MERRY CHRISTMAS! Yule log with candle-lit Christmas tree and window made in a Rift MMORPG dimension:



RIP Robin Williams, beloved gamer and actor. His daughter Zelda (named after Nintendo's Legend of Zelda) Williams is fundraising in his honor at St. Jude PLAY LIVE. Please consider donating or fundraising.

For anyone interested, here are some other video games that he played and chat about on Reddit AMA: Call of Duty, Portal and Battlestation Pacific (that I found here).

And here he is playing Spore - pretty hilarious! :)

One of the really fun things that you can do in Rift is to cosplay/role-play within your "Role-Playing" (the "RP" in MMORPG).This can be further enhanced through dimensions, limited only by the player's imagination. You may visit jousting RP dimensions as well as PvP (Player Versus Player) dimensions; and if there is an event there, you may also participate in content created entirely by its community.

Why do you think humans cosplay or role-play something alien like an actual alien or fantasy creature in addition to costumes we wear on Halloween or elsewhere?

Last week's Defiance Season 2 Episode 7 inspired viewers like me to think about the many reasons why humans cosplay or role-play on Halloween and/or elsewhere. Viceroy Berto Mercado donned an "alien" Castithan costume remarking that "it's in our nature to want to be other than we are, it's what makes humanity great... Never be ashamed of trying to be better than who you are and cherish the moments you get to spend in a place like this. You can be anything you want here". While Christie McCawley, a human whom is married to a Castithan named Alak Tarr, took an almost Masquerade Ball approach when asked if she recognized Viceroy Mercado with "No, isn't that the point of coming to these things?".

In /r/AskReddit, I got a few responses like "It's fun to engage in fiction because our reality is so horrible and dull" and "Same reason people paint themselves up forr sportsball games. Its fun.".

So in addition to having fun, showing your support at an event like sports or San Diego Comic-Con, being someone else that we admire or reinventing our identity even if for a moment, here are some reasons that I thought of particularly as an MMORPG player where "Role-Playing" is an essential part of the game: to create and enact a story for their character where speaking as oneself means to be "out of character", to learn by mimicing, to amuse/entertain others by acting, and maybe to make our fantasies real.

Were any of your reasons mentioned? Do you have any to add?


Rift is a FTP (Free To Play) MMORPG (Massively Mutliplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that successfully mixes fantasy and science fiction from Trion Worlds, Inc. One of the many things a player can do in this video game is to create a 3-D “dimension” and visit guild and other player’s dimensions. If you are able to download Rift and log on, then you can jump right in at level 1 and see all the public dimensions for yourself.

Dimensions are an incredible way for gamers to express their creativity in a static space. The only movement you will find in a dimension is from an immobile item such as fire, water, windy pines, “falling green motes” or elevators. For this reason, dimensions alone are only able to tell a scene but not an entire story especially like one that you would find in a motion picture or a book. Instead, players create or recreate settings, scenes, landscapes, still lifes, or a captured moment in time much like a photograph; some of which occur in Telara (the world in which Rift takes place) and others more like something that you would see somewhere IRL (In Real Life). Lore is the background story of a game. It tells the player the history, stories or myths of the past. Some dimensions also incorporate lore and suggest alternative scenarios. Mood is also present in dimensions with lighting effects and music. The only limitations really are the player’s creativity and the availability of dimension items and locations.

Exploring a dimension whether guided (written or visually) or unguided gives the community a glimpse into their creator’s IRL personality – undeniably their intelligence and often their fantasies or interests, when we are often unable to meet their online character first. Sometimes they are spectacular places that inspire and awe, as well as gather like-minded individuals (which is a very important aspect of MMORPG’s) for interactive events whether RP (Role Playing) or PvP (Player versus Player — which I personally am so excited about and is relevant to my interests); while others are nothing more than glorified 2-D doodles. 

MMORPG players want to be a hero or heroine – and some actually are IRL. Trion is revolutionizing how we play video games with the introduction of the dynamics that we will see in PvP dimensions (although you will likely need a max level character to participate in these).  I look forward to the infinite possibilities and strategies to solve the problems of working together or solo toward a common goal (which ultimately in PvP is saving others on your team and defeating opposing players by using your abilities). Join us as we enter new worlds, traveling through space and time every time we press that "enter" button!

More information on Rift can be found here:

WARNING: some dimensions will have “adult” themes.

~Caellia/Caelllia (@Deepwood) and Aloegel@Deepwood ("Godlike Awesomeness" guild)