I’ve played less Rift in the past week. Some of my family came in town weekend before last through this past weekend. It’s been fun catching up and enjoying the weather that has been a little less humid. A couple of days after the completion of the world event, I hopped back into my usual nightly Rift schedule.
First PUG – Omen of things to come?
The first evening that I logged into the game DeSarazan, a guild member, asked me if I wanted to join a PUG for the dungeon under Lantern Hook. I was a bit skeptical having given up healing instances for random players half way through my years in WOW. I’d only done LH once before and didn’t get much of a chance to see it because we raced through hit so quickly. I decided to give it a try and hope for the best.
Wow, I might have to change my tune about not healing PUGs. This group was on it! We ran through the dungeon twice in an hour – might have been less. We had just one wipe. It happened on the 2nd run where the tank was too enthusiastic about the success of our first run and attempted to pull too many groups. We re-grouped with no issues, complaints, acquisitions, etc. If fact, the tank said that he was at fault for pulling too much so he’d be more careful. After that it was 1-2-3-over.
The next evening I dinged level 46 from a combination of finishing out some quests with DeSarazan in IPP and doing a guild run of King’s Breach. I’m not one for remembering all the intricacies of instance encounters until afterwards. Once people die then I remember, “Oh yeah, we needed to do… on this boss.” It’s one of the reasons I don''t tank, a role that is usually the person leading the group through the content. It was a bit of an adventure being the only person who’d done KB before. We had deaths here and there and a wipe or two but what’s a little vitality loss among friends. Along the way three of us leveled and got nice loot.
Rift Still My MMO of Choice
That was the last evening that I played. Work, family and the holiday have kept me busy. I’m also dabbling in a new hobby that I’m hoping I can turn into a side business some day, and clip some of the shackles keeping me bound to Corporate America. It’s likely that my MMO gaming will slow down a bit during the next few weeks but when I sit down to play, Rift is still my MMO of choice and the only one I’m subscribed to for the foreseeable future.
I've slowed down on taking screenshots because I can't figure out why they're so dark. Adjusting the gamma in the game and/or my PC display settings makes no improvement. Fixing it afterward on every picture became too time consuming. More importantly, I felt they did a disservice to the game's graphics which are so beautiful. If anyone has any ideas of how I can fix this problem I'd appreciate it!!!