Rift: Adventures of An Addict

A nice comment I didn’t see right off on my Kestrel’s Cry frozen ravine post.   She has a really nice Rift blog called  Rift: Adventures of An Addict with pictures of her own sumptuously decorated dimensions.   There is hope. She says I can buy buildings, I don’t need to piece them together board by board.   I did loot one and put it in Kestrel’s Cry but there are no doors, and the snow and wind just whistle in.

There are all sorts of nice tips along the sidebar too.   Too cool.

And she understands about the snow in Kestrel’s Cry.   Go away, snow.

Rift adventures of an addict

How to Make Your Kestral’s Cry Ravine All Snuggly

After I wrote that last night I did look up decorating tips for the ravine.  This is indeed your chance to use those building blocks and strange planks you’ve been accumulating in the bank.

Here, from Better Homes and Dimensions and the wonderfully named Stylish Radish (!)  you can see a cabin she created for a dwarf friend.

rift dimensions kestral 1


And here, from Rift Dimension Addicts a nice video tutorial showing how to use the Rift Dimension Building tools.  He makes all the X Y Axis, copy/paste, choose 1080 or 13 or just pop your eyes out of your head and STOP THE MATH… sound almost reasonable.

I’ll try, and who knows if I can’t do it maybe my mathematical spouse (everyone should own one) will give it a shot since he dreams about numbers and he doesn’t wake up screaming from doing so as we mere mortals do.

Lesson learned, don’t spend anymore hard earned plat on these empty holes of a dimension if I can’t build in them.

Rift Home Sweet Home

I started with the Sanguine Shores “starter home” which I called “home sweet hovel.”   A pretty setting but a tiny hut.  I found it a little depressing to tell the truth.

Rift Sanguine Shores


Then I found I had enough money to buy the next size home.  I couldn’t really find pictures of it to see if was worth my coinage but what the heck, I thought.  ah, how incredibly more spacious and beautiful it is than the hovel.  I’ve been slowly purchasing and finding by happenstance (looting creatures) plants, trees, bits of furniture.  I can buy recipes to make some things but I need special coinage from doing daily crafting quests so I’ve been working on those with both characters.  Both can use the house, and decorate, so I only need to spend time and money on one place.  It is shaping up nicely, and it makes me want to play more to get it all snuggly.

The Entrance Hall

Rift Breach Chamber Entrance


The Bedroom Area

Rift Breach Chamber Bedroom Area


The Garden Area

Rift Breach Chamber Garden Area

Happy New Year from The Last Chapter!

World of Warcraft

After having so much fun working in Neverwinter, I had to break to do some of the Winter Veil activities.   Just as with the last couple of holidays in World of Warcraft, I approached the many requirements half heartedly.  There are too many activities for this busy time of the year, and having three PVP ones is a real pain.

So I did the gnome/battlefield one, entering the Isle of Conquest for the first time ever in a skimpy gnome Santa outfit.  Because I’d lose my gnome form if I shape shifted to my feral cat form or a bear or moonkin form for that matter, I had to go in as my Elf Self transformed.  I used my secondary talent set for which I have no talent never ever having used it…restoration.  I can confess here because I feel guilty that I was concentrating on my toolbars and skills and when I entered the battle ground I went in marked dps as always.  I suspect this saved my miserable gnome hide from instant death because I just looked like the only Santa gnome in the place, but not a falsely labeled one.  Shame, shame.


We tried some dungeons as a guild to get some of those achievements.  Only I and my husband and son and nephew dungeon dive, others don’t.  So we did a few, just us, to test things out, then got in the dungeon finder queue.  Unbelievably our first one had this Pin Brain From Mars who was critiquing everyone’s dps and skills and blah blah blah.   Obviously we were doing fine and didn’t need the Head of Bone and we should have drop kicked him sooner, but we waited till the end.  Luckily the next guy was just normal and we sailed along.  Not so confidence inspiring to those who we can’t talk into dungeons at all most days, and to me playing my dread rogue who I know is just awful, thanks for applying the brown sauce.

I’ve been running my shaman through some dungeons trying to level her up to use in the group instead of the rogue.  I’ve had trouble with her in the past which is why she is my lowest level class.  The dungeons in the 50 levels are just torture.  I am always so grateful to qualify for Hellfire Peninsula at 58.  I have been running into one after another of what I call “draggy tanks”.  They aggro one group of mobs then just chain drag them and everyone else through the whole place. Gack.  THEN there was the gnome who was playing his healer with his tank on follow or was it the other way around.  Nobody but me spoke up and said how bizarre that was, and when he died immediately because his following character got stuck on a wall, then everyone died…I got dungeon deserter for leaving that fun time behind.  How I love dungeons.

In an effort to have my spouse help me with a Winter Veil quest, I logged in his guy to just get him set up.  Lo and behold he has an in game email from the devs inviting him to try Raiding.  Hello?  He’s never going to try raiding.  Did any of my characters get it? NO.  Grrr.  Not that I’ve been raiding either but I do play.  

raid invite 2


Aimlessly working on my Pyromancer in Rift.  Am at level 24.  I was trying to do every quest in Silverwood but I couldn’t stand being there forever so I made sure my gathering skills were to level, finished what I could and stepped over the border into Gloamwood.  It is all gloomy and spidery, not looking at all like Duskwood from Wow but having that ambience.  A nice change and I feel like I’m making some forward progress.

Dearth of Games for PC yet again

I was thinking this year how in years past there were always maybe five games out in the fall I wanted badly and I’d ask for them for Christmas.  I can’t even think of the last time I asked for a computer game.  It is not as if there are a bunch on another platform I’d be buying either if only I didn’t love my keyboard/mouse so much.  There is not much of interest released if Action/Adventure is your genre.   I do not count those stoopid find the hidden picture puzzle games as Adventure.

There are a few upcoming lists with some possibles, but not much.

Board Games

New additions this season are Forbidden Island and Carcassonne.  I and my team mates liked both and appreciated the cooperative nature of each.  We are going to see if we can’t re-institute our board game day here, maybe we can eventually lure in others on a regular basis.  Snacks and board games, hard to beat that for entertainment and relaxation.


They’ve got my attention with the new game trailer and Kickstarter for the Repopulation.  They are sidestepping what I thought was a hardcore pvp game and practically stepping out of the video saying if you loved Star Wars Galaxies pre-NGE you will love us play play play!   Am I someone who could resist that?   I’m supporting the Kickstarter and if they bring that puppy up I’m going in for a look.



Happy gaming in 2014!   Atherne and the crew of the Last Chapter

Got Nuthin’


Played quite a bit of Neverwinter tonight.  Did the three big bads in their bandito hideout.  I didn’t realize the door to where they were was right the heck around the corner from where you come in.  Spent a bunch of time looking around the area for those bosses.

I did a Foundry Quest and could not make myself stop critiquing it as I went.  I don’t do that with a staff written quest unless it is really awful.  As it turns out it was really well done.  I rated and reviewed it.

Reached the level where I could go in the dungeon but couldn’t see how to queue for it.  People were lfg for the Cloak Tower  left and right as if they were desperate. easily enough for a few groups but nobody seemed to want to take charge and nobody wanted to just ask all the others to be in their group.  Very odd!  As they were all asking for lfg other not so helpful souls kept asking why they weren’t using the lfg tool.  The first bozo-ness I’ve seen in Neverwinter.


Ran my Cleric tonight.  I’m trying some of the yule events but I am not exactly made merry by any of them.  I can’t find the Father Christmas guy’s hearth so I can put the coal in his hearth.  You know how that goes.  Did you see Grimm with the Krampus and his lumps of coal?   The Yule trees have split waving tops like a Rift.  Kinda creepy.

I may toss my cleric in the dungeon since my Pyromancer is outleveling it.  I’ve been practicing on unsuspecting types at Rifts and in Instant Adventures.  For a character who is a dedicated healer, she really doesn’t have very powerful heals.  People don’t take as much damage as fast as they do in WOW, either, is how it seems to me.

Big excitement, I looted a shrub for my dimension.  I placed it there and went to sleep on my nice blue rug in my hut but when she comes around again she’ll be standing around Sanctum.  Reminds me of the space ship/yacht in Galaxies you could decorate, but not live in because you’d be standing around in the starport next time you “woke up”.

See?  The loading screen said I was in Sanguine Shores on my comfy rug but I was sleeping like a bum in the grass in Sanctum.

Sanctum Snoozing

I realized tonight that I like that Rift music too much.  That drumbeat, man.  Bomba-da Bomba-da, yo.

World of Warcraft

BW inscriptionist Still circling the K3 area.  Have been doing the quests while I’m there.  It seems to be a big Roleplayer hangout.  I say nothing, but good grief  “Blah Boinklinker  takes off his helmet and shakes his hair, carefully removing the comb from his pocket given to him by HER, hands trembling, he tries to compose himself.”     I’m thinking.  Get. Away.

Hunter still working the tundra.  You know that woman on the strand that you have to fight your way to, then she sends you to get a trident, then to kill some guy?  Gack.  All different on Goat back.  Nice torturous preview for her of Draenor.  I’m going to have to take the time to put some stuff on the auction house so she can fly.

Player Housing Rift

I thought I’d do a semi-series on player housing in games.  We’ll start with Rift.  I honestly don’t know much about it and I’ve been trying to find guides that answer some of my questions, and while there are some Rift Specific  home guides, many are curiously not kept up or use official videos (that is what the ones I looked at were).

So here’s what I know:

Rift has Dimensions.

This gives you an instanced space with an outdoor area and a small hut.

You get a starter pack from the Dimension engineer in Argent Glade with a boulder, a torch, an urn, a table, a shrub, a tile and two boards.

The bag is mixed because you have an indoor and outdoor area called Sanguine Shores.

I’ve seen someone else has named theirs more personally but I haven’t taken the time to see how it is done.

I’m also not sure how much of the outdoor area is useable and how much is scenery.

You can purchase home items from Dimensions vendors.

I got a tree from a fishing reward crate, and I looted one from an NPC.

I got a lovely blue rug from an NPC.

You’re able to drop objects wherever you like, there are no hooks or predefined spots which can take the object.

You can move them up and down (including into the ground), you can turn them and rotate them.  I find the big primary color arrows and circles that come up to indicate directions to be a bit crude and jarring but I’m grateful to have the ability to put things where I want them big time.

It looks as if I can have 50 objects in my Dimension, I’ll have to find someplace that tells me the scoop if I can buy more storage with real or in game moola.

Once I got the rug (I love paintings and rugs in games!) I moved all of the things my cleric had gotten so far into her hut and it is cozy city.

Rift Home Sweet Hovel

I’ll add information and tips here as I get them.

Rift Dimensions Sites:

Better Homes and Dimensions

Rift better homes

Now this person called The Stylish Radish has got real style.  Don’t you love the site name and their name?  Sooo cute.  He/She also writes with interest about Landmark for EQ Next.

Rift Decorators

rift decorators

Not updated since March of 2013 but it has pictures of furnishings, landscape items and building block items plus the various homes you can get.  My hovel is apparently the “starter”.

Rift: Burlap Robe

I finally got enough skill and burlap to make a Burlap Robe.  I had to check my character sheet to see if I’d lost my pants someplace but noooo, the
“leggings” are it.  I knew you were dying to see how the burlap clothing looked.

Rift Burlap Robe Front

Dyed with handy Cyan Dye of course.  If you’re looking for Coastal Glory (the plant needed for Cyan Dye and healing potions) there is some in the landscape, but you can much more reliably get it from the Boglings in the Sunken Marsh.  Plant/Foraging is available from the Boglings after they’ve been looted, you forage plants from their tiny green bodies.   The treants in Treant Woods also can be harvested for plants, including Coastal Glory though the Boglings are more reliable.

The wolves and Vespids all around that area have decent enough drops of Rotten Canines which you also need for the dye.  Both also have hide, odd for an insect.

I’ve guiltily noticed that you can harvest from Boglings and wolves and Vespids killed by others.  Just mouse over them to see if a resource is available.  Treasure city.

What, This Old Thing?

rift clothing

Note that my character has sailed from level 1-16 in a pretty short time.  I’ve gotten new bits of armor as quest rewards, especially in the Instant Adventures–all sorts of fun stuff drops there.  Look if you will, at the dumpy brown rag of a gown my character is still wearing.  Gawd I’m tired of schlumping through the forests in this thing.  Don’t get me started on the lumbering gait of my character.  I think it is the most stiff movement I’ve seen since Warhammer Online.

This girl is cute. She should have something elegant, flowing.  Or some bad @$$ leather. Something else.

I have been driven to pick up a set of crafts in order to get into (apparently) some snazzy burlap.  The lowest level “Outfitter” clothing is made from that miracle cloth burlap.   On the plus side I also will be able to make bags because suddenly bag space is an issue.  Instant Adventures are a Loot Paradise, and I need more room.

Doing a bit of research today I found there is a trainer for outfitting in Argent Glade where I’m hanging out.  I picked up Butchering yesterday which would be Skinning elsewhere but Butchering sounds so much more brutal, doesn’t it?  Yarg, yarg, I slay the beastie and RIP , REND, TEAR the hide from his wee bones.

A couple of crafting guides to get started in case you’re also hanging around the world in a nasty brown gown:

My favorite of the bunch so far  Rift Craft.

rift craft

Zam’s nicely done Rift Craft Guide:

rift zam

There you go. DOWN WITH BROWN!

Rift Instant Adventures

Just tabbed out getting this is under the wire for today’s post…Instant Adventure equals I’m an Instant idiot.  Criminy.  More later.  This counts as a post, needer.

Well well.  From level 10 to the desired level 16 in just an hour or two.  I had no clue going in what to expect.

What you get is a map of the area you’re already working in, only it is an instance.  People come and go.  You pick up individual quests and there are group quests throughout the area that repeat.

The first few groups were really not working together in any way and I couldn’t tell if that was normal or not. As time went on the people coming in were better and better and helped each other, and moved toward common goals together.

After awhile  there seemed to be more rifts opening up closer together.  Chaos is what it was.

At a couple points the quests turned everyone into a dog.  Mine had a ribbon so you could tell she was a girl.

instant dog

Back to Guild Wars 2 for a few levels.

What I’m Playing

Not that you care but la la la I write what I want to here don’t I?

World of Warcraft  Working on getting all 11 characters and their crafts to max on Blackwater.  Can’t abandon them now.  Archaeology is a killer.  Picked a character on two different servers to be my level 90s there.  Although I think that the Insta-90 is a good thing for others, I can easily crunch two characters along. My Blackwater characters have taught me all I need to know about scooting through this game and leveling up.

Rift  As part of my Dungeon Challenge I’m starting by getting a character to level 10 on all three games.  I was at level 8 here already, so once I played a bit I was there at level 10 in a trice.  Interesting game. Lots going on at all times.  I wanted to jump into an Instant Dungeon at level 10, but no.   She’s the character who had the problem with her head becoming detached.  So embarrassing.

Guild Wars 2   I started off with a Sylvari Ranger who I thought would be like a nice bow specialist and she could whap whap her way to the 10th level.  Just dead too much for my tastes.  So, I thought to try another character type.  I chose an Asura Engineer and she is the cutie of the universe.  She looks like a floppy little rag doll when she runs.  I traded up weapons from a pistol to a rifle and was surprised when my skill bars changed completely.  I thought I’d pick up a new weapon along the way but I haven’t. I’ve arrived at a place with a bunch of crafting stations and I wonder if I’m expected to make my own next gun.  Hope not because I’ve been ruthless with inventory space and have sold everything, including crafting materials, that I couldn’t use.   I need lots of money for repairs, though I’m not dead dead dead usually, unless I get a boss type mob.  I noticed the Sylvari area had lots of people around but there are few in the Asura area so I don’t often have help with “events”.   One and a half levels to get to ten, but this is the girl who needs level 25 to get in a dungeon.

Planescape Torment  All this talk of older games made me twitch to play one so I chose Planescape because it spoke to me and because I backed the Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numenara and I’d best sharpen up eh?   You know, when you play a single player game it is so different.  It is just you against the game.  Nothing between you and success or failure but your skills.  Deeper worlds and stories.  More complex classes with no whiny “balancing.”   Everyone should go ahead and take a break sometimes and make it just you and your adventuring skills.  And puzzle solving 🙂