RIFT: Magic 101 and Opie-um

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It’s been 50 days since I preordered Starfall Prophecy (already?), which means that I finally was able to buy the highly desired Opie squirrel mount. He’s definitely adorable — it’s a squirrel, how could it not be? — and the Christmas lights all over him give him a seasonal flair (oh I know they’re artifacts, but they totally look Christmasy).

Yet my joy quickly turned sour as I realized some of the drawbacks:

  1. The mount shrinks you when you get on, which isn’t always desired.
  2. It’s not treated as a normal mount, so you can’t use your abilities and hop off or use the same dismount key. This is highly inconvenient if you’re trying to use Opie as a regular steed.
  3. Opie’s famed artifact hunting abilities require pellets to activate, which I don’t even have, so you can’t use them all of the time.
  4. It’s bind to character, not to account, so you can only get one. Whaaat.

Sigh. Buyer’s regret. Wish I could’ve spent those 50 tokens on something else.

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Feeling like I’m hitting a roadblock with my Cleric, as I’m not finding a reliable avenue for gearing up enough for Planetouched Wilds, I threw caution to the wind and rolled up a new mage so that I might enjoy some questing and leveling instead of just sitting in Sanctum and sulking over not being able to go where I want to go.

Plus, more and more I’ve been wanting to go back to this archetype and resurrect — pun intended — my necromancer build. It’s like playing an old-school World of Warcraft Warlock, and I mean that in the best of ways. DoTs, pets, maniacal laughter, etc.

It took me about a half-hour to get her fully set up with the UI, mail items, and wardrobe, during which I participated once more in our guild’s trivia night. The theme was “serial killers,” and for better or worse, I cleaned house. Think I only got two questions wrong, because I might not be able to reliably shout my kids’ names, but I can pull out dumb trivia like nobody’s business. My grand reward was a spooky skeleton ghost pet, which I thought would compliment my necro theme.

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No, I am not going to throw a beach party here. First rule of beach parties, host them away from the giant water tentacles. We lost an entire branch of the family tree last year.

I gave my mage a Victorian steampunk look, complete with bowler hat, and then was off to the races. I have no particular leveling plan in mind, just to quest like old times and then maybe get back into the IA/dungeon track. Seriously, I’m in no rush, because that whole PTW wall took the wind out of my sails in regard to the endgame — and the expansion is coming. When that happens, I can just use my boost to bring her up to 65 and start fresh in a new land.

In the meantime, why not have fun and hunt down some costume pieces? RIFT’s early questing might not be edge-of-your-seat thrilling, but it is relaxing and rewarding. I hit level 12 before logging off, and I’m excited to see how her build develops over time. Plus, new dimension to decorate!

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New goal in MMOs: to try to take more close-up pictures of enemy mobs. Sometimes the detail, expression, and animation on these faces can be pretty enthralling — and yet I almost never see them with the camera pulled back.

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2 thoughts on “RIFT: Magic 101 and Opie-um

  1. Tony September 23, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Thanks for the details on Opie.

    Any idea if there’s much talk on what happens with Opie afterward? I have 12 tickets, I figure the game will launch before I have 50… which is kind of a bummer.

  2. Karla “Mupo” Finch-Cluff July 7, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Woo Necromancers!! 😀 i started a Necromancer build finally and i think i like it! I love to tell my minions to charge into battle 😀 Coming from a Warrior main, it’s very different. I love Cleric a lot though, 2 lvl 70 clerics, and now leveling a mage from the Insta 65 boost. the gear they gave in the boost was quite decent actually! Far better than the insta 60 that was gifted to my warrior forever ago.

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