No, that’s not an accidental typo. The English prefix “em,” along with it’s sister “en,” means “to make into.” So, empower is to make something with power. Subsequently “emmobilized” would mean to “to get people in action for action, like war.” In Rift, every time a rift event drops, the players around mobilize. In a zone-wide invasion event, it seems sometimes that the whole zone answers the call to repel the planar intruders. Except, “emmobilize” is not a word. “Immobilize” is. In much of my time in Rift’s Head Start, I have felt immobilized despite all internal intentions to the contrary. I have hope that soon the clouds will clear.
There are two reasons that I feel this anti-movement energy within Rift. The first is server queues. It seemed that Trion Worlds forgot to rename launch servers from beta servers, so 5 NA servers have 2 hour queues because everybody wants to play with their guild and friends and 20 NA servers have zero-to-no waiting time. I went to the PvE-RP server, Faeblight, with a 2 hour primetime queue because there is a huge amount of people I want to play with and against. I have started hedging my bet with a Defiant character on the refugee server Estrael, along with Ethic and many other Faeblight exiles.
Rationally, I know that in a week or so, Faeblight will not have a queue. However, emotionally I am not happy with Trion Worlds. First, why didn’t they rename the servers? That would have spread more of the beta community’s population. Second, I am pretty sure the servers are not on “full.” In the queue, only 1-3 people drop per minute. In comparison to the other queues I have been in for other MMOs, that seems abysmally low. Perhaps it’s because so much of the population is congested in the opening zones. It still tugs my hearts strings in that wrong way. So, I feel immobilized. I want to sign on and be with my chosen guild and chosen character on Faeblight right now. Instead, I get second best if I want to play, I guess.
The second reason is in-game. Players will always wonder whether it is worth the time to run or gallop to a nearby rift. Once the rift event starts, the closest players respond very quickly. This speeds up the clock for that rift to close. Players within a minute ride have to determine, based mostly on gut feel, whether to risk stopping whatever action they are doing to check out the rift because there is a good chance that the rift will have closed by the time the player gets there. This also applies to invasion event bosses that are half a zone away.
Many, many players shelled out for the Collector’s Edition (digital or box), which gives the Ancient Tartagon mount for as soon as players are able to hit up a mailbox. This happens around levels 6-7. I did not pay the $10 to get a free mount and some other crap so I had to get my first mount the hard way. Without shoes and in the snow, I trudged to 250 gold to buy something that is a cross between a llama, a cow, and a wombat. Without grinding mobs, using the auction house, or spending more than 5 gold (to be able to warp “home”), it took me until level 15 to get my first mount.
The sour-grapes part was that for 8 levels before I could afford to buy my mount (and the wankers had their’s), I had to use my bipedal-mode of transportation to get to events while all the people with their mutant turtles got there 60% faster. So while these spoiled players were able to get to the events more quickly, I had to decide whether I wanted to run along on foot. This is coupled with the fact that it is very, very difficult to run through a mob-filled area without getting aggro. Obviously being able to move 60% faster improves the chance of taking the shortcut through the mob woods and surviving.
I have to applaud Trion Worlds’ decision to allow mounts at any level, but it definitely created a have’s and have not’s split for much of the first zone that strongly affected how the game could be played. Broke but with my new llowmbat mount, I should no longer have this problem. And, now I can make myself feel special that I get to ride some weird amalgamation of Earth animals instead of an inbred, overgrown turtle. Hopefully most sane players won’t even notice this caste-like discrepancy.
That is not to say that when I do get in my server, and when I can mobilize with all my Guardian compatriots to defend our realm, I am not having an absolute blast. I am just getting to the point where I am messing around with roles, builds, and additional souls, and I am nearing the point for my first dungeon, The Realm of the Fae. Honestly, as these are my biggest complaints, the game is getting high marks. I just have to remember to start signing on about 2 hours before I intend to play, and then go chill with the family.