Hiya all, long time no log.
I have played sojourn/toril as a Ranger for close to 8 years now. I dont think anyone can make the argument that rangers are usefull when there were always 4-5 of us sitting 1 west after reboot. Last time I logged on I was the only Ranger on. Lets face it, they serve no real purpose in groups that cant be done BETTER by some other class. Tanking is for warriors, dammage is for vokers or rogues, and luring can be done just as well if not better than rogues. Besides ALL of that, there is a stygma to being a ranger. Unless you have a name that has been arround for 8 years, you just dont get zone groups as a ranger.
I have since retired from the mud and given my gear away. It was just so frustrating. Yes, this is what I have often posted about before and I almost always get the response "Quit your whining and roll a caster." But that is the whole point, I shouldn't HAVE to roll a caster. Ranger is a very fun class to play, however it is the most frustrating. Of course I do not envy the work load that Enchanters and Clerics have NOR do I envy their XP tables (more improvements that need to be done), but they have a guaranteed spot in any zone or xp group.
Of course there are those who like to take rangers, but to be honest they are depriving the group of a slot that could be better filled by somebody else. I do not claim to know the answer. A haste spell and a melee upgrade may indeed be the best answer. One of the only times I really found the Ranger class to be accepted and wanted in groups was way back in Sojourn 2 when perm haste was in the game. Granted, warrior classes WAY overpowered casters back then. However, I think that we could upgrade melee and give rangers haste without returning to those days of imbalance. If anything, I think it would even the balance out more. Ultimately, in its present state, Ranger class is only really usefull at draining players dry of passion and drive for the game. It was enough to get me to retire after several years of devoted gameplay.
I don't know if there will ever be upgrades to rangers, everyone seams to dislike rangers and at least use to say they were already too overpowered. I have played a few classes, and ranger BY FAR gets WAY WAY WAY fewer tells for groups. That alone should be proof.