Rift has been going pretty smoothly for Iniquity and I as of late. Our raid attendance has been so high that we’ve added a little depth in our roster. It has also been a pleasure having Starseeker and company out to raid with us. We’ve been progressively delving deeper into Hammerknell and I expect us to be roughly eight or nine bosses in by the time patch 1.8 releases. It is a great place for us to be: we’re almost done with the current raid content just as the new content releases. Being just behind the power curve used to feel like sacrilege to me but these days I love it!
The Power Curve
Iniquity is comprised of so many adults now it is frightening. I say frightening because when we started we were, more or less, teenagers/20s. I’m 30 now. As adults we simply can’t keep up with Rift’s power curve as it stands now. We can’t really compete with young people and people with free time. That said, we only raid two nights a week for less than three hours and we’re ahead of some other organizations. What we lack in time we make up for in skill! What is wonderful is that Rift supports our play style. None of the fights are so long that we simply can’t get through them. None of them require so much time invested before raids that we cannot do them. Simply put, we can follow the power curve without being excluded. I love that and I think that is why our numbers are growing and we’re actually moving faster.
Sometimes 3rd Place Rules
There is another benefit to being behind the power curve. In our EQ2 world-competition days Iniquity had to deal with a lot of the… let me just call it “less than fun” aspects of being ahead. Developers don’t want players blowing through content so fast that they quit. New raid zones are always tuned very tightly to begin with. One false move and everyone dies. That is great for those really twitchy and competitive people but for us it detracts from the fun. We enjoy seeing the content and progressing at a reasonable pace. I’m stoked to get into Infernal Dawn but I’ll let the pioneers blaze the way first.
I hate videos/spoilers
The big down side to being behind is that every fight is spoiled. One of the things I was good at in EQ2 was figuring out exactly what a mob was doing and developing tactics for it. By the time we get to Infernal Dawn most fights will be spoiled and everyone in my guild will be an expert on them. I know we could choose to not look at the spoilers but that is like asking people not to breathe. I’ve just accepted that the spoilers are there and it is better for Iniquity to just use them. We develop tactics that suit our style but normally we do something pretty close to what the pioneers have. I miss the good ole days where sharing a strategy got you kicked out of your guild!
Patch 1.8 is my kind of patch
Trion does a great job of keeping Rift fresh by pushing out patches at a pace that no competitor has come close to matching. They more than earn my $15 a month. Patch 1.8 is more of the same high quality content that dramatically increases my “bang for the buck” ratio. We’re going to receive a new raid zone, two new minor trade skills, a new item slot, a ton of crafting recipes, balance changes, and a bunch of minor things that make life better. Am I excited? You better believe it. Does anyone else in the industry offer this value right now? No. Nobody is even close. So kudos to Trion and hurrah for us! New things to play with are incoming shortly!