Autumn has rolled around again for the northern hemisphere, bringing thoughts of Thanksgiving and Halloween, falling leaves and falling temperatures. When Nouvae of Dimension Gallery announced her Autumn Harvest giveaway, I wanted to build something for that. A quintessential Northern autumn was the inspiration, with themes of death and dying, the celebration of Halloween and Thanksgiving, all leading to my new dimension, Series 600: Autumn. Continue Reading
There’s nothing spookier than a pair of eyes watching every step you take so, when making my autumn inspired dim, I just had to whip up my own spooky eyes. I wasn’t expecting the sets of spooky eyes Trion created for Autumn Harvest but was pleased to discover that Spooky Eyes 04 complemented my own version.
Trion’s spooky eyes blink and can be placed anywhere, even mid air but are kinda small. My spooky eyes can be made in any size allowed by the tiles but need a way to hide the poles that make pupils. For my dimension, Series 600: Autumn, I hid the poles in the rectangular mausoleum, in other dims the eyes would work well against a wall or other flat surface. Continue Reading
Who doesn’t like a free goodie? I’m giving out 40 of 6th Anniversary Parade Tuskar codes over the Easter period. That’s eight codes a day for 5 days, starting Friday the 14th and finishing Tuesday the 18th.
I will use either the CrossEvents or the Level 1-29 chat channels in Rift to ask participants to guess my favourite items. I’ll give a 10 minute warning in the chosen channel before asking my question so be on the look out for announcements by radishes. First right answer wins the prize. (Only one answer per tell, please.) Both Europe and North American regions will be included in the mount giveaways. Continue Reading
Patch 4.1 is bringing us all these pretty tiles so what do we do with them? Why paint, of course! Tiles are versatile, they come in handy when making custom signs, theatre backdrops, hanging wall art or labeling boxes and cartons. Pictures made with them can be simple or complex, colourful or monotone, modern or old fashioned and still look great. Continue Reading
Minion dimension rewards haven’t been significantly updated since minions were introduced in the Nightmare Tide expansion. Patch 4.1 changes all that with new stashes and dimension items. For a start, each mission length will have it’s own type of dimension stash. The 5/15 min adventures will return building block stashes, the eight hour missions will return dimension stashes and the 4 hour missions will return premium dimension stashes.
The building block stashes from 5/15 minute adventures contain only building blocks, drawn from the building block section of the store. This includes all the painted woods, the roof tiles and the metals (hurrah!). The only sets of blocks missing are the glowing and blinking blocks (sad face) and the seven new blocks released with patch 4.1 (which will be included in the Mystery Box: Wonders of Alittu instead of the blinking scratchers). All the shapes are there for each block type, including discs and spheres. That’s one hell of a lot of tiles. Continue Reading
The new minion dimension boxes went up on the Public Test Shards today and a bunch of us had fun opening the six-star premium dimension stashes. I blinked my eyes a few times ’cause I saw red. Yep, we now have transcendent tier dimension items. You thought you lacked sufficient platinum with all the wonderful Uncle Stan items? Just wait till these beauties hit the auction house.
The stash loot tables are not yet finished and only contain relic and transcendent dimension items so it’s impossible to determine frequency of drops. Numbers wise, we discovered 12 transcendent items, 46 relic items and 8 music boxes. Word from Tacitus says that transcendent dimension items will drop at half the frequency of relic items. Continue Reading
The most popular dimension in Rift with 4650 recommendations is New Eyecandy Spaceship Slide 4.0 by Cariina on Greybriar. It beats all other dimensions by more than a thousand votes and it’s popularity keeps growing.
Four years after the release of dimensions, the positions on top don’t change much. Once a dimension reaches the top three in the shard listings, they earn a few votes each week without the need for promotion by their owners, keeping their position on top safe.
The early years were different, the struggle to reach first position was fierce and filled with less savoury practices. When the suggestion to wipe votes appears on the forums these days, I wonder if the people doing so think it an opportunity to to put their own dimensions on top of the listing. If so, Eyecandy is an excellent example of the effort required to reach the top and stay there.
I’m all excited for March 29th (I was more excited when the release date was March 1st) and the new dimension items scheduled for release with patch 4.1. Wandering around on the public test shard has revealed a few new dimension related items that may be coming with patch 4.1 or the Carnival of the Ascended, now scheduled for March 30.
First off, the Mystery Box: Imperial Wonders is replaced by Mystery Box: Wonders of Alittu. Inflation has also hit the mystery boxes, as the cost has risen from 350 to 400 credits. The new boxes contain the Key to Dimension: Alittu (See Dimensions Gallery for pictures). Your chance of the dimension key dropping is 8.1% or one every twelve* boxes should have a key (remember random chance may have you opening more or less than eight for the key). The average number of items is 5.25 per box. Continue Reading
Storm Legion was released, November 13, 2012. Three months later the first complaints about the +1 promotion system were made and have continued ever since. Marnth recently made a post on the Rift forums regarding touring which turned into complaints on the +1 system. The exact complaints vary but the sentiment behind them boils down to not receiving sufficient +1s for their own dimension. It’s then followed by suggestions to change the system, usually to favour the complainer’s own dimensions.
Does that sound unnecessarily harsh? It’s not meant to be. I get it. It points to a very real need we have, as human beings, for human recognition and positive regard. I know that need, I feel it myself. I’m just not sure that changes to the +1 system will improve the way dimensions meet that very human need.
… I wish I’d thought of.
Every so often, when touring dimensions, I see a clever idea and wish I’d thought of it myself. The latest dimensions competition, Radical Botanical Gardens, was chokkas with good morphs. I’ve picked out a few morphs that made me want to steal the idea.
Morph 1: Sparklynn in her Avant-Garden Jewelry Box on Wolfsbane combined the new faecap and a longstem glowbulb with thistle, aqualeaf and silver spheres to make a heart. This morph really bought the jewelbox concept to life. Continue Reading