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Want to help an MMO wed its way into the Guinness Book of World Records? All you need is a copy of Rift, an open schedule on Valentine's Day (which we're hoping you don't have), and someone else from the fantasy MMO who's willing to marry you... at least for a day.
Trion Worlds issued the challenge to promote its incoming 1.7 update, which will add the ability to get married in Telera when it arrives in early February. Players who wish to participate in the record breaking event are instructed to tie the knot with their significant other between 9am PST on February 14 and 9am PST on February 15. To do so, participants are instructed to visit a marriage vendor in their capitol city, buy a ring, and use it to pop the question to their soon-to-be life partner. After, they can enjoy an actual in-game ceremony with guests at Hammerknell and Orphiel's Spire, or even petition Trion to send one of its own people to officiate.
Telara marriages are open to any two consenting players, regardless of sex or race; however, starstruck lovers from opposing factions will not be allowed to wed. Sorry, no Romeo and Juliet stories this time.
“MMOs are the most fun when you’re playing with friends and loved ones,” said Scott Hartsman, Trion's CCO and Rift's executive producer. “Whether exploring Telara and adventuring with your significant other, or meeting up with geographically distant friends in a virtual pub, the MMO experience is about bringing people together, and our new weddings and gatherings exemplify this philosophy. We think the Valentine’s Day record attempt is a unique way for players to celebrate Rift’s spirit of camaraderie while making real-world history.”
To further promote Rift's romantic wedding features, Trion is offering all participants a special “Tier of Knots” title and encouraging newly engaged Rifters to write in with their in-game love story for a chance to be married by the studio's own community manager, Elrar, on the day of the World Record attempt.
Rest assured, eager players who get hitched before February 14 can purchase and utilize Divorce Papers and then remarry on Valentine's day to get the title and take part in the event. Oh, how romantic.