Looking To The Future

Long time no see kids! So how has everyone been enjoying the Waves Of Madness event so far? Have you gotten everything you wanted so far? Did you complete all the achievements? We just started phase 4 on Saturday, so that means we’re coming in to the final parts of the story, and all of the rewards will soon be unlocked.
Leveling for me has slowed down as of late, and I’ve finally hit 45 this weekend. I’m almost to 50, and that means I’m almost high enough to start running experts and more importantly, raids. EotM has recently started raiding. Great for us, but not so great for me. I’m not 50 yet, and because of that I’m not geared for it yet either. Right now we’re mainly doing raid rifts while we gear up for GSB.

A New Way Of Instancing
Recently Scott Hartsman gave an over all update on the status of Rift, and an idea of things to come. Out of all that he said, this is what I found to be the most interesting.

NEW INSTANCES: CHRONICLES OF TELARA

We’ve also been working on ways to get a similar sense of involvement with key story characters, and new key areas, in a way that’s available to more people.

The story involvement with world events is a good first step here, but we think there’s even more we can do. Chronicles of Telara are solo/small group instances that get everyone involved with key characters and villains in the worlds’ ongoing story.

We’re aiming to do this in a way that is accessible to solo and duo people who may well be great players, and excellent friends who really enjoy Telara, but may not have the uninterrupted time they’d like. These are shaping up to be a really fun way to make sure you can stay involved with the story.

We’re going to be working on these in a way such that they’re fun to do for the most casual of players, all the way to the people who are already enjoying the raid game and interested in new things to do in their downtime. (Even the hardest core raider doesn’t raid 24/7!)

Telara needs to be a world that’s capable of entertaining all kinds of people, who like all different kinds of things – When we succeed there, everyone wins.

Now he didn’t say of this was going to be a brand new set of instances, or a feature added to existing instances, or all the above. See when Wife and I game together, she doesn’t want to group up with others. She’s afraid that she’s “going to suck, badly”. I try to tell her it won’t be that bad, then she reminds me of the one time she had tried raiding… So from the sound of it, it seems like Trion is going to make it so you can duo the instances. This will be great for us, and might help Wife get back in to the game again. I don’t care if they make the drops lower, since it’ll take less people to finish it. I have no problem with that. I think it’s a good thing, not a bad thing.

Now the cringe worthy news. Trion is testing cross shard LFG, instead of single shard LFG. This kinda scares me a little. I saw what happened when WoW started cross server LFG, the quality of groups went down…fast. The ugly side of people came out, if you didn’t like your PUG, you could drop group, wait out the debuff, requeue and hope for the best. I know the wait times are long, but I’m really worried about how this is going to turn out. I can only hope that the fact that the player base in Rift, being more mature, won’t sink down to the same debased level that WoW’s did. But there might be hope for a cross shard LFG. I’ve seen a lot of good helpful people in Rift so far. People are willing to help each other. So it might not bottom out.

So there are a lot of changes coming in the future, and hopefully they will pan out. So until next time don’t forget to reload, so you don’t run out of ammo.

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