Rift: Ding! Level 50!

April 13, 2011

My husband and I reaching max level at the same time. Sure, I *could* insert a dirty joke here...but I won't.

That’s right, we are one of THOSE couples. The kind that controls their experience gain so they can do the big ding together and take screenshots of the occasion to look back and go “aww” and say “sweetheart, do you remember when?” and all that lovey dovey crap. So saccharine and sickly sweet, guaranteed to rot your teeth and make bystanders want to throw buckets of cold water at us!

The journey to level 50 took almost two months playing at a medium, semi-casual pace. In terms of total time played, it took approximately 6 days and 4 hours. I’d say Trion did a pretty good job of pacing the game; it’s a pretty reasonable time frame — not too long and not too short. On the other hand, I’m sure if I hadn’t been constrained by a pesky spousal leveling contract, I might have hit the levelcap sooner. See, I think I’m more into this game than the mister. Recently, he’d been splitting his game time between Rift and Crysis 2, and I had to adjust accordingly. God help me from the spouse aggro I incur if I even try to log on to do some foraging without him!

Looking back, what amazes me is that I never ran out of things to do. I didn’t encounter any of the major problems that have led me to quit new games in the past — mainly grind and not having enough content. In fact, there were two whole zones I had to skip completely — Moonshade Highlands and Iron Pine Peak — simply because questing and rifting in Droughtlands, Shimmersand and Stillmoor was plenty enough to get me from late 30s to 50.

Speaking of quests and rifts, yes, the former can be a bit dry, but on the whole I didn’t mind doing them. There were actually quite a few interesting story quests at higher levels, and whenever questing got tedious, we simply broke up the monotony with a little rifting. Every time (with very little exception) a zone-wide invasion occurred, we would drop everything and participate. And just like that, the levels flew by.

So, now what? Well, I remember doing a lot of research when I first decided to get this game. With so many MMOs flooding the market these days, it’s time to be a little more choosy. I knew I wanted something I could play for the long term, and not just because I’m looking for a new MMO to call home, but also because I just didn’t feel like jumping around from game to game anymore, and having a ton of characters spread out all over the place, all languishing in the lower to mid-levels. I told myself the next time I consider shelling out for a box and a monthly sub for a new game, I had better be willing to go all the way. No quitting and ditching yet another character, eternally sentencing her to a life of a lowbie, never to see play again.

Thus I weighed in carefully on my purchase of Rift and felt pretty confident afterwards, but of course there was still a chance that it might not be for me. No matter, a commitment’s a commitment and a goal’s a goal — I was fully prepared to push myself to levelcap if I had to. Lucky for me, though, not once did I feel like I had to “force” myself to play Rift. In fact, I probably wanted to play more than I could. Honestly, the whole journey has been rather a pleasure.

Furthermore, now that I’ve reached level 50 in Rift, I haven’t lost my steam yet. I already have plans to do things like crafting, artifact hunting, achievement farming, rep grinding, exploring…everything that I’d wanted to do but couldn’t because I was concentrating on leveling. Guildies are turning 50 left and right this week as well, so there should be plenty of opportunities to run higher level instances.

The best part is, I can finally do all that and more at my own pace, since the spousal leveling contract dissolves at levelcap. Durr, it’s a leveling contract, after all. At last, nothing will hold me back from Rift! Finally, I’m free of the old ball-and-chai–er, I mean, in spite of the deep pain I would no doubt feel to be playing without my beloved, I am eager to go forth and explore my own individual potential.


  1. Nicely done, I somehow managed to get another free month so I’ll probably try get to 50 before I leave or look elsewhere.

    Could really do with a SWTOR release date so I could set myself targets tbh.

    • Yeah, a release date for SWTOR would be nice…but I’m very happy with playing Rift for now, and if all goes well I may even keep the sub even after it comes out, after the first few months of my TOR binge and things settle down, of course heh πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on 50!

  3. OK, no jokes on reaching the … highest level … at the same time. Grats! πŸ™‚

  4. Great (dirty) minds think alike? Heheh πŸ˜›

  5. He does read these posts, right? πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on 50. I’m sure I’ll be there someday. For the time being, I enjoying the journey.

    • Yeah he does…or at least he says he does. I guess I’ll find out with this post, eh? πŸ˜€

  6. For not wanting to add a dirty joke to that image caption:

    “The kind that *controls their experience* gain so they can *do the big ding together* and *take screenshots of the occasion*.”

    …the only thing that could make that comment even more dirty would be adding mirrors above your pair of computer monitors.

    …Or would they have to be on the wall facing the monitors to work in that analogy? Semantics.

    (Not even going to touch “Iron Pine Peak.” Nerdy programmers and their pent up emotions/frustrations.)

    Grats on the level ups, you two! While me and the Misses try not to outpace one another on the leveling front, we aren’t exceedingly strict. As long as we could queue up together on the LFD, it was close enough. One of us tends to ding and shortly after the other follows in suit. Really hard to figure out why, as well. Generally are grouped up and in range all the time, how one gets more xp than the other for doing the same activities, never really figured out.

    • Okay, and here I thought I had the dirty mind, turns out I am no match for you, I salute you sir! πŸ˜€ LOL seriously, I had no idea I’d inadvertently written so many innuendos…could be something subconscious, you think? Haha!

      Regarding the leveling, we are pretty strict…or rather, I should say my husband is really strict. One of us does get ahead of the other from time to time, but never by more than a few bars or so, ever. If I ever got more than a level ahead, I’d never hear the end of it!

  7. Ok…you will be the true test. Someone who enjoys the game, and being at endgame.

    Will the game keep you interested? Will you start to waver and head to greener (or “browner” older) pastures?

    You have now become one I shall spectate on…

    Grats and keep sharing the love (or hate)…

    • One thing you need to know about me though, is that I’m not so much into endgame than the actual journey. For example, I tend to get bored by the WoW style of item progression. So this should be interesting indeed…for now I know I’ll have plenty of things like crafting and achievements to keep me busy, and friends in my guild to play with. Or I may even roll an alt.

  8. Gratz on you both getting there to highest lvl. Awesome ding!

    I’m still at 34 or thirty something. Been playing with my spaceship a bit so haven’t been in to play with sword and board.

    • Thanks! Hope to see you in Rift again soon!

  9. grats again πŸ™‚
    i really want to lvl to 50 asap so i can join u guys! (which of my 3 guys tho, i can’t figure out; all fun!)

    • Thanks! And personally, I think you should take your Cleric all the way because they’re the best! But I may be biased πŸ˜›

  10. Grats on 50! That screenie is so cool. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks! And I’m glad you liked that, one gaming couple to another πŸ˜€

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  12. You make Rift sound pretty hot…and i’m not…just talking about the thousand or so dirty spousal innuendos you just dropped…oiy i just can’t see myself playing anything so hardcore, achievement, crafting…..spacing…killing, pvping, complete, utter obsession like TOR atm…i was driving my forklift all day just thinking about “Star Foxing” my way through the warehouse with a pallet escort i have to save from a dread republic gunship………oh crap day dreaming again 😦

    • Yeah, admittedly, one of the early reasons I decided to get into Rift was “having something to do until TOR comes out”…but since then, Rift has really come into its own and I find I’ve made a rather solid connection to it. It occurred to me I wouldn’t be so into the vanity pets and collecting artifacts and gaining achievements otherwise πŸ™‚

  13. I dinged 50 on my cleric this past weekend myself. I too skipped a couple of zones, though in my case it was about half of the Moonshade Highlands and I’ve traveled through Shimmersand to drop off crafting dailies, but haven’t ever done any questing there. Did help kill a major invasion boss once, though. Got some good planarite for that.

    Thing is, now that I’m 50 on the cleric and *can* do experts, I find myself not caring so much. So now I’m working on my warrior (level 25 so far) so I can work up through the content I’ve not seen yet. And I want to eventually make a Guardian alt in order to see all of Silverwood and Gloamwood too.

    So much to do, so little time. . . .

    • There’s just so much more to do than experts. I do want to do them at some point and I wouldn’t turn down a dungeon run if the opportunity arises…still, it’s not my first priority right now. I put aside a lot of stuff while I was leveling up, so now I’m hoping to tackle those things first.

      I need to work on my Guardian too. I’ll probably do that before I start to level a Defiant alt.

      • Sorry… that sentence got a bit truncated due to an interuption so I didn’t complete a train of thought. It should have finished the sentence about doing experts “not caring so much *about them.*”

        And then I was gonna say something about wanting to earn some more notoriety with some of the factions so I can access their quartermasters to buy the nice stuff they have, rather than worrying about running experts, but….. interrupted and left, then came back and went on a completely different tangent about my up and coming warrior. Oops!

      • No, I understood what you meant. I guess I wasn’t so clear either LOL…what I meant to say was I agree with you as well, in that I don’t care much about experts either…and thank god *there’s just so much more to do than experts* πŸ˜›

  14. My problem is that I am afraid to hit 50. Yes, I’ve rerolled twice already (albeit to try different callings), but I think the root problem is the fear of 50.

    Why? Well, I remember getting max level in WoW. After that, the only thing to do was either grind rep or grind instances or raid. I will not raid. I hate it.

    So what is there for me to do at 50 in Rift besides the same? I’m waffling and thinking about going back to EQ2 simply because *there*, there are 90 levels to have fun in.

    For me the fun is in the journey, and once that journey’s over… now what?

    • I think about that a lot too. I am not a fan of WoW endgame either. I stopped playing that game the first time because I realized if I wasn’t going to raid or farm heroics (was really burned out at the time), I really didn’t have much else to do. I returned for Cataclysm and enjoyed the new quest content immensely. However, after I hit 85 I realized it was back to the same old raid and heroic grind. While they’ve revamped the zones and the whole leveling process, the endgame hadn’t changed much at all, so I quit for the second time.

      Time will tell with Rift. Even if it turns out to be the same, I tell myself I will cross that bridge when I get there. I figure in the meantime there’s still a gazillion things for me to work on, being a new game and all.

  15. Grats!!! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the end game. My hunch is that it might end up being a bit dry and devoid of things to do. What do you think?

  16. Congratulations on hitting 50! And thanks for pitching in on the dungeon run last night, it was fun!

    • Anytime! And I told you you were going to beat me πŸ˜›

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