iJudas wrote:I'd be a complete newb. What do you recommend I start out as?
I'd say someone should play whatever interests them the most, the gameplay of all 5 classes is very different.
Barbarian if you really like to hack & slash and like to be in the middle of a pack of mobs while carving your way through them.
Monk if you enjoy healing, auras, and fancy kung-fu moves. This is my highest level character because I really enjoy balancing my characters, and a monk gets a lot passive bonuses to choose from that can help in making it a strong all-round offensive and defensive character.
Witch-doctor if you enjoy having lots of minions. (Haven't played this one much yet though).
Mage if you like pew pew magic. (Haven't played this one much yet either but felt similar to Demon Hunter)
Demon Hunter if you enjoy shooting stuff with projectiles, arrows, daggers, grenades. Has tons of defensive abilities too to help you kite and avoid being hit... caltrops, invisibility, snares etc. Very fun to play. I'm currently working on a Demon Hunter purely specialized in explosives.
They all play differently. With some classes, depending on build, you can just "brainlesly" charge into your enemies. (Barbarian/Monk) with others it's more strategic and you've to keep your enemies at a distance (Demon Hunter/Mage). But even Barbarians and Monks can be played tactically.