As Pandemoniums most "Notirous" Samurais, I had to trow in my two cents.
Great job on putting this together, the reason i chose Samurai as my main was because I would really hate to do the same thing over and over for 60 levels or so.... I have spent countless hours perfecting my Samurai and I still have ways to go with it. the best part about being a Samurai is having just the right role to fit any party with almost any sub. Samurais don't get any abilities or skills after 30 so it makes the job really sub job driven... What does that meen? Means i can fill in for other jobs quite easyly.
I can not tank thats for sure, but i can back up tank and be a trick buddy with first voke. this is the most common role for a Samurai, /war is **** of fun, tp nearly gets doubled, per hit damage is greatly incresed by Berserk and the Weapon skills are flying, not to mention i get the satisfaction of saving the tanks life once in a while when things go wrong, or when hes in the red.
Another standart sub is /thf, with this you can start stacking up the damage as early as level 30, you have to be creative with Meditate so you can have enough tp almost every minute, you don't have double attack to help you and you wont really be getting hit alot but sneak attack + weapon skill is really good. At level 60 you can almost replace a thf and deal a bit more damage per hit inbetween SATAs. raelly fun if you like high number damage.
Im currently working on /rng which is really fun for quest but hard to pull off in xp parties. Benefits are good with ranger, acc II really helps out, most mobs are checking as low evasion ^^ so i think i'll replace a sniper ring and AF gloves for Uchidos, Sidewinder is like pinning the tail on the donkey... But i have pulled it off with a great party set up: War/sam (Great Axe), Pld/war, Whm, Brd, Blm. works like this.
Hunters Prelude + Frost on mob + Shield Break + Sidewinder
I only missed about 2 in every 10 at level 63 on IT Cocktrices in Cape Terrigan. Equip change macros are a must with this combo and all the ranged acc you can get, but it does work really.
Next experiment is with /monk. I know i can get in lots of cheap hits in with Boost even if just to start the fight, but im also looking forward to Focus and counter to see what I can come up with.
Ok so this was more than two cents... (1$) but i had to fill in on what a Samurai can do for xp parties.
/wave to me if you see me on Pandemonium (Demona) but we warned... you might get slaped. o.O