Rift Reporter Episode 77 – Empyreal Assault Cometh

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This week we go over all of the new exciting additions coming with Patch 2.3, Empyreal Assualt, as we count down the final week until it launches!

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What we’ve done in game:

Sallennia:

Levelling, Levelling, Levelling… Ding 59!

Mostly worked through dailies in Ashora to level, capped off with onslaughts.  When I’m done with my dailies I hunt for uncompleted Carnage quests in Ashora.  Also spent some time doing Instant Adventure.

Maxed Runecrafting!  Spent 50 plat going from 260-275, and thats including using mats I had stored up over the last month.  Mostly I had to buy leather, as well as thread etc to make enough stuff to break to get my rune materials.  That 20gold each for thread and oil, needing 2 of each per ‘belt’ means I spent 80g per belt which when broken might give me one of the mats I need.  And I needed 3 of each to make a rune that would give me points….  do the math 🙁

Finally took part in Volan Event, died a LOT, but have been able to do the daily quests in the locked area twice.

got my bear mount

Opened all of the map of Dusken and now have all the ports.  Infinity Gate looks pretty darn cool…. but still creepy.

Spent a LOT of time this week on the PTS playing with the Endless Eclipse Dimension!  It’s public on the PTS under Sallennia’s Endless Eclipse.

Chris:

Ding 59. Had to stop leveling for some reason.

Maxed out all my crafting, so I’m working on getting all my dailies done so that I can get my recipes.

Onto working on my dailies in Ashora now, and finishing off some quests in Steppes of Infinity as well.

Thanks Caymon for the plat for the mount. BEAR MOUNT!

Contest:

Give away to random people in the chat room. 3 Infinity Edition Rift Storm Legion

INFINITY EDITION – COLLECTOR’S ITEMS

Brevanic Portal Generator

An ancient device used by the citizens of Brevane as a personal transporter to any gate in the porticulum network.

Cyclone mount

Faster than an oncoming storm front, this denizen from the Plane of Air can only be controlled by the most powerful commanders of the Storm Legion.

Mini Regulos

A strange creature created by the Master Shapers as a homage to Regulos. Contains all the evil, destruction, and mischief of the original in a pint-sized package!

You also gain all of the “owner” bonuses with F2P Rift:

6 Character Slots instead of 2

5 Bag slots instead of 3

All of the Storm Legion souls

News from the Rift

Empyreal Assault – Rift 2.3

Free to Play

Dendrome

Open-World Raid Bosses

Chronicle: Queen’s Gambit

Sliver: Grim Awakening

Strongholds

http://www.riftgame.com/en/game/updates/empyreal-assault.php

RIFT® Free-to-Play: Rewarding Loyalty

http://www.riftgame.com/en/news/articles/05212013_rewarding_loyalty.php

Bill’s Blog post on Loyalty

http://community.riftgame.com/en/2013/05/20/introducing-loyalty/

You’ll gain Loyalty by:

Purchasing or Spending Credits

Subscribing as a Patron

Consuming REX

As you accrue Loyalty, your Loyalty meter will fill and unlock new rewards, like Special Costumes only available through Loyalty, the ability to change your target icon to Elite or Raid status, and unique dimensions

For all of our current and former subscribers – even though you may have already received Veteran Rewards, because you’re awesome, we’re going to give you a head start by awarding bonus Loyalty based on how long you’ve previously subscribed to RIFT.

F2P Live Stream Highlights – New Patron Bonuses

-Rift Junkies

Veteran players will be receiving a one-time stipend of Credits based on how long total they have been subscribed for in the past. This amount hasn’t been disclosed yet. They’ll also be receiving a one-time stipend of 7000 Loyalty per month of past subscription time.

Patron subscribers will receive Loyalty every month as well as access to daily stackable boosts. These boosts will stack up to 7 much like how the current Expert dungeon dailies stack.

Patrons also receive priority when it comes to any possible login queues.

Patron subscribers will be getting a discount on all items in the in-game store. Daglar said the team is looking for this to at least represent a 10% discount (possibly up to 15%).

The Patron pass also, of course, grants players the summon-able banker, guild banker, trainer, etc.

A monthly Credit stipend for Patrons is still currently not being considered.

Trion will be giving anyone who purchased the one-year subscription Storm Chaser edition of Storm Legion $50 worth of Credits in the store. This decision was made directly based off player feedback. This is in addition to everything else we’ll be getting.

Players with an annual or six-month subscription or a subscription that currently extends far past the June 12th date will be receiving a one-time bonus of Credits as well. The exact numbers and details for these bonuses aren’t known yet.

All players who purchased Storm Chaser editions or hold a one-year or six-month subscription will also be receiving a special Ice Raptor mount for free.

Trion’s Customer Service department is now willing to uphold refunds from up to 30 days of purchase (was 14 days).

We’re diving deeper into REX and Gifting

Loyalty

Will get some extra loyalty based on how many months you’ve been a subscriber

Earn loyalty from being a Patron, consuming REX, in-game events and spending money in the store.

Loyalty is Tiered.

9 Trade Skills slots possible!

Patrons will have weekly rewards – random chest each week! Could be a key (for lockboxes), items, etc.

Raptr rewards are back: We’ve restocked codes for FREE Copies of Storm Legion + 30 Days Game Time (For New Players)

http://raptr.com/game/Rift

http://raptr.com/High_strung/news/5176e8e371abcdb7e2/rift-takes-raptr-rewards-by-storm

https://www.facebook.com/RIFTgame?fref=ts

RIFT 2.3: Empyreal Assault – On the PTS

http://forums.riftgame.com/public-test-shard/359600-rift-2-3-empyreal-assault-coming-soon-pts.html

One of the things noticed and  discussed on the PTS is a 1000 Plat limit after 2.3.  That cap can be raised with Loyalty, it would seem, but was a hot discussion on the forums.

http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-general-discussions/general-discussion/361659-cap-platinums-after-june-12th.html

Daglar did post a comment:

Hey folks,

Wanted to pop in. I know this is a very touchy subject. The intent is not to squeeze money out of people – the intent is to help curb some amount of spamming and farming.

It may be a fools errand, and I’m considering having the plat amount raised.

~Daglar

Followed a short while later by:

If you are sexy, you will raise the cap-Post by Misun

Sexiest person you know. Raised the cap.

~Daglar

The RIFT Store is OPEN for business on the Public Test Shard!

http://forums.riftgame.com/public-test-shard/360871-free-play-store-test-earn-up-double-your-credits.html

You will be able to purchase Credits and use those Credits to purchase any of the items available on the store.   Any credits you SPEND will be reimbursed to your RIFT Store Wallet on June 12 with an additional 50-100% BONUS credits.

-Layoffs last week at Trion do not affect Rift.

“To best position Trion in a rapidly changing industry, we have reorganized our teams and are expanding our free to play offering. With Defiance, we delivered a great game that more than one million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy. As we progress from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting our staffing levels to deliver new content and improved features. RIFT, and our other titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much looking forward to the free to play release of RIFT and are excited by the other new titles currently in development.”

Rift S.O.S.

Bonuses of getting Rift now, or re-subscribing now:

New players:

6 character slots, instead of 2

5 bag slots, instead of 3

If you get Storm Legion, you also get the Expansion Souls for free.

Returning Players:

Bonus Loyalty (7,000 per month subscribed). If you sub now, you get one month.

Community Report

Never read Rift chat again, have RiftSay talk to you instead.

It reads from the non-combat log file and uses Text to Speech to talk to you.

http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-general-discussions/general-discussion/359712-never-read-rift-chat-again-have-riftsay-talk-you-instead.html

Rift Sidetracked – Fun Youtube videos

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLieqXnpKbwp-gLBvJCMQtGwgHpNDncQZR

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