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Something Missing in Scarlet Gorge

Yes, I am still playing Rift Prime, though I haven’t spent much time there over the last few of weeks.  I’ve made a bit of progress, but events in New Eden and a growing sense of ennui has dominated my play time.

Tiger racing through the sticks, trumped by spaceship politics

While I was caught up in levels… or so I felt… I did linger about Stonefield for a bit longer to wrap up a few achievements.  Alas, I could not find two more quests to get the achievement for that, but I did find the torch up on the rocks above Granite Falls for the Dancing with Squirrels.

Stop… Squirrel Time

From there I headed into Scarlet Gorge, the next zone up the chain.

Looking into Scarlet Gorge

I did notice that, as I passed into the zone there was a quest giver standing off to one side who gave me passage through the portal into Iron Pine Peaks.  That was nice, and I filed that away for later, because in my head, IPP was a higher level zone and not something I would bother with at that point.

Scarlet Gorge started as I remembered and I ran through the initial quest chain and followed it northward up the valley until it sort of stopped at about the mid point.  It felt like I missed a chain or a turn somewhere.  I rode further up and ended in mobs that were four and more levels above me.  That wasn’t playing.  My brain seemed to insist that there was more to do, but wasn’t pointing me at anything viable.

I did recalled that I needed to go up the sky tram at the starting hub to an encampment up on one of the peaks.  There I found myself just within the right level range, but that quickly led me into Scarwood Reach.  I was still just level 27 so that did not bode well.

In looking at the map however, I noticed that I had another option.

Map of my area

I can still find references to Iron Pine Peak starting at level 41, but that appears to have been revamped somewhere along the way and was now right in the level range for me.  I took a side trip up there into the snow and ice.

So I headed through the local portal and went to play in the snow.

The quest chain in IPP seemed familiar in that way things do when you’re been away for five years but still have bits and pieces of bouncing around in your head.  IPP was not one of my favorite zones, but I hauled around there through level 28 and into level 29.

Level 29 in the snow

That done, I actually hit the portal at the west end of IPP and headed back to Scarwood Reach where I started in on the quest line there.  For some reason Scarwood Reach is another zone that I remember pretty well, so I have been following the chain of tasks there.

I’ve been here before… I know where the artifacts spawn

Scarwood Reach as a zone is pretty good and I have move through it well enough.

Overall however, momentum in Rift Prime has clearly slowed down.  The guild I am in, which was semi-active, with everybody playing at least a bit each week, has now pretty much dragged to a halt.  I may be the only one who has logged into the game in the last two weeks.

As I mentioned at the top of the post, activity in EVE Online has been eating up a good portion of my gaming time.  But the ennui bit is also a factor too.  I’ve probably played more Age of Empires II in the last week than Rift Prime in the last two weeks.  I also had a good game of Civilization II going over the weekend, though that has reached a bit of a “me vs. the world” stalemate… which I still played for a while rather than log into Rift.

I’m not calling it yet, but my nostalgia time here seems to be in peril.

Driven out of King’s Breach

It was Saturday night and everybody ignored the instructions and brought potato salad.

People were supposed to show up with another level or two on their character.  Our next target instance shows up in the dungeon finder thingy as requiring level 34 to enter and we were… short of the mark.

  • Hillmar level 32 cleric
  • Jollyreaper level 32 mage
  • Gizalia level 31 mage
  • Zahihawass level 31 cleric
  • Earlthecat level 31 warrior

Still, we were a couple of levels up from last time.  So we thought we might ride out there and take a swing at the yard trash at least.  So we headed out to King’s Breach just to see what we could see.

Cool picture unrelated to the narrative

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Scarlet Gorge End to End

Saturday night and it was time for the ability to toggle experience to come back and bite us.  Three of us left our experience locked when we were in Deepstrike Mines, fearing to spread out the levels in the group too far, only to find out that our next instance, Foul Cascade, required we all be level 28 to enter.  And the group as we gathered up was:

  • Earlthecat level 28 warrior
  • Jollyreaper level 28 mage
  • Gizalia level 27 mage
  • Hillmar level 27 cleric
  • Zahihawass level 27 cleric

Jolly had not locked his xp last time, and Earl had gone out and caught up to the level we needed.  So the three of us good citizens were now holding the group back.  No good deed and all that.

So we joined up in Scarlet Gorge, the zone where Foul Cascade is located, picked up the quests at the first hub, and went out to make up that level gap.  The three of us behind also used one of the experience boost potions that they hand out as veteran rewards, hoping to speed up the journey so that we might have time to do the instance.

Beating on NPCs

As usual with picture laden posts these days, more after the cut.

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