Die by the Arrow – RIFT is a blog about my experiences in the world of RIFT: Planes of Telara. It is a blog in an endless sea of blogs about games, but what makes it unique is that it is from my perspective.

  • What Makes Me Special?

What makes me different? My perspective is that of a casually hardcore gamer with a family but no job to juggle. It allows me the experience most game and raid content at a rather rapid pace yet still be “interrupted” by real life. My experiences may help other mothers and fathers accomplish their in-game goals (many of which sometimes feel impossible due to time investments) without sacrificing family obligations (well, not too often anyway!).

I don’t play the min/max numbers game, but I strive to always be in the top ranks of the DPS chart while casting aside common “misconceptions” of what my spec is or is not capable of.

  • Who I am In-game

I am Aalwein, a wanderer, hunter, ranger, protector of the forest; invisible in nature when I want, at home by a campfire under the night sky. I have recently begun to explore the black reaches of space. While my loyal wild companions command the attention of my foes, I stand in the shadows – and I am exquisitely deadly with a bow or rifle.

In Telara, Aalwein is a High Elf Rogue, called to the ranks of the Rangers. He is a master Marksman as well as an apprentice Nightblade. He specializes in outfitting. With the world of Telara just opening its gates, Aalwein and a few friends brought back the guild Scarlet Underground. The Scarlet Underground is a Guardian guild on the Corthana server supporting both US and Oceanic timezone players.

In the galaxy of The Old Republic, Aalwein is a Cyborg Imperial Agent, specialized as a sniper. He dabbles in minor gathering skills and provides for his family, Jaberwocky and Adelaide. He is a Dark Lord of the guild Imperium Inferi, a group of Imperial deviants scouring the galaxy for adventure and riches.

ln Azeroth, Aalwein is a worgen hunter, engineer, and miner on the Khaz’Goroth Oceanic server, proud raider of the guild Imminent Destruction. I also played quite often on my elven warrior, Vincynt.

Aalwein has made appearances in many, many massively multiplayer games. His life began in Everquest in 1999. He would experience significant journeys in Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, Everquest 2, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, RIFT: Planes of Telara, and has now begun exploring the vast reaches of space in STAR WARS: The Old Republic.

  • My Real Life

In real life I am the father of young twin old boys and the proud husband of an American Airman. I have spent many years in school learning both print and online publishing. Since I have the time, I decided it would be great practice to write a little blog that some may find interesting and maybe a little useful in their lives, both online and off.

Stay frosty people and remember, rangers are the only calling made up of 100% pure AWESOMESAUCE!

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