I'm relatively new to Rift (played a little beta, started retail four days ago) but not to MMO's at all (you name it, I've probably either played it or saw it played. Been a part of the "zam" community since the early days of EQUA and then FFXI). I just had a few questions concerning rogues...
First off, does your role matter so much while leveling to 50? I plan on running dungeons and doing as many rifts as possible when I run across them. I looked into good combinations, but are not really following any specific build. i'm currently a Nightblade/Assassin/Blade Dancer (with most points in Nightblade, and a few in assassin) and plan to keep this as my main role. I ask this because in some MMO's you need to be very careful on what you choose as you level, while others, namely WoW, it really doesn't matter and you can get by until Heroics with a crappy build and crappy equipment.
My second question is how good of a tank is rogue and how do they tank? I am working on unlocking my other souls and already bought my second role and plan on making it a tank roll. I don't need specifics, as I'm sure there's other posts with those, but what type of tank is a rogue? do they rely on evasion over defense? or do they just have abilities that give them the extra protection needed to be an efficient tank?
My last question is how well can a rogue heal? When I originally picked a rogue, I had no idea bard had any healing, but once I found that out, I got a little excited because I like being able to at least backup heal if needed. Is it worth making a role around bard being a healer or should I leave healing to the clerics and mages?
Thanks for any help!