Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Shiny Stories

A great new challenge has been dreamed up by Seshater, long-time friend to all Telarans! You’ve got the shinies, lets tell a story!

Shinies? Stories? So how does it work?

Build a short story by using the names of artifacts! You do not have to have the artifacts collected on your character. There are well over ten thousand artifact names to choose from, so your creativity has almost no borders.

The Rules
  • You must use the full artifact names (not only parts of the name)
  • You are allowed to use between 20 (min) and 50 (max) artifact names for your story
  • For each different artifact in your story, you are allowed to use 2 other words of your choice to add to the story.
  • Each sentence must at least include 2 artifact names.
  • To make things easy for us when evaluating the entries, please write your story with artifact names in square brackets, i.e. [artifact name]

A very short example:

[Volturnus] has a [Death Fetish] for [Zombie Skin] and [Undead Flesh]. [No No Stop Eating My Face] he said to [Dead Simon]. [Cold Dead Eyes] stared, while [Dead Man’s Fingers] touched his [Blue Head Feather].

Deadline for entries:

Submit your stories by posting them in this thread until 2018-03-31 (11:59 pm PDT).

The winners will be chosen in the week following, by the Lord of All Shinies himself, DeadSimon, the always opinionated CaptainCursor, and their Dwarven compatriot, Brasse.

Bonus points are offered for good stories with NO filler words – actual prepositions are among legitimate available artifacts – check the catalog yourself!

  • If winners are on RIFT Live: A selection of cool mounts will be offered for the winners from RIFT Live to choose from, including Community Snails and Tuskars.
  • If winners are on RIFT Prime: 30-day patron codes.
  • 5 random legitimate entries will also earn 30-day Patron codes!

The winning entries will be read out loud on a RIFT Livestream by Brasse, Dead Simon and CaptainCursor!

Get it? Got it? Good! Now start writing.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

PRIME: VIGIL – Challenges!

What could make Prime even more challenging? Challenges!

The response to the opening of Vigil has been fantastic! After a successful launch, the RIFT team is proud to announce server-wide challenges for all players.

Month one is invented and presented by Producer Amanda “Amary” Fry… we will feature challenges by other Devs as we move along the timeline, and would love for YOU to suggest challenges in our official forum thread, too!

A note from Amary: “This first set of challenges is to inspire you to get out and explore Telara through several different activities – not just leveling! If you come across a zone event while you’re out there… you should definitely take that on, too!”

These challenges will run from March 7th (yep, already underway!) to 11:59 PM PT [UTC -8] April 7th, 2018.

In addition to the titles mentioned below, each challenge has a super secret reward for the winners, too!



Complete: Iron Tomb (Normal), Realm of the Fae (Normal), Deepstrike Mines (Normal), Darkening Deeps (Normal), Foul Cascade (Normal), King’s Breach (Normal)

5 “First Completed” winners, 5 “Complete Anytime” random winners:

The number of winners is set to 5, as we expect some dedicated groups to push progression together – it is entirely likely the “First Completed” will be won by a group of 5 finishing King’s Breach at the same time.

The “Complete Anytime” winners will be drawn randomly from all who completed the challenge. May the RNG be with you!

Prize: “Dungeon Crawler” title


Complete 25 artifact sets

The Sanctum/Meridian quest artifact set DOES toward this challenge – so that’s two easy ones to start off with!

Artifacts acquired through purchase/trade are considered valid acquisition.

3 “First Completed” winners, 3 “Complete Anytime” random winners:

Prize: “Shiny Hunter” title


Level 1 original Crafting Profession to 300

Apothecary, Armorsmithing, Artificing, Outfitting, Runecrafting, Weaponsmithing, Dreamweaving

Survival is excluded from this challenge.

3 “First Completed” winners, 3 “Complete Anytime” random winners.

Prize: “So Crafty” title


Level 1 original Gathering Profession to 300

Butchering, Mining, Foraging

Fishing is excluded from this challenge

3 “First Completed” winners, 3 “Complete Anytime” random winners.

Prize: “Resourceful” title
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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Riftstream REPLAY 03/02: Memories

Did you miss last Friday’s 7 Years of RIFT Memories stream? We’ve got you covered!

Here it is!

  • Find out the name chosen for the very first RIFT Prime server!
  • Get a sneak peek at the Carnival of the Ascended mount (in this blog thumbnail too!)
  • Listen in on mayhem and madness as DeadSimon, DarkMoon, CaptainCursor and Brasse talk about the “good old days” of pre-launch RIFT – we launched seven years ago, so memories are supported with archeological notes found deep within sedimentary layers of old Dev documentation!

Join us every Friday at 11:30 AM PDT (17:30 UTC) for RIFT Livestreams on Twitch TV – we always simulcast on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Riftstream 03/02: 7th Anniversary/Carnival Preview!

Rift celebrates its 7th anniversary in March, together with the Carnival of the Ascended. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane this Friday!

That’s right, RIFT is about to mark another birthday! We’re getting the gang together to talk about some RIFT history, and take a sneak peek at a few new goodies coming with Carnival of the Ascended in March!

Julia “Darkmoon” Adams-Esgrow returns to join Simon “DeadSimon” Ffinch will join Brasse for a look back at the road leading to seven years in RIFT. Darkmoon is bringing some of the notes compiled from evidence found in sedimentary layers of design docs. We will attempt to make sense of them years later and wonder where all the time has gone….

RIFT Prime – is it March 7th yet? ALMOST!

Thank you to all who nominated names for the #NamePrimeServer poll, and the many more people who have been voting! At midnight tonight (Feb 28th) the final tally will be taken and we will reveal the very first RIFT Prime shard name on stream!
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

RIFT Prime Server Name Challenge!

After weeks of discussion, deliberation, discourse, dialogue, and downright debate, we cannot agree on a name for the first ever RIFT Prime server. Help us with our Server Name Challenge!

Name the first RIFT Prime Server!
The RIFT Prime server is almost ready for action – now we need a great NAME to bestow upon it!
Imagine a version of Telara bearing the name YOU chose! The RIFT Dev team is thrilled to have our players participate in naming our very first Prime server.Our guidelines are simple:
  • The name should be in keeping with the world of Telara… that’s a wide open field!
  • RIFT is T for Teen. Don’t be vulgar.
  • Servey McServerface is RIGHT out.
Please suggest names on this forum thread.
  • We will close submissions on Sunday, Feb 25, 2018.
  • The Dev team will choose the five best suggestions and create a poll that is linked to forums, Facebook and Twitter.
  • The poll will run from noon, Feb 26 to midnight, Feb 28th, Pacific time.
  • We’ll announce the RIFT Prime server name on the RIFT Livestream on Friday, March 2nd at 11:30 AM PT (19:30 UTC):

Will YOUR name be the one?
Let’s find out!
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What is RIFT Prime?

Main article: RIFT Prime Launch Blog

RIFT Prime is a progression server, meaning that the server begins with content and level caps restricted to that of the original RIFT launch, then gradually unlocks additional content and expands the level cap over time. This allows RIFT Prime players to experience each set of content from RIFT’s history in sequence.

RIFT Prime will not be an exact copy of launch RIFT, and certain features that were added to RIFT to expand gameplay or improve quality of life will be available from day one. These include: Dimensions, Looking for Group, Looking for Raid, current Warfronts, and Wardrobes.

How is the RIFT Prime server different from the RIFT live servers?

While RIFT is a free-to-play game, the RIFT Prime server is an exclusive server that requires RIFT Patron status to access.

The RIFT Prime server features a limited in-game credit shop that only contains cosmetic and service items. Expansion unlocks and add-on content – such as souls or equipment slots – are included as part of RIFT Prime server access for all players on the server.

Some features and content from RIFT’s live servers are unavailable on RIFT Prime, including Minions, Instant Adventures, and the Primalist Calling.

RIFT Prime characters will be automatically level restricted to the level of the open-world zone they’re in. While characters that are over-levelled for the zone will still possess a slight advantage due to additional skills and equipment scaling, they won’t be able to show up and trivialize world event content. In exchange, the experience and event rewards gained while adventuring in these auto-mentored situations will remain relevant to the character’s normal level.

How do I access RIFT Prime? What is RIFT Patron?

To access the RIFT Prime server you will need RIFT Patron status on your account. You can purchase a Patron subscription here or purchase a Patron Pass in-game. You can also buy Patron status with in-game currency using Rex. In addition to Prime access, RIFT Patron status also grants you additional bonuses and rewards on RIFT live servers!

If you already have RIFT Patron status, RIFT Prime server access is automatically included with no additional purchases or changes necessary.

What happens to my RIFT Prime server access if my Patron status ends?

You will be unable to log in to the RIFT Prime server. Your RIFT Prime characters will be saved and can be accessed should you obtain Patron status again in the future.

What type of optional purchases are available on the RIFT Prime server?

RIFT Prime possesses a limited in-game credit shop that features cosmetic items (mounts, companion pets, dyes, warfront announcers, costumes, etc) as well as a small number of services (Name Change Scrolls, Guild Rally Banners, etc). There will be no lockboxes or equipment offered in the store.

Can I play on both the RIFT Prime server and RIFT live servers with the same account?

Your account works for all RIFT servers, though the two server types are separate. Items are not shared between servers and players cannot transfer characters between the two. Account-wide unlocks obtained on RIFT live servers are not accessible on the RIFT Prime server.

Can I use my RIFT live server characters on the RIFT Prime server, or vice versa?

RIFT live server characters cannot access or be transferred to the RIFT Prime server. Characters created on the RIFT Prime server cannot be accessed or transferred to RIFT live servers during the progression of the RIFT Prime server.

Can I use my existing Credits on RIFT Prime?

No. RIFT Prime uses its own currency known as Prime Credits which can be purchased from the RIFT Prime in-game or web stores. Prime Credits can only be used on RIFT Prime.

Will the RIFT Prime server remain open once progression ends?

No. Some time after progression ends, the RIFT Prime server will be closed.

What happens to my characters and Prime Credits when the RIFT Prime server closes?

RIFT Prime characters can transfer to RIFT live servers at the end of the Prime server’s content schedule. We intend this server to run for at least a year of progression, so there’s no rush. There will be absolutely no charge for this service.

We’ll provide additional details in coming months on how features gained on the Prime server will combine with features on your live server (such as unlocking something on Prime that is normally an account-wide unlock on Live). Stay tuned for details as we work them out!

Your remaining Prime Credits will be transferred to your normal RIFT Credit balance.
[edited 02/21/18 for clarity]
What happens if I have an active Patron subscription when the RIFT Prime server closes? Will I be refunded for the remaining time?

No, but you will continue to receive RIFT live server Patron benefits and be able to enjoy them with your newly transferred RIFT Prime character.

Still have questions? Watch our Livestreams, forums and social media for more information!
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RIFT Prime Launch: March 7, 2018!

Go Back to Where It All Began! A brand new type of server is coming to RIFT on March 7. Are you ready to take a journey through RIFT’s history?

Over the years, nostalgia begins to waft its siren’s call, and we start to long for the good old days, when life was new and all possibilities lay before us. The RIFT Prime service is here to answer that call! We first started talking about a new server type in 2017, and formally announced RIFT Prime in this Development Letter.

The first Prime server will return us to the launch of RIFT, when the level cap was 50 and all of the great Dragons awaited. Over time, we will unlock new content and levels together!

There are no boosts, no supply crates, no equipment, no bags on the RIFT Prime in-game store for credits; they will be offered for in-game currency. This is the world of RIFT before Free-to-Play!
[edited for clarity 02/21/18, 9:35 AM PT]

The RIFT Primogenitor Pack

We know some of you want the edge on Prime access. Get your account flagged ahead of time and ready to roll out on March 7th!

Available on the RIFT Web Store at $29.99, the RIFT Primogenitor Pack contains:
30 days of Patron access for the purchaser
2 voucher codes for 15 days of Patron access each (30 days total). Invite your friends to play, apply it to your alts or use the time yourself!
A mount out of the ordinary: Armored White War Tiger
A title exclusive to Prime players: Primogenitor
Cloak of the Void
A new Prime portrait frame

RIFT Prime is a Patron-only feature. If you have Patron status via recurring subscription, buy it with REX or receive a limited-time Patron pass, you can access Prime and Live.

At the end of the Prime server’s cycle (not yet determined), you will be able to transfer your Prime character to a Live server.

We are sure you have a LOT of questions, and most of them should be covered in our RIFT Prime FAQ!

If not, post your questions to the RIFT Prime forum thread.

Be sure to join us on this Friday’s RIFTstream, where we will talk about all things Prime, including many of the questions you have!

Friday, February 23, 11:30 AM PT (19:30 UTC) – we will simulcast on Twitch, Facebook and Twitter.
Travel back in time with us and begin your journey.

We can hardly wait to greet you there!

~The RIFT team

The Glory that is RIFT!
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Think PINK: Lovely Cappie Supply Crate

These are heart-stealers! A few Lovely Cappies have been spotted hiding in the new shipment of Supply Crates! Just in time for Valentine’s Day…

They’re fast, they’re incredibly cute, and they are the PINKEST pink imaginable!
The Lovely Cappie is elusive, and a rare find in the new Supply Crate, now on offer in the RIFT Store. If you find a Cappie in a Supply Crate, it will also be granted to all characters on your account.

Even if you don’t get one of these lovable speedy hoppers, the Supply Crates offer a wide variety of useful items, such as artifact crates, cosmetic equipment, dimension stashes, crafting supplies, and various in game currencies, not to mention the valuable prize tickets that you can save up to choose your own reward!

Only available during Valentine’s week, Feb 12-18, 2018.

We look forward to seeing a whole mischief of Cappies in game this Valentine’s Day!
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Friday, February 09, 2018

RIFTstream: Pre-Valentine’s Mash-Up

We’re going to talk a little bit of this and a little bit of that… Dev update, Valentine’s week, and how to make your QA and CS tickets work better for you!

Join Brasse and former QA-dude Mobi this week – the RIFT team is hard at work on Prime and Live updates and can’t leave their desks on account of the heavy chains and padlocks!
  • Get a sneak peek at Valentine specials and the brand new Supply Crate.
  • Learn how to make your /bug reports help RIFT Dev take action
  • Find out what CS needs to know to prevent a long exchange of back and forth on your tickets
  • Brasse will bring along any tidbits she can scrape off Archonix and Amary’s desk!

RIFT Stream
Friday, February 9, 11:30 AM PDT
See you there!
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Thursday, February 08, 2018

MassivelyOP: Perfect Ten

Justin Olivetti has something to say about RIFT in its current state. Ten somethings, in fact!

“I’ve gone from not thinking much of this title in my absence to somewhat missing it to absolutely craving it within the span of a week, and I’m sure that’s only going to get worse.” [Worse? No, no, this is a GOOD thing, heheh. ~Brasse]
“So whether you’re thinking about returning to RIFT this spring or perhaps taking it up for the first time, here are 10 features from the game that I feel deserve public kudos.”

MassivelyOP’s list is below, but see the original article here to read all of the details! We’re proud of the world you’ve helped us shape with your feedback and support over the years – we’re coming up on our 7th anniversary in March!
  1. Free and instant server transfers
  2. No factional barriers
  3. Dimensions
  4. Instant Adventures
  5. Level scaling
  6. Cosmetics
  7. On-the-fly class adjustments
  8. Zone puzzles
  9. Minions
  10. Support roles
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