Date: Mar 31, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

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During last Friday’s Trion live stream, Gingers detailed some of the new UI adjustments and additions that will be added to RIFT in 2.7 and beyond. Sure, user interface stuff is kind of minor in the grand scheme of things, but in actuality, it can be really important to our ease of access and overall enjoyment of the game. That’s the whole reason most of us love addons, right? MMORPGs are all about customization, even down to the nuts and bolts of the buttons and frames we work with every time we’re online.

Keep reading to take a look at a list of some of the UI changes, additions, and future plans Gingers talked about (for more info you can also check out this forum thread that Gingers has been replying to with regular updates):

Date: Mar 26, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

double loot week

Your farm raid nights might look a little more loot-filled this week. Announced yesterday on RIFT‘s Facebook page and Twitter page, Trion’s being pretty awesome and giving all RIFT players bonus loot chests from the final bosses of Storm Legion expert dungeons and Sliver raids and bosses inside 20-man raids. For the most part, these chests appear to be similar to the bonus chests spawned during Fae Yule and contain a random, bonus calling-specific item that can drop off any boss inside the raid/dungeon for the player that loots the chest (some raid bosses are handled a little differently).

The phat lewt-ness begins today, March 26th after the update (and has already began for EU players since a few hours ago), and runs until April 2nd. And yes, that includes bonus raid/dungeon currencies! Both have been doubled.

Date: Mar 20, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

2.7 soul collective

Just in case you haven’t had a chance yet to hop on the PTS and try out the Arbiter, Physician, Oracle, or Liberator– the four new souls being added in RIFT 2.7– yet, we’ve collected some of the best links out there for build guides, lists of feedback, soul calculators, and videos of the new souls in action. If you have any other cool links for us to share, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section. We’ll try and keep this updated as the time closes down to the launch of 2.7.

Date: Mar 17, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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During last Friday’s live stream extravaganza, Daglar and the team showed off a PvP dimension that Kiwi created on the PTS (Kiwi also, by the way, conducted a pretty cool interview regarding PvP dimensions with Pithos if you haven’t checked it out yet). PvP dimensions, as we knew from before, are arena-like in function, allowing players to form 2 or 3 teams that go head to head in a dimension that players create using all kinds of new goodies that allow dimensioneers to create boundaries, scoring methods, starting points, timers, and even environments that cause participants to take damage.

All’s fair in war, right? Well, in this case what’s fair is in the hands of the dimension creator, which gives our intrepid creators a pretty big– and fun– challenge ahead. PvP dimensions will not have any official leaderboards or rewards simply due to the fact that players are ultimately in charge here (and exploits therefore are a high risk), but I think it’s safe to say that if the playerbase tosses together some PvP dimensions that are truly epic (and c’mon, we know they will), Trion wouldn’t hesitate to turn one or two into a real warfront.

Date: Mar 10, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 6 comments

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In quite a surprising move, Trion announced late last week that our four new souls that were originally slotted for 3.0– the Arbiter, Liberator, Oracle, and Physician– will be going live in RIFT‘s next major update, which will be 2.7. The team revealed a teeny bit about both the new Warrior soul and the new Cleric soul. The Oracle, which was originally dubbed ‘Crusader’, is a support-based Cleric soul armed with magical spells originating from the Death and the Water planes and is both a fierce ally and a force to be reckoned with. The Liberator is a healing Warrior who excels in raid/group healing and absorption shields.

We’ll find out more info about the other two souls– the Arbiter, the Mage tank, and the Physician, the Rogue healer– in the next couple of days. Trion has already stated that these new souls will be purchasable in a bundle on the RIFT Store, but we don’t know the exact price details yet. We also know that there will be at least two major content updates before 3.0, which means that aspiring Arbiters, Liberators, Oracles, and Physicians will have plenty of time to discover awesome soul setups before the level cap is extended.

Date: Mar 4, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

rift new mounts

This past Friday afternoon, Trion hosted a playtest of the new Steppes of Infinity Conquest map on the Public Test Shard. Much fun and bug discovery was to be had as even Daglar and Vladd showed up to enjoy a bit of action. During the playtest, the team also previewed a couple of cool new goodies that will be added to RIFT in the future. Kiwi showed off a few screenshots over at Rift Dream Dimensions, and they’re far too awesome to not share. Here’s a brief preview!

Date: Feb 27, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 4 comments

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It’s that time of year again, folks. The time for balloon popping, glass beads, Alo’s Amazing Popped Corn, adorable pinatas shaped like our favorite bosses, and cool-looking Nebula mounts. It’s Carnival of the Ascended! While the event won’t officially start until 3:30 PM PST later today, yesterday’s patch made this year’s purchasable goodies appear on the RIFT Store as well as plopped a chunk of new achievements for us to chase after (also, check out the RIFT mobile app for the event-themed scratcher mini-game).

From the looks of it, the event itself will be largely unchanged from last year except for a few new items to collect and the new achievements. This preview will go over the new goodies and achievements specifically. If this is your first year taking part in Carnival of the Ascended, feel free to check out our guide from last year as well as our writeup from two years ago for more info about the event itself and what it will consist of.

Date: Feb 24, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Buzz  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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During last Friday’s live stream, Daglar talked a bit about the fact that Trion is finally considering getting rid of Conquest Power altogether. The idea originally popped up in this forum thread earlier in the week asking for player feedback. So far, the feedback seems to be leaning in favor of nuking Conquest Power into orbit.

Daglar shared his thoughts on what this would mean, exactly, and stated that on the PvP side of things, the loss of the stat bonuses shouldn’t harm PvP whatsoever. For raiding content, however, some groups may feel the loss of the stat bonuses provided through Conquest Power. He said that for Tier 1 and 2 raids, the plan is to automatically provide the extra stats for all groups that enter the raids while Tier 3 raids will be tuned without them. This will let guilds continue progressing without feeling as though they are going backwards.

So, what do you think? Is this is a good move?

Date: Feb 18, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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This last weekend after the release of RIFT 2.6 has been, well, kind of rough for RIFTers to say the least. The update caused a myriad of issues, and the most frustrating was undoubtedly the loss of all in-game chat channels and mail systems throughout a large chunk of the entire weekend. This made everything from raiding and grouping to socializing, immersive quest undertaking, and leveling Dream Weaving with the help of an alt army quite the challenge.

Pithos and Daglar were both around randomly over the weekend to give us updates during shard downtime periods, but the majority of the issues didn’t get fully fixed until Monday morning. Daglar issued an apology over the forums yesterday and told the RIFT community that all players affected over the weekend would be receiving chests of 160% boosts for putting up with the weekend’s issues. These chests should be delivered during this Wednesday’s patch. Keep reading to see the full details.

Date: Feb 13, 2014  |  Written by Patch Notes  |  Posted Under: Patch Notes  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

RJ Patch Notes

As of Wednesday night, 2.6 caused a major issue with in-game chat services and mail services. The latest update can be found on the official forums here.

== FEATURES ==

New Trade Skill: Dream Weaver
Craft keys for 15 new Dimensions plus all kinds of visual effects for your favorite retreats. Enjoy waterfalls, sparkles, smoke, object-free lighting, weather-blockers, and more!

Unstable Artifacts Sets … and Rewards
Go nuts with artifacts you’ve collected from unstable zone events across Telara. Rewards include dual-function items – use them to add flair to your Dimensions or trigger fun effects in the world at-large – plus new Planar Squirrel mounts!

Bounty System
Collect new artifacts as you hunt down a huge range of villains and planespawn, troublemakers and beasts. Complete sets to earn Bounty Hunter Achievements granting titles, animal calls, Dimension trophies, cloaks, and access to a vendor selling remarkable new potions.

Prelude: Air Saga Storyline
Embark on a multi-phase Air Saga that opens the door to an earlier age. At launch, you’ll relive the story lines leading up to Exodus of the Storm Queen. Then, in evolving phases over the weeks to come, you’ll track Crucia to Dusken and discover where her journey ends. In true flashback fashion, you’ll earn “Watcher” and “of the Icewatch” titles, a Storm Griffon companion pet, and Storm Legion Armor wardrobe pieces!

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