The next major RIFT update– RIFT 2.6– is headed to live shards in February 2014, but for now we have an early preview of some of the additions headed our way on the Public Test Shard. The most exciting addition is probably the new profession– Dream Weaving. Dream Weaving grants players the ability to salvage artifacts and create dimension items and other goodies with raw materials. Players can even create new dimension keys that are BoE using Dream Weaving. Also arriving in 2.6 are a couple of new raid rifts, new raid weeklies, new dimensions (as a result of Dream Weaving), new achievements, bounties, and a new Instant Adventure added to the Goboro Reef area. For now, let’s focus on Dream Weaving. Let’s take a look at how the crafting profession will work and a few of the awesome things players can create with it. Note: As always, all information taken from the PTS is completely subject to change at any time. With Dream Weaving, especially, many of the exact item requirements, etc., are merely placeholders. As such, this won’t be a guide for leveling Dream Weaving, but rather a preview for the time being. Dream Weaving Basics To get started with Dream Weaving when it goes live, you’ll need to head to Tempest Bay and talk to Reva Song who can be found in the Canals area next to the NPC who sells dimension keys. You’ll also need a free tradeskill slot. Dream Weaving, unfortunately, takes up one of our non-freebie tradeskill slots. Because of this, Trion will be upping the amount of total extensions players can purchase in the RIFT Store to up to 7, totaling 10. After picking up Dream Weaving, you’ll gain the ability to salvage artifacts. Breaking them down results in Dream Ribbons. Dream Ribbons are the main raw material you’ll need to create the items Dream Weavers can make. Other raw materials that are used include wood, cloth, ore, plants, leather, and fish. As of right now, the only items that can be salvaged from artifacts are the Dream Ribbons. Dimension items cannot be salvaged, but Faratha did mention that the team is trying to think of a way for crafters to break down dimension items. How many Dream Ribbons you get per artifact depends on both your skill level in Dream Weaving as well as the rarity of the artifact you are breaking down. When starting, you will recieve 1 Dream Ribbon for a white artifact, 2 for a green artifact, 5 for a blue artifact, 20 for an epic artifact, and 50 for a relic artifact. As your skill increases, this number roughly doubles. You don’t get skill points in Dream Weaving for breaking down artifacts. There are a few restrcitions for salvaging artifacts. Artifacts that respawn very frequently in the game world such as the Meridian/Sanctum artifacts cannot be salvaged. Trion is also going to be adjusting some of the drop rates for especially common artifacts such as the critter tears. As of 2.6, the fishing artifacts will also be able to be salvaged. To craft items using Dream Weaving, you’ll need to be near a Dream Focus. You can find one directly next to Reva Song. You also get a pretty cool item for completing her first crafting quest– a Dream Focus. This is a dimension item you can use inside a dimension to create a crafting station of your very own. As you gain levels in Dream Weaving, you’ll be able to learn new recipes including ones for tons of new dimension furnishings, new dimension keys, and new item enchants called Dream Orbs. Among the coolest created items are the new dimension items. Everything from new, fancy pillows to animated environmental and weather effects such as quicksand, dust motes, fire and lightning effects, ground effects, spotlights, waterfalls, and smoke plumes can be made to add cool effects to your dimensions. Many of these effect-creating items are completely new and use a new type of technology that Faratha detailed in a recent Trion blog post. New Dimensions There are roughly 15 new dimensions being added to the game with the arrival of 2.6 and the Dream Weaving tradeskill. The keys are crafted by Dream Weavers and they are tradeable. Among the new dimensions include locations such as Tower Meadow, Stone Grove, Faering Woods, Azcu’azg Oasis, Stillmoor Vale, Pus Swamp, Malluma Track, Anywhere (an open sandbox– the same place shown in Extra Life), Edgestone Ridge, Gloamwood Glen, Daazez Wastes, Fetid Plains, Bahralt’s Ascent, Karthan Ponds, and Scarlet Gorge Cliff. Take a look at Kiwi’s latest video where she shows off some of the cool environmental/weather effects as well as a few favorite new dimensions. The dimensions are also currently available for our previewing pleasure on the PTS (thanks to Kiwi and her awesome team!). Care for a preview? Here is a gallery of my favorite screenshots of each of
the dimensions I previewed (click each image to bring up the full-size versions):
Leveling Dream Weaving is going to take a lot of artifacts, but it seems like the tradeskill will add some pretty cool items to the economy as well as give dimensioneers plenty to love about 2.6. It’s awesome to see Trion giving dimension lovers some new toys and goodies to play with. I just mentioned this in an editorial the other day, but RIFT‘s dimension system is one of the best examples of housing done extraordinarily well in an MMORPG. Creativity, unlimited potential, availability, accessibility, and new goodies and locales to constantly look forward to? It really doesn’t get any better than that.