I thought that might catch your attention. Patch 2.3 has landed on the Public Test Shard and I spent today having a good rummage around. First off, we have two new dimensions, Hailol and Temple of the Abandoned. Second, the sheer number of dimension items is overwhelming. Wondered why we’ve had no new items to speak of for the last few months? They’re all here for us to buy with cash.
There are houses. Kelari houses, Sanctum houses, Gloamwood houses, Shimmersand houses, each in small, medium and large, all hollowed out and decoratable. There are new plants and trees, decorations, lighting and building blocks by the hundreds. The only categories that have not seen new additions are rocks and furniture.
Our selection of building blocks has greatly increased. New textures like mossy brick, painted wood and black marble give much needed colour. Triangles and spheres, add much needed shapes to our toolbox.
Remember how we were going to get larger items to address the lack of item space? We can now build our own houses with prefabricated walls, including walls with doors and windows, inside walls and outside walls. Door jambs and doors, window surrounds and windows, complete staircases and stair railings are also included in the building block category. Everything needed to build your own free form house, including premade roof panels and roof corners.
The interactive section of the dimension tab holds some of the most interesting additions, the indoor/outdoor precipitator and the magic mushrooms. The precipitator makes rain, the mushrooms remove all ground vegetation in a 5, 10 or 20 meter radius. Great if you want a bare earth look or if indigenous plants are popping up through the floor of your building.
One winner is magitech. The decorating section contains many odd machines and sourcestone items. If you’ve been wanting more magitech there’s plenty here to stock up the laboratory. The decorating section also contains Magitech coloured balls, just like the ones from the Little Black Book puzzle, and you’ll only pay a couple of dollars each for them. Chronicle items are included in the cash shop with both a platinum and credit price. Holiday event items list both the holiday currency price and a credit price, they too, are up for sale for real money.
The store also lets you take a gamble, not with platinum, real money only, please. Lucky dip boxes come in garden, decoration or household items, three to a box, and there’s a deal of 11 boxes for the price of 10 for the inveterate gambler.
One thing is for sure, the store is there to take your money as efficiently as possible; Rift is no longer free to play, it’s feel free to pay, at least for the dimensioning community. Platinum prices are exorbitant, with quite a few costing near or more than your 150% speedy mount. Remember how hard saving the plat for that mount was?
My best advice to you all is go easy on the PTS purchases. Calculate everything back to it’s cost in dollars so you know exactly how much you’re paying for an item ($1 is 150 credits on the store). If it’s dollar price or platinum price is too high for you, walk away. That’s the best way to let Trion know they have their pricing wrong.
I know many of you want to see what the items look like, so I have placed as many of the houses and building blocks as I can afford on my Three Springs dimension. Permission is set to move so you can expand the houses and see the different layouts and sizes. It’s under the name Radishme, on the PTS if you’d like to drop by for a play.
This thread also has many pictures and videos of dimensions items for you to look at.