Archive for June, 2011

The Soloing Rogue: Melee

June 20, 2011 - 5:39 pm No Comments

Soloing Rogue: Melee

It’s time for my first full-scale guide. This guide will include macros, soul design, and pointers on what exactly to do with it. Eventually, in future revisions, I may include some video references.

This build is great for soloing, especially for the daily reputation grind. It works great for questing but it doesn’t have the best DPS output in the early stages. It really comes into its own at around the point you get Reprisal from the Bladedancer tree. The overall design of this build is that Assassin brings stealth capability and overall damage bonus, Riftstalker provides survivability and healing, while Bladedancer does the bulk of the damage output. Read through the cut for the details on this powerful spec for the soloing rogue.

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Zone Invasions are Hard to Solo

June 19, 2011 - 11:52 pm No Comments

Bugged Out Foothold

One of the acclaimed features of RIFT is the dynamic content – the thing that gives RIFT its name: rifts. I’ve done my fair share of raving in favor of invasions taking over quest hubs, building their own footholds, and rifts tearing open in the middle of quest areas – often right on top of the named mobs targeted by quest objectives. However, several months into the life of RIFT, they have become more than just an annoyance.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that I do most of my rifting in off-peak hours. Aside from Briarcliff and Wolfsbane (the unofficial Oceanic servers), just about every server drops into the low population category during the week from around 1am PST until noonish. This presents a problem when it comes to rifts and invasions because there is not enough people to fend off zone-wide events. And then there’s the bugs… like the one pictured in this post. A foothold with one invasion squad is feasible to solo – one bugged with 50 mobs surrounding it is a raid-caliber event. Read through the cut for more about off-peak gaming in Telara.


Another 50 Later and Finally a Raid

June 15, 2011 - 7:23 pm No Comments

Hitting 50 a second time, even though it was another rogue, was actually just as exciting as it was the first time – this time it was even a bit more fun because I hit the mark while my friend 3,000 miles away was in the group with me. The refreshing thing about being level 50 this time is that I’m not trying to run my own guild; this time I found a great group of folks in the guild Fatality. And with Fatality, I finally got a taste of raiding in RIFT.

That’s not to say there wasn’t a fair share of difficulty on the way. All the way from the mid-30s to the late 40s I was constantly struggling with questing. I always seemed to have quests three levels higher than me which made killing even single mobs a task. At level 49, I had to grind about 80% of the level just killing mobs. It was 318 mobs… not that I was counting or anything. Read through the cut for my first impressions on what it means to raid in RIFT.


Being Defiant

June 1, 2011 - 9:56 am 1 Comment

Meridian Portcullis

There comes a time in every Guardian’s life when he begins to question the motives of The Vigil and wonders if being the long arm of divine justice is really justice at all. It is in that moment that the weak souls will brush aside their concerns and blindly continue to follow orders. But the strongest souls (you know, rangers, marksman… souls like that) investigate their suspicions by donning the veil of technology and going behind enemy lines to determine how “unholy” the defiant truly are. Yes, I’m a switcher… again.

Well, I’m a hobbyist switcher anyway. For the most part, I rolled up an Eth rogue to put in a little playtime with my real life friend, Newcast. Hobby turned into project and I’ve put in quite a bit of time playing my Eth. Level 30 already in just a few short days – I know, that’s not as fast as Laughter but that’s pretty quick for a man like me! I’ve even joined up with a raiding guild (Fatality, Regulos-Defiant). So the investigation of the Defiant goes on as I explore Telara as an Eth and hopefully get in some dungeon and raid time with my new friends. Jump the cut for my first impressions of the Defiant leveling experience.