As much fun as it is to be in on the launch week of a game, it’s also wearying in a way. One of the reasons that I’m primarily a solo player is probably due to my introverted nature — I’m generally happiest when I have space and quiet to do my thing. I don’t mind grouping or whatnot, but crowds always make me jittery.
So being part of what feels like a player-and-turtle stampede in the lowbie zones gives me a claustrophobic feel, especially after being used to the slower pace of LOTRO, but that’s how it goes.
Last night it took me 4 hours to log on a second time for about 40 minutes of play before bed, but it was an enjoyable 40 minutes, darnit! I made sure to jump into as many rift battles as I could find, and I really love the “join public group” button that pops up. My bard has some decent group healing going on now, so I just sit back and heal while doing a bit of damage, and I tend to come out ahead with rewards.
Other than the queues, my only day one complaint was a gold spammer that sent me a tell — seriously? Already? Some folks have reported huge amounts of gold spam, but I just saw the one. In any case, it’s disappointing that they’re already out in force, especially since it’s been close to forever since I’ve seen one in LOTRO.
Looking ahead, I can’t even try to predict when things will calm down for the game. People will spread out a bit more as always happens, but we have the second big influx of folks when the official launch hits next week. So far, knock on wood, Trion seems to have a monster hit on its hands, and that’s an encouraging sight after a year of MMO flops and disappointments.
I’d love to hear from any other Rift players — what’s your first day been like? What were your goals?