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Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: The Riftway

SzarkSzark News ManagerMember Posts: 4,420


The Vanguard official site has update with information on the Riftway, a series of portals linking the remote corners of Telon.

A forgotten power has returned to Telon. Ancient riftstones have come to life with their potent magic having been lost since the days of the Cataclysm. Channeling great energies from altars scattered across the world travelers are now able to venture forth via interlinking networks spanning all of Telon... Welcome to the Riftway!

The Riftway is divided into three separate networks; these networks are connected through riftstones located at altars all around the world. Not all altars have active riftstones, however.

In order to use the Riftway you must have a riftway shard in your inventory, these shards can be found on any general goods vendor and are relatively inexpensive.

Once you have purchased a shard you must establish a link between at least two riftstones on the same network. In order to activate a riftstone for future use you must travel to its location and click on it. Once you have at least two riftstones active you may travel between them, each time you travel you lose one riftway shard.

Read about the history of the Riftway and how to use it here.

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  • coffeecoffee Member Posts: 2,007
    And so it begins, but its too late to save VG.

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  • Gangster-ManGangster-Man Member Posts: 143
    Meh, ill keep running and using my horse to get around, using teleporters just makes things to simplistic. And plus the scenery is so worth the jog =D
  • CaesarsGhostCaesarsGhost Member, Newbie CommonPosts: 2,136
    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

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  • ste2000ste2000 Member EpicPosts: 6,194
    Originally posted by coffee

    And so it begins, but its too late to save VG.
    Yes the watering down process began.

    I can see millions of people leaving  WoW now thanks to this new goodies.



    A note for Sigil and SoE though:

    PEOPLE CANNOT PLAY THE FRIKKING GAME BECAUSE ONLY 5% OF THE PLAYER BASE OWN A COMPUTER THAT CAN RUN IT!!!!

    (/end caplock mode)

    Will they ever get the message?

    Obviously not, since they are focusing in transforming Vanguard in EQ2.1 (AKA EQ2 without instances), instead of doing something drastic for the bad performance.

    Good luck with that.

  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 41,489
    Well, this is something I would enjoy..but I'm a lazy gamer.... if I ever decide to give VG another try (meaning, if they ever give me a free month's trial to make up for the beta I had to pay for) then I'll be happy this is in place....

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  • Agent_X7Agent_X7 Staff WriterMember, Newbie CommonPosts: 515
    *snicker*

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  • docminusdocminus Member Posts: 717
    errrrr, I don't get it. so this is simply a teleporter system, a la UO moongates?

    oh gee. this game has so much potential, but.... oh never mind.

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  • tigris67tigris67 Member UncommonPosts: 1,762
    Lol....



    Look, they introduced PoK Books....



    If you understood what I just said, kudos.

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  • KenzeKenze Member UncommonPosts: 1,217
    I like the idea! Do you Like waiting 45 minuets while a group mate rides across the continent and hops on a boat just to start to play? No, noone like to do that. So what happens. You dont group with that person. and thats how you DONT build a community

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  • ShoalShoal Member Posts: 1,156
    Originally posted by tigris67

    Lol....



    Look, they introduced PoK Books....



    If you understood what I just said, kudos.

    Yup.  In one fell swoop SoE nuked the class defining ability of Druids.  There must have been 30+ spells for porting yourself and groups.  Only real way for Druids to make a bit of extra Plat.  Made pretty much useless in an instant.  Not to mention obliviating any need for Druid Binding in the field.  Man, PoK sucked the heart out of the game.

  • ravex5ravex5 Member UncommonPosts: 64

    wow SOE gets blamed for everything done to a game even when its not them doing it.........

  • Dave08Dave08 Member UncommonPosts: 67

    This sounds like a welcome change.   The world is huge, travel shouldn't be such a chore.   It's not challenging sitting on a horse, it's tedious.   Challenge should be real challenge, not unending patience.   Kudos to Sigil for keeping up with updates and trying to make things better.  

    There is so much potential with V.  I hope they keep adding to it.  I'd like to go back someday to a much improved game. 

  • cupertinocupertino Member Posts: 1,094
    Originally posted by Kenze

    I like the idea! Do you Like waiting 45 minuets while a group mate rides across the continent and hops on a boat just to start to play? No, noone like to do that. So what happens. You dont group with that person. and thats how you DONT build a community
    The problem is that sigil only just realised that people did not want to ride for 30 mins to meet up with friends.. they only realised this after it went to retail... what kind of idiots work at sigil?



    I think they locked themselves in a box for 5 years and ignored what other games were doing and what gamers wanted.

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  • PoldanoPoldano Member Posts: 244

    I'll repeat what I said in somewhat less caustic venues: Riftways are implemented in one the least travel-dimishing ways they could be. That is to say, they do not eliminate the meaningfulness of travel, for those that like to travel, and certainly do not eliminate the necessity of traveling normally between rift points at least once.

    My original notion of travel in Vanguard was that it would be entirely possible and indeed necessary to gain significant level in one's home continent without traveling to other continents, and that the game would be fundamentally region-based. Both of these expectations have not materialized to the extent that I thought they would. Travel between major points is relatively safe and easy even for low-level characters, as long as there are no faction disagreements. Intercontinental travel is necessary for some leveling and some quests, and is essential at some point for anyone starting in the Kojan "continent". Worldwide guild, chat channels, and tells have made long-distance travel desirable and frequent.

    Operationally speaking, the original notion of sea travel by ships has not materialized as scheduled, and the major fudged-in placeholder is restricted by severe server-side instability in one of the unavoidable travel bottlenecks (New Targonor). Under the circumstances, some assistance in travel is welcome.

    Repeatedly covering the same ground to get from one point of interest to another is not meaningful travel and is not immersion. I still intend to travel cross-country to see the sights, find out what is there, and have time to think about what to do next. I am glad to have a speedier way to get to a distant guild event, for example, without taking as much time out from my other activities.

     

  • rivethead23rivethead23 Member Posts: 41
    Originally posted by tigris67

    Lol....



    Look, they introduced PoK Books....



    If you understood what I just said, kudos.


    Oh I got it. And I just canceled. Saw this before somewhere.. saw the ramifications. No thanks. Moving along. And no you can't have my stuff...


    Poldano.. is that a long winded approach to saying Sigil screwed the pooch?

  • MurashuMurashu Member UncommonPosts: 1,386

    Not everyone wants instant porting and honestly I was drawn to VG because it didn't start out doing what every other MMO has done. There are plenty of games out there already with meaningless travel.

  • holifeetholifeet Member Posts: 532

    Originally posted by Dave08


    This sounds like a welcome change.   The world is huge, travel shouldn't be such a chore.   It's not challenging sitting on a horse, it's tedious.   Challenge should be real challenge, not unending patience.   Kudos to Sigil for keeping up with updates and trying to make things better.  
    There is so much potential with V.  I hope they keep adding to it.  I'd like to go back someday to a much improved game. 

    All they ahd to do was make travel meaningful and expand lfg tools. They never even managed to make grouping much more worthwhile than soloing. Soloing in Vanguard hands everything the players needs to them on a plate.

    They might also have done something to give those groups of players, who move through games together,  a reason to split up and group with others. Much of Vanguard's grouping fiasco has been that guilds stick together and much of EQs great grouping rate was because people didn't have those set groups. There could have been incentives introduced to make people feel grouping with new people was worthwhile. They didn't even consider that I believe.

    They could also have done more to aid what I first said; making travel fun and interesting by adding trials and 'occurances' along the way. Pre-beta there was always talk of giant sea creatures andf bands of roving goblins that would attack travellers and give parties a reason to stick together. Sigil always said their usual 'that is definitely something we would like to see' but did it ever materialise? No.

     

    They only had themselves to blame and now they have taken the easy way out by going for the PoK option. They have chickened out of challennge and immersion and have gone for convenience and boredom.

     

    Maybe I don't need to say this but I cancelled my account the day they announced riftways were in. They'd only tested them for 3 days max on the test servers; why even test them?

     

    I saw the quest system and I sighed. A little disappointment was evident with me.

    I saw the broker and I began to think Vanguard is truly not the game Brad hyped.

    I saw the riftway network and I knew all my hopes for a real game were over.

     

    Vanguard shjould have been the best game ever and that makes me sad.

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  • LidaneLidane Member CommonPosts: 2,300


    Originally posted by Shoal
    Yup.  In one fell swoop SoE nuked the class defining ability of Druids.  There must have been 30+ spells for porting yourself and groups.  Only real way for Druids to make a bit of extra Plat.  Made pretty much useless in an instant.  Not to mention obliviating any need for Druid Binding in the field.  Man, PoK sucked the heart out of the game.

    Pfft. I played a Druid. Porting wasn't the defining ability of the class. I'd say it was quad kiting, since that got me a whole bunch of levels when I played. Heh.

    The fact that I could port myself and my friends/guildies pretty much anywhere in the world was convenient, which is why I chose that class. I hated the long travel in EQ, so anything to help alleviate it was a good thing. Occasionally, I'd take time out to port others if they needed it, but overall, the constant spam tells for ports I'd get was annoying. I was glad when they put in the PoK books. After that, I'd just SOW people, point them towards the books, and get back to playing with my friends.

    As for binding in the field, it was still useful if I was in an area that was more than one zone away from a book, or if I was farming an area for XP. I'd bind, kite mobs around until all of my bags were full of loot, then gate out to sell and bank. Then it was back out to wherever I was fighting.

    The only people who really got screwed when the PoK books went in, IMO, were people who spent all their time porting people around for money, or who charged ridiculous prices for ports. As for me, it made my life a lot simpler.

  • someforumguysomeforumguy Member RarePosts: 4,087

    Originally posted by Murashu


    Not everyone wants instant porting and honestly I was drawn to VG because it didn't start out doing what every other MMO has done. There are plenty of games out there already with meaningless travel.

    You still have to explore to new areas and questlocations. Portals are only meant to make the roads you travel regurarly less timeconsuming. With perfectly safe roads between cities where people use autorun, those journeys are as meaningfull as being stuck in traffic on your way home back from work. 

    You might as well complain that they nerfed the autorun skill.

  • goemoegoemoe Member UncommonPosts: 260


    Maybe I don't need to say this but I cancelled my account the day they announced riftways were in. They'd only tested them for 3 days max on the test servers; why even test them?

    Lol, you didn't test them, but you complain. The riftways are no easy point to point hopping. You will very well run, ride and fly to reach the one which will take you where your group or target is waiting. The world is just too big for all but 24/7 players to play more than to travel. You might have to cross a full continent to get to the one you need, but hey, just complain, you know it all, do you? image

    The riftways are a good addition. You will have to travel hours and hours before you even can use all of them.

  • VicatinVicatin Member UncommonPosts: 139

    Bleh, it really doesnt matter if they have these stones in now, hell the population per server is so small now, its hard to even find 6 people around ur level on the same continent LFG.

  • starman999starman999 Member Posts: 1,232

    Beginning WoWification process .......Now.

     

     

    Here is a quote from Tim Buckley at CTRL+ALT+DEL this morning.

     

    Obviously one person's challenge and sense of realism is another person's waste of time, but if there are going to be multiple MMOs on the market, why do all of them have to turn into World of Warcraft? Not all of us want our hands held straight to level 60.

     

    I think it says what most MMO players are thinking.

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  • holifeetholifeet Member Posts: 532

    Originally posted by goemoe


     

    Maybe I don't need to say this but I cancelled my account the day they announced riftways were in. They'd only tested them for 3 days max on the test servers; why even test them?

    Lol, you didn't test them, but you complain. The riftways are no easy point to point hopping. You will very well run, ride and fly to reach the one which will take you where your group or target is waiting. The world is just too big for all but 24/7 players to play more than to travel. You might have to cross a full continent to get to the one you need, but hey, just complain, you know it all, do you?

    The riftways are a good addition. You will have to travel hours and hours before you even can use all of them.

    I didn't need to test them. It is pretty obvious what they are.

    I liked the travel. It could get a little tedious when quests would have me running back and forth from city to city (crafting quests did that in an abundance) but that was more of a problem with the quest design than a flaw with the mechanics. I enjoyed travel. It was immersive. I had to get somewhere to do something. The game was not all about the end result anymore.

    Saying that the world is too big for players to get together is a moot argument because Sigil did little to help foster community by any other means. They saw a problem, saw players whining that they had to run for 10 minutes and, because they can't manage their finances, decided on the quick and easy solution to keep everyone happy and playing.

    The Riftway is unimaginative and bland. The fact that you have to travel to the stones to use them the first time isn't really a facet that needs pointed out. You know you won't have to travel there the second time.

    Sigil never explored the problem of grouping fully enough. They started with a pathetic LFG tool, coupled with a game that was solo friendly, and wondered why people weren't getting together. There are bigger problems that travel in Vanguard. The Riftway Stones, in themself, won't solve the group problems because the origibal hold backs are still in place. The Riftway Stones just become easy travel for the guild groups that are already grouping together.

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  • alyndalealyndale Member UncommonPosts: 936
    This is a good idea for saving time.  Some of us don't 10 to 12 hours a day. For the casual gamer, it's such a wonderful time saver.



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  • PoldanoPoldano Member Posts: 244
    Originally posted by Shoal

    Originally posted by tigris67

    Lol....



    Look, they introduced PoK Books....



    If you understood what I just said, kudos.

    Yup.  In one fell swoop SoE nuked the class defining ability of Druids.  There must have been 30+ spells for porting yourself and groups.  Only real way for Druids to make a bit of extra Plat.  Made pretty much useless in an instant.  Not to mention obliviating any need for Druid Binding in the field.  Man, PoK sucked the heart out of the game.



    Are you sure you are talking about the game I play as a Druid character? To the best of my knowledge, no class in Vanguard has a true teleporting ability, and it is against Sigil's policy to make that ability a monopoly of one class. The nearest thing is evacuation capability, which is actually shared among offensive caster classes. Evac can be used to speed travel through the countryside, but it operates only within the same "chunk". Evac can be used to get to a riftway altar quicker, but in that sense riftways complement it and actually make it more useful.

     

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