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Posted: Jan 12th 2011 3:00PM Seffrid said

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What show notes? Nothing to see after the cut, hence no comment yet.

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 3:22PM (Unverified) said

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This was a great interview. The more interviews Hartsman does, the more I start to think this guy has his crap together. A very well rounded, energetic individual, you can tell he is excited about the game and that translates to the listeners in a positive manner.
The interviewers did a good job, and came across as likeable, which lets face it, is job number one when acting with the community. This is the first pod i've listened to and will listen to more based on this one..

Nice job......

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 3:49PM Shadanwolf said

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Six months after launch I think people will be shocked at the low subscriber levels for RIFT."ME-TOO" doesn't cut it any more.We have plenty of those already.

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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@Shadanwolf

You might be right......I think its a solid mmo and the player base will reflect that.....
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:52AM acasfafwfa said

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Posted: Jan 12th 2011 4:38PM Valentina said

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It's a very well done MMO, and keep in mind that the "Alpha" servers are still under NDA, and there seems to be a lot of hinting that it's much farther along and there will be many surprises when it comes time for launch. I don't think the subscriber levels will be low, but I think we will see similarities to how things went with LOTRo. It will be successful, and grow over time.

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 5:46PM Yellowdancer said

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I think this game will really hurt EQ2. It won't kill it but it will force SOE to take some type of action. Maybe open up all server to F2P

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 6:56PM Daelen said

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Rift has a lot of momentum from MMOs that are stagnant or dieing. In other words... VG mass exodus to Rift ;)

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 6:57PM Seffrid said

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I don't think Rift will impact on EQ2 Live, the players there are pretty committed and the game offers a lot more options and content than Rift at this stage.

Where Rift may do some damage is in relation to EQ2 Extended where players are likely to be a lot less committed and are also able as with any F2P game to drop in and out so they may be lost to SOE for a while at least. Opening up the Live servers to F2P at this stage would make no sense, it would drive away the loyal Live players without attracting any new players.

The real death blow could, however, be to WAR which is in a pretty fragile state already and given that Rift is really just an enhanced version of WAR this could be the final blow for Mythic.

I still can't find an active link to the show notes, specifically the interview with Scot Hartsman for whom I have had a lot of respect since his time as Producer on EQ2.

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 7:26PM ShawnSchuster said

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@Seffrid The audio file is embedded as a player in the post. If that's not working for you, you can also click on where it says "[MP3] Download the MP3 directly."
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Posted: Jan 12th 2011 10:36PM Yellowdancer said

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@Seffrid

I'm one of those EQ players who only play EQI and EQII. The only other MMO's I've really played is COH and DCUO. I don't play WOW, or AOC or LOTRO or any other MMO. I've played more than 20 and can't stand them. But I will drop a sub for EQ1 which I did not 2 months ago.

This past weekend I played the crap out of RIFT. I played 15+ hours. I never play any MMO that much these days. It has a very homey feel for EQ people. Other EQ people have said so. Many people in my old EQII guild want to switch over. The Massively Editor, Karen, is starting a guild in RIFT.(If I heard the podcast correctly) She's said before she's a 1 MMO kinda person. I have a feeling there will be an exodus. EQII is just getting old in the tooth. I know they got me hooked, at least.

*It also helps that many players liked the most EQII when Scott ran it...

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Posted: Jan 12th 2011 11:53PM Korvix said

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Good interview; very good answer to the last question.

Look forward to hearing more from the Trion Devs!

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 9:55AM Kifix said

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Nice interview, thanks ;-)

RIFT is definitely a good MMO, already. Rifts, and even more invasions, make for a very lively world, which is missing to pretty much every other MMO (Tabula rasa outpost attacks where nice though).

However, it is of course a very classic MMO. I always have fun at the begining, when i'm discovering the world and the game mechanics. But then you're doing the same thing you deed in all the previous MMOs (if you've played many). Even if the settings are different, the mobs skins are different, its the same all over again : some questing, some donjons, some BG, some raiding... Maybe its just me, but year after year, i get bored faster and faster. I think rifts will get old before we reach end game or little after. Its a shame there is neither RvR nor guild cities, which are good at end game.

I'm having fun in the beta events, but i'm not sure i will still have fun after 2 months, and i think that's the big challenge for all the upcoming MMOs since more and more players have been playing many MMOs in the last 10 years.

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