Trion have heard our pleas about the hard yakka* for Carnival of the Ascended and removed the grind for dimension items for Summerfest. Now, before you all go cheering, Trion have done this by excluding dimension items in the list of goodies available for holiday currency, at least for this phase.
Were you looking forward to getting out there and defeating a few invasions, closing a few rifts and decimating a few dozen bosses for holiday currency? Don’t give up hope and don’t spend your Summerfest currency, Trion may very well introduce the dimension items for phase two.
This is our first holiday event since free2play and nobody is sure if or how dimensions will be included in the event. I’ll be most disappointed if they aren’t because I want to play the game for dimension goodies. I want to go questing for dimension items, solve puzzles, earn holiday currency, have a reason to trample through instances. I want to see more of these things in the game. I do not love the grind for reputation but I want an incentive to go back and complete old world notorieties – with the right motivation.
Rift’s version of housing is very similar to EverQuest 2. Players were morphing objects in EQ2 long before Rift introduced player housing. I’ve had the opportunity to dabble a little in EQ2 and I was impressed. Three quests in and I was rewarded with my first housing item. By the time I reached the city and could rent a house, I already had several items to place in it. In fact, I had so many dimension items, acquiring a house to put them in was a matter of self defense. House items are a staple of the crafting system, with many recipes to learn.
The placement system is clumsy and frustrating, there could be a wider variety of house items to buy on the shop but EQ2’s housing system gave me a great deal of satisfaction. EQ2 wanted me to play the game to decorate my house.
EverQuest 2 is old and tired but Sony are developing EverQuest Next. Right now they’re looking for features to include in the game and there is a conversation going about player housing. I’ll be monitoring this and getting involved in EQN in hopes of shaping a better system, one that delivers the features I value. If you love dimensions but find the Rift model lacking, then invest in the future and have a say on the EQN forums about what you want in a player housing system.