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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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New Adornment Window to Become Optional

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

On September 23rd, a new Adornment UI was added to EQ2 which presents a list of items that adornments can be applied to, rather than allowing you to apply adornments directly to the equipment tab. The new interface has not been universally liked:

For those who dislike the new window, we have news from EQ2 Buildmaster Bunji that the new Adornment window will become optional:

I’ll add an option that allows you to default back to old manual select style.

But instead of everyone just disabling the new window, it would be helpful to have a discussion about what could be done to make applying Adornments less tedious and potentially confusing and just a better experience overall…

EQ2U Updated for Grandmaster Spells, Recipes, Also Check out our Materials Chart

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Character Spell Lists Now Support Grandmasters

We’re happy to announce that EQ2U has been updated to fully support Grandmaster spells and combat arts. First up, Character Spell lists now support Grandmaster level for every spell, while still distinguishing between character choices and those spells which must be researched or crafted.

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NOTE: There are approximately one dozen spells game-wide which will not be offered in Grandmaster quality. Please post here in the comments or e-mail us so we can add them to our Grandmaster exclusion list.

EQ2U Recipe Database Updated

We have also loaded nearly 5,000 new Recipes into our Recipe database, including all 3,200 new Grandmaster spell recipes. We have added the necessary stuff to alert us if any characters know a recipe which is missing from our database.

SOE-Wide Maintenance Notice: October 8, 2014

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From the SOE Forums:

We will perform account and commerce maintenance beginning at 6:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take less than two hours. Actual downtime for services should only last 15-20 minutes within this maintenance window.

This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases
  • Game, web and forum logins

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: October 8 @ 6:00am-8:00am
  • EDT: October 8 @ 9:00am-11:00am
  • BST: October 8 @ 14:00-16:00
  • GMT: October 8 @ 15:00-17:00
  • AEST: October 8 @ 11:00pm-1:00am

Grandmaster/Level Agnostic Patch Slips to 8th October @ 4:00BST/5:00CET (5 14 Hours Late) for EU Servers

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At 7:00am PDT (15:00 BST / 16:00 CET), players on Storms, Splitpaw, and Valor noticed that their servers had not come down for today’s update. An hour later they still had not come down and Afista provided this update when asked if EU would patch at the same time as US:

These are the correct scheduled server down times for each server. I am looking into why there was a delay and will update you all whenever I have the information.

Two hours in, Windstalker tweeted this:

@BabaGraPL @everquestii we didn’t forget. The patch is taking a longer time than we expected. Tons of stuff in this one.

and then Afista had this update:

No one forgot the EU servers. This is a very large patch and things took longer than expected.

Altar of Malice Beta is Now Open for ALL ACCESS members

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On/behind/ahead of/who knows schedule, the Altar of Malice beta is now up and running for ALL ACCESS members.

How Do I Get to Beta?

There is no Non-Disclosure Agreement to accept this year, and no separate Beta launcher to run. To access the Altar of Malice beta, simply close and reopen your EverQuest II Launcher, click on the Version link in the top left corner (US English for US players), switch the region to “Beta“, click Apply, and let the patching begin!

Copying characters from live to beta is really easy now. Instead of typing /beta on the live server and hoping that an hour or two from now, your character will miraculously appear on Beta, the /beta command now takes between 10 and 15 SECONDS to copy your character over.

After the jump, a detailed pictoral of how to do these steps, and some useful time-saving info…

Update Notes: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Level Agnostic Dungeons, Grandmaster Spells

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UPDATE from Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

These are the correct scheduled server down times for each server. I am looking into why there was a delay and will update you all whenever I have the information.

ALL servers are supposed to be patching at the same time. Here’s the announcement from the EQ2 Forums:

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

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

From buildmaster Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

LEVEL AGNOSTIC DUNGEONS

  • These dungeons allow players, level 20-89, to group together without the need for mentoring and have both a challenging and rewarding experience.
    • Charasis: Maiden’s Chamber
    • Library of Erudin
    • Nejena’s Deep Forge
    • Vasty Deep: The Conservatory
    • Templeof the Faceless
  • You can enter an agnostic dungeon by queuing through Dungeon Finder or by using the agnostic dungeon entrances found near the arena entrances inFreeportand Qeynos.

MASTERS

  • Grandmaster spells are now available from crafting or via the spell upgrade (Research) tab in your Knowledge Book.
  • Free players can now scribe and research spells up to the Master level.

Watch the EverQuest II Art & Animation panel from SOE Live 2014

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Members of the EverQuest II Art team including EQ2 Art Director Tim “Hoahmaru” Heydelaar, Dave “Covic” Brown, Tom “Ttobey” Tobey, and Chris “Phatkins” Atkins talk about the upcoming Altar of Malice expansion, and give us a look behind-the-scenes with concept art, clips and stills.

Recorded live on August 17 2014 at SOE Live. Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Video edited and produced by EQ2Wire.

x4 Etyma Currency from ToV Missions is Coming Back!!

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Have you been missing x4 Etyma currency (x2 for F2P) ever since this summer’s “Level Up, Gear Up” promotion ended? You’re not the only one…

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

Also:

Join Team SOE and Play it Forward with Extra Life!

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Since September 24th, some 57 players of SOE games have contributed a whopping $3,920 for Extra Life. There’s still time to donate, and you can choose whose name you are donating for.

From the SOE forums:

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On October 25th, Team SOE will join thousands of gamers to share the joy of gaming, be it online, board games, LARP-ing, or whatever. Together, we will raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network charity as part of Extra Life’s annual 24-hour gaming marathon. All proceeds donated will go to the local hospital of each team member!

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Why are we doing this?
Our team is on a mission to help kids through the shared fun of gaming, and we need your help. Each of our team members has chosen their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents. On October 25th, 2014, Team SOE will be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life. It’s our sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to any team member’s chosen hospital.

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