2014 may be plunging ahead in full swing, but that doesn’t mean the New Year’s celebrations have to come to an end! In RIFT, dimensioneers have been busy celebrating and creating lavish getaways, nightclubs, and retreats for one special event– the Dream Dimension Celebration Contest. This contest, held by Kiwi and her team over at Rift Dream Dimensions, will award dimension creators for piecing together some of the coolest celebrations and party houses around. And believe me– we’re talking much more than houses here! RIFT‘s dimension system is home to some of the most creative minds around when it comes to building in-game works of art.
The final date for entries to be accepted was January 3rd, and since then Kiwi and her team of dimension experts have been narrowing down a staggering 202 entries down into a mere 20. The public hasn’t known which entries made it to the top 20– until today! As one of the honored members of this phase’s judging panel, I have been given permission to showcase the final 20 and share screenshots with the RIFT community.
After we narrow down the top 20 into the top 10, the top 10 will be announced on Rift Dream Dimensions (via live stream) on Sunday, January 12th. After that point, Kiwi and her team will combine the results, showcase those entries in a video and choose the top three winners– first, second, and third place– from there.
The top 3 dimensions will be featured on a Friday live stream with Trion Worlds. Trion will also be supplying the winners– and all contest entrants– with some pretty awesome RIFT prizes. More details about the contest can be found here and here.
Now, with all the gritty details out of the way, let’s get to the top 20!
These are organized by shard name and are in no particular order. These are not my personal results– I’m merely showing off the top 20. I’ll share two screenshots from each dimension. Click on any of the images in the galleries to see the full-size version. I’ll also share a few words regarding my standout bits (and a few random thoughts) from each dimension, but I won’t say too much just yet!
North American Shards
1. “Plants Gone Wild” by Scynthrina (Stone Flask Tavern)
Favorite bit: Those cool statues. And the colors!
2. “Santa’s Outpost” by Lovelife (Icewatch Outpost)
Favorite bit: Zoning straight into candy cane lane. That might have been one of my childhood dreams.
3. “The 8 Ball Club” by Azazee (Icewatch Outpost)
Favorite bit: That rockin’ DJ podium and dance floor.
4. “Island Beach Party” by Stickybuds (Shoreward Island)
Favorite bit: The giant pool with the huge speakers and the pretty lights. I’ll die happy here. Really.
5. “Club Barbados” by Kimchee (Edge of Infinity)
Favorite bit: The light effects and the general atmosphere of the place. Gorgeous.
6. “Music Festival” by Streetfighter (Shoreward Island)
Favorite bit: The cool stage with the clock.
7. “Vertigo Nightclub” by Nixea (Sanguine Shores)
Favorite bit: Everything? Best use of Sanguine Shores ever.
8. “*2014* Party!!!” by Failx (Edge of Infinity)
Favorite bit: Those paintings with the teeny realistic images! Gah, those get me every time.
9. “Ice Palace” by Sliveroflight (Kestrel’s Cry Ravine)
Favorite bit: The creative use of different types of icy and watery effects, especially for the flooring.
10. “MJ Smooth Criminal” by Quivir (Edge of Infinity)
Favorite bit: The atmosphere. And the people! And the jukebox!
1. “For Ever Kids” by Nakora (Kestrel’s Cry Ravine)
Favorite bit: The hopscotch board and the horsie console setup.
2. “Poly’s Night Out” by Polynomia (Auditorium Carnos Plaza)
Favorite bit: The little details and the awesome interior design.
3. “Rift Watch Winter Retreat” by Invicta (Kestrel’s Cry Ravine)
Favorite bit: The area where you zone in and the bonfire. Love the creative choices with both.
4. “Cascade Hall” by Kollette (Edge of Infinity)
Favorite bit: The view from the outside and those delicious-looking cakes.
5. “Bar Val” by Valarana (Moonshade Pools)
Favorite bit: Yeah, those fireworks. Perfect touch.
6. “Pedal to the Metal” by Seyler (Bogling Boggle)
Favorite bit: The little modern day details such as the steam coming from the sewer grate and those pinball machines.
7. “Jabba Clause” by Carrla (Faen’s Retreat)
Favorite bit: The band!
8. “A Fairy New Year Eve” by Hiurma (Three Springs)
Favorite bit: Man, the details. The way flowers, fae, and everything natural was inserted into every single object.
9. “The Party Night” by Midarys (Moonshade Pools)
Favorite bit: The unique oddities like the swans, hat rack, and those cool racing bikes (and that star!).
10. “The Crypt” by Rali (Central Necropolis)
Favorite bit: That centerpiece you stumble upon when walking through the door. Yeah, creepy, but also awesome.
And that’s it, folks! Make sure to keep in eye on Rift Dream Dimensions as the contest continues to make its way to the finish long. Congrats to all of those in the top 20, and go on– go check out all these amazing dimensions for yourself! You know you want to!