I spent a chunk of time in Rift last night looking for a check box that was not there.
I was looking for this check box.
No, no, not the one about marriage proposals. The Lock XP checkbox.
It is gone.
I was so happy when they added mentoring… or what they call mentoring in any case… that I failed to notice that they took the lock XP option away… until last night.
As I mentioned, I have been doing the Autumn Harvest event with Hillmar, my cleric, who is also my instance group character. This and other activities have pushed him a bit ahead of the group in levels.
No problem right? We have mentoring in Rift!
Only I learned that there is a dead zone in mentoring. You cannot mentor down less than five levels. When would you want to do that, right?
I am sitting at level 44, while the rest of the group is trying to get to level 42 for the next instance. So mentoring leaves me sitting at level 39, which means I cannot do the instance. But, two levels isn’t really a huge discrepancy. If If I stay at 44, I might heal a bit better, but it won’t make a drastic impact on the group dynamic.
So I went to go lock my XP so I would remain at level 44.
Only, as I pointed out, the option is gone.
Trion gives with one hand and takes away with another.
I am not sure why Trion felt they they couldn’t have both mentoring and XP locking. EverQuest II has mentoring, XP locking, AND the ability to route adventure XP to alternate advancement.
Anyway, now I have a decision to make. Do I try to push forward to 47 so I can mentor down to 42 for the next instance, or do I stop playing Hillmar completely until we’re ready to go for the Fall of Latern Hook?