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By on Jul 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm, in Breaking, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Hey, folks! We’re back!

You might remember us. We’re Draegon, Teljair, and Laura/Serrain. We’re the administrative team behind Rift Junkies, FORCE Junkies, and the myriad of other fansites that have popped up over the past few years with the Junkies banner proudly displayed. Last year we decided to start an ambitious project– a multi-dimensional geeky/gamer-focused site that not only covered the latest and greatest MMORPGs, but also other MMORPGs we all loved.

And the MOBAs we loved. And our favorite console and PC games. And our favorite geeky TV shows, movies, comics, and cosplay masterpieces. We’re gaming junkies, sure, but there’s so much more to love in this wide, weird, wild world. Junkies Nation became a place for everyone to embrace their inner gamer and geek and just celebrate whatever it is they happened to be passionate about.

We had a few stumbles in this endeavor last year, unfortunately, but we’re back bigger– and better– than ever. Our team consists of a familiar group of faces as well as a few new, awesome writers who are here to share what they’re passionate about and maybe teach a fan a thing or two about their latest cosplay adventure, MMORPG project, or MOBA strat.

Our aim is to not be a mere news site, but a place where honest opinions, solid strategies, and passionate reviews and previews are the core of what we cover. We won’t rehash stuff. We won’t hound you for clicks. We’re simply here to share what we love and hope folks are interested enough to stick around to see what we have to ramble about.

If you’ve been a part of our awesome Rift Junkies community for a while now, you may have noticed that Rift Junkies now redirects to Junkies Nation. This move was made not to bid farewell to RIFT and our past coverage of the game, but as a way to build a bridge between our fansite community and the broader gaming/geek-centric community that may still love RIFT, but also loves other things and other games.

Make no mistake– we’ll still be covering RIFT. All of our Rift Junkies content (as well as everything from our other Junkies fansites) is now on Junkies Nation. Older content can be found searching under the specific game categories. We’ll also be covering a lot more than RIFT. Remember what we said about a wide, weird, wild world? Yeah. Life’s too short to not embrace all of its geeky bits.

To the Rift Junkies community– thank you for being there for us over the years.

We’re in for a wild ride. We hope you’ll join us.

Laura “Serrain” Hardgrave
Jason “Draegon” Dodge
Ryan “Teljair” Raplee

By on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:54 am, in Contests, RIFT  |  Comments: 2 comments

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November 27th is here and that means we have contest winners! These are the results for the Junkies Nation RIFT Hellbug mount/pet and 30-day Patron Pass giveaway that was announced two weeks ago. We selected random winners from both Facebook and Twitter then divvied out the prizes in a completely random fashion.

Without further ado, head on over to Junkies Nation and check out our list of contest winners.

By on Nov 21, 2013 at 11:07 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 5 comments

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Remember the Glowing Ruby Ki Rin? How about the Shadow Hellbug or the Glowing Emerald Ki Rin? If you happened to be online when these limited time only items were available in the RIFT Store, you may have picked them up or knew someone who did. If you happened to not be online for those PST-based four hours, you were out of luck (unless you bought them from someone). Trion kind of went bananas for a couple weeks with the limited time only sales. Those sales seem to have quieted down for the moment, but despite Trion’s best intentions of allowing players to access unique, special goodies, there was one little thing the team forgot about– time zones.

While the RIFT Store is still one of the better F2P in-game cash shops around, there are some definite issues with RIFT’s cash store and with limited time sales such as these. Interested in digging a little deeper and reading some thoughts on these limited time sales and other issues regarding the the RIFT Store? Head on over to Junkies Nation and take a peek at our newest opinion column: The Cash Shop Critic. This entry’s all about the limited time RIFT sales.

By on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:57 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 11 comments


Get your Halloween pails ready, RIFTers. Autumn Harvest is beginning today, and you know what that means– artifacts galore, costumes galore, and plenty of booze, drunken Fae, and spooky dimensions to visit. Earlier this week, we previewed a whole bunch of the new items, costumes, consumables, dimension items, and achievements being added in this year’s Autumn Harvest. Yesterday, all of that hit live shards a day early along with even more new goodies. Three new costumes became available on the RIFT Store along with two new random grab bag/supply crates that have a chance of containing one very cool mount and a new set of Halloween-themed masks and weapons. The masks also have an accompanying achievement.

Care for a preview? Check out Round 2 of our Autumn Harvest preview on Junkies Nation.

Also be sure to stay tuned for our updated Autumn Harvest guide as this year’s event unravels later in the day. If you didn’t take part in last year’s Autumn Harvest, you can take a look at our guide from last year to get an idea of how parts of the event may work.

By on Oct 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm, in Article, FFXIV, FFXIV Exclusives  |  Comments: No comments yet


There have been a lot of published reviews revolving around the leveling process and the launch period surrounding Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This is all good and expected given the primary audience of video game reviews in general. It’s sometimes a little interesting, however, to take a look at reviews that are written and published after the launch rush of an MMORPG dies down and the community really begins to sink its teeth into endgame.

One of our writers on our sister site, Junkies Nation, took the time to write a critical review that takes a detailed look at the leveling process, endgame grind, replayability factor, community, aesthetics, and the depth of the overall game as far as its world and systems are concerned. The ‘niche factor’ of FFXIV: ARR is also examined closely, which seems an appropriate term for a game that has as wide of an audience as this one does:

“The community of a game is always going to depend on a bazillion factors as well as fluctuate rapidly throughout a game’s existence. For the moment, the community of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn can be split up into two categorizes– niche, and, well, niche. There are folks who are helpful, friendly, and welcoming to new friends and new adventuring buddies, and there are also folks out there who are only focused on advancing their characters as rapidly as possible and may come off as pretty rude about that fact. It’s probably safe to say that all MMORPGs house both types of folks these days, but with the case of this game, I’d say that before assessing the community in its totality, it’s vital to first find your own niche.”

Read the full review over on Junkies Nation.

Note: Keep in mind that this was published right before the latest hotfix, so the endgame currency information is not completely accurate.

By on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:30 am, in Article, GW2  |  Comments: No comments yet

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Get your candy buckets ready, Guild Wars 2 fans. October’s here, and you know what that means– it’s time to slay those odd-looking candy corn critters, climb the creepy clock tower, and marvel at the cute, little charr kittens running around in costume. It’s time for this year’s Guild Wars 2 Halloween holiday event– Blood and Madness!

ArenaNet released a summary of the changes we’ll be seeing in this year’s event along with a new teaser video that the team published just yesterday. We’ll be getting all the fun activities from last year, of course, but we’ll also be seeing a whole bunch of new stuff including new rewards, new achievements, new encounters inside the labyrinth, and a new opponent to fight– the Bloody Prince Edrick.

For more details, check out our writeup on Junkies Nation, our brand new sister site that’s dedicated to MMORPGs, console games, TV shows, comics, and all sorts of geeky things.

By on Oct 11, 2013 at 11:25 am, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

So you want to join the Junkies Nation Network? Currently we’re looking for Site Operators, bloggers, writers, gamers, and streamers. What does this all mean? Well, that means we’re looking to expand and we want your talent. If you are interested in any of the positions below or you have any questions regarding anything listed on this page, please contact Draegan at

By on Oct 11, 2013 at 10:12 am, in Article, News  |  Comments: 1 comment

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In case you haven’t checked out Defiance lately, the game has not only recently launched a new DLC pack– the Castithan Charge Pack DLC– but it has also launched a brand new type of arkfall. These arkfalls are Dark Matter arkfalls, and contain some of the most dangerous dark matter enemies and technological creations found in the game.

There are four different types of dynamic arkfalls that can pop up anywhere. The most dangerous Dark Matter event is the “Extraction Force” multi-phase major event that takes place at the culmination of a major Dark Matter arkfall event. In this fight, you’ll face off against a Monolith.

For more information, check out our exclusive screenshots previewing on Junkies Nation, our brand new sister site that’s dedicated to gamers and geeks alike. You can also find more information on Trion’s developer blog and feature spotlight.

By on Sep 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm, in News  |  Comments: 3 comments

It’s been long in the making, but it’s finally here! Welcome to Junkies Nation!

The Junkies Nation Network is a collective of veteran gamers with the goal to provide you with not only the best gaming knowledge, but to bring you the latest in technology, TV, movies, comics – all forms of internet geekdom! Junkies Nation started years ago with a single site called Rift Junkies. From there we have expanded our coverage to all major AAA MMORPGs that have been released since then. As our Network grew, we realized that we needed to stretch our legs and begin to cover but every single aspect of geeks, nerds and internet bros. Because of this, was created.

Currently, we have multiple dedicated fansites covering MMORPGs from RIFT to Final Fantasy XIV that are run, not by us, but by gaming fanatics just like you that have become Site Operators. However, there’s more. A cornerstone community that grew from the Fires of Heaven guild came to a close in 2012 rather abruptly, but Junkies Nation took up the reins and kept the community alive at Many of the people that you will read articles from on Junkies Nation have come from this veteran community. Junkies Nation would not be where it is today without this amazing community.

From day one, we are dedicated to bringing you the most interesting rumors, tips, news and more from across the entertainment industry – TV, Games, Comics and Movies. As always, our central focus will always be Online Gaming.

Check us out at! Keep an eye out for contests for all sorts of movie tickets, gaming hardware, and more!
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By on Jun 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm, in Article, FFXIV, News  |  Comments: 1 comment

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! It’s official, yesterday Square-Enix launched the Lodestone version 2.0 and from an initial perusal, it’s a pretty comprehensive and handy social tool, mixed with an item database, crossed with official news site. All in all, it’s pretty darn impressive! While not an innovation by any stretch, it is none the less, an incredibly handy tool for players to showcase their characters, share blogs posts with the community at large and check the item database all in one place.

The latest version of the Lodestone is just further proof that SE is going the extra mile, trying to connect to their community and provide every amenity possible for new and returning players alike! With further innovations to the Lodestone to come in the future and more and more players catching the positive buzz that’s accumulating about FFXIV:ARR, the community is going to grow rapidly, and the tools provided to the community here will only prove to be a good thing!

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