I was struck when playing on Anor that levelling the same class a second time is something I very rarely do. I treat alt characters in MMORPG as variant gameplay or kind of like new content. Replaying the same quests and stories on a sufficiently different class does help to prevent boredom creeping in.
The longest run I had of such a character was a second Druid in World of Warcraft that I played as guardian in a leveling group some years ago. He started at level 1 and reached level 67 before the group’s enthusiasm fizzled. It was a very different play experience from that of my Balance Druid main. We had started the group to re-play all the post-Cataclysm dungeons and I volunteered to tank, so it made sense to play this particular class as I’d never played my main as anything other than Boomkin.
This topic came up because of playing a second almost identical Rune-keeper on Anor in Lord of the Rings Online. Playing through the same starter zones on the same character class feels rather familiar, too familiar in fact.
In this second case I’m not leveling a new role/class combo for a specific reason beyond wanting to play Rune-keeper currently and needing to start again to play on Anor. I remain on the fence about the whole thing though.
Funnily enough I did create a Cleric without even thinking about it on Rift Prime’s server back when I was playing that. Classes in Rift are less clearly defined though as the soul system is what you actually build a class combination from and I played multiple different combos while on that server so didn’t feel that it was that similar. Other than those three examples, I can’t think of any other MMO where I’ve had any reason to consider a repeat character class. What other reasons are there for playing the same character again? I’m pretty sure several of the Blizzard Watch podcast crew have many alts of the same class in World of Warcraft; there’s one particular player in my WoW guild who has a thing for Shamans. Personally I don’t see the point, but what about you?