I have been slightly tempted to check RIFT out again lately. (It’s all Game by Night‘s fault for talking about it on this week’s Game On podcast!)
For those just tuning in, I played Vanilla RIFT loyally for a couple of years and in fact it remains my favorite MMO ever. Some of the changes in their first expansion, Storm Legion, didn’t really work for me, and then they went free-to-play and suddenly a lot of my motivation for playing like silly hats and mounts and dimension furniture got stuck behind a paywall. So I quit.
Anyway, as if Trion could read my mind I just received an email from them about the new Budgie mounts. Budgie mount! Just look at this adorable thing:
My brain immediately decided that I must own this, so I checked out the details page. Bring on the grind! Just give me a reason!
Turns out they’re a rare drop from “Troves”, which sounds suspiciously like lockboxes. And while you get either one total or one each day (it’s unclear from the site) from questing, additional chances for a Budgie come from “visit[ing] the RIFT Store for additional Troves and Bird Seed!”.
A player did the math and concluded on the official RIFT forum that “[y]ou won’t be guaranteed to get a Budgie without spending credits”.
Ah. Well. So close, RIFT. So close.