A friend and I had found ArcheAge when it was still in its infancy, and we were hooked ever since. The game looked amazing, the concept of player faction wars was astounding...and the "no class" system was unbelievable. So, my first thought was "Yep, gonna RP there." My personal hopes lie in faction growth and interactions. Granted, that's been my hope for as long as I've roleplayed. I have not had the privilege of roleplaying in other games as their roleplay community had moved on by the time I had gotten to them. Hopefully it will remain strong here for a very long time.
As for my character, I initially designed Longshanks as a copy of Red-Haired Shanks from One Piece. Once I learned that the piracy system was high risk, low reward, I've started rethinking it. Thought it may be fun for an alt account, I doubt I'd play it regularly.
Longshanks is Harani and utilizes Shadowplay, Vitalism, and Sorcery. While it may sound like a strange combination, I find that it works surprisingly well.
And lastly, I'm from the Minneapolis region. Around here I work and...play MTG. And now ArcheAge.
Great introduction! I'm glad to see another player dabbling in the Eastern races around the RP community. We are working on a Haranya guild and would love additional input. Creative minds are an invaluable resource in the guild-forming process! In game, friend Katsu and Wanderer, and we'll be happy to drag you in to our little brainstorming sessions.
I'm also glad to see someone from Minneapolis. I actually just moved to Chicago from Minneapolis about four months ago--nearly five. Grew up in Minnesota (East Bloomington to be precise), and still am planning to head up for the Sci-fi convention "CONvergence" in July.
Longshanks sounds interesting! I hoe that the high-risk low-reward rumors didn't turn you off too much to piracy, because it really can be very fun, and Trion has stated that it will not be handling it the same way as Korea has handled it. There is a risk to trading but the riskier the trade, the higher the reward. :) Granted, there's still much more to do other than piracy, and if you'd rather avoid it entirely, you will still have plenty to do!
Anyway, welcome to the forums! Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and provoke a bit of conversation here and there.