US Server Merges Postponed…Again

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


After numerous signs that the anxiously awaited EQ2 US Server Mergers were imminent, including characters showing up on the Character Select screen as being on Maj’dul, Item Discoveries on EQ2U showing up from Maj’dul, and numerous players being unable to login due to “Too Many Characters” errors, it looks like those server mergers are being pushed back a little further.

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Twitter:

Emily “Domino” Taylor also tweeted yesterday that the EQ2 team will be moving to Daybreak Games’ new office building 11 miles away “within a week”, suggesting that the merges will all take place after the move…

Nights of the Dead: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

Nights of the DeadNights of the Dead is creeping into Norrath, and this year the merchants will be stocked up with new goodies (which Niami has pictures of over on EQ2 Traders) and costume illusions. Previous quest content and achievements make their return, and crafters now have a new recipe book to spook their house guests with. There are no new quests, collections, or achievements this year.

The event runs from 12:01am PT on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (3:01am ET) and concludes at 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 2, 2015 (2:59am ET on Nov 3rd). TLE servers are excluded from world events.

Quests Miscellaneous Collections
Charnel Hollow Achievements Crunchy Candied Crickets
Ghost Hunter Costume Illusions Deadly Remnants
Hedge Hollow Creepy Candy Frightful Fabric
Haunted Mansion Recipe Scrolls Ghoulish Masks
McQuibble Farm Vendor Goodies The Great Haunt
Haunted House Vendor Locations The Hedge Hollow
Guide Quests


Desert of Flames Unlocks on Stormhold and Deathtoll on Oct 8

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Time-Locked Exp Servers

From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

Are you ready to explore the first expansion, Desert of Flames, on the Time-Locked Expansion Servers? Players on both servers have voted to unlock this expansion, and this content will unlock on Stormhold and Deathtoll on Thursday, October 8, 2015!


Both Stormhold and Deathtoll will have a short downtime starting at 7AM PDT on Thursday, October 8. We anticipate that this downtime will be less than one hour.

Once this downtime is complete, the following will be available on these servers:

  • Adventure, Crafting and Guild Levels will go to 60
  • Ability mod will become available on items and buffs.
  • Guild Banks will now be available.
  • Macro Voice Over’s will now be available.

The Time-Locked Expansion (TLE) servers offer a unique EverQuest 2 experience different from our traditional servers. Are you unfamiliar with special servers like Stormhold and Deathtoll? You can get more information about what these servers are in the post here!

A Quick Update from Daybreak

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Note: No EQ/EQ2 Content


Hello Players, Partners, & Friends!

It’s been an eventful few months for us here at Daybreak and since our last update, we have been working diligently on our plans for fall and beyond. We wanted to take a moment to share some of these updates with you.

EQ2 Census 101 — Intro to EverQuest II Data Feeds

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2 Data & EQ2U

elf image courtesy grillghod

On Sunday, October 4th, I hosted my first Twitch livestream, talking about Daybreak Games‘ awesome Census API service and how it empowers EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, and PlanetSide 2 fans to create powerful and dynamic websites and mobile apps. This month marks the four year anniversary of Daybreak Games offering nearly unfettered access to rapidly updated static and dynamic data from its games. The depth and quality of this information is unparalleled and possibly unique in the industry.

This livestream is rather Technical in nature and lays the foundation of how to request EQ2 data through Census calls. A followup stream will build upon this foundation and create a rudimentary Guild Roster website in PHP language.

I’ve edited the 72 minute livestream down, removing a few dull bits, an exploration of a feature which it turns out has been removed (oops!), and also blanking out my misbehaving webcam which displayed static for approximately 5 minutes towards the latter half of the program. I suggest popping out the video (it’s in full 1080p) so that the query calls can be more easily be read…

Update Notes: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET

EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:


  • Corrected an issue that prevented Sentry Watch from triggering.


  • Reel ‘Em In, Spinal Tap and Stegodon Savior will now reward the appropriate amount of extra Ferrin.


  • Estate of Unrest homes now allow mounts.

New Daybreak Game Cards Coming October 12th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

When Sony Online Entertainment became Daybreak Games in February, the 30-day/2000SC StationCash cards were discontinued and went out of production. Next week, the replacement DaybreakCash cards will be reaching retail stores. Interestingly, the new cards come in $25 and $50 denominations.

The snazzy new DaybreakCash website is a little vague on how these cards work for All Access subscription time. Fortunately we’ve learned through followup posts by Dexella that these new cards can redeemed for 30-day All Access subscriptions, DaybreakCash, or a mixture of the two. It will be interesting to see exactly how granular this control is (can a $25 card grant 50 days of All Access subscription?).

From the EQ2 Forums:

Beginning the week of October 12th, you will see the new Daybreak game cards at U.S. Best Buy, GameStop, and Toys R Us retailers. In November, the cards are scheduled to be available in Target locations across the U.S.

The new cash cards will come in two denominations: $25 and $50. There are four card designs in all and every retailer will get multiple copies of each card design. Collect the whole set!


Daybreak Cash is the in-game currency that unlocks thousands of cool items, services, and adventures in your favorite Daybreak Games. We appreciate your patience while we roll out these new cards, and we hope you enjoy them!

Learn About EQ2 Data (Census) — Sunday October 4th @ 1pm PDT

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It’s hard to believe this month marks four years that the EQ2 Census service has been in continuous operation. Over that time, there have been just a handful of EQ2 websites that use the service, including Roster Master, EQ2 MissionDragon’s Armory and our own EQ2U. However Daybreak’s generous offer of this data was always intended for anyone who was interested in data analysis, or the building of websites and mobile apps. By comparison, DCUO and PlanetSide 2 each have over a dozen websites and mobile apps leveraging this data.

Tomorrow, October 4th, I’ll be hosting a webcast on Twitch to walk through how Census works, how you can request EQ2 data, and what you can do with this data once you have it. In a future webcast, I’ll then go over how to create a simple website that pulls back EQ2 characters and guilds and displays a roster.

Keep in mind that this will be my first Twitch livestream so there may be a few hitches.

UPDATE: The livestream started on Sunday October 4th at 1:00pm PDT. That’s 4:00pm EDT, 23:00 BST, and Monday October 5th @ 0:00 CET. It concluded after 1 hour 10 minutes. Thank you very much to those who joined me for this livestream. We’ll be posting the video and PowerPoint very soon.

Nights of the Dead Marketplace Items Now Available

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From Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

There’s a chill in the air that can only mean one thing… Night of the Dead is about to return to Norrath! To prepare yourself for the arrival of ghould and ghosts, peruse the new spooky delights available in the in-game Marketplace! Here are just a few of the items available to get your in the spirit of things:


Personal Estate of Unrest

Who would dare reside in such a place? And what sort of horrors might be waiting in the rooms within? Find out by purchasing this Personal Estate of Unrest! Those screams sound like you’ll be hosting one killer Nights of the Dead party this year…

Terrors of Thalumbra Bullet-Point Details Posted

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

Today’s Terrors of Thalumbra Twitch livestream included a ton of information about EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion, including what you get for the Standard, Collector’s and Premium editions. However it didn’t give us that all-important bullet-point list of the number of Zones, Quests, and other Details that players seek. EQ2 Community Manager Roshen has responded to this call and posted a Terrors of Thalumbra Expansion Pre-Order thread which fills in the details of what we can expect when the expansion goes live on November 17th. We’ve also updated our Pre-Order article with this information.

Daybreak Games Tricks and Treats 2015 — Game Card Giveaway!

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and poltergeists, bats and broomsticks… it’s Halloween time here at Daybreak! We’ve got special themed in-game activities, new Marketplace treats, and a chance to win some Daybreak Cash – no tricks!

Daybreak Halloween Promotion: $25 Daybreak Cash Card Giveaway!


New Daybreak game cards will be hitting the shelves of U.S. retailers this month, and we want to give some away! We’ll randomly select ten (10) winners to each receive a $25 Daybreak Cash Card.

Here’s what you need to do:

Double Guild XP: October 2 – October 12, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

In the leadup to EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion Terrors of Thalumbra, a “Fall Frenzy” program is running with various bonuses. From Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

This Fall Frenzy event is so exciting, it’s going to last TEN DAYS! 

During the weeks leading up to the launch of Terrors of Thalumbra, we have something planned every week for you, our loyal players. This week we’re stretching out a bit longer than normal to give you extra time to enjoy the benefit.

From 12:00PM PDT (noon)* on Friday, October 2 through 12:00PM PDT (noon) on Monday, October 12, enjoy DOUBLE GUILD XP! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your guild leveled up and ready for the next expansion!

Learn more about Fall Frenzy here, and we’ll see you in Norrath!

UPDATE: This event went live at 2:00pm PDT on October 2nd.

Poll Results: YES to Desert of Flames for TLE Servers in October

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After putting it off for two months, EverQuest II’s Time-Locked Expansion servers of Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) have both voted to unlock the Desert of Flames expansion on these servers.

From the EQ2 Forums:

In this vote (unlike last month), both Deathtoll and Stormhold players said “Yes” to unlocking the Desert of Flames expansion. We will unlock the expansion next Thursday, Oct. 8 at Noon PDT.

Thanks for voting all!
Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

Later she added:

The voting squeaked by the 2/3 rule — and not by a lot. We weren’t sure there for a bit. :) And we looked for any level 1 voting bloat. Nothing weird at work on either server.

EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra Now Available for Pre-Order!

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The website has just been refreshed and EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion is now available for pre-order. Beta will begin in late October , while the official launch date of the expansion is Tuesday, November 17th. The expansion offers 13 new Heroic zones, a massive subterranean overland zone, four raid zones (including a x2 raid), over 80 quests including both Solo and Tradeskill Signature lines, 50 collections, as well as the new multi-Deity system, Item Infusion system, Best-in-slot Relic items, and more.

EQ2Wire LIVEBLOG of the EverQuest II Terrors of Thalumbra Livestream

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The EverQuest II Expansion 12 livestream will be starting shortly on and we will be liveblogging it.

On the panel will be Holly “Windstalker” Longdale Executive Producer of EQ/EQ2, Ry “Roshen” Schuller Community Manager of EQ2, Robert “Caith” Fouts Systems Designer, Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall Senior Designer, Tim “Haohmaru” Heydelaar Art Director EQ/EQ2, Carlos “Gninja” Mora Senior Designer, and Emily “Domino” Taylor Tradeskill Goddess. Kyle “Kander” Vallee Lead Designer of EQ2 is in Belgium, a trip he booked months prior to a sudden schedule change by Marketing.

Some relevant quotes from the chat:

Windstalker: We will have an update on the Server Merges, the results of the Time-Locked Expansion vote, and we’ll be revealing the next pre-expansion Bonus.
Windstalker: I won’t be in chat for the duration of the stream. In fact, some of us have to go get set up.
Windstalker: preorder should be live at 10am
Windstalker: they are updating the web site…and we are supposed to be previewing the site…so ya…
Windstalker: The new site has Videos and Tooltips

Editorial: Can I just say it’s a bit nuts is to have the Pre-order and website revamp happen at the SAME time as the livestream? Everyone knows you roll out the updated website at the END of the stream.


EQ2 Expansion Reveal Livestream Giveaway

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EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra is being revealed today and there’s a Nights of the Dead contest happening at the same time! From

We’re getting ready to launch the 12th expansion of EverQuest II, AND Nights of the Dead is just around the corner. In honor of these two big events, we’re giving away NotD-themed in-game items!


  • Start :October 01, 2015 @ 10:00 am (US/Pacific)
  • End :October 02, 2015 @ 12:00 pm (US/Pacific)
  • Eligibility :18 years


  • DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:
    • One (1) Bat Mask (Approximate Retail Value = US $4.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Burbur Bundle (Approximate Retail Value = US $3.50)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled Amber Robe Set (Approximate Retail Value = US $14.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled Turquoise Vanguard Set (Approximate Retail Value = US $14.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled Round Shield (Approximate Retail Value = US $3.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled Mace (Approximate Retail Value = US $3.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled Sword (Approximate Retail Value = US $3.00)

    DGC will randomly select two (2) winners to receive:

    • One (1) Bedeviled 2-Handed Staff (Approximate Retail Value = US $4.50)

EQ2U: Introducing the Tradeskill Report!

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In its eleven year history, EverQuest II has accumulated a large cache of Tradeskill content. Over the years, various Spreadsheets have been created to track player progress in these quest lines. Even with these tools, a lot of tedious back-and-forth between the in-game Quest Journal and sites like EQ2 ZAM and Wikia is necessary to ensure that every quest has been completed. Until now.

For the last two days, EQ2 decorating maven “Jazabelle” of Homes and Tomes and I have developed a new Tradeskill Report feature which allows crafters to track the progress of all their characters on over 270 tradeskill quests at the touch of a button.

To access this new feature, simply search for an EQ2 character and then click the new “TS Report” tab on the far right side. If you are a registered user of EQ2U, then you may click the “TS Report” button under any character group on the front page of the site.


The Details feature gives you a breakdown of every Tradeskill quest that a character has done with quick links to EQ2U, ZAM, and Wikia so you can work towards the completion of your checklist.

Epilogue: A Tale of One Writer

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in General, Uncategorized

Tale of One Writer - Wide (1)This editorial is non-game specific and solely based on insights and opinions from its author.

One comment I receive a lot when I explain my job to others is “That’s awesome! How do I get into doing that?!” There is no perfect answer to this query, and despite how awesome working in this industry sounds and really is, it’s hard work and not quite as glamorous as you may be envisioning in your head.

Working on a gaming fan/press site requires a lot of dedication outside of game(s). We don’t actually spend most of our day playing these games for hours on end (unless we’re working on a review). Often, we find that there’s only a handful of time to spend in-game while dedicating the majority of our workday to emails, writing breaking news about games we may or may not actually play, writing guides, participating in social media, and so on. It doesn’t matter if you’re the editor-in-chief or a contributing writer; as a friend succinctly told me, “Everyone in the gaming press has to wear multiple hats, from the smallest fan site to the largest press operation.”

Reminder: Expansion 12 Livestream: Thurs, Oct 1 @ 10AM PDT

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This is a repeat of the previous announcement about tomorrow’s livestream. EQ2Wire will be liveblogging the event as well.


The announcement stream for the 12th expansion to EverQuest 2 will start on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10AM PDT* and we would like to invite YOU to join us

During this stream, the EQ2 team will share highlights from the upcoming expansion, do PRIZE giveaways, and answer your questions. Don’t forget that pre-orders start on October 1, this day will be full of information on the upcoming expansion. Join us for the stream, and log into Twitch to chat with us and other players!

Looking for more info? Check out the Producer’s Letter from Holly talking about what’s coming up for EverQuest 2!

We look forward to hanging out with you on Thursday, October 1, and sharing the details from our 12th expansion!

Qeynos City Festival Returns (October 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

city_festival_qeynosIt’s time to grab some white marble – the Qeynos City Festival returns to Antonica from October 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Qeynos Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 134 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bridge Buzzer title.

Last month’s festival had new items, so check in with the merchants!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on October 1st – 11:59pm PT on October 7th
WHERE: Antonica, outside North Qeynos, /loc 6, -14, -61
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

Server Downtime: Tues, Sept 29 @ 7AM PDT — Drunder is now F2P

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Raiding

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET

EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

So it used to require a subscription for Banned EQ2 players to keep playing on the EQ2 “prison server” of Drunder. Not after today. Alas, there’s no way to get a sense of how many players are on Drunder. Census currently hides this information. SOE’s policy used to be “no Naming and Shaming” but in the last year or so the PlanetSide 2 and H1Z1 teams have no problem drawing attention to banned players, even mentioning them BY NAME in-game using server announcements. The question is, would players banished to Drunder take this as another opportunity to seek attention?

It looks like we can expect two hours of downtime for US servers for today’s update, presumably some housekeeping to get ready for the Server Merge/Migration. Today’s downtime also coincides with a Daybreak-wide maintenance which will take two-to-four (or more) hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Daerial’s Underfoot Portal will now be passed on to a new player once the previous one is rendered inert instead of despawning.
  • Cazic-Thule’s Touch of Fear spell has had its range lowered to his island only.


  • An Eye for Power – Frosthorn minotaurs have returned to the Jagged Plains in Everfrost, despite the Sundered Ground nearby.


  • Server no longer requires a Membership.

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, September 29 @ 6AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 6:00AM PDT* on Tuesday, September 29. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is two to four hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Game logins for all Daybreak games
  • Forum & Web logins for all Daybreak games
  • Commerce and account management for all Daybreak games

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a game-specific maintenance. There will be no update or patch notes.

~The Team at Daybreak

Time Zone Conversions (assuming 4 hours maintenance):

  • PDT: Sept 29 @ 6:00-10:00am
  • EDT: Sept 29 @ 9:00am-1:00pm
  • BST: Sept 29 @ 14:00-18:00
  • CEST: Sept 29 @ 15:00-19:00

Double Ferrin: Fri, Sept 25 – Fri, Oct 2, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

As part of Fall Frenzy leading into our next expansion, we have something special planned for players every week as we lead into our launch.

Starting noon pacific on Friday, September 25, and going until noon pacific on Friday, October 2, 2015 we’ll have double [eq2u]Far Seas Ferrin[/eq2u] activated in-game. This means double DOUBLE Ferrins for All-Access members!

Don’t miss your chance to stock up on Far Seas Ferrin this week!

NOTE: As with past expansions, we do not expect any method to convert this currency into this fall expansion’s currency.

Fall Frenzy for EverQuest 2 – Something cool each day

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Until we launch our expansions (read that as Soon™) there will be something cool – some kind of bonus – for most EverQuest 2 players every day!

Last week, we kicked off Fall Frenzy with our Double XP week and a 35% off sale on store items on Time-Locked Expansion servers, Stormhold and Deathtoll.

Tomorrow, we will continue with our daily bonuses promotion starting at noon PDT when we activate Double Far Seas Ferrins – and that’s Double-Double Ferrins for members! This phase of our Fall Frenzy will last until Oct. 2 at noon when our next bonus will begin – more next week on that as we get closer!

Stay tuned! Let the frenzy begin!

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