Ok so I've seen that in addition to choosing magic/war classes, you can select the crafting/gathering classes. I've never played an mmo where this was an option from the start and I am a little unclear on how it will work, especially knowing that weapons can be interchanged and classes are effectively created by the player depending on their choices.
What's the difference between starting as a gladiator and taking up blacksmithing, or starting as a blacksmith and doing the same? Is it just a small passive ability that increases your proficiency?
And do crafters/gatherers from the start experience the game in the same way, or do they make the choice to level through crafting instead of combat (to over simplify)?