With the announcement of the upcoming Rift expansion, Storm Legion, I thought it might be time to get a character to level cap in the game so that should I buy it and want to play, I would be ready… unlike with all those LOTRO expansions I own. I’ve only ever been to Moria. But that is a subject for another post.
Fortunately this was a pretty easy task to accomplish. I have had a rogue sitting at level 49.8 for a few months. I never could quite build up the enthusiasm to push him that last 20% of a level to get to 50. I have hit level cap in enough games for there mere act of getting there not to be much of a thrill, and end-game pursuits have never really been my cup of tea.
But, with an expansion coming, the balance was tipped. I figured it would be my only chance to see what one can do at level 50, since once you tack on another 10 levels, all that previously end-game content gets bypassed. Such content becomes Wintergrasp after Cataclysm; once a popular event, now a distraction pursued by a few die hards and the curious.
So I ran out to Stillmore, the last zone I had been working on with my rogue Teresten (I “still” had “more” to do… who names these zones?), to find a zone event just kicking off. That was a good thing, since it saved me the trouble of trying to pick up where I had left off. I joined the first public group I could find, which became the main raid group, and we ran around stomping out rifts and slaying bad guys.
Along the way, the moment came, and I hit level 50.
Now if you don’t play Rift, that “Level Up” message might look pretty impressive. To put that in perspective, I get a similar size message, only in green, when I grab a quest which says, “Quest Accepted.” So I have seen the big text 48 times already, it is the achievement at the bottom that is the difference… in that is says 50, rather that 40, 30, 20, or 10.
Rift is big on celebrating every moment, which is a good thing. I remember in LOTRO when it used to just say something like “your level has changed” in you chat window.
I went on with the event, which was a success. Since Stillmore events are for level 50s, it draws a crowd from the top heavy player base. I got a pile of things that added 10,000 points to my planar attunement, which I noticed advanced my still visible and working experience bar when I used them.
I also had an in-game mail waiting for me. “Probably some congratulations message from the faction leader,” I thought. It was, sort of, though it was a little garbled at the end.
Since this might spoil things for you if you have not made it to level 50 in Rift, I am going to put this all after a cut, so you’ll only have yourself to blame if I ruin the surprise.