Despite several options to pursue at max level right now in RIFT, I’m feeling a bit directionless. Part of this comes from the knowledge of November’s expansion pack, which kind of negates any current pursuit of gear upgrades. I’m itching to level again, to get those 10 extra soul points and a new soul to play with, and the idea of housing just out of my reach is driving me mad.
I was all on fire to plow through Ember Isle, but I’m less on fire these days for it. It’s still proving to be at least a slog, if not a tough slog, with regular mobs boasting enough hit points to make every fight last longer than I’d like. Right now I’ve pared down my focus for that zone to be the main storyline, and even with that I don’t know how far I’m going to go with it. I do hope the end results will be worth it. Maybe this is a great zone for those who have all purple gear and needed a good challenge, but it kind of makes me feel like I’m dog paddling like mad to stay above water.
So here are a few options I’ve been mulling over to cover the time between now and November 13th:
- Start a new character (most likely a mage) and level him/her to 50 using dungeons and instant adventures. This has a lot of appeal for me, seeing as how it will be pretty new, take the focus off questing, and group up more. The mage has a couple great pet classes, plus I really like the battle mage soul coming with the xpack. The downside of this is spreading my interest between alts too wide.
- Keep at Ember Isle until completed. Right now that gets a big “meh” from me.
- Nix Ember Isle and go back to do other level 50ish zones that I leap frogged to get to EI. Shimmersands is something I’ve never done before.
- Go back to my focus on achievement hunting, particularly for all the lowbie zones that I missed my first time through (most of those being on the Defiant side).
- Just run IAs and dungeons on my cleric to keep my edge and gradually gear up.
- Shift my focus to doing the sagas. I don’t know how feasible this is, particularly without strong guild support.
I haven’t really decided any which way here, but I’m perhaps most tempted with the first and fourth options. I’m not complaining about my ants — if anything, RIFT has so much to do that I’m unlikely to be bored in the near future. It’s just that I need a set goal for my own personal satisfaction.
For those of you playing RIFT, what were your goals at level 50?