Yesterday was the official launch of RIFT’s “Half-Birthday” Event, as the thriving MMO has been out for 6 months! I already play, but this is an opportunity for new players to try the game without any trial restrictions. If you were planning on playing RIFT anyway, part of the week-long event is an experience bonus, so it’s a good way to catch up. Here is the official announcement:
“A week of bonuses, free game time, and awesome prizes … and everyone is invited!
Whether you’re Guardian or Defiant, High Elf or Kelari, a PvE-er or PvP-er, you’re going to find a good reason to celebrate starting August 25th as RIFT™ reaches its half-year milestone. More than a million gamers have activated RIFT in the six months since launch, making it one of the most successful MMORPG releases in history, and from August 25th to September 1st, Trion is rewarding everyone. Subscribers will enjoy a week of substantial in-game bonuses, and new and returning players can play the full game free with no leveling or zone restrictions.
“We really wanted to do something fun and memorable for this amazing milestone,” said Scott Hartsman, RIFT Executive Producer. “What better way to say thanks than to kick the doors open and add even more rewards for our subscribers?”
Subscriber half-birthday week bonuses include:
Special Surprise Birthday Gift– Following the event, all active subscribers will receive a special in-game birthday surprise to commemorate the occasion!
Bonus Experience –Your blood-lust is rewarded with bonus experience in both PvE and PvP
Guild Bonus Experience –Swiftly level-up your guild with bonus XP granted for completing guild quests
Big PvP Payouts –All warfronts and open-world PvP will grant extra Favor and Prestige
A Plethora of Planarite –Sealing Telara’s rifts and combating the invasions will reward you with extra planarite
Bonus Plaques & Marks– Increased chance for bonus Plaques of Achievement and Marks of Ascension in all dungeons and raids
The party doesn’t have to stop on the 1st! New Ascended who choose to continue their adventures in Telara can purchase the game client for just $4.99 USD through September 1st if they sign up for any RIFT subscription plan.
RIFT revelers can also participate in several contests scheduled throughout the week for the chance to win awesome prizes!”
After logging in, I can confirm the following bonuses (for active subscribers):
- 50% Favor Bonus (PvP currency)
- 50% Prestige from PvP kills
- 100% XP from kills
- 50% Marks/Plaques chance
- 100% Planarite (Used to purchase faction items)
- 100% Guild XP
I am not trolling you. This guy is.