Quite some time ago, I was watching the weekly Rift livestream. I admit, I also do that because they give away codes for hellbug mounts and I would love to get one. If you watch the video, you will see that I did not win that one. Bummer… or maybe not. ;) At the one hour mark, they’re showing a Rift Collector’s Edition: pretty, shiny and signed by the Rift staff. At 1 hour and 4 minutes, they’re drawing the winner. If you’ve ever wondered how to pronounce my name, you can hear it on there. ;) I almost fell out of my chair. There were more than 1000 people watching. What are the odds…?
I still can’t believe I’ve won this thing! I did get the digital upgrade to the CE back when the game got released, so I may give the CE key to a friend who has started playing after it went free to play. After all, it would make two people happy instead of just me! I also don’t think I’ll get anything fancy that I don’t have yet, because the digital goodies that came with the digital CE upgrade are identical to the digital items that come with the physical CE key. But the CE came with a mousepad, a Rift USB-stick (the “Rift” letters glow in blue when it’s plugged into the PC), the soundtrack and a Rift comic book. So lots of physical goodies.
It took the CE quite a bit to get here and for a while, I feared I would never have it sent to me. I bothered the CMs for a bit, though, and I also assume it was stressful for them with Elrar leaving, Trion Worlds restructuring a bit, etc. Last week, I was told that the CE would be sent on Friday. When did the snail mail get that fast? It flew from the USA to Germany within just a few days. Amazing! It also had almost perfect timing as it was my birthday last week.
When it arrived, I wasn’t the only one who was excited, though. My dog sadly mistook the parcel for one containing something edible. While I went to get the scissors to open the box, she happily gnawed on a corner of the parcel to get it open. She is rather smart, though, and decided to not waste her time when she saw me return with the scissors and just waited until I had opened it. As you can see, she thoroughly inspected the parcel just to be really disappointed when she saw it contained nothing to eat at all. Anyway, enough about my dog. Here is the shiny Collector’s Edition. And it really is shiny with all the gold and silver signatures on it!
The best part is the soundtrack CD, though. I love soundtracks and this one is very nice and distinctive.
Thank you, Trion Worlds!