Daily Archives: February 10, 2011

Calm Words in This Time of Rift Crisis

A fresh translation to sooth your troubled heart:

And you will hear of hype and rumors of hype.

See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the ship date is not yet.

For blog will rise against blog, and comment against comment, and there will be exaggeration and flames in various places.

All these are but the beginning of the release pains.

Then they will deliver up to the official forums and ask to sticky any apostasy, and these will be hated by all nations for the game’s sake.

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another

And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.

And because beta access will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

And then the release of the game will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the ship date will have come.

It gets a little less clear after that, taking after some guy named Dan in accounting and then heading into a passage which I think means you should take the launch date off from work, unless you are pregnant or nursing.

But I think the main gist conforms to Keen’s graph.

Anyway, let these words comfort and guide you through these trying times.

Gates are Open for the 7th Rift Beta

The 7th beta event is now, by most definitions, a full open beta.

If you like to try before you buy, here is your opportunity.

Personally, I’ll probably be over here on the 15th.  We’ll see what that new progression server looks like.

Wait… I’ll Get What in Which Game if I Pre-Order from Steam?

If you pre-order Rift on Steam, you’ll get in-game items in Team Fortress 2.

TF 2 Weapons... from Rift... or something

You’ll also get some sort of hat in Rift as well, but I’m still stuck on getting the weapons in TF2.

I can’t tell if this is crazy or awesome, and not just because I am not buying Rift and I do not own TF2.

I guess you can do this sort of thing when you own the distribution channel as well as some of the games on that channel.

You’ll never get something like this at Wal-Mart.

Obligatory EVE Online New Avatar Post

I swear, I went into this thinking I was going to create a completely different look.  Meclin managed to get a Caldari model that looked a bit like Harrison Ford and another with a hint of Jim Carrey.  I thought I could manage something equally noble.  I certainly wasn’t going to end up with another avatar like my first experiment.

And then I tried on the sunglasses.

Once those were on, the techno beat started going in my brain and I ended up with this.

Wilhelm Arcturus... wait, it says that already

And the halo effect background… suddenly I was St. Diggler, patron saint of the Caldari disco mix.  Or something.

Well, I’ll only have to live with that choice… forever.   At least there wasn’t an eyeliner malfunction.

And it is better than my original avatar.

Somebody set up us the bomb!

I did find out, however, that you cannot create an avatar without pants.


That tidbit just in case you were thinking about going for the… um… news anchor look.

How soon until we get an ISK shop or a clothing manufacturing skill in the game to give us some better clothing choices?