Nothing to see here… literally

I really don’t have a great post for today, but rather go without a post I am cobbling something together.  Last few days I haven’t really followed much of the goings on in either the blogosphere or gaming press.  Basically all of this is due to the fact that I have continued to get sicker.  Finally get into a doctor and sequence of events goes a little something like this. 

My allergies were mean, and took over my zone thanks to the cottonwood invasion.  Then they managed to accidentally open a sinus infection rift.  Over time according to the doctor this started a zone wide pneumonia invasion.  Rather than letting it overtake my zone, she summoned a guild known as Levaquin to help fight it back.  So end result is…  I am still feeling horrible but hopefully on the mend.

Rift Commercials

As I sit at home, not really feeling like playing, not really feeling like doing much I have been watching a lot of the Syfy channel.  As a result I have seen a good number of the new rift commercials.  Honestly it is a damned clever idea.

Commercial #1

Commercial #2

Time to End Quests?

Wolfshead Online posted an interesting piece entitled “Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Quests in MMORPGs”.  While I don’t 100% agree with the premise that quests need to be removed, since I have played a game before that might as well have not had quests… Everquest.  However it is a well thought out and rather lengthy case for their removal.

I think in the grand scheme of things, I am longing for a game that is a little more sandbox and a little less golden path.  I like having quests, for when I want to quest… but ultimately I think there needs to be a type of gameplay supported that favors free exploration.  I think a game that had a questing system similar to that of Oblivion would be the perfect blend.

In that game you are never beaten over the head with the need to run quests, but they are there and extremely compelling if you choose to seek them out.  I think there has to be a way to bridge the gap between Everquest, where the quests themselves were near impossible to find and confusing to complete, and the world we live in now where no game dare launch without a shimmering path of breadcrumbs for the players to follow.

Rethinking Recruit-a-friend

Earlier in this week I posted about the new Rift Ascend a Friend program.  While I still think this program is by far the best I have seen implemented by a game company, the more I thought about it the more frustrated I got.  It feels like all of these recruitment programs are fundamentally flawed.

Why Recruitment Programs Suck

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The fundamental flaw in all of these programs is simple.  When a game starts to drop in population after its initial release boost, the first tool in the bag of mmo publishers to to break out a recruitment program.  Where better to draw in new people than from their loyal player base.  If you have friends playing a game, you are more likely to adapt to it yourself.  I find no flaw with this logic at all.

Where the breakdown happens is the fact that most “alpha geeks” have already drawn deeply from their friends at the release of the game.  I know personally I have been responsible for the sale of at least a dozen copies of rift.  At this point, everyone that would make a solid player is either in game, has tried the game and left, or is a wow-loyalist and bordering on ignoring me for my constant pro-rift banter.  While recruiting three more people doesn’t seem like much, for someone like me who had already drawn deeply onto the friend pile, it definitely is.

In theory, by creating a recruit a friend program, you are slapping your most loyal players in the face.  Those are the folks who have already brought everyone they could into a new game.  For example, I sold probably 30 copies of WoW over the years, but it took me 5 years to finally earn one of the recruit a friend mounts.  In this scenario however, the mount is the least important part.

It is extremely frustrating that all of these friends who I have brought into the game, can never be linked to my account like any new people I recruit will be.  Since some of my closest friends are already playing, I wish there was a way to somehow retroactively tag them as folks I brought in.  How handy would it be to be able to join your friends in doing whatever they are doing by teleporting to them?

How to Fix Them

The thing publishers need to understand is that from the day the game launches, their most loyal players are going to be actively recruiting.  So even if there are no rewards for it from the beginning, you need to give your players a way of flagging which players they have recruited into the game.  This is not something that can really be rolled out a couple of months after the game launches, this is something that needs to be in place prior to release.

Bioware seems to be getting this, at least in a small way.  With The Old Republic they have given us the ability to form guilds, recruit players, and create the social structure for the game well before launch.  However I think all publishers really need to look at this as the new norm.  The key difference between an MMO gamer and your standard console or pc gamer is that they crave the social interaction that these games gives them.  As a result it is impossible to divorce the community from the gameplay.

More than likely I will eventually get my pony.  However as a beta rift player, that managed to bring a good share of his friends into this game, it is frustrating that I will need to go into hardcore recruiter mode to earn it.  While this is not a massive deal, but recruitment programs have been a constant of MMOs for years.  Knowing this, I think it is something that publishers have to think of from day one.  Capturing this user loyalty from the start, only serves to give your player base the message that they really do matter after all.

Brink: Why You Should Care

Today was a busy day for things I care about.  Along with the major release of the 1.2 patch and all related trappings in Rift, another game came out that I have been waiting for a very long time.   Brink is a game I have been watching the progress of for months.  I realize that traditionally this is blog has been about MMOs and related titles.

Why I have been waiting

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Once upon a time there was this amazing game, given away for free to the public.  It featured a unique way of playing an FPS.  Instead of being concerned about racking up kills, the gameplay was solely based upon whether or not your team completed an objective.  Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was class based, like Team Fortress, but instead of just changing what your weapon load out was, these classes actually mattered.

As you played through a map it progressed a storyline.  Engineers were actually needed to build bridges, gun emplacements, and vehicles.  Basically the role you played in the game actually mattered to the objective at hand, and how good a shot you were really didn’t matter at all if your team was not working together.  Basically I like to think of it as a thinking mans shooter, needing the same kind of fast paced thinking that many MMO fights do.

A Studio Called Splash Damage

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This game studio continued onwards, and I followed their progress.  They worked with id Software on the multiplayer in Doom 3.  Problem is, this form of multiplayer did not really allow them to shine as a company.  Some time after the release of Quake 4, it was announced that Splash Damage would be working on a spiritual successor to Wolf ET, Quake Wars: Enemy Territory.

The game was extremely fun, but I feel it got caught up in the Battlefield 2 era of games.  Departing from their core gameplay, they added in multiple vehicle elements.  While well done, it didn’t feel nearly as elegant as Wolf ET was.  Long gone were the stalemates where each side controlled equal footing.  It was replaced by a much more run and gun style of gameplay.

Along Comes Brink

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Now we have the release of Brink, and with it Splash Damage feels like it is returning to its roots.  Gone are the gimmickry of Quake Wars, and replaced by it is solid character driven combat.  Borrowing from Borderlands, Brink has a character development system.  As you complete objectives and score kills, your character collects experience points.  These can be spent powering your character up, earning abilities like faster reloads and more hit points.

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As you complete various objectives and unlock achievements you start getting various interesting costume bits.  So as you can see from the above two images, after a few times playing the game your character starts looking just as unique as you want it to.  There are two kinds of unlocks, one is account wide, and the other character specific.  So by playing one character, you ultimately will unlock a few items here and there for your other characters.

But What About The Gameplay

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As you can see in the above image, the game is gorgeous, and luckily for us it plays equally well.  I am playing it at 1980×1080 high settings and get no lag whatsoever.  I am hearing some reports that the console versions are currently a bit laggy, but since playing a shooter with a controller feels like an abomination, this doesn’t really effect me.  However I am sure considering this is release day, it will shake out over time.

Basically in this game you take the side of the Resistance, or the ARK as you are given the decision, do you save the ark, or escape it.  Each faction consists of classes, for mirror balance.  The Soldier is your traditional run and gun player, with the added effect that they can plant explosives and resupply ammo.  The Medic is your archetypal healer role, with the ability to revive players and npcs, and buff the health of nearby players.  The Engineer is your fixit operator, being able to plant mines, repair machinery, and diffuse bombs.  Last we have the Operative, that is your traditional infiltrator class, having the ability to assume the look of any fallen player as well as perform hacking objectives.

As you enter the map, each team has a number of objectives.  You select the objective by either pressing tab or hitting the middle mouse button.  You get extra experience for completing whatever your selected objective is.  Each objective requires a specific class, and the players can change their current role from any of the command posts. 

Most of the objectives require the player to interact with an object for a few minutes, this means your team mates need to get your back.  If you are on the “attacking” team, each time you complete a primary objective your side gains additional time on the clock.  The maps are finished when either the attackers complete all of their objectives, or when the defenders manage to run the clock out.  So the average map lasts between 10 and 25 minutes as far as a time commitment goes.

Wrapping Up

What we have in Brink is a return to a thinking mans FPS.  You can customize your character to play how you want, and this includes the weapon choices.  Gone are the annoyances of being killed by planes you can’t even see, and with it comes a very close quarters and personal skill based shooter.  If you were a fan of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory or Quake Wars: Enemy Territory you will love this game from the start.

If you however cut your teeth on Call of Duty, this might be a little slow paced for you.  You might find being constrained by objectives and having to rely fully on your team members for success frustrating.  However for those of us who prefer team based games like MMOs, this is a shooter for us.  This is the perfect game to get in with a bunch of friends on voice chat and talk through situations.  Some of my most enjoyable times were playing Wolf ET with my clan, and here is hoping that Brink will revive those moments.

A Good Review Video

Wages of Loyalty: or Bel wants a Pony

In other news Trion has released a “recruit a friend” program.  Called “Ascend a Friend” it offers cool and permanent benefits to both sides of the deal.  In the past with WoW, the person who did the recruiting ended up getting a nice mount after a few months, but after the initial period all benefits to the person being recruited disappear.

Goodies for the Recruit

  • Special In-Game Title “The Chosen”
  • You will be forever linked to friend:  Able to teleport to their location every 30 minutes.
  • You and your friend will automatically have characters added to each others friends list.

Goodies for the Recruiter

  • You will be forever linked to friend: Able to teleport to their location every 30 minutes.
  • You and your friend will automatically have characters added to each others friends list.
  • 1 friends recruited – Unique Dog Pet.
  • 2 friends recruited – Unique Cosmetic Hat Item.
  • 3 friends recruited – Unique Flaming Horse Mount that scales to your highest purchased mount.

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In order to get the rewards your recruit must purchase the game.

So you are asking yourself how do you get started enslaving your friends as part of your global pyramid marketing scheme?  Quite simple.  Log into your Trion Worlds account, and click on the Ascend A Friend button.  From there you will get a custom url you can share with your friends.  I have cleverly disguised my URL behind this shiny button.  Doesn’t it look like it would be fun to push it?

 

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Rift 1.2 Spoils of War Official Patch Notes

As mentioned yesterday, here are the official patch notes.  As I formatted them, I thought to myself “god this is a huge patch”.  I am pretty certain I have never seen an MMO patch with this many changes.  Going to keep this brief since there are so many changes below.

 

RIFT 1.2 – Spoils of War

Original Thread

FEATURED


* New Looking for Group tool to form Dungeon, Rift, and Quest groups with other interested players on your shard!
* Along with Looking for Group, Expert Dungeons have undergone a general balance pass and reward improvement.
* Brand new Wardrobe slots allow you to customize the appearance of your character and even save whole outfits to swap between.
* Added the option to purchase a fifth Role from your Calling trainer!
* Discover Slivers – a glimpse into an alternate Telaran reality – that pose challenges geared toward 10-person Raid groups.
* Increased rewards for PvP play and Warfronts, including improved gear and better Favor and Prestige rewards.
* New Crafting Rifts offer additional ways to obtain materials and crafting skill-specific Plaques!
* Use RiftConnect to easily manage options for the various social networks you can integrate with RIFT.
* Many, many additional changes below!

GENERAL GAMEPLAY


* You may now purchase a 5th role at your Calling trainer!
* Reduced Auction House deposit prices by about 25%.
* Added weekly quests to Meridian and Sanctum to obtain a random Expert Rift lure.
* Corrupted coins on the ground in Meridian now behave properly.
* You can now use social emotes, even with a partial name match, to display your emote at another player in target range regardless of whether you actually have that player targeted. (ex: /wave Joe to wave at Joebob, even if you have Mary targeted.)
* Those who managed to sneak behind enemy lines and complete the introductory artifact collections inside Meridian or Sanctum now have a special reward coming their way!
* To make Artifact set collecting more fun for more Artifact hunters, rarity rates have been tuned to be less extreme between common and rare Artifacts. We’ll be keeping an eye on this through future updates to see if the rates need another boost.
* Artifacts for the Guardian version of the introduction quest for artifact hunting no longer have a sell value.
* Mana and Health potion drop rates from mobs have been reduced. They can still be purchased from your friendly local Apothecary friend or Auction House!
* Markers for completed quests will now always appear on the main map regardless of whether they are currently being tracked in quest stickies.
* ‘Discover’ quest objectives will no longer increment while a character is dead.
* Characters can no longer accumulate multiple daily quests from the same category (i.e. multiple Outfitter dailies) in their quest journals.
* Daily quest on offer for a particular day now stay the same before and after a shard restart.
* For quests requiring you to kill level-appropriate targets, tooltips for mobs of too low level will no longer indicate that they will count for the quest.
* You now receive an alert message when reaching a currency cap on your character (ex: Planarite).
* Currency caps are now shown on the character sheet.
* Potentially fixed player armors randomly changing color!
* If the last leader-ranked member of a guild is removed due to trial player restrictions, a new leader will automatically be selected.
As a part of the Looking for Group release, there have been a number of updates to instances and item rewards – See below for details!

LOOKING FOR GROUP


* You can now use the new Looking for Group tool to queue for Dungeons, Rifts, or group quests with other players on your server!
* The Looking for Group icon has been added to the main menu tray in the lower left corner of the screen, and can also be opened with the default shortcut key ‘I’.
* Select from the group roles available to you based on the roles you currently have saved on your character.
* Queue for specific dungeon or expert dungeon groups, or join the random dungeon queue. Once a group is formed, members will be teleported to the chosen dungeon zone.
* Rift and quest groups formed through the Looking for Group tool are not automatically teleported.
* Queue for group quests currently in your or your party members’ quest journals from anywhere in the world and find others also looking to complete these quests!
* Additional rewards are granted for completing a random dungeon through the Looking For Group tool – these can be gained up to seven times per week but are not restricted in number per day, so you can do as many or as few as you like each day of the week up to the weekly cap. Save them all up for one day or spread them out; your choice!
* Additional restrictions based on gear also apply to forming groups for tier 1 and 2 Expert Dungeons through this tool.
* Dungeon Daily quests are now obtained via the Quest tab in the Looking for Group tool.
* You must wait 10 minutes after your LFG tool party forms before being able to vote-kick a member.
* Players vote-kicked from an LFG group will be prevented from being picked again for re-queues by that group for 15 minutes. Players put on ignore will not be selected for your group ever.
* Players waiting for a group through LFG cannot be joined via public grouping or group merging while in the queue. Players in the LFG queue will drop out of it if they choose to join a public group or invite others into their group themselves.
* If a player has to leave an LFG group mid-dungeon, the group leader will have the option to use the LFG tool to automatically search for a replacement to continue the instance.

GENERAL INSTANCES

* Expert Dungeon Plaque of Achievement items have all received a power upgrade. If you already have these items, they will be boosted as well!
* Expert Dungeon final bosses are now guaranteed to drop an Epic item. No more finishing the dungeon and getting nothing but Rare items for the whole run. Epic items still have a chance to drop from the rest of the bosses in the zone.
* Some items have been weeded out of the Expert Dungeon drop tables that were very similar to others so you are more likely to see a wide variety of drops. Additionally, some items now drop from different bosses in order to spread out the range of drops available per fight.
* Your instance and raid lockouts are now displayed on a new Instances tab in the Character window.

SLIVERS


* As we all know, Telara’s universe is comprised of a myriad of planes and realities that all intersect with each other and with Telara at seemingly random angles and times.
* A “Sliver” is a place where a thin slice of another reality can be seen intersecting with our Telara.
* Some of these slivers are places where planar conflicts may have already been won or lost. Help set things right in other realities, or protect our own from their influence!
* The Planar Goods merchants in Meridian and Sanctum now sell the ascended power to view slivers – Omen Sight for Guardians and Quantum Sight for Defiants.
* These new abilities allow you to see things others might not be able to see, and potentially lead to the discovery of the entrance to Gilded Prophecy, a raid instance intended for 10 players.

WARDROBE SLOTS


* Wardrobe slots are now available for you to customize your character’s look!
* All characters have access to the first wardrobe set (all armor slots) at level 1.
* Additional purchaseable wardrobe sets will allow you to save and swap multiple outfits quickly.
* You can only equip armor in Wardrobe Slots of the appropriate type for your calling – Plate for Warriors, Leather for Rogues, etc.
* Additional clothing items will be available in the future, including from new Clothier vendors in Sanctum and Meridian.
* A wardrobe set’s icon can be dragged onto ability bars to create a shortcut for quickly changing your character’s outfit (similar to Role icons on ability bars).
* Costume versions of character starting clothes have been added to Clothier merchants in Meridian and Sanctum.
* Cosmetic hat items have been converted to costume items so they can be equipped in Wardrobe slots.

RIFTCONNECT


* The optional social network integrations in RIFT have been combined and expanded under the heading ‘RiftConnect’.
* Settings for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube can now be accessed via a button on the lower left corner of the patcher as well as the Settings menu in-game.
* Facebook sign-in status can only be changed from the game patcher.
* In-game recorded video now has options for Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook sharing.
* The commands used to post updates from in-game are:
– Facebook: /fb, /fbpic
– Tumblr: /tumblr, /tumblrpic
– Twitter: /tweet, /tweetpic
– To send out to everything you’re currently logged in to: /blast, /blastpic

CRAFTING RIFTS


* Lures for Crafting Rifts and are obtained by completing the new weekly crafting quests in addition to the tradeskill-specific Plaque the quest awards.
* These Rifts drop raw materials, Augments, and other goodies for crafters.
* Reaching the final stages gives a chance of obtaining an additional plaque!
* Crafting Rift lures open a Rift of appropriate level for the zone. In addition, materials awarded are also based on the zone level where the Rift is opened.
* All levels of crafting Rifts give a chance for an additional plaque from the bonus stages, even below your character level.
* Bring your friends and spread the wealth!

ROLE/CALLING DISPLAY

* Shifted from 5 different Combat Role colors to using a combination of Combat Role icons and Calling name colors.
* Callings use the following colors: Red – Warrior, Purple – Mage, Green – Cleric, Yellow – Rogue.
* An icon is displayed to the left of the player’s name to indicate their Combat Role.
* Defensive/Tank – Shield icon, Damage – Sword icon, Healer – Cross icon, Support – Flag icon.
* These indicators now also appear on search results and Warfront leaderboards.

ASCENDED POWERS


* Added new consumable Aspect of the Ancients items to the main Planar Goods Merchants in Sanctum and Meridian. You can carry up to three of these and they restore one planar charge when used.
* Anti-Planar Augmentation and Holy Champion now properly self-cast even when the auto self-cast option is turned off.

RIFTS AND INVASIONS


* Gear from Expert Rifts has been increased in power. Existing items will be updated automatically.
* NEW EXPERT RIFT: The Expert Earth Rift ‘Auricore Forerunners’ is now available!
* NEW RAID RIFTS: The Raid Rifts ‘The Golden King’ and ‘Drakith Hatchery’ are now available!
* Zone and Colossus Events are now easier to find. Zones that have active zone events now have a special icon next to the zone name on the main map. Mousing over the icon will display a tooltip showing the current progress of the event.
* Zone events now show on the main map which Wardstones need to be defended.
* Wardstones that must be defended as part of a zone event now have their main map icon turn red when they are destroyed.
* Expert and Raid Rifts now have Achievements!
* Defender Achievements for each zone no longer list Rift events that do not occur in those zones.
* Reduced the amount of Planarite awarded by individual Invasions and Footholds during zonewide events. Slightly increased the amount of Planarite awarded in general from Rift content of levels 10-14 to keep it in line with the 15-19 range.
* Increased Planarite cap from 30,000 to 60,000.
* You may now purchase Expert and Raid Rift Lures if you have the required Planar Notoriety of the appropriate type – or purchase husks which no longer have a Notoriety requirement to obtain.

ANCIENT WARDSTONES


* Ancient Wardstones should no longer disappear mysteriously.
* Ancient Wardstones now have their own tooltip type with related information displayed on mouseover.
* Ancient Wardstones are now shown on the main map when controlled by one of the factions.
* During zone events, Neutral Wardstones now take reduced damage, much like Defiant and Guardian wardstones do.
* Invaders attacking the Ancient Wardstone in Howling Plateau of Scarwood Reach will no longer travel through Scarlet Gorge to get there.

GUILD PERKS


* Planar Protection: Fixed a typo in the tooltip for this perk.
* Recall Scrolls should continue to count down their reuse time while you are logged out.
* Call of the Ascended: Now properly costs 3 Planar Charges. Will no longer prompt living people with a resurrection window. No longer works in a dungeon if anyone in the group/raid is in combat. Now has a 20 second casting time.

GUILD QUESTS


* Guild quests requiring you to kill a number of monsters from rifts now require that your target be green, but no longer require an overall minimum mob level for guild level 10 quests or below.
* New weekly harvesting guild quests are available from Horace Shoe in Meridian, and Cardinal Gladewillow in Sanctum. These are taken and completed as an individual, but reward your guild.
* More standard guild quests have been added to the mix!
* Player-kill objective PvP quests now require more updates in general.

CULT SAGA

* Forces of the Plane of Death: Updated the quest text to indicate that participation in the Rift is required to receive credit.
* The Means of the Endless: Towers should give more time between waves, and mobs will despawn after wipes.
* Cutting Off Communications and Tombs of Old can now be updated through the Expert version of the appropriate dungeon.
* A Family Affair: The aura detector can now be used again on Jiles Newkosa if you fail to kill him the first time.
* Powers of Life and Air: Now requires only Honored notoriety.
* Securing Source: Now asks a bit more than just running the Deepstrike Mines dungeon.

COMBAT


* Diminishing Returns changes:
* Abilities are now consolidated into two groups for diminishing returns.
– Movement abilities [Root, Knockback, Snare] which were not previously set up with diminishing returns.
– Control abilities [Banish, Disarm, Silence, Fear, Confuse, Mesmerize, Stun]
* In PvP, being hit with a crowd control effect starts a 24 second diminishing returns timer. If you are hit with a second effect from the same group (Movement or Control) during that time, the effect is reduced by 50%. You are then immune to additional effects from the same group until the initial timer has expired.
* Crowd control-breaking effects have also been updated with the new Diminishing Returns groups:
* Breaks all effects:
– PvP Souls: Break Free
– Bladedancer: Untangle
– Elementalist: Sever Bonds
– Pyromancer: Flicker
– Ranger: Escape Artist – Escape Artist no longer grants immunities.
– Riftblade: Rift Walk
– Riftstalker: Flashback
* Breaks Control effects:
– Paladin: Devotion
– Reaver: Tempered Will
* Breaks Movement effects:
– Bladedancer: Flash of Steel
– Champion: Ruthless Pursuit
– Marksman: Getaway
– Riftstalker: Shadow Stalk
– Shaman: Battle Charge
– Vindicator: Unrestrained
– Warden: Dissolution
* Damage Reduction updates:
* The following powerful short-duration damage reduction buffs will no longer be overwritten by weaker effects:
– Nightblade: Twilight Shelter
– Riftstalker: Planar Refuge
– Vindicator: Phalanx
– Warlock: Neddra’s Essence
* The following abilities no longer stack with other powerful short-duration damage reduction buffs:
– Druid: Strength of the Fae
– Infiltrator: Ignore Pain
– Sentinel: Healer’s Covenant
– Void Knight: Singularity
* NPCs will prefer unstealthed targets when picking between targets they’re equally mad at.
* You should no longer see NPCs targeting ‘invisible man’ or other un-targetable phantoms.
* Falling damage no longer triggers abilities and other effects that react to damage taken.
* Fixed an issue causing ability effect tooltips on others to often show incorrect values.
* Queued abilities will now be cleared when casting another ability, even if you cast one off of global cooldown. This will stop queued damaging abilities from doing things like breaking stealth if Slip Away is used in combat.
* Channeled abilities will no longer interrupt themselves, or be interrupted by attempts to use another ability that fail. If queuing is enabled, they will be queued for next cast. Otherwise, the second use while the channel is under way will be ignored. This is a server-side queue and not impacted by client lag.
* Visual effects that appear on the ground from using abilities [ex: Marksman’s Pedestal] will no longer disappear when the caster is polymorphed.
* Character sheet tooltips for Hit, Focus, and Toughness now offer suggested amounts for different content tiers.
* Autoattacks now resume more quickly after performing abilities.
* Toggling auto-attack no longer triggers certain cases of reactive abilities.
* Reactive Abilities now check if an effect comes from your character or your pet, which allows abilities like ‘Flesh Rip’ to appear correctly.
* Reactive abilities whose target has moved out of viewable range will no longer leave a sad, orphaned reactive ability icon on screen.
* Fixed pets losing effects that were on them when teleporting or entering/leaving an instance.
* Fixed a bug where the Battleworn debuff didn’t prevent NPCs from regenerating health outside of combat.
* Scorpion and Ranged Spider-type (yikes) mobs: Skittish: Reduced from a 25% Dodge bonus to a 10% Dodge bonus.
* NPC Assassins: Malicious Strike ability for these NPCs now deals damage and snares the target by 30%.
* NPC Assassins: These NPCs no longer use Paralyzing Strike when attacking from stealth. They now use an NPC version of Assassinate instead.
* Basilisks’ Toxic Discharge, Scarab’s Septic Wound: These NPC abilities are now properly cleansable as Diseases.
* Reduced the Dodge bonus for the Insubstantial ability used by Ifrit and Djinali NPCs.

SOULS

* PvP Souls: Break Free: In addition to cancelling crowd control and movement impairing effects, Break Free now grants 5 seconds of immunity after being activated.
* Reaver, Void Knight, Paladin, Warlord: Fixed a bug causing AoE taunts to only trigger an 8 second cooldown with each other rather than the full shared 1-minute cooldown.
* Taunts can now be used three times before diminishing returns affects NPCs [previously 2 times].
* Fixed an issue with the use of Rogue tracking abilities while mounted that would cause the Rogue to ‘fall through’ their mount.
* Also fixed a bug with Feign Death and Slip Away abilities that sometimes didn’t keep you from gaining aggro right after use.
* Cleric snares now list the movement speed reduction on the effect tooltip.
* Increased the base values of AoE damage reduction abilities on pets. They each now reduce AoE damage by 65% + 1% per point spent in that soul. Affected abilities are:
– Summon Greater Primal Companion [Beastmaster], Forest Blessing [Druid], Greater Elemental Affinity [Elementalist], Ancient Tomb [Necromancer], King of the Jungle [Ranger].

CLERIC


CABALIST


* Distorted Shadows: Fixed rank 10 to do appropriate amounts of damage.
* Dark Water: Fixed the damage dealt per tick to match the intended total damage listed on the tooltip.

DRUID

* Weight of the World: Fixed tooltip to properly indicate that healing is affected as well as damage.
* Friend of the Weald: Fixed tooltip to indicate that it also affects attack power contribution.
* Crag Hammer: Increased the damage of Rank 6.

INQUISITOR

* Sanction Heretic: The damage over time portion now has a separate name, Sanction, so it can be differentiated in combat logs.
* Life and Death Concord: Now has a 6-30% chance to proc and no longer has an internal cooldown. Utilizing the proc now gives Bolt of Depravity a 10 second cooldown after that cast.
* Armor of Treachery: Now increases Armor and Endurance.
* Armor of Devotion: Now increases Spell Power and Critical Hit.
* Armor of Awakening: Now increases spell damage by 5%, critical hit by 5%, and mana regeneration rate by 10%. Increases damage taken by 5%.
* Aggressive Renewal: Added a tick for a total of 4 intervals, increased the mana restored, and reduced the cooldown to 1 minute.
* Nysyr’s Rebuke: Now shares the same diminishing returns group as other Control abilities.

PURIFIER

* Ward of the Ancestors: Reduced cooldown to 3 seconds. Ward of the Ancestors cannot be cast again on the same target for 20 seconds.
* Caregiver’s Blessing: No longer triggers the global cooldown.

SENTINEL

* Word of Hope: Now also increases the spell power bonus of Healing Breath by 2% + 1.5% per point spent in Sentinel above 36.

SHAMAN

* Vengeance of the Frozen Earth: No longer applies a snare to the target if they are already snared.

TEMPLAR [PvP]

* Barb of Shackles: Now shares the same diminishing returns group as other Movement abilities. No longer applies a snare to the target if they are already snared.
* Blessing of the Martyr: Now gives your damaging abilities a 20% chance to remove 1 buff effect from enemy players. Once triggered, this cannot happen again for 2 seconds.
* Ethereal Shell: Once triggered, cannot happen again for 15 seconds. Reduced duration to 5 seconds; damage reduction reduced to 3% per point spent.
* Arcane Defenses: Spell damage reduction has been reduced to 1% per point spent.

MAGES

ARCHMAGE [PvP]

* Due to the below changes, characters with Soul Points spent in Archmage will receive a free soul respec.
* Mana Shield: Fixed so this now works as described.
* Steelweave: Now correctly reduces all damage received from players instead of only physical damage.
* Steelweave: Physical damage reduction reduced to 1% per point spent.
* Lethargy: Removed.
* Degeneration – New Ability: Channels dark energy into the enemy player, dealing Death damage over 3 seconds and removing a single buff effect from the target each second. 30 second cooldown. This ability is obtained after spending 10 points in Archmage.
* Ethereal Shell: Once triggered, cannot happen again for 15 seconds. Damage reduction has been reduced to 3% per point spent.

ARCHON

* Exhilaration: Now only triggers on damaging or healing Critical Hits.
* Power in Numbers: Corrected an issue where the second rank of this ability was not affected by aura abilities.

CHLOROMANCER

* Living Shell: Fixed an issue where this was returning mana if the absorb shield was removed before it expired. Also correctly removes mana when it deals damage.
* Enduring Tether: The cooldown reduction granted by this ability is now reflected in the Soul Tether tooltip and affects it properly.
* Nature’s Touch: Updated ability description to clarify how this works with Lifegiving Veil.
* Lifegiving Veil: Fixed an issue with heals from Livegiving Veil receiving a bonus from Spell Power twice.
* Fixed an issue preventing Corrosion from triggering healing from Livegiving Veil.
* Seed of Life, Soul Tether: Can no longer be cast on a pet.

DOMINATOR

* Controlled Opportunity: In addition to its current functionality, this now also gives the next damaging ability used on the target a 100% chance to hit, but prevents that ability from critically hitting.
* Durable Control: Now causes Transmogrify, Mass Exhaustion, and Disorient effects to break after the enemy receives damage equal to 1.5-3% of your max Health, plus 0.15-0.3% of your maximum health for each point spent in Dominator. This only occurs with enemies above 85% health.

ELEMENTALIST

* Charged: Now properly affects ranks 8, 9, and 10 of Lightning Strike.
* Tempest: Corrected an issue where Tempest would apply inconsistently to AoE abilities.
* Water Elemental’s Ice Bolt no longer snares the target.
* Planar Expansion: In addition to the original effects on Air and Earth pets, this now increases the damage done by the Greater Water Elemental and increases the duration of the Water pet’s Mind Freeze ability.

NECROMANCER

* Corpse Explosion: Rank 3 now has a 10 second cooldown instead of 45 seconds.
* Blood Spike: Ability description now updates to reflect changes from Clattering Bones.
* Plague Bolt: Fixed an issue that allowed this to gain damage bonuses from other players’ stacks of Deathly Calling.
* Shadow Revenant: Ruination: No longer gains damage bonuses from Vengeful Spirit for stacks of Deathly Calling above 5 on the target.
* Soul Rend: No longer gains damage bonuses for stacks of Deathly Calling above 5 on the target.
* Skeletal Zealot, Skeletal Horror: Readjusted their armor values, which were not previously readjusted after the cloth armor increase in 1.1. Other pets are unaffected.

PYROMANCER

* Burning Bonds: Using this will no longer cause a pet to stop attacking an enemy if the Pyromancer has the Unbreakable Bonds ability.
* Ground of Strength: Now reduces damage received by 20% and reduces damage dealt by 10%. Now increases all magical resistances by 60, armor by 70%, makes the mage immune to crowd control abilities, and reduces damage dealt by the mage by 10%. This ability no longer has a chance to proc a stun.
* Fire Storm: Will no longer award Charge if an ability that blocks Charge generation is active. Updated description.
* Combust: Fixed an issue causing multiple stacks of the DoT effect to only deal the damage of one stack. This now works properly.
* Cinder Burst and Fulminate can no longer be used within 5 seconds of each other.
* Cinder Burst/Pyromancer’s Armor: Fixed an issue where the damage from Cinder Burst would consume a Pyromancer’s Armor proc incorrectly if the proc occurred after Cinder Burst was cast but before it landed on the enemy.

STORMCALLER

* Building Storm: Now gives a 100% critical damage bonus to Hypothermia-causing spells, up from 50%.
* Lightning Storm: Will no longer award Charge if an ability that blocks Charge generation is active. Updated description.
* Lightning Conductor: Now correctly affects ranks 9 and 10 of Thunderbolt, and rank 10 of Electrocute.
* Static Discharge: Fixed an issue causing the damage portion to retain the effect of buffs that were active when the ability was cast but no longer active when the damage portion triggered. Damage is now attributed to the person triggering the damage instead of the caster of the buff. Static Discharge now triggers off of damaging spells and abilities and no longer triggers off of auto-attacks.
* Spark of Life: Can no longer be cast on a pet.

WARLOCK

* Devouring Shadows: Will no longer award Charge if an ability that blocks Charge generation is active. Updated description.
* Improved Life Leech: Updated ability description for more clarity.

ROGUE

ASSASSIN

* Serpent Strike: Damage increased. Cooldown reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
* Impale: Damage increased. Now gains additional damage bonuses from Attack Power.
* Assassinate: Damage increased.
* Backstab: Additional damage bonus from Attack Power increased to 100% from 50%. Ability base damage increased. Now has a 6 second cooldown.
* Murderous Intent: Fixed a bug where this was not giving the correct percentage increase to physical damage.
* Poison Malice: No longer causes stealth to break when activated.
* Hidden Veil: Reworded ability description.
* Slip Away: Should now work more consistently against NPCs.
* Physical Trauma: Now increases your Final Blow damage by 4-8% on targets affected by Impale.
* Improved Stealth: Should no longer mysteriously stop working.

BARD

* Cadence: Cadence will correctly give 3 combo points instead of 2 when you have points spent in Expedited Wounds [Infiltrator].
* Anthem of Fervor: Will no longer be overwritten by lesser buffs.
* Verse of Rebirth – New Ability: Brings the fallen ally back to life and restores 20% of their health and mana. This ability cannot be used while in combat. Available with 36 points spent in Bard.

BLADEDANCER

* Due to the below changes, characters with Soul Points spent in Bladedancer will be given a free soul respec.
* Flash of Steel: The minimum required range to use this ability has been reduced to 3 meters from 8.
* Deadly Strike: Corrected an issue where rank 9 and 10 were both trained at level 42. Rank 10 of Deadly Strike is properly trainable at level 48.
* Quick Strike: Additional damage bonus from Attack Power increased to 100% from 50%. Ability base damage increased.
* Precision Strike: Additional damage bonus from Attack Power increased to 100% from 50%. Ability base damage increased.
* Mass Subdue: The damage from Mass Subdue will no longer trigger secondary effects like Serrated Blades or weapon poisons, and will no longer cause the incapacitation effect to break as a result of these secondary effects.
* Blade Tempo, Side Steps, Blade and Soul Parity, Double Coup, and Dualism: No longer cause stealth to break when activated.
* Blade Finesse and Combat Expertise: Traded positions within the soul tree.
* Blade Finesse: Now increases the Attack Power bonus for Deadly Strike by 5-25%.
* Deadly Dance: Bonus increased to 7-21% and can occur up to 3 times.

INFILTRATOR [PvP]

* Focused Intent: No longer works against non-player targets.
* Against All Odds: Now triggers from stun, root, or disarm, reducing damage by 3-15% for 5 seconds. Once triggered, cannot be triggered again for 15 seconds. Now also triggers from Silence effects.
* Evading Thoughts: Reduced duration to 2 seconds per combo point.
* Take Cover: AoE damage reduction reduced to 3% per point spent.

MARKSMAN

* Due to the below changes, characters with soul points spent in Marksman will receive a free soul point respec.
* Fire and Forget: Removed.
* Eradicate – New Ability: Available after spending 44 points in Marksman. Removes up to 2 buffs from the enemy target.
* Close Quarters Combat: Now a 1 point passive ability rather than an activated one. Now available as a 6th tier branch ability.
* Bull’s Eye: Now available as a 5th tier branch ability.
* Crossfire: Available after spending 26 points in Marksman.
* Sniper Training: Revised. Now increases the damage of Empowered Shot and Deadeye Shot by 7-21%.
* Controlled Fire: Removed.
* Improved Hit and Run: New ability available after spending 38 points in Marksman. Allows the execution of ranged attacks while moving; causes Empowered Shot and Deadeye Shot to become instant cast abilities, removes cooldown on Empowered Shot, and reduces the Energy cost of all Marksman abilities by 50%. Shares a cooldown with Hit and Run.
* Hit and Run: No longer causes stealth to break when activated.
* Rapid Extrication: Revised – it now reduces the cooldown of On the Double, Hit and Run, Improved Hit and Run, Bull’s Eye, and Retreat by 15-30%.
* Strafe: Now deals an additional 20% damage if you are standing on your Pedestal.
* Rapid Fire Shot: Revised. No longer adds a buff that increases your attack speed. Now a ranged damage finisher that fires 1 shot per combo point up to a maximum of 5 shots. 20 second cooldown.
* Master Archer: Now scales up in damage with the number of points spent in Marksman.
* Deaden – New Ability: Blasts the enemy, interrupting casting and silencing them for 5 seconds with a successful interrupt. Not affected by global cooldown. Available with 24 points spent in Marksman.
* Pedestals: Leaving a pedestal now applies a 15 second buff of the Pedestal’s bonus, which will wear off unless you re-enter.

NIGHTBLADE

* Heat Retention: Fixed an occasional issue where this wouldn’t always trigger when using a damaging ability that awards a combo point.
* Ebon Fury, Twilight Shelter, Twilight Transcendence: No longer cause stealth to break when activated.

RANGER

* Double Shot: Fixed a bug where this would cause Fang of the Life Lord to trigger.
* Shadow Fire: Now increases the damage of Ranger attacks by 35%.

RIFTSTALKER

* Rift Disturbance: Now generates more threat than before.
* Planebound Resilience, Planar Refuge, Scatter the Shadows: No longer cause stealth to break when activated.
* Flashback: Can no longer be used when carrying the Fang of Regulos in Black Garden.

SABOTEUR

* Incriminate, Carpet Bombing, Rapid Setup: No longer cause stealth to break when activated.
* Combat log messages now appear when Energy is refunded for using Charges out of combat.
* Spike Charge: The Bleed effect from Spike Charge should now trigger Blood Rage on your pet if you have soul points spent in Ranger’s Blood Rage.
* Traps will no longer follow you when zoning into an instance or using a porticulum.
* Last Stand: Removed.
* High Explosives – New Ability: Unlocked at 44 points. Detonate causes the target to Bleed for 6 seconds. The amount of damage dealt is based on your weapon damage and number of combo points used.

WARRIOR


* Warriors: Threat generation of Finisher attacks for Reaver, Paladin, Warlord, and Void Knight have been increased.

BEASTMASTER

* Backhanded Blow: Fixed a bug causing this to not deal extra damage per bleed on the target. Also properly affected by abilities that modify attack-point building attacks.
* Flesh Rip: Now correctly considered a bleed effect for other Beastmaster abilities. Also no longer incorrectly triggers a global cooldown.
* Removed the ‘Messy Wound’ effect that showed on the target’s debuff bar when they were critically hit by a pet.
* Protective Companion: Fixed a bug causing non-offensive polymorphs (such as several quest effects that disguise you) to break while this was active.
* Spoils of the Hunt: Should now heal correctly.

CHAMPION

* Mark of Extermination: Effect now ends when the target dies.
* Intense Training: Fixed the incorrect soul tree display for the impact of Intense Training on Soldier’s Bearing, Slayer’s Bearing, and Destroyer’s Bearing.

PALADIN

* Balance of Power: Removed internal cooldown. Tip the Balance still has an internal cooldown.
* Improved Paladin’s Devotion: Now shows correctly reduced cooldown in tooltip and on the cooldown timer.
* Tip the Balance: Slightly reduced the internal cooldown on Tip the Balance.
* Shield of the Hero: Will now properly be removed by abilities that remove buffs.

PARAGON

* Shifting Blades: The tooltip has been updated to better reflect that this ability is intended to be used with two-handed weapons or sword-and-shield builds.
* Deadly Grace: Fixed a bug causing this to trigger on every other Dual Strike, instead of on all of them.
* Touch of Tranquility: Now shares the same diminishing returns group as other Control abilities.

REAVER

* Power From the Masses: Now triggers off of any damaging ability used, rather than just AoEs. Corrected a bug that caused this to trigger on auto attacks.
* Shroud of Entropy: Now shares a stacking group with other damage reduction abilities to keep them from being stacked to unintended levels. It now stacks with Power from the Masses and Imbued Armor.

RIFTBLADE

* Planar Blade: Fixed a bug causing Planar Blade to not proc as much as was intended.
* Stonespear: The root from this ability should now break based on damage dealt to the rooted target.
* Avatar of the Rift: Fixed a bug causing this to modify Attack Power contribution by too little.
* Avatar of the Rift: Fixed a bug causing this to increase the damage of Avatar of the Rift’s damage shield, Burning Blood, and Elemental Touch by more than was intended.
* Fiery Burst: The damage-over-time component from Fiery Burst will no longer overwrite the same components applied by other Riftblades.
* Burst abilities in general: The debuff component on Burst abilities no longer overwrites debuff components applied by other Riftblades.
* Fixed several issues that were causing Burst abilities to trigger out of order.

VINDICATOR [PvP]

* Subdue: Now properly lowers damage against all targets.
* Stand Off: Now properly roots the Warrior in place.
* Phalanx: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, max range reduced to 10 meters. Now applies a debuff that prevents the target from being affected by Phalanx for 60 seconds.
* Forced Recon, Furious Blades: Now only trigger against players.
* Forced Recon: No longer applies a snare to the target if they are already snared.

VOID KNIGHT

* Pacts: Changed the way Pacts are spent. Abilities no longer consume all Pacts on the caster – they consume a set amount and their effects are modified by those Pacts consumed. This should allow Void Knights to strategize the use of Pacts while also keeping some in reserve when using abilities.
* Fusion of Flesh: Revised – now protects the Void Knight for 20% of their maximum health for each Pact consumed by the next 5 non-Physical hits over 30 seconds. Each non-Physical hit heals the Void Knight for 20% of their maximum health. Consumes up to 5 Pacts.
* Discharge: Revised – Now costs 2 Pacts. The first damage effect will remain the same and occur with 1 or 2 Pacts consumed; the second hit will scale based on how many Pacts the Void Knight spent. The overall damage of the ability should remain the same as the previous incarnation.
* Tempest: Moved to require 26 soul points, with additional ranks added. The first damage effect will occur regardless of how many Pacts are spent and is unchanged, while the second will scale based on how many Pacts were spent. The overall damage of the ability should remain the same as the previous version.
* Rift Shield: Now costs 5 Pacts. The overall absorption should remain the same, with the only change being that it doesn’t consume all Pacts available.
* Ravenous Strength, Ravenous Defense: Now apply and last as long as Pacts. Any abilities adding a Pact will add these, and anything that removes Pacts will remove them.
* Ragestorm: No longer incorrectly hits more than 5 targets.
* Insatiable Hunger: Fixed a bug causing this ability to take the value of the target’s weapon in calculation, rather than your own.
* Improved Rift Summon: Now shows correctly reduced cooldown in tooltip and on the cooldown timer.
* Quality Care: Fixed a bug causing Quality Care to trigger off of pre- and post-phase Warfront heals. Also fixed a typo in the ability description.
* Spell Sunder: Won’t incorrectly remove Distraction debuffs from the target.
* Accord of Emptiness – New ability: Reduces damage dealt by melee attacks by 20%, and non-physical attacks by 10%. Available with 50 points spent in Void Knight.
* Spellbreaker: will no longer remove the Reaver’s Binding of Atrophy. The debuff from Binding of Atrophy can now be removed.
* Fusion of Flesh: Fixed a bug causing this to trigger off of the Void Knight’s own abilities.
* Fixed a bug with Reckless Strike, Rift Tap, and Furious Rage, where they were not generating enough threat.

WARLORD

* No Permission to Die: Fixed a bug that could cause this to not actually heal the Warlord on ‘death’.
* Promise of Steel: Cooldown reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
* Call to Battle: Now also places a buff on the Warlord, Battle Caller, which increases their Attack Power. This buff stacks with Call to Battle and other raid-wide buffs.
* Call to Entrench: Now also places a buff on the Warlord, Entrenchment Caller, which reduces their damage taken. This buff stacks with Call to Entrench and other raid-wide buffs.
* Call to Regroup: Now also places a buff on the Warlord, Regroup Caller, which increases the threat they generate. This buff stacks with Call to Regroup and other raid-wide buffs.
* General’s Order – New Ability: Available with 51 points, this ability acts like Sergeant’s Order versus a group of up to 5 enemies.
* Fixed a confusing error in the tooltip for Call to Entrench.
* Battlefield Awareness: Now causes Call and Command abilities to generate threat against up to 10 nearby enemies.

ZONES

* Zone bosses spawned by Ancient Wardstones in Scarlet Gorge, Scarwood Reach, and Droughtlands now display on the main map.
* Resolved some issues with major or elite Invasions not dropping loot – mostly seen in Stonefield and Iron Pine Peaks.
* Fixed a bug which could occasionally cause players to ‘pinball’ over areas of water.

DROUGHTLANDS

* The talking Raptors around Redoubt no longer have say text on aggro. Clever girls.
* You can no longer mount in the upper levels of Lantern Hook.
* Battle Royale: Gave the Arcane forces a bit more survivability.
* In the Name of Lantern Hook: The first quest objective now shares updates with a group.
* Scout and About: Adjusted map indicators.
* Clearing the Rest: Added map indicators to help with finding the Fleshrend Centaurs.
* In the Name of Lantern Hook: Updated quest text to better indicate that using the Standard is what summons Mongrok.
* Thwarting the Emberlord: Fixed an issue that could cause Morkael to get into a broken state. Also corrected the display of the sword-type quest reward to not look like an axe.
* Back to the Pit: Quest rewards corrected!
* Carrion’s Song: Increased Carrion’s respawn rate. The Flightsong ability now lasts twice as long, though it reduces Carrion’s damage output by 50% rather than 75%. Flightsong still hits Carrion like a truck. Reduced Carrion’s level from 43 to 42 to match the quest level.
* Words of the Damned: Added some visuals for being teleported around Redoubt Tower.
* NPCs at Brigand’s Bluff and Fallback now have levels appropriate to the surrounding content.
* Stormbrood Lair: Mob population now responds better to the level of player activity in the area.
* Hook and Crook, Grab and Go: You should now be able to continue on a scavenger hunt regardless of whether a new one has started.
* The Biggest Void: Reduced the amount of mana taken and damage done by Netharius’ Life Glutton ability. Netharius and his Summoned Nethers now deal less damage, and the Summoned Nethers have slightly less health.
* The Full Rundown, On the Hoof: The tooltip for Whirl of Speed now displays the correct duration of 6 seconds.
* Ancient Wardstone quests in Droughtlands now with 100% more actual rewards!

FREEMARCH

* Uncanny Box: Fixed an issue that could cause players to teleport to another tower in the Iron Fortress.
* Trial of Combat: Sir Olgedon should no longer be able to enter a broken state after being defeated in combat.
* Rift: Jakub’s Second Battalion: Fixed an issue causing the Aurarch to hulk out and be pretty much un-killable. He’s not quite so angry anymore.

IRON PINE PEAKS

* A new zone event has been added to Iron Pine Peaks! Planar Chill – hold the Icewatch Bulwarks to defeat the forces of Crucia!
* Frozen Gauntlet: Visually improved and optimized this daily quest. Also made it update properly for all members of a group.
* You can now turn in Iron Pine Peak event dailies even when the corresponding event isn’t running.
* Shipment Triangulation: Fixed the icon for the Locator Device.
* Bitter Winds: Fixed some rare cases that could cause this quest to stop working.
* Redsnow Bodyguards no longer get so confused over who is Defiant or Guardian.
* Consequences of Neglect: You can now progress past the second objective of this quest.
* A Gathering Storm: Added map markers to the second and third kill objectives.
* An Unbearable Burden: Fixed several issues with the debuff applied during this quest.
* Defiants that die near Choke Water no longer respawn at the Guardian resurrection point there.
* Jengri Blackfoot can no longer be helped repeatedly by Savik and Kric.
* Moved a few artifacts that were impossible to reach or iced over.
* Dabbling in the Forbidden: Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the Ritual Altar to not be usable.

MERIDIAN

* Garad Nallam, the primary planar merchant in Meridian, now has the appropriate ‘Planar Goods’ merchant title.
* Expert Dailies have been moved to Epoch Plaza and are now given out by Lord Olangdon.

MOONSHADE HIGHLANDS

* Added a porticulum to Reclaimer’s Hold.
* Honor Them: Quest now grants updates for the entire group.
* Mistfall Monsters: This quest now has map locators for both objectives.
* Memories of the Past: Fixed incorrect tagging mobs for corpse scanning.
* Wild Element: Fixed an issue causing Bound Sobeks to incorrectly grant credit for this quest.
* Tormented Minds: Fixed Veiled Nightmares not being attacked by guards.
* The Key to it All: This quest now gives more accurate instructions.
* The Relics of Bahralt: Abyssal Thieves should no longer mount more than one ambush in each location.
* A Holy Remedy: Fixed an issue that caused a few of the Sickly Dwarves to be incurable on this quest.
* Death’s Embrace: Sped up the respawn of Abyssal Focusers.
* His People’s Shield: Updated quest visuals to have a physical form for those with lower settings who can’t see the visual effects.

SANCTUM

* Assassination attempts have become so frequent that they no longer stun Cyril. Cyril, Borrin, and Shyla now have boss-style immunities, including against interrupts.
* Quartermaster Melke, the primary planar merchant in Sanctum, now has the appropriate ‘Planar Goods’ merchant title.
* Guardian players wondering how they can be knighted as a member of the Sanctuary Guard can now speak to Sir Guysun Lawless in the Lodge of the Planes to the rear of Sanctum. Sir Guysun can direct those seeking this honor to where they may have prerequisite quests incomplete. [Kain storyline quests]

SCARLET GORGE

* The Living and the Dead: The Uythradge Eye will now dismount players.
* Spared Parts: Reduced the respawn time of Elemoil.
* Broke Down Bahlmus, Spared Parts: The modified DX-27 will now drop the Carmintium Belt for all party members.
* An Unlikely Initiate: Fixed an issue that could cause Agogag’s cage door to close instead of open.
* Strange Brew: Noxious Fumes debuff is now less obnoxious. It shouldn’t get stuck on you.
* Crushing the Constructs: Increased respawn rate of quest targets and flagged additional mobs in the area to count toward this quest.
* Rift: Basilisk Den: This rift should no longer claim to be ‘Minor’ when it’s really full of super strong creatures.

SCARWOOD REACH

* Added a respawn point, resurrection NPC, and Healer just outside of Trollblight Caverns to alleviate rage caused by dying in the cave and having to run back from Perspice.
* The undead population of Granitewood Crossing should be a little less punishing.
* An Innocent Condemned: The Cage Key can now be looted by all members of a group.
* Proof of Concept: Now with 100% more Reliquary sealability.
* Recovering the Unknown: Fixed map marker to show actual quest objective area.
* Can You Hustle?: Quest objectives no longer require you to complete them sequentially.
* Honest When Dead: Fixed missing map marker.
* Wrongfully Buried: Elysia Raymund now offers this quest only to Defiants.
* Rift: Eaters of the Dead: The Flesh Mound for this event should no longer fail to spawn.
* Rift: In the Ground: Elite mobs should no longer spawn throughout this entire Rift.
* Draylo Fuzzchin’s supply of Greater and Mighty Mana Potions has finally run out.
* Risen Channelers in Granitewood Crossing no longer have a knockback attack and had their damage output reduced by 20%.

SHIMMERSAND

* Foiled Plans: Players in Hazeed’s Cave waiting to take on Hazeed will no longer be teleported out when another player defeats him.
* Miracle of Modern Magic: The quest marker for Fibrous Reeds should show a more accurate area.
* Pillaged Goods: This quest now requires only 7 Confiscated Sourcestones instead of 10.
* Turn the Hourglass: Quest objective should now increment more reliably.
* Foiled Plans: Fixed a rare issue where the Enthralled Stonemaw would fail to die during this quest.
* Making a Deal: This quest now displays a map locator for both objectives.
* Assistance from the Dead: You can now re-awaken mobs for this quest if your initial target is killed by someone else.
* Ritual Rescue: Fixed this quest for Dragonslayer Covenant dailies.
* The bridge in Gildstone Sanctum can now be crossed after completing the quests ‘The Prize and the Power’ and ‘Strike the Earth’.
* The Pulsing Grit buff can no longer be purged from Akala’s minions.
* Sandstone Brutes in Gnawbone Valley will no longer hide in walls.
* Players running the Low Quality Renderer should find it much easier to complete the Shimmersand Puzzle.
* A Crafter’s Lament: Quest now grants credit to all members of a group.
* The Inmate Disguise will now display on the quest sticky for the following quests in the Flatyard: Slither the Voice, Welcome to the Yard, A Man Who Can Get Things, The Mastermind, Loose Ends, and Final Preparations.
The Kobold members of The Wanton in Firesand Desert now drop Ritual Firebrands.
* Removed the prerequisite quest for Ritual Firebrands.
* Zone Event: Wind and Wings: Corrected the progress text.
* Whispering to the Winds: Fixed the second objective for this quest so it can be completed.

SILVERWOOD

* The Vigil’s Shield: Tweaked the mechanics of this quest slightly for playability.
* Lord of the Fae: Makirn will not respawn so quickly if there is no one nearby on the quest.
* Rift: Gedlo Supply Drop: Adjusted to prevent creatures getting stuck in stacks of crates…again.

STILLMOOR

* A new zone event has been added to Stillmoor! An Eye for an Eye – gather shadestone to summon your own champion in order to defeat Gogalab the Pox Bringer!
* Ruston is now a potential invasion location for Defiant invaders.
* Stillmoor got a bit less stingy – daily quests now award notoriety comparable to other end-game zones.
* Guardian players that were eligible but did not receive the Marshal Kain storyline rewards (a Necrotic Semblance or Necrotic Rage essence) should seek out Sergeant Coda at Thalin Tor.
* Abominable Reconnaissance: Removed the use time on manifests to make them a bit easier to click on while also fending off abominations.
* Master and Wolf: Improved respawn time of quest targets.
* Following the Light/The Light that Leads: The Retreating Instincts ability now makes the targeted wisp unattackable. Additionally, the polymorph it puts on your character can now be clicked off.
* In a Quiet Place/Where the Dead Rest: Fixed an issue that could cause the Obrivic Sentinel to not return to his original location after being kited away, or remaining hostile to players.
* Dark Discoveries: Increased the drop rates on the Abominations slightly.
* Dirty Job: Adjusted the visual effects that appear when near the Blessed Weapons so they are more visible and last longer.
* Sniffing Them Out: Coyotes should now properly spawn when requested.
* The Past: Added more clues and adjusted the location of existing clues to make this quest easier. Added another Cooking Fire nearer to Tigram Stillstep for luring Gunder away. Spawn rate of Stillstep Lackeys reduced.
* Drugon Khaliknos now respawns more quickly.
* The Hunt Rages On: The named mobs for this quest now respawn much more quickly.
* The Big Three, The Dead Ringers: Reduced respawn times on targets of these quests.
* Decreased respawn times on some daily quest targets in Stillmoor.
* The Endless Citadel should be slightly easier to fight through – especially for those who use mana to dispatch their enemies.
* Past is Prologue: Simplified how this quest is available – now offered by Donal Sumptor immediately after completing ‘Rise and Fall’.

STONEFIELD

* Taking the Trog for a Walk: Goorn should now properly reset when a player abandons this quest.
* The Smoldering Tormentors of Rock Ridge have grown more numerous!
* The Last Valley: Centius respawns more quickly.
* Stealing Glory: Only players on this quest should receive Soul Essence.
* Extra Strength Relief: The Fluid Injector now dismounts players at the start of use.
* Gnarvul, Questing Overseer, and XT-300 have now been sighted by reliable sources in Stonefield.

DUNGEONS AND RAIDS


* Dungeon Daily quests are now obtained via the Quest tab in the Looking for Group tool.
* The health of general population mobs in Expert Dungeons has been reduced.
* Reduced the damage dealt by general Expert Dungeon NPCs.
* If players log out while in a raid, as long as one member is still actively online the raid will be kept and offline members shown as Disconnected.
* Greenscale’s Blight and River of Souls now have closer respawn locations.
* All Raid bosses now drop 5 Plaques of Achievement for each member of the raid.
* Many bosses have had a pass done to bring them in line with their intended difficulty, and to make them more fun for melee damage characters in general. In a number of cases, some encounters were more challenging than intended. These changes should also help with forming appropriately matched groups through the upcoming Looking for Group system.
* With the upcoming addition of the Looking for Group tool, we’re also in the process of tuning our Expert Dungeons to be completable with one appropriately geared healer per group, instead of frequently requiring a second full healer on top of support heals. Additionally, the power of the items purchased from the Expert Dungeon stores has increased to assist gearing up for further challenges. With these changes we expect more dungeons to be completed more often; as a result, the cost for Expert Dungeon merchant items has increased. Overall, this should net a similar or improved gain rate of plaque-purchased items.
* The power level of tier 2 Expert Dungeon items and Raid items have been upgraded. This should more clearly differentiate later Expert Dungeon gear from early Expert gear, as well as Raid items from Expert Dungeon items.
* Corrupted and Malformed Souls can now be purchased for Plaques of Achievement.
* Expert Rift openers can now be purchased for 1750 planarite
* Raid Rift openers can now be purchased for 3500 planarite

ABYSSAL PRECIPICE

* Kaler Andrenos: Kaler’s Ice Geyser now deals Water damage.
* Expert: Calyx now resets if pulled off of his platform. A blocking wall is also activated at the start of the encounter.
* Expert: Renthar should be less likely to chain high damage abilities on a single target.
* Added a portal to Calyx’s platform that activates once he is killed that allows players to exit the instance.
* Majolic: Blood Crystal health slightly reduced.
* Majolic: Blood Contagion can no longer affect pets.

CHARMER’S CALDERA

* Gronik: Slightly reduced the amount of power Gronik gains over time.
* Cyclorax now uses mana.
* Expert: Adjusted the encounter space around Ryka Dharvos so the lasers can’t be so easily avoided.
* Standard: Corpse Eaters no longer provide experience or drop loot.

DARKENING DEEPS

* Expert: Glubmuk’s Poison Bolt should not hit characters fewer than 6 meters from him.
* Expert: Scarn’s Wind Buffet no longer ignites smoldering bones.
* Scarn’s Smoldering Bones stay on fire longer.
* Incinerator Gerbik now uses mana.
* Non-boss NPCs in Darkening Deeps no longer count toward quests requiring dungeon boss kills.
* Expert: Tegenar Deepfang: Cocoon health slightly reduced.
* Expert: Scarn: Searing Heat damage slightly reduced.

DEEPSTRIKE MINES

* Kaleida: Reduced the radius of her crystals’ AoEs substantially.

THE FALL OF LANTERN HOOK

* Oludare: Fixed the targeting method used by Oludare so he won’t turn to face a new target while cleaving or rear-kicking (in the face).
* Expert: Ereetu: Firestorm damage slightly reduced.

FOUL CASCADE

* Expert: Sparkwing learns to use his ranged abilities. It’s super-effective.

GREENSCALE’S BLIGHT [Raid]

* A number of new Relic quality weapons have been added to Greenscale.
* Prince Hylas: Slightly reduced the absorption amount of Spiritual Barrier.
* Prince Hylas: Modified the amount of damage increased by Avenging Wrath.

IRON TOMBS

* Expert: Players immune to knockback will no longer be immune to Totek’s Ancient Fury.
* Expert: Bonelord Fetlorn’s Boiling Marrow no longer affects pets.
* Guardians now respawn next to the Messenger of the Vigil.
* Humbart the Bold no longer cleaves players behind him!

KING’S BREACH

* Expert: General mob populations have been reduced by a few pulls.
* Expert: Immunity to knockback no longer prevents damage from Konstantin’s spikes.
* Expert: Konstantin’s Cleaving Strike now has a proper effect radius.
* Expert: Konstantin’s Mathosian Fury displays an on-screen warning before use.
* Expert: Players within 3.5 meters of Konstantin receive a 20% damage bonus.
* Expert: Konstantin: Spike Trap damage slightly reduced.

REALM OF THE FAE

* Expert: General mob populations have been reduced by a few pulls.
* Chillblains: Fixed the targeting on the Elemental spawn, which was not working reliably.
* Luddoghan: Made some adjustments to prevent his ground goo from targeting the tank.
* Expert: Fae Lord Twyll: Fae Chill damage reduced.

RUNIC DESCENT

* Rictus: Adjusted how Rictus uses his abilities and reduced some of the associated stuns and stun durations.
* Expert: There is now a text warning when Eliam gains Dark Fury.

ITEMS


* Greater Essences that can be equipped simultaneously now stack properly with each other. Previously, a few cases of matching elemental type Greater Essences would sometimes conflict. Now, if you can equip both in the same Focus, you receive the benefits and effects of both Essences.
* Unique-Equip Families have been removed from most Greater Essences; you should now be able to equip any Greater Essences together. Planar Lenses still share a unique-equip family (you can only have one Lens equipped at a time).
* The speed of the Ancient Tartagon [Collector’s Edition mount] now scales to match the speed of the fastest mount you own.
* Fixed Swift Desert Najmok to move at epic mount speed (110%). It was incorrectly using the rare mount speed (90%).
* Cult Saga quest reward helms for Mages and Clerics have their Hit replaced with Focus.
* Aelfwar Conspirator’s Signet will now properly display in combat logs, and has a more informative tooltip.
* Ancient Ironwood Staff now has Endurance instead of Dexterity.
* Arcane Hand Icon should no longer trigger when using Sacrifice Life: Mana or other non-hostile spells. It also now triggers only on the target of the ability that caused it to proc.
* Buckley’s Necklace is now an actual necklace instead of a ring. Increased stats to bring it in line with other neck items.
* Despoiled Band was not able to be equipped by anyone; now it can be equipped by anyone. Oh, and it also has a correctly spelled name.
* The ability on Divine Defender will now trigger properly, instead of not at all.
* Faeguard Belt has its Block changed to Parry, as Rogues do not generally block.
* Fang of the Life Lord: Updated tooltip to clarify that the user is healed for the damage caused.
* The Fleshreaper now triggers properly.
* Grand Bauble of Brilliance now has the correct icon and appearance.
* Hand of the Eviscerator now triggers properly.
* Helmet of Transgressions is now Warrior-only.
* Lich-Skin Jerkin and Battlemaster’s Jerkin can now be sold to vendors.
* Martyr’s Fist now has a chance to deal an additional 90 Life damage, instead of claiming to restore mana – which it never did.
* Mortuous Shadestone should proc more reliably now.
* Night Leather Jerkin now has Attack Power rather than Spell Power.
* Petrifying Rune: The root proc effect now breaks on damage.
* The Pyroblade from Fall of Lantern Hook is now a bind on pickup item.
* The Quicksilver Yearbook now requires being equipped to trigger.
* Royal Ruby Charm: Melee Critical Hit is now Spell Critical Hit on this item.
* Sandwarden’s Robe: Changed Spell Critical Hit to Spell Power on this item to differentiate it from Robe of the Last Ritual.
* Scorching Blade of Talos: Now properly has Spell Power.
* Scotty’s Research Papers are no longer Soulbound and have an appropriate sell price.
* The axe ‘Shadefall’ now has Endurance rather than Wisdom.
* Brilliant Shadestone Amulet now has Focus instead of Hit.
* Fervent Shadestone Necklet and Mighty Shadestone Necklet now have Focus instead of Hit.
* Shroud of Anti-Life now sorts under the proper Auction House category.
* Spectral Horse items are no longer Unique.
* Titan’s Eternal Band now properly has Focus instead of Hit.
* Totem of Overgrowth: Healing from this item now correctly displays in the combat log.
* The cooldown on Unseen Insignia will now continue to count down while you are offline.
* Verdant Archbow should no longer proc on non-damaging abilities.
* Wand of Charred Earth: Changed Melee Critical hit to Spell Critical hit.
* Warmaster’s Hammer: Spell Critical Hit removed and replaced with more Parry.
* Waylon’s Ring has been resized so it fits as a ring instead of a necklace.
* Whip-Worn Britches are now called Whip-Worn Boots and should have the correct appearance when worn.
* The Rare Essences, ‘Marching Flood’ and ‘Battle Tide’ are no longer Soulbound when acquired.
* The Crystallized Fire Elemental essence sold in Fortune’s Shore has been removed and replaced with a new Greater Essence. Existing Crystallized Fire Elemental essences will not be changed.
* The effects of Sacred Heirloom of Eth and Totem of Overgrowth have had their chance of triggering with Area Effect abilities decreased, and their chance of triggering on single target abilities increased. These also now only trigger from the first tick of a heal over time spell.
* A number of offhand books and skulls have their appearances fixed.
* Bahralt’s Symbol of Justice, Thedeor’s Symbol of Retribution, and Thontic’s Amulet of Discovery: Replaced Hit with Focus on these items.
* Essence: Watertouched Soulstone: Updated the ability description.
* Essence: Elementalist Sourcestone: Now works as described.
* The essence Beholden Target now correctly has Attack Power instead of Spell Power.
* Many Expert Dungeon and Raid loot items had no sell value – this has been corrected.
* Changed the name of the dropped cash item, Shimmering Powder, to Glittering Powder to avoid duplicating the name of the Epic Runecrafting ingredient, Shimmering Powder.
* Dragonslayer Covenant, Order of Mathos, and Icewatch notoriety merchants now sell only a single version of their armored mounts.
* Greater Bottle of Tricks, Exalted Bottle of Tricks, Whisker Concoction, Sheepish Concoction, Prancing Concoction, and Abyssal Modifier now share the same diminishing returns as Control abilities.
* Strength-type random essence containers should no longer give out underleveled essences.
* Corrected an issue with the Greater Essences Rekindled Flameshard, Cinder Flamesource, Combusted Flamesource, Engulfed Flamesource, and Smoldering Flamesource which prevented them from proccing correctly in some situations.
* Rare Sourceshard planar currency can now be traded for Planarite at Rare Planar Goods vendors.
* All relic weapons out of Greenscale’s Blight and River of Souls now require level 50 to equip.
* Nico Lights are now on the global cooldown.
* A number of mysterious items no longer drop with no apparent use (Diviner’s Frond, Sublimated Stone, etc). They may make a reappearance someday!
* Illusion: Ethian Monk and Illusion: Mathosian Vanguard now have a 60 second use cooldown.
* Added description text to the Lute and Flute artifact merchant items.

CRAFTING


* New weekly crafting quests have been added for all six production skills. Each awards a plaque as well as a Rift Lure that can be used to open a ‘Crafting Rift’ (details above).
* Crafting daily and weekly quests now scale to match your character level and always award appropriate experience and notoriety.
* The recipe window now has a Search feature! Search recipe names, ingredient names, equipment slots, and Rune ‘usable on’ slots for recipes that your character knows. You can also filter by the type of modification a Rune provides (Strength, Spell Power, etc).
* For each production skill, one Master workorder has been bumped up to 250 minimum skill instead of 230.
– Order of Mathos Workorder: Mighty Bottle of Critical Strikes has been changed to Workorder: Mighty Healing Tonic, which does not include Pristine Distillate as an ingredient, and requires 250 skill to receive this quest.
– Icewatch Workorder: Radiant Rage Runeshards now requires 250 skill to receive this quest.
– Icewatch Workorder: Soulbind Leather Shoulders now requires 250 skill to receive this quest.
– Dragonslayer Covenant Workorder: Carmintium Sabatons has been changed to require Carmintium Pauldrons, and requires 250 skill to receive this quest.
– Dragonslayer Covenant Workorder: Carmintium Longsword has been changed to require Carmintium Stilettos, and requires 250 skill to receive this quest.
* Armorsmithing Workorders that duplicated the required items from other workorders of the same rank have been updated – in most cases this means a Sabaton Workorder now asks for Boots instead.
* Workorder: Basic Healing Tonics and Workorder: Mighty Healing Tonics (previously Mighty Bottle of Critical Strikes) are no longer set as level 1 quests.
* Exquisite Cloth, Light Downy Cloth, and Tough Silken Cloth now only drop for Outfitters.
* Slightly increased the drop rate of all crafting quest items. In addition, they can now be found on a wider variety of mobs and resource nodes.
* The description for the quest ‘A Peerless Leather’ now refers to the correct quest objective items.
* Bottle of Spellstrikes and Bottle of Critical Strikes now trigger the effect ‘Bitter Aftertaste’, which prevents another such potion from being used for 60 seconds.
* Redistributed some ingredients in Runecrafting recipes! The changes are as follows:
-Unwavering Rune recipes now use Perpetuals in their recipes instead of Sentience Runecrafting materials.
-Resolute Rune recipes now use Perpetuals in their recipes.
-Recondite Runeshard recipes now use Sentiences instead of Kinetics.
-Potent Rune recipes now use Perpetuals instead of Kinetics.
* Recipes for Quicksilver Bow and Hunting Bow now require only 1 Core each.
* Fine Leather Shoulders now require Fine Leather instead of Reinforced Leather.
* Enchanted Cores and Evergreen Cores can now be found in both Silverwood and Freemarch.
* The following crafted items are no longer Unique-Equip: Ebony Hatchet, Darkmetal Scepter, Orichalcum Ritual Blade, Darkmetal Sword, Divine Defender, Orichalcum Mace, Eviscerator, Damascus Shiv, Damascus Saber, Band of Crystallized Mana, and Titan’s Signet.
* Smoldering Runeshards have been renamed to Smoldering Runes.
* The scroll for Recipe: Medium Leather Hood was previously Epic, though the crafted item was Uncommon. This has been corrected so the recipe scroll shows Uncommon rarity.
* Plaited Silver Ring has been renamed to Plaited Cinerium Ring.
* Death Warding Potions have been renamed to Unholy Warding Potions.
* Glowing Wrathful Rune now displays its name correctly after being applied
* Fixed a typo where Honed Demon Horn mentions parry. This reference has been removed. Like other versions of the Demon Horn augment, Honed Demon Horn only award Attack Power and Dexterity.
* Jagged Lightstone now sorts properly under ‘Gems’ for auctions.
* Darkcloth Belt, Conditioned Leather Boots, and Conditioned Leather Jerkin now sort under the appropriate categories in the Recipe window.
* A number of items from Dungeons and Raids were not able to be Salvaged or Runebroken. Now all dropped equipment in Expert Dungeons or Raids should be salvageable or runebreakable.
* The following items now Salvage correctly: Silver Choker, Lariat, and Pendant; Gold Chain, Choker, Gorget, and Lariat; Fine Platinum Chain; Platinum Choker, Gorget, and Necklace.
* Tweaked node respawn rates in Shimmersand, Moonshade, Scarlet Gorge, Scarwood Reach, Iron Pine Peak, and Stillmoor. Adjusted respawn rates and frequency of Orichalcum, Shadethorn, and Twilight Bloom.
* Fixed miscellaneous Butchering issues: Telthaeus in Stillmoor can now be butchered for proper loot. Blackhorn Grazers and other Cattle mobs (with the exception of critters) can be butchered. Sloptongue mobs no longer require 215 butchering, which was way above level, and have been adjusted accordingly.
* Fixed a variety of typos on items, augments, tooltips, and recipes.
* A number of new recipes have been added to the Artisan Stores.
* Blazing Resistance Runes are now Epic quality. Sharp Runes and Accurate Runes are now Rare quality. These recipes have had their ingredient cost adjusted to reflect the updated rarities.
* Minor Catalysts now only drop from Elite or dungeon mobs.
* You can now click on the Loom in Lantern Hook to open the crafting window.
* Made adjustments to sync up Runebreaking and Outfitter better. Previously, items crafted by Outfitters were too high level to be runebroken by an equal-level Runecrafter. The level ranges for Runebreaking have been updated and expanded to account for this and to be more flexible in general.
* Restricted the drop of crafting Cores to specific mob types when in Shimmersand, Iron Pine Peaks, and Stillmoor – once discovered, these can be targeted for hunting if you’re after more Cores!
* Brilliant and Blazing Life Resistance Rune recipes are now differentiated by required skill and planarite cost.
* Resistance Vial recipes now cost 2000 planarite, Heroic Warding Potion recipes now cost 2500 planarite, Brilliant Resistance Rune recipes now cost 1500 planarite, Blazing Resistance Rune recipes now cost 10,000 planarite.
* The loot window now closes upon the first click of ‘Take All’ while Runebreaking and Salvaging.
* Looting items individually from Runebreaking and Salvaging will no longer play the sound effect for each item.
* Added a more appropriate error message to the crafting item drop quests to indicate if you have already completed the quest.
* Crafting an item no longer displays a loot message to party members.
* Corrected the description for the Augment, ‘Sobek Eye’, that incorrectly said Parry.
* Fixed quest text for ‘A Peerless Leather’ that referred to the wrong items.
* Workorder: Titanium Sabatons: Now states the turn-in location of the quest, which is Chancel of Labors.

PVP/WARFRONTS


* PvP Souls have been moved from the rank 2 PvP merchants in Meridian and Sanctum, and are now on the General Favor Quartermasters.
* Across-the-board improvements for PvP rewards and dailies.
* Rank 5 weapons have been moved to the rank 4 vendor, and had their names and prices updated.
* Rank 6 weapons are now available for purchase.
* The effectiveness of Valor has been updated. The numerical values have changed, but you will still gain 2% reduction per level up to 50.
* Complete PvP armor sets now give the following Valor:
– Rank 1 and 2: 15%
– Rank 3 and 4: 22.5%
– Rank 5 and 6: 30%
– Blazing Valorous Rune: 50 Valor – 2%.
– Radiant Valorous Rune: 25 Valor – 1%.
* Stat distribution for all PvP armor sets have been updated to be a bit more competitive with Expert Dungeon and Raid sets.
– Boots, Gloves, and Rings that were previously rank 2 no longer require a rank to purchase or equip.
– New items have been added to make a rank 1-2 set comparable to the tier 1 dungeon merchant sets.
– New Boots, Gloves, and Rings have been added to the rank 3-4 sets, and their quality has been upgraded to be comparable to tier 2 dungeon merchant sets.
– Favor costs have been updated on many items across rank 1 through 4 sets.
* Increased the experience, coin, prestige, favor, and notoriety awarded from completing Warfront daily quests.
* Increased the Notoriety awarded for Warfront outcomes. Wins award 250, Ties award 150, and Losses award 100.
* Also increased the amount of Prestige and Favor awarded for losses or ties in Warfronts.
* The range for receiving rewards from kills in Warfronts now includes the entire zone.
* The Battle for Port Scion: Infiltrators using Step Into the Shadows will lose their grip on Sourcestones.
* Updated The Battle for Port Scion Notoriety rewards:
– Eldritch Vanguard Steed and Noble Guard Valmera no longer have a Notoriety requirement and can be purchased from the General Favor Quartermasters.
– Friendly-rank necklaces have been upgraded to Epic items.
– Decorated-rank rings have been upgraded and now require Honored to purchase.
– Revered-rank weapons have been moved down to Decorated. Two-handed Warrior weapons are now available.
– Eldritch Vanguard Warsteed and Noble Guard Armored Valmera can now be purchased at Revered.
– New consumable helm Runes are now available at Glorified.
* PvP Quests: Securing the Port and Relentless Assault now only update when winning matches in The Fall of Port Scion.
* Black Garden: Riftstalkers’ Flashback can no longer be used while carrying the Fang of Regulos.
* The Battle for Port Scion: The stacking buff Sourcestone Empowerment, granted from turning in Sourcestone, no longer reduces damage taken.
* Reduced the favor cost of Cultist’s Focus to 8550 Favor. It was previously priced as a 2-handed item.

ACHIEVEMENTS

* Avoiding Death’s Grasp: Now properly gives credit and has an updated description.
* Back In the Bottle: Time limit reduced to 100 seconds to match the encounter.
* Baron It All: Now displays under the proper category and gives achievement points.
* Keep Your Enemies Close: Now specifies the proper ability.
* Look Into the Light: Now functions as intended.
* Melted Sludge: Should properly give credit.
* Pressure Cooker: Updated the description text and made it so you can actually get credit for this achievement.
* Rapid Assault: Abyssal Precipice: Fixed so this achievement is not always awarded, even when the criteria has not been met. Characters who had received it while not actually completing the required task will have this achievement removed.
* The Silent Vigil: Achievement can now be gained by Defiants.
* Spikeless: Now gives credit only to the player completing the achievement rather than the whole party.
* There Will be Blood: Fixed an issue where credit was not properly being awarded.
* We Three Kings: Fixed a case where Derribec wasn’t always giving proper credit for being the last alive.
* Champion of the Droughtlands, Droughtlands Hunter: Guardians should now be able to achieve these.
* The achievements ‘Thwarting Their Plans’, ‘On the Hunt’, and ‘Stillmoor Days, Mathosian Knights’ could potentially not credit properly if the associated quests were completed as a group. If you were caught by this, you’ve now been credited with the appropriate achievement. It will also work properly for those yet to complete them.

GRAPHICS AND AUDIO


* Party member portraits for members in different instances should stop turning non-interactable.
* Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect animations to play when stacking polymorph effects.
* Added an Ambient Occlusion option to the Advanced Video Settings which makes lighting look super cool.
* Improved quality of shadows.
* Fixed an issue causing visual effects to occasionally streak across the screen.
* More natural-looking character skin.
* Improved the appearance of Water Elementals and Living Oceans.
* Updated sounds for High Elf and Kelari males.
* Voiceover audio should no longer continue to play after you have logged out or teleported.
* Improved rendering of ghostly characters.
* Fixed an issue with physics which could cause players to become stuck in a ‘falling’ state on certain collision. Oh, silly gravity.
* Corrected some audio stuttering at the end of combat, specifically in Iron Pine Peaks, Shimmersands, and Droughtlands.
* Turned up the relative volume of the ready check sound.
* Corrected party pet portraits displaying incorrectly when zoning in or out of Dungeons or Slivers.
* Fixed incorrect visual textures sometimes being shown on NPCs.
* Updated the ambient sound of rivers to prevent some audio drop-outs.
* Attack sounds for weapon-based melee attacks should come through a bit more clearly.
* Made some audio adjustments to Assassin abilities.
* Touched up audio for Paragon and Justicar abilities.
* Various ability sound fixes based on user bugs and feedback.

COMMANDS AND MACROS


* Tab-targeting now skips hostile players if you are not PvP flagged and have the PvP Auto Flag option turned off.
* You can now use the ESC key when typing in chat while the respawn countdown window is active.
* If all nameplates are disabled in your settings, pressing Ctrl+U will only toggle the UI.
* Added the @mouseoverui macro argument to supplement @mouseover; @mouseoverui will oly select from UI elements and never pick targets when not moused over a UI selection.

AUCTION HOUSE UI


* Adjusted window size and panels.
* Browse: Moved Results field to the bottom of the window. Reduced size of Category filter dropdowns.
* Auction: Added a checkbox to set the same price as an existing auction on new auctions.
* You can now filter results by Item Rarity, Calling, Lesser or Greater Essence types, Min or Max Buyout Price.
* All tabs can be sorted by stack size.
* The Auction and Bids tab can be sorted by unit price.
* Clicking a text field on the Auction UI now highlights existing text in that field.
* Pressing the ENTER key when creating an auction now creates that auction.
* You can now price an auction you are creating by buyout price or unit price.
* You can now automatically set the starting price to be the same as the buyout price when creating an auction.
* Auction prices now always display the Bid amount above the Buyout amount, and the location of the Bid amount does not move if there is no Buyout set.
* The Auction House now shows "Apothecary" rather than "Alchemy" when searching recipes.
* Made better error messages for the Auction House.

UI/SETTINGS

* Group and Raid overhead arrows, map icons, nameplates, and ground reticules are now all blue to maintain consistency, instead of mixed colors.
* A blue "X" now distinguishes your own map waypoint target from others in your group.
* You may now hide your character’s shoulder armor in much the same way as the Hide Helmet option works.
* An option has been added to the Raid window (default key: Y) to lock raid frames from being moved outside of Edit Layout mode.
* When departing a guild and joining a new one, your member notes and officer notes will be reset.
* The Guild MOTD text box now allows you to type in it even when other things are updating in the guild UI window.
* Added more specific error text when trying to trade with a character that is out of trading range.
* Splitting stacks of items in your inventory now brings up a count window showing the total stack size instead of always displaying one less than the full stack amount.
* The Spell Power tooltip also explains that it increases outgoing healing.
* A dropdown has been added under Misc settings to change/add a modifier key to activate the right-click context menu in game, or to disable it entirely.
* Raid markers can now be seen on player, target, target of target, and focus target frames.
* Fixed an issue where icons, particularly arrows, on the edge of the minimap would show in the wrong location.
* Waypoints are now cleared when changing characters or leaving the main world map (i.e. entering Warfronts).
* Fixed some quest highlighting bugs when opening, closing, or scrolling through the Quest Journal.
* The Class Mechanic UI now updates size when changing the global scale, rather than waiting until your next role change.
* The ‘only show my debuffs’ setting now only applies to targets that you can harm.
* The Settings option for ‘Show All Party Buffs’ is now ‘Show only my buffs on target’, which behaves the same was as the Debuff visibility options.
* The ‘show all party buffs’ filter now applies to frames other than just the party frames for party members.
* Added a new minimap filter to show High Level Quests.
* Fixed a bug causing the 2D Scrolling Combat Text to appear in an incorrect location when playing at resolutions wider than 2000 pixels.
* Fixed a bug preventing ability tooltips from displaying when mousing over a buff icon on the target or pet portraits.
* The crafting window should no longer reset the scroll bar position randomly while you have it open – same with the skill and soul training windows.
* The middle mouse button can now be properly bound to the ‘look behind’ function.
* Video capture now stops when resizing the game window.
* Party member portraits now show a Role icon next to the player name.
* Player mouseover tooltips now show the character’s Role if you are grouped with them.
* Fixed bank bags that wouldn’t always save their positions on your screen.
* The Notoriety panel of the character window now lets you view more than one notoriety group at a time.
* You may now track artifact set progress on-screen much like quests.
* The Artifact pane of the Character window now has a built-in search – search for the artifacts you’re missing, or search for the collections themselves!
* You can now click on an artifact or empty artifact slot in the Artifact pane while viewing the Auction House to search for that item.
* The Guild Exp contribution column on the Guild UI has been changed to show the member’s total Achievement score.
* Raidframe ready check marks should be more readable.
* Text for raid warning messages should be more visible, appear instantly, and come with a sound effect.
* Raidframes no longer show players as ‘dead’ when they zone.
* Sending an in-game mail message now attempts to auto-complete the subject line based on recently typed subjects.
* If you attach an item or coin to a mail and the subject text is empty, it will auto-fill the name of the item into the subject field.
* Mail expiration text in the mailbox now says "Expires in X days" rather than just "X days from now".
* Zone names on the main map no longer change size weirdly when clicked on.

CLIENT


* Added alert flashing (similar to aggro flashing) to the client on the Windows taskbar for LFG popups while the game is minimized.
* While waiting in a server queue, you can now click the Settings button to change game settings.
* Bandwidth optimizations.

Eve of War

Well tomorrow the big 1.2 patch is coming out, and we have a mountain worth of PTS patch notes outlining all the goodies that will be in it.  I should be posting something absolutely brilliant, considering how big some of the features are.  Problem is…  today was kind of the day from hell at work.  I spent the entire afternoon stomping out fires, chasing rabbits down holes and attempting to calm unfounded fears.

As a result you are pretty lucky that I can string together more than a few sentences that make any sense at all.  This weekend was equally crazy.  We had to make sure 3 Mothers and a Grandmother felt equally loved.  So I feel like I have been running nonstop since last Thursday.  So as a result I am just going to post some reference info while we wait for the official 1.2 patch notes.

Patch Note Rundown

Originally I was pretty against the dungeon finder tool, and had talked at length about how bad it was for server communities.  However since that information, it has come out that this implementation will be limited to server only.  I am really hoping that the community can use this tool responsibly.  At this point I am anxiously optimistic about what it might mean for the game. 

On the average night we are usually just shy of a workable group in my guild.  The other night we had 3 50s and 3 30 somethings, but not all the core classes needed to build a successful group out of either.  Pugging a few 50s to build a group is pretty easy, but pugging 20-49 seems to be a challenge at least on our server.  Here is hoping that the tool will help unite the forces that want to group, but haven’t been watching the various social channels.

I will post tomorrow, with the legit patch notes and some commentary.  I think most of the servers are looking forward to this one.  Still highly impressive that the game has been out just barely over 2 months now, and we have will have had 3 content patches, and 22 hotfixes.  This kind of support is extremely refreshing from an mmo company, but I am sure at this point I sound like a broken record on that.

My Robe and Wizard Hat

This has been stuck in my head for the past few days.

By Connor Anderson

I actually haven’t been playing very much in the way of video games for the past couple of weeks, other than the occasional Mortal Kombat match and a couple of iPhone/iPad games. Normally I’d get really introspective about this, but honestly the main reason is because the weather’s been nice the last few weeks and I’m enjoying it.

That being said, one thing I HAVE been doing a lot more lately is tabletop gaming of various kinds (RPGs, wargames, etc). I’m involved in… four different tabletop games currently, play another sporadically, and am thinking of running my own. It’s interesting, because the experiences are completely unlike what I can get in video games.

Storytelling and Theatre

It really amazes me that, for all of the advances we’ve made as a culture, and all of the amazing forms of entertainment we’ve been able to come up with, it’s still very, very hard to beat someone simply telling a story aloud. It’s a form of theatre, but the most intimate kind there is, where the storyteller and the audience are working together. The storyteller sets the stage, and the audience steers the story through what they want to hear about.

It makes me think of a parent or grandparent telling a story, while the excitable kids interrupt with questions and comments. There’s the fun of interacting with the story for all the players, and something eminently satisfying about making all the players happy as the GM.

Short post this time, just commenting on what I’ve been thinking about lately.

Bonus Stage: Primeday

Well it is officially showing signs of summer here in oklahoma.  When I came in from work today there were two partially constructed “mud-dauber” nests in the overhang of the front porch.  I will have to get out my special knocking-down stick and remove them when the wasp isn’t looking.  Otherwise we will spend an entire summer of trying to keep them from flying inside the house.

Gotta Drink Blue Milk

 

I had to share this one.  For those who have been under a rock, this is an amazingly geeky parody of bane of the internet… Friday by Rebecca Black.  The video has reached a level of infamy that I have not seen since the Star Wars Kid.  I’ve seen ninja-linking it has replaced rickrolling on many forums I use.  Folks have dubbed it “black-rolling”.  Anyways, the above video is without a doubt the best of the many Friday parody videos.

Waiting Patiently In Line

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Syp over at BioBreak posted today about a phenomena on their server.  For the defiant, a number of the corrupted coin spawns in meridian are non-functioning.  As a result, Syp’s server has taking to queuing in a line as players patiently wait to get their 5 from one of the few working ones.  Later in the day MMO Gamer Chick, posted that the same phenomena was happening on her server as well (above image is MMO Gamer Chick’s, to illustrate the point).

While the fact that there is a bug at all, is highly frustrating, it highlights something I have noticed in the general Rift player base.  The players who appear to be staying in game, and thriving, represent a slightly higher cut of the MMO gamer crowd.  It seems like most of the players who are now populating the servers, are from the mmo-veteran camp.

They come from an experience set that has seen multiple games come and go, and as a result seem to have a wider patience than what I was used to over in wow.  In wow randoms, if anyone made a signifiant mistake the group would evaporate in a matter of moments.  However in Rift I have seen players stick through wipe after wipe as tanks and healers learn the ropes, willing to keep pushing forward until we win.

As I roam through Telara, I am constantly finding a player hopping in to help out when I have blindly charged into a pack of way more mobs than I should have.  I think that the open grouping system helps this a lot, but I also think that the average Rift player seems to be more of a community player than is true these days in wow.  It is one of the many reasons why I enjoy this game, players are genuinely helpful.

Gaming Breaking Point

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Over on Games and Geekery, today Stillwater posted an interesting topic entitled “My Secret Gaming Breaking Point”.  I find it especially interesting considering the number of times I have reached the point of burnout in various games.

While there is no official number of hours I would place on my breaking point, I have noticed that I tend to come back to games that I’ve spent at least two weeks in. Games that fail to capture my interest for any reason for at least two weeks are often forgotten entirely.

Basically for me, if a game doesn’t really catch my attention within an hour of playtime, I am pretty much done with it.  I have a post a brewing over the game Fallen Earth.  Basically I played it in beta, and keep hearing so many good things about it.  I really really want to like it.  The thought of a Fallout-like MMO is so appealing, considering the hundreds of hours that I have spent roaming around the wasteland.  But I just can’t get past several things with the game, so each time I try and play it I only last a little bit.

As far as burnout goes, I seem to go through these periods where I jump from game to game regularly.  Basically the games I played for really long periods of time were Everquest and World of Warcraft.  Other than that, I rarely lasted more than six months in any one game.  There would always be greener pastures on the horizon.  The period between EQ and WoW was dotted with a line of minor games.

Other games like Everquest II, I have returned to play 3 or 4 different times.  I am extremely nostalgic about the world of Norrath.  Combine that with my love of how intricate Everquest II is, keeps me returning over and over.  The key problem is, I always end up at exactly the same point.  I hate the EQ2 combat system with a passion.  During my last time playing it, I leveled a Dirge from 1-65 and I cannot honestly tell you the name of a single class ability I had.  I simply hit the heroic qualifier and mashed the next button that completed the chain, so in many ways it was pretty whack-a-mole.

Ultimately I am hoping that Rift will be my new wow, and instead of being a wow tourist going off to play other games, I will be a Rift tourist.  I cannot say with any certainty that this will be the case.  It definitely is for the time being, but in my “post-wow” era I am definitely more open minded about various games.  I am really enjoying not feeling chained to down to raid nights and leadership duties.  I am enjoying approaching gaming from a very chill perspective.

Anyways, the post is a good read, and there are several good comments afterwards.  If you don’t have Games and Geekery in your RSS reader I would highly suggest adding it.  Some great posts up there, and header image is among my favorite of all the blogs I read.  Seriously… how can you not be in love with an 8-bit inspired image that incorporates Super Mario Bros, Contra, Zelda, Castlevania, and Mega Man.  I modded my PSP entirely to be able to play these games on the go.

Have No Fear, Hartsman is Here

One of the big hot button topics for players on Role-playing servers like I am on, is the recent announcement that the name policy would be updated to omit a few key rules.

 

9. Comprised of partial or complete sentence (e.g., "Getpwned", "Luvtodance", etc);

10. Comprised of gibberish (e.g., "Qwerty", "Asdfasdf", "Xyzpdq");

11. Referring to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. "McLovin", "Kyle Broflovski", "Catwoman");

12. That utilizes "Leet" or "Dudespeak" (e.g., "Roflmao", "Roxxurboxx", "Lolzumad"); or

13. That incorporates titles. For purposes of this subsection, "titles" shall include without limitation ‘rank’ titles (e.g., "General Chow," or “Captain Kangaroo”), monarchist or fantasy titles (e.g., "KingLoko", "LordPauleyC"), and religious titles (e.g., "ThePope," or "Reverend Run").

As you can imagine this caused an uproar namely from the Roleplaying community as it basically cuts the legs out of anyone trying to report names that just should not be on the server at all.  Basically I had faith that within a few days, we would get a clarification.  Today Scott Hartsman posted a full statement to clear things up.

Original Thread

Hey, everyone.
Just got caught up and read through all of the excitement on the above subjects from the last couple days, and wanted to share some thoughts as well as let you know what we’ll be doing from here forward.
1) It’s a great idea to give people a direct line to share feedback on CS performance. That’s something we should definitely keep doing. The only way we can constantly be improving is when people let us know about their experiences, both good and bad. I’d like to repost the original request that started all of this, to make sure people still have it available:

In response to some recent postings, we have created a new e-mail address which can be used to submit GM feedback. The e-mail address is GM_Feedback@trionworlds.com. If you feel as though your issue was mis-handled or that you have received exceptional service then please let us know. Our goal is to set the standard by which other MMOs are judged. If we are falling short of that then we would like to know.

That is the company that we have a whole lot of people working incredibly hard to try to be.
2) On naming policies and Roleplay servers. The conversation really went south here. On behalf of all of us, I apologize for that. That definitely shouldn’t have happened.
I don’t want to take up your time recapping what’s in plenty of other threads, instead let’s talk goals and what we’ll do from here.
Naming policy is a tricky subject for any MMO company — Our end goal is to apply sanity and reason, as best as we can, to this inherently subjective topic that’s as much about opinions as it is about facts.
Companies create policies to make sure that our end goals are expressed as objectively and consistently as they possibly can be. Names are one of the trickiest topics around. With many different expectations even inside of individual communities, and many billions of potential names, there’s always going to be room for interpretation.
More potential for interpretation increases the time it takes to resolve issues, as well as increases the potential for inconsistent applications of the rules. That’s much of why people try to avoid it.
Along with consistency, so comes expediency. The trick is, as you all know, issues need to be responded to in a satisfactory way, otherwise the better speed isn’t a win for anyone.
We understand that 100% consistency and the corresponding ultra-speed efficiency isn’t ever going to be possible with some types of reports (those that involve subjective calls – like names), but at the same time we understand that we need to have something in place that serves the needs of the communities they’re supposed to.
All that said – Where to from here?
We will be implementing a modified version of the original rules to the naming policy for Roleplay Servers only.
The goal is to keep the rules in line with the intent of what a roleplay server is supposed to feel like, while trying to improve the amount of clarity they provide.
For example: A person reporting a bad name every now and again – Thank you. We love it, and we truly do want to help. People who report batches of actual violations — Again, great, and we’re truly thankful when dedicated players do this.
On the other hand – Reporting dozens or hundreds of perfectly fine names a person just doesn’t care for, when there are only a handful of actual violations — that ends up hurting everyone. The people receiving those reports are GMs who are having to spend time on non-violations, when they should be helping customers.
Here’s the intent: Names should fit in this world in some explainable way, while individual creativity is still being fostered.
We want to make sure people are able to be clever and express themselves. If they’ve taken reasonable steps to create a name that does fit the world, they shouldn’t need to worry about having it taken from them.
Here are the rules that will be returning for RP servers, with some extra clarification:
9. Comprised of partial or complete sentences that are obviously out of place (e.g., "Getpwned", "Luvtodance", etc), though compound names that are fitting of RIFT, its people, the actions taken therein, and its setting are acceptable. Compound names are an important and valid part of every fiction, and ours is no different.
11. Names that refer to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. "McLovin", "Kylebroflovski", "Catwoman") may be found in violation if they do not also have a corresponding basis in RIFT, its people, its history, its characters, or its setting. While we would strongly like the RP experience in RIFT to be more fictionally pure than not, the fictional purity of Rift is not entirely humorless, and we do not expect every customer to have perfect knowledge of every fiction that exists outside of the game.
12. That utilizes "Leet" or "Dudespeak" (e.g., "Roflmao", "Roxxurboxx", "Lolzumad"); or
13. That incorporates titles in a way that is obviously out of place in Telara. For purposes of this subsection, "titles" shall include without limitation ‘rank’ titles (e.g., "Generalchow," or “Captkangaroo”), monarchist or fantasy titles (e.g., "Kingloko", "Lordpauleyc"), and religious titles (e.g., "Thepope," or "Reverendrun").
We definitely are interested in hearing your continued feedback on this, as we try to find the right balance between speed/quality of report handling, and the desire to provide a quality RP server experience.
Please do feel free to let us know your thoughts here – Thanks very much,
– Scott Hartsman
Exec Producer, RIFT

So basically… all is safe for role-players.  A revised version of the rules will be out there for RP environments only.  This is a step in the right direction, and in the grand scheme of things should be business as usual.  Here is hoping that no longer restricting names on non-rp servers will free up resources to do other things.

Loving the Spoils

As I previewed last night, the a prelude event for the upcoming Spoils of War 1.2 patch went in last night.  Like a shot in the arm, it has whipped my server into a fury once more.  I know personally I have been sick a good deal lately, so as a result I have been playing minecraft or other games that did not involve me having to interact much with other players.  This event is exactly what I needed to relight my fire.

Prince of Earth

 

As soon as I got home last night I patched up my client, and found the daily quests.  This time they are out in the outer courtyard area, near the mount vendors (sorry was lead to believe they were where the shade guys were set up).  Once again Gaarawarr over at Gaarawarrgabs has a far better guide the to the quests that I would write, so I am linking to him.  The name of the game…  collect Ancient Golden Dragon Egg Shells from Earth or Fire rifts.

So putting on my thinking hat, I thought about which zones natively have earth and fire rifts.  In my level range, the big one was Shimmersand, so off I went to one of my favorite places in Telara… Fortune Shore.  A few minutes into the zone the new world event started up.  Tons of Earth Footholds spawned INSIDE of Fortune Shore…  so from the moment the event starts the players are trying to push back the forces of earth from what normally should be safe territory.

When the players have destroyed 50 footholds, and 12 mini-bosses a Colossus spawns, which the above video shows.  The giant hits really hard, as is the norm for Epic Colossi, however we had a truly ridiculous amount of players gathered at Fortune Shore.  Normally in an event like this, when you down the big boss it is over.  This event breaks that mold.

But Wait… There’s Much More

After the big giant drops, a number of slightly smaller Colossi spawn all around the map.  To end the event the players need to kill 5 of them.  Thing is… there are WAY more than 5 in the zone.  So for 30 minutes after the event, players are still cleaning up the remnants of leftover footholds, colossi, and invasion forces.  Doing this one event I managed to get over 30 shells.

When you finish the event, you get the holy of spoils of war holies.  In this event, there are very cool epic drops called a Chest of Riches.  Inside these are many wondrous prizes..  but what you get are completely random.  In theory you can pull gear, artifacts, and even plaques of achievement as well as between 1-2 platinum.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the dev mentioned “Gritty Kitty” pet will come from these coffers.

Why I Am Loving This Event

This event is devoted to the Golden Maw, the dragon cult devoted to the element of earth, and aspect of greed.  This event is completely about random mass consumption.  Three of the daily quests reward you random good stuff, as well as a decent amount of money.  So the rewards, to me feel like the match up to the lore of the Golden Maw itself.

If you are like me, and want to do all the possible daily quests each day it will involve doing the easy quest in your capitol city for 10 shells, and then collecting 70 more shells from Earth or Fire rifts.  What do you get for this carnal ballet of rift grinding?  For 15 Golden Shells, you can get a Crafter’s Glowing Pouch.  This gives the player a random selection of crafting items for their tradeskill.  Last night I got an assortment of 3 kinds of planar dust, but I have seen players get artisan marks and plaques.  For only 15 shells this is well worth doing for crafters as it basically doubles your chance of getting plaques for the day.

Moving up to the next tier, for 25 shells you have the Mysterious Artifact.  Contained within it is a random artifact.  Based on the incidental data I have seen from players in game, it appears that this artifact will always be green or rarer.  This is a spiffy way of getting those rare artifacts to complete your sets.  You also get a few gold for your trouble.

Last and most definitely not least for 40 shells you get the fabled Chest of Riches.  These are the same things that drop from the epic zone invasions, and pretty much give you the best chance of getting something cool.  Guaranteed are between 1 and 2 platinum, but after that you get a random assortment of cool stuff.  I have seen players get artifacts, plaques of achievement, armor and weapons, and essences.  Like I said above, I believe this is probably the place that gives you your best chance of finding the Gritty Kitty pet.

If This Is Just a Prelude…

Honestly if this is just the prelude it has me intrigued as to what the event proper will look like.  All I know is that so far I am having a blast.  It combines my two favorite things to do in an MMO.  Mindlessly killing everything that crosses my path, and getting random loot.  Seriously I am a fool for Diablo style random loot, and I find myself grinding endlessly just to see what is going to come out of the candy machine next.  So giving me an event, where that is the entire purpose…  I am supremely pleased.  This might not be the thing for everyone, but for me, combine the lore of the Golden Maw with the mindless fun, it is pure addiction.

Rift 1.12 Prelude to “Spoils of War”

This one completely caught me off guard.  I was not expecting anything to happen really until the 1.2 patch next Tuesday (May 10th).  However it looks like tonight we will all have fun stuff to play through, as there is a prelude event to the big patch.

MMORPG.com seems to have gotten an exclusive preview of this prelude event.  In a recent article they talk to Design Producer Hal Hanlin and Lore Lead Morgan Lockhart about the impending changes coming from the 1.2 patch.  Based on the article it appears that this prelude event will run from May 4th through May 9th.  It looks like we will be getting limited time Daily Quest and the ability to earn a unique limited time cosmetic pet.

Synopsis of the Event from MMORPG.com

In the first instance, golden coins have been raining on Sanctum and Meridian but when city folk pick them up, they are corrupted by a strange taint. Because the Ascended are a bit more resistant to such corruption, the Mendicant Order and the College of Planar Studies are anxious to have these tainted coins collected and returned for further study. The collection of coins is a once daily quest that takes place only in the capital city of each faction.

If coins falling from the sky aren’t enough to give pause for thought, players will face an increase in Earth and Fire rifts that are exploding across Telara even in places they had not been previously seen.  Interest will undoubtedly be piqued, however, by the fragments of ancient dragon eggshells being dropped by invaders and Rift monsters. Again, the College of Planar Studies and the Mendicant Order are both interested in having these dragon eggshells rounded up for further study. There are three daily requests sending the Ascended all over Telara in search of these rare but mysterious items.

When returning with either gold coins or ancient dragon eggshells, players will be rewarded in impressive ways as the “Spoils of War” name implies. On turning in the quest items, players will receive a container that may hold, for instance, a limited-time companion pet called the Gritty Kitty. No, this isn’t a dirty cat but is one that has been rescued from the Plane of Earth. Other rewards might include rare hard-to-find artifacts, crafting currency and even plaques of achievement.

1.12 Patch Notes

Official Thread Here

SPOILS OF WAR – PRELUDE

* The Planes of Earth and Fire are suddenly showing an increase in activity, expanding their reach into zones previously left to other planar forces. Their Rifts and Invasions grow more numerous – but why?
* Look for new daily quests to appear in the cities of Sanctum and Meridian. Investigate the recent appearance of shells belonging to ancient golden dragon eggs, and mysterious coins showing up in Guardian and Defiant economies alike.
* Special reward packs for completing these new quests offer chances for uncommonly seen artifacts, rare and useful crafting materials, platinum and more. Reward packs also have a chance at containing a limited-time companion pet!

GENERAL

* Warfront-related guild quests now only progress on their proper maps.
* Multiple other quests requiring wins in Warfronts were fixed as well.
* Abandoning any variant of the Tools of Destruction quest will no longer remove Shadetouched Scepters, Blades, or Executors from your inventory. Additionally, Shadetouched Caches are no longer unique, so more than one can be held in your inventory at a time.
* Fixed a problem where some characters were not getting locked to the River of Souls raid properly.
* Shimmersand: Permanent Slumber: Fixed an issue that would sometimes prevent this quest from resetting correctly.
* Auto-AFK detection is now a bit less aggressive, so you won’t get flagged AFK just for stepping away briefly.