Balance? A pipe dream at best
Balancing the mud is a pipe dream, pure and simple. Someone smoked entirely too much kind bud one night and had a brainfart.
There is one, and ONLY one, way to "balance" the mud.
1 chartype for everyone. Anything else is wishfull thinking and a waste of code. Each existing chartype has its own unique advantages over every other type, which is , in my not-so-humble opinion, the reason for having/using differing types of character.
The trick is learning the character and using its strengths to cover the weaknesses inherent. High-mind mage gets wfw's and kicks your butt? Bash him next time. I guarantee he wont be casting stun spells while sitting on his can. Create mage pops roots and heals? Steal the roots and use them yourself. Same with poultices. (Yes I know too many poeple whined about healing and there are no more roo ts)
Take the time to learn your character's strengths, instead of expecting instant gratification, and whining about the weaknesses.
And if changes are the only way to fix GROSS differences, remember this: It is always better to GIVE than to take away. Rather than lowering everyone else to make the lowest common denominator feel better, RAISE that lowlife to a higher status, as it were.
-climbs down off his soapbox- -flee-
What we're shooting for is a Mensa version of rock/paper/scissors. What we have currently is a situation where a few chartypes are strong against almost everybody, while others are especially weak against almost everyone. That's not a good situation, and I don't need any "kind bud" to tell me that.
The reason for having different chartypes is because they will have different experiences of the game. A pure healer designed to assist large groups will not have the same experience as a create mage that can solo anything with his charmy army. Different players will want different experiences, or may want them all with different alts.
Balance gives them these options, without making one chartype inferior.
I think I'm still looking for the perfect definition.
If you want rock paper scissors, remember one very important thing... no matter what abilities you give rock, paper will always beat rock.
Just something to chew on =)
-wants to be Paper when everyone else is rock-