Friday, October 9, 2009

AI: Finding Rifts In Aion

-Or- How to Find Rifts In Aion
A Rift!

I'm hoping that the title is generic enough that search engines will be able to find this article. No, I'm not trolling for traffic. This article really has its roots firmly grounded in a desire to help other players. For real! Here's the background.

In Aion, when you are at the awkward stage between levels 20 and 25, the only PvP action (at 25 you can get attuned to the Abyss) you can get is via rifting. For those of you who are not mildly seasoned Aionites (I mean, the game is new... so we're still all pretty noobish), rifting refers to a clever little mechanic in Aion whereby portals open to an equivalent locale in the lands of the opposite faction. More of the specifics about rifts in a moment, but the point here is that it dumps players into the opposing faction's zones. Fun times.

You also get "spy" quests where you need to do certain things in the other zones. These can be quite difficult to accomplish, as you are a hunted individual on the other side. Thus, it becomes necessary to try and educate one's self on how to find these rifts in order to give yourself multiple chances at completing spy quests. Enter the Internet. You see, we all have this amazing repository of information at our fingertips. All we need is a search engine and a keyboard and whoosh, we're off on a learning spree.

Problem is, searching for the string "Finding Rifts in Aion" didn't give me many usable results. Sure, there are plenty of sites that use the words "Aion" and "Rifts" in close enough proximity that I'll get a whole hell load of results, but none of them really explained what I needed to know. It was as if everyone had already figured it out and just took for granted I had as well (not really the case, but it always feels that way, doesn't it?). Thus, I found myself wading through forums and topics looking for the magic link that would dispel my ignorance.

And I found it: here. That link should take you to a nice little blog called the Flying Bishounen. The blog itself is a tripartite effort by the authors to illuminate three classes within Aion. This particular article was written by Zot, who "blows shit up" for a living in Aion. The sorcerer writes not about his mage archetype in this case, but about how to rift. Great article. Especially the part where he gives you a copy-paste section to go into your memo pad that yields click-able locations markers for each of the rift spawn points AND where they'll dump you out. Check it out. Love it.

So this is my effort to try and get that article out to more search engines. Their title, "Rifts and You" is good, but obviously not what I was expecting. I could get into the blogging theories surrounding titles and search engines, but it's not really all that interesting. Short story, generic titles search better, but sound... generic. I think every blogger tries to find the balance between the good and the bad in order to get their message out there without boring us all to death. That might make a fun blogger oriented shared topic, but is hardly the point of this particular article.

Point here: if you haven't already, check out this link if you're looking to understand rifting in Aion (it's the same one from above, don't freak out. It's worth a double linking). It's a short-and-to-the-point article containing all you need to know about rifts.

Now, having been sufficiently edumacated once again by the interwebs, I can quickly scout the "good" rift locations when they pop up and join in the laughter and ridicule directed at newbs in general chat who want the rift location spoon fed to them on a link. Yeah, cuz I'd do that. Right, I'm soooo uber. And we're all sooo seasoned. Like slow roasted ribs. Mmmm, ribs.

(Edit: Since Flying Bishounen has recently announced that they don't plan to continue with the game for now, I wanted to copy over the snippet that you'll need to put in your memo pad to locate the rifts.  This is in case the blog completely disappears, though for now it is still up.  So here's the nice little code stuffs:)

Elyos Eltnen->Morheim Rifts
Eltnen [pos:Entrance A <12>;210020000 183.269086357947 2829.47434292866 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit A;220020000 745.420675537359 1872.32548618219 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance B <20>;210020000 824.070087609512 2023.46683354193 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit B;220020000 1364.66325486182 1334.96622313204 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance C <35>;210020000 1655.10888610763 1858.26032540676 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit C;220020000 617.477993858751 209.070624360287 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance D <35>;210020000 1024.32040050063 61.0137672090112 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit D;220020000 1820.13920163767 1309.37768679632 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance E <45>;210020000 1459.8648310388 581.664580725907 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit E;220020000 1559.13613101331 2757.68884339816 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance F <50>;210020000 2210.80350438048 2644.24280350438 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit F;220020000 2613.38382804504 2235.68270214944 0.0 -1]
Eltnen [pos:Entrance G <50>;210020000 2180.76595744681 541.614518147685 0.0 -1] Morheim [pos:Exit G;220020000 2930.68167860798 879.490276356192 0.0 -1]

Elyos Heiron->Beluslan Rifts
Heiron [pos:Entrance A <24>;210040000 2662.01160005043 434.266044634977 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit A;220040000 126.507629704985 1061.38860630722 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance B <36>;210040000 1300.266548985 1437.9225822721 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit B;220040000 1067.50457782299 313.677517802645 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance C <48>;210040000 1103.57004160888 656.180052956752 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit C;220040000 1036.98575788403 2073.59613428281 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance D <48>;210040000 649.655024587063 1821.22859664607 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit D;220040000 2125.49033570702 456.098677517803 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance E <60>;210040000 725.307527424032 2512.18812255705 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit E;220040000 2863.02848423194 542.568667344863 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance F <60>;210040000 503.393519102257 555.310049174127 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit F;220040000 2725.69379450661 2343.17904374364 0.0 -1]
Heiron [pos:Entrance G <72>;210040000 2742.70760307654 2078.44710629177 0.0 -1] Beluslan [pos:Exit G;220040000 1744.00508646999 1900.65615462869 0.0 -1]

Asmodian Morheim->Eltnen Rifts
Morheim [pos:Entrance A <12>;220020000 450 2350 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit A;210020000 718.938673341677 2779.41176470588 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance B <20>;220020000 750 920 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit B;210020000 383.519399249061 1277.53441802253 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance C <35>;220020000 250 500 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit C;210020000 1289.65206508135 2438.98623279099 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance D <35>;220020000 1650 1400 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit D;210020000 93.1564455569462 246.245306633292 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance E <45>;220020000 1630.78403275333 1099.5516888434 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit E;210020000 1329.70212765957 346.370463078848 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance F <50>;220020000 2400 2300 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit F;210020000 2295.9098873592 2278.7859824781 0.0 -1]
Morheim [pos:Entrance G <50>;220020000 2450 600 0.0 -1] Eltnen [pos:Exit G;210020000 2586.27284105131 651.752190237797 0.0 -1]

Asmodian Beluslan->Heiron Rifts
Beluslan [pos:Entrance A <24>;220040000 233.323499491353 150.910478128179 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit A;210040000 2132.44408019165 434.266044634977 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance B <36>;220040000 1301.48219735504 634.12512716175 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit B;210040000 1955.92157357206 1821.22859664607 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance C <48>;220040000 767.402848423194 2226.19023397762 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit C;210040000 871.569032908839 903.311562224183 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance D <48>;220040000 2069.53916581892 262.812817904374 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit D;210040000 861.482032530576 2194.44761064179 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance E <60>;220040000 2842.68260427263 618.865717192269 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit E;210040000 291.566511158744 2658.44962804186 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance F <60>;220040000 2812.16378433367 2561.89725330621 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit F;210040000 362.175513806582 514.962047661077 0.0 -1]
Beluslan [pos:Entrance G <72>;220040000 1596.49745676501 2053.2502543235 0.0 -1] Heiron [pos:Exit G;210040000 1905.48657168075 2577.75362501576 0.0 -1]

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