This week in Rift, things took a very odd turn. Well in Goldenstar terms anyway. A festival is active but instead I was trying to learn 2 play.
What? Ok explaining time.
So I was really excited about the Autumn Harvest Festival currently active. We all know I love a good in-game festival! All I found though was serious frustration. This festival is simple and for whatever reason I just didn’t get it. I had several quests I could turn in repeatedly, collect some pumpkins and I had to close some Rifts… surely I was missing something?
No. I wasn’t missing anything, that is all there is right now and I find it perfectly boring. I purchased 2 goodie bags and got horribly ugly masks that I hate. Searching for mushrooms is not as appealing as hunting for pets to me. Even getting artifacts wasn’t that thrilling for me. All I wanted was a stupid corgi mask… maybe a unicorn. I’m a simple girl with simple needs!
Added to that fact that Merric cheesed me off by inviting me to his group and then running of and doing his Rifts on his own and abandoning me to try to close some horrible water rifts in ice zone alone had me spitting fire about this stupid event.
By the way – thank you a million times for helping me with that water rift Eboe. You died many many valiant deaths and I wanted to let you know it was appreciated.
It is at this point that I was cursing the Autumn Harvest Festival in guild chat that it was basically brought to my attention that I had no clue what I was doing as a character. I can’t say they were wrong. But for starters, at level 50 I have the ability to turn a rift tear into a water rift. Yeah, that would have been handy bit of info to have.
That was just the start of my realization and later quest to learn how to be not sucky at this game. I am by no means promising to be good at it either. Just less craptastic is my goal.
Merric recently hit 50 as well (yeah I’m still 50) so he caught my bug and we started watching videos about what all this planar attunement nonsense was all about. Surprise! I was doing it all wrong. Ok not so much a surprise…
The closest description I could come up with is it’s basically legacies on LOTRO Legendary Weapons in that it’s a way for me to chose some extra bonuses for myself separate from gear and weapons stats. I’ll admit, this realization made me not love planar attunements more but once I got this sort of snapped into place, it made more sense. And since I don’t have to craft and/or get lucky with the bonuses I don’t find it as horrible. I can deal with it. So I reset all my attunements and started paying attention to what was going on with the planar attunements.
We then watched some Rift beginner guides and learned all kinds of little things we had no idea were there. We should be doing more dungeon and more instant adventures and all sorts of group activities all along to help us learn our characters better. Now some poor saps have to put up with us as we attempt to become a grouping tank and healer duo.
I even watched some videos about cleric healing which I admit I’ve done very little of in my 50 levels. I purchased a new role and made a brand new healer spec instead of the template driven ones I had let the game build for me.
Is it working? Heck if I know. I’ve only done very little with the brand new Goldenstar so far. Healing Merric minimally while in a rift raid is as far as I have gone. I am eager to try to not kill people in a dungeon sometime in the future though. Anyone willing to possibly die for me a bunch of times while I figure out my new healy buttons?