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4th Blog Anniversary: Let’s celebrate with giveaways!

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Update: This giveaway is closed. We will announce the winners here in our blog soon!

Today is the big day! Our blog is celebrating its 4th anniversary. 4 years of writing mostly about Guild Wars 2, and more recently, Rift and Trove as well. 4 years of writing about first impressions of various other games, writing about community, events and so on! We have also recently started publishing a few of our posts in two languages: English and German.

As has become tradition, we’re celebrating our anniversary with a giveaway. This year, however, it’s a bit different as TrionWorlds as well as ArenaNet support us. A big thank you to their community managers for their help!

Here are the prizes.

Guild Wars 2

  • 5 mini llamas
  • One in-game package of yet to be determined items (I can already tell that the package will be worth at least 250 gold – unless the prices for those items plummage within the next few days :p)
  • 3 grey GW2 t-shirts (2 x size L and 1 x size XL)
  • Germany only (sorry – blame the postage fees…): 1 Plush Charrlie

That’s 10 prizes altogether. Well, 9 1/2 considering only a few of our readers can win the plush charrlie. We may have another giveaway with international charrlie shipping in the future. :p

Rift

  • 1 Hellbug Mount
  • 3 Storm Legion: Infinity Editions (Collector’s Edition of first RIFT expansion)
  • 5 Demon Helms

9 prizes for Rift. Unfortunately, I am not sure what exactly the Infinity Edition includes now. The best information I could find was this thread from 2014. That is, I assume it does NOT include the souls that came with Storm Legion. But it includes the Brevanic Portal Generator which lets you teleport to any porticulum you want once per hour. I personally love this item and am using it constantly when playing. There is also the Cyclone Mount and the Mini Regulos.

Trove

  • 1 Costume Mystery Box
Trove Costume Mystery Box

The Costume Mystery Box contains one random costume!

With the prizes for Rift and Guild Wars 2, I found it just did not look complete without a prize for Trove, too. I had thought about giving away a costume and bought a costume mystery box. Out came the one costume that I’ve really wanted to have, the Balefire Beast. So please understand that I could not give this one away. Instead, I bought a second costume mystery box and did not open it (I only opened the first because I thought you had to open it before being able to trade it, but I’ve tested it now and the box can be traded, so all is well)! Not knowing what’s in there, there is no danger of me wanting to keep it. :p

Now on to what you need to do in order to participate in the giveaways. First of all: You can participate and win in all three giveaways, Rift’s, Guild Wars 2’s and Trove’s. However, you can only win once per giveaway – not a big deal for Trove, of course, since there is only one prize to be won.

Please reply to this blog post with the following information in order to be put into the prize pool. Also, please read the following rules carefully. As always we will draw randomly and every participant has the same chance of winning! No bonus for friends and guildies. Sorry. :p

1. We want you to comment and give us the following information:

  • Question for the Trove Giveaway: What’s your favourite biome in Trove?
  • Question for the Rift Giveaway: What is your favourite playable race (in any MMO you know) and why?
  • Question for the Guild Wars 2 Giveaway: What is your favourite class/profession (in any MMO you know) and why?
  • Preferred t-shirt size (only for the GW2 giveaway): L/XL/No t-shirt, please!
  • Guild Wars 2 Display Name (for the in-game items):
  • If you live in Germany – would you like to win the Plush Charrlie: Yes/No

2. Leave a valid email address when commenting. It will only be used by us for contacting the winners and nothing else! Enter said email address into the “email” field, do not add it to the comment field as that one is public!

3. From all participants, we will randomly choose the winners. We will begin from the top of the prize list. Again: You can participate and win in all three giveaways. But you can only win once per game.

4. The winners will be contacted by email and receive their item code. Do NOT leave the email address in the comment field! For the t-shirts and the plushie: Please reply within 14 days and give us your address, so we can send the prizes. If you do not reply within 14 days, we may choose another winner.

5. No debating about the outcome! We will draw randomly and everybody has the same chance of winning. :)

6. The giveaway is open for participants until Sunday, March 22, 2015, 22 6pm Berlin Time (CET).

7. One entry per person! Please be fair.

Please note: We will be away at the Foostival, so we may not be able to draw the winners immediately on Sunday evening!

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Heute ist es endlich soweit! Unser Blog wird 4 Jahre alt. 4 Jahre, die wir vor allem über Guild Wars 2, und seit einiger Zeit auch über Rift und Trove geschrieben haben. 4 Jahre, in denen wir über unsere ersten Eindrücke von verschiedenen anderen Spielen geschrieben haben, über die Community, Events und so weiter! Seit kurzem veröffentlichen wir einige unserer Beiträge auch neben englisch auf deutsch.

Es ist ja schon ein bisschen zur Tradition geworden, dass wir an unserem großen Blog-Jahrestag auch ein Giveaway haben. Dieses Mal ist es aber anders. Wir haben nicht nur ein Giveaway, wir haben gleich zwei! Ein ganz großes Dankeschön an ArenaNet und Trion Worlds für deren Unterstützung und vor allem an die beiden Community Manager, die mir so schnell und freundlich geholfen haben!

Hier jetzt also die Preise, die ihr gewinnen könnt.

Guild Wars 2

  • 5 Mini Lamas
  • Ein “Päckchen” im Spiel mit Gegenständen, die wir noch nicht benennen – aber es wird mindestens 250 Gold wert sein… zumindest, solange die Marktpreise für diese Gegenstände nicht in den nächsten Tagen in den Keller fallen.
  • 3 graue GW2 T-Shirts (2 Mal Größe L und 1 Mal Größe XL)
  • Nur für Teilnehmer aus Deutschland (Sorry… die Portokosten…): 1 Plüsch-Charrlie

Insgesamt also 10 Preise. Naja, 9 1/2, wenn man bedenkt, dass nur ein kleiner Teil unserer Leserschaft den Plüsch-Charrlie gewinnen kann. Wir werden bald wahrscheinlich auch wieder einen internationalen Charrlie weggeben.

Rift

  • 1 Höllenkäfer Reittier
  • 3 Storm Legion: Infinity Editions (Die Sammler-Edition der ersten RIFT-Erweiterung)
  • 5 Demon Helms

Insgesamt also 9 Preise für Rift. Ich bin mir leider nicht so ganz sicher, was in der Sammler-Edition enthalten ist. Die beste Info habe ich in diesem Thread von 2014 gefunden. Wir sollten also mal davon ausgehen, dass sie Seelen nicht enthalten sind. Aber der Generator für das brevanische Portal, Mini-Regulos und das Sturmreittier sind auf jeden Fall Teil dabei. Den Generator verwende ich sehr häufig. Es ist einfach schön, mitten in der Pampa zu jedem Porticulum im Spiel gehen zu können. Hat natürlich einen Cooldown, aber gibt einem trotzdem mehr Wahlmöglichkeiten, als wenn man keinen hat. ;)

Trove

  • 1 Costume Mystery Box

Trove Costume Mystery Box

Es sah irgendwie seltsam aus, dass wir Preise für Rift und Guild Wars 2 haben und nichts für Trove. Ich hatte daran gedacht, ein Kostüm wegzugeben und hatte mir dafür am Wochenende auch so eine Box gekauft. Nachdem ich sie geöffnet hatte, um das Kostüm zu sehen, konnte ich mich aber einfach nicht mehr davon trennen. Es war nämlich genau das Kostüm, welches ich so gerne haben wollte. Ich habe aber eine zweite Box gekauft und öffne die jetzt auch gar nicht erst, um nicht wieder in Versuchung zu kommen. ;) Die erste hatte ich auch nur geöffnet, weil ich gedacht hatte, dass man die Box selbst nicht weitergeben kann, sondern nur das darin enthaltene Kostüm. Stimmt aber nicht, ich habe es ausprobiert. Die Box lässt sich handeln.

Jetzt aber endlich zu der Frage, was ihr machen müsst, wenn ihr eine Chance auf diese Preise haben wollt. Zuerst einmal der Hinweis: Ihr könnt bei allen drei Giveaways mitmachen und ihr könnt auch bei allen dreien gewinnen! Pro Spiel könnt ihr aber nur einmal gewinnen. Letzteres ist bei Trove natürlich eher irrelevant, weil es hier ja eh nur einen Gegenstand gibt.

Antwortet bitte auf diesen Eintrag mit den unten genannten Infos, um im Lostopf zu landen. Lest euch vorher außerdem unbedingt die Regeln vollständig durch! Zum Schluss haben alle die gleiche Chance, etwas zu gewinnen. Wie immer gilt: Kein Bonus für Freunde. Sorry. :p

1. Kommentiert bitte mit folgenden Informationen:

  • Frage für das Trove Giveaway: Welches ist euer Lieblings-Biom (“biome”)?
  • Frage für das Rift Giveaway: Was ist eure Lieblingsrasse von allen spielbaren Rassen in MMOs (egal, welches MMO) und warum?
  • Frage für das Guild Wars 2 Giveaway: Was ist eure Lieblingsklasse in MMOs (egal, welches MMO) und warum?
  • Bevorzugte T-Shirt-Größe (nur für Guild Wars 2): : L/XL/Gar kein T-Shirt
  • Guild Wars 2 Display-Name (für das Päckchen mit Gegenständen):
  • Wenn du in Deutschland lebst – möchtest du den Plüsch-Charrlie gewinnen?: Ja/Nein

2. Hinterlasst eine gültige E-Mail-Adresse. Tut dies aber bitte nicht im Textfeld des Kommentars, sondern in dem dafür vorgesehenen Feld. So kann keiner außer euch und uns die E-Mail-Adresse sehen.

3. Aus allen Antworten werden wir die Gewinner zufällig auswählen. Wir fangen dabei jeweils oben in der Preisliste an. From all participants, we will randomly choose the winners. Noch einmal der Hinweis: Ihr könnt bei allen 3 Giveaways mitmachen, aber nur einmal pro Spiel etwas gewinnen.

4. Die Gewinner werden per E-Mail angeschrieben und ggf. ihren Code direkt mit dieser E-Mail erhalten. Schreibt bitte auch nicht eure Adresse in das Kommentarfeld. Für die T-Shirts und den Plüsch-Charrlie: Antwortet bitte innerhalb von 14 Tagen und gebt uns eure Adresse, damit wir euch den Preis zuschicken können.  Wenn ihr nicht innerhalb der 14 Tage antwortet, kann es sein, dass wir einen anderen Gewinner auswählen.

5. Es gibt keine Diskussion über den Ausgang. Wir werden zufällig ziehen und jeder hat die gleiche Chance zu gewinnen.

6. Das Giveaway ist geöffnet für die Teilnahme bis zum Sonntag, den 22. März 2015, 22 Uhr unsere (deutsche) Zeit.

7. Bitte nur eine Teilnahme pro Person. Bleibt bitte fair. :)

Und ganz zum Schluss noch: Wir werden beim Foostival sein und werden deswegen nicht unbedingt direkt am Sonntagabend die Gewinner ziehen können. Bitte habt dafür Verständnis!

The Vox Budgie!

Rift_Vox Budgie_itemTrove is already finished with updating and the first thing I did now was log in, log out, switch to Rift and grab that little mount out of my inbox. It’s “bind on pickup”, so you can’t trade or sell it to other players. You will get this mount with every character on your account! You should probably just make sure that you’re using the same Glyph Account for Trove and for Rift so that your accounts are basically “linked”.

Without further ado, here is my dwarf on her new Vox Budgie which every Rift player can get by levelling one class to level 20 in Trove. Trove is free to play, so there’s no money barrier stopping you from getting that sweet little cutie.

Play Trove for a Vox Budgie in Rift

Update (March 10, 2015): The update is live and it is a mount. You can view screenshots of it here.

One thing I like about game developers having more than one game is the possible cross-promotions. In this case, it’s Trion Worlds with Trove and Rift. Riftgrate reported on the Vox Budgie soon being available in Rift. They found some more info which you can read up on here.

In short: If you level a character to level 20 in Trove, you will get a Vox Budgie in Rift. This will be available starting this Tuesday when it will get patched in to Trove. What we don’t know yet is: What is the Vox Budgie? I would assume it’s a mount because so far, all budgies in Rift are mounts. However, it could also be a companion (non-combat pet). We don’t know for sure, but we will figure it out on Tuesday.

Trove Questions

Level 20 is the maximum level and in my humble opinion, it takes a while to get there. Of course, this is all dependent on your play style and how much time you have for playing Trove. My advice is that if you only want to play because of the Vox Budgie and you want to get to level 20 quickly, then you should give the Dracolyte or the Candy Barbarian a try. I found them the quickest to level while also being easy to handle in solo fights. The Candy Barbarian has a lot of heals available. Fights might last a little bit longer sometimes, but in return, I hardly ever had to use my heal potion (and thus, did not have to look for a cornerstone in order to refill my heal potion). Then again, I can’t really compare the two classes since my Candy Barbarian is level 20 and the Dracolyte is level 14. Both aren’t geared too well. The Dracolyte just seems to deal a lot of damage with ease while also being the most stylish of all classes. Hey, that’s important, okay? ;)

If you want to know more about those classes before deciding, Trove HQ has class guides: Candy Barbarian and Dracolyte.

Rift: Time of Day

Rift just as many other MMOs has a day and night cycle. This change of light is also happening in dimensions. Of course, sometimes you want to set a certain atmosphere and having the day and night cycle interferes with this mood. If this is the case, there are dimension items that set your dimension to a specific time.

Rift_Time of Day items

Time of Day items

Be aware, though, that the item has a limited range, so in big dimensions, you may need to place several of those items. Thankfully, they are very cheap. Most of them are below one gold, the most expensive is well below 2 gold. For comparisons: My low level alt (level 17) has 18 platinum. Just buy the items off the auction house.

Before you go and buy those 24 items just to see which time of the day you actually want, just have a look at the gallery I made. I chose the Guardian faction’s starter dimension “Sanguine Shores” because it is small, free for every Guardian character, you get it when you’re very low level and it has a nice view with the horizon clearly visible and water to reflect the light as well as shadows from tree.

What you can’t see is the sun and the moon in those screenshots. They aren’t always visible, which is also because there are clouds in the sky. But I did get a few screenshots where you can see them above the water which makes for some pretty effects – well, who am I telling this to? I guess you all know what reflections of the sun and the moon can do to a scenery. :p

 

My personal oasis in Rift (December 2014)

The last time I have shown you my dimension was in November after the expansion had landed in Rift bringing with it the minion system which led to an influx of dimension items. I’m still more or less drowning in them, but I’m also slowly getting a better feeling for the variety of items and what exists and what doesn’t exist – and thus, needs to be built with individual pieces.

My problem is that when I look at a butter churn, I see a butter churn. Others see that the bottom of it can be used as the plates on the oven. I wish I had those people’s creativity! But I can learn from them, can’t I? So I regularly go visit other dimensions to see how other people use what we have in the game.

Without much further ado, here is the gallery again of how my dimension looked like in November.

Today, I spent quite a bit of my time in my dimension again and worked on the interior of the building. I really want a full kitchen in there. It’s slowly coming along, but I think there’s still a long way to go before it stops looking empty.

I have now put 257 items into this dimension. Still not that much. I have bought the maximum capacity of 760 and can still buy more (for in-game credits or alternatively real life currency, whichever I prefer – in case somebody wonders about that).

The next project, apart from the kitchen, will be a pathway to the ship workshop and the lake. I also exchanged the heavy granite plate with wooden platforms as I found them warmer and more inviting. At the same time, the first metal pole was exchanged with a red wooden one and when looking at the screenshots, I realized that I also have metal poles holding the terrace outside. I’ll have to change that as well. One day, I will also work on the terrace. But I don’t really have a good idea for it yet, so it’ll stay empty for now.

My personal oasis in Rift

With the new expansion, Rift added the “Minions” mini game. I won’t go into how the “game” – let’s rather call it “activity” – works. I will save that for a later time. But there are dimension adventures where you get dimension items and can even get keys for dimensions (more on how dimensions work here).

I have been flooded with dimension items ever since. And judging from the price drop of those items on the auction house, so have all other Rift players.

Before, I had my dimension “Faen’s Retreat” and had a rough idea of what I wanted it to be like: A little space that Meffanda has where she can “hide” from the rest of the world. Relax from her life as a hero and world-saver. A place where she can read a book, take a swim in the pond, enjoy the sun on her skin without having to worry about anything. Where maybe once in a while, she invites friends over for dinner.

But with the huge amount of items available in so many places (the Rift store – for in-game currency or alternatively real money, as rewards from seasonal events, some come from crafting and so on), I was overwhelmed. Whenever I started looking at items, I wondered where they came from, if I had enough platinum etc. I also wondered if that one item really was the best I wanted for a certain space. Or it was the other way around. I knew I wanted a shelf, but had no idea if that kind of shelf even existed.

So for a long time, my dimension had a few items in it (see gallery right above this paragraph), but not much. Well, except for the stairs which took me a long time to build! You can see the “early progress” below. Now with the expansion and the minions, this has changed. I get flooded with items, as I already said. But every day, I get those items in my bags. I look at them and think: Does this item fit into my dimension? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I had this great steampunk-y boat and really wanted to use it in my dimension. But really, a boat in a small pond? What’s the use? It looked out of place. Then, just for fun, I put it in the sand. I put it away then and took out the next item: Wooden scaffolding. I had an idea! If she can’t use the boat in here, she may as well still build a boat there. Yeah, maybe not too smart, considering she will have to transport it to a river or a lake later on, but still. And that’s when the little handiwork area got created. I have also slowly started adding stuff to the main house like the second floor on the right and the balcony-garden.

It’s so much more fun to build my dimension this way. It feels very organic, growing a little bit every single day. Only 156 items so far, with a current limit of 570 (I upgraded it to hold more items… very optimistic, but with the amount of items coming in, I know I’ll get there soon!).

Diversity in regional design: Spring

I really love spring in “real life”. When the sun starts to feel warm on your skin again. The snow is melting (if there had been some). The first birds are chirping again in the morning (as opposed to the cooing of pigeons). The trees and first flowers are starting to bloom. It’s just something I can’t get enough looking at.

In MMOs, you usually find a wide variety of regions all with different looks and feels: The desert, the jungle, grassland and so on. Of course, regions with snow or regions with lots of sun near a beach exist as well. But are there any regions that depict spring?

In Rift, the only one that came to my mind is Tempest Bay.

spring_rift_tempest bay

The rest of the city mainly consists of buildings and water – it’s basically a little island far away from the other regions in the game. But of course, I may forget some region at the moment.

Guild Wars 2 was equally difficult. Maybe the Grove or Caledon Forest. They’re not really spring-like, but they feature vibrant colours in the pinkish-spectrum.

spring_guild wars 2_caledon forest

It is a tiny bit disappointing to not see more spring regions. You could have them with snow in some areas, melting in others. Some flowers looking through the snow and all that. I would certainly love to see it. :)