Just started playing again. Never really tried Artificer so decided to make a WF one with a xbow focus. Pleasantly surprised to see I could create a level 4 right off the bat.
Man this guy is a monster! Ran around Cerulean Hills and between my xbow being able to hit anything I could see (and some of the targets were very, very far away), the pet breathing flame on everything (lol), and being able to summon bolts 1000 at a time and self-heal, I had a lot of fun. Haven't even touched some of the other skills (traps, etc).
I took a lightning spell (spark?) but no real need for it. Also, the rune arm seems pointless since the xbow does more damage at greater range (ditto for the spell). Maybe that changes as you level up?
I read Artificer is not great at later levels unless you go Juggernaut but I guess I will see.
Beyond that character, I also have a Halfing Rogue (4), WF Wiz (4), Elven Favored Soul (4) and a Drow Ranger (2) / Rogue (3) / Monk (1) I was building up awhile back.
I was thinking of respecing the Drow into either full Ranger or maybe a Rogue with a bow but with the Artificer I'm not sure what to do with him now. Not thrilled with multi-classing any more so open to suggestions of fun classes that will be different from the Artificer.