIMP. In this case, GIMP stands for Get Into Multiclass Project. It's an idea originally proposed here on the US forums, taken over to the European CM forums, and come back. My guild has had a group of people playing GIMP characters for the last 6 months now, and it has been tremendous fun.
First, the rules:
Originally Posted by THE RULES
So 6 months ago, myself and a group of like-minded players within my guild set aside one night a week as GIMP night, rolled up our GIMPs, and began the journey. The first thing we noticed is that it was just plain fun! We had silly names. We talked about how many party wipes we would have. We talked about how flat out bad our class mixes were. And most of all we wondered, "Just how terribly bad are we?"
Since our humble beginnings, we've learned a lot. For one thing, being a GIMP stretches your creativity. How do you make a rogue/bard/wizard mix work (not easy, trust me )? How can you get the maximum performance out of a random pile of classes and races? How do you set your stats at creation, when you have no idea what your levels will be 10 levels down the road?
We've learned to appreciate things that many of us never had reason to take notice of before. Wands become invaluable. UMD becomes worth much less (everyone it seems has 1 level of a caster class). Every chest is important, since that's the only way you can upgrade your equipment. That +2 Lightning Guard Leather Armor? Yeah, totally worth it, even if it looks like you're wearing a piece of garbage.
At the lower levels, we found that there's not much to distinguish the characters. A ranger/wizard/barbarian isn't that much different than a paladin/sorcerer/rogue. But as we've gained levels (some of us are 10th level now), the distinctions begin to appear. That ranger/wizard/barbarian may now be a Ranger 2/Wizard 5/Barbarian 2, which is very different than a Paladin 4/Sorcerer 1/Rogue 4.
We've learned that teamwork will get you far in this game, even if you're a GIMP. We frequently shortman quests at or even under level. Elite runs are common. The number of quests that were left unfinished can be counted on one hand. And it's surprising how effective 6 GIMPs flailing wildly can be.
We've learned that death is fickle. Many, many quests finish with zero deaths. Of course, every now and then you find the quest that you were completely unprepared for. The Sharn quest with 5 re-entries. The Catacombs quest with 20 deaths in the shrine room. And we've learned that it's fun to fail, sometimes. But then there are the times where everyone pulls together, and you prevail against the greatest of odds, like the at-level run of the Pit, without any permanent FF items (no twinking, remember) and only a level 2 caster and a couple clickies in the group.
We've learned that some of the most annoying things in the game become funny when they happen to GIMPs, like the multiple blind party invites (GIMPS can only group with GIMPs, but it is tempting to teach them a lesson by accepting). Or the times where someone begins ridiculing your "build" in general chat, and three or four others jump to its defense and try to explain how uber it is
But above all, we've learned that this game is fun, and is meant to be enjoyed. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to play the game. Playing a GIMP has brought some new excitement to the game for me. Our group is very close to running Tempest Spine, and I'm eager to see how we do. Will our motley crew be victorious, or be thrown mercilessly from the heights and sent limping back to Stormreach? Just how far can we go? It's one thing to beat Durk's Got a Secret with a random group, it's another to beat Stealer of Souls. I imagine that at some time we'll reach a point where we just can't go any further with any measure of success, but who knows? We certainly haven't reached it yet, and I'm curious to see just how far I can go.
If being a GIMP sounds like fun to you, I urge you to give it a try. It's been tremendous fun for me and my guild, and I don't regret a single moment spent being a GIMP.
~ Wimpypoo Sirgimpsalot,
Halfing Bard 3/Rogue 1/Wizard 3