Trove News (August 1, 2015) – Blaugust Day 1

Trove News

If you log in to Trove anytime between Friday and Sunday, you will receive a free class coin and 3000 cubits. The class coin will let you buy any class from the shop for free. Classes usually cost cubits to unlock. Since the maximum amount of cubits you can get per day is limited, both those things are nice, especially for you new players who may not have unlocked all classes yet. This free stuff is Trion’s way of saying “sorry” for having Trove offline for a whole day when patching took much longer than anticipated (as they had some issues). As I have logged on already and did not receive the cubits or the class coin, I assume they may get handed out to everybody at a later point, possibly after this weekend.

I had a look at the forums and the patch notes and just as a heads-up, the Trading Post exploit does not seem to be fixed yet. So please be careful and only trade in the central hub as I’ve shown here.

Trove_Club ChestWe could see the inventory expansion during the Twitch livestream. However, it’s 500 credits for 5 more slots (in your adventuring inventory and your building inventory – so 10 new slots together). While I do not mind giving them some of my money in return for the fun I get from playing Trove, I find 500 credits for such a small expansion very expensive. I usually buy the 15 – 20 € packs that games like this one offer. In this case, it would cost me 19,99 € and I would get 3250 credits. So, that’d be about ~ 3 € for 10 more slots. I instead already unlocked all extra chests for my bank and so far, I think it works quite well. I deconstruct most items anyway and only build the items I really need. If you find yourself running out of space, consider creating a private club only for yourself and put a club chest in there and maybe a club officer chest, too. That’ll give you some more storage and it comes for free… well, kind of. You need all the crafting materials, of course. Both chests will give you 40 slots each. And in case you are wondering how to craft it: Craft a Novice Crafting Bench in the hub, if you don’t have one already. Then craft the Builder’s Crafting Bench. Using that one, open the “Club World” tab and there you find both chests. Stay away from the Community Chest, as every single player has access to that one!

Of course, those chests can only be placed in your Club World, so you have to leave the Adventuring World in order to access them. If you prefer to have all the storage space you want wherever you go or if you just want all inventory space available no matter how, then the inventory expansion is the way to go!

Avarem also mentioned gamescom and PAX again. At gamescom, they will have the Trion community party on Thursday evening. In case you are wondering: Yes, we are planning to go there! Trion also updated their Facebook page with information on the shuttle bus they will have which will bring their guests to the event location (which is about 3.6 km from the koelnmesse center where gamescom takes place). You can find all information on when and where both community parties will happen on their Facebook page.

This post is part of Blaugust 2015.

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Rift Dimension building project: Tempest Island II

Rift Tempest Island Dimension It has been one week since I showed you my newly acquired dimension “Tempest Island”. Don’t worry, this will not be a weekly column. I am sure building will slow down soon anyway. Right now, there are just so many parts of the island that I want and need to fill, that it’s growing so quickly. It was night when I took those screenshots. I tried to wait for morning to come, but then I got impatient. Yes, I know there are items which can change the dimension’s time, but I was too lazy to go buy one and place it in the dimension. ;)

My building procedure is generally “a bit here, then a bit there” with no real concept. The goal will be to have a corner of that island filled with a house, a small harbour and everything else she needs to live a comfortable life away from all those terrible rifts in Telara. The rest of the island will ideally be “hidden” by a lot of trees and mountains. I also decided not to “censor myself”. That is, I build and build and will reevaluate my choices at a later time, go back and clean up bits and pieces that I don’t like and so on. Because if I look at everything critically now, I know I will never fill that dimension. By the way, I solved my issue with the Shimmersand house which seemed too small for the dimension: I took it out and put in the Stonefield Tavern instead. I love that it stands on wooden poles as those fit perfectly into the water area. And the view from the terrace is amazing!

Below you can see the kitchen. What annoys me a bit is that tableware is a very scarce resource in Telara. Apparently, we just roast a pig on a fire and then chew pieces off. At least, the amount of cutlery available is exactly 0. I actually do own some dishes which are very hard to get, too (they are part of a kit that you can get during a festival). I do have some, but those are in another dimension and I had actually hoped I would I would not have to deconstruct that one in order to build in Tempest Island. :( But it seems that I won’t have another choice. Wooden bowls aren’t available either. I have no found anything yet that I could use to imitate those items either. So, the kitchen isn’t anything special, so far. Just a few shelves with some items on them. I am quite certain that the kitchen will be the best and prettiest place of the house once I’m done – just as in real life. :p

Tavern loungeThe “lounge” is on your left when you enter the house. The lounge is definitely a bit boring. Comfortable, but boring. Still a nice place to sit down and read a book. I am trying to figure out what else to do with that space. Maybe a hat rack or something like this would be nice to add. As far as I know, such an item doesn’t exist. And as far as I know, there are no clothes to place in dimensions either. Don’t mind that chest in the middle of the picture, by the way. That’s the item used to access your character’s bank. I store a lot of dimension items in my bank and it’s convenient to put the bank item near you, so you don’t have to run back and forth all the time to grab some items.

The tavern actually does not come with a second floor. I built it – just like every other person I have seen who’s working with one of the taverns. The ceilings are too high and the way the wooden planks are placed up there it just invites you to place a second floor. I tried to hide the stairs with the book shelves, but figured it would look too repetitive to only have the shelves, so I put some chests of drawers as well. Since there aren’t many tablecloths in Rift either, I scaled two rugs down and placed them on top of the small chests of drawers. The place “behind” the stairs is the storage area. It’s not filled yet, because Meffanda is just moving in. Give her a few weeks and it will be crowded in here. ;) But if that is boring already, upstairs definitely is: There is almost nothing but her bed there yet. I am also not certain yet what I want to do with the rest of the space upstairs. She’ll probably have a study room there, too. Or a crafts area or something like that.

Tavern dining areaThe dining area is outside. Have you seen the view from the terrace? There is no good reason to eat inside if you ask me. But, with the lack of tableware, building outside has come to a halt for now. There are two dishes on the table, but that’s because this table is a “Table with Plates”. It comes with them on it already. Altogether, as you can see, it’s just a few items placed on there. I am not even sure I like the chairs… I will have to re-do this area and, of course, add a lot more items there. My personal favourite part of my dimension at the moment is the harbour. However, I am not certain about the change of wooden platforms at the end of the landing stage. I also know that the wooden planks are usually placed in a different direction than how I placed them. But eh, this is Telara, not earth. ;) Still, I am not sure about the end of it. I may change that part later. But that’s what I meant with editing: This will all come later.

Those are 311 items out of the current maximum of 1000. It doesn’t look that much, does it? :( I fear I will have to upgrade to the total maximum sooner or later. Tempest Island has a maximum of 2000 when fully upgraded. The last step will take me from 1000 to 2000, but it costs 3875 platinum. In case you are wondering: That’s a lot! I have close to 7000 platinum, but I also hardly ever buy anything and sell everything I can (except for dimension items, but those aren’t worth much anyway in most cases).

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Announcing the winners of our giveaway…

First of all, this was a tough decision and we actually did have to use to choose the winner, as two pictures had gotten the same amount of points from us (yes, we used a point system for judging. :p).

Before we get to places 1 to 3, however, here’s something else newsworthy: We decided that all those who participated should get a little something, because we really liked all the screenshots that you showed us so much! Places 20 to 8 will get 5 gold each from us. We will contact you via email* as we’ll need your GW2 display names to send you your gold. :)

Seven pictures were in the final round and we decided to give 10 gold each for those who ended up on places 1 to 7. Obviously, we will also contact you via email*.

Look at the gallery below to see who made it to places 4 to 7.

And now, let’s look at the top 3!

Place 3 (the grey t-shirt) goes to Norelle with this screenshot:


2nd place (the black t-shirt) goes to Riley with this screenshot:


And 1st place (1200 gems) goes to Nikos with this screenshot:


Congratulations to all winners! We really enjoyed this contest. Lion’s Arch truly is a gorgeous city – and has been since Guild Wars 1, as Erhan reminded us with his contribution.

*Please be patient. We will contact you soon!

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Rift Dimension building project: Tempest Island

Tempest Island Key CraftingFor weeks, I’d been waiting for patch 3.3 to arrive in Rift. With it came new dimensions and I had set my eyes on “Tempest Island”. I used to build in “Faen’s Retreat” but some things in there annoyed me a bit. While I do like the “oasis feeling” that it gives, I would have loved to have the actual sea nearby and not just a tiny little lake. Additionally, I really did not like the giant raptor bones in there and even tried to hide them under some huge rocks. Tempest Island is just one flat island in the middle of lots of water. No bones in sight. It’s perfect! I even did crafting dailies which I hardly ever do. You see, the dimension is crafted by the Dreamweaving profession and you buy the crafting recipe with three different marks that you get for doing crafting dailies. The recipe itself (seen on the left) isn’t too demanding. So, once the patch had hit the live servers, I owned the dimension within a few minutes.

In Faen’s Retreat, I only have the small Shimmersand house (it’s in there by default and cannot be removed). I’d been looking forward to “upgrading” in this new dimension by placing a medium-sized Shimmersand house in there. But as soon as I had done so, I realized how much work I have ahead of me now. It was so daunting, that I left the dimension without doing anything. It’s huge and so very, very empty right now waiting to be filled with life by me. It really does look like a personal oasis. A place for eternal solitude without a living soul anywhere close.

The gallery below shows three “before” pictures. The poles you can see where placed by me, so that I can see where the dimension ends. At one point, when you were in building mode, some grid appeared that showed that this is where the dimension ends. It is no longer visible, and instead, you just run into invisible walls. Of course, it’s nicer to look at, but at the same time, it’s also harder to build when you want to judge how much space you have left in any given direction.

After I had gathered all my courage, I went back in there and placed the spawn point in front of my medium house, because where it is by default is very far away from where I want to start building. In fact, even after I had placed the house in there, it could not be seen from the spawn point because the building isn’t loading in until you walk a bit closer. And that medium-sized house that did not fit in Faen’s Retreat because it’s too big? It turns out, it really doesn’t look medium at all in this dimension, even after upscaling its size!

Then I went and built a harbor, placed a few palms and rocks and… well, still feel overwhelmed. I am far from being a good or at least, experienced builder. I don’t even know half of the items that exist in Rift. But, I guess it will just grow over time. Slowly, very slowly. It’s just a tiny bit frustrating when I realize how much I already built in the other dimension and how empty this one is now. Then again, having a filled dimension is actually the “end” of the journey. But what I like about dimension building is the journey itself. I just wonder if I can finish it before they turn off the servers one day… :p

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