Let me start off by saying that artifact collecting had me hooked on day one when I started playing Rift about 6 months ago and saw the 300 set Ghost reward. I was intent on finishing sets and chasing rewards/titles. They are one of the few unique things to Rift and I am sorry to say that they are being grossly neglected along with many achievement rewards and titles. The lucky coin vendor and the 300 set achieve have not been updated in around 8 months, since before I even started playing just to toss out a couple examples.
I have seen Dead Simon post in this section like once I believe. I understand there are many areas of rift game play that need serious attention from the team to push raid content and PVP at the moment, but it seems to me if you even had 1 sole member of your team consistently working on well thought out, decent useful Artifact/Achieve rewards for people to chase you would keep A Lot more players around than you would imagine. Another beneficial side effect to making artifacts desirable again would be increased AH activity as sales have taken a dump due to new ways of obtaining/lack of interest. It would be wise to use the minimal time and manpower it would take in picking up the slack in these areas to cater to the large portion of the player-base that don't /aren't able to raid or pvp as well as those who hunt when not raiding.
I am one of those people that can not raid atm due to RL and time constraints, the only reason I log into Rift anymore is to burn a rare artifact lure every 6 hours trying to find the last 7 whites i need for Ultimate angler in pure hopes that eventually an appropriate award and title will be tagged to it, like Ultimate hunter. I know tons of people who took one look at how much time UA would take with NO reward and a redundant title and never touched a pole, If a useful reward and decent title would have been in place I bet most of them would even be fishing right now instead of playing other new games just released that have stolen their attention. I also understand some people like to fish just to fish and they couldn't be happier, that's great more power to ya no need to flame. I on the other hand am not one of these people, I chase rewards, its how I play the game and enjoy it, don't knock me for suggesting easy improvements. I also know for a Fact that Many other people play for this same reason and these are the subs that are easily savable at this point. I guess what this rant is basically tryin to convey is.....
Give Me More Crack Please! I Don't want to leeeeave