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Trion Worlds: RPG mechanics are like getting one piece of Lego at a time

Monday, 7th March 2011 01:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Trion Worlds content developer William Cook has said Rift’s character creation system differs markedly from traditional RPG progression, which he compared to a useless dribbling of construction pieces.

“Ttraditional RPG games players are told to go on epic quests and perform these tasks to earn attributes in a certain skill-set, or in our case to earn new souls for their slot, but that’s like handing a kid a Lego set one block at a time and telling him to go play with it,” Cook told Gaming Heaven.

Rift, on the other hand, gives players three classes right off the bat, a large number of points to distribute across them, and the ability to switch at will.

“We want to give players more points (souls) and we wanted to give it to them right away because to put it simply, it’s just more fun,” eh said.

“If that’s a little scary then that’s a risk we’re willing to take. What we loved about the new system though is that if players are becoming slightly bored of their class or their character then re-specs are cheap and we offer multiple roles, so there will never be a time when players will grow bored of their character, hopefully.”

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2 Comments

  1. Mythor

    If other RPGs are “like handing a kid a Lego set one block at a time” then Rift is like tipping a dump truck of Lego on top of the kid. From 7,421 different Lego sets.

    Not that that’s a bad thing, but it can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silk

    Whilst you can spread points across two or three souls at once, it seems clear to me already that dumping the majority of them into a primary soul is the way to go. You only have to look at the 51-point root unlocks to know it’d be a total waste to not get them.

    It’s very easy to gimp yourself by splitting points.

    I do wonder if it’ll start out like this but end up like WoW, where they have to hand-hold younger / newer players to make sure they develop a sensible spec that actually works.

    #2 3 years ago

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