December 4, 2010

Rift certainly did sneak up on us. It’s no secret that some of us scored VIP keys (but that’s all you’ll be hearing from me about that) and after seeing that awesome new trailer that kicked off the game’s closed beta this weekend, my excitement and interest in the game has increased by multitudes.

As with a lot of games I anticipate, the first thing I want to do is learn more about the game world and its lore. I started as I normally would, checking out the official site and scouring the internet for fansites and wikis, until I suddenly realized it wasn’t the details about Telara and its inhabitants that I was interested in. What I really craved were stories.

I think it really speaks to the talent on this development team that I’m actually actively seeking out Rift reading material past just the practical specifics. While I’ve certainly enjoyed my share of stuff like short stories or tie-in novels for other games I play or am interested in, some I admit I’ve picked up just because I felt like I needed to, not because I actually wanted to. I dunno, has anyone else ever felt that way? With Rift, on the other hand, I’m genuinely intrigued and would truly love to know more about the world of Telara on a deeper level.

That said, they do have a few wonderful tales including Parts I and II of The Boar Spear up at their site. I suppose we also have the Wildstorm comics. I started collecting them after I bought the first issue originally for a chance at beta, but now I’m just glad I have them to satiate my lore addiction.


  1. this whole tie in thing is getting out of control. trion seems to be deep into it with their syfy/mmo project and everything else.

    I suppose i can’t really complain however, what with being thoroughly impressed by the gw2 novel. i’ll have to check and see if fatal alliance is out in paperback yet, though i suspect not.

    • I actually just found out there are no Rift novels out atm, apparently something to do with the recent lawsuit involving Palladium books. Shame. They’re really tightlipped about that whole thing though, no really sure why, but it’s been cited as the reason why we’re not seeing any books based on the MMO yet.

      I didn’t think Fatal Alliance would be out on paperback yet either, and I just checked Amazon…apparently it won’t be available until May. Ugh.

  2. Always a blessing when a game forces you to go beyond the in-game materials and seek out additional materials to understand the world better. Like with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood lately. The game forced me to take out a notepad and solve some of the puzzles, because they were interesting. That is something I haven’t done in a long time.

    • Ooh, I still need to play that. I’m happy to hear there are more puzzles to look forward to though. I remember playing Assassin’s Creed II and really enjoying the puzzles with the patterns, etc. They got really tough at the end, but I always appreciate a challenge šŸ˜‰

  3. […] back got me interested in Rift. Then Darren linked to a post on Rift’s beta, MMO Gamer Chick got invited to the beta, a certain someone else skipped it altogether, and it certainly piqued Syncaine’s curiosity. […]

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