We are starting a new campaign starting at level 1. We are using a very basic 10 point buy, but the DM is allowing the purchase of attribute points for experience. I have ALWAYS had problems figuring out what class to play. So far we have a Life Oracle, Archer Fighter, and a Swashbuckler (from advanced classes playtest). I am leaning toward a class that uses 2h weapons and can fill more than one roll. I was looking at a melee inquisitor, 2h ranger, or possibly a melee oracle. I'm not big into min/max, but I don't want to be useless in combat. I understand that no matter what I pick, I won't be able to compare to the min/max human archer fighter. I was wondering how good in combat the inquisitors or oracles would be in melee?
I was also thinking about a melee druid, but I don't want to be somewhat useless for 3 levels (or 5 levels if I use an archtype) until I get Wild Shape. Also are melee druids any good when NOT in Wild Shape? I was looking at either a Desert Druid, Mountain Druid, or a Saurian Shaman Druid.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.