What do you all recommend as a the best character to play with?
I haven't played much as a thief or mage. I always play as a fighter, I tried playing a fighter with major skills in enchant and alchemy but he was crap at both. My alchemy skill never went up, despite eating everything in site.
I would like to try a mage, but am afraid that if I run out of mana in the middle of a fight that I will get my ass kicked. Just how weak are mages in close combat? Any advice here?
I found that a good race/starsign to be is an imperial born under the sign of the tower. This gives you two spells, "voice of the emporer" (boast personality 50 pts) and "tower key" (open 50 pts) which are very useful early in the game.