Because it is the logical thing to do, allow us to start at the beginning of the game. You need to create yourself a character in order to play. There are four main callings/classes that can be selected from (Warrior, Rogue, Mage, and Cleric) If you want to progress through levels quickly, and have the easiest possible gaming experience then select the Rogue calling.
There are simply so many different character builds available with the Rogue calling that are powerful and can be used for leveling quickly. Many Rift leveling guides agree on the Rogue being the best class for any player who wishes to advance quickly.
Once you have created your character you will need to work on building experience points in order to advance through the level hierarchy. This can be achieved through a variety of means. Some of the most common ways to gain experience are:
- Completing quests.
- Using skills (such as refining items)
- Player-vs-Enemy (PvE) combat.
- Player-vs-Player (PvP) combat.
Following on from above, the importance of Rifts/invasions for gaining experience and enabling you to level up quickly cannot be underestimated. These are a very unique aspect of Rift: Planes of Telara (read here for an explanation of the backstory of Rifts/invasions, as well as the basic mechanics of how they play)
As far as gaining experience from these important events goes, there are a few main ways of doing so. Firstly, you will gain a little bit of experience for every enemy you kill. Secondly, you will gain large amounts of experience for every wave you complete successfully (and even more if you finish all the waves) Finally, you can also gain massive amounts of experience by assissting your allies in combat. This is especially useful if you play as the Cleric class.
Now that you know the basics of leveling-up in Rift, click the following link to get a more in-depth Rift: Planes of Telara leveling guide.