Update Notes: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
General

  • Flight is now allowed in the Skyshrine Capitol and Highhold premium guildhalls.

Time-Locked Servers

  • The travel bell in Qeynos harbor no longer hates time-locked servers.

ITEMS

  • Merchants that sell items for status will now only buy those items back for half of the sell value.

RACE TO TRAKANON

  • The achievement Race: Completed 400 Collections is now Race: Completed 355 Collections.

Don’t Punt the Gnome… Tinkerfest Returns!

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

Tinkerfest LogoThe cogs are oiled and the steam is rolling out—it’s time for Tinkerfest celebrations! The event runs from 12:01am PT on July 21st through 11:59pm PT on August 3rd. This year features one new collection, new quest reward options for “We Can Rebuild”, as well as more merchant items, Tinkering recipes, and Master Tinkerer blueprints. Previous quests will make their return along with the Aether races in Butcherblock, Great Divide, Lavastorm, and Tenebrous Tangle.

tinkerfest_jumppackThe new Tinkerfest Jump pack!

Niami has posted pictures of the new recipe and merchant items over on EQ2 Traders. The Stormhold TLE server will have a special Tinkerfest themed merchant, a celebrating tinkerer—as well as Shiny Tinkerfest Cog spawns—in Freeport, Qeynos, and Steamfont.


Guide Sections:

Too many alts? Get the Tinkerfest quest tracker! Print it out or copy it to your own Google Drive by going to the File menu and choosing “Make a copy…”.

Bonus Ethereal Coins and New Marketplace Bags

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

From EverQuest2.com:

Look to the Marketplace for new items that are available starting today! Also, members will earn bonus Ethereal coins until Monday, July 25.

As of this patch, players now have the ability to display a quiver appearance in-game! Look to the Marketplace under bags > quivers for new items that let you show off your interest in archery! Quivers are priced at 1299DBC.

Also, new bags are available in the Marketplace on all servers! 66-slot bags of a variety of appearances are available for 999DBC. Regular 50-slot bags can be purchased for 599DBC.

Double Ethereal Coins

Summer 2016 Ethereals are in full swing! If you’re not familiar with this year’s Ethereal event, check out the post here.

Members earn DOUBLE Ethereal Coins until Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:59PM PDT.

Not currently a member? All Access membership has its perks!

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Previously, there were only a few ways to get bags with more than 63 slots — the Claws of Veeshan bag for attending SOE Live 2014, the Rallic Pack from doing the Tuesday Daily Tradeskill Mission in Tranquil Seas, and Naylie’s Nebulous Newsbag from completing the Guide quest “Nebulous Newsies“, or if you purchased the Terrors of Thalumbra Collector’s Edition for $89.99. With today’s Marketplace update, it looks like anyone can now buy 66-slot bags for $10. While it’s possible to acquire two of these convenience items through gameplay, if you want more, there’s only one choice.

Terrors of Thalumbra Expansion Now Available for Daybreak Cash

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, Expansion News

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From EverQuest2.com:

Are you ready for another adventure this summer? Have you been waiting to pick up the most recent expansion, Terrors of Thalumbra? Now is a great time to get it! Why? For the first time, Terrors of Thalumbra is available to purchase with credit card or with Daybreak Cash!

EverQuest II: Terrors of Thalumbra is now available for $34.99 or 3499 DBC (Standard Edition), $89.99 or 8999 DBC (Collector’s Edition), and $139.99 or 13999 DBC (Premium Edition).

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, TLE/Prestige Servers

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where Aerakyn’s would sometimes show mirrored particle effects at their feet.
  • Fixed a UI related crash in the client.

Event Server: Race To Trakanon

  • Tinkering trainers are now available on the Race to Trakanon server!

ZONES / POPULATION
Lesser Faydark

  • Tunare’s Battleweary ability should not trigger as quickly allowing more time to complete the encounter.

Sundered Splitpaw

  • Encounters within Sundered Splitpaw will set a zone lockout timer when killed.

Agnostic Dungeons

  • Adjusted difficulty scaling in agnostic dungeons that can scale to level 100.

ITEMS

  • Scourge Watchman’s Quiver is now 36 slots.

and…

ITEMS

  • Marketplace quivers are now able to hold both arrow and throwing ammo types.

Appearance Quivers Come to EQ2 Marketplace

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

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One of the appearance items which EQ2 players have requested over the years are Quivers. With a ranger as my main character, it’s fine to travel with an appearance bow on my back, but my preference would be a quiver. Starting tonight, the [eq2u]Scourge Watchman’s Quiver[/eq2u] is now available for purchase from the Marketplace for a price of 1299 DBC. It holds 26 stacks of ammo (it currently only accepts arrows but will be updated to hold thrown ammo in a future update).

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After equipping the quiver, a new option becomes available in the Character Options tab under Back Gear. I already have a Claws of Veeshan backpack (from attending SOE Live) and Rallic Pack (for completing the Tradeskill daily in Altar of Malice). Now I have another option as shown…

Wave Two of Summer Ethereals Begin

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Itemization, Live Events

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As of midnight, it appears that Wave Two of Summer Ethereals have begun! As we wrote about earlier this year, rather than weapons, the new Ethereals are Jewelry and Charms. Here’s a post from two weeks ago giving today’s date from Kander:

Wave two starts July 15th. Yes, each wave drops a different item.

We will be doing double Ethereal tokens here some time in future also.

When asked if we’d still be able to buy Wave One items after Wave Two starts, he answered in the affirmative (quoted for posterity):

Yes,

With an overnight change in the items available on the in-game vendor, players have noticed that one new charm has been added — Bonecaster’s Mettle. It is oddly marked FABLED instead of ETHEREAL but can still be resold to the vendor for 15 Ethereal Coins. You’ll note that the existing three pieces of jewelry and three Ethereal Rune adornments (which vary based on your class) remain:

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UPDATE: It looks like this was a glitch as players are once again receiving just one Ethereal reward for completing the daily Ethereal mission.

Interestingly, players have been reporting receiving two rewards instead of one since last night. Some were hoping there would be a Double Coin event, but instead it looks like we’re getting a Double Reward event. Unlike past Ethereal events, this summer’s Summer Ethereals are tied to completing a specific Mission (quest) for a daily zone. The rotation can be viewed in the right column of EQ2 Library.

Follow the Race to Trakanon As It Happens!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U, TLE/Prestige Servers

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With the advent of the EQ2 Census service which allows us to build websites like EQ2U and Dragon’s Armory, we’re able to track the progress of players on the new limited-time Race to Trakanon server as events unfold. If you want to check things out as they happen, click on the button below to taken to our EQ2U Race to Trakanon Leaderboards page:

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The Race to Trakanon server is also included in our EQ2U Leaderboards site which lets you see PvE, Quests, Collections, Crafted Items, Rare Harvests, and other trackables as characters complete them. Check it out!

On Test: Tinkerfest 2016!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

Not everyone is racing to Trakanon this week, as fastidious EQ2 content testers have taken up live event wrangler and quest artiste Kaitheel on his offer and are now trying out the updated Tinkerfest event!

From the EQ2 Forums:

Tinkerfest is now active on Test!

Like clockwork, Tinkerfest has returned [to test]! Take up your favorite wrench in celebration of all things gnomish, be they metal, combustive, mathematical, experimental, or a combination thereof! Adventures, rewards, buyables and crafted items await you, both new and familiar at Gnomeland Security, your headquarters for all things Tinkerfest, in Steamfont Mountains. While you’re there, be sure to take a swig of Tinker Thermald’s cask-strength gnomish spirits! It’s sure to liven up the celebration!

New features for ’16!

  • TLE- Stormhold – A special Tinkerfest themed merchant, a celebrating tinkerer, can be found in Freeport, Qeynos Qeynos Capitol District, and Steamfont Mountains.
  • New Collection! – Tinkerer’s Extraordinary Toolbelt
  • Quests Rewards – “We Can Rebuild” offered by Tinker Thermald in Gnomeland Security has new quest reward options
  • Myron, Tinkerfest Merchant, in Gnomeland Security has new things to sell – Tinkerfest Blueprints 7.0, New mounts!, New house items and baubles!
  • New recipe added to the existing “Master Tinkerer Blueprints 2.0″ recipe book – Tinkered Mechanized Bow

This event content is currently set to run 07/21/2016 at 12:01 AM PDT time until 08/03/2016 at 11:59 PM PDT time on the live servers.

Please post any feedback and bugs that you encounter with this event in the Feedback thread!

EverQuest II: The Race to Trakanon – Now Available!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

From EverQuest2.com:

Norrathians, a new adventure is awaiting you on the first EverQuest II event server,Race to Trakanon, which is available NOW!

Remember, on event servers, you can earn rewards based on your achievements that can be claimed on another regular live server!

AND if you log in during the first fourteen days (from now through Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11:59PM PT) and get to Level 10, you will get a SUNBRITE CLOTHWORK PEGASUS!

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The Sunbrite Clothwork Pegasus will be available to be claimed on each character on your account! This is a limited time offer, so you must log in to the server and get to Level 10 by Tuesday, July 26 in order to claim one for yourself!

This special server is available to members. Not a member yet? Visitwww.everquest2.com/membership to learn more about the benefits of membership, including access to special servers like this one!

Want more details on Race to Trakanon? Visit our announcement article here.

Check out the Race to Trakanon Updated Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Check out our EQ2U Race to Trakanon Leaderboards page!

WARNING: Use of boxing and botting software is expressly forbidden on the Race to Trakanon server. Players logging in with this software running — even in the background — are receiving a 1 day ban and the character used to login is being deleted.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 12, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, Raiding

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Server: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue causing the command /loadui to hang.

ZONES / POPULATION
Agnostic Dungeons

  • Reduced the damage on several attacks from mobs in agnostic Kralet Penumbra zones.

Zek, The Scourge Wastes: The Siege [Raid]

  • Fergul’s Dust Blind spell no longer requires line of sight to Fergul to be cast.

AMENITIES

  • The druid ring hireling is now available in the Highhold Guild Hall.

Updated Info & FAQ: Race to Trakanon Event Server Opens July 12

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

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The Race to Trakanon announcement thread has been updated with a new Frequently Asked Questions for the upcoming Race to Trakanon limited-time progression server which will open up next Tuesday, July 12th. When the server closes (it will run for at least three months and there will be 30 days notice before shutting it down), characters will be transferred to the live server of the player’s choice. Competing or participating in the Race to Trakanon server results in Coins which can be used to buy powerful items on the Live servers or the Stormhold TLE server.

EQ2Wire will be ready for this new server as we are working on an updated Leaderboards page which will track everyone’s progress towards the eighty plus Achievements which have been added for the new server!

From the EQ2 Forums:

What content and features are enabled?

The Race to Trakanon server operates under similar rules to a Time-Locked Expansion server. As this is the Race to Trakanon, it means that it contains content up to and including Kunark is available. Classes and features from future expansions will not be available.

What races will be available for the event? 

All races are playable.

What classes will be available for the event? 

Beastlord and Channelers are the only classes that will not be available.

Poll Results: NO to Rise of Kunark for Stormhold (TLE) Server in July

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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After some initial hesitation to do so, the EQ2 team have released results (with a percentage!) of the Time-Locked Expansion server poll for unlocking the Rise of Kunark expansion. Interestingly the Race to Trakanon server will launch on Tuesday, and all expansions up to and including Kunark will be available from Tuesday. Characters will be rewarded for being first or in the first 30 characters to achieve specific achievements.

From the EQ2 Forums:

The results are in! The community has voted and only 46% voted to unlock the next expansion so the server will remain on the current expansion.

We’ll announce the next vote when it’s approaching!

Norrathian Spotlight: Niboota the Tourist

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2

Suka has taken up the mantle of spotlighting EverQuest II players who contribute to the community in meaningful ways and this month she has chosen Niboota.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Today we put a face on Niboota! We are all familiar with Niboota and her marvelous videos tours of different houses on each server. She has done a great job of inspiring decorators and promoting them. She has posted many things on the forums including a detailed post on how to invite her to video tour your home.

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Q: How long have you been playing the game?

I’ve been playing since launch, with the exception of a 2 year break after the release of Age of Discovery

Q: What server do you play on?

Antonia Bayle

Q: What inspired you to create videos of houses

I have always loved the housing and been an ambitious tourist. I can easily kill an entire day touring, and what better way to get more people to design homes than to show everyone how much you enjoy them?

Q: Can you tell us how to find your videos? and your website?

The Evertour Entries can be found at http://evertour.livejournal.com

Continue reading the interview and spotlight on the EQ2 Forums…

Update Notes: Thursday July 7, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Server: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
General

  • Veeshan’s Peak, Chamber of Destiny, and Venril’s Lair no longer require flagging to enter if on a non-TLE server.

Stygian Threshold [Heroic] and [Agnostic]

  • Killing either of the two fairies, Diurna or Nocturna, while they are casting their shield spell will no longer keep the remaining fairy invulnerable for the remainder of the fight.

Maldura: District of Ash [All Versions]

  • Gavitzle will always retreat regardless of the rate of damage inflicted upon him.

Kunark

  • Raid encounters in Kunark which were previously invulnerable can once again be damaged.

40% Off Marketplace, Double Status, and Double Guild Status for All Access — July 1-5

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

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Looking to snag yourself some items from the marketplace? Members will receive a 40% marketplace discount for all items from 12 PM PT on Friday July 1, 2016 until 12PM PT on Tuesday, July 5, 2016!

All Access members will be awarded double personal status AND double guild status for the duration of the extended weekend!

Please note that double status will not be included for items purchased from vendors or the Marketplace.

Not an All Access member yet? With bonuses, discounts, access to new content, and more, there’s never been a better time to join!

Update: Daybreak Games to Unban Accounts That Purchased Third-Party Keys

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2

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Thousands of EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Planetside 2 players have purchased content packs and expansions from discount websites such as Steam, PlayerAuctions, and G2A over the last five months. This was all fine and dandy until it turned out that all of these purchases originated with large fraudulent purchases from Steam. The platform’s publisher Valve Inc sent an eyewatering bill to Daybreak Games for thousands of dollars. Valve’s failure to recognize and address this issue until the problem had snowballed to this point is a topic for another article, but what is more near and dear to Daybreak Customers is what will happen with these numerous banned accounts.

I’m sure the peanut gallery will be quick to dismiss affected players as cheaters and cheapskates. However what they’d fail to realize is that many of these expansions and content packs were gifted to other players by friends, family, and guildmates months ago and now these bans are striking accounts which have been active for upwards of 17 years.

After 24 hours of forum debate (especially on the EverQuest forums which were the harder hit community), it seems that cooler heads have prevailed and the bans will be lifted. Instead, the illegitimate content packs and expansions will be stripped from players’ accounts, allowing them to buy them from trusted sources. Now would be a great time for a proper sale, perhaps $25 for the EverQuest II expansion (since the new one is just four-and-a-half months away) or $120 for six keys.

Here’s the e-mail that affected players received:

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Daybreak Games Bans Thousands of EverQuest and EverQuest II Accounts for After-market Keys

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2

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Update
Players who were banned for these cheaply acquired expansions and content packs for EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Planetside 2 are currently in the process of being unbanned. The expansions and content packs will then be stripped from these accounts. Continue Reading…

After last week’s banning and suspension of hundreds of EverQuest II players for running third party software including boxing and botting programs (the bans seemed to be indiscriminate and extremely random), it seemed like things might be getting back to normal. So much for that idea.

For years, it has been possible to buy EverQuest and EverQuest II expansions at a discounted rate on sites like Steam, G2A, and PlayerAuctions. There is nothing in the EQ or EQ2 EULA or TOS that constrains where expansion keys can be purchased. Now that is being called into question as thousands of EverQuest and EverQuest II players who bought a code from the aforementioned market sites in the last five months were banned overnight. We can assume that at least some of these keys were acquired from Akella-Online when they were still publishing EverQuest in Russia. The provenance of all these keys has not been confirmed but they’ve been accepted by the official Daybreak websites for nearly five months now.  Now, all of these customers have been banned for the reason “Chargebacks” even though some accounts purchased the expansion nearly 5 months ago. That is a month beyond the maximum chargeback time.

Gorowyn City Festival Returns (July 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

city_festival_gorowynCome visit the shores in Timorous Deep for the Gorowyn City Festival, returning July 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Gorowyn Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 244 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Wind Warden title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on July 1st – 11:59pm PT on July 7th
WHERE: Timorous Deep, on the dock, /loc 2339, 80, 1441 (the merchants are found at /loc 2388, 21, 1349)
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Isle of Refuge EQ2 Server Goes Live at 12:30 PDT — Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

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Today, a new EverQuest II server is opening called Isle of Refuge. Similar in almost every way to existing live servers such as Antonia Bayle, Maj’Dul, Halls of Fate, Skyfire, and Splitpaw, this new server does have one unique difference. All non-Marketplace items which are flagged HEIRLOOM can be freely traded between players as well as bought and sold on the broker. This harkens back to the days of Kingdom of Sky when almost all loot was tradeable.

Update
The Isle of Refuge server is now open as of 12:30pm PDT.

In response to some questions about whether the new Isle of Refuge server shares anything in common with Stormhold, the Time-Locked Expansion server, we got some answers from RadarX:

Will there be an EU Free Trade server?
There will not be an EU Free Trade server at this time.

Can I buy a Krono / Heroic Character / House / Mount on the Marketplace?
The Isle of Refuge does not have a limited marketplace. Anything that you can purchase on a normal server can also be purchased on Isle of Refuge with the sole exception of a character transfer token as these could not be used.

Is Isle of Refuge a Progression server?
No, The Isle of Refuge has access to all expansion content.

Update Notes: Tuesday June 28, 2016 — 4 hours

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, TLE/Prestige Servers

US Servers: 7:00~11:00am PDT | 10:00am~2:00pm EDT | 15:00~19:00 BST | 16:00~20:00 CET

EU Servers: 7:00~11:00am PDT | 10:00am~2:00pm EDT | 15:00~19:00 BST | 16:00~20:00 CET

Update from RadarX:

A few technical issues have delayed this update an additional 2 hours. We’ll update you if an additional delay is necessary!

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION

  • Scourge Keep: The lockout timers for Scourge Keep [Heroic] and Scourge Keep [Advanced Solo] have been reduced to 3 hours.

Zek, The Scourge Wastes: The Siege [Raid]

  • Santifier Goortuk should no longer increase his resolve values as if he was in challenge mode without Fergul the Protector being present.

QUESTS

  • Justice for JoJo? – Coltang will appear even if your mercenary or pet helps you along the way.

HOUSES

  • Fixed an issue causing house portals to stop functioning.

 

Unannounced Daybreak Server Maintenance — 5am-9am PDT — COMPLETE!

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

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Daybreak Games is performing scheduled maintenance on their Login Servers this morning from 7am to 9am PDT. This information was not posted anywhere — Facebook, Twitter, or any of the Game Forums. Players first reported the login issues three hours ago. Here’s the tweet finally confirming the maintenance…

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: June 27 @ 5:00am – 9:00am
  • EDT: June 27 @ 8:00am – Noon
  • BST: June 27 @ 13:00 – 17:00
  • CEDT: June 27 @ 14:00 – 18:00
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