RIFT official website
-- It doesn't get any more official than this, unless you defragment the entire website just to pack in a few more officials! RIFT's
website is slickly produced and easy to navigate, offering visitors the option to check out the game's classes
and featured videos
. Also, if you haven't already, you can sign up for RIFT's beta
by creating a Trion Worlds account.
-- As with any pre-launch MMO, RIFT
boasts a forum full of heightened passions, nail-biting arguments and fierce opinions. Plus, if you're trying to feel out whether this is the game for you, then be sure to check out the many beta impressions that inevitably pop up after each event.
-- If you want to make sure you're on top of all the latest RIFT
news and special promotions, then don't hesitate to sign up for the official newsletter. Plus, you'll be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block!
The Rift Podcast --
only boasts a single fan podcast so far, fortunately it's a top-notch production. The Rift Podcast releases weekly episodes devoted to discussing the game, usually with a few members of RIFT's
dev team. The female hosts are bubbly and enthusiastic for the MMO, which makes it an easy listen.
Rift Watchers --
No, it's not an odd MMO diet plan, but a fairly new RIFT
blog devoted to covering the news and offering up opinions. While there's not a lot on the blog so far, the pedigree behind the project -- which includes several experienced MMO bloggers
-- suggests that this is one to watch as we get closer to launch.
Telara Central --
Billing itself "The Original Fansite," Telara Central's been covering RIFT
since April of last year. The site offers a news feed, IRC chat
for those hungry for more, more
Rift Nexus --
This up-and-coming fansite's name suggests that it's at the center of all that is RIFT
. While the blog section is skimpy thus far, there's a decent forum community on Rift Nexus that's well worth a look.
If you want to stay on top of what's happening in Telara, Rift-News is the place to go. Not only does the site cover the latest news, but it also throws in neat features like spotlighting a guild of the week. There's also a useful dev tracker tool
that compiles dev forum responses in one tidy place.
Rift Junkies --
Rift Junkies is the mind-child of a pair of experienced fansite operators -- and it shows. There's a bit of everything on this site, from webcomics
to a dev tracker
to forums to editorials. Definitely one to bookmark!
Rift Zone --
"Get in the zone... the Rift Zone!" my inner commercial voice booms at me. As with most fansites, there's a buffet of resources, but for our money you'll want to bask in the many images that decorate Rift Zone's galleries
Rift: Roleplayers --
Roleplay is always an important ingredient for MMOs, and Rift: Roleplayers is aiming to corner the market by offering a forum space for players to indulge in their every RP whim.
Ace of Grapes Wine Co. --
First of all, capital name! This PvP-centric RIFT
blog is chock-full of screenshots, builds and tales from an experienced MMO PvP player. Also, there may be wine.
Horriftic Intentions --
Man, spell-checker just does not
like that name -- but it's OK, because we totally love bad puns here at Massively! Horriftic Intentions has been blogging about RIFT
for a while now, and it's always a great read.
Every MMO these days needs a wiki, and Telarapedia has RIFT
covered head to toe. At last count, Telarapedia had 456 articles, although with the post-NDA drop and uptick of player interest, we expect this number to skyrocket over the next couple months. As with most wikis, everyone is invited to pitch in and expand Telarapedia.
RIFT Calculator --
If you've got a hankering to work on your soul builds while away from the game, RIFT Calculator has you covered. Thus far, the site looks professionally designed and should have a promising future.
RIFT's Facebook page
-- If Facebook is the very first website you go each morning, then it only makes sense to plug into Trion Worlds' RIFT
page as soon as possible. Give it a big ol' "Like" and talk with other RIFT
fans on Facebook -- who knows, you might discover that you and Grandma Rose have something in common after all!
RIFT on Twitter
-- Advance information, breaking news and special promotions are commonplace with RIFT's
official Twitter feed, @Riftgame
. If you don't have a Twitter account, it's ridiculously easy to set one up, and Massively's on there too
RIFT YouTube channel
-- While it's not updated as often as fans would like, RIFT's
YouTube channel is nonetheless an excellent source of trailers and behind-the-scenes videos (such as the Gamer's Day event
from last month).
Hook up with other RIFT
fans using this independent social networking site. The truly daring can post their location on Gmaps
and see how close they are to everyone else.
Friendship made easy!
Whether they're keeping the vigil or defying the gods, Karen Bryan and Justin Olivetti save Telara on a weekly basis. Covering all aspects of life in RIFT, from solo play to guild raids, their column is dedicated to backhanding multidimensional tears so hard that they go crying to their mommas. Email Karen and Justin for questions, comments, and adulation.