RIFT is currently in its fifth and final stage of the lengthy Waves of Madness world event. And when I say “lengthy,” we’re talking about well over a month going on now. I think Trion’s overreacted just a teensy weensy bit to the complaints of shortness from the last world event, but really, it’s not as if a long world event is a bad thing. We’ve seen a nice cycle of daily quests, a few fun story scenes, and been given plenty of time to gather up the world event currency for the vendor before he waves bye-bye. So I am not complaining.
The fifth phase, oddly enough, is a celebratory one: “We’ve won, let’s party!” It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a holiday event in the game so far, and it’s actually kind of entertaining. Nothing too elaborate, but it does encourage you to dance, set off fireworks, and (my personal favorite) engage in a water balloon minigame. There’s even some strategy with the latter, because you can’t hit certain targets, and there are different point values assigned.
I’ve noticed that the dailies in phase five are awarding significantly higher amounts of currency, probably to let people wrap up their reward goals before it goes away. Each one of these world events has been a treasure trove of loot, and this time around I’ve scored a couple pets, a water-breathing trinket, an awesome planar focus (2 greater, 4 lesser), and a cosmetic skull helm. Really, the only other thing I’m interested in are some spiky cosmetic shoulders, but no loss if I don’t get them.
Apart from the world event, I’ve latched on to a terrific guild — The Watch on Deepwood — and they’ve been great at incorporating me into their social circle and activities. The other night we did a set of crafting and raid rift runs in Shimmersands that were substantially more interesting than rifts I’ve done in the past, and the rewards were much improved as well.
My rogue is trucking through the 40s at level 43 so far, mostly doing a mix of dungeons and questing. I really do love the five-man instances in this game, as they’re just long enough to be challenging but not too long as to be tiring. I’m also haphazardly crafting my way up through the tiers, but it’s not my passion so much as just something I can do with these cheap mats I keep picking up.
I’m pretty psyched about the Water Saga epic quest chain that’s coming with patch 1.4, especially since I should be nearing 50 by the time it comes out. For all the bellyaching that some commenters do about there being nothing to do at 50 other than raid, I’m finding that the game has a surprising amount of diversity if you’re willing to look. Having this quest chain to do (with a cool croc mount at the end) is a nice indication that Trion hasn’t forgotten about us soloers.