It’s the last day of Summerfest and I can now safely say there are no new dimension items for this holiday. I’m both sad and glad of this. Glad because holiday currency was no longer commonly available, it only dropped from the end bosses of rifts and zone events. (Imagine trying to grind currency to buy dimension items at Carnival of the Ascended prices!) I’m sad because there was one less reason to get out in the world and play the game.
This patch, dimension item vendor prices dropped to 1 silver. I’m both sad and glad of this. Sad because the value of all my dimension items has been gutted in one foul blow. That this will cause the price of dimension items to drop on the auction house is a mixed blessing, it means fewer store purchased items listed as players no longer make a good profit from them, requiring us to purchase the items from the store. However, my guild (darling, adorable people they are) will now fill the dimension tabs of the bank with items from the dungeons and chronicles because the items have no value. I won’t need to run dungeons and chronicles for my dimension items.
I don’t need to grind notoriety these days. Not that I don’t go out to grind noteriety on the odd occasion, there’s just no good reason to make a special effort, so few dimension items are hidden behind the reputations I don’t already have. If I want anything, I ask a guildy with the appropriate notoriety to buy it for me. I don’t even need to grind platinum. For the past couple of months, I’ve been building guild halls and the guild takes care of all that.
I no longer have compelling reasons to play the game, I just build dimensions. If only there were quests with dimension items as rewards or, better yet, chains like the ones that open the Nug quartermaster. I long for less tedious achievements that don’t require placing 5000 dimension items multiple times for a reward.
Immersing myself so thoroughly in the creative process is a joy and I am loving this time but I find myself missing the game. I want to have a reason to go out and quest, farm holiday currency, run instances. Slowly but surely, I’m disengaging from the game. I have no compelling reason to play it; the rewards that motivate me have been designated ‘fluff’ by Trion and monetised for the cash shop. While Trion have this attitude to dimensions, they have little motivation to make dimensions a greater part of the game.
So what’s a Radish to do? Let me introduce you to Landmark. This little offering is part of the Everquest franchise and is linked to Everquest Next. It is a whole game devoted to player housing. Minecraft on steroids? The purpose of this game is to find recipes, materials and rare items to build your house (or village or town). In terms of game play, It’s going in the opposite direction to dimensions in Rift .
Landmark has me excited. A chance to fully engage in a game AND be creative? Bring it on! Landmark sounds good so far; developer tools, add items then modify the build by removing unwanted bits, finish it off with a recolour to add moss or lichen as required. What more could we ask for? Well I’d ask not to wait till winter to start playing Landmark, I’m crossing my fingers for a beta invite.
Like to know more about Landmark? Here’s a few links for you.
Twitch TV SOE Live 2013: Landmark is introduced at 25 minutes and 42 seconds.
EQNext First ESL Game Showcase at gamescom 2013: The latest news on Landmark at 13 min 50 seconds.
P.S. Alright, I may have over-exaggerated my under-involvement in Rift. I did make the effort to do all the scavenger hunt quests this year, enjoyed them and didn’t need dimension items as a reward. That’s because the scavenger hunt quests, while frustrating, represented fun to me. They are only available once a year, they aren’t a months long grind. and they’re something a bit different from the usual Rift play. If only there some of these types of quests giving dimension rewards … If only.