AIE Podcast Ep 151 — High Plains Rifter

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On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

– The Force is twice as strong this weekend

– Secrets are twice as secret this weekend

– Phasers are twice as stunning this weekend.

– Wait… what the heck is going on here?

– And Ayhood joins us to talk about AIE in Rift.

All that and more coming up right now…



Now, we RARELY mention this…but if you haven’t gone to the forums, you’re missing out! The Imperium Ludi section there has all SORTS of games that people are getting into! New MMOs like Elder Scrolls and Marvel Heroes, and I’m sure Friend codes for the new Animal Crossing will show up there too! Join the fun, and see what folks are playing!  The first step to GERP-ing in a new game is to go there, checked the pinned post for more info.


We have our guest here to talk about all the crazy goings-on in Telara, but given it IS a big news item, Rift is now Free to Play! Lots of restrictions have been lifted, and Alludra, they have Pets! Ayhood will fill us in on all the details after we get through the news!


If you happen to be playing a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there are a few double-XP weekends coming up very soon! Starting June 22nd, every weekend till the holiday weekend, when it goes from Thursday-Sunday!


Emerge from the Agartha and follow the bees, as the Secret World has a special weekend coming up this very weekend, called Black Weekend. Additional loot, recruitment bonuses, double XP and more. Seems that the game companies are becoming aware time is precious and are trying to make it hard to decide where to spend those weekends!


Star Trek Online, the newest addition to the AIE Family, ALSO has a bonus weekend starting today! Bonus Rep and Fleet Marks will be given all weekend, with some missions you can repeat from the past, or do them for the first time if you are a recent addition! There are also special rewards you can get from the events being run, so look for those as well!


As Zod have mentioned, Pet battles are a great way to earn XP in WoW. Or at least…were! It appears that one patch removed them altogether, perhaps accidentally, and now there have been conflicting reports from EU and US community Managers, and now perhaps your pet needs to be 5 levels from what it is fighting for YOU to get XP? Only time will tell how this shakes out!


Your fellow guildies in Guild Wars 2 are also planning an event for this weekend! For everyone who has not done so, and even if you just want to come along for the party, a map completion hunt is scheduled for Saturday at 8pm EST, even if you aren’t level 50-60, they will do their best to keep ya alive and looting for the duration! Also remember that the Dragon Bash festival is currently going on there!


And with that, let’s dive into Rift…



Patch 2.3:


– Rift is F2P   (info at

– New Zone (Dendrome)  1.5 times the size of ember isle

– New Dimensions, Mounts, pets, and more



*PSA – Please get an authenticator*

Ghomus agrees, EVERY game that offers one? GET ONE.


a good guide for people new to rift or starting anew.

Items of Interest:

Things you might have missed:

–  Twisted Artifacts are now in SL zones

–  Level ranges for each zone are now listed on the map

–  Porticulums can be used by both factions other than the major city ones.  (yay for port in north scarlet gorge)

–  Carnage quests now require fewer kills

–  All rep rewards are Bind on Acct!

–  Trinkets and greater essences have upgrade paths



And that’s our show for tonight, We want to thank Ayhood for joining us! Next week we’ll be talking to the gang from The Secret World.

Stay tuned, as we’ve got a full ride of great AIE members segments coming right up, including…

– Overly Dramatic News

– Alludra’s Pets

– Hunter Talk

– Hailing Frequencies

– Ask Miss Mulgra


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Kudos to cybyl for this week’s show title!