I'm a first-time player of Dragon's Dogma. I beat the game, then started NG+ on hard mode. I'm now going through BBI for the fist time on hard mode. I understand that's not the optimal way to do it, but it's definitely the way where I'm having the most fun. It's kicking my ass and I'm having a great time. I just reached the entrance of Daimon's second form fight!
Maya is currently a strider for the stat growth. The plan is to go ranger at lvl 200, but I also want even stats so I can try lots of different stuff.
I think I have her gear in a really nice place. Dragon's Glaze. 100% possession protection. Everything dragon forged. Even rusted daggers with gold dragon forge for quick torpor.
She's only been rented twice, and she won't stop talking about how exciting it was. She truly had a great time, and I'd love to see her get out there and make some more friends.