The first step to playing Neverwinter Online is to make a character that you will play. Some now refer to this as a toon, I'm not sure where this came from, but I guess I am still old school and will refer to it as a character. It will be the person you are playing and controlling throughout the game.
Everything about your character affects the survivability of your character. If you want to go for the most dominating character, it will probably take a lot of trial and error to get that perfect match. Of course, the game is set up to have each class have a weakness to one thing but a power over another.
The first thing you have to decide on is if you will play as a male or female in the game. There is no in-game benefit to playing either one; it is just a personal preference that you have to make. If you are going to role play (RP) in this game keep in mind that you will have to play the part as either male or female depending on your choice here.
Next, you will have to choose which Race you would like to play. There are at this time twelve different Races to choose from. Each Race has it's benefits and downsides to them. There are some races that work better with different Classes. Race really changes the look of your character more than anything in the game. Of the twelve races, Three are now pay- -to-have. The three you will have to pay for to play them are the Moon Elf, Dragonborn and Menzoberranzan Renegade.
When you pay for the three races that cost money you do get other in-game benefits and NeverWinter Astra Diamonds. The pricing is $59.99 for the Moon Elf, $74.99 for the Dragonborn and $199.99 for the Menzoberranzan Renegade.