So, not for me. I know what I like and what I like to play. I'm also VIP and have basically everything and am generally ok on all my characters in whatever level appropriate content. I mean, I die ... but that's a between-the-chair-and-keyboard problem, not the character itself.
I've got a buddy of mine that played a bunch after the F2P launch. Several of us did, but overtime a few dropped out. Recently, my buddy has come back and has decided to give it another go.
He owns no additional classes.
He's got the half-blood race pack.
He's got most of the important packs, but not the expansion.
He has 2 characters at cap - barb (half-orc) and fighter (half-elf) - from the days of intimilocking and shield blocking.
The reason he gave up and walked away was that he tends to die somewhat frequently. He's got at best T2 greensteel and few if any epic items beyond things like Cove / Mabar. Not having the expansion means that for his 20s, he's kinda limited in gear and the like, and definitely well behind the curve in power with EDs.
What we've decided is that he'll TR one of them (likely the Barb) and I'll TR someone to level up with him. During that process he'll have enough TP to get EDs or maybe decide he likes it enough to buy the expansion.
The question is, what should I have him play. He likes melees. He likes the barb. He does not like being as vulnerable as he is, and he's not likely to farm SF favor for SF pots. He needs something that is far more out-of-the-box sturdy, but still smashy. He wants to have some self healing, but not so much that he's responsible for other people - so no cleric / fvs / etc. I think this means a hot-bar heal option, minimally.
I find myself looking at a half-orc Paladin or Bard with a couple fighter levels thrown in ... but that's me. Bards are easy for me to recommend, because I really like playing them. Paladin, not so much. He's also not the halfling type, so dragonmarked stunties are right out.
Anyway ... brainstorm with me. Where should he go with his next life?