Wow, the hype for this game really has gone up. o_O I joined ZAM less than a month ago and I know the community on her for Rift wasn't this big at that point. I'm thrilled that the word of mouth is getting out, so maybe Rift will actually succeed where LotRO, Aion, and many others have failed.
If you don't have a VIP yet, definitely become more active on here. Join us in the IRC, get to know people, continue posting on the forums with more than one sentence about how much you want or need a key. Twitter was a waste of my time, as were the Facebook VIPs I tried to obtain prior to the first closed beta, but being on ZAM I've gotten two keys and can now enjoy the beta with my husband.
And from what I've seen thus far in the second CB, Rift is a powerful contender for next big fantasy MMO. It isn't as flashily advertised as other games, it doesn't have a popular series to go off of, but it's already an incredibly addictive experience. The graphics are beautiful, the quests fun, the rifts themselves..wow.
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