I have been having this concern about RIFT dungeons for a while now. I have only really been ignoring the lack of challenge by the hope that when we hit 50, the Epic versions of the dungeons will then turn into something of possible consequence. Last night, my guild ran Runic Decent in Moonshade Highlands. And since the first run we did though it only took 30 minutes, we decided to do it again in under 20. This isn’t the first time either, we have had almost no trouble bouncing right through each dungeon since start. running them back to back for mass XP gain till it’s not worth it anymore. Well actually we did have one hiccup in Kings Breech.
One of things you want to do as a guild being your first time in a Dungeon, is to run it extremely fast. Why? Unlocks and Achievements. Each Dungeon has a first time timer. If you finish it under that time, your guild and you get an achievement. So, we tried to follow somewhat of a guide. And for Kings Breech on the third Boss, a Griffon/Scorpion Hybrid, these guides advised the fight was a healing contest.
I will tell you after a couple arguments, heated attitudes and multiple wipes, it has nothing to do with healing. It’s just proximity. Just don’t move too far away from him, and you’re golden. It was a relief to actually be challenged by something finally. Even though once common sense tells you, “Hey, this guys goes after the furthest person from him and instant kills. Hmmmm … maybe get near him,” you realize that the challenges is only in the puzzle. Once you figure it out, it is no longer a challenge ever again.
Part of me hates to admit it. But maybe my grief in the lack of PvE challenge in the game, might be the result of my time in WAR. Not that WAR created complicated or difficult dungeons, it was that they were just so broken that the challenge was in figure out how to make it work.
I guess in the end there are 2 lessons I’ve learned about players in MMOs:
- No one likes to wipe.
- No one cares if the Healer is bored to tears.
Throughout all the dungeons we do, you’ll commonly see me pulling the mobs, and adding more into the mix. To which you’ll hear in vent:
“Who’s breaking my CCs?”
“Who just pulled those?”
“Why the fuck am I now fighting 8 guys, when I started with 2?”
You can’t hear my grins through Ventrilo, but the answer is: your bored healer.