So I figure the swashbuckler isn't going to be as badass as I want him to be without a little help. A little help being a character who has seen it all, with past lives and high point starts and money and equipment - I realize it could be, I'm just saying the Swash will be way down the line.
I've come to the conclusion that there's no harm in playing normals, as much as I'd like to just be like "Pfft, go Hard or go home," dying is stupid and it frustrates me and I had a bit of my pride slapped out of my mouth.
THAT DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T LOVE A CHALLENGE! Completionist is a long stupid road, but I've always wanted to beat an MMO, so it's a road I'm gonna go down. I'd REALLY LIKE to be able to solo-class each life for the capstones. I'm not sure how it all works, and correct me if I'm wrong (or there are only certain capstones that are worth a damn) but I just feel like by the "end" I should have some epic badass hero that's done it all and don't take no gruff from nobody. Or something.
If that's something I can/should do, is there really an order that I'd benefit in doing it in? Like Mega Man, you can beat the bosses in any order, but doing it right makes it easier. Having capstones/past lives to make the next life playthrough better.
If that's something I shouldn't do, can you suggest proper splits for each class? I don't need full builds, I practically live on the forums now (even if they feel like an ancient library of outdated but still sometimes relevant knowledge), and I can find most of the information I need to formulate a working build, I just need to know where to start looking.
As mentioned before, VIP, 28 point builds, have Drow and Warforged, have PDK, Artificer and Druid (not FVS yet I don't think). If you have build suggestions, by all means - I get way more enjoyment from plugging in someone else's insight and playing than I do planning and freaking out in anxiety if I screwed it all up and have to redo it.
I play Solo, and I currently don't have any TP sitting around. I might can buy some if it's necessary, but I'll earn some in my questing (starting on a new server, idk which one yet). I'm not opposed to derpy hirelings to get stuff down. I saw a guide on the forums that has the most XP/hour for grinding completionists, but I think for the first few lives I'll just do it organically and see what I can do.
I'd really like to try and hardcore mode this playthrough as well, as I've got some interest on the livestream and on youtube for a "storyline" of sorts (no real RP, just farting around with the drama of being an ignorant SOB trying to manmode a game he isn't familiar with), so I would think it's imperative I prepare myself as best as I can before jumping in. Dying to a spike trap is stupid.
I think for the first life I won't even start Vet 4, I'll play him from Korthos on, and we'll just see what happens. As always, anything you guys wanna offer is a light in the darkness and a preemptive thank you so much for anything you throw my way to help in this endeavor!
tl;dr - Wanna do completionist, dunno if I should do each class pure, if not, dunno what splashes I should take for each class. Plz halp.