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I Love Me Some Alts

Before I get into the thick of this post, I just wanted to throw a quick reminder that Rift is having their half-birthday celebration, starting today and going through August 31st. That means for this week, you can play for free if you previously had an account, or if you’re just wanting to take a look you can of course set up a trial account, or you can even purchase for just $4.99 this week, as opposed to the standard $50 retail for the game. That’s a huge savings if you’re at all considering playing.

Anyhow, like the title says, I love me some alts. I’ve always been a chronic altoholic, even since I started playing WoW. I sort of blame this one on Dynasty Warriors, and a bit of a completionist attitude toward the game, and making sure I’ve completed the story on all the characters, and unlocked as much as possible. It’s mostly because I want to understand the different classes as much as possible. It’s also partly because I like to be self-sufficient and have all the professions available to me. At the moment, I’ve got two max level characters, and all but two professions at max level, too.

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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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The Rift Experience

So, as I said in my last post, I’m currently playing Rift. Now, I have not at this time made any final decisions regarding WoW, but I am somewhat keeping track of things outside of my other gaming. Thus far, it’s an indefinite break. However, before I go on, I did decide that I wanted to keep my current domain name. Yes, that’s partly due to playing a holy priest that’s a troll, but when I originally settled on the domain name, it’s actually partially a dual meaning. The other part of it is actually due to a bad habit of finding myself trolling forums. And, of course, with the nature of trolling comes the art of having a holier-than-thou attitude. Since I actually try not to have that kind of attitude, it’s a weird sort of irony. Even if it makes sense only to myself. Anyway.

As The Big O (not that Big O, you perverts!) said, there’s a definite lack of personal blogs out there that talk about things from a player’s perspective. I’ve never been a forerunner on… well… anything, when it comes to gaming. Maybe I’ll give it a go here. To that end, there are three things that I currently play to a significant degree as a cleric in Rift: Sentinel, Shaman and Justicar. Since there’s already a Justicar manual out there, so to speak, I’ll focus more on my other main roles, being Shaman and Sentinel.

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