My last article about staying on the character selection screen doesn’t work anymore. It was fixed on Saturday’s patch. So many are now back in the queues. Coming home from work to a 3 to 4 hour queue is unacceptable. Actually, it’s just not doable. As of now, the game stands unplayable by anyone who has even a basic life to attend to. And I barely have that, so this is bad. Unless you either move to a new server that doesn’t have a queue, which isn’t really achievable if your guild has a foothold in the game by now, you have massive queues again. But not I.
And unfortunately it means dealing with an enemy I so greatly hate, Valve’s Steam Network. I really really really despise doing this. But, let’s face it. I am playing with my guild, and we are here on this server. 4 hour queues, mean that I’m not playing at all on weekdays. I have no other resort.
You can do this, even if you didn’t buy the game from Steam. First open you Steam Client (Get it, set it up if you don’t already), go to your Game Library, Add Non-Steam Game to Steam. That being RIFT. Now run the game through Steam. This will mean you have the Steam system in the background of your computer. It only gives you one thing other than massive memory use: A SHIFT-TAB to Steam Options. When you press SHIFT and TAB, you’ll pull up a small overlay by Steam, to access some dumb things no one uses. Like a crap internet browser, or friend stalking options, or other things, no one cares. This is how you will use it:
In RIFT, you can find a nice little spot, meaning safe and out of the way. You hold down the Key W, and then either A or D. So that you run in a circle. While doing this, I understand that your right hand will probably have to help you, you then do the SHIFT + TAB for the Steam Overlay.
You are now running in a circle without worry of an AFK mark from running on a wall.
Also, if you play on a PvP server like mine. Die first, respawn, then run in a circle while in ghost mode. That way you don’t get player killed and go into AFK.
Obviously, with constant server maintenance, this won’t always work. Also, your computer is going to be running at full throttle. But it is something. Especially if you have family or even small things to attend to. You can somewhat still have your balance of life. It’s hard actually being tempted to not doing real life or actual obligations, because you fear the queues.
Not that it’s Trion’s fault that you blew off going out to dinner tonight with the Husband/Wife because of fear of queue, but you shouldn’t even be tempted. There is no reason, one cannot play a game as soon as they want to.
P.S. I really don’t enjoy bypassing or exploiting a system. Or sharing it for that matter, Trion. The simple answer is we expected better from you. And though you have surpassed other MMO developers by quickly responding and adding multiple servers right away, it dumbfounded us that you didn’t know how many people would show up for Pre-Launch. Here’s a way to know how many servers you need. You determine how many people a server can hold and how many pre-orders you sold. Then Divide. “Oh we don’t know how many of the pre-orders will show up,” is not a viable excuse. The answer is: all of them. You don’t spend 50 to 60 buck a month or two ahead and not show up for Head Start.