Sunday, June 17, 2018

Get Ready to Ride





Check out RIFT’s newest mount and get ready to #ShowUsYourSnail.


Apocalyptic Snail Rush

The Plane of Earth contains vast desert wastes left behind by species such as the Architects. Existence can be difficult there, even for hardy species such as ogres. Some turn to an ascetic life contemplating the path of the Cosmic Rhinoceros, while others who have not given up their desire for acquiring plunder become brutal raiders. These ogre raiders travel the wastes on their fearsome Apocalypse Snails, one of the few other creatures that can both survive in the wastes, and carry the tremendous bulk of the ogre raiders, and their prodigious plunder. A number of these mounts have traveled through the rifts and have become prized by collectors who admire the wasteland chic desire, and how the snails will eat anything, often to the detriment of their keepers.

This all-new, totally badass Burning Apocalypse Snail mount is on the Live store now for 3,000 credits. It boasts a 160% speed but will match the fastest mount in your stable. Once purchased, it will be available on all characters across your account (Live only). Ride to glory, Ascended!
#ShowUsYourSnail Challenge

In honor of our new spiky friend, we welcome you to show off where you would take your new snail out in the real-world in our newest community challenge! Take the photo we have here of the snail and paste it into your IRL photo for a chance to win a new Apocalyptic Snail of your very own (only available on Live)! Get your pics in by 12:00 PM PDT on Monday, June 18, 2018. For complete details, check out the official Forum Post here.

RIFT Prime Summer Store Updates

Live isn’t the only Telaran home getting cool, new stuff! RIFT Prime has all-new store items in time for our Summer Store update. New goodies include:
  • Levitate
  • Alsbeth’s Raiment
  • Ember Lifter
  • Quickbrown
  • Stolent Eldritch Steed
  • Starflare
  • Silverwood Defender’s Bundle

Whether you’re playing on RIFT Live or Prime, there are new items for you to enjoy. Just head to the in-game RIFT store to find out what’s new.
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Thursday, June 07, 2018

A Budgie-riffic Throwback



#TBT is here, this time starring Vox, the magnificent Budgie mount.


Get a Free Cloak and Vox Budgie Mount in RIFT


Here at Trion Worlds, we love to game. That’s why we thought of the perfect idea to bring two of our favorite games together! Get any character to level 10 with any Trove class, and automatically earn a unique RIFT cloak for all of your RIFT characters!* Plus, you can go the extra mile by getting any Trove class to level 20 and earn a Vox, the Budgie mount in RIFT!* It’s the perfect #ThrowbackThursday and excuse to game.

And don’t forget to participate in Challenge III: The Seeker. The cutoff date is coming up fast! The Seeker Silver Tier event ends on Friday, June 15, 2018. What are you waiting for? Jump into Trove and earn free gear in RIFT!

*Only available while playing the PC-version of Trove and promotion is only for RIFT live (not Prime).
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5 PC Tips For New Gamers


Have you just started playing games on PC? Then, there are a number of things to think about for the desired gaming experience. Even if you have been playing games on PC for a while now, there are a few elements you might be missing. No matter what, you need to know how to manage your PC and maintain a high-performing gaming library. Every new player makes mistakes in certain departments, which results in low-quality gaming experience or computer issues that trouble again and again. This article has five major PC tips that every newbie gamer should follow from the very beginning.

· Organize your library of games

Various online platforms provide games to download. However, you should not start rushing to load every game at once on your computer. It will do nothing but reduce the storage space faster. Initially, you should think about organizing the installations before downloading games. Know the storage space you have, and then prepare a library of games that stays in your control. For that, you have to decide different installation pathways on your computer.

· Configure hardware settings

Your PC needs some setting tweaks, depending on the graphics card you have. Gpunerd.Com is the right place to find out about graphics cards. Then, you can configure the hardware of your PC with the right software. Adding features of recording ongoing games and stream settings become possible with this configuration.

· Update your drivers

Any reduction in gaming quality can irritate you when playing. Hence, it would be wise to take care of the potential issues in advance. Updating your PC is one of those responsibilities that decide the gaming performance. This way, you get to prolong the performance and overall life of the hardware.

Graphics driver requires special attention in terms of updates. You have to get the new upgrades to ensure a high FPS when playing. There are programs out there offered by software and tools to automatically update graphics drivers. You should definitely invest in those programs.

· Change your monitor

If your monitor is slow, there is no point having the best graphics card. You will never get the true satisfaction of PC games. Full motion experience of games is possible with an advanced monitor that comes with more than 120 Hz of refresh rate. Upgrade your PC with a monitor that offers quick response time and provides high-quality color accuracy.

· Get yourself advanced controllers

An old keyboard, headset and mouse are not the modern-age gaming style. They don’t give you the desired experience too. Hence, it is better to upgrade to better controllers to make every click feel real. Connect a compatible controller to your PC and you will feel a sudden increase in your performance skills. A controller allows you to have more in-depth experience when playing games on PC.

You have started playing games on PC. Now is the time to start feeling like a pro PC gamer. Follow the mentioned tips to empower your gaming skills and keep your PC in top-notch condition.
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Friday, June 01, 2018

Why gaming is good for kids

As parents, you often hear terror-tales about how gaming and spending time online can be damaging to your child’s physical and mental health. This kind of fearmongering can lead to parents limiting screen time, or banning gaming altogether, but by excessively limiting the amount of technology children are exposed to, are you doing more harm than good? Read on to discover how gaming and modern technology can be beneficial for children. 

Gaming promotes teamwork

Modern technology really is a marvel, allowing children to play multiplayer games with other children all around the world. Kids can hop on their consoles, or log in to their game on their PC and join their friends on missions, without them having to be in the same room. This social interaction is more than just fun, and children are learning to play as a member of a team, speaking to one another using headsets, issuing commands and suggestions as they play. It is during these team games that children learn that cooperation is key to success and that squabbles and lack of cooperation can lead to a game ending abruptly.


Learning to multitask
Modern gaming involves being able to do multiple things at once, from moving characters from one destination to the next, and watching out for the approach of enemies, to picking up and using weapons, and searching for clues and objects. All this may be done at the same time as speaking with a fellow player via a headset, which adds to the complexity of the game.

Building confidence

In the real world, your child may be shy and you may see that when they retreat to their room to play computer games they are stepping away from the real world. However, video games can boost a child’s confidence by allowing them to express themselves via different characters, often those with a high status in the gaming world. It also gives them a common interest with other gaming enthusiasts so that when they interact with their classmates with the same interest in gaming, they have something to add to the conversation. Many children have a natural propensity for voicing opinions that adults may shy away from, as is shown on sites like Fabweb.Org, but other children that may lack the confidence to do so initially, could discover and unleash that confidence through the help of gaming.

Leadership skills

Gaming allows children to play roles they wouldn’t normally in real life, and it is in this environment that they can safely make mistakes while learning to lead characters and guide scenarios without any real -life repercussions. As they become more confident in their virtual roles, they may then become more confident making decisions in their everyday lives.

As with any hobby, gaming should be enjoyed in moderation, and games should always be age-appropriate, so do always check the games that your child is playing. With the right guidance, children can benefit immensely from online gaming and parents should not be unduly worried by their child’s interest in the gaming world.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Summer 2018 RIFT Updates – Official Dev Letter





Hail, Ascended!

A busy six weeks have passed since our spring update letter, and while it’s not quite officially summer, the Rift team is full steam ahead preparing for long days and too-hot weekends where you can escape the heat outside by playing Rift! (If you’re in the southern hemisphere, clearly you should also bundle up in a blanket with some Rift in the chilly evenings, just saying.)

Grab your sunglasses and a cold drink and let’s get to it – and don’t forget your towel!

Latest Balance Updates


The recent work on soul balance picked up speed with a significant set of ability updates in 4.4 Hotfix #13, published live on May 16th. This first pass brought a lot of focus on Warrior souls, with the goal of bringing them up to a more competitive state and more fun to play. If you were considering a new alt, now would be a good time to try a Warrior! Additional fixes went in for Clerics, Rogues, and Mages, as well as overall buff stacking groups between callings.

These balance changes are definitely not considered the end of ongoing soul work, but so far appear to bring us to a more even baseline for soul performance from which more targeted changes can be made. High on that list are Legendary Abilities, additional Warrior improvements, and a look at Clerics for both healing and DPS.

We’d like to offer great appreciation to those players who joined us on PTS Omega to review, parse, and give feedback on the combined changes prior to them going live! You can expect some more future patches to roll out in a similar manner, where a set of changes gets compiled over time, sent to PTS, then reviewed before integrating into the Live and Prime update schedule.

Speaking of PTS and content testing, we’re about to have the ability to run both PTS Alpha and PTS Omega at the same time with the same patch, with the shards running different (Live and Prime) rulesets. When we get ready to enable them, we’ll be taking PTS offline for a couple of days for behind-the-scenes work. It’ll be worth it to be able to get both types of testing at the same time!

Latest Content Updates


The Seeker scavenger hunt event started on May 16th, and to be completely honest, there’s some pleasant surprise at the collaboration we’ve seen! You’ve been teaming up to share coordinates and discussing the hunt on the forums – Rift players are the best. 🙂 Good luck to those still working on the collection, and to those awaiting the challenge results!

Over on Prime, Greenscale made his grand appearance and many of the Ascended rose to the challenge – some of them even met with victory. If you’re not quite raid-ready yet, don’t fret! Additional changes went in to adjust overpowered Sliver boss abilities, and to smooth out the Prime experience curve. The update also reduced the platinum costs of expanded Role slots for those of you who prefer to have a spec ready for every situation.


The Near Horizon


While the recent hotfixes have a strong balance focus, on the mid-term horizon we have folks already working on some really great summer events and laying the groundwork for some of our longer term content goals for Live as the Prophecy of Ahnket storyline continues. More frequent bonus events, like this last weekend’s bonus experience on both Live and Prime, are also in the cards. It’s hard to talk details on some of these until the patches get closer to complete, but there are definitely some beans to spill. Not too many, though – don’t want to spoil the picnic!

Summerfest approaches with the promise of relaxation in Telara – who says an Ascended can’t take a vacation from saving the world? New art and dimension items are rolling in, and this writer might be biased, but our artists are killing it! There’s also some cleanup work being done to improve the event experience this year.

Summerfest isn’t the only world event on the horizon. We’ve mentioned previously that the team is working on the prelude event for River of Souls on Prime. While these events may not be in the timeline for Live, they’re going to be fun and challenging content that we’ll be looking to release on all worlds! In that process we’ve uncovered other events from Rift’s past that were not tied to specific holidays or raids, and the team is working on bringing these back for an encore on both the Live servers and Prime.


Live


We have more than balance updates and events planned for Live servers this summer. The team is committed to improving the overall experience on Live servers, and some of the short- and mid-term focuses are:
  • Bring more exciting rewards to the Daily Reward Calendar on Live, more in line with the Prime rewards.
  • Add rare mount drops to Expert Dungeons and Raids on Live. These extra rewards for play have been great on Prime, and this one is an idea that’s definitely worth taking to all servers.
  • Revamp and reduce the credit store on Live. We’re looking keenly at player feedback, especially some recent well-presented player discussions, to improve this area. While we view the store as a place for cosmetics, convenience, and some amount of ability for newer players to catch up with their friends, we don’t want it to be perceived as gameplay replacement, so we’ll be making upcoming changes with that in mind.
  • Some may have noticed the recent trend on the Rift store to offer the latest mounts without releasing them inside of a lockbox, and you should expect more of that.
  • As an advanced Soul Balance topic, revisiting the Eternal Weapons and their impact on builds.
  • Planar Fragments, addressing their level of RNG and costs to upgrade.
  • Warfront queue level banding is going to be getting a look in an upcoming test. The more level bands and warfronts there are, the longer queueing takes. Our goal here is to speed up the queues while keeping gameplay fun.

We’ve got a jam-packed summer ahead of us, Ascended. We hope to see you well and victorious in Telara over the next few months!

– The Rift Team
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RIFTstream 06/01: Summer Updates



This Friday, June 1, 2018, join us live on Twitch for our weekly RIFTstream featuring Chris “Archonix” Junior (Game Director, RIFT) and Amanda “Amary” Fry (Producer, RIFT), along with a secret host.



This week they’ll discuss what’s been going on from the development-side of RIFT and what you can expect this summer in Telara. The team is also giving away great in-game prizes such as the brand-new Blood Raptor Power Pack!

RIFT LIVESTREAM
Friday, June 1, 2018
11:30 AM PDT: Summer Updates
www.twitch.tv/trionworlds

We simulcast on RIFT’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but remember that in order to get in on the prize giveaways, you have to in Twitch chat!

Want to ask questions for the livestream or chat about the stream? Check out the official forum post here.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Make Telaran Memories This Weekend!





It’s a long weekend here in the US, and we invite all our fellow RIFTers around the globe to join us. Kick back, relax and set your timers for bonus xp and gorgeous mounts!



Here’s all the details…
BONUS EXPERIENCE WEEKEND!

Last week’s epic soul patch came with epic downtime – thanks for hanging in there with us! To make it up to you, we’re adding bonus experience gains to both Live and Prime, in effect from Thursday, May 24 through Tuesday, May 29th!

(Insider note – bonus XP will actually run until the patch on Wednesday, May 30th – that time has not been set yet!)

Live: 50% bonus to Guild XP and Planar Attunement XP

Prime: 50% Adventuring XP



Live only: NEW BLOOD RAPTOR POWER PACK $19.99 USD



Fresh for Spring, we’ve lovingly hatched out an Blood Raptor, raised him on only the best food from Archonix’ larder, armored him up and trained him to carry at the top speed of 160% anywhere you want! Yes, anywhere – we even taught him to swim!

This Raptor is happy to carry every character on your account.
Raptors can be notoriously shy when young, so we’ve included an adorable little buddy to go with: all your characters can now snuggle up to their very own Verde pet!




It’s the growing season, and it’s far too easy to fill your pockets with all the things you pick up along the way – you clearly need a 40-slot Boundless Satchel to help you out.

We top it all off with a 15-day Patron Pass!

Live only: LIMITED TIME RARE MOUNT SALE

This weekend, you can take advantage of 25% off all current premium mount sales!

We also bring you a gorgeous carousel of rarely seen former supply crate mounts, rotating throughout the weekend. You’ll have two chances to purchase each mount, so set your timers for the ones you love most!

All times below are in PDT.
  • May 24, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Levitation
  • May 24, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Golden Arclight Rider
  • May 25, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Shadow Hellbug
  • May 25, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Arclight Lifter
  • May 26, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Nightmare Thresher
  • May 26, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Black Empyreal Walker
  • May 27, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Black Empyreal Walker
  • May 27, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Levitation
  • May 28, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Arclight Lifter
  • May 28, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Shadow Hellbug
  • May 29, 12:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Golden Arclight Rider
  • May 29, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM: Nightmare Thresher
We’ll see you in Telara this weekend.

RIFT ON!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Seeker – SOLVED!



DeadSimon did not think it could be done, but the Ascended have proven him wrong! The Seekerhas been SOLVED on both Live and Prime. Want help finishing yours? Read on!



We were thrilled to see so many players banding together to share information on The Seeker. Locations started to pour into the forums and Discord from all corners, and the first completion happened on May 20th, just four days after The Seeker event went live!

This is an ongoing achievement available on both Live and Prime from now until the Plane of Fire freezes over. That means you have plenty of time to tackle it, and if you are stuck or want to get on the fast track, our friends at The Ghar Station have assembled a full guide for you!

Clowd recognizes the many contributors to the task, “Special Thanks to Kitasia (who started this list, it’s part her insanity) & the members of the Rift Dimensions Addicts Discord, especially Artemesea, Furyo, Tomba, Hersh, and anyone else I hopefully haven’t forgotten!”

Click here for the Ghar Station Contraptions Guide!



Winners of the Live and Prime Seeker challenges will be announced later this week.
SIDE NOTE: We are counting ONE entry per account for the Silver Tier challenge raffle on Live. One your account is on the list, further alt completions do not add to the count.
You’ll still get the achievements on alts and of course rack up a tidy bit of coin while doing so, but ONE entry per account. Don’t grind it!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Prime: Vigil – Greenscale Blight Is Here!




Greenscale has finally landed on Prime: Vigil! His roar echoes through the lands – he is not just hungry – he’s ravenous!

Of the Blood Storm, no dragon was more familiar to mortal races than Greenscale the Primeval, though this familiarity was a source of terror and sorrow. Greenscale would thunder across Telara, turning every forest into an aggressive, invasive force, seeding the world in vines and vegetation that could devour cities. Even Maelforge, for whom destruction was an ecstatic joy, did not cause widespread devastation on par with Greenscale’s crusade against all things civilized and soft. When Thorvin Sternhammer and his allies finally defeated and imprisoned Greenscale, countless wretches had perished between his teeth, beneath his claws, choked upon his poison breath.
The temple that imprisons him is now named Greenscale’s Blight, its original name long since lost to the ages. It is beginning to crumble under the might of the overgrowth that assails it from all sides.

There is a lot more to this epic tale. Click here to read on!

The first Dragon to challenge Prime: Vigil, Greenscale offers a great many achievements as well as the sort of loot only a greedy ancient would hoard. Remember that this dragon has allies – House Aelfwar has stormed the structure in an attempt to free Greenscale and are not at all happy to see a party of Ascended arriving to quash their plans.

You will face the luminaries of House Aelfwar before you have a chance to encounter the great dragon:
  • Duke Letareus, a brilliant warrior of unshakeable focus.
  • Infiltrator Johlen, loyal spymaster of Hylas, a saboteur of great infamy.
  • Oracle Aleria, a masked figure who channels her fury to all who challenge her.
  • Prince Hylas himself, aloof and disdainful – he will only deign to engage if you master his vassals. Hylas is the mightiest swordsman alive, bolstered by the primal might of Greenscale himself.

At last, you may encounter the ruinous power of the Primeval – and you may not live to tell the tale.
Is YOUR Guild ready for the assault? Are YOU?

Greenscale’s Blight is a Tier 1 20-person raid.

Join the saga through Looking For Raid (LFR) or enter with a raid group through the portal in Stillmoor!
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Prime: Verde Pet & New Character Slot!



We don’t have to say much about Verde, the super cute chibi dragon, other than to say LOOK AT HIS EYES! He is our gift to all Prime players to celebrate the release of Greenscale’s Blight this week!



Log in between May 16 – May 31, 2018 to claim an Itsy Bitsy Dragon Hoard!

This bag can be claimed by ONE character per Prime account. Inside the adorable Verde gazes back at you. He is bringing a gift of his own: a Platinum Planarite Pouch and 5 Sigils of Primal Valor!

What’s more, in response to popular request, and because Archonix really IS a nice guy, all Prime accounts will receive one extra character slot on Vigil with the patch on May 16th. What new character will YOU create?

Thank you for playing on Prime, and good luck on the raid!
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