Friday, March 18, 2011

Why Play Rift?

The Blog scene has been all a buzz about Rift since the official launch.

Tobold today cleared up some misconceptions that "proselytizing Rift fans" have of him. He also laid out the red carpet to have a discussion about Rift and the points that make it a better MMO than others. So I have decided to take a crack at it. This will be a list of the reasons that *I* prefer Rift over many other MMO's including World of Warcraft.

1. Rift feels new. I know it is not really a core mechanic or industry changing point, but I like to look at shiny things as much as the next guy. I stared at the AH bridge in Iron Forge for the better portion of 3 arena seasons. I like the feeling that I can get lost in a major city and not know the landscape of the world better than I know the states of the U.S. 

2. It feels like home. I loved firing up the game and not having to re-learn the key-binds. "B" still opens my bags, "M" for map etc. This is a blessing to someone who has spent so long in the world of Azeroth. 

3. You can actually level through the PVP system. Yes I know that over a long enough span of time you can level in WoW this way but it is nowhere near as efficient questing. This is the way that I chose to play my MMO. I like to PVP and I couldn't understand why I had to play though 80 levels killing 10 swamp marsh pigs or collecting 100 troll tusks to do so.

4. Rift got the small things right. Like the fully customizable UI out of the box. I don't have to make or download an add-on just to get my action bars to look the way I like them. Speaking of add-ons, outside of a couple of convenience things, I don't miss add-ons. 

These may not be enough of a reason to make anyone switch to Rift, but it is the reasons that I personally switched to it. Why did or didn't you switch? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

World First Greenscale Kill. Haters gonna Hate

The guild <stay small NERDS> has cleared all of the T1 content. As expected people are already stating that they "exploited their way to the kill" and that they did it pre-buff.

The way I see it is if they killed it and you can't prove they exploited it then they killed it legit. When they killed it is trivial compared to how fast they killed it. Trion did a great job designing this game and as i have casually played over the last week, I have made it to level 20 while enjoying the game. It seems crazy to me to rush to the end game.

All in all though congrats are in order to <stay small NERDS> for the kill.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Introduction Post

I suppose before we get started in this Rift journey I should introduce myself. My name is Illtree. I have been a gamer for about 20 years now. I started playing MMO's when World of Warcraft launched and really haven't branched out much as far as PC games go. I continued to play WoW into the start of Cataclysm and quickly found my self at the level cap after about a week of casually playing. 

I did the whole daily quest grind and all that jazz for about a month until it finally dawned on me that I had become burnt out on the game that I felt like I had grown with. It was with a heavy heart that I finally cancelled my subscription and logged out for the last time. It had just gotten stale and over run with people who felt they were entitled to all the Epic gear that the rest of us had for just paying their fifteen dollars. 

Now that that is out of the way, onto what this blog will aim to do. I have recently picked up a copy of rift and am giving that a shot at taking the spot of WoW. So far, it has. I will be detailing the journey that comes with playing through the leveling content of Rift and onto the end game. As the name suggests, my main is going to be a Cleric named ILLL. This blog will also be used for information on the patches of the game and just general Rift things. 

Hope you all will stick around and feel welcome in my little corner of the blog-o-sphere. 

Happy Hunting