A base class..then you build him/her in what you want them to really be. Rogue into a Master Thief, Assassin, etc. Clerics,Mage,Fighter,etc. They all have classes to grow into. This mud is fantasic. Now is the time to start. The staff are the most friendly i've seen. I've been playing for 2 weeks and i'm just now reaching lvl 12. It's a challenge. They dont hand out lvls like the other muds, then get boring. Ye can protect the city and become part of the "watch". Ye can rob houses, mug people. All this mud needs now is YOU. Its fairly new so the player base isn't 50+ at once..yet.