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#1 Mar 25 2011 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok, so let me layout the situation for you.

I'm playing EQ2X right now and I actually really enjoy it. It's a ton of fun for me. The catch is I'm only a silver account. I'm at the point where I am thinking about subbing...

All of that said, I've just really started to look into RIFT and it looks awesome. If I'm willing to pay to play EQ2X, I figured I should do some looking around and fact getting.

Here's some questions for you:

1) How many characters are allowed per account?
2) How is the game progression wise? Is it like EQ1 as far as time sink goes? Or more like EQ2/WoW?
3) I know this is a RIFT forum, but... Is it really worth the $?
4) Any other opinions you may have would be welcome...
#2 Mar 25 2011 at 10:48 AM Rating: Good
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#3 Mar 25 2011 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
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I know you're allowed 6 characters per shard, but I've never seen what the total overall is, if there is one.
Because of the Soul system, there's less need for alts though.

It looks like this is not going to be a huge time sink game, and will be more like EQ2 and WoW as far as that goes. For the most part, large time sinks were part of an older generation of MMOs and are rarely seen in newer ones (comparatively)

Definately worth the money - Of all the MMOs I have played, I've enjoyed this one far more than most, especially since the dynamic content help keep things fresh longer.

As for other opinions, I'm posting from work and can't think out anything useful right now
#4 Mar 25 2011 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
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I take it, based on Serns post that "Shard" = Server?

If so, which server would be best (I like PVE)? I figure for $60 bucks I can get a free month out of it, so we'll see... Plus if I pay 6 months it's only $12 a month. That's a little more than 1 new game every 6 months. Not bad.

Edited, Mar 25th 2011 12:55pm by DeckkD
#5 Mar 25 2011 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Oh and another question:

In EQ2X I have a Shadowknight.

Love him. He's a tank, but he's also a decently well rounded class...

Would the Paragon be a good choice for me here? (I realize this is going to take some trial and error with classes, but I figured I'd ask)
#6 Mar 25 2011 at 11:07 AM Rating: Good
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DeckkD wrote:
Oh and another question:

In EQ2X I have a Shadowknight.

Love him. He's a tank, but he's also a decently well rounded class...

Would the Paragon be a good choice for me here? (I realize this is going to take some trial and error with classes, but I figured I'd ask)

You'll want to play around with the soul system a lot until you find something that suits your particular playstyle.

Paragon is a DPS (damage dealer) soul primarily, which means that its specialization points (called branch points) focus on making health bars go down. While it does have a lot of reactive stuff that happens when it parries things, its primary focus is to make the bad guys die.

If you're looking for a tank, what you're looking for are the souls that include "defensive soul" in the description, it'll be right at the top of the tooltip.

For warrior those are: Paladin, Warlord, Void Knight, Reaver
For rogue: Riftstalker
For cleric: Justicar
For mage: roll one of the others

If you're looking for a well-rounded soul in the warrior calling though, take a look at Riftblade. If you pair them with a couple of tank souls and stick a shield on them they're decently survivable and can handle most of the leveling content just fine.

Keep in mind also that you're able to have up to 4 roles, which are essentially additional configurations of your soul trees, not necessarily with the same three souls. So there's lots of room for experimentation.
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#7 Mar 25 2011 at 11:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah. I kinda figured it would take some messing around.

I'm not fixated on being a tank. I LOVE doing solid DPS. I'm sure I'll have a build for each of the major categories... Besides maybe healers... I never enjoy playing healers in these games, but who knows, may give it a chance :)

#8 Mar 25 2011 at 12:23 PM Rating: Good
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Paragon is pretty solid DPS, combined with reaver, makes for steady DPS, especially multi-target. There is unfortunately no burst with my build.
#9 Mar 25 2011 at 12:39 PM Rating: Decent
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I recommend going to and looking up TGN.RIFT there is a gentleman by the name of Cromar who did a complete break down of Warrior and Cleric, but alas it was in the beta versions so some tweaks were made to the classes and souls that were discussed in the video. He does a really good job of explainging the classes and all the souls there in.

to be honest though you would need to play the game for yourself to figure out what you want to play as, but if your a player whose style was to tank and you enjoy it than Warrior is gonna be your best bet. There's another gentleman on the TGN.RIFT channel on named Towlie he does a pretty good job of explaining the tanking builds and why this does what and what kind of damage and mitigation you will be in store for.
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