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There's a special event this weekend (10am PDT April 8, 2011 through 10am PDT April 11, 2011) which allows you to join Rift for free.

The Ally Code 3DWZ-C93R-3QJH-WGLR-NR7C can be redeemed four more times, so if you want to have a little look, go for it.
Visit www.RIFTgame.com/en/ally instructions on how to apply your Ally Code and to download the RIFT patcher.

Ally Codes will grant new players (excludes existing RIFT subscribers) a digital download of RIFT and access to certain features of this game during the Allies of the Ascended Event (see above for event dates). You will need to have or create a Trion Worlds account to participate in this event.

I'll be on the North American PvP server Regulos and am likely going for a cute little female Marksman.

I hope that some of you might enjoy this offer and maybe we could even venture and explore together ;)
Post edited April 08, 2011 by Fujek
I'd love to try it, but there's just no way I can have the full game downloaded and installed before the weekend is over, so I'll pass :)
Here's my ally code: Q9RE-RNQE-ELDX-R9HR-CN3W

I've been having fun playing Rift but I'm not sure what you'd be able to accomplish in three days; I'd suggest playing guardian side as in my opinion Silverwood (guardian newbie zone) is better than Freemarch (defiant newbie zone).
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Tizzysawr: (...) full game downloaded and installed before the weekend (...)
Right, sorry! I should have mentioned that the game's going to take a bit more than 8.6 GB on your download (you first get a 'patcher' which is about 30 MB in size, which then tries to download the beast in one flush).
I redeemed one of these codes last week that was supposed to run April 1-4, but it didn't work - the game refused to let me log in because I was "not authorized." My account actually said April 4-7 under the code, though, so maybe for some absurd reason that's when it was active, but I didn't bother checking during that time period.

The funny part, though, is that they've sent me an ally code, as well, despite that I don't have an active account or even own the game. I don't know if it will work, but here it is:

-sorry, it's over-

I played for a few days during the beta and got up to level 15. By the extremely lax standards of MMOs, it seemed fairly good.
Post edited April 13, 2011 by Mentalepsy
What happens if one wants to keep playing after? Do they have to pay 50 bucks for the box?
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orcishgamer: What happens if one wants to keep playing after? Do they have to pay 50 bucks for the box?
Most likely you will have to buy it. At least, that is the case with nearly every other MMO out there.
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orcishgamer: What happens if one wants to keep playing after? Do they have to pay 50 bucks for the box?
Yes, you have to buy the box.
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orcishgamer: What happens if one wants to keep playing after? Do they have to pay 50 bucks for the box?
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Mentalepsy: Yes, you have to buy the box.
Then I'll not bother, thanks, though.
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orcishgamer: Then I'll not bother, thanks, though.
I don't blame you. Honestly, it's the same game you've played a hundred times before.

Personally, I have trouble justifying subscription fees anymore. Nowadays, I'm more likely to pick up some random f2p, scratch my itch for a week or so, and then go back to my single-player games. That's pretty much what I do with p2p anyway, so why not save the cash?
I've been wanting to give this game a go, what a great time to do so. =D
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orcishgamer: Then I'll not bother, thanks, though.
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Mentalepsy: I don't blame you. Honestly, it's the same game you've played a hundred times before.

Personally, I have trouble justifying subscription fees anymore. Nowadays, I'm more likely to pick up some random f2p, scratch my itch for a week or so, and then go back to my single-player games. That's pretty much what I do with p2p anyway, so why not save the cash?
Yeah, I have the same problem. I don't mind subbing while I'm playing, but I can buy 3-5 games for the price of their box, with subs on top of that it would have to be way better than I'm sure it is. I'm not willing to pay both. Besides, MMOs have proven they don't need to sell the box to make money, I consider it a money grab, honestly. They ought to change their model, especially considering we get stuck with broken games half the time anyway.
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Mentalepsy: I don't blame you. Honestly, it's the same game you've played a hundred times before.

Personally, I have trouble justifying subscription fees anymore. Nowadays, I'm more likely to pick up some random f2p, scratch my itch for a week or so, and then go back to my single-player games. That's pretty much what I do with p2p anyway, so why not save the cash?
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orcishgamer: Yeah, I have the same problem. I don't mind subbing while I'm playing, but I can buy 3-5 games for the price of their box, with subs on top of that it would have to be way better than I'm sure it is. I'm not willing to pay both. Besides, MMOs have proven they don't need to sell the box to make money, I consider it a money grab, honestly. They ought to change their model, especially considering we get stuck with broken games half the time anyway.
Yes, even if they want the shelf space in stores they could sell the game at whatever the sub price is for a month, in other words, $15. That being said, RIFT is pretty fun, I bought it, on the surface it feels kind of like WoW, but it gives a lot more character variety and honestly better lore.
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orcishgamer: Yeah, I have the same problem. (...) I'm not willing to pay both.
Same here.
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orcishgamer: Then I'll not bother, thanks, though.
Well, I kind of enjoy the opportunity of 'free weekend' games at Steam and I'll treat Rift just the same way. Not much to lose ;) Not to mention that a few friends of mine play the game, so I can at least spend a bit time with them this way.
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Orryyrro: Yes, even if they want the shelf space in stores they could sell the game at whatever the sub price is for a month, in other words, $15. That being said, RIFT is pretty fun, I bought it, on the surface it feels kind of like WoW, but it gives a lot more character variety and honestly better lore.
I do agree with that much. The gameplay is totally unambitious, but I did actually enjoy the lore and the factions. I think they were done much better than in Blizzard's game, which is sort of like a high school play where one kid in the chorus keeps cracking stupid jokes out loud.