Friday, July 14, 2017

Get Ready for Celestial Storm with Weekend Bonuses

The RIFT team is hard at work getting ready for next week’s HUGE Prophecy of Ahnket 4.2 update: Celestial Storm, which officially launches on July 19th. To help you prepare, we’re giving you huge bonuses in-game, as well as offering rare mounts on our store.

In-Game Bonuses

Log in to RIFT this weekend from 12:01 AM PDT Friday, July 14 to 11:59 PM PDT Sunday, July 16, 2017 to get DOUBLE the fun in Telara! Get twice the amount of:
  • Experience
  • Planar Attunement Experience
  • Guild Experience
  • Prestige
  • Favor
  • Planarite
  • Limited-Time Mount Sale

This weekend only, a special premium mount will be available each day from July 14 – 16, 2017. These mounts were previously only available via supply crates and are excited to come home with you! Once purchased, these mounts are applied automatically to each character on your account and will match the speed of your fastest mount.
Date / Time Mount

Screenshot from vampiricdemise July 14, 2017
12:01 AM-11:59 PM Glowing Ruby Ki Rin
July 15, 2017
12:01 AM-11:59 PM Molten Thresher
July 16, 2017
12:01 AM-11:59 PM White Dire Riding Squirrel

Then, don’t forget, next week is the big week! The next content update for the Prophecy of Ankhet expansion (which is now FREE!) comes out on July 19, 2017. For more info on what 4.2: Celestial Storm holds, check out the RIFT community blog here:
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Beginner’s Guide to Raiding

Guest Blog: @Seshatar is one of our valued Trion Creators, a veteran EU RIFT Streamer at and community supporter. We are delighted to share his Beginner’s Guide to Raiding with you! “In this guide, I want to help you to understand the key indicators of a good raid group, so you can find your way into raiding.

Raid content is generally known as the most challenging and rewarding PvE content in MMORPGs. This is mainly because there are a huge number of factors that influence the success of a raid. Some of them can compensate the lack of another, while others are totally mandatory to achieve your goal. In this guide, I want to help you to understand the key indicators of a good raid group, so you can find your way into raiding.

Check your gear and skill levels regularly – are you the best you can be? If not, get to it!

Gear & Skill

If you want to dedicate yourself to raiding and achieve progress, you should constantly work on your character’s equipment. And yes, that actually requires a lot of effort outside of raid time. Gearing includes grinding notoriety, farming dungeons & events, crafting as well as upgrading your items. Gear will increase your stats, so your abilities will be more effective and the additional health and resistance will make you less vulnerable to enemy attacks.

The most important stat for raiding is hit, which increases your chance to hit the enemies with your abilities. If your hit is below the minimum requirement, some of your attacks will miss, meaning you are way less effective. But hit is certainly not the only stat you need to increase in order to raid. Depending on your class and roles, you should work on increasing your most important stats. A cleric healer for example wants extra wisdom and spell power for more powerful heals, while a rogue DPS needs dexterity and crit power to achieve higher damage output, and a warrior tank is looking for more endurance and guard to increase survivability. Don’t forget to use proper runes & dream orbs to give your stats an extra boost!

The second key factor for being a good raider is skill. But what exactly is “skill”? There is actually a lot behind that small word, starting from your soul build & roles, ability rotations, knowledge of your class and powers, combined with awareness, flexibility and your ability to respond on different situations. Some of this can be learned through practice, while other skills come from personal affinity. Some people are just born to be keyboard warriors, while others are a little bit slower and have to work harder at it. Always focus on what you can change easily first.

Check the forums for current specs, read or watch all the guides you can find, and learn how to play your role well. Make sure to prepare at least 2-3 specs that are useful in a raid environment, preferably with at least one non-DPS role. Offer specs that you are skilled in; a raid is really not a place to learn your skills and rotations. Make sure to have your interface, ability bars and key bindings set up properly, so you don’t have to spend time looking for critical abilities during the fight.

For the more personal skills such as awareness and response time, practice helps a lot, but you can also help your performance with add-ons such as KBM or Karuul Alert. These can be set up to show certain events more obviously on your screen, so you can react faster. If you can’t manage raid mechanics efficiently on your own, you should totally consider installing these.

Skill & gear can compensate for each other. A well-geared player with bad skills can easily be outperformed by a skilled player with lesser gear, while good gear can partially compensate a lack of skill. Your goal, however, should be to get both good gear AND a high level of skill – as a raider you should always aim high instead of just meeting the minimum requirements.

Always keep several roles prepared and remember to practice at them all so that you’re always ready for a challenge!

Time & Preparation

Another important factor for a successful raid is time. Raiding requires a lot of time and good time management, especially in Progressions. Never join a raid if you know you have to log off soon. Be aware of how much time you should calculate for any given raid. Often you will not be able to increase your precious allotted play time, but you can save a lot of time if you come prepared.
  • Good raid preparation means having your specs, hotkeys and macros organized in advance.
  • Educate yourself on the boss mechanics (written or video guides).
  • Have raid consumables such as potions, weapon stones, insoles, etc., ready in your bags.
  • Simple, common sense measures such as going to the bathroom before the raid and having a drink or snacks on your desk might also be small but valuable time-savers.
  • Try to avoid taking more than a small bio break once every 90-120 minutes to avoid slowing down the raid. Ideally the raid leader will set up fixed break times, so that everyone takes their break at the same time.

Team & Communication

So now that you improved your skills, geared up and prepared yourself for the raid, you will encounter another important factor about raids: the impact a single player has on the raid’s success is way lower than in any other PvE content, but a single player can still ruin a raid.

This means you need a good team of 9-19 other players who are also skilled, geared and prepared. This might actually be the hardest challenge about raiding. There are many ways to socialize with other players in Rift and build raid groups, but the easiest and by far most comfortable ones are those created by guilds. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find a new guild immediately in order to raid, but they offer the experience and structures needed for organized group content. Check if your current guild (if you are in one) has a guild raid, ask friends from other guilds if you can join one of their runs or keep an eye open in the public chat for guilds or experienced PuG raid leaders that want to fill a few spots. The better you know the people you want to raid with and the higher your reputation in the community, the fewer requirements they will ask you for (achievements etc.). If you really want to raid on a regular basis, you should research all available guilds and try to join the one that fits your ambitions best – don’t rush and guild-hop too much.

During the raid, communication is the key to success. If you have a good raid leader, they will take over a lot of the communication, but sometimes the raiders need to organize themselves. Talk with each other on a VOIP program like TS3, Discord or Mumble if possible, which makes things so much easier. Bring your ideas, and if things aren’t working out, change roles and responsibilities within the team. Coming back to the personal skill sets, a good “mechanic announcer” in voice chat can help you and others to fail less mechanics and to react faster and in a more organized manner when unexpected occurrences arise. Most importantly, always stay friendly and constructive while communicating with your team mates, anything else will be counterproductive for the raid.

Treat your raid mates well – your life and reputation depend on it!

Pro Tips

If you keep all the previously mentioned suggestions in your mind and heart, you’ll be a successful raider in short order!

Last but not least, I want to share some personal advice with you:
  • Having tank or heal roles available on your rotation will make you much more attractive and will make it easier to find a raid group.
  • Bringing some feasts or sigils to the raid that benefit the whole raid team will leave a good first impression. Sharing is caring.
  • Do not fake your numbers to get into a raid. If you state you can do 500k DPS but only do 200k in the raid, your chance to get in another raid will decrease drastically. Instead, wait for a raid for which you meet the requirements. Guild raids are generally more willing to help you as a newcomer.
  • Do not talk bad about other players in your raid team, even if they perform badly. You can give the player some constructive feedback or talk to the raid leader in private. If it is your own raid and a player doesn’t meet the requirements you asked for, tell him that in a friendly way and kindly ask him to leave.
  • If you are stuck on progress and you feel you are burning out, bring the raid to an end or ask the raid leader to replace you. Do not force yourself into a 4-hour wipe fest if you are not in the mood for it. Gaming is about FUN.

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RIFTSTREAMS: Celestial Storm Pre-Launch & Vostigar Art Team

TWO streams this Friday! Prophecy of Ahnket 4.2: Celestial Storm launches next week. The update is already on PTS and the team is hard at work on polish. Time to sit down with Archonix, DeadSimon and Keyens for a chat! Then we’ll follow the RIFT art team as they talk about how they built Vostigar Peaks!

Brasse is rounding up the troops to answer your questions and show you a bit more of Vostigar Peaks and all the cool stuff going on there. What diabolical plans does DeadSimon have? Keyens will update us on the new Primalist Souls that you’re about to enjoy (as well as taking a few class balance questions), and Archonix… well, he’s coming to answer all the hard questions! 11:30 AM PDT. Post your questions to our forum thread!

Later on Friday, members of the RIFT art team will take you through how they built Vostigar Peaks – one of the most beautiful and varied overland zones we’ve seen to date. What a great way to round out the lands of the Comet! Join us to feast your eyes and illuminate your experience when you travel through Vostigar yourself next week! 3:30 PM PDT. If you have any questions for the Artists, please post them to the same thread!


Friday, July 14, 2017

11:30 AM PDT: Celestial Storm Pre-Launch Dev Q&A

3:30 PM PDT: RIFT Art Team – Vostigar Peaks Creation
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

RIFTSTREAM 07/07: Celestial Storm IA & Raid Rifts!

This Friday, Tacitus and Icarus join Brasse to reveal some 4.2: Celestial Storm features!

Tacitus and Icarus will raise the curtain on the new Instant Adventure coming to Gedlo Badlands (and a bit of advance info on the one being built for Vostigar Peaks) as well as Rift Raids coming with the release of Celestial Storm.

If you have questions pertaining to the new IAs or Raid Rifts, please post them here.
On this stream, we will NOT be able to address classes/souls/balance (Keyens is still working on the final balance pass for 4.2, discussions underway on the PTS forums), or Planar Fragments (Vladd will work on that after 4.2 launches).

The update is right around the corner, on July 19th! We’ll have a Celestial Storm pre-launch stream on July 14th, and a Summerfest stream the following week on the 21st! Lore fiends will enjoy a heaping helping of story on July 28th – we didn’t want to spoil the story for folks in advance!


Fridays at 11:30 am PDT

Simulcast on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube!
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Friday, June 30, 2017

RIFTSTREAM: @KelariCuddles Fri, 11:30 AM PDT!

GUEST STREAM! This week, the inimitable @KelariCuddles will remind us just how terrible Crucia and her Storm Legion were, as we prepare to do battle with her again next month in POA: Celestial Storm!

KelariCuddles to the rescue as our RIFT team is manacled to their desks by the tyrant Archonix, who keeps looking at the big red circle on the calendar around “July 19th.”

A member of the Trion Creator Program and a variety streamer, KelariCuddles describes herself as a German-American artist and gamer, crazy cat lady and yeller at NPCs. Sounds like our kind of gal! You can find her in game as NalviaCarrion@Faeblight.

For this Friday’s hosted stream, we have provided KelariCuddles with three Ascended Essentials Packs and three of the brand new Golden Lifter mounts to give away! Remember that you must be in KelariCuddles’ channel in order to be eligible for these prizes, and her word is law on how they are handed out there.

Please tune in and give her a follow. Brasse will be in the chat channel, and a few other devs may sneak in too, if Archonix is looking the other way. Shhhh!

Below: KelariCuddles tried out for the role of Greenscale recently…


Or tune in directly to KelariCuddles’ stream at:
Friday, June 30th, 2017

11:30 AM PDT
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Golden Lifter Supply Crates!

EAGLE! This gloriously golden lifter flies into Telara from June 26 – July 6th!

The eagle is an ancient motif used in cultures around the world, a symbol of heroism, wisdom and strength. The eagle is the chief over all winged creatures, carrying nobility of spirit and messages from the gods. We have melded this timeless icon with lifter technology so that you can ride your own emblem of courage and glory!

Clean, art-deco lines limn this classic design, glinting with rich hues of purest gold and copper and clocking in at 160% speed. The cool red, white and blue starry trail streamed by the Golden Lifter is our tribute to Americana this Independence Day.

The Golden Lifter is available as a rare drop in the new crates on the RIFT store only, from 12:01 AM PDT June 29th through 11:59 PM on July 6th, 2017.

Not everyone will gain one of these golden beauties, so they will really stand out in a crowd!
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Prepare for war or prepare to flee. Crucia has come for Ahnket and is willing to crush any who get in the way.

The Celestial Storm strikes on July 19th, 2017!
Here are the key highlights, which we’ll present in more depth in blogs and livestreams as we march toward launch:
  • Vostigar Peaks, a new overland zone with new questlines and several fascinating points of interest.
  • Tartaric Depths Normal Mode
  • New Raid Rifts
  • New Instant Adventure
  • New creatures
  • Four new Primalist Souls, free to anyone who already owns the Primalist Calling. The Ascended Essentials Pack is a great way to gain ALL the souls!
  • ⦁ Mystic
  • ⦁ Farseer
  • ⦁ Predator
  • ⦁ Primal Lord

Best of all, Prophecy of Ahnket is now FREE. For good. Forever!

Bring your friends, your old guildmates, your next door neighbor, and enjoy all that this strange and wonderful comet has to offer! All you have to do is log in to enjoy the celestial lands.

A new prophecy…

Clouds of magic flow around the entity, swirling and dark. She has been watching from afar, slowly building her forces and honing them for war. At first, she thought the Ascended might defeat Ahnket for her, but clearly they are not up to the task.

“Pathetic creatures,” she sneers as she watches yet another piched battle between Ahnket’s constructs and the Telarans. They are not moving swiftly enough, and her patience is at an end. Her desire is focused on the Tenebrean magitech perfected by Ahnket.

She sweeps off to review the ships of her fleet. They must attack NOW!

Vostigar Peaks spreads out before you. It is a cool, sweeping mountain range, gently cradling pastoral hills dotted with regal conifers. It is a feast for the senses, and, in any other circumstances, a place where one could enjoy a few years of quiet contemplation… but not now.

You have traveled to the tail of the comet with Orphiel and Asha, hoping to end this long struggle once and for all. You’ve learned so much about Ahnket and her wide array of minions and allies as you slowly pushed your way to this serene valley. Surely you can lead the Telaran forces to a decisive victory over Ahnket!

Battle rings out below you, echoing off the snow-clad peaks. The peaceful setting is marred with violent clashes between uncanny Tenebrean automata and the tyrannical might of the Legions… of Crucia. She has returned!

You are caught in the middle of this Celestial Storm of titanic power, together with your Ascended allies, the fora and Simulacra Mages of Uttila. Can you survive? Should you leave and let the two great forces tear each other apart?

And then you hear the terrified whispers… the prophecies that drive this conflict are uncertain and shifting now. Can you really hand victory from one villain to another? Is Crucia’s tyranny an alternative to Ahket’s destruction? The seers are unsettled, confused – images of a feathered God-Queen of Telara switch to a Tenebrean devastation that burns the very source of a mortal’s soul. The weapons of this devastation alternate between steel and bronze.

Which doom of Telara will you choose? Or is there even a small chance that you can devise a means, with Orphiel and Asha’s expertise, to defiantly reject such choices and found a prophecy of peace?

You realize that you must remain, to defeat not only Ahnket, but the forces of Crucia once more – neither of them must be suffered to win this war.

It is time, Ascended!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Dimension Bonus Weekend!

For many RIFT players, building out unique dimensions is a major part of RIFT gameplay. This bonus weekend is for YOU!

Why settle for cut and paste-housing when you can build one to your exact desires? Dimensions are worlds that you create yourself in RIFT. Our Art team selects lovingly crafted game zones and carves them into manageable Dimensions for all of you to build out how you like!

Build a palace, create a city in the trees, settle into a cozy cottage or plant a lovely botanical garden of your very own design! Add pets and NPCs, to make these a place you can really call home!

The possibilities are almost endless, especially as the RIFT team has made items for placement in Dimensions from thousands of items that exist in Telara.

If you’ve ever been interested in creating your personal kingdom, or want to invest in your tenth Dimension, this is YOUR weekend.
  • We proudly introduce the brand new… working door! Who knew that such a simple item, taken for granted in our daily lives, could bring such joy to Telara?
  • We also present windows: glorious panes of stylish glass to add to your dream builds!
  • 25% off all Dimension Keys in the RIFT store! Remember, you can also purchase player-crafted Dimensions in the Auction House, which are not available through our store.
  • 25% off all Dimension Items in the RIFT Store! Again, the auction house carries a wide range of Dimension items that can be crafted by players or that drop as loot in the world!
  • The Alittu Dimension Box will be discounted!
  • The return of the Imperial Wonders (retired) Dimension Box for this event only!
  • The long-requested return of ALL world event Dimension items to the RIFT Store!

The Dimension Bonus Weekend runs from 12:01 AM PDT June 20th through to 11:59 PM PDT on June 25th.

On Friday at 11:30 AM PDT, watch our RIFT Livestream: Dimensionerds! Join Brasse, Wren and Kitasia for a whirlwind tour of some of the best Dimension Builds in Telara, on both the EU and NA servers! []

Want to learn more about dimensions? Here are some of our finest sites to help you along your way! You’ll find the dimension community a warm, welcoming and relaxed alternative to the mayhem and frenzy of adventuring!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Greathound Power Pack!

We’ve just entered the dog days of summer here at the Trion studio. What’s hotter than the daystar in California today? This glorious Red Greathound mount and Tropical Baby Budgling pet!

Ride into battle on the back of a hero’s best friend!

All new for the scorching days of summer ahead, the Greathound Power Pack offers the following unlocks for ALL characters on your account:
  • Crimson Greathound Mount
  • Ascended Seal (scales to 70)
  • Tropical Baby Budgling (370638675)
  • Packmaster’s Reward Cache:
  • 20 Individual Reward Charges
  • 2 Challenger’s Mark

The Greathound pack is available on the in-game RIFT Store and on our web store.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

RIFTSTREAM: Dimensionerds Unite!

To celebrate Dimension Bonus Weekend coming up, we are taking a tour of some RIFT Dimensions with Kitasia, Dimensioneer Extraordinaire! Artifact Pinatas will be served.

Just like there are a group of elite guilds and elite raiders, RIFT is also home to a number of elite Dimensionerds (or Dimensioneers, take your pick! These are folks who have invested time in learning how to make Telara’s unique housing zones into magnificent works of art.

Kitasia heads up the widely respected and posts a lot of extremely useful videos to the RDA YouTube channel – well worth a look if building your own dimension seems too daunting – there are a LOT of folks in the community who would love to help you learn!

Brasse and Wren will accompany Kitasia on a tour of public Dimension builds both EU and NA servers, to get an idea of what’s out there. We’ll haul a bunch of artifacts and artifact Pinatas along as well!

RIFTSTREAM, Friday, 11:30 AM PDT
We will simulcast on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
An example of the item listings on the Rift Dimension Addicts site:

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