Wednesday, October 17, 2018

10/19 Stream: Extra Life, Autumn Harvest & Twitch Drops!





This Friday Salvatrix and Brasse welcome you to Autumn Harvest and our annual Extra Life fundraiser! Come for the cool stuff, stay for the conversation!


We believe in Extra-Life. We believe in helping sick kids get better care. Join us this year for our annual 24-hour marathon – we’ve got great prizes and giveaways, including Twitch Drops (where EVERYBODY wins).

We hope you’ll be able to help the kids by contributing a little – even $5.00 can made a huge difference in a seriously ill child’s future. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Extra Life and that it’s all tax-deductible!

You can also JOIN Team Trion and earn terrific items for raising money for Extra Life – the fundraising year goes to December 31st, so there’s plenty of time, too! It’s easy to raise funds with such a good cause and great prizes: https://www.extra-life.org/team/trion




No, we’re not giving these away, but you can get them in Autumn Harvest and we’ll tell you how!



So what’s Trion pitching in for your kind support? Lots! Please note that a few of these items are still pending approval, so we may have to switch things around at the last minute with items of equal value! Sign up for Team Trion TODAY!



Anyone on Team Trion who raises $50 or more earns the following:
  • ArcheAge: Socke’s Sweet Dream Pack
  • Atlas Reactor: All Freelancer Pack
  • Defiance 2050: Demolitionist Pack
  • RIFT: Burning Apocalypse Snail Mount
  • Trove: Dome Dancer Magrider



We will have Twitch Drops on EVERY official Trion Stream during our Extra Life Marathon – all you have to do is log into Glyph, go to the Account tab, select linking, and link to your Twitch account, and watch the streams!
  • ArcheAge: Dark Shaman’s Raiment (ONLY during 1:30 PM PDT stream)
  • Atlas Reactor: 1 Loot Matrix (ONLY during 2:30 PM PDT stream)
  • Defiance 2050: Extra Life Halo (ONLY during 10:30 AM PDT stream) – will be granted in an upcoming hotfix
  • RIFT: Lucky Staff & Lucky Dice Portrait Badge (ONLY during 11:30 AM PDT stream)
  • Trove: Feathered Float Magrider (ONLY during 12:30 PM PDT stream)



During our Extra-Life Marathon, our stream and our Hosted Streamers will give away:
  • ArcheAge: Archeum Packs + Crystal Wings (Limited!)
  • Atlas Reactor: Citadel Pup
  • Defiance 2050: Ultimate Class Pack
  • RIFT: Blue Surfboard
  • Trove: Dome Dancer Magrider
  • Trove: Mizaia, Breath of the Evergreen Mount



The schedule so far (all times in PDT, which is UTC -7):
  • 10:30 AM: Defiance 2050 DevStream & Twitch Drops
  • 11:30 AM: RIFT Harvest DevStream & Twitch Drops
  • 12:30 PM: Trove DevStream & Twitch Drops
  • 1:30 PM: ArcheAge 5.0 DevStream & Twitch Drops
  • 2:30 PM: Atlas Reactor DevStream & Twitch Drops
  • 4:00 PM: Brasse Beerdstream RIFT EU
  • 5:00 PM: Brasse Beerdstream RIFT NA
  • 6:00 PM: Kumar’s Trove ArtStream
  • 8:00 PM: Jole_LP Atlas Reactor 4 Lancer Challenges
  • 9:00 PM: KelariCuddles Lancer Grab Bag
  • 10:00 PM: RoughRaptors’ Dinopocalypse
  • 0:00 AM: KelariCuddes RIFT Dimension Tours
  • 2:00 AM: Morgana, Defiance Rerolled Beginnings
  • 3:00 AM: Morgana, Trove Rerolled Beginnings
  • 5:30 AM: KelariCuddles Defiance Hellbug Hunting
  • 6:30 AM: Morgana, Trove Rerolled Beginnings
  • 8:00 AM: Sparx Is Grounded ArcheAge PvP Fun
  • 9:00 AM: Fasti’s Trove Bomber Royale
  • 10:00 AM: THE END! Help us reach $40,000 for the kids!!!
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Autumn Harvest Arrives Oct 18!


Cool breezes and brightly colored leaves usher in Autumn Harvest on October 18th!


Take a half dozen toxic spores from the Xarth Mire, mix in some devious beasties, swirl them together with toxic miasma and just like that, we’re ready for the season of spirits!

Claim Lady Glasya’s wings in the RIFT Store on Live or Prime! These pinions are loaded with dark power, and are served up in both cosmetic and mount versions in the pack, offering you flexibility in your pairings!

Noxious Levitation will leave a cloud of poisonous ruin in your wake as you travel across Telara. They will be offered for Credits on Live and a consumable version for event currency on Prime.

We’ll have more images of the terrific new items next week and will feature them on the October 19th Livestream, where Autumn Harvest and Extra-Life share the stage! Please join Team Trion in supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help the wee ones who cannot help themselves! Even $5 helps more than you could imagine. Together with our Trion creators, we’ve raised almost $400,000 for Extra-Life over the past eight years… help us take it even further.




Lady Glasya is only too happy to share her wings with you this year! (Concept art)



AUTUMN HARVEST RUNS OCTOBER 18th through November 8th, 2018

We have some amazing new items for you to chase this year in our traditional Autumn Harvest festivities! This event is presented on both Live and Prime servers, and you begin your adventures in Meridian or Sanctum, as ever.

All of the below may be earned in game by the most dedicated of Autumnal celebrants:



Gruesome weapon skins:
  • Deathwalker’s Rimed Bulwark
  • Deathwalker’s Rimed Broadsword
  • Deathwalker’s Rimed Corseque
  • Deathwalker’s Rimed Stormcaller
  • Deathwalker’s Rimed Warbow
  • Top them off with the Noxious Rune for the complete effect!

Adorable, creepy companion pets:
  • Addy, a teensy mummified Aedraxulos
  • Tut-tut, a teeny mummy
  • Glinda, the Corgi Witch

The ghastliest backpack looks for the season:
  • Infernalist’s Vade Mecum
  • Lexicon of Bone

Wardrobe additions to haunt you:
  • Deathly Witch’s Hat
  • Frightening Jack-O-Lantern Mask
  • Orphiel Mask
  • Soul Reaper’s Cowl
  • Demonic Clown Mask
  • Demonic Nightmare Helm
  • Cyclopean Nightmare Helm
  • Glowing Corgi Mask (not the final name!)

Dimension goods to suit the season!
  • Xarth Mire Dimension Key – what could be more in keeping with our soulful theme than a pestilence-ridden swamp?
  • Autumn Festival Dimension Item Pack. Five unusual items hand-selected by Salvatrix from the darkest corners of the Comet to suit our theme! Do NOT attempt to eat the mushrooms.

Join us in the festivities on Live and Prime servers!

Remember, we’re keeping an EYE out for you!


See you there, in possibly the creepiest helm… ever.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Prime: Storm Legion Launch!



The ice has shattered, the Storm Queen is free to wreak havoc across Telara – gather your army and face her, Ascended!

Challenging Raids and Dungeons await on Prime, with the release of Storm Legion. Re-explore Brevane and Dusken with fresh eyes, take on the new content and raise yourself to level 60!

The powerful Empyrean colossus Volan has risen from his prison as well – taking on this behemoth will take a great deal of coordination and skill… we know you’re up for it!

Tempest Bay opens its doors for the first time on Prime, providing a central hub for both Guardians and Defiants to come together in peace and plan their strategies.

Waste no time, all of Telara needs your strength and resolve on the front lines!



Twitch Drops!
Be sure to tune in to our special launch day livestream for Storm Legion – link your twitch account to your Glyph account and watch the stream for 15 minutes or more to earn the Raiment of the Storm Queen on Live or Prime!

Storm Legion Livestream
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2:00 PM PDT (21:00 UTC)
https://twitch.tv/trionworlds
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Storm Legion Stream: WED OCT 3!



We are streaming a few days early this week, to celebrate the launch of Storm Legion on Prime! Join us to get your FREE Raiment of the Storm Queen (Live & Prime)!

Captain Cursor and Brasse will be on hand to talk about the history of Crucia and Storm Legion, which launches on Prime before our stream.

Twitch Drops!
Be sure to tune in to our special launch day livestream for Storm Legion – link your twitch account to your Glyph account and watch the stream for 15 minutes or more to earn the Raiment of the Storm Queen on Live or Prime!

Storm Legion Livestream
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2:00 PM PDT (21:00 UTC)
https://twitch.tv/trionworlds



Imagine yourself in the outfit below! We’re dropping them on this stream ONLY… and yes, it comes in a male and female version and in all sizes!
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

EVENT: Mechs on Parade!





Mechanical Walkers are suddenly growing in number across Telara – could it be the influence of Crucia?

There is something immensely satisfying in tromping around with your own personal mech-style mount, and we’ve got a whole parade for you this week! Rumble through the lands in your clanking metal machine… why not start a parade? Send us your screenshots @RIFTgame – how many can you get to join you?

PRIME Store:
  • The Red & Iron Empyreal Walker has blasted its way through to the Vigil server at last! First of its kind, ready for you!

LIVE Store:
  • NEW Faewood Infinity Walker
  • NEW Red & Silver Empyreal Walker


WORLD EVENT: Available on Live and Prime for Chaos Motes!

Collect enough for special Walkers – this event runs from September 28 to October 1st, 2018. As with other World Events, there will be a quest starter in each home city. You’ll be asked to run an Expert Dungeon with LFG, participate in Warfronts, complete the Mech Zone Event, and collect drops from special Mech Invasions and Footholds!
  • NEW Empyreal Walker
  • Black Empyreal Walker
  • Golden Empyreal Walker
  • Infinity Walker

In addition to the clanking wonders, you can earn:
  • Mech Companion Pets
  • New Minion cards
  • New Dimension items!

What are you waiting for?
Bolt yourself in and join the Mech Parade!
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PRIME: Exodus of the Storm Queen




All the sigils point to the certainty, for those with the skill to see the cold truth – Crucia’s time is nigh!
09.27.18

If you listen at the shutters, closed against the chill, you might overhear the plotters, the supporters of the ice queen. You might even hear that the very leader of the Icewatch, the Scriptkeeper, Chekaroth is working to enable her escape… except that had you overheard this, you’d soon lie cold and lifeless, your body abandoned on the lake. Better you keep your secrets.

All according to plan
Though Crucia lies bound beneath Iron Pine Peak, her icy tomb – cracked with the sundering of the Ward – cannot contain her powers over mind and thought.

She converses with emissaries and ambassadors through the voices of her captors and converts alike. From Watchman to magister to courtesan to king, she reaches into the affairs of the Ascended, using Guardians and Defiant as cogs to hasten her release.

Her machinations are accelerating: First, she unmade the Blood Storm, turning Maelforge against his own just when victory over Telara seemed assured. Next, she inspired the escapes of her trapped brethren so that they might stand – and be slain – in turn. Now, she sets into motion a plan to remake the fabric of the planes and loose her armies on all who oppose her dominion.



The Storm is nigh
Crucia’s minions whisper that time runs as thin as late ice, and that only one path remains. All should embrace her call, and heed her summons to the Gate…

Chekaroth returns to the Chancel of Labors to complete his betrayal of the Ice Watch.
Will you be there to bear witness and challenge the Exodus of the Storm Queen?

Winter arrives September 27…
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RIFTstream 09/28: Kitasia On Dimensioneering



Kitasia is coming to town, and we invited her in for a Livestream at the studio!



Dimensioneering is a big part of RIFT, and there is a whole group of folks who spend most of their play time building out incredible environs. Some games have player housing… Telara offers you entire ZONES to build out!

Kitasia will offer her personal advice based on years of mastering the craft of building in RIFT.
Storage issues – do you need to level up – how to get ahead as a new builder – how important are minions – and YOUR questions!
We are thrilled to have her here for this event! She runs RIFTDimensionAddicts.com in her spare time; a great site for those learning the craft.

This just in, Dev Salvatrix, parton goddess of Dimensioneers, is also going to take time to join us on the stream to offer inside information on the art!

RIFT Livestream
Fridays, 11:30 AM PDT
https://www.twitch.tv/trionworlds
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Trion Double Up Days





Twice the value, double the fun… September 26 – October 3!

Trion’s games offer DOUBLE the value on Credit Packs during the Double Up special event, from 8:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, September 26th through 8:00 AM PDT Wednesday October 3, 2018.
Buy the mount of your dreams! Invest in new player housing goods! Completely change your look! The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

RIFT

Double the value of our credit packs!
  • 750 → 1,500 credits – $4.99
  • 3,250 → 6,500 credits – $19.99
  • 8,500 → 17,000 credits – $49.99
  • 18,500 → 37,000 credits – $99.99

FLASH – THIS JUST IN: Archonix has also doubled the LOYALTY you gain for investing in these packs!




ARCHEAGE

Double your Credit top-ups for both Patrons and non-Patrons!
Double the amount of APEX granted when purchasing a pack of them. The bonus amounts are as follows:
  • 9.99 1 APEX Pack: yields 2 APEX instead!
  • 49.99 5 APEX Pack: yields 10 APEX instead!
  • 99.99 10 APEX Pack: yields 20 APEX instead!

(Daily Credit Rewards Pack will be disabled during this promotion. Active Packs will still deliver the stipend installments during this period. Daily Credit Reward Packs will return after Oct. 3/18)

TROVE

All purchases of Credit Packs and Credit Pouches will give your DOUBLE the value! All Radiant Sovereigns and Loyalty from these packs are doubled too!
  • 750 → 1,500 Credits – $4.99
  • 3,250 → 6,500 Credits – $19.99
  • 5,000 → 10,000 Credits – $29.99
  • 8,500 → 17,000 Credits – $49.99
  • 18,500 → 37,000 Credits – $99.99
  • 12 → 24 Credit pouches – $19.99
  • 30 → 60 Credit Pouches – $49.99
  • 60 → 120 Credit Pouches – $99.99

DEFIANCE 2050

Double your Credit Packs!
  • 500 → 1,000 Bits – $4.99
  • 2,300 → 4,600 Bits – $19.99
  • 6,250 → 12,500 Bits – $49.99

ATLAS REACTOR

Receive DOUBLE the number of Loot Matrices when you buy any of the packs below!
  • 2 → 4 Loot Matrices – $1.99
  • 6 → 12 Loot Matrices – $4.99
  • 13 → 26 Loot Matrices – $9.99
  • 28 → 56 Loot Matrices – $19.99
  • 60 → 120 Loot Matrices – $39.99
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Oct 3: Storm Legion Twitch Drops



To celebrate the launch of Storm Legion on RIFT Prime, we’ve got a Twitch Drop coming! Both Live and Prime players can earn it!

Gain your Raiment of the Storm Queen on Wednesday, October 3rd!
Strike a pose in Crucia style! This gorgeous wardrobe item is normally only available during the Carnival of the Ascended, but it can be yours just for tuning in to our RIFT Prime: Storm LegionLaunch stream! It comes in both male and female style, and looks terrific on Humans, Elves, Dwarves and Bahmi alike!

Join us on Twitch on October 3rd, at 2:00 pm PDT: https://twitch.tv/trionworlds
The small print: In order to get your RIFT Twitch drop, watch our launch stream for at least 15 minutes, and ensure that your Twitch and Glyph accounts are linked! Your costume will be awarded within one week.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rift Prime – Has It Worked?


Rift developers Trion Worlds first released their beloved MMO with a subscription-based payment model. It seemed like the right way to go at the time, especially when you’re trying to match the success of something as massive as WoW. But some years later, they changed over to free-to-play, and like with any MMO that’s done that in the past, it didn’t work out as well as they had hoped.

Moving over to F2P means having to lock content behind a paywall, which means that the players who play the game without spending any money generally lose interest once they get to a certain point. It also allows developers to install costs into a game where those costs shouldn’t exist, and the general consensus on Steam and other review platforms is that Rift’s F2P model didn’t work – and many saw it as the developers falling into a cycle of greed.

Things Have Changed
Things have changed, however, and just like the NZ sports betting enjoys has progressed, Trion Worlds announced earlier in the year that they would be switching back to their old sub-based model, but only for a specific server: namely their Rift Prime server. Rift Prime, which they describe as a “time-locked progression server” is completely different from its F2P counterpart.


How Does It Work?
It’s pretty straightforward: the player pays a monthly subscription in Prime Rift, which allows them to play through the game in its original state, totally devoid of loot boxes and the in-game store. Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman explained to reporters at the time why they decided to move back to their old payment model

“In any game that converts from subscription to free-to-play, there’s always going to be some people who preferred it the way it was before,”, especially those on a budget, Hartsman stated. “And the games themselves can go on to huge future success in the new model, but there’s always that group of people that would love to re-engage if the game only had its previous business model.”

The Idea behind Rift Prime
Trion World also noted that, for the most part, their player base has remained stable. The only time the number of players increases is when a big update it released. Players will return, enjoy the new content, and inevitably move on to something else. The first month of Prime proved to be a monumental success, and although no real updates were released, Trion Worlds has stated that they couldn’t be happier with the player turnout.

Rift Prime is meant to provide returning players the chance to stay long, providing more engagement and hopefully retain the higher player numbers the MMO receives during updates. It’s all a part of Trion World’s new plan to produce content that engages players for longer periods of time, and to clamp down on the fluctuation that most MMOs feel around content updates.
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