It’s been nearly a month since I signed up and bought Trion’s Rift. I’m happy to report that I am still having fun, and despite rumours to the contrary see no sign that Rift is in decline.
This last weekend was pretty special, actually it was literally a once in a lifetime five day long weekend. Easter is normally a four day weekend, with Good Friday and Easter Monday both being federally scheduled public holidays. ANZAC day occurs each year on April 25th, and this year fell on Easter Monday. (ANZAC standing for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and the 25th of April 1915 is the day the ANZACs landed on the beach at Gallipoli. ANZAC day is essentially Australia’s veterans day with dawn services, RSL marches, and like activities.) The good people at Public Holidays Limited decided to make Tuesday a public holiday too. Yippee!
As I said, this is once in a lifetime. The next time these public holidays converge is in 2095. I’ll certainly enjoy that when I’m 130 years old, and think back fondly on this particular weekend spent playing copious amounts of Rift, at least when I wasn’t preparing for, and enjoying a BBQ with friends.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been leveling up a mage (yes, another alt) called Vroomfondel and having a blast doing so. I started her off as an ElementalistStormcallerChloromancer combo which did pretty well. Around 20 I changed roles to PyromancerElementalistChloromancer. This works a treat. I worked my way up to level 27 from there.
While the Pyro combo isn’t indestructable, having the Earth elemental pet as a tank and dishing out massive damage with the Pyro abilities makes Vroomfondel a formidable opponent to any NPC monsters in her way. I can generally take down any mob in five shots or less. The only trouble comes if adds join in, and if there is one thing about Rift as opposed to WoW, adds come in to fight far more often. This makes having a good strategy important.
However, I’ve found running to be effectively useless. Where in WoW when you hit 30 percent and ran, you had a good chance of the mob turning back before it brought you down. In Rift, they do a lot more damage. I never ever get far when running, even if I start when I have a lot of health remaining.
Vroomfondel also picked up a new title, The Heartless.
You get this when you collect the tears of 20 squirrels, and of course you make squirrels cry by killing them. Many squirrels sacrificed their tiny squirrelly lives to provide the tears for the Cry Me A River achievement, and for that I thank them. Now I have to collect the tears of many other critters: cats, snakes, and the like to get the major achievement for cruelty. So much fun!
At this one month point I will definitely be resubscribing. I originally signed up with the idea of just checking the game out for a month, but I am having a lot of fun with Rift, and want to see where Trion will be taking this game.
That of course doesn’t mean I’ll be playing Rift forever, or even for the medium term. I’m not much of a Raider, and that still seems to be the emphasis with Rift. Although if they spice up the rifts that might be a motivator for keeping on. But, with both The Secret World, and The Old Republic both looming on the horizon, I have to be realistic. My lifestyle no longer supports the time needed for more than one MMORPG at a time, so choices will have to be made. It’s just great there are plenty of choices to choose from.