Right now is a good time to be a RIFT player. Beta tests for the expansion are in progress and we’ll be playing it for real in 26 days. Trion has been doing live streams every week to talk about the new content and releasing some awesome videos (did you see that Dimensions trailer?!). Today marks the arrival of Patch 1.11, or the “oh my god what happened to all my buttons” patch that introduces all the expansion changes to existing classes.
Two months ago I wrote a Storm Legion Bucket List, and now seems like a good time to review how I’m doing.
1. Finish levelling my professions – Partially Complete
I’ve got my one crafting skill, Artificing, up to the maximum level of 300 and started hoarding crafting tokens for the expansion. Foraging and mining are coming along at about level 225 each, while I still haven’t touched Fishing and Survival. We’ll see…
2. Run all the dungeons and chronicles – Almost Complete
The chronicles are all complete, as are all but one dungeon on expert mode. Thanks to pugs and guild alliances I’ve also killed bosses in two different 20-man raids (RoS and HK for those in the know) and finished the 10-man Guilded Prophecy. I am honestly feeling pretty good about how much I’ve seen of Vanilla RIFT’s group and raid content, particularly considering how casual I am.
3. Faction rewards and cosmetic gear – Meh
My patience for faction grinding wore out faster than I anticipated, although to be fair one can slowly eek out reputation simply by playing the game thanks to rifts and events and crafting quests. I did make a concerted effort to complete all four major events in Ember Isle for the utterly amazing achievement hat, pictured at the start of this post. (Hat screenshot from MMO2Go.) Ember Isle events are actually super fun all on their own, with multiple waves of tasks like closing 8 rifts or defending waypoints, and the hat is clearly awe-inspiring.
4. Finish the Saga questlines – Partially Complete
I completed the Water Saga chain, giving Mercredi a crocodile mount and some sweet titles. I’ve been kind of slacking on the Fire Saga and the Cult Saga, as I know the rewards aren’t that compelling at the moment. I’ve added completing the Ember Isle story quest chain to my list just because I’d like to catch up on all the old world lore before the expansion.
5. Make some plat – Complete
You may be asking yourself at this point, “okay, so what HAVE you been doing in RIFT, Liore?” and the answer would be squeezing every drop of content out of the Autumn Harvest Festival, which ended on October 11th. That included taking advantage of all the artifact farming to both bolster my own collection and to sell on the auction house. And sell they did — I went from about 300 platinum to 1300 just from artifact sales. I’m starting to liquidate my bank in anticipation of the expansion, so that should help too.
Huh. I was feeling a bit of pre-expansion malaise setting in before writing this list, but now I’m pretty invigorated again! It’s easy to start thinking that with an expansion a few short weeks away one’s actions no longer matter, but in fact there appears to still be plenty for me to do and accomplish before November 13th.
Let me end this Bucket List update as I did my last one: with a screenshot of an awesome new mount, this time the Spectral Najmok from the Autumn Harvest Festival.