I finally got around to downloading and trying Chronicles of Spellborn last night and, I must say, I'm impressed! The combat system is going to take some gettng used to, but that's not a bad thing.
I'm really intrigued by the way skill use is handled. Rather than having a hotbar you have a ...well...skill "barrel" for lack of a better word. Imagine a long cylinder with slots along each side. You put your skills in the slots but, after you use a skill, the cylinder automatically rotates, bringing up a whole other set of skills. So, half the fun of the game is figuring out where to place skills on that cylinder to maximise your skills for your particular playstyle. Think of it sort of like building a deck of cards, only you know what order the cards will be played in.
Right now, my skills are very easy to organize since I don't have many. All my single target melee is in slot one, AoE melee in slot two and ranged in slot three. As I go up in levels and gain more skills, I'll need to really think about where I put them on the barrel since combos and cool-down times will become more important.
The combat itself is very active. This means that you don't just stand in one spot and trade blows. Your ability to get out of the way of a huge, honkin' attack does not depend on a stat. Rather, it depends on your ability to know when to move your pixelated butt. This, too, is taking some getting used to but I'm having fun learning my way around the "combat dance."
The other thing that I like is that there is great customization from the very beginning. There are tons of choices for beginning clothing/armor and there are no class restrictions. You can have a spellcaster wearing plate and wielding a giant blade, if you want. This is because the equipment itself isn't really important. What is important are the sigils you add to said equipment to give them the stats/bonuses that you like. So, if you find something that is really, awesomely cool looking, you can take the sigils out of whatever you are wearing and transfer them to your new loot. You get a new look without sacrificing your stats.
What I saw of the community last night was fantastic. Everyone was friendly, having a good time and cheerfully offering advice and help. Now, this could have a lot to do with the fact that I was playing at 1AM and there weren't tons of people online. But, we'll see. I'll give it a couple of weeks and see if it remains this relaxed. If so, I'm going to be playing the heck out of CoSB.
Role-playing/Persistent World Online RPG