Yes, unfortunately, I’ve been a bit busy over the last couple of days. I’ve not really played enough Rift to warrant an entire post about it, but I guess I can give a quick talk about what I have done, and then talk about some other games I’ve been playing recently, or something.
Warfronts are Rift’s version of Battleground style PvP. Starting at level 10, you can open up the queue interface (I believe that the default keybind is ‘i’), and queue for one.
At level 10-19, I only had access to one Warfront, which was called ‘The Black Garden’, or ‘Dark Garden’ or something like that. If you have ever played the ‘Oddball’ gamemode from Halo, you’ll be familiar with the basic idea of this warfront. Basically, there is a flag (or ‘Shard’) in the middle of the map. You pick it up, and periodically score points for your team, however, you also take ever-increasing amounts of damage over time, in addition to being the obvious target for the other team. You also get points for killing enemy players. First team to 500 wins.
Now I really enjoyed this, and with the Bard (which is the ‘Support’ or Healing soul for the Rogue class) being based around using HoTs and dealing damage to heal (I have two ways to heal people, one is a ~30 second HoT effect, that heals 40ish damage every 3 seconds, and the other is 20ish% of the damage I deal from one of my other abilities), this works quite well. I personally scored about 250 points for my team in one big go, then the damage spikes got too big for me to heal through.
So, if you’re playing Rift, I certainly suggest jumping into and trying them out, and it’s not like you need to worry about people with 80k Resil coming in and taking no damage from your attacks, as I doubt anyone has earned enough favor (Honor) to buy the PvP souls yet (they cost about 10k, from memory, favor is gained at a rate that is probably closer to BC/LK era Honor gains than Cata ones).
Now, I’ve also been making a bit more progress through full-clearing Dragon Age again, in preparation for Dragon Age 2 on the 10th. Not sure if I’ll make it in time, but we will see. Probably will be able to manage, and worst case I go in without playing through Awakenings and the DLC (Golems and Witch Hunt, the ‘canonical’ ones), although that is non-desirable.
Anyway, referring back to the title, university starts up tomorrow, so I technically have less time to play than I have had for a while. Still, the first few weeks of semester are fairly chilled, so I should still be able to hit my goal of 2 or 3 posts a week fairly easily.