Owing to the fact that it simply refused to resume (whenever I had an error or have to disconnect myself), I was actually forced to acquire the client via alternative means...through a torrent set up by fellow players.
And it took me about 2 to 3 weeks of torrenting before I completed the download.Anyway...hopefully by now, the bug should ought to have already been resolved. If not, then I guess you'll also have to follow what I did and go find some torrent that's still alive to get the game. But mind you though, the game's folder is currently sitting at a whooping 23.4 GB...so that's gonna freaking take a while I tell ya. ^_^;
When going about it using this "torrent" method, my advice for you is to install the Glyph manager and start the downloading process for ArcheAge. This will create the necessary folders to give you an idea of where to start copying and pasting the files that you've gotten from the torrent.
From there onwards, its just a matter of patching yourself up-to-date...which shouldn't take too long unless you've botched the job in shifting the game files. Or the torrent's too outdated.
As far as I can tell, the character creation in ArcheAge looks pretty RIFTish as well (but is much more detailed and pleasing to the eye).
Nuian Alliance Haranya Alliance
- Nui's Blessing (Buff)
Favored by the Goddess of the Hereafter, Nuians receive extra benefits from visiting her realm, doubling the time their stats are increased after being resurrected.
- Warrior Architects (Buff)
Frequent rebellions and civil wars have led the Nuians to become quick builders, reducing construction time for houses and castles by 30%.
- Catlike Reflexes (Buff)
The Firran's quick reflexes allow them to twist their bodies as they fall and land more nimbly, decreasing fall damage by 20%.
- Strong Claws (Buff)
The Firran's long, non-retractable claws allow them to climb trees and ladders 30% faster.
- Endurance Training (Buff)
Trained for combat from the day they can walk, Elves possess increased physical ability. This stamina allows them to hold their breath underwater for an extra 20 seconds.
- Lithe Flow (Buff)
The decades spent around Gweonid Lake make most Elves talented swimmers, increasing their swimming speed by 5%.
- Portal Mastery (Buff)
The far-flung Harani empire has forced its people to master the use of portals for quick travel, reducing the cast time and cooldown on their "Recall" ability by 30%.
- Jungle Tamers (Buff)
Settling in the jungles of Mahadevi taught the Harani to be efficient in their labor, reducing the time required for logging trees and gathering herbs by 10%.
Aside from looking different, as well as being able to freely choose your gender, each race is also bestowed with two unique, non-critical (not game-changing), permanent buffs.
Up until this point, everything sounds exactly like RIFT. Still...
- Nui's Blessing (Buff)
For this aspect of character creation, I guess a picture speaks a thousand words. Therefore, I'll let them do all the talking here.
And as far as this goes, its purely for combat/support purposes. You can take your time to pick whichever one that you've fancied as it shouldn't affect your gameplay...much.
If in the unfortunate case that you've disliked what you've chosen, you can always go to the nearest "Priestess of Nui" (the one which you'll always see first whenever you've died and respawned) to swap (in or out) your choices.