Hey, Rift newbie here. This is a pointless thread for most, but I just had to say that this game is remarkable. I played WoW for almost five years before just tossing away my account at the start of Cata. Got bored, mechanics were becoming too simplified for keep me interested, and I was drowning in a sea of immature toons flooding chat. There are other reasons for abandoning WoW, but that is enough for now. More to the point, I stopped about seven months ago and was almost tempted to return for a fix until Rift came out with a 7-day trial. First impressions was not all too great. The opening stage seems to appeal more to twelve-year-olds with ADD or FPS fanatics than true RPG enthusiasts, while at the same time you have to cope with a complex class and ability system that would anger even the casually gamer not to mention younger players. At level 9, I began to understand this game. I love it now. The complex system, which is so primarily due to the inefficent use of specializations than anything, is perfect to build a toon that evolves to my battle preferences. I really can't wait for the next big patch. There is so much fine-tuning that must be done, but right now it is the adult version of MMORPG that I have been looking for.
Just my two cents, things that need to be fixed soon are: unorganized mobs, lack of fluid weather and daylight shifts, lack of NPC respawns during rifts affecting quest givers, and the distribution of NPCs is too systematic.