*Release* Rift Catch-All - if it isnt for any of the other threads - it goes here

What was the raptr promotion anyways?

Okay so I really think this IA (instant adventure) and GW2's dynamic event system is the way to go for mmo's. I mean it is the perfect hybrid of themepark's structure with a casual grouping system. And RIFT proves that casual grouping works without the holy trinity and without everybody-gets-a-heal-button. (of course it has the most flexible class system instead*)

IA in RIFT are sequential dynamic events that don't have to be triggered (you queue for them)and send you all over the region without have you run too far in between most events. Instead of the loose grouping of GW2, they place you in a part and/or raid group depending on the number of people queued. Goal objectives are shared and difficulty is scaled per number of players participating. It does sound like GW2's system but RIFT's was first and GW2's is more refined. The pacing of RIFT's is better (it is more rapid even including GW2's living story events) and I like the fact they don't have to be triggered. GW2 is better because dynamic grouping is much better than throwing everyone into a raid, there are more than 2 options for a given level range, you also don't haveto wait until level 10 to participate and the events are more random whereas RIFT's it is the same 10 goals for the region that they feed you 5-6 at a time.

One thing that bums me out is it seems RIFT underwent some skill revamps some time ago. The changes are positive but they got rid of almost all of the channeling skills. I absolutely love channeling skills. (arcane missiles and shadow flay in WoW, DAOC's heretic, archmage in WAR, flamethrower skills in GW2 and RIFT, etc.) I could have sworn RIFT's sentinel or purifier had a channeled nuke and now its gone =(

*I did say that it has the most flexible class system. That includes mmo's like Secret World too. Because I don't see much more flexibility in TSW where certain builder skills only work with certain finishers and it seems to be 50/50 whether a skill requires a certain weapon or not. To me the difference in the amount of flexibility between RIFT and TSW is minimal or mostly preferential.

fangblackbone wrote:

One thing that bums me out is it seems RIFT underwent some skill revamps some time ago. The changes are positive but they got rid of almost all of the channeling skills. I absolutely love channeling skills. (arcane missiles and shadow flay in WoW, DAOC's heretic, archmage in WAR, flamethrower skills in GW2 and RIFT, etc.) I could have sworn RIFT's sentinel or purifier had a channeled nuke and now its gone =(

The new Tactician rogue soul relies heavily on channeled elemental "flamethrower" abilities called torrents. All the new souls are pretty awesome, but Tactician has possibly become my favorite.
My main is currently running a Bard/Tactician build and it is an absolute beast. The passive healing effects from Bard combined with the buffs and aoe abilities from Tactician let me tear through obscene amounts of enemies without my health bar moving at all.

The new Tactician rogue soul relies heavily on channeled elemental "flamethrower" abilities called torrents. All the new souls are pretty awesome, but Tactician has possibly become my favorite.
My main is currently running a Bard/Tactician build and it is an absolute beast. The passive healing effects from Bard combined with the buffs and aoe abilities from Tactician let me tear through obscene amounts of enemies without my health bar moving at all.

Yes, I was looking for similar builds in other roles.

My tactician is a beast and I have just equipped the tactician soul for the fragmentation bomb and the snare bomb. I think those should be good compliments. My god the stacking fire damage talent for the fire torrent is a beast. So is the one forthe necrotic torrent that does 60% more damage to targets with less than 30% hp. I am almost to the ice torrent that snares and damages. (and there is a talent that causes a buff for fire torrent when casting the ice torrent.)

I wonder if they are serious balance issues with dungeon parties or even pvp groups stacked with 2-3 tacticians. I guess the big balance counter is that the torrents are succeptible to knock downs, silences and interrupts. And I guess you can always get resists to fire, etc.

I started playing this cause I had a free copy from pax 2 years ago that I never got to. Figured with it going free to play it was a good time to check it out. I am really enjoying the game, it feels like a great mix between the three other MMO's I have played (FFXI, WoW, Warhammer.) My only real issue so far is that PVP is entirely unreadable. And by that I mean I can't tell who is doing what, in comparison to something like WoW where it was far easier to tell when a mage was being a mage, and a healer was being a healer. But that could just be that I have not played enough with visual settings or played the game enough.

And by that I mean I can't tell who is doing what, in comparison to something like WoW where it was far easier to tell when a mage was being a mage, and a healer was being a healer. But that could just be that I have not played enough with visual settings or played the game enough.

I'm no expert but I am confident it is both. There is a point where you will recognize who is doing what but it will only get you so far because of the pacing of pvp and the crazy soul and role variety. You just know there are all sorts of wacky yet effective pvp builds.

fangblackbone wrote:
And by that I mean I can't tell who is doing what, in comparison to something like WoW where it was far easier to tell when a mage was being a mage, and a healer was being a healer. But that could just be that I have not played enough with visual settings or played the game enough.

I'm no expert but I am confident it is both. There is a point where you will recognize who is doing what but it will only get you so far because of the pacing of pvp and the crazy soul and role variety. You just know there are all sorts of wacky yet effective pvp builds.

Yeah, I think it's both. I'm sure the fact that everyone is low level and the gear looks the same (brown) on pretty much everyone doesn't help either.

Heh, I don't think the brown/gray goes away even at higher levels...

fangblackbone wrote:

Heh, I don't think the brown/gray goes away even at higher levels...

more spikes maybe?

Arovin wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

What was the raptr promotion anyways?

Free copy of the game plus the expansion + 30 days of game time.

http://raptr.com/dashboard/rewards/r...

It looks like they ran out a few hours before I was eligible.

I was just able to claim one, so it looks like they have gotten some more keys.

more spikes maybe?

For sure. And more sparkle and glow =P

DOH! In preparation for the freeness of it all I tried to log into my account and was met with an Authenticator requirement.
I've changed devices since I played this last and now can't update my authenticator
Need to get into chat with Trion and have them remove it from my account.

#43 in line for Chat.

Cragmyre wrote:

I was just able to claim one, so it looks like they have gotten some more keys.

Thanks, I just checked again and claimed mine. Still don't have any time on my account after applying the code.

You should definitely get a hold of customer service. It explicitly states that players who own the base game already will get the expansion and 30 days game time.

Raptr rewards are back! http://raptr.com/High_strung/news/51...

We've restocked codes for FREE Copies of Storm Legion + 30 Days Game Time (For New Players)

You can earn the time required to claim it by playing RIFT Lite - totally free! www.riftgame.com/lite

Lock in all character slots, bag slots, and new Storm Legion souls on every character before RIFT Goes Free-to-Play on June 12!

fangblackbone wrote:

You should definitely get a hold of customer service. It explicitly states that players who own the base game already will get the expansion and 30 days game time.

I got past the authenticator issue but when i log in I don't see any mention of free storm legion. I own the game but i havn't played in quite some time.
Mind you I own the Digital Collectors Edition.

groan wrote:

Mind you I own the Digital Collectors Edition.

That's the same version I owned, so that's definitely not what's stopping you.

IntangibleFate wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

Heh, I don't think the brown/gray goes away even at higher levels...

more spikes maybe?

Am I the only one who dyes my gear?

so I loved in and poked around a bit. my 50 rogue was still intact but my skill tree was empty.

nor I have to go research all over again!

sigh

still not sure if I have storm Legion. how can I tell?

groan wrote:

still not sure if I have storm Legion. how can I tell?

Do you have access to the tactician tree on your rogue or is it locked?

I loved Rift when I played, and hope it takes off as a new FTP. At the time, it was the only pay-to-play I was ever able to get into. That said, since then, GW2 has occupied that space nicely, so I think I'd have a hard time getting back into it. I loved the soul customization though, so I may patch it now and hop on once I can access my 50 again and see what's changed.

Is there something I'd need to do to claim time and Storm Legion, as a retail owner and expired subscriber? It sounds like there have been difficulties, but is it just supposed to happen?

so I loved in and poked around a bit. my 50 rogue was still intact but my skill tree was empty.

nor I have to go research all over again!

They have majorly revamped the soul trees... if not more than once. Lots of abilities have been moved, repurposed or removed. Plus you now have 10 more levels of abilities and points to spend.

edit: man the rogue/tactician is such a blast. And the warrior/tempest is very powerful on its own.

Im looking for a good Assasin / nightblade build. Is there such a thing?

I think you get the new expanion lands for free when the f2p conversion happens. From what I have heard, they lock out the expansion souls (harbinger, tactician, tempest, defiler) if you haven't bought the expansion and I don't know what they are planning to do with dimensions (home decorating in your own pocket rift). I don't know about the increased level cap and new abilities. I think they both may be free?

But seriously you can either do that RAPTR promotion or like I mentioned earlier, Best Buy online has the base+expansion+30 days for $19.99 with free in store pickup. And I would bet they will honor adding the expansion key to your account after the f2p conversion. Every other mmo has...

Nightblade assassin build I am sure there are plenty. How contemporary they are, I have no idea.

I just got a Raptr key, but I'm holding out for a few more hours to see if my RL buddy can resolve some login issues & send me an ascend-a-friend referral, so we can get an additional bonus... if he can't get it resolved within the next ~4 hours, would anyone here like to send me their referral key?

Must find out about the raptr thing...I'll read back in the thread.

I'm looking at this one
http://www.riftscene.com/guides/clas...

hmmm. looks perty but this new KaruulAlerts looks neat. I'll have to investigate that.

Sigh, i signed up for raptr but It doesnt show me as having any time in Rift. well that sucks. I have a level 50 rogue for crying out loud! Mind you I bought it direct from Trion. Not through Steam.

Oh well, looks like i'll have to pay for it like the rest of humanity. I'll wait until after the FTP kicks off to see if you guys are right and we get it as having purchased it originally.

merphle wrote:

I just got a Raptr key, but I'm holding out for a few more hours to see if my RL buddy can resolve some login issues & send me an ascend-a-friend referral, so we can get an additional bonus... if he can't get it resolved within the next ~4 hours, would anyone here like to send me their referral key?

here's mine
https://rift.trionworlds.com/account...

groan wrote:

Im looking for a good Assasin / nightblade build. Is there such a thing?

That's what i used to play back when i did, but i'm sure there's been many changes since then.

Don't play but qualified for rewards through Raptr .... whoever wants can have

ZN7K-GWMX-RGY2-HDED-XH23 - Storm Legion Arbiter Helm

XLDG-63PW-TTED-DGFR-96JE - Stone Spaulders

DeThroned wrote:

Don't play but qualified for rewards through Raptr .... whoever wants can have

ZN7K-GWMX-RGY2-HDED-XH23 - Storm Legion Arbiter Helm

XLDG-63PW-TTED-DGFR-96JE - Stone Spaulders

Those look nice on my harbinger, thanks.