I finally did it. It took…I don’t know how many games, and almost nine years, but I finally accomplished what I had thought at one time would be impossible for me.
So Rift made this process painless, and fun, and…well, quick. I played my first MMO for nearly two years and never came closer than 36/50 (which within six months was 36/55). I think I’ve said before, but I will say again, two things in particular got me here.
The first is the multiple roles and ability to swap on the fly was probably the biggest help. I tend to be a bit of an altaholic, particularly as levels climb and groups become more and more useful. But here I alternated between all aspects of the trinity, jumping around a bit. I also found my center though – with all the options available, I tried them all and tried them early, and then locked into two particular builds that I used for the entire game (with minor tweaks along the way, of course).
The second, and perhaps more helpful, was having a regular gaming group. We played 2-3 times a week, usually for 1-3 hours, and here we are, 6 months later. The group was my Cleric and a pair of Rogues. One of the Rogues did have a Riftstalker tank build, and I did have a Justicar tank build, but until the end of the game, we only used them in Rifts or for particularly difficult missions.
So what’s next? Well there is still one quest out there bugging me. The arena where you have to face down a Cyclops and two other people at the same time. We got our butts handed to us at level 43 and 44. Now we will see how they handle a trio of 50’s.