The Rift headstart, which I consider to be the launch regardless, begins tomorrow. Many have asked me which server the Keen and Graev Community will be playing on, so let me go ahead and get that out of the way first: Sunrest (RP-PVP), Guardians.
Why RP? There’s always the slightest chance the server may end up like Landroval from LotRO or Antonia Bayle from EQ2 and have RP.
Why PvP? Simply because PvE is not enough to sustain this game and battlegrounds are a terrible form of PvP. Open-world is where it’s at.
Why Guardians? Personally, I like their style a lot more. I like their races more. They’re also the stereotypically less-popular side.
It looks like we’ll have the numbers to form up a guild. What our goals become will depend on the group of people we get playing, but you can be sure that we’re interested in open-world PvP. I’m hoping that Trion has done themselves a favor and made the open-world PvP objectives more than a gimmick.
Some have expressed their confusion about why I would play Rift. Allow me to, one last time, give you the breakdown:
1) It’s generic because it’s more of the same yet
2) The content is polished and the class system is decent and
3) It’s something other than what is already released. If you’re happy and content playing what is already out there then there’s absolutely no reason for you to go play Rift. If you feel a void or currently have nothing to play (maybe you’re bored of WoW?) then it’s the next best thing.
What will really determine whether or not I make it long term in Rift is the content that isn’t raiding. I may retire my raiding hat forever (again) after this generation in WoW and I’m not sure I have it in me to do Rift’s raids, although there is currently only one. I’ll be watching the open-world PvP content, how Rifts play into the end-game, and whether or not Rift, through ongoing development, does anything to differentiate itself. You can be sure that if it does not stand out then I’ll bow out and let you guys know the details.
Until then, I’m ready to have some fun with friends and community.