Date: Feb 18, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  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, RIFT  |  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!

Date: Feb 6, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, News, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

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Yep, as promised during last Friday’s live stream, it’s Budgie Madness! And Chicken Week. And Budgie Week. And hey-look-it’s-another-lockbox week. Whatever you wish to call it. It’s all rolled into one new RIFT promotion that started yesterday. The adorable budgie mounts are the main attraction of the week-long promotion that will run until February 12th.

Players can take part in up to three daily quests a day that involve short race courses in Freemarch/Silverwood, Cape Jule, and Pelladane. Completing the three dailies for the first time will reward each character with a Budgie Trove, which is this promotion’s unique lockbox that has a chance of containing the Frosty Budgie as well as various Tier 1 raid goodies. By completing the dailies, you can also collect Bird Seed. 850 Bird Seed can be turned in for the Ashen Budgie mount from the vendors near the race courses.

Unfortunately, with the length of the event, we won’t be able to pick up the Ashen Budgie just from the dailies (each rewards 10 seed, so 30 a day x 7 days = only 210 seed). Bird Seed can also be obtained inside the Budgie Troves, but generally seems to be rewarded in rather small amounts. Bird Seed isn’t tradeable between characters/alts, either. The good news is that we do get a free Budgie Trove or two, depending on how many Storm Legion-accessible alts we have.

Date: Feb 4, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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During last Friday’s Trion live stream we found out a few interesting tidbits and were shown some new things. First of all, Daglar showed up to announce that the Reaver Warrior soul is going to be made into a full DPS soul in the future. It will no longer be a tank soul, but the disease-spreading flavor of the soul will remain largely the same. Trion feels it’s simply too difficult to balance as many tank souls as there are (and will be with the Arbiter, the Mage tank soul coming in 3.0).

Vladd eluded to a similar note on the forums the other day and noted that the Paladin and Void Knight will be balanced so they are both on par with each other instead of remaining separate physical damage/magical damage mitigation specialists. From the sounds of it, these Warrior changes will go live somewhere between the post-launch period of 2.6 and 3.0.

Date: Jan 27, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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During last Friday’s Trion live stream, Greg “OverloadUT” had a few guests from the Trion team including Gingers from the UI department and Daglar. They showed off a few UI improvements and new features that are currently being developed. Some are not even previewing on the PTS yet. All of these improvements and features will be added in with RIFT 2.6. The coolest new feature that was revealed was the new combat pet skin system that will let players customize their favorite in-combat pets. Here’s a quick rundown of that and more.

Note: As always, all information shown on the PTS or on Alpha builds such as the info shown in this live stream is subject to change at any time.

Date: Jan 23, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 6 comments

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There has been talk about a new RIFT 2.6 feature in development called Bounties, but aside from a brief mention during a recent live stream as well as the fellow in the header image and an achievement appearing on the PTS, we haven’t heard too much about what Bounties actually are. Kerilar then teased us with a duo of images on Twitter (more on these later!) and followed up with some details on the forums regarding what exactly we have to look forward to:

Originally posted by Kerilar (Source)


Whenever you kill an NPC that gives you experience (barring critters since you never do) they will have a chance to drop a special artifact pertaining to that creature type. These artifacts go in new collections called out with a specific naming convention. For example: “Bounty: Air Elemental”.

Handing in a complete set to a Bounty Hunter NPC will further your Achievements for Bounty Hunting. Each Achievement rank grants you a Title, some unique items (including Animal Calls, Mounted Trophies for your Dimensions, and a unique cloak), and access to a special vendor who will sell some interesting potions.

Pretty simple and straight forward! I have some further ideas for later so you may be seeing more Bounty content at a later date, but for now, there you have it!

Date: Jan 21, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 7 comments

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The new features headed our way in RIFT 2.6 continue to roll out on the Public Test Shard (PTS). Last Friday, we received another new update with some pretty cool features to preview, one of which is a completely new Loyalty tier. Also available for preview are unstable artifacts and some of the reward mounts as well the new trophy goodies, the beginning hints of an Air saga world event, and the Bloodfire Stronghold and its corresponding zone events. Let’s take a brief tour, shall we?

Notes: As always, all information found on the PTS is subject to change at any time. Also, it was announced on the PTS that not all of these updates will be going live the day that 2.6 releases. Some parts are connected to the Air saga world event while others will be released gradually.

Date: Jan 13, 2014  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 6 comments

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During last Friday’s Trion live stream extravaganza, we found out all about RIFT 2.6. Faratha shared some information on Dream Weaving that we’ve already covered, but Simon and Faratha did mention a few new tidbits regarding the patch itself and other new features we’ll be seeing. Here’s what we found out:

  • 2.6 will add in the rest of the Crucia story arc. Specifically, we’ll be getting a new air saga questline that consists of four arcs that include over 30 new quests.
  • There’s also two new zone events that are part of the Crucia story arc– one fire and one water.
  • There’s a bounty system being added. From the looks of what’s on the PTS so far, this will allow players to hunt down certain enemies for turn-ins that will be located in Tempest Bay. There is a series of new achievements for bounties as well.
  • Faratha wants to add more goodies for guild dimensions in the future such as crafting stations, mailboxes, etc.
  • We’ll be getting new macro icons in 2.6 that are based off the raid icons.
  • We’ll be getting two more raid rifts and a new stronghold that includes a 5-man boss fight with three possible versions at level 30, 50, and 60.
  • We’re also getting something Simon called Bindings of Blood. Hmmm, sounds interesting!
Date: Dec 20, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

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We won’t be seeing RIFT 2.6 on live shards until February of 2014, but for now there are some pretty nifty additions previewing on the PTS that we’ll be able to explore fully when the update goes live. The most exciting new feature might be Dream Weaving– the completely new crafting tradeskill being added in 2.6. Dream Weaving will allow players to break down artifacts and craft all sorts of cool dimension furnishings and features, BoE dimension keys of new dimensions to explore, and new item enchants called Dream Orbs that will stack with runes.

Want to learn more? Take a peek at our writeup and screenshot-filled preview over on Junkies Nation. There’s a reason why all the dimensioneers are clamoring on the forums for 2.6 to come quicker. There will soon be more to love about our favorite homes away from Telara!

Date: Dec 9, 2013  |  Written by Laura Hardgrave  |  Posted Under: Article, RIFT  |  DISQUS With Us: 4 comments

faeyule

Fae Yule is right around the corner, but before the festivities begin, Massively published some pretty cool info regarding new content that will be part of this year’s Fae Yule holiday event and that will be headed our way in RIFT 2.6. Here’s some of what we found out:

  • 2.6 is targeted to release in early February.
  • 2.6 will be adding a new crafting profession called Dreamweaving. Dreamweaving will focus on artifacts and dimensions. Specifics haven’t been revealed yet, but from the sounds of it players may be able to use artifacts and craft materials that can be used to create completely new dimensions. In a recent live stream, we were told that Dreamweaving will not be restricted to the cash shop at all.
  • We’ll also be getting new raid rifts in 2.6. Could these be our nightmare rifts possibly?
  • Both the new raid rifts and Dreameaving will be highly connected to 3.0.
  • Crucia’s storyline will finally continue in 2.6 as well, along with the new air saga questline and a few modified questlines in Iron Pine Peak.
  • We’ll be getting six new artifact collections to obtain as part of this year’s Fae Yule as well as more decorations around Telara. The artifact sets will only be temporarily spawned as part of completing objectives and killing bosses in the event-specific Instant Adventures.

Speaking of Fae Yule, Tacitus shared some additional details on the forums about what we should expect this year. Keep reading to see an excerpt to the full post.

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