First, a bit of background: I started playing with Renaissance way back when and played straight through until the first Final Fantasy MMO came out. I did play around a bit with Age of Shadows, but not much. Came back a year or so ago for a bit, but life got in the way. Back again and trying to get caught up. I read the guide by CorwinXX. Is the straight melee warrior (Chiv, Bushido, Swords in my case) still a viable build? Is it good for soloing? What is the best equipment? How good is the Archer/Melee build? That sounds like it could be fun. I've been looking for info and can't really find anything. How do the talisman's work? I get the protection benefits on some, but what are the charges? Any advice for getting back into the swing of things. Playing on Catskills (originally on Chessy but couldn't remember old logins).