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A Sentinel Has Arisen!

 
It was my pleasure to approve Elric's original application, welcoming him into the CotP family.
I have known Elric since he joined the CotP community and been in many of the same chapters with him. His commitment to CotP and those game chapters can not be questioned. He has shown his leadership qualities and passion at every turn.
Elric has impressed both myself and many of the CotP leadership as a person that you can rely on to do what is in the best interest of CotP and its members. He has helped to make CotP what it is today.
It was my pleasure to recommend and be involved in Elric's promotion to Templar.
I wish to personally thank Elric for all that he has accomplished and for the positive impact that he has had on the CotP community as a whole.
I have no doubt that he will continue his climb on the CotP leadership ladder and to be a positive role model for our community.
Thank you my friend, for all that you have done.
Please join me in welcoming our newest CotP Sentinel!  It has been a long journey and you have arrived intact.
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A new Templar rises!

Our community has many great leaders who are always willing to step up and take on the challenges of the day. Leaders who are always willing to help others by sharing ideas or experiences, by encouraging and pushing the limits of themselves the people around them and the community as a whole , or by simply being there when needed. Leaders willing to take on the tough or tedious jobs to ensure our Community has what it needs to not only survive but thrive. Any leader in this group from those who have only led a raid in a single chapter to those who have worked hard for years have all changed our Community by giving of themselves to make our Community the Great home it is!
Occasionally a leader comes along whose impact is so amazing and the difference they make on our community so wonderful that we must stop and recognize them for all they do for the rest of us.
Let me be the first to Thank Phyreblade for all the works she does with SWTOR Chapter, The Social Media Dept, The workforce and The Founders week Celebrations team, to name just  a few. Let me also be the first to Congratulate Phyreblade on becoming our newest Templar! Looking forward to seeing all the greatness she will bring to her new role.
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A New Guardian Rises From The Ashes

There are four basic characteristics that great leaders possess.
The first trait is a will to lead. Leaders want to lead. And they embrace the opportunity to do so.
Second, great leaders are willing to make the difficult decisions, the tough decisions that no one else wants to make. Great leaders never pass the buck to a future generation. They confront the brutal realities. They meet them head on. They don't ignore them. They address them as best they can. It's a matter of honor.
Third, great leaders believe in something bigger than themselves. People want to follow those serving the greater good. If people see a leader focused on self-interest alone, they will not follow. At least they won't follow as far as they are being asked. They won't go the extra mile.
People search for someone who is willing to look at the bigger picture, to serve a transcendent good. And so, while it runs against the conventional wisdom, great leaders are also the greatest servants. Great leaders lead by serving because they believe in something greater than themselves.
And finally, great leaders have a sense of humility about themselves.  Ironically, those who accomplish the most are often the ones who brag the least.
It is an honor and a privilege to announce that Grim has been promoted to a Guardian.  Grim is a natural fit for the role, given his 9 year history with the guild and his experience in managing several guild chapters over the years as well as providing administrative support.  This experience has honed his focus on the long term picture of doing what is best for the Covenant of the Phoenix community - a focus that will be at the core of the many judgment calls he will make as a Guardian.
Please join me in congratulating Grim and wishing him the best of luck in his new position as a Guardian.
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Ascendancy

When you find yourself in that position of decision maker, where the decision is required and you have less than all the information you want, you better be ready and willing to make that decision.  Some would say that the risk involved is not worth the potential negativity, loss or pain of failure.  I personally argue that a great failure through action will be remembered much more fondly than the status quo or mediocrity via inaction.  It is this fearlessness in decision making that is necessary to be a leader in this community.
Creating memories worth remembering is what we do here in the Covenant of the Phoenix, and this is one of the great responsibilities we task our leadership with on a daily basis.  Our leaders know that they will make a difference whether they like it or not and that leadership is a gift given not by our administration, but by the CotP membership who enjoy this community and wish to continue toward that eternal goal of good times and great fun.
These ideals are what drives this community as well as what constitutes some of the most important values that we require of our Sentinels, of which certainly includes the one being appointed here and now.
One of the honorable few who never set out to be a leader yet became one through the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent; our newest Sentinel joined us in the Darkfall chapter in early 2009 and became a leader in the same chapter not long after.  They have clearly understood the mandate from our founders that everybody has a story, and if you do not know the story, you cannot lead effectively.  A multiple chapter leader, workforce member and chapter liaison, they have worked tirelessly at helping create an environment of progress through action, an environment that dares to fail greatly yet manages to achieve so much more. 
It is an honor and a privilege to announce the promotion of an individual who exemplifies the type of leader we desire in CotP. This individual clearly possesses the core leadership characteristics that we look for in a Sentinel.
Vessa, rise and be recognized today as a Sentinel of the Covenant of the Phoenix.
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Starfall Prophecy Open Beta

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Open Beta is supposed to start on 10/17 (pushed from 10/13).  I've spoken to a couple of people about heading there as a group to explore the new content and mechanics.  If we get enough, we can do a guild charter to start a PTS guild up (for convenience).

 

Assuming it goes up on Monday, I'd like to give it a little time to stabilize and for the dust to settle.  Let's plan on Thursday, at 6:30 ST (per the 4.0 raid schedule).  Before then, if you're not familiar with the PTS, you'll want to do two things:

 

1.  Download/install it.  From Glyph, select PTS from the region drop-down (likely currently says "North America" and then Install or Update.  As of this writing, the update was over 3GB, so plan accordingly (don't do it Thursday evening if you're on a low bandwidth connection).

2.  Transfer your toon to the PTS.  From the Character Select screen, select Transfer, then "COPY TO PTS".  This will put a current copy of your toon on PTS and leave the existing one alone.  At this time, the playtest shard is closed to transfers.  Hopefully that's only while they're setting up PTS for the Open Beta.  It could be you'll need to create a new toon, in which case there may be instant-65 and gearsets available.

 

If you're interested, you can reply there.  Or just show up.

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If you haven't already downloaded the PTS, you can speed up the process a bit by starting the download for the PTS, stopping it, and then copying the content from your Live directory over to the PTS directory. By default, you'll see these two folders in "Program Files (x86)\Glyph\Games\RIFT" You'll still have a ~3GB patch for all the expansion content, but you won't have to re-download the entire game.

 

If you can't/don't transfer a character to the PTS there's a process for boosting and gearing a new character:

  • Make a new character, we'll call him Bob
  • Take Bob to the porticulum in his capital city (or use the item to port you to Tempest Bay if you have it)
  • Let Bob touch the sparkly bear trap (I'm not kidding)
  • Bob will wake up in the golem foundry and talk to the NPC named Fluffy
  • Fluffy will give Bob a quest for 400p.
  • Fluffy sells insta-50 pots as well as max PA XP items, and bags for cheaters
  • To the right of where Bob walked in and saw Fluffy, there are several other sparkly bear traps. Pick blue for Guardians and Red for Defiants
  • Bob will be in his capital city...or dead in the enemies' capital
  • Change your dungeon difficulty by right clicking on your portrait. Dungeon Difficulty > Master
  • Allow Bob to gently fondle the sparkly bear trap near the portal
  • Go talk to Mr. SL Raid-something or other
  • Mr. SL will sell you insta-65 pots as well as boxes of gear for various tiers.

 

These boxes are jam-packed with crap, hopefully you got the cheating bags.

 

Edited: I should know better than to post things after midnight -.-

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For those like myself who have their game setup through Steam, the same trick can be used:

  • Startup as normal, selecting PTS on the top right of your screen.
  • Allow the download to start and then immediately exit.
  • Navigate to Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RIFT\Games\RIFT.
  • You should see two folders, one named Live, one named PTS.
  • Inside the Live folder, copy the folder named Assets.
  • Paste this inside of the PTS folder, overwriting any files you may have downloaded.
  • Restart your Glyph, ensure PTS is selected and click Play.
  • Close the opened client and allow Glyph to update all files.

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Beta still isn't up, and I must've misread the post.  It's not 10/17.  It's week of 10/17.  Thursday may not be late enough.

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I'll try to make it if I'm invited. I may end up doing more harm than good.

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Maya, you're back?  Thought you were done with Rift.  Spoke to Brandolina a couple of times and he seemed done, too.

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I definately needed a break, musical chairs with guilds was taking its toll.  Will need to see about raiding though as I have to get up early and get the real Maya to school in the mornings and don't want to be dragging ass the rest of the day. Will also need mamma bears blessing.  So it's all up in the air at this moment in time.

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Well, I'm sure we're all going to be doing lots of harm to all manner of things, so you'll be more than welcome.

 

I'm intensely curious about what's coming and hoping I get a chance to break a few things and file bug reports.

 

There may be instant-70 pots available. We'll have to decide if, or when, we want to check out what we can expect from end game on release.

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As an update, according to one person on the Rift forums, the open beta is really open. Anyone can get on the PTS and see the new content/play at 70 during the open beta regardless of purchase.

 

Also, there's a more complete guide to taking a fresh character to end-game ready here: 

http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/486977-how-gear-up-pts-test-sp.html

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From Brasse:

The Beta Build is still chugging along. It's solid, but like all hulking behemoths, it is SLOW.
 
We are starting to build ETAs, but all I can tell you at this point is "this afternoon." 
I realize that covers the period from 12 noon to 6pm PST, but such are the mysteries of code!
 
Remember, as on any launch day, do NOT take the day off, do NOT delay real life fun and duty - stuff happens!
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Looks like they're on track for open beta for today.

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