Last night I had a marvelously relaxing evening working on “endgame content” in Rift. By that I mean the true end game of any MMO… and that is wearing interesting outfits. There are so many different cosmetic systems out there, but I have to say that in my personal experience Rift has hands down the best one. How the system works is you have a tab on your character screen labelled Wardrobe, and at the bottom are a number of alternate outfits that you can save. By default you get one free wardrobe slot, and then up to four can be purchased using platinum, with the second tab costing 10, third costing 50 and fourth costing 100. If I remember correctly the loyalty system has a number of unlocks that come with various ranks in that, gained through either subscribing as a patron or spending money on the in game shop. Up to sixty total wardrobe slots can be unlocked however through the cash shop currency, and each of them costs 144 credits which if you base that on the conversion rate for the $19.99 and if my math is anywhere near correct that is roughly 90 cents a slot. What makes the system so special is that the game saves appearance and dye information at an account level, and simply looting an item into your inventory saves the appearance. You don’t even need to equip an item to save its appearance, which means if you get a sweet bind in equip item that you are not going to use… you can sell it and still have saved its appearance data. Dyes work a little strange in that they are mostly unlocked through cash shop currency… however I believe you have some of the basic colors unlocked for free. The individual unlocks are at tiers of pricing and are either 90, 270 or 450. As I am writing this I am realizing that all of my information may be slightly off given that I have the patron discount applied to pretty much everything. Essentially if you really want a color it isn’t terribly cost prohibitive to get it, however I wish their dyes worked like Wildstar in that they were drops out in the world and not something you simply purchased.
What makes the Wardrobe system so special to me is that for every single wardrobe tab you can save an appearance that you choose from all of the appearances you have collected, a primary and secondary dye color… and even toggle whether or not you want to display that particular slot. What I love the most however is that you can save an appearance for two one handed weapons, a two handed weapon, a ranged weapon and a shield with every single slot. That means when you are running around in this outfit and you switch specs to something that uses a sword and board, or something that dual wields… you don’t have jarring change in appearance, nor do you have the odd feeling of running around and fighting with a shield but it still shows your two handed weapon. When you pick up any item, or look at an item in the crafting or auction pane you see a little note that tells you if you have collected the appearance for it yet. What makes collecting gear so damned fun for me at least is that they have created this tab called “Appearance Sets” that tells which pieces you are missing from each set. For the completionists there are a number of achievements tied to the collection of various sets as well. I have lots of singlets and partial sets but you can see that as of last night I have completed 30 of 323 available item sets. The only thing that I wish it showed… was where you could actually get that specific appearance item be it crafting or drops. That said the Rift team gets amazing marks for me in the way this system works and feels to use. What makes everything better… is that you can use ANY gear type on ANY character…. so I can have my plate wearing warrior in robes, or my mage sitting in full plate.
Bolstering the Sets
So when I say last night that I spent the entire evening working on the true Endgame… what I mean is that I have been on this crafting kick. Another feature that I love about Rift is that I can pretty much make one character do every single crafting profession in the game. Granted this is cost prohibitive when it comes to credits, but when the free to play system launched they gave long time subscribers a pretty massive cash shop payout. This allowed me to add everything but Apothecary and Outfitter to my primary Bahmi Warrior main. At some point I would love to add those professions as well just so I can have a true omni-crafter in this game and to streamline the creation of items. I have a max level outfitter on my Rogue, so last night I had to spend a good deal of time swapping items back and forth for the creation of fabric bolts. Over the last week as I have been out in the world picking up max level crafting materials, I have been spending some time at the end of the evening pushing up my tradeskills and at this point I have several of them at the 450 max or pretty close to it. This is the point where my brain goes a little off the track here, and shifts goals on me. When they put in the Item Appearance system, I was a little disappointed because so many of the items left to collect were things that I had in my grubby little hands at one point. Now I saved the items that really mattered to me, but wound up scrapping the vast majority of the items I handled over the years. I always had it in the back of my mind that at some point I would start running old world dungeons and crafting old world items to help bolster my appearance collection.
So last night while watching The Expanse through the Syfy Roku app… I started in Freemarch and worked my way through the various zones of the Old World collecting ore, wood, leather and cloth and then taking it back to either Meridian or Tempest Keep and crafting item sets. By the point I had shut down for the evening I had made my way through to Titanium and had crafted the Plate and Chain armor sets for each… as well as the armor bundles that were available at various points. At some point I will follow up and do the same with weapons, but there are far more items to craft there… or at least it certainly feels that way. I suppose at some point I will go do the same with my Rogue and collect the various cloth and leather sets, but since I am a pretty plate and chain focused person those weren’t nearly as important to me. The truth is since this system went in during Storm Legion if I remember correctly, I have most of the post Old World craft-able sets already saved, so that leaves me with Carmintium left to craft of the easy sets. At some point I would like to purchase the rest of the alloy metal sets like Steel and the rest of the Orichalcum set… but those involve farming up a bunch of crafting marks to purchase the patterns. In the end I had a blast and knocked out a bunch of those things that I have always said I wanted to do. I love the crafting system in this game because it is just intricate enough to keep my focus… and not a maddening mini-game that requires me tending it as I craft things. I like systems that make the acquisition of raw materials the challenge, not the assembly of those things.