Friday, February 25, 2011

Rift Sound Effects Interacting With Water. Impressive!

So I noticed some pretty cool sound work while leveling my new Rogue. If you move your camera underwater the sound effects as well as the music get muffled.

 It's a small detail but another indication of how Rift is trying to push the boundaries of what a modern MMORPG can be both visually and aurally.

Character Creation Impressions (We're Impressed!)

Rift Dwarf
This is a screenshot of the character creation of a dwarf character. I was trying to make a dwarf a bit similar to one of my World of Warcraft characters.

While making the character I couldn't shake the feeling that this is what my WoW character would look like if rendered in real life.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Soul Selector Flow Chart

I saw this posted over on /r/Rift/ and thought I would post it up here as well as I found it very useful.

I'm not 100% of the original origin (it is credited to "Arieste") and supposedly it is a bit dated but I found it useful for those of use who are relatively new to Rift. (If you know more about its origin please let me know in the comments.)

(Click on the image to get a larger view.)

Which Pre-order Pet Will You Choose?

Decisions, decisions.
If you pre-ordered Rift you will have the choice of receiving one of three companion pets.

I thought I'd dig up what each of these pets looks like so you can make an more informed choice as to which of these beasties to take home with you.

The Rogue - Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

Beauty AND the Beast.
This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to the 4 main callings (root classes) available in Rift. We are going to be describing our day-to-day play experiences with each calling.

Today we are going to be talking about our Bahmi Rogue. She is only level three at the moment but I have already come across a few things that are making me love this race/class combo.

Head Start Server Restarts

Not what you want to see after waiting in the queue.

 (2:00PM PST) - So I finally made it into a server and had literally ust finished my intro video when a message popped up letting me know the server was coming down for maintenance. I have the worst luck! 

Players aren't afraid to speak their mind.
I did grab a screenshot of the the player reaction to the server restart. I think they speak for all of us who are trying to enjoy our Head Start time.

Head Start Server Wait Time List

22 hours 39 minutes.
For those of you, like me, who are getting to the Heas Start party just a bit late I thought I'd make a list of the current wait times for each server here to help you all find the shorter ones.

I may update this list a few times if the queue times stay this high.

(Note: Server queues change rapidly. The Times listed below are just one snapshot and intended as a rough guide.)

It All Begins Now

10:00AM can't come soon enough!
We are all waiting with bated breath for the last few hours to tick away before the Rift head start begins at 10AM PST on Feb 24, 2010. For many of us this is the dawning of a fresh new world for us to explore. Rife with possibilities. Ripe with potential.

A new MMO launch is an exciting time. I always feel like a kid at the grand opening of a new amusement park. So many things to do. Do many sights to see. So many rides to ride. It fresh and new and you can still smell the paint drying.