Double StationCash In-Game — Is it Doubled?

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A few players have reported on the forums and in-game that the StationCash they are buying within the EverQuest II client doesn’t seem to be doubled. We have not yet received any confirmation on this, and when asked, the folks who reported an issue double-checked and found that they did in fact get their purchased StationCash for half-price. The confusion may be that the in-game prices are already adjusted for the sale.

If you want to avoid confusion, there are several other ways to buy StationCash, including heading directly to SOE.com, logging in, and funding your SC wallet there. Of course the best deal is still  the 1500+500SC cards at Walmart. Even though they are no longer labeled with the bonus 500SC, they still grant 2000SC, which is doubling today to 4000SC. I just redeemed three cards and once I got past some login issues and errors, all successfully went through.

If someone does have an issue with their purchased StationCash not being doubled, SOE keeps detailed records of all transactions. Open a non-hostile petition at http://help.soe.com/ (I’d choose Game: EQ2, then Account/Billing, then go BACK to that menu and choose “Invalid Game Card“) and then wait patiently for your ticket to be answered as support hours are reduced this weekend to allow Customer Service staff to spend time with their families.

Double Station Cash This Friday November 28th ONLY!

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From EverQuest2.com:

Sony Online Entertainment is kicking off the holiday shopping season with two fantastic promos: Double Station Cash on Black Friday and In-Game Marketplace Deals on Cyber Monday!

This Friday, November 28th, when you buy Station Cash on the web, in-game, or with an SOE Game Card, the amount of Station Cash you get will be doubled! Double Station Cash will only awarded between 12:00am PT (U.S.) to 11:59:59pm PT, so don’t miss out!

Check back this weekend to see what special deals we’re offering All Access members for Cyber Monday.

Happy Holidays from the gaming elves at Sony Online Entertainment!

*Cyber Monday deals and All Access member benefits apply only to SOE titles currently included in All Access. Promotion does not include Landmark, Dragon’s Prophet, or DC Universe Online (PSN Version).

Opinion: Is Altar of Malice Too Hard?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2

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Challenge and depth are the spices that keep players coming back to EverQuest II despite the popularity of mass market MMOs like World of Warcraft, and the allure of expertly marketed glitzy new MMOs that are all appetizer and no entree.

However while Tears of Veeshan seemed to strike a good balance of difficulty and progression, the overwhelming feedback on the forums, in chat channels, and in my personal experience so far for Altar of Malice is that the EQ2 team overshot on difficulty and rarity.

I group 2-4 hours per week in a casual guild. We didn’t just jump into the Tears of Veeshan group content on day one and clear it all. It took time to learn the scripts and earn the gear needed to progress. Dominion required a raid-geared tank and two healers for the longest time. Today, I still do not have fully gemmed Potent gear, let alone Overclocked gear or all the purple adornments and heroic gear I wanted out of Tears of Veeshan.

Frostfell 2014 is Now Active on Test

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events, SOE Wants Feedback, Tradeskill

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Last year, Frostfell only received a short window of testing, so we’re happy to report that this highly-anticipated annual event has appeared early on the Test servers. Live Event maestro and Senior Designer Nathan “Kaitheel has this report:

Frostfell is now active on Test!

There’s plenty of Frostfell cheer throughout Norrath this season! Gigglegibbers and Frostfell elves are busy celebrating the holiday within the player cities, and encouraging everyone to visit the Frostfell Wonderland Village, accessed through the Magic Closets in Qeynos Province District, Freeport, Haven, Kelethin, Neriak, Gorowyn and New Halas. There you can assist Frestishan, Candice Cheriweth, Gardy Ex-Giftgiver, Mr. McScroogle, Queen Bunny, and Snarf Frostfoot with some holiday tasks, but only after you release them from their deep freeze! For those that have a talent for crafting, you can help Sogs Frostfoot, or gather presents to craft wondrous new Frostfell goodies for yourself. Don’t forget to log in each day and claim your extra-special Frostfell present from everyone’s favorite Frostfell Gigglegibber, Santa Glug!

Altar of Malice Available today for Free-to-Play, Login issues

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

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Starting today, EverQuest II’s 11th expansion Altar of Malice will become available for purchase for Free-to-Play EQ2 players both at EverQuest2.com, and through Steam. All Access customers were able to buy and play the expansion some two weeks ago starting on November 11th. Pricing remains unchanged, at $39.99 for the standard edition and $89.99 for the collector’s edition.

Coinciding with the platform changes to allow F2P players to buy the expansion, there are some login issues affecting EQ2 players. Update as of 35 minutes ago:

From Afista on Twitter (also posted on the EQ2 Forums):

You Create. We Share. Everyone Wins. Introducing the NEW Player Direct

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events, SOE Wants Feedback

Looks like SOE is expanding its Player Direct program which seeks to highlight player-made content such as fansites, Youtube videos, Twitch streams, and more on official SOE communication channels. From Colette “Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

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Every player has a unique experience, story, and point of view, especially when it comes to games. The types of players who create streams, videos, articles, memes, and more share a deeper, richer story with their communities. That is the heart of our newly expanded Player Direct program.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, Tradeskill

First up, starting at 10:00am PST tomorrow (1:00pm EST, 18:00 GMT, 19:00 CET), Free-to-Play EQ2 players will be able to buy and start playing the Altar of Malice expansion.

Now for the downtime announcement…

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST.
Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST. (Aprox. 5:00AM London Time on 11/26/2014)
Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

All accounts will also be able to purchase and play our new expansion, Altar of Malice, at 10:00AM PST.

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where general achievements would export to census with “Altar of Malice” as the subcategory.

Inside the Players Studio #23 — PS Preview Tool Coming Next Tuesday to EQ2

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If you are a Player Studio creator for EverQuest II or have an interest in developing weapons, cloaks, or house items for EQ2, then you’ll be thrilled at the news that, next Tuesday, a free tool is being added to the EQ2 client to allow designers to get a better idea of how their creations will appear in-game.

When 3D artists create these items in Blendr, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Zbrush, etc. the resulting geometry looks very different to how it looks in-game. This is due to the lighting and shaders which are unique to EQ2. The new Player Studio viewer app will, of course, not eliminate the need for 3D modeling software, but it will make it possible to see a close approximation of how items will look in-game, even at different times of day (affecting lighting and shadows).

The new viewer is also going to open up 2 oft-requested new shader styles — Glow for self-illuminated items, and Alpha for transparent items. The Player Studio app will load FPX 3d files which are a common file format among most 3D modeling programs. PlanetSide 2 got this tool yesterday, and EverQuest will get their preview software in the first week of December. EverQuest II will get their Player Studio viewer app next Tuesday, November 25th.

Last night, EQ2 Art Director Tim “Haohmaru” Heydelaar joined Player Studio Senior Manager Rick “Storn” Reynolds for an episode of Inside the Players Studio to talk about this new tool, which you can watch here:

Update Notes: Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug that allowed agnostic dungeons to bypass level recommended code for XP reduction. Dungeon Maker dungeons now start reducing XP after 95.

EQUIPMENT SETS

  • Resolved an issue where the Save option wasn’t available after equipping an item that first required attunement.
  • There is now messaging when a specific instance of an item could not be found when equipping a set. This messaging differs if another copy of the item was found and equipped instead.

Update Notes: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST.
Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST. (Aprox. 5:00AM London Time on 11/20/2014)
Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Altar of Malice

  • Experience for defeating NPCs in Altar of Malice Solo and Advanced Solo zones has been increased.

ITEMS

  • Expendable items can no longer be transmuted.
  • Refining common harvests can no longer return high quality slag.

The Return of the Norrathian Spotlight

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The SOE Community team are looking to feature helpful players, livestreamers, in-game event organizers, and fansites which contribute to the EQ2 Community. From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

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Salutations Norrathians!

Our EverQuest 2 community is made up of many passionate players. Some of these players also spend extra time answering questions, designing in-game content, and creating videos to help make the game experience better for their fellow gamers. We’d like to thank these players and highlight some of them in a series of Norrathian Spotlight articles!
  • Are you a player that enjoys running in-game roleplay or pay-it-forward events?
  • Do you design amazing houses or dungeons for other players to enjoy?
  • Are you someone who loves doing livestreams, making videos, or running a fansite?
  • Do you spend time helping other players by answering questions on the forums?
  • Maybe you enjoy creating PlayerStudio items that are featured in game?
  • Or maybe you help by spending time providing feedback on the test server?
If this sounds like you or someone you know, please share that information with us in this thread or via a forum personal message. Feel free to share screenshots, and/or a brief description of what makes that person stand out in the community. We will reach out to selected players directly for more information and feature them in an upcoming Norrathian Spotlight article.
Previous Spotlights:

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST (15:00-16:00 GMT). Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST (19th Nov 5:00~7:00 GMT). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Elite mercenaries Kenny, Matri Dut, and Perrin should now despawn after 5 minutes of being first hired.
  • Fixed an issue where Kylong Plains was at the wrong location on some Fast Travel Maps.
  • Removed the Burned Woods entrance from the travel map.
  • Resolved an issue where specifying the name of a mercenary in a macro resulted in a “not found” error.
  • Fixed a bug where you would not be able to see your bags in your inventory or house vault when inside a guildhall or house and you have a lot of stuff.

EverQuest II – Tenth Anniversary Contest — Altar of Malice CE Code

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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Greetings Norrathians!

EverQuest II is currently celebrating ten amazing years of gameplay. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re giving away 10 Collector’s Editions of our new expansion, Altar of Malice!
You can enter the EverQuest II – Tenth Anniversary Contest from now until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, November 23, 2014. We’ll randomly select ten winners from the eligible entries to win a Collector’s Edition code for Altar of Malice.
Thank you to all of our wonderful players and happy anniversary!

EQ2Wire Post-Altar of Malice Launch Weekend Report

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

All Access subscribers who purchased the All Access expansion have been chugging along working on quests, zones, and more since late Tuesday, and so far there haven’t been too many show-stopping bugs, however a few always creep in and we are collecting them here.

Inside:

  • Bugged Kithicor
  • Allu’thoa Menace
  • Far Seas Faction Merchants
  • AoM Heroic Loot Missing
  • Localization text
  • Brokenskull Bay Contested
  • High Keep Contested XP
  • Shattered Seas: Temple of Doom
  • Castle Highhold

Bugged Kithicor

There are two bugged quests in Kithicor, not required by the Altar of Malice signature quest, which otherwise prevent progress in it. “Sustaining Souls of Bloody Kithicor” and a request to place blessed salt to the souls of slain Teir’Dal by the quest “Momentary Peace for Bloody Kithicor“. The workaround for these seems to be to cancel or re-apply the Belt Illusion associated with the questline.

Allu’thoa Menace

We’re not sure how serious this is, but there seems to be a detriment that does not cancel when the related mob is killed. Extemper indicates that a fix is coming soon.

EQ2U Updated for Altar of Malice Expansion

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U

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The new Spells page on EQ2U

Our EQ2U Players site has been updated for EverQuest II’s Altar of Malice expansion! These updates include:

  • Alternate Advancements/Prestige tree data completely reloaded. We now handle the new “Class Prestige” (Adventure) and “Far Seas Prestige” (Tradeskill) trees.
  • Item, Character, Guild, and Recipe Searches Up to Level 100
  • Character Spells now go to level 100, support Ancients, and link directly to the Expert and Grandmaster recipe pages!
  • Recipe data extended to include 96-100 recipes
  • Grandmaster recipes reloaded
  • Added Urzarach and Allu’thoa Lore & Legend quests to Lore & Legend tab.
  • EQ2U Signatures are no longer capped at 320AAs.

We are still working on Equipment Sets (a new EQ2 feature allowing up to 10 Adventure and 10 Appearance gear sets). We will be updating the standalone Spells pages (Search -> Spells & Combat Arts) to link to Recipes. And we anticipate receiving updated Quest data in the near future after all the secrets of the expansion have been unlocked.

Get An In-Game Glider Mount from Buying a SOE Game Shirt from J!NX

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Through December 31st, if you buy a shirt from SOE’s apparel partner J!NX, you will get a bundle of in-game items in EQ, EQ2, Landmark, Planetside 2, and H1Z1 (whenever it launches).

Personally I find J!NX’s 14-item SOE offerings to be woefully inadequate, especially in light of the 317 items they produce for Blizzard fans. More importantly, there is actually nothing in the J!NX store tailored towards EverQuest II fans. Still, if you are a completionist and must get every in-game item, you’d better head to J!NX:

Do you love showing your gamer pride? Have you been struggling to find the perfect gift for a fellow gamer? Good news! The Sony Online Entertainment portion of the J!NX store has expanded! Shop now for new shirts from EverQuest, PlanetSide 2, and H1Z1!

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Update Notes: Thursday, November 13, 2014

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UPDATE: EQ2 Servers are back up and accessible after just 40 minutes of downtime. Go play!

Assuming we don’t have three hours of company-wide firewall shanigans like we did yesterday…

US EverQuest II US Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST. Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II EU/RU/JP Live Servers will be brought offline on Friday, November 14, 2014 at approximately 5:00AM GMT. Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Aerakyn Beastlords will be granted a Reptile Warder when logging in and during character creation.

Upcoming Livestream: EQII 10th Anniversary this Friday, Nov 14 @ 2PM PST

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From the EQ2 Forums:

You won’t want to miss the EverQuest II 10th Anniversary Stream, this Friday, November 14, 2014, running from 2-3PM PST. You can watch us on www.twitch.tv/everquest2

Tune in to watch Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, and Ry “Roshen” Schueller as they show off the newest expansion Altar of Malice, and play the new Aerakyn race. The team will also be running a special 10th Anniversary in-game event on the Freeport server that you certainly wouldn’t want to miss!
Do you like giveaways? We got them! During this one hour stream there will be goodies that some of our luckiest viewers will pick up as part of the 10th Anniversary celebration.

You DON’T want to miss this stream! Will we see you in-game or in Twitch chat?

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: November 14 @ 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • EST: November 14 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • GMT: November 14 @ 22:00-23:00
  • CET: November 14 @ 23:00-24:00
  • AEDT: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 9:00am

Obvious: Altar of Malice Early Access Requires All Access Sub

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2, Expansion News

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This may seem self-evident, but playing the Altar of Malice expansion these next two weeks (November 11-24) prior to the widespread release is a thank you given to All Access subscribers for their continued support. Free-to-Play users will be able to buy and start playing Altar of Malice on November 25, 2014.

If you are currently All Access, bought Altar of Malice, and let your All Access subscription expire during the early access, you will be booted to Antonica and not able to access expansion zones until November 25th!

My opinion: It would not be fair for people who renewed their All Access just to buy Altar of Malice to then it lapse but keep playing.

Here We Go Again — EQ2 Update Runs 4 Hours Long — All Servers Up

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UPDATE: Today’s Game Update, scheduled to last 1 hour, clocked in closer to 4 hours as an SOE-wide Firewall glitch caused Login servers to be inaccessible for much longer than anticipated.

From Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson on twitter:

Original article follows after the jump…

Podcast: EQ2Wire Interviews EQ2 Lead Designer Kander for Altar of Malice

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, Tradeskill

EQ2Wire was fortunate enough to interview EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander“ Vallée for today’s Altar of Malice expansion launch to talk about a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • The building blocks of MMORPG content design and how collaboration between artists, animators, musicians, and designers makes it possible for a cohesive expansion with a strong theme and storyline.
  • The new Altar of Malice zones as they fit into Solo, Adv Solo, Heroic, Event Heroic, and Raid playstyles
  • How Altar of Malice builds on the Itemization bedrock laid by Tears of Veeshan
  • A hint of what we can expect in next year’s content-focused updates.

Download the EQ2Wire Altar of Malice Kander Interview [50:27]

This is my first (and possibly only) podcast recording so please be gentle. I’m not an old pro at this like Dellmon, Aliscious, and Osgz of EQ2Talk. ;)

Update Notes: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST. Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST. (Aprox. 5:00AM London Time on 11/13/2014). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Castle Highhold [Solo and Advanced Solo]
Va’Tak Telaris’ relic of power can always be seen once it spawns.

Inventory Items Not Appearing When in a House Zone

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From Endymion on the EQ2 Forums:

Hey everyone,

We’ve been getting reports of players not being able to see their inventory when in a house zone (including guild halls). We were able to work with a player on the live servers to determine the cause of the issue and hope to have a fix deployed in the next few days after it makes it through QA. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Altar of Malice Frequently Asked Questions

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Table of Contents


Q: So what’s new in the expansion?

  • Adventure, Tradeskill, and Guild levels can now all go to 100.
  • 100 new Quests including new Signature line for the expansion
  • All new level 96-100 harvestables, spells, recipes, armor, weapons, etc.
  • Two new Tradeskill questlines by Domino
  • Two new Overland zones (The Phantom Sea and The Tranquil Sea).
  • Ten new Heroic zones with 4-5 bosses per zone.
  • Five new Event Heroic zones with a single ring event and boss (10-15 minute zone!)
  • Two contested Heroic zones for leveling from 96-100 (if you prefer to grind).
  • Six raid zones, many of which are tuned for entry-level raiding
  • Avatars of the Gods gets 4 more Avatar raid fights
  • New PvP Gear
  • Nearly all spells can be upgraded to Grandmaster from level 1-100.
  • New “Ancient” spells/combat arts.
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