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RIFT Livestream Jan 13: The Balancing Act

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What is balance, anyway? Who decides what abilities get buffed, nerfed and tweaked? How do they make the call?

This week, we explore the philosophy, methodology and processes employed by the RIFT Systems Team when addressing the ever-moving goals of class balance. RIFT is unique among games in having am almost limitless combination of soul builds to work with, and this complexity often leads to heated discussions between passionate gamers on forums, Reddit and in-game.

Chris “Keyens” Meyer will be on hand to talk about how the team views and evaluates balance, and the challenges of trying to accommodate the widely varied opinions and desires of RIFT players when it comes to specific classes, skills and builds. Balance in this game is definitely not one size fits all, and Keyens will describe the internal process of evolving class skills, including when and how the Systems team decides to tweak them.

Keyens will delve into the challenges of working with player feedback, parsers, opinions, synergies and perspectives in a world of widely varying playstyles and approaches. We will take a number of questions from the Livestream forum question thread.

Caveat: Keyens is here to address class balance philosophy, evaluation and process, not the highly detailed raid parse of a specific build or what happened with a single ability or soul.

Finding new ways to take on content with RIFT’s complex Soul system is part of the meta game in Telara.

Please post your Balance questions for the livestream to this thread.

We look forward to hearing from you!

~Brasse

 

RIFT Livestream

Twitch Channel: http://www.twitch.tv/trionworlds

Start Time: Friday, January 13 at 3:30 PM PST (GMT-8)

Duration: 45 minutes

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$99 PATRON SALE EXTENDED TO JAN 18th!

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When Archonix is away on holiday, the Boglings get busy. This time, they’ve decided to rig the Patron sale to go on for an extra week, to allow even more people a chance at it!

You’ll never see Patron offered at a lower rate, so don’t miss out – lock your rate in NOW with this fantastic deal! $99 for an entire year ($8.33/mo).

There are a great many reasons why Patron status is coveted throughout Telara. Patrons receive loyalty rewards, store discounts, affinity rewards and convenience perks. In addition, all Patrons gain an amazing array of in-game bonuses, including experience gains and mount speed.

 

See all the incredible bonuses here!

 

Remember, when Archonix gets back next week, it’s all over!

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RIFT WINTER SALE

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Hold on to your festive hats, this sale is bringing in HUGE savings for RIFT fans!

Essentials Edition, 25% off! Starfall Prophecy (Standard/Deluxe) 25% off! RIFT Credit sale bonuses! $99 Year-long Patron! Get in on the details NOW! (more…)