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Game Fossil

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I joined COTP's SWTOR team a week or two ago.

Are we allowed to play more than one game with COTP?

I've been away from RIFT a long time. I've been thinking of playing again.

I'd like to speak in private message with an officer who can, and is willing, to answer a few questions.

I see Oort is the team leader. Should I message her, or one of the officers who specializes in recruiting?

I think I have a couple of toons on Greybriar. If not, shard transfer in RIFT is free so it's no biggie.

The name's Holly, aka Game Fossil.

 

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Yes!  You're allowed to play more than one game with CotP.  In fact, it's encouraged.  As you'll see in my forum avatar, I'm involved with both the Rift and WoW chapters, for example.

 

You're welcome to come to join us in Rift.  It's a bit quiet these days, due to some decisions Trion made for the new release, but if you've been gone a while, there's plenty of content out there for you (on the other hand, if you're topped off on level, there's not so much -- which is part of the problem).

 

If you want to PM me with any questions, I've been pretty active in Rift for the last several years, so may be able to answer.  Or you could post here for the others who visit to see and comment.  Or, if Mumble is easier for you, we can arrange a time via PM.

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Hi Oort, thanks for responding. I've thought about it, and I agree it wouldn't hurt to post here for all the RIFT players to read and possibly respond for themselves.

 

I guess I'll start by asking, what was this decision Trion made for the current expansion that has caused a lot of players to go inactive? What did they do that results in a lack of content for max level?

 

Second, I suppose I should ask the average time spread when I'm most likely to find guildmates on and active, and when I'm least likely to. I can be something of a night owl, and even though I live in the Eastern TIme zone, I've been in guilds (and on Pacific Time servers) where, even with a lot of Pacific Time players, after 11:30 or so PM, Eastern Time, I was all but alone when online and in game.

 

And, while my saying that I've been away for a long time should probably make this obvious, I'm going to state it anyway, so the RIFT team knows what they're getting into if they ask me to join their ranks.

 

I've missed the entire Nightmare Tide Expansion. My characters are all still at the level cap for 2.0, while I believe we're now in 4.0? I had to google the level cap-- and even the name-- for Storm Legion, can you believe that? Haha. But my characters are all level 60. I missed the entirety of Nightmare Tide.

 

I need to do more than just catch up in level. I absolutely, positively, NEED to see what I missed. And I need to NOT do it all alone.

 

I tried to return to RIFT a couple of months ago, but my return lasted no more than week or so when it became clear that not a single person in the guild I joined, wanted to accommodate me. The guild leader wanted to power level me in one of the dungeons through mentoring-- Charmer's Caldera, I think it was called? God I feel ridiculous, I can't even remember the name of the zone it's in... it's a desert zone not far from the Defiant starting zone. But the leader was going to use that dungeon to powerlevel me to 65 and then, as he said, "Seeing the Nightmare Tide story will take an hour, at most."

(EDIT: Charmer's Caldera, not Chancer's, and it's in Droughtlands or Shimmersand... googled it >_> )

 

But that's not what I need. I need, not to have to solo the entire expansion. I DON'T need everyone with me all the time. But I need a few people, some of the time. Besides, I was hoping to see more than just the quests. I was hoping to do some of the Rifts, some of the zone events, if people still do those at all anymore... There were times on Storm Legion when I could chase rifts and zone events, and always had so many people to do them with. Last time I tried, I felt so alone, I lost the will to try.

 

Time was, in RIFT, I didn't need to rely entirely on the guild for things like Rifts and zone events. If nobody does those things anymore... then yes, I can understand why I'd be out of things to do once I saw the story.

 

Bottom line, the TLDR version: The only reason I still play MMO's of any kind at all, is to find people to be social and interact with. Because as much as I dislike it personally, I can watch the story on Youtube. I ended up uninstalling WoW from my computer because it was clear I'd never catch up to my guildmates, progress wise. Even though I was at level 110, I was still finishing quests and exploration (for Legion Pathfinder, necessary for flying), and I still needed to do normal dungeons when they were trying to do ONLY mythics with keystones. And I couldn't solo the entire expansion. I got bored. Things became tedious. And WQ's became like dailies, where people were more competition than potential group mates. Try to group and they decline, and try to grab all the quest mobs and objectives for themselves alone, to hell with you. I need to be with people online. Otherwise I can just watch a DVD or read a book. Social action is the only reason I still play.

 

If folks on the RIFT team in CotP would feel that this is too much of an imposition on them-- and please believe me, I *DO* understand how and why they might see it that way-- but if they do, it's better if I simply don't try to return to RIFT. If it's unfair to everyone else for me to balk at catching up entirely on my own time, then I've missed the final bus out of town and have to accept it.

 

Maybe it is better if I write this all out for the whole team, so they can all see what I'm looking for in a game, as well as just a guild, and they can offer feedback accordingly. I'll be more than glad to help anyone else with whatever I can, in return for having people to interact with.

 

It felt therapeutic just writing this, and for that I thank you all.

 

Have a Happy Holiday!

 

Holly C. / Game Fossil

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I guess I'll start by asking, what was this decision Trion made for the current expansion that has caused a lot of players to go inactive? What did they do that results in a lack of content for max level?

 

When the latest expansion was released, it came with 2 dungeons plus a third retuning of an old-world (vanilla) dungeon.  Both Storm Legion and Nightmare Tide had many more dungeons.  Also, the dungeons are undertuned, so got "easy" quickly.  I recall folks getting the Conqueror achievements in SL and NT after a year, and now they're being gotten after a month.

 

Trion also didn't release a raid with the expansion, and it's still not out.  Even the group content that did exist was sometimes offline to fix it or kill exploits.  It just feels like an unfinished and half-baked expansion.  A lot of people are biding time hoping the raid is good enough to be engaging.

 

Second, I suppose I should ask the average time spread when I'm most likely to find guildmates on and active, and when I'm least likely to. I can be something of a night owl, and even though I live in the Eastern TIme zone, I've been in guilds (and on Pacific Time servers) where, even with a lot of Pacific Time players, after 11:30 or so PM, Eastern Time, I was all but alone when online and in game.

 

Right now, it's hard to say really how active the chapter is.  I think we have maybe 5 people on in ET evenings, but this week with the holidays is a mixed bag.  There are folks who stay on till 1am ET.  We're a relatively small guild, though, with perhaps a dozen active members.  You're not going to find 10 people on at once very often.

 

And, while my saying that I've been away for a long time should probably make this obvious, I'm going to state it anyway, so the RIFT team knows what they're getting into if they ask me to join their ranks.

 

You're welcome to come join us, if you think we're a good fit for you.

 

I've missed the entire Nightmare Tide Expansion. My characters are all still at the level cap for 2.0, while I believe we're now in 4.0? I had to google the level cap-- and even the name-- for Storm Legion, can you believe that? Haha. But my characters are all level 60. I missed the entirety of Nightmare Tide.

 
I need to do more than just catch up in level. I absolutely, positively, NEED to see what I missed. And I need to NOT do it all alone.
 
I tried to return to RIFT a couple of months ago, but my return lasted no more than week or so when it became clear that not a single person in the guild I joined, wanted to accommodate me. The guild leader wanted to power level me in one of the dungeons through mentoring-- Charmer's Caldera, I think it was called? God I feel ridiculous, I can't even remember the name of the zone it's in... it's a desert zone not far from the Defiant starting zone. But the leader was going to use that dungeon to powerlevel me to 65 and then, as he said, "Seeing the Nightmare Tide story will take an hour, at most."
(EDIT: Charmer's Caldera, not Chancer's, and it's in Droughtlands or Shimmersand... googled it >_> )
 
But that's not what I need. I need, not to have to solo the entire expansion. I DON'T need everyone with me all the time. But I need a few people, some of the time. Besides, I was hoping to see more than just the quests. I was hoping to do some of the Rifts, some of the zone events, if people still do those at all anymore... There were times on Storm Legion when I could chase rifts and zone events, and always had so many people to do them with. Last time I tried, I felt so alone, I lost the will to try.
 
Time was, in RIFT, I didn't need to rely entirely on the guild for things like Rifts and zone events. If nobody does those things anymore... then yes, I can understand why I'd be out of things to do once I saw the story.

 

The power-leveling trick in CC was removed when SFP was released, so that option is gone.  If you want to level up, you'll have to do it through leveling up.  It could be that there are folks, especially in the current drought of content, who are leveling up alts, and you'll be able to group with guildies.  Speaking only for myself, all my active toons finished NT at level 65, so I'm not going to be exploring NT content for a 6th time.  Which really gets to the crux of the matter:  What's new to you is, for folks who played the last expansion, stuff they've been in for two years.  We had a couple of members join in the Fall who took NT off, but they did the leveling burst to get to 65 before the expansion.  I don't know how much population you're going to see leveling up.  Best to ask Fires, who is leveling through NT these days.

 

It may be that you'll find folks to group with, or it may be that you'll end up doing it alone.  It could be that if you need help on a fight, someone will be able to swing by and do that.  But most of the Rift Chapter is level 70 now, so aside from alts, you're probably not going to find many folks leveling through the NT content.  As I said, though, I've not had reason to look.  It could be that NT zones are populated.

 

Bottom line, the TLDR version: The only reason I still play MMO's of any kind at all, is to find people to be social and interact with. Because as much as I dislike it personally, I can watch the story on Youtube. I ended up uninstalling WoW from my computer because it was clear I'd never catch up to my guildmates, progress wise. Even though I was at level 110, I was still finishing quests and exploration (for Legion Pathfinder, necessary for flying), and I still needed to do normal dungeons when they were trying to do ONLY mythics with keystones. And I couldn't solo the entire expansion. I got bored. Things became tedious. And WQ's became like dailies, where people were more competition than potential group mates. Try to group and they decline, and try to grab all the quest mobs and objectives for themselves alone, to hell with you. I need to be with people online. Otherwise I can just watch a DVD or read a book. Social action is the only reason I still play.

 

Mumble can be active.  There's social interaction there, even if you're out in the world on your own.  But that may not be what you're looking for.  Personally, I end up soloing every game, every expansion, because it's hard for me to dedicate X hours to sitting in the chair, and I need to be able to get up and do stuff on short notice.  That's not really conducive to groups.  You need to do what you enjoy as a way to spend your time.  In some respects, all these games are tedious, without the group aspect, and without beating the challenges that require a group, and can't be done alone.  I think that's why raiding is so important (and why the lack of it right now is putting Rift into the doldrums).

 

If folks on the RIFT team in CotP would feel that this is too much of an imposition on them-- and please believe me, I *DO* understand how and why they might see it that way-- but if they do, it's better if I simply don't try to return to RIFT. If it's unfair to everyone else for me to balk at catching up entirely on my own time, then I've missed the final bus out of town and have to accept it.

 

We have good people in the chapter.  If anyone asks for help, they get help.  But let's be clear here, if everyone who is online and level 70 and you're level 60, you're not going to get folks to come run NT content with you.  If you've done a quest chain and need someone to help with close a rift or do an end boss, you'll likely get that.  Maybe you'll make a friend and inspire someone to run an alt with you.  But the social aspect here is like it is anywhere else, something with give and take and mutual benefit.

 

MMOs are really just social clubs:  Like any other social club, folks with shared interests get together to explore those shared interests together.

 

But right now you are behind the curve.  You can make the effort to catch up to SFP, and then find people to group with in the new content.  Maybe you'll find folks to group with on the way from 60 to 65.  I don't know.  But I think you need to look to yourself.  Phrases like "imposition on them" and "knows what they're getting into" sound like you're looking for a guild to cater to you.  That's not how it works, at least not here.  We'll welcome you, and support you, and work with you to be the best you you can be, but at the end of the day, you need to stand up yourself and find your own enjoyment.

 

If this says to you that you don't want to come join us, I understand.  We're not going to ask you to join our ranks. Joining is your choice.

 

You are welcome to join this group of fine people, if you want to, and see if perhaps it works out for you.

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