EU Servers Still Cut Off From US, Test Chat Channels After 2 Months

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, International (Pro7Sat1)

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For two months, players on EU servers (Splitpaw, Valor, and Storms) have been cut off from the rest of the EQ2 servers, unable to participate in world channels such as Homeshow, Test, and the multitude of Class-specific channels. Each week, there has been flickering hope that this isolation would end, yet each week, there has been no sign that the issue is a priority.

First reported on the EQ2 forums on December 4th, players on EU servers noted that they were no longer able to join world chat channels from servers outside their region (Test, US, or Beta), and vice versa.

The issue was also raised in another thread where a developer said “I’ll look into this.” on December 20th. In the same thread on January 13th, we were told “ Requires some firewall rules be updated and pushed out. I sent the info the the corresponding dept. No ETA atm.”. There has been no further communication on the issue.

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Comments (13)

  • Malade

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    Since it includes a firewall change, people may have to accept that it won’t happen after the DDoS took everything down.

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    • Feldon

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      I won’t accept it. The DDoS was SOE servers responding to Time server requests.

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  • The observant Observer

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    The problem is pretty simple. SOE doesn’t have permission from the NSA yet.

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  • bhagpuss

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    Is there any kind of independent/external service or app that provides cross-game text chat that can be overlaid onto any MMO? We have a multiplicity of VOIP options like Mumble and TeamSpeak but when I tried to find something similar to use that I could type into rather than speak I came up blank.

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    • Feldon

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      There was such a service at one time. It was a cobbled together Jabber server that you logged into with your SOE credentials. It’s the first server they took offline with the security breach as it was one of the weakest access points into SOE. I’ve talked to Georgeson on more than one occasion about being able to chat from outside the game but no luck yet.

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      • Lapsus

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        Feldon – keep talking to him about it! Let him know that more than one person relied on that external chat service and it would help the ‘community’ inertia currently being boosted by their social media activities.

        Also – (off topic) thanks for being an active interface for those of us out here in the world that are working with the census API

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        • Feldon

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          Yeah it’s going to take a concerted effort to get external chat working again, as well as things like friends list. These would allow huge social features.

          I would love to know what other folks are doing with Census. People post on the forums all excited about it and ask for advice, I give some responses, and they’re never heard from again. :(

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          • Jrral

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            I’m hacking on the ProfitUI quick raid button config tool to get it to pull spell info directly from the data feed. I got it basically working, but I need to go back in and refactor a lot of it to centralize things. Right now the caching logic’s too scattered about.

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          • Feldon

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            So what’s the main thing the game’s spell data gives you that census spell data doesn’t? The modified spells?

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          • Jrral

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            Nothing. It’s just that at the time the census feed was marked as not supporting EQ2. It’s still marked as being incomplete, but it’s got the spell data in it now so I’ll probably switch the code over.

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  • Narsikus

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    Feldon posts on EQ2wire about the EU chat channels problem.

    Couple of hours later Smed is working on it and about to kick some butt.

    Coincidence??? I think not…..

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    • Feldon

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      Love the Incredibles reference.

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  • Daalilama

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    Glad that issue seems to be getting addressed but side issue that’s been with us a long time is pvp servers have never been allowed to access the ww channels…just saying.

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