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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

 

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (January 18, 2015)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to the first Bookahneer’s Geekwatch in 2015! The Geekwatch is the place where we post about miscellaneous gaming news that we find interesting.

Something is coming to Guild Wars 2. We know that this something is called “Heart of Thorns” and that more information will be coming on January 24 during PAX. If you’re one of the many people who can’t go, there will be a livestream on Twitch as well. As usual, time zones may be confusing. The panel starts at 8.30 am PST. But for our convenience, ArenaNet added a Save the Date-page which lets you add this panel to your google, outlook or apple ical calendars. I tried it out with Google and it nicely adjusted the time to my local time zone (17.30 or 5.30 pm Berlin/Paris time, by the way!).

While playing Trove yesterday, a warning message was broadcasted to all players. With an upcoming patch, warpseed will be used to trade for treasure. The message says

Trovian economic update – Pirates are on the way and they want your warpseed in exchange for treasure, probably a good idea to start saving it

Trove_pirates want warpseed

I really like that Trion announces this upcoming addition in-game. I have seen it quite often that people who “only” play the game without hanging out on livestreams, Twitter or the official forums miss such announcements and then believe they get a good deal for a previously very cheap item because they did not realize it’s getting another use soon and will be worth a lot more at that point. As far as I know, we don’t have any details yet on what exactly those pirates give us in exchange, but “treasure” does sound promising, at least. I have stopped using my warpseed for gardening for the time being and am looking forward to giving it to pirates instead. Also… pirates! Who doesn’t love pirates? :)

And while I’m already talking about Trove: The game is still in beta, but the recent Producer Letter makes it sound like they want to get out of beta very soon. I guess this is going to be an exciting year for us Trove players!

Meanwhile, Rift is having another of their promo events where you can buy – rather expensive in my opinion – troves which may contain a neat mount. I love the design of the arclight rider, but I will not fall for gambling my hard-earned money just to maybe get said mount. Anyway, you can also do two dailies that give you 20 “enduring sourcestone battery” per day. For the low price of 850, you can buy that mount. The event started on January 15 and will end on January 22 giving you a maximum of 160 of that currency via those dailies. As you can see, you will need more of those promo events before you can buy the mount.

Rift_Capacitor Competency

Anyway, there is also a new minion, the “Mech Anik”. This is earned through an achievement called “Capacitor competency” which you can find in the “Promotions” achievements tab. There is a 5 minutes minion mission (“Arclight Rider Power Couplings”) found in the usual 1 minute XP mission stack. Once you have completed this mission 10 times, you get this minion card sent via in-game mail. Please note that this mission appears randomly in the 1 minute XP mission stack. It is also apparently on a cooldown. So, after you have completed it, it won’t immediately reappear in that mission stack. Bookahnerk had a pause of 17 minutes between two of them. I had a break of about 20 minutes in between two of those missions.

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.

Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (December 15, 2014)

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchWelcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about miscellaneous interesting gaming news.

I am mainly using this column – and with it, this charming asura you can see on the left – to announce that the winners of our first week’s giveaway have been chosen. Once again, congratulations to Wedge and Kalabajooie!

Don’t forget that week 2 is still going on! If you want to own a mini llama, here is your chance to win one of the two we are giving away! Also, here is a hint: We actually have three codes… one is… waiting for a special moment. ;) Speaking of hints: I added two more to the llama giveaway. Here is the full text:

This NPC has blonde hair.
Okay, maybe it’s fur.
And not all of the fur is blonde.
There is some white added into the mix.
This NPC was a Tribune once in the Blood Legion.

And the German translation (because I don’t have the time to translate this very article here):

Dieser NPC hat blondes Haar.
Okay, vielleicht ist es Fell.
Und nicht das komplette Fell ist blond.
Weiß ist auch dabei.
Dieser NPC war einmal Tribun bei der Blut-Legion.

Just remember: Leave a comment on the actual giveaway’s post and give us the name of the NPC (English OR German) in order to enter!

Week 3 will be starting tomorrow, so check back here for a chance to win some more stuff (no, no mini llama this week…).

And last but not least, we are also participating as a host for Guild Wars 2’s Window Decoration Contest. Check our blog post for more information and don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’ve got any questions about this contest!

We have also just recently changed the layout and the colour scheme of this blog a bit. I have to admit, I got bored with the dark red background and the blog text being squished in between two sidebars. I do, however, love having so much space on the sidebars, so you can now find both of them on the right. We will be working on making it actually look a bit better… so be patient if you don’t like the look with the two sidebars right now. I promise it will look better soon. ;)

On personal gaming news: I have finally hit level 65 with Meffanda, my main character in Rift!

Level 65 with Meffanda

I’m still in love with that game. If only the combat wasn’t so old-fashioned. Although movement is important, I just miss my dodge rolls from GW2… or double-jumps like you can do in Trove (well okay, I think my character is up to 10 jumps in a row 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. :)

My gaming update

Day no. 6 and I already need to add a “filler post”. I had planned to post about my dimension in Rift tonight, but due to a horrible back ache, I cannot spend any lengthy amount of time typing.

So instead, I’ll just tell you what I’ve been up to lately in terms of gaming.

GW2_warrior_candy cornGuild Wars 2 had been on the back burner ever since they made a break from releasing new content. Without the constant living story updates, I just realized that – apart from said story – Guild Wars 2 currently isn’t offering me what I want from MMOs. Now with the release of the new map, this may change again. I am also trying to avoid any spoilers about the story as I haven’t played it through yet. I’m still mainly playing my warrior with my thief as a close second. I am trying to level my elementalist and after that, the necromancer, as those are the two professions I don’t have at level 80 yet, but I’m not sure I can do it. I find both of those professions lacking in fun when it comes to combat. Maybe I just haven’t found the right builds yet. Anyway, my goal is to play through the “living story” story before I get any spoilers.

Rift_Monster in townRift has released its expansion and with that (and the CE I had bought), I could finally boost my cleric to level 60. When I had started playing Rift when it became free to play, I had switched from cleric to warrior because I didn’t like cleric anymore – only to realize I actually like cleric a lot more once my warrior hit 60. Now that both of them are 60 (well, my cleric is 61 now), I’m wondering if maybe mage would be a better choice… thankfully, the game only has four callings. ;)

Trove_club world castleTrove is a cute side game that I’m mostly playing when I don’t want to play either Rift or Guild Wars 2. They just released a new patch (and went into open beta yesterday!) and released a new crafting profession. After gardening, you can now also delve into ring-crafting. I don’t really have any goals there other than wanting to have the crafting profession at max level. Just because I can. :p I am waiting for them to release the candy barbarian, though. No idea what that will play like, but it sounds like fun! It will also come with the candy biome and I’m pretty sure this one will be very bright and colourful.

Last but not least, I own a ton of games that I bought at some point but never played or hardly played. But let’s not even go there… ;)