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Rift: Twice Burned

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,649MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Caedryn the Dwarf has seen some mighty interesting things in his journey through Rift, none more interesting than what he's been involved with this week. Find out what Caedryn and Fido are up to in our latest Rift column. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Phase 2 of the War of the Wanton Maw has kicked off and we have to try and stop the two dragon cults from taking over. As the description says, “The Ascended has uncovered a devious plot of Maelforge and Laethys to throw Telara into chaos, but the details of the dragons' plan are still unclear. The forces of the Ascended continue to fight on the field of battle while those who are capable hurry to uncover the dragon’s schemes.”

Read more of Paul Crilley's Chronicles of One Telaran: Twice Burned.

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  • WikingDKWikingDK KbHPosts: 49Member

    I love this game :) 

  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 460MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
  • cybertruckercybertrucker Pensacola, FLPosts: 1,119Member
    I so much wanted to like rift. It had soooo much potential. However it had the most unsocial group if players i had ever encountered. I leveled to 42 and felt like i was running around with bots most of the time. The game looked great. The customization was great. The community well it felt like it wasnt there
  • DannyGloverDannyGlover Portland, ORPosts: 1,277Member


    Originally posted by cybertrucker
    I so much wanted to like rift. It had soooo much potential. However it had the most unsocial group if players i had ever encountered. I leveled to 42 and felt like i was running around with bots most of the time. The game looked great. The customization was great. The community well it felt like it wasnt there

    Faeblight has a great community. If that was your only barrier, Id suggest making a character on that server.

    I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.

  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,830Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by DannyGlover

     




    Originally posted by cybertrucker

    I so much wanted to like rift. It had soooo much potential. However it had the most unsocial group if players i had ever encountered. I leveled to 42 and felt like i was running around with bots most of the time. The game looked great. The customization was great. The community well it felt like it wasnt there



     

    Faeblight has a great community. If that was your only barrier, Id suggest making a character on that server.

     

    I agree. I play on Faeblight and the community is great there.

  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 460MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    I didn't have any community issues.  I would try again on a new server.

  • dead2soondead2soon phoenix, AZPosts: 149Member

    These events are designed with level 50's in mind. The number of items you recieve scale upwards based on level. I've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 ingots with hardly any effort. Also 15k planarite at level 50 is not that much. You are just trying to do things at the wrong time is all. Can it be done yes. Should these be done at low level. Not really as it would be a grindfest.

  • VorthanionVorthanion Laguna Vista, TXPosts: 2,121Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by dead2soon

    These events are designed with level 50's in mind. The number of items you recieve scale upwards based on level. I've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 ingots with hardly any effort. Also 15k planarite at level 50 is not that much. You are just trying to do things at the wrong time is all. Can it be done yes. Should these be done at low level. Not really as it would be a grindfest.

    Wasn't that suppose to be one of the big mainstays of the game?  That events like this wouldn't focus only on high levels and that lower levels would have just as much of an affect on the progress of said events as any other level range?  Yet events in the past along with this one have to this point, had their main focus on high levels and I find that rather disingenous of the developers and just plain typically disappointing of the MMO genre in general.

    ...and gamers wonder why so many people rush to end game, when half the time it's the developers themselves that are the problem.

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  • cybertruckercybertrucker Pensacola, FLPosts: 1,119Member
    I would try again, however im trying out TERA currently and having fun so far there. It seems very group oriented which is somethi.g most games are lackinng these days
  • RogoshRogosh MIPosts: 182Member Uncommon

    As a current subscriber, I believe that Rift is really just missing a mentor system or scaling of levels in lower zones so that they still have value for higher level characters. If Trion would implement this sort of system all the lower level zones would still be really active. Not just the 1-20 area or the 50 areas.



     

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  • GolelornGolelorn Hiding From Social Media Peeping Toms, ALPosts: 1,099Member Uncommon

    Gold Ingots are found on Fire rift mobs. Not just any rift mob.

  • grimfallgrimfall Missouri City, TXPosts: 1,155Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Vorthanion

    Originally posted by dead2soon

    These events are designed with level 50's in mind. The number of items you recieve scale upwards based on level. I've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 ingots with hardly any effort. Also 15k planarite at level 50 is not that much. You are just trying to do things at the wrong time is all. Can it be done yes. Should these be done at low level. Not really as it would be a grindfest.

    Wasn't that suppose to be one of the big mainstays of the game?  That events like this wouldn't focus only on high levels and that lower levels would have just as much of an affect on the progress of said events as any other level range?  Yet events in the past along with this one have to this point, had their main focus on high levels and I find that rather disingenous of the developers and just plain typically disappointing of the MMO genre in general.

    ...and gamers wonder why so many people rush to end game, when half the time it's the developers themselves that are the problem.

    No, it was always the design that lower level players could support, but the heavy hitting was done by higher levels.  You may have been doing some wishcasting there when you were reading.

     

  • NoamNoam Traverse City, MIPosts: 17Member

    Originally posted by grimfall

    Originally posted by Vorthanion


    Originally posted by dead2soon

    These events are designed with level 50's in mind. The number of items you recieve scale upwards based on level. I've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 ingots with hardly any effort. Also 15k planarite at level 50 is not that much. You are just trying to do things at the wrong time is all. Can it be done yes. Should these be done at low level. Not really as it would be a grindfest.

    Wasn't that suppose to be one of the big mainstays of the game?  That events like this wouldn't focus only on high levels and that lower levels would have just as much of an affect on the progress of said events as any other level range?  Yet events in the past along with this one have to this point, had their main focus on high levels and I find that rather disingenous of the developers and just plain typically disappointing of the MMO genre in general.

    ...and gamers wonder why so many people rush to end game, when half the time it's the developers themselves that are the problem.

    No, it was always the design that lower level players could support, but the heavy hitting was done by higher levels.  You may have been doing some wishcasting there when you were reading.

     



    I agree.  This game has always been designed around level 50 content.  Just read Hartsmans comments pre release.  With fast elveling where one can go 1-50 in 1-3 days played there is no beed to focus on gameplay below level 50.  the amount of content post 50 is quite amazing and I would imgaine it likly overhwlmong for new 50's.

  • Evolution8Evolution8 Lancaster, CAPosts: 128Member

    Rift is a great game, the developers and the customer service are unmatched imo...I will be heading back to Rift soon, SWTOR is dead and i miss a real development team like Trion

  • Mike-McQueenMike-McQueen Enfield, CTPosts: 243Member
    Loved the ideas. Loved the graphics. Wasn't crazy about the lore but it wasn't bad. But the button mashing combos was the turn off for me. I felt like I was watching cool downs all day and that just wasn't satisfying for me. Strong launch and good company though, gotta give them that. I look forward to their future projects now at least.

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  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,221Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by bigsmiff

    Originally posted by DannyGlover



    Originally posted by cybertrucker

    I so much wanted to like rift. It had soooo much potential. However it had the most unsocial group if players i had ever encountered. I leveled to 42 and felt like i was running around with bots most of the time. The game looked great. The customization was great. The community well it felt like it wasnt there



    Faeblight has a great community. If that was your only barrier, Id suggest making a character on that server.

    I agree. I play on Faeblight and the community is great there.

    I play on Faeblight as well.  It is a great community on both Guardian and Defiant.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,221Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Noam

    Originally posted by grimfall


    Originally posted by Vorthanion


    Originally posted by dead2soon

    These events are designed with level 50's in mind. The number of items you recieve scale upwards based on level. I've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 ingots with hardly any effort. Also 15k planarite at level 50 is not that much. You are just trying to do things at the wrong time is all. Can it be done yes. Should these be done at low level. Not really as it would be a grindfest.

    Wasn't that suppose to be one of the big mainstays of the game?  That events like this wouldn't focus only on high levels and that lower levels would have just as much of an affect on the progress of said events as any other level range?  Yet events in the past along with this one have to this point, had their main focus on high levels and I find that rather disingenous of the developers and just plain typically disappointing of the MMO genre in general.

    ...and gamers wonder why so many people rush to end game, when half the time it's the developers themselves that are the problem.

    No, it was always the design that lower level players could support, but the heavy hitting was done by higher levels.  You may have been doing some wishcasting there when you were reading.



    I agree.  This game has always been designed around level 50 content.  Just read Hartsmans comments pre release.  With fast elveling where one can go 1-50 in 1-3 days played there is no beed to focus on gameplay below level 50.  the amount of content post 50 is quite amazing and I would imgaine it likly overhwlmong for new 50's.

    The game is about being at level 50.  Many of the neat perks and aspects of the game are at level 50, but the game can still be fun and rewarding while leveling.  I have 4 alts (16, 18, 23, and a 50) in addition to my level 50 main.  I've been able to get 1 event mount and a few odds and end goodies on all of them along with my main.  They contributed to the event and got shinies.  What more needs to happen there?

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon

    My one love atm...

    Smile

  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,594Member Uncommon

    At level 50, if one is active, 15K isn't excessive.  I have two level 50's (warrior and rogue) and the warrior (pally/warlord) has the medic summon.  Rift is an entertaining game, but as with most such games, the end game is really limited.

  • mCalvertmCalvert Tallahassee, FLPosts: 1,283Member

    Same problem here. I just had a free weekend and quit on day 2. I transfered all my toons to the busiest server, and couldnt find anyone to play with around level 40. No one talks, looks for gorups or joins groups. Queued up for PVP for an hour (cross server!) before i got in. No one to help with group quests, rarely saw anyone in zone, 2 people show up in the social window. And solo is boring. So Ill never make it to end game. The game is fundementaly flawed like all level based themeparks.

  • niceguy3978niceguy3978 Gainesville, FLPosts: 2,000Member

    Originally posted by mCalvert

    Same problem here. I just had a free weekend and quit on day 2. I transfered all my toons to the busiest server, and couldnt find anyone to play with around level 40. No one talks, looks for gorups or joins groups. Queued up for PVP for an hour (cross server!) before i got in. No one to help with group quests, rarely saw anyone in zone, 2 people show up in the social window. And solo is boring. So Ill never make it to end game. The game is fundementaly flawed like all level based themeparks.




     

    I am having this problem now as well.  I decided to finally use my steam purchase from a special they did a few months ago and I am level 25 can't hardly find any other players on the highest pop surver I could find when creating the character last saturday during prime-time.  I keep hearing all these great things about the end game and it does look like there are many things to do, but I don't know if i'll ever make it that far.

  • catlanacatlana Houston, TXPosts: 1,677Member
    Originally posted by WikingDK

    I love this game :) 

    Rift is a lot of fun. I have been impressed by the Devs. The Rift Devs are simply great at keeping content coming out.

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Originally posted by niceguy3978

    Originally posted by mCalvert

    Same problem here. I just had a free weekend and quit on day 2. I transfered all my toons to the busiest server, and couldnt find anyone to play with around level 40. No one talks, looks for gorups or joins groups. Queued up for PVP for an hour (cross server!) before i got in. No one to help with group quests, rarely saw anyone in zone, 2 people show up in the social window. And solo is boring. So Ill never make it to end game. The game is fundementaly flawed like all level based themeparks.




     

    I am having this problem now as well.  I decided to finally use my steam purchase from a special they did a few months ago and I am level 25 can't hardly find any other players on the highest pop surver I could find when creating the character last saturday during prime-time.  I keep hearing all these great things about the end game and it does look like there are many things to do, but I don't know if i'll ever make it that far.

    This is a problem a lot of people coming into Rift don't realize. There will not be people leveling up with you in the 20-50 range right now, most people are on their main characters in the new expansion, which was a great addition to the game IMO. This game has a strong playerbase, but none of them really are in the 40s at the moment. Instant adventures can get you to 50 in a few days, and get you the grouping/social interaction you crave. This is not an MMO for people about the journey, this is an MMO for people who like to run PvE Dungeons/World Events/ Factions/ PvP endgame.

    Rift is heavily involved in it's end game, but the leveling process up until 50 is pretty shoddy, even most players will agree on that.

    That being said, I think Rift  has the best end game of any themepark MMO to date, and a lot of the level 60 players / old 50 players will tell you that.

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  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,830Member Uncommon
    The only reason I don't play Rift now is because there are too many decent F2P options for me now. If it goes F2P, it will be my go to themepark mmo. But, as long as I have GW2, Lotro and AoC to play for free, I will stick with them.
  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common
    Originally posted by catlana
    Originally posted by WikingDK

    I love this game :) 

    Rift is a lot of fun. I have been impressed by the Devs. The Rift Devs are simply great at keeping content coming out.

    But Rift isnt great at keeping their devs.

     

    Odd choice of a post to necro.  I thought for a second Trion rehired this guy to make another year of these columns.  Too bad, he was awesome.

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