I was never able to play CoH back in the day (I was an Ultima Online kid), so I was surprised when I saw this mentioned a few days ago. I've made a couple of characters (an Electric/Reflexes Brute and a Ninjas/Pain Mastermind; I've spent more time in charop than game so far, but can't say I regret it) and gotten a feel for the basic mechanics (though using WASD to walk in an MMO feels...wrong), but have an assortment of questions that don't really each deserve their own thread and I didn't see an definitive answer for elsewhere while lurking:
1.) What's the difference between the different pet specs for Mastermind? They all seem to get the same set of abilities but reskinned; three 'small' pets, two 'medium' pets, one 'big' pet, a fats attack, a slow attack, and some stuff to permanently buff your pets until they die. Am I missing some nuance that only becomes visible in play?
2.) How many people around still play the lower level content? I haven't played too long, but all for LFG is 'DFB' runs, which I've come to understand are quick powerleveling runs? Is everybody at the top end content ATM or racing to get there?
3.) What Archetype and Power combinations do really good AoE damage?
4.) How do Inspirations work? The game seems to assume you know, but the tutorial never mentions them.
5.) How much do I have to worry about slotting Enhancement slots for low level abilities? Are they retrainable at high levels or am I screwed if I upgrade, say, Call Genin at level 3 or whatever.
6.) How much do Archetypes matter beyond available powers? I.e. is the difference between Brute and Scrapper really that huge, or is it just a matter of a bit of HP or damage either way?
7.) How much does Origin matter? I understand some items give bonuses based on Origin, but how big of a deal is that? Is there some optimal combo of Origin/Archetype/Powers I would be a fool to miss out on for certain combos because there's some Uber-weapon for Dual Blade/Ninjitsu or whatever that only works if you're a Natural Talent character?
Thanks any and all for your responses.