Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Ossuary of Malevolence

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News

From Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

Deep within Kithicor, the Primordial Malice, resides a cult devoted to the Demigoddess Lanys T’Vyl. As a show of dedication to their fallen matriarch, members of the Primordial Malice worship the state of undeath. They desecrate their bodies with bone piercings and intricate tattoos, flaying their skin to the muscle, in an attempt to ride the line between life and death. The Ossuary of Malevolence is the pinnacle of that devotion.

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The Ossuary of Malevolence is a massive cathedral built with bones as brick and mortar, constructed to harness and focus the power of necromancy. Members of the Primordial Malice use their temple for dark rites. Lately the power of their magic has increased as they build to complete some new ceremony.

Massively: Sneaking a Peek at EQII’s Altar of Malice with SOE

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

Not sure how we missed this, but Massively posted their sneak preview of the Altar of Malice expansion on October 14th.

From MJ Guthrie on Massively.com:

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When EverQuest II’s next expansion, Altar of Malice, was announced at SOE Live in August, we heard about upcoming features, perused concept drawings, and even saw some screenshots. As exciting as all that can be, nothing compares to actually getting in the game and seeing the living breathing world of Norrath. And that’s exactly what I got to do last week on a tour with Senior​ Producer Holly Longdale and Creative Director Akil Hooper.

While we have to wait a bit longer to hear more about the Aerakyn (the new winged dragonkind race) and what special goodies will be included in the collector’s edition, the tour of the zones allowed me to bask in the beauty of the artwork while weaving through dinosaurs, pygmies, and my favorite-yet-long-lost starting zone. And it definitely made me even more excited for the upcoming release of Altar of Malice!

Check out the extensively detailed article (with tons of screenshots) at Massively.com!

Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition Mount To Get Stats

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

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Sales/Marketing set a price of $90 for the Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition which has led to some concerns. So the EQ2 team — now currently between a rock-and-a-hard-place — are trying to make lemonade by adding some stats to the Pterodon mount which will ship with the Collector’s Edition. Here are the stats as per Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Striped Savage Pterodon Mount
Each level 85 character on your account will be eligible to use this flying mount which grants 100% ground speed and 150% flying speed. At level 95 this mount will give its rider the following benefits:
+20% Crit Bonus
+20% Potency
+115 Crit Chance
+3000 Power
+10,000 Max Health
+3000 vs. arcane, noxious, and elemental damage

Just for comparison’s sake, here is the 300,000,000 status mount added just prior to SOE Live– Alberich the Wise. You can see the stats are roughly comparable:

Alberich the Wise
• Increases Crit Bonus of caster by 17.2%
• Increases Potency of caster by 17.2%
• Increases Crit Chance of caster by 120.0
• Increases Max Power of caster by 5,500.0
• Increases Max Health of caster by 17,500.0
• Increases Ability Modifier of caster by 10,000.0
• Increases your ground speed by 75%
• Increases your air speed by 150%

Update Note: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. (Aprox. 2:00PM London Time on 10/28/2014). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

Two hour downtimes are atypical, as is patching the European servers at the same time as the US ones, yet only a single update note was provided on the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Beta mounts* should no longer spam a failure when zoning if you are below level 95.

UPDATE from Afista:

The longer estimated downtime for the update will include additional database maintenance.

*These are special mounts you can get on live for Beta testing Altar of Malice in either grouping/raiding, solo questing, or doing tradeskills.

Promo: Everyone Gets Inactive Acounts Get All Access Until November 10th Plus Bonus XP & Group XP Potions

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

In a promotion that is sure to confuse more than a few players, I’ve just received an e-mail from SOE for EverQuest II:

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If I’m reading this correctly, then all EQ2 players with inactive accounts (no idea what qualifies as inactive but presumably a few months without logging into EQ2) are being temporarily granted All Access membership until November 10th, 2014, as well as receiving two 4 hour 100% XP potions and one 2 hour 50% Group XP potion just for logging in in the next 14 days.

This promotion looks to expire the night before the Altar of Malice expansion launches — if you are a paying All Access subscriber. At this point, you can decide if All Access is worth it to you and go ahead and sign up, thus being able to play the expansion early, rather than waiting until November 25th!

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Castle Highhold

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News

From Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Creative Director for EverQuest and EverQuest II on the EQ2 Forums:

Overlooking the Phantom Sea, in the shattered mountains above Kithicor forest, sits Castle Highhold. For many years, Castle Highhold has served as the heart of the Far Seas Trading Company on Norrath. The walls of the castle have protected the vaults within from countless attacks from the Brokenskull Pirates and other foes. However, now it is besieged by a new adversary, the Akheva.

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The Akheva, the four-armed children of Luclin, are battering the walls of the castle with spell and sword. They hope to breach the innermost sanctums to find Captain Greymast, and pry from him the secret they fervently seek. Will the Akheva succeed in their attempts to penetrate the castle, or will their attempt be thwarted by courageous adventurers?

SOE Maintenance: Monday, October 27 @ 7AM~9AM PDT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

From the EQ2 Forums:

Attention players: we will perform an SOE-wide maintenance beginning at 7:00 AM PDT* on Monday, October 27, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take approximately two hours.

Game, web, and forum log-ins may be impacted while the maintenance is underway.

Thanks for your patience.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: October 27 @ 7:00am ~ 9:00am
  • EDT: October 27 @ 10:00am ~ Noon
  • GMT: October 27 @ 14:00 ~ 16:00
  • CET: October 27 @ 15:00 ~ 17:00
  • AEST: October 28 @ 1:00am ~ 3:00am

NOTE: The United States (as per a 2005 law which went into effect in 2007) will go off Daylight Savings Time next weekend. The rest of the world Most other countries in the Northern Hemisphere went off DST last night.

Altar of Malice Beta Patching Issues

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance

Update: This issue has now been resolved. 

Having issues loading the non-streaming Altar of Malice Beta?  You’re not alone.  Starting about 6 hours ago people have been experiencing an error when trying to patch the non-streaming client for Beta.

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale just confirmed on Twitter that they are aware of the issue and are testing a fix.  She’s also written this on the forums:

“True, true. Sorry folks. We are updating a lot of code to handle memory issues better. There were a few unexpected results…which were bad, obviously.”

If you can’t wait for the fix, the streaming client seems to work if you uncheck “Full Download”.  You can get the streaming client here: http://launch.soe.com/installer/EQ2_Streaming_setup.exe

 Update:  Windstalker just posted this on Twitter:

Full Download patcher errors on Beta may not be fixed until tomorrow. We don’t want to interrupt players on server. Streaming works.

So if you want in before tomorrow, here’s the long version of one option for streaming.

Here’s the short version:

  1. Download this and run it: http://launch.soe.com/installer/EQ2_Streaming_setup.exe
  2. When it asks where to install it, add ” Streaming” to whatever it says and install it.
  3. When the launcher screen appears, change the version to Beta, uncheck Download Full and click Apply.
  4. While it’s downloading the 200mb or so, copy your Beta_charactername_eq2_uisettings.xml files from your normal EverQuest II\BetaServer folder to your new EverQuest II Streaming\BetaServer folder.
  5. When it’s finished downloading the 200mb or so, click Play.
  6. On the character select screen, wait til the little dragon stops running to make things a bit less laggy, then load whichever character you want to play.

Then, once all this is over and the regular version is working again, you can delete the entire EverQuest II Streaming folder and be back where you were before any of this happened.

There are of course other ways to do this, but this was the easiest for me. Your mileage may vary. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. May cause shortness of breath, nervousness, and excess sweating. If any of these symptoms persist after the next patch, welcome to beta.

Opinion: Why $90 for a Collector’s Edition Could Cost SOE Big

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

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If EverQuest II: Altar of Malice were a brand new game coming out today, then a $90 price for the Collector’s Edition would be completely justifiable. We’ve seen this price point with Founder’s Packs in Landmark, and in other highly anticipated new games from Trion and other developers. But Altar of Malice is not a new game. It is an expansion — nee a DLC — for a ten year old MMORPG.

Technically, EverQuest II’s last four expansions (ToV, CoEAoD, and DoV) have carried a sticker price of $89.99. However this price has only gone into effect after a generous Pre-Order window at a more reasonable $59.99. I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of players who purchased the Collector’s Editions did so at this early stage, even if their accounts did not yet contain max-level characters.

EQ2 ZAM Previews EverQuest II: Altar of Malice

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

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It looks like Marketing is getting started earlier this year as EQ2 ZAM has already released their Altar of Malice expansion preview with some nice screenshots. No doubt Massively, TenTonHammer, and MMORPG won’t be far behind with their own press tour writeups.

Altar of Malice marks the 11th expansion for EverQuest II. First announced at SOE Live 2014, the expansion will add two new overland zones as well as several new Advanced Solo, Heroic and Raid dungeons. The level cap will increase from 95 to 100 for adventuring, tradeskill and guild levels, and both tradeskillers and adventurers alike can enjoy a variety of new quests and collections.

We recently joined Senior Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale and Creative Director Akil “Lyndro” Hooper for a preview of some of the zones we’ll get to visit in Altar of Malice, as well as some extra tidbits of info about the expansion.

Continue reading at EQ2 ZAM…

Altar of Malice Pricing Announced – $40 for Standard, $90 for Collector’s Edition

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X)

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Confirming speculation after the pricing for EverQuest’s own The Darkened Sea expansion was recently revealed, today the EverQuest II team have unveiled the pricing for their own Altar of Malice coming this November. As previously mentioned, there will be no Pre-order for this expansion. It’s believed that the team is hoping to avoid the kind of pre-order snafus that players have experienced in the past by just opening the door to purchases on launch day.

All Access customers may purchase one of these two versions of Altar of Malice starting NOVEMBER 11th, 2014:

  • Altar of Malice Standard Edition — $35.99 (All Access price)
  • Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition — $80.99 (All Access price)

Free-to-Play customers may purchase one of these two versions of Altar of Malice starting NOVEMBER 25th, 2014:

  • Altar of Malice Standard Edition $39.99
  • Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition$89.99

The Altar of Malice Standard Edition includes an in-home painting of the key artwork.

The Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition includes an Elite Battle-Mystic Mercenary, Mage Tower Isle of Refuge teleporter, Pterodon flying mount (NO BUFFS/STATS), Dinosaur house pet, three armor gems for upgrading Altar of Malice solo, heroic, or raid armor, and 80 days of Research Assistant (Spell) time.

After the jump, the official announcement from EverQuest2.com:

All Access: Mr. Postman, Bring Me My Loot!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Free-to-Play (EQ2X)

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Who needs a mailbox? Not you, if you’re an All-Access Member! Are you tired of adventuring in far-off places and wondering what treasures are sitting in your mailbox at home? Do you want to be able to loot something awesome and send it to a friend immediately, without having to make the long journey to the mailbox? Well, beginning Tuesday, October 21, 2014, All-Access Members will be able send and receive mail attachments from anywhere in Norrath! That’s right Norrathians; you’ll never have to find one of these again!

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Starting tomorrow, All-Access members will be able to utilize the mail attachment option when composing or receiving their Norrathian mail without the hassle of visiting a mailbox. Players can access the mail system by selecting the “Mail” tab from the EQII Menu, or by clicking on the mail icon in your effects window. Sending or receiving an object is then just a matter of dragging items to or from the attachment window!

Update Notes: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

From Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • All Access members can now send and receive mail attachments from almost anywhere.
  • Added an option to default applying Adornments to manual selection. You can find this option under User Interface – Game Options – Manually Select Items to Adorn.
  • Rewards earned in the Altar of Malice Beta may now be obtained via /claim.

TRADESKILLS

  • Grandmaster recipe for Winds of Velious IV now requires the correct master component.
  • Corrected several issues with Conjuror Grandmaster recipes above level 80.

Rewards for Beta Testing Solo, Heroic, and Tradeskill Content in Altar of Malice

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, SOE Wants Feedback

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Beta testing for the Altar of Malice expansion is in full swing and now open for everyone to try out! Joining the Beta server for testing is a great chance to take a look at all of the incredible things coming with Altar of Malice, and also an excellent opportunity to give us your feedback about the expansion before it launches on November 25, 2014. In addition to seeing these gorgeous lands before launch, you can also take some loot home to your live characters just for participating in the Beta action! Take a look at the rewards players can obtain for their live accounts by Beta testing overland, heroic, and tradeskill content.

This Char-Ferrin, Hound of Despair ground mount is rewarded to players who Beta-test solo overland content in Altar of Malice. Intimidate your enemies by riding into battle on this ferocious hellhound! If the flaming eyes and spiked mane aren’t enough to scare you, maybe the razor-sharp teeth will awaken your senses.

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Celebrating 10 Years of EverQuest 2: Looking at 10 Memorable Lands and Counting

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From Racheal “Afista” McKenny on the EQ2 Forums:

Next month, on November 8, 2014, adventurers across Norrath will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of EverQuest 2. It’s a time when players can come together and rejoice in their triumphs obtained over the years and celebrate the friendships they’ve made along the way. There have been some epic journeys over the past ten years that have taken adventurers through the most amazing lands in Norrath. As we prepare to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of EverQuest 2, let’s take a look at ten of the memorable lands adventurers have traveled through over the years as well as a look at lands that have yet to be discovered!

Karan and D’Lere

In the beginning, adventurers washed ashore the Isle of Refuge and banded together to learn about the world of Norrath. They made homes in areas of Karan or D’Lere and battled creatures in places like Oakmyst Forest or The Sprawl. As they grew in strength, the adventurers were able to explore other areas.

SOE Login Servers, Forums Experiencing Outage

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

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From Twitter approximately 30 minutes ago:

UPDATE from Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on twitter:

Apparently this was a network issue at SOE’s ISP and not something they had control over.

Nerf! Research Reducers Removed from Skyshrine Zones

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

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Shortly after the Skyshrine Gu-spansion (a game update that raised the level cap, added a new overland zone, 3 advanced solo zones, 4 heroic zones, and 2 raid zones), a reward was added to the advanced solo versions of the Skyshrine zones — Research Time Reducers. Previously these had only been available as a reward from completing Dungeon Maker zones.

Research Time Reducer items reduce the time it takes to research a player Spell or Combat Art to its next quality tier, such as from Adept to Expert or from Expert to Master. They ranged from a savings of 6 hours to a full 7 day shortcut.

In February 2012, the benefit of the Research Reducers was dropped from seven days to one. Just one month later, Research Reducers, along with nearly every other useful reward, were completely removed from Dungeon Maker. Players are now reporting here and here that with Tuesday’s update, these potions have been removed from the Skyshrine zones as well. The only way to acquire them seems to be an SOE referral program.

These are now the only 3 ways to get Grandmaster 90-95 spells:

  • Wait 40 days.
  • Pay $20 in StationCash.
  • Spend 4-8 hours harvesting to get the spell rare (or prepare to pay out the nose*) and hire a crafter if you happen to be on a server with a player who has discovered the recipe**.

* Current estimates to Grandmaster a max level character are 8-10,000 plat if you do not harvest the materials yourself.
** Only 2 players have discovered the level 90-95 Grandmaster recipe books, and they are both based on Guk.

Altar of Malice Beta Opens to All (incl Free-to-Play) Today

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

UPDATE: At 5:00pm PDT last night, the Altar of Malice beta finally opened for all players, whether Free-to-Play or All Access subscriber.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Everyone can now join the Beta server and experience Altar of Malice before it launches. Are you interested in what’s become of the Isle of Refuge? Do you long to discover the treasures hidden in the Phantom Seas? Beta testing is a great opportunity for you to try out the features of Altar of Malice and provide us with valuable feedback so that we can make this the best expansion yet!

Playing Altar of Malice on the Beta server ahead of time also has perks for your live server accounts! There is more information coming soon about the rewards players will be able to earn.

Here is some consolidated information to help you get started in Beta:
How to provide testing feedback:

  • Use the /bug or /feedback command in game to open a window and submit information
  • Post issues and suggestions in the Altar of Malice Beta Forums

How to copy your character over to the Beta server:

  • Log in your character and then type the /beta command.

Continue reading on the EQ2 Forums…

If you want to get into Altar of Malice beta in 20-30 minutes instead of after 12-14 hours of patching, read our “Altar of Malice Beta Opens” article to see how to quickly copy over your live files to the beta folder.

Update Notes: October 14, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. (3:00PM London Time). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

UPDATE #5: Issues with Valor have been resolved as of 12:30pm PDT.

UPDATE #4: Hot off the presses, here are the Update Notes for this morning’s update:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

  • Cut-Me-Own-Tail Ssstibbler will now grant the wrinkled, crumpled note from his merchant inventory to players that require it.

ABILITIES

  • Grandmaster Shard of Essence, Najena’s Essence Summoning, Dark Heart and Miragul’s Dark Heart Summoning will now correctly summon Grandmaster shards and hearts.
  • Shard of Essence, Najena’s Essence Summoning and Dark Heart will no longer overwrite higher level shards in the target’s inventory.

LIVE EVENTS

  • Corrected an issue with the Pumpkin King title granted from the Pumpkin Pulper Achievement. Characters that have previously pulped over 500 pumpkins may purchase the title for free from the Nights of the Dead merchant.

UPDATE #6: An unannounced change in today’s update is the removal of Research Reducer items as rewards from Skyshrine and other zones.

StationCash Cards $5 Off at GameStop — Oct 13th til Oct 28th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in StationCash

From the EQ2 Forums:

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Receive $5 off when you purchase any of the SOE pre-paid game cards at GameStop*, valid October 13th – October 28th, 2014.

*This promotion is valid at US GameStop locations only.

UPDATE as of 11:00am PDT Today (October 15th) from Afista:

Greetings everyone,

We have received confirmation that the issue is now resolved and GameStop has made each of their locations aware of this discount. If you continue to experience troubles getting the discount, please let me know the store address so that we can further address the issue.

Sorry again for the inconvenience!

Nights of the Dead 2014 Photo Contest — Win 1000SC

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

Fr0m Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

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Greethings Norrathians!

It’s October and that means it’s time to get ready for Nights of the Dead! Are you ready to decorate your house, pick out a celebration costume, or take on some ghoulish foes? Submit an image in this month’s EverQuest II Nights of the Dead Photo Contest that shows what you are doing to celebrate Norrath’s creepiest holiday!

All entries must be submitted by 4:00 PM PDT on October 31, 2014 to the contest website. Ten winners will be randomly chosen to receive 1,000 SC.

We can’t wait to see what you are doing to celebrate!

Nights of the Dead Returns to Norrath! — Oct 9 ~ Nov 3

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Live Events, Tradeskill

From the EQ2 Forums:

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It’s the time of year when a chill sets in and darkness falls on the lands. Ghouls begin to emerge from the shadows and both tricks and treats are plentiful. Whether you enjoy crafting holiday items or are looking for a spooky adventure, there’s something for all Norrathians to celebrate as Nights of the Dead returns to Norrath!

There are several new features for Nights of the Dead 2014, including a new Candy Crusher achievement! Adventurers can also seek out Setri Lur’eth in Nektulos Forest to take part in a new annual quest, “A Dream, By Any Other Name.” Don’t miss out on the new things holiday merchants have to sell, including house items, dungeon spawners, petamorph wands, and appearance weapons. New Bounding Orc Skeleton and Shadowy Lich costumes are also available for those who want to adventure in style!

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Zavith’loa

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

From EQ/EQ2 Creative Director Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

The Pygmies of the Tranquil Sea lived their lives not knowing that they shared their island with a subterranean threat. Deep underneath Dshinn live the lizardkin tribe, Allu’thoa. Using their magic to control the flows of magma, the Allu’thoa carved out their home, a below-ground labyrinth known as Zavith’loa. Worshipping their enigmatic god of lava and prophecy, the Allu’thoa lived for millennia sequestered from the world above.

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