Update: Elrar, Community Manager, says Dimensions forums are on their way! A quick reply to my Rift forums post this morning makes this post rather redundant. The Statue of Liberty says ‘Enjoy the read!’
Talk of a Dimensions forum seems to have died down on the Rift forums. I see a lot of people using the Community Creations forum for dimensions. This makes me think that people are confused about the difference between community creations and dimensions.
Trion’s own definition of Community Creations is ‘A place for RIFT Community members to share art, fan fiction, videos, and other creations inspired by the world of Telara‘. ‘Inspired by the world of Telara’ is an important phrase. As I travel around dimensions, I see people building homes, helicoptors, schools, people, strip joints, refrigerators, jousting yards, imperial star destroyers, aquariums and a whole host of things inspired by the real world. They’re just building them in Telara. It’s the opposite of the definition for Community Creations.
Dumping dimensions into Community Creations also denies the major role of dimensions as game motivators and time sinks. Look at the reach of dimensions into the game. Dimension items are rewards for puzzles and achievements, including PvP achievements, drops in dungeons and the rifts, purchased with special currency and craftable. Dimension items even have their own daily quest attached now. Dimensions are an important part of the game. As with other communities in Rift, our own forum will help build and support the dimensioning community.
Community Creations is not the most suitable place for dimensions talk. First off, dimensions chatter is overwhelming the community creators. Community Creations isn’t a large community but they are important in adding to the flavour and culture of Rift. They need encouragement and support as much as the dimensioning community does. I’d hate to see their voices drowned out by our noisy chatter. Secondly, while many dimensions are artistic, confusing dimension game play with artistic endeavors, especially amongst Trion personnel, may drive dimension development in directions inappropriate to their actual use.
I haven’t given up the fight for our own forum. If it’s still dear to your heart then show your support on this forums thread.
Update: Elrar, Community Manager, says Dimensions forums is coming! Dang I thought there’d be more of a fight required. Oh well, enjoy this post even if it is now redundant!