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A Beginner’s Guide to Rifts

So, a while back, I promised a friend of mine I’d write up a beginner’s guide to rifts. So, here we are, some time later, with me FINALLY getting it put together. Unfortunately, ended up with a fire rift, so it might might be a bit difficult to see some things. Still, I’ve included screenshots of every phase for this particular rift, and if anyone’s having any confusion, hopefully this will help out some!

A tear out in the game world, and on the minimap.

A tear out in the game world, and on the minimap.

So, first things first. All rifts start out as tears (not tears like crying, but tears as in tearing a page out of a book). You’ll be able to see all tears and rifts in your current zone both on your minimap, as well as the world map. Each kind of tear has a different color associated with them. Minor tears are outlined in blue, while raid tears are outlined in yellow. I believe that major tears are supposed to be outlined in red, but I can’t confirm at the moment. They may still be outlined in blue, however. As a new player to Rift, you’ll only be worried about major and minor tears, though. Some point after you started off (in Freemarch for Defiants, Silverwood for Guardians), you should have gotten an ability called a Planar Lure (or something to that effect). You can use this at any minor or major tear in the world to open a rift.

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Life in Aisle 50

Oestrus recently told me that, were she a casual player in Rift, she wouldn’t lack for something to do. I actually tend to agree with that statement. Though Rift is fairly new, actually going on its 6-month anniversary (so to speak), along with a great sale where you can purchase the game for $4.99 from August 25th-31st, it’s actually been really great seeing new content come out fairly quickly, and generally smoothly. Yeah, there’s some issues still with the game, some things I’m not overly keen on, some things I absolutely love (OMG AOE LOOTING), it’s still fun and new and I’m enjoying it.

Impressive Shovel

So, what is there to do at level cap anyway? Well, depending on what you’ve done while leveling, there can be a lot, or not quite as much to do. Among the premier things you can do is your Saga quest. For the Defiant side, this would be the Saga of the Endless. The Guardian side has a similar epic quest line dealing with (I believe) the Life invasions rather than Death, but I’m not sure what it’s called (I haven’t actually managed to pick this quest up on any of my Guardian alts since I haven’t really focused too much to get past like, level 12 or so). There’s also now a new epic Saga quest for Water, starting in the Abyssal Precipice dungeon for Defiants, or in Sanctum for Guardians. Beyond that, there’s of course the various reputation grinds, complete with dailies or dungeon runs to get the reputation up. There’s also constantly some sort of world event going on. There’s the zone events, too. You can always go out hunting for artifacts, as well. And, of course, achievement collecting.

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