Alting

While I haven’t given up on finishing all of the story quests with my Mage, Kae, I did need to take a break since I’ve gotten into a part that requires high-end gear which I don’t have yet and I was starting to feel a little bored with logging in to do dailies and then look around for dungeon instances. So I decided to work on my stable of alts.

Once I got all three out of the starter instance, I then went back and started working on getting each one to twenty. For right now, at least, I’m trying to keep all three within a few levels of one another. This is partly so I can keep all of the content straight and partly so I don’t pick a favorite and let the others languish.

Rotating through three different Callings is interesting, especially since I have two roles setup on the Rogue, so it’s more like playing four different classes. The Rogue seems to chew through content much faster, followed by the Cleric and then the Warrior. Still, the Warrior is a lot of fun to play, the sound effects when swinging a two-handed hammer are very satisfying.

Right now, playing alts is keeping me motivated to login every night and keeping the game fun. I would like to get all three to 50, but I’m not quite ready to make that a goal. I’ve never level capped more than one character in a game, because I’m usually so attached to my main that I don’t spend the time on alts. While I still consider Kae my main, I’m not sure that I’m as attached to him as I am my main’s in other games. Maybe it’s the role/soul system? Since I can switch the style of play at the touch of a button, there’s a part of the character’s identity that’s more fluid in Rift than it is in other games.

Unlike GC, I’m looking forward to getting my alts into Stonefield. Freemarch is nice but I find it a bit bland as far as the landscape goes.

6 Comments

  1. Kae, Kaedyn, Kaeji…and Nyl. One of these is not like the others 😛

    Where did the name Nyl come from?

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      Uuuuuh. I think that was the last character I made and I wanted something short and didn’t like any of the other suffixes I was coming up with for Kae. Generally my character names are K words or N words and Nyl just happened to be the first thing I typed in that wasn’t taken.

  2. YeeboNo Gravatar says:

    If you manage to keep your entire raft of alts in lockstep I’ll be impressed. My two alts on the server are languishing, I’m obsessing too hard on my main. If I get serious about one, it will likely be my Rogue. They kill faster than any of the other four classes as far as I can tell. Add stealth on top of that (e.g., to get to isolated quest targets), and you have a class that excels at leveling.

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      Agreed! Rogue is definitely a faster leveler than my other classes. Well, I’m not sure about the Mage, since that was my initial class and I wasn’t always aware of the best places to go for questing. As far as lockstep, I’m not trying to keep them within a level or five of each other, but I would like to keep them all in the same zone at least. We’ll see what happens. I’m far more likely to drop all three and stick with my Mage than pick a new main. Of course if that happens, I expect I’ll get bored fairly quickly and move on to another game. While I’ve been enjoying doing some of the end-game instances, I’m not a min/maxer and I imagine I’ll eventually get to a point where I have to stop doing instances or start treating them as serious business. If/when that happens, then I’m done.

  3. I did this right off the bat to play the “rested XP” game, and can swap at will.

    The next thing I did was to set up the skills in a like manner…say channeled skills, AOE skills all off the same keys. Thus, this way, as I swapped, I would not get too insane trying to remember how to play them again.

    Now I have my main at 46, Rogue at 43, Mage at 28 and Warrior at 17

    Love it.

    Enjoy

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      That’s an interesting idea for arranging all of the skill bars the same. I actually do that a bit already with two bottom bars and one side bar, where the bottom bar has my combat rotation on the left, AOE’s or utility skills on the right with overflow on the second bar, and buffing skills, mounts, etc. on the sidebar. I keep the action bars fairly loosely organized though since my playstyle is fairly different between each character, so I’m not quite as consistent about it as it sounds like you are.