Sony Online Entertainment Quickly Patches for Heartbleed Bug

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From EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn on the EQ2 Forums:

As was widely reported, a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” was recently found in OpenSSL (the popular open-source software used to encrypt and secure computer communications) that could potentially allow data theft on systems using OpenSSL. Like many others around the world, some of SOE’s sites used OpenSSL, but those sites were fully patched – closing this exploit.

We have no evidence of any breach or data theft, and the chance of any particular user password having been compromised is very slim. Nonetheless, we will let you know if we recommend that you reset your password.

Hop to It! Bunny Mounts Come to EQ2 in Time for Easter

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Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has posted 3 new screenshots on her Twitter account about new bunny mounts which are now available in EQ2. They are leaper mounts and currently run 1,350SC.

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First Gameplay Footage of SOE’s New Game Airs Tomorrow on GameTalkLive

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According to SOE President John Smedley, the first gameplay footage of an in-development game at Sony Online Entertainment will be revealed tomorrow on Game Talk Live from 5-6pm PDT (8-9pm EDT, 1:00 GMT, 2:00 CET).

We also heard from one of the developers on this mysterious team:

Update Notes: Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Tradeskill

Fairly large update notes from the official forums.  Changes to taunts, 350 AAs, PvP updates, and mages say a fond farewell to carrying around a single, special arrow among other things.   Read the full notes after the break.

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Players at level 95 can now level up their Alternate Advancements to level 350!

GENERAL

  • Mounted combat pets now retain their illusion form after the player lands with a flying or gliding mount.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Respawn and evacuate locations have been added to The Trembling Lagoon, Dythra’s Lair, and Cleansing of the Cove. Previously, respawning and evacuating within these zones sent you to The Feerrott.
  • Level 1-19 human skeletons, found in Commonlands and Antonica, now have a 6% chance to drop “Bloody Robe.”

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
General

  • Most taunts and detaunts are four times more effective.
  • The effectiveness of taunts and detaunts will improve based on debuffs applied to an NPC’s related resistances. For example, a Scout’s Evade will be more effective when their target’s physical mitigation is debuffed.
  • Taunts and detaunts will now benefit from the effects of the hate gain modifier stat.

Channeler

  • Mists of Poison, Poison Bolt and Channeled Cleansing now trigger Calm Connection.

Fighters

  • Recklessness now grants -150% Hate Gain. Berserkers, Bruisers and Shadowknights now use the same suspension mechanics as Guardians, Monks and Paladins. It now suspends all incoming threat transfers while active.

The Early Bird Gets the Loot: SOE Live Registration is Open!

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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You know it’s spring when the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and gamers worldwide are planning their trips to Las Vegas for four days of non-stop awesomeness at SOE Live 2014! The annual gathering of players is happening this year August 14-17, 2014, and gives fans a chance to meet and get an exclusive look at what’s new in their favorite games.

Did you know that by registering early, you gain access to great options to make your SOE Live experience that much more epic?

After the jump, check out this years’ Early Bird offerings including Group Table Reservations ($5 a person for a table of 12), Mailed Out Badges (no 3 hour lines this year!), Special Hotel Rates, and more!

Player Studio Coming Soon to Canada, France, Germany, UK; Other Countries Later

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At long last, Player Studio is opening up to other countries! First mentioned in SOE President John Smedley‘s Ask Me Anything  this January, SOE has now officially announced in a press release that EverQuest, EverQuest IIPlanetside 2, and presumably EverQuest Next and just plain Landmark players in Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom will soon be able to create and submit items and earn money back for their artistic contributions to these games!

EverQuest II Insider #1 on Twitch — Early Access to Quests/Zones, EQ2 Roadmap, What’s Coming Soon!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Live Events, Player Studio, Raiding, SOE Wants Feedback

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On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 PM PDT, EQ2′s new community manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn (aka PurrfectStorm), hosted the first EverQuest II Insider livecast on Twitch. This 1 hour broadcast included EQ brand manager Adam Key, Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Chris GarlickGary Daugherty, and Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall.

Alas, a recording of the livecast was not preserved either by SOE or Twitch (due to a settings glitch), so this episode joins Doctor Who and other vital shows as missing presumed wiped.

That said, a few resourceful players who watched the Livecast were good enough to take notes and so we can paraphrase them below:

  • Holly and Akil talked about current topics including Bristlebane Day, as well as previewing some Player Studio items that will be coming soon, including a very nice looking yacht or fishing boat with oars and other gear. Luperza mentioned that Player Studio topics will be covered in their own livesteam.
  • We got to hear the ‘April Fool’s intro music’ (archived for posterity on Zam) and the new meatbeast vid was also shown (if you haven’t seen it then look here).
  • Holly talked a little about All-Access (subscription, Krono, or Prepaid cards)
    • All Access players will get access to new zones / heritage quests 1-2 weeks earlier than other players.
    • Those with new All Access account will have double xp weekends.
    • More All-Access exclusive items on the loyalty merchants.
  • The schedule for updates will be more public so that we can see how Smokejumper’s weekly/monthly update idea is working.
  • EverQuest II Roadmap/Blueprint — Upcoming plans for EQ2 with feedback from players.
  • Contested HighKeep Previewed
    • new skeleton models like crawling, one legged and some even use their head as weapon [IMG]
    • quests: drop quests, quests from items, daily missions for etyma (2 mission givers: 1 at entrance, 2nd at the entrance to picklaw part)
    • plunderable loot which you can place in your house
    • some items might be marked with our name (there is special achievement for marking all of them: Vandal title)
    • achievement for killing all nameds in the zone
    • hidden rare trophies in the trash – if you gather all you get Body Snatcher (?) title
    • new armor appearances
  • New High Keep Guild Hall
  • Player Studio will open up (later this year) to submissions from Germany, UK, France for players with an SOE Station account.
  • Developer picks for Housing Leaderboards – returning soon.
  • New Raid zone (ToV Wing 3) — Next Month
  • 10 More AA points (requires level 95)– next week.

Thanks to Sambril, Kinya of Babagra Polish EQ2 fansite, and Errrorr for their note-taking!

Bristlebane Guides Around the Web

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Bristlebane Day went live last week, and the ever-reliable EQ2 ZAM and EQ2 Traders were on hand to provide detailed updated guides to ensure that players don’t miss out on any of the fun, including any new additions for 2014.

From EQ2 ZAM:

Bristlebane Day returns tomorrow, Friday, March 28th, and runs through Thursday, April 10th. There’s new recipes, new rewards, and a new event currency! Keep your eye out for interesting Patchcraft mobs all over Norrath and earn your Patchcraft Slayer achievements! All your favorites from last year return, some with new rewards.

On April 1st things really get hopping! New this year… bunnies. Everywhere, bunnies. You may have been stumbling over them around the world, and on April 1st you can collect them for three new achievements. Returning are the Jester’s superior gardensin Enchanted Lands, giving harvestables from all holidays. Frostfell crafting stations will also pop up in Enchanted Lands on the Highest of Silly Days. There are two quests offered exclusively on April Fool’s Day, so you’d best like riddles if you want to add to your dice collection!

Bristlebane Day Brings Flying Bovoch Mounts

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In my Spring weather-fueled absence from Norrath, I’ve missed more than a few announcements, so let’s get caught up, shall we?

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From the EQ2 Forums:

A flying meaty monstrosity has been spotted…and spotted…in the realm of Norrath! It would seem Bristlebane takes small statures to heart given the size of the little wings on these brand new barnstorming Bovochs!

To share his glee and innovation, Bristlebane has made his flying Bovoch’s available to those brave enough to take one to the air during the most hilarious of holidays from Friday, March 28th, 2014 to Thursday, April 10th, 2014!

The flying Bovoch mounts (available in black and pink) are 1995SC, as were last year’s non-flying mounts. There are also winged versions of the baby Bovoch house pets available as well.

Update Notes: Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Edifice

  • Klandicar should no longer cast Chaos Bolt more than intended.

Temple of Veeshan: Halls of the Betrayer

  • Corrected an issue that would sometimes cause the doors behind Grendish to not open when they should.

PvP

  • Converting a mount to a house item must be done within a house on PvP servers.

 

Update Notes: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Bristlebane Day event starts on 3/28!

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Tears of Veeshan

  • Corrected an issue that was causing some spells to ignore wards.

Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Edifice

  • Klandicar and Zlandicar should no longer heal from non-player kills.
  • Zlandicar’s spell “Necrotic Evisceration” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Cognitive Evisceration” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Chaos Storm I” has been changed to “Chaos Bolt I” and can no longer be area effect blocked.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Chaos Bolt I” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Merig, Harin, Gerid’s spell “Commanding Leadership” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Pyrelord and Controller’s spell “Controlled Ignition” now properly applies.
  • Pyrelord and Controller’s spell “Controlled Ignition” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Coalescence of Fire have had their health reduced and now cast a change target spell.

Moors of Ykesha

  • Players using the cannons to cross the gorge are no longer allowed to be mounted.

High Keep Guild Hall Spotted on Test

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Cyliena over at EQ2 ZAM has reported the appearance of a new Guild Hall type, based on the upper and lower parts of High Keep. This new Guild Hall choice is currently on Test, and was first noted by Kuulei. It’s unknown how the High Keep hall will be acquired/earned, or when it will become available. We’re still hoping for a Halas Tier 1 guild hall. Most smaller guilds only need a 5 room, and Halas has a beautiful exterior and great overall appearance.

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PvP Player Pranks “Update Notes”, Launches Useful Debate on Revitalizing Nagafen Server

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, PvP/Battlegrounds

So this one ALMOST took me, but fortunately I read through the thread further and realized it was not posted by a developer or sourced from any official post. Originally entitled “PvP Update Notes for March 25, 2014“, a player named Xray started a thread laying out an extensive series of changes — some minor, some drastic rule changes — to the PvP-only Nagafen server which would completely change how the server works, and more importantly, make PvP relevant enough that players might come back.

I won’t quote the entire bullet point manifesto, but it’s a captivating read if you are at all interested in Battlegrounds or PvP and have seen the writing on the wall of Nagafen server population. Despite the new Warfronts and Warzones, numbers aren’t looking good. Meanwhile, the Battlegrounds matchmaker has been putting together nonsensical groups since November, yet a fix remains elusive.

Some players took the “update notes” as an April Fool’s joke, while most others saw it as wishful thinking, but it got a lot of positive feedback. Then it was lent credence by none other than Kander who posted this:

There are lots of changes here we can make pretty easily. The copy to Nagafen issue turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated, so that is not going to happen anytime soon. We will go ahead and look at the list here and see we can get done soon.

The EQ2 team is likely already turning their attention to November’s colossal expansion which will see new zones, new dungeons, new raids, and, a level cap raise, but hopefully, something can be done for those who like hardcore gameplay.

EQ2 Talk #74 – The Ozman Cometh

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Do you long for the old days when epic monsters dropped wooden chests (if they dropped a chest at all), travel took time (and money), overland zones were packed with roving bands of heroic gnolls, and raid mobs took weeks to figure out? It seems appropriate that for the 15th anniversary of the original EverQuest, EQ2Talk takes a turn for the nostalgic with an extensive reminiscence about past expansions and what challenge means in MMOs.

For its 74th episode of EQ2Talk, the lovely Aliscious takes a much-needed break and in her place, Dellmon‘s guildmate Osgz steps in to co-host. They ask the big questions, including whether EQ2 of the Desert of Flames days could be successful today in the face of player impatience and distractions…

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EQ2 Talk #74 – The Ozman Cometh

EQ2 Talk is back finally with a new episode after an extended holiday hiatus. While Ali is on break, Dellmon is joined by Osgz from the Unrest server. They reminisce about their days in Everquest Live and talk about some of their personal highs and lows in Everquest II. Find out who knows more about dead “legendary” dragons in a grudge match of Are You Smarter Than a Dellmon.

Download EQ2Talk Episode #74

EQ2 News from LandmarkLive Episode #7

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Community Managers for EverQuest (Ry “Roshen” Schuller), EverQuest II (Margaret “Luperza” Krohn), and EverQuest Next & EQN Landmark (Colette “Dexella” Murphy) held a webcast on Twitch today to talk about the Year of EverQuest, including updates about the franchise, and with specific news about each game.

Wikia Launches EverQuest Portal

First up, Simon Cox, Director of Programming at Wikia was on the phone to announce a new feature from Wikia that ties all the EverQuest games together.  Developed in partnership with SOE, the new site called EverQuest Portal is a cross-game metasite for the entire franchise. To promote this new feature, Wikia is holding a sweepstakes to give away 10 product keys to the EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan expansion as well as Trailblazer (alpha/beta) keys to EQNext Landmark.

After the jump, read more notes from this livecast including EverQuest swag (not just at the SOE Live store!), EQ2 Livestreams, and a bullet-point News update…

Update Notes: Thursday, March 20, 2014 — 2 new HQs, Chronoportals

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From the EQ2 Forums:

All EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on March 20th, 2014 at 7:00 AM PDT for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours.

WEEKLY FEATURE
Two new Heritage Quests are now available for players to pursue:

  • Speak to Loremaster Dorondal in icy Thurgadin. He has many treasures to offer, and among the most valuable lies Zlandicar’s Heart. If you can find what he’s looking for, the Heart will be yours!
  • High among the cliffs of Steamfont, a gnome sits, wondering at his fate. Unable to descend the sheer rock wall, he puts pen to paper to ensure his story is told before the elements – or worse – take him from this world. To follow in his footsteps is to put oneself in grave danger, but the pull of the Hero Bracers cannot be denied!

Note: Portions of these quests will require the Tears of Veeshan expansion to complete.

Editor’s Note: These quests can be completed through grouping, although raiding may provide a chance at a better version of the reward.

EverQuest Franchise Update for March

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Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson, along with the producers for EverQuest, EverQuest II, and EverQuest Next/EverQuest Next Landmark have all given updates on what’s coming this March and a peek into April.

At the 1:35 mark, Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Senior Producer for EQ2 gives a quick recap on the new content cycle, what we’ve seen, and what’s to come. A bullet point summary after the jump…

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

All EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on March 11th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hour.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: March 11 @ 7:00am ~ 9:00am
  • EDT: March 11 @ 10:00am ~ Noon
  • GMT: March 11 @ 14:00 ~ 16:00
  • CET: March 11 @ 15:00 ~ 17:00
  • AEST: March 12 @ 12:01am ~ 2:00am

From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Weapon Damage Bonus and Spell Weapon Damage Bonus are now displayed under the Autoattack category in the character sheet window.
  • Max Health % is now displayed in the tooltip for Health in the character window.
  • Physical Damage Reduction % is now displayed in the tooltip for Mitigation in the character window.
  • The Etyma Merchant Delvakin in Falinpol has several new consumables that may be purchased to assist you on your adventures.
  • Those that have completed the quest ‘Putting the Rage in Ragefire’ may now purchase upgrades to some crafted consumables from Delvakin in Falinpol area of Vesspyr Isle.

Brewday Returns to Norrath — Runs March 6th to March 17th

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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It’s Brewday once again in Norrath, and there’s nothing like the Dwarven celebration of Brell and beer to bring your spirits up! Adventurers across Norrath are invited to sample exotic brews, complete festive quests, and visit the mysterious Bar of Brell.

New for 2014:
Beer Tokens: Better than real money (because beer!), this special currency is a new quest reward option and can be used to purchase event-exclusive items.

Brewday Recipes: Take a break from drinking to craft some brand new Brewday items! Balin Copperfoot in the Bar of Brell has copies of “Brewday Accouterments to Craft V,” as well as previous editions.

New Quests: There’s some strange noises coming from below the Bar of Brell, and it’s not the band, the brawlers, or the boasting patrons. Speak with the bartender to learn more!

Brewday Bounty: Visit merchant Balin Copperfoot in the Bar of Brell for seven new Brewday items.

Brewday Guides at EQ2 ZAM and EQ2Traders

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The festivities of Brewday returned to Norrath today and will run through March 17th.

As posted on the EQ2 Forums by Calthine of ZAM:

Brewday kicks off on March 6th and your faithful ZAM staff has been working hard to bring you all the help you need. While drunkenly stumbling through the Bar of Brell we helped Mraugl Stonecrusher investigate the strange noises under the bar andserved a lot of drinks! In the Butcherblock Mountains the pesky goblins trying to ruin the local Brewday festivities can once again be gleefully knocked over by clover carpets. The event also features a new crafting scroll, Brewday Accoutrements to Craft V, and a new Beer Token currency good for wares from Balin Copperfoot!

Back by popular demand we also offer you our updated Brewday Quest Tracker! Happy drinking!

As posted on the EQ2 Forums by Niami of EQ2Traders:

Brewday launches in a couple hours, and I am finally finished the story that goes along with my Brewday 2014 Preview. Yep, I am cutting it close to the wire, but I had a really good excuse. Truly! :p

Enjoy the festivities, and remember that the event ends at the end of the day on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Get ready to go forth and earn yourself some Beer Tokens, and remember to send out your improved pack pony for holiday harvestables, if you have upgraded him!

~Mum

 

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

All EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on March 4th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hour.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: March 4 @ 7:00am ~ 9:00am
  • EST: March 4 @ 9:00am ~ 11:00am
  • GMT: March 4 @ 15:00 ~ 17:00
  • CET: March 4 @ 16:00 ~ 18:00
  • AEST: March 5 @ 12:01am ~ 2:00am

Here are the update notes:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Channelers can now be made Heroic!
  • Brewday event begins March 6th!

Two More Heritage Quests This Month: Hero Bracer & Zlandicar’s Heart

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

Also, it looks like further down the road, another heritage quest will be coming – Rainmare. A preliminary version of the quest (called “Past is Prologue”) slipped out to the Test and Live servers before it was ready and players didn’t take long in finding it. Kaitheel posted that the quest is still in development and will appear later on.

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