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    ARTIFACTION: The Joy of Collecting in RIFT

    http://www.trionworlds.com/rift/en/2...cting-in-rift/

    This is a long one - pull up a stump and pour yourself a coffee. General info, tips, history, changes coming soon and more... plenty for us to talk about, from one artifact addict to another!
    ~Brasse



    (Artifact hunting is hard work. I am exhausted after I run through all 7 patron tracking vials on a Saturday!)

    By Linda “Brasse” Carlson

    A little flickering light catches your eye. You stoop to pick it up and find that it’s part of a much larger set. You see another sparkle in the distance, and then another… you’ve already forgotten what urgent task you were are on. You’re now an artifact collector!

    Artifact collecting is one of the most addictive and surprisingly satisfying aspects of gameplay in RIFT. Sure, it can be frustrating when you spend 45 minutes trying to retrieve that ONE elusive glowing object from a seemingly impossible location! But when you finally nab it and yell “GOT IT” at your screen, it’s as satisfying as beating a boss mob.


    (Yep, this is the look on Simon's face when he plans artifact placement. For real.)

    There are several people to laud (or curse) for the thousands of artifacts introduced over RIFT’s 5-year history, and today, we present just one of them: Simon Ffinch, Senior Development Director, part time artifact guru. He’s been with the game since early development and has always immersed himself in RIFT artifact system.

    Completing all the sets is a huge undertaking, and we’ve recently planned a change that will help those long frustrated by those few empty holes in their collections.

    As of February 17th, 2016, collectors will be able to fill long-sought collection items with credits.
    “It’s really for people who have tried for months or even years to complete a set and just can’t do it – we don’t want them to be frustrated, we want to enable them to be able to complete it and move on,” says Simon. “It’s actually designed to encourage gathering or trading for artifacts,” he explains, “Because when you open a fresh collection with no items in it, the price per slot is ludicrously high. No one is going to want to buy them at that point.” He continues, “As you fill the set yourself through hunting, trading, minions and so on, gradually the cost per slot comes down as well, to recognize the personal effort you put into it.”

    Simon continued, “By making artifact completion more accessible, we hope to see even more people hunting, scouring the auction house and sending minions out collecting.”
    We are committed to the best free-to-play balance; as an alternative to buying credits on the RIFT store, players can purchase a REX from fellow players on the Auction House for in-game coins – then claim it for credits!
    Why are Ascended so enamored of artifacts? Completed collections offer a wide range of rewards, including significant experience gain, coins, titles, minions, random loot bundles, pets and mounts. Collections are also the sole source of Lucky Coins, used to purchase all sorts of interesting items from the Artifact Collectors in the main cities.

    Some of Simon’s favorite rewards? “Well there’s this disco ball that shoots beams of light and plays music,” he says with a grin, “You can control how fast it goes and the pattern it displays.”
    He is also very fond of the frog disguise when accompanied by a wee army of summoned frogs and of course who doesn’t love “Racing Halfwits”, adorable bunnies racing each other in you Dimension, all available as collection rewards.



    (As some have already surmised, this is a sneak peek coming in hot of ME trying on the reward for 1400 collections.)

    “Achievements are earned through unlocking 1 set, 10 sets, 100 and so on, until you get to 1,000, 1,200 and soon the 1,400 level.” Simon insists that several players have in fact collected all available artifacts, which is why he is busily making more for the next major update.



    (Me and my trusty artifact-sniffing Great Hound... ok, so he can't really smell them, but he certainly helps me get to them in a hurry! And yeah... sometimes I play an Elf. Shhh.)

    A Bit of History
    Simon unequivocally states that artifacts were planned from day 1 in RIFT development. Many of the Development team had previously played EQII and had caught the collecting bug there. They knew right away that they wanted to iterate on the idea and make collecting even more of a fulfilling game activity in Telara.

    Just how many artifacts are there in the world? “Currently about 7,975, and as of February 17th when we push more artifacts to Planetouched Wilds, we’ll be up to well over 8,100,” Simon replies, “These are part of around 1,200 sets, soon to become 1,400!”

    Artifacts in RIFT are all hand placed. Yes, all of them, even that one waaaaaaay out there on the tippy tip of that oversized thorn. If you are still cursing at the glowy thing taunting you from a tree branch, it may be a matter of trying different strategies, figuring out how to reach it through a combination of different approaches, jumping, walking or even using varying speeds of mounts to reach your prize. What if an artifact appears to be stuck in the ground? Simon leans forward and conspiratorially suggests, “If you can’t see it, and it is right below you, try to find a hidden underground cavern.” You can tell he has fun with this. Too much fun, perhaps!

    In short, if it’s there, it’s reachable, or, as Simon admitted with a wry grin, occasionally it MAY be bugged. “Early on we saw a lot more of it. You see, we go out there and place these artifacts with extreme care and then when the artists are fine tuning the zone, they make a small change that makes the zone 10 times better, but buries 50 artifacts,” he explains, “The newest zone, Planetouched Wilds, is still in the report and fix stage. Generally the older the zone, the fewer broken artifact placements. I would venture to say there are virtually none broken in original Mathosia, almost none in Storm Legion, very few in Nightmare Tide and a rapidly decreasing number of bogus spots in Planetouched Wilds. So, if you truly cannot get to one, then you should post about it, PM me, whatever, and I’ll fix it.”

    /continue to part 2!
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    /continued from part 1 (TOLD you it was long!)


    (Artifact family portrait! From the left: Normal, Twisted, Unstable, and the three Nightmares: Poison, Nightmare, Burning. Iimage shamelessly stolen from an old post of Simon's... he is the ONLY person who can get them all to line up on command.)

    Artifacts come in several types:
    Normal (keep in mind that in general, the harder they are to find, the rarer they are)
    Twisted (these require Omen sight or Quantum sight depending on your starting faction)
    Fishing (available through fishing or minions only)
    Unstable (available only during unstable zone events – remember to hunt the Unstable Artifact Thieves as well – little rodents that will drop one or more artifacts when caught!)
    Invasion (drop from RIFT invasions)
    Bounty (exceedingly rare drops from all mob types)
    Nightmare (currently only in Planetouched Wilds zones, these artifacts can randomly apply damage over time effects. There are three types: Poison, Burning and Nightmare.)

    “Nightmare artifacts bear special consideration”, said Simon. He wants to make sure that you all know how these work: “Harvesting any “Normal” artifact [in Planetouch Wilds] can apply a DoT that damages you and allows you to see Poison Artifacts, Harvesting “Poison” artifacts can apply another DoT for Burning Artifacts, and finally “Burning” can apply a final DoT allowing you to see Nightmare Artifacts. Harvesting “Nightmare” artifacts has a chance of refreshing all three DoT. These can be clicked off if you don’t want one or all of them but you can only see the artifacts while you have their relevant DoT. So you can have anywhere from 1 to 3 DoTs on you and with all three the damage rate is quite significant.” Ouch.

    Is there an “Artifact Hunting Build?” Why yes there is. Simon describes his as a “Mainly Bladedancer with some Physician thrown in for the ability to self-heal while on the move.” He further advises, “Bring along food, drinks and potions if you’re serious about hunting Nightmare artifacts.”

    A few tips for collectors:

    Patron Daily and Weekly gifts very often include artifacts and the Patron Artifact Tracking Vial will reveal ALL types of artifacts on your mini-map, assuming you have the required “sight” for ones that need it, such as Twisted, Poison, Burning and Nightmare. This refreshes daily and can have up to seven charges on it.
    Then there’s fishing. “Keep in mind,” Simon reveals, “There are some artifacts that can ONLY be gained through fishing. Yes, it’s time to break out the rod and reel, or hope to gain them from Minions or the Auction House.
    Some artifacts are used in more than one collection! If you do end up with multiples, sell them on the Auction House for extra revenue. They will be bought by fellow collectors as well as Dreamweavers, who use them for crafting.

    The Auction House is an excellent resource to fill collections that are missing a few bits. Simon confirms that 99.9% of artifacts are tradable (all save for the newbie artifacts in starting cities), so it is conceivable to find that long-sought relic there. Speed up your search on the Auction House by keeping the collections window open while you’re at the auction house. Simply click on the blank space in your collection and all available artifacts that match will be listed.


    (My best friend, Doreen, the artifact-hunting minion!)

    Minions are a great source of artifacts and require no acrobatics to reach. They also offer fishing artifacts on occasion. Minions level up as well! The higher level they are, the better artifacts they will return with.

    If you’re really on a roll, you can buy Artifact potions on the in-game store:
    Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial (normal only)
    Twisted Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial (Provides Sliver Sight, A version of Omen or Quantum sight that works for both factions and tracks Twisted Artifacts)
    Unstable Artifact Tracking Vial (reveals Unstable artifacts only)
    Poison Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial* (Provides Poison Sight and protects you from the DoTs while hunting, tracks poison artifacts)
    Burning Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial* (Provides Burning Sight and protects you from the DoTs while hunting, tracks burning artifacts)
    Nightmare Artifact Hunter’s Tracking Vial* (Provides Nightmare Sight and protects you from the DoTs while hunting, tracks nightmare artifacts)
    *these do not stack with each other

    As for Simon Ffinch? His Machiavellian smile hints that he’ll be integral to the fine art of artifact hunting for some time to come. We don’t think he could stop if he wanted to.

    Yer auld Dwarf,
    Brasse
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    Wondering if I can reply here :P

    So you are saying if we are *let's say* missing one artifact from a Nightmare Epic set like the Silly WAY-TOO-HARD-FIND Snake! we can just purchase it with credits from the store? Or will we have to say buy the entire set that Snakes! is part of?

    Also, I have noticed on my alts, if it does not have a set recently collected the artifact tab does not open up.. Can you fix that? So anyone at any level can press C > And SEE the ARTIFACT Tab?

    Lastly, are you going to plan any changes at all to the Puzzle Pieces which play a part in artifact gathering. such as increasing the drop rate or you plan to keep it as is?
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    So the key is the Greathound? Darn I knew it, better get right on that!

    Lol great article, that pic is how I picture Mr Simon when placing some artifacts which really aren't Dwarf friendly (you need to change that Brasse) but from February 17th we can buy the artifact we need? Will that be for a certain time limit of artifact, say released a year ago? Will you be able to buy a whole set? (My Primalist needs a few things)

    Last but not least in the question department. Can we please have the Dead Simon skeleton at Callweddi as a dimension parser dummy please? THANKS.

    I really love artifacts, the glow of them is also the best shiny glow ever and I hope we get them as Fae Yule trees and Valentines trees etc for dimensions in time. In memory of all the trees I spent hours trying to jump on...

    Thanks Simon for all the great artifacts for all the whimsy in them from the whole team even the 80085 that gets linked in public channels at least monthly in amazement, artifacts and puzzles in Rift are superb!

    Thanks Brasse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aphrodite Rising View Post
    Wondering if I can reply here :P

    So you are saying if we are *let's say* missing one artifact from a Nightmare Epic set like the Silly WAY-TOO-HARD-FIND Snake! we can just purchase it with credits from the store? Or will we have to say buy the entire set that Snakes! is part of?
    You will be able to buy one or all. Just keep in mind if you are buying ALL of them with no personal effort, it'll cost you much. Way much. Simon says you should try to collect or trade for as many as you can yourself. I think I'm going to have way much fun with "Simon says."


    Quote Originally Posted by Aphrodite Rising View Post
    Also, I have noticed on my alts, if it does not have a set recently collected the artifact tab does not open up.. Can you fix that? So anyone at any level can press C > And SEE the ARTIFACT Tab?

    Lastly, are you going to plan any changes at all to the Puzzle Pieces which play a part in artifact gathering. such as increasing the drop rate or you plan to keep it as is?
    Allow me to alert the Lord Simon of Small Shinies to answer these ones!
    Brasse

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    Thumbs up

    Got a couple of Freemarch unstable epics I've just been unable to get anywhere so this could be my last resort for getting them

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    but from February 17th we can buy the artifact we need? Will that be for a certain time limit of artifact, say released a year ago? Will you be able to buy a whole set? (My Primalist needs a few things)
    ALL of them will be available. So if you're still missing ONE shiny from ONE collection since launch, you'll finally be able to put it to rest and dance on its grave.
    Again, the intention is to help, and never to replace the repeated falls, mob wipes and canny trades involved in artifact hunting. Cause, ya know... that's fun!
    ~Brasse

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrionBrasse View Post
    ALL of them will be available. So if you're still missing ONE shiny from ONE collection since launch, you'll finally be able to put it to rest and dance on its grave.
    Again, the intention is to help, and never to replace the repeated falls, mob wipes and canny trades involved in artifact hunting. Cause, ya know... that's fun!
    ~Brasse
    Will buying the artifact give you the artifact or automatically consume it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrionBrasse View Post
    ALL of them will be available. So if you're still missing ONE shiny from ONE collection since launch, you'll finally be able to put it to rest and dance on its grave.
    Again, the intention is to help, and never to replace the repeated falls, mob wipes and canny trades involved in artifact hunting. Cause, ya know... that's fun!
    ~Brasse
    Oh my off to cry to Dior I'm going to get my pretty shiny PTWilds portrait....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi View Post
    Oh my off to cry to Dior I'm going to get my pretty shiny PTWilds portrait....
    Speechless. ROFL

    Grats to you though, love!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyThump View Post
    Will buying the artifact give you the artifact or automatically consume it?
    Not sure it would be able to be consumed since there can be 2 to 3 sets which take the same artifact, so you would need to decide which set you wanted to include it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyThump View Post
    Will buying the artifact give you the artifact or automatically consume it?
    It will automatically consume it.

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    Now I can finish my RoF chronicle set i've been trying to finish for the last 6 months..........

    Will Bounty Artifacts be available aswell? got 13 more of those to finish every artifact set in game. yay?


    I noticed these Shiney wings




    Going to be for completing 1200 or 1400 sets? (probably 1400 since 1200 already has a reward).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingers View Post
    It will automatically consume it.
    How is that going to work if the artifact is needed for multiple sets?

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    So instead of actually fixing said Bounty mobs (some STILL don't spawn on Live after 2 years of bug reports), lets spend RL cash to buy artifacts. Wow Trion, another example of you cashing us customers out. What's next, new Raid zones using old world zones to save paying programmers to design new stuff. Oh wait, that's been done already.

    You have now trivialized artifact collecting. Anybody with Daddy's credit card can now reach 1200+ artifact sets where the rest of your old time customers did it the hard way.

    And no I'm not trolling, insulting any specific employee, or any other thing I've been accused of. I'm simply telling the truth. Under the Yelp Law of California, I get to post a negative review.

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