Summerfest is over but the fun in Telara is just warming up! Get your special Artifact eyes out and prepare to hunt for shinies!
Shiny Shenanigans starts on August 17th! Artifact piñatas will appear around Telara in one of 15 possible locations per zone, with up to five that can be active at any given time. That is of course, except for Tyrant Throne, which has only three at a time.
Hurry and earn those artifact sets to unlock “Artifact Eyes”, special cosmetic abilities that really make your eyes glow! For example, you can earn Poison Artifact Eyes for completing the poison set. The Meta set containing all the eyes then grants the Rainbow Artifact Eyes ability, which changes color every five seconds.
Besides the piñatas scattered across the land, we also have some great savings for you! Artifact draws will be on sale, making it easier to complete your collections in record time. Plus, Artifact tracking potions will be 15% off in the RIFT store during Shiny Shenanigans!
Get in-game and collect as many shinies as you can! Shiny Shenanigans runs from Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:01 AM PDT until Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.
On Friday, August 11, 2017, RIFT Community Manager Yaviey chatted with Dead Simon and Archonix about the upcoming Shiny Shenanigans event.
On Friday’s livestream, Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges was joined by Simon “Dead Simon” Ffinch (Sr. Design Director) and Christopher “Archonix” Junior (Game Director). They discussed next week’s Shiny Shenanigans event as Dead Simon’s character was in-game on the live EU servers. Players also got a chance to ask questions before Ryan “RoughRaptors” Copeland joined the fray.
On Friday, August 4, 2017, new RIFT Community Manager Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges tried to git gud at her new mage character in RIFT!
On Friday’s livestream, Yaviey was joined by Chris “Keyens” Meyer (Systems Designer, RIFT) as she continued to play her Guardian high elf mage created during last week’s stream. More players showed up to show off some of their unique costumes and pets until, seemingly out of nowhere, Dead Simon showed up and started wreaking havoc on Telara! Everyone had to work together to bring him down and one lucky player won an Eternal item for their efforts.
Haven’t played in a bit and want to come back or just want to get rewarded for playing your favorite game? Now is the perfect time! From now until August 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT, log into RIFT and receive the following rewards:
Celestial Rewards Cache
2 Tenebrean Engines (used to upgrade powerful raid items).
Box of Individual Reward Charges
Contains 10 Individual Rewards Charges. Does not extend the cap of 100 charges and charges in excess of 100 will be lost.
Glimmering Bag of Sparkles
Contains 100 Phenomenal Sparkle required for the monthly Patron quest. Sparkles that exceed the 500 cap will be lost.
Sagum of Lightning Costume Cape
Also, don't forget that there's still time left to enjoy Summerfest. This seasonal event includes scavenger hunts, quests, artifact piñatas, and more. But hurry, the festivities are only here until August 11, 2017! For more info on all things Summerfest, read our article here. Happy hunting, Ascended!
This week RIFT Community Manager Yaviey jumps in to play the new mage she created last week. Join us live in-game on the NA shards.
Follow Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges, RIFT’s Community Manager as she blunders her way from level 5-15 or so on the pyromancer she created during last week’s stream. Once again she will travel to North American shard Greybriar on the Guardian side. This week’s special guest will be whoever draws the shortest straw on Friday. They get the honor of coaching the n00b. Prizes will be given away during the stream, so don’t be late!
Seshatar is a German player who has been playing RIFT since 2011. He’s currently an avid streamer and community member. Learn more about him!
We want to get to know the community better and get you to know them, too! Welcome to our new monthly series where we interview various community members including fan artists, streamers, fan site owners, guild leaders, and more. For our first interview, meet Seshatar! You may remember him as the guy putting on the Celestial Storm Twitter contest going on from now until August 13, 2017.
Q.: How long have you been playing RIFT?
A.: I started RIFT in July 2011, I think it was between Patch 1.3 and Patch 1.4 when I began my journey through Telara. I remember when the original Hammerknell Fortress raid was launched while I was still leveling and I really enjoyed the pre-event for it. Now, over 6 years later, I have around 9,000 hours of play time just on my main character and still enjoy to hang out in Telara almost every day.
Q.: What calling/souls are your main character in RIFT and what do you enjoy about it?
A.: My main character is a Cleric and so are my other two max level characters. I chose the Cleric because I love to heal in MMORPGs and in 2011, where only Mages and Cleric could heal, the Cleric just had way more healing options. Back then I painfully leveled my Cleric as a Sentinel (I mostly leveled with dungeons). Nowadays I usually play Purifier or Warden in group content. Oh, and of course my famous 1-button Shaman.
Q.: What keeps you playing RIFT after all these years?
A. The community. I think Telarans are the most awesome people to hang with! Oh, and of course the excellent and regular content updates we get from the dev team that give us new things to do and explore every few weeks. Special shout out to my girlfriend and worst Mage EU Kira, my guild <Skins on Farm> and all my in-game friends!
Q.: What got you into streaming RIFT?
A.: I have always been helping newcomers in game and tried to drag more people into Telara by posting news and articles in forums and online magazines and was brainstorming about other ways to promote my favorite game. I personally love to watch Twitch streams and RIFT didn't have many active streamers, so I decided I’d just stream some of my game play to give interested people an insight into the game and the option to ask questions and directly get answers during the live stream. It didn’t take long and I had regular viewers that motivated me to continue and to improve my stream quality. After all, it was the best decision of my life to start streaming RIFT, because I met my girlfriend during one of my streams. She’s also supporting me in every possible way with my streaming.
Q.: What is your favorite thing to stream in RIFT?
A.: I personally enjoy the BIG events most. Preparing cool stuff for the community, from 24h Extra Life streams to dimension PvP events, live cooking shows or in game contests is what I’m really passionate about. On the other hand, the more regular streams like raiding or casual gameplay allow me more interaction with my viewers, which I also love. If my community is happy, I am too.
Q.: Do you have any advice for new streamers who want to get into streaming?
A.: Be yourself. Be passionate. Be patient. If you love what you do people will notice that and enjoy watching you. At the beginning you might be nervous and only have a few lurkers coming to your stream. What helped me in the beginning was to close the Twitch window, so I couldn’t see how many viewers I currently had. Take a friend or guildie with you in voice chat and just play and joke around as you would usually do. Don’t look at the chat every 5 seconds. Networking is also very important. Watch other streamers and interact with them; maybe they’ll give you some support if they get to know you and enjoy your content – or might even be in for a co-op project. From a technical point of view, make sure the video and audio settings are appealing to viewers. You don’t need Ultra graphics, but stuttering video or a bad microphone can destroy your whole stream. Make the people come for the game and stay for YOU.
Q.: Do you have any advice for new players coming into RIFT after watching your videos?
A.: Be social, make friends, find a guild. RIFT is most fun if you play it together with others! If you like, feel free to add me on your friends list: [EU] Volturnus@Gelidra [NA] Seshatar@Faeblight.
Q.: What got you into running contests for the community? What’s the best part about it?
A.: I love to create contests! Working out the basic concept, the rules and prizes really challenges me as it requires a lot creativity to get people interested in participating. But when I’m done I can just relax, sit back and enjoy all the cool stuff the community is sending in. I’m always super impressed how people work on the task in different ways and create so awesome entries that I would love to give everyone a prize for their work! Checking the new entries for a contest every morning on the phone when I’m sitting in the train to work is really the best part about it!
Want to connect with Seshatar in more places? Follow him on Twitch & Twitter and don’t forget to check out his website for upcoming events, wardrobe services, monthly RIFT giveaways, and more!
We greatly appreciate Seshatar taking the time to interview with us in our first RIFT community interview series. Would you like to be interviewed in an upcoming segment? Tweet us @RIFTgame with the hashtag #CommunityQA and what you enjoy most about the game for a chance to be featured! Chat with us about this interview on the official forum post here.
On Friday, July 28, 2017, new RIFT Community Manager Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges tried her hand at creating a brand new character in RIFT!
On Friday’s livestream, Yaviey was joined by Chris “Keyens” Meyer (Systems Designer, RIFT) as she made a new character in RIFT. She created a Guardian high elf mage and played through the new player experience and into the first open world zone. There she met with other players who came out to say “hi” and show off their cool fashions, pets, and abilities. Later, after the duo accidentally said “Captain Cursor” three times, Nicholas “Captain Cursor” McDowell appeared to clear up some of the beginning lore.
Summerfest is in full swing, as is all the adventure of 4.2 Celestial Storm. With new quests, a new overland zone, and a Telaran-ton of fun, what more could you ask for? How about some free stuff?
Community member Seshatar has just what you need! He put together a fun community contest where you can submit your screenshots on Twitter to win some great prizes. There are three categories to choose from:
1) Greetings from Vostigar! Create a virtual postcard based on one or multiple RIFT screenshots that shows how your character is exploring the secrets of Vostigar Peaks. The focus should be on the beauty of the new zone.
2) Summer Fashion Put on your favorite summer wardrobe, put it in scene and take 1-4 screenshots of it! Your whole character should be clearly visible in at least one of the screenshots, in the additional screenshots you can pose or mount up if you like!
3) My Celestial Moment Record a video clip of 30-60 seconds length that shows your special little moment in Vostigar Peaks. You can easily do that with the in game recorder or use external software. Editing and (royalty free) music are allowed! Upload it on YouTube or Twitch.
How to Enter
Tweet your creations together with the following information:
Hashtags: #RIFTgame #CelestialStorm
Other Info: CharacterName@Shard
Trion Worlds, Inc. sponsored awesome prizes for the winners of each of the three categories:
1st Place: Spectral Chariot + 30 Days Patron Time
2nd Place: 30 Days Patron Time
3rd Place: 30 Days Patron Time
Up to 10 of the most magnificent entries in each category will be pre-selected and the winners will be chosen by the community during an upcoming livestream!
Hurry and get your entries in! The contest closes on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3:00 AM PDT / 6:00 AM EDT / 10:00 AM GMT. Plus, each week until the end of the contest, we'll feature some of your entries on the official RIFT social media channels! For more information, visit the official forum post here.
Stay cool out there, Ascended!
*Special thanks to Clemmykins for the fantastic header image that was a contest entry.
This week the new RIFT Community Manager Yaviey jumps into RIFT as a total noob. Join us live in-game on the NA servers.
Brasse is out this week and Yaviey is taking over! She is your new Community Manager for RIFT, Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges. Chris “Keyens” Meyers (Systems Designer) will be on stream as well, probably just to troll her.
This is Yaviey’s very first “Let’s Play.” She will try her hand at a Guardian High Elf Mage, explore the starting zone, and try to get as many levels as possible while questing and killing bad guys. What souls should she pick? What should her rotation be? Got some other tips for new players? Let us know live on the stream or on the forums. We’ll feature the best advice in a blog post next week.
On Friday, July 21, 2017, we took players on a wild ride to explore all the fun that’s in store for the Summerfest seasonal event in RIFT.
Our hostess with the mostest, Linda “Brasse” Carlson (Director of Community Relations) was on Friday’s livestream and joined by Chris “Tacitus” Cates (Senior Game Designer, RIFT), Jennifer “Yaviey” Bridges (new RIFT Community Manager), and special guest Chris “Keyens” Meyer (Systems Designer, RIFT). Together they previewed the Summerfest seasonal event live on the EU shards, while Simon “DeadSimon” Ffinch (Sr. Design Director, RIFT) was in-game popping artifact piñatas to attendees. The team showed off the quests, scavenger hunts, new rewards, and new RIFT store goodies.