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General Daybreak Maintenance – October 29

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

All Daybreak sites and games will be under a 2+ hour maintenance window on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Login servers and account management may be unavailable during the maintenance.

Updated Info

As of 4:45pm ET:

Login Issues – October 28, 2015

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

Players are currently experiencing issues getting through the login server across all Daybreak games. On Twitter, Daybreak has stated that they are currently looking into the problem.

Beta Copy Update

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2

The beta copy backlog has been processed and requested copies are now available on the Beta server.

 

Nights of the Dead: A Comprehensive Guide

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

Nights of the DeadNights of the Dead is creeping into Norrath, and this year the merchants will be stocked up with new goodies (which Niami has pictures of over on EQ2 Traders) and costume illusions. Previous quest content and achievements make their return, and crafters now have a new recipe book to spook their house guests with. There are no new quests, collections, or achievements this year.

The event runs from 12:01am PT on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (3:01am ET) and concludes at 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 2, 2015 (2:59am ET on Nov 3rd). TLE servers are excluded from world events.

Quests Miscellaneous Collections
Charnel Hollow Achievements Crunchy Candied Crickets
Ghost Hunter Costume Illusions Deadly Remnants
Hedge Hollow Creepy Candy Frightful Fabric
Haunted Mansion Recipe Scrolls Ghoulish Masks
McQuibble Farm Vendor Locations The Great Haunt
Haunted House The Hedge Hollow
Guide Quests

Credits

Epilogue: A Tale of One Writer

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in General, Uncategorized

Tale of One Writer - Wide (1)This editorial is non-game specific and solely based on insights and opinions from its author.


One comment I receive a lot when I explain my job to others is “That’s awesome! How do I get into doing that?!” There is no perfect answer to this query, and despite how awesome working in this industry sounds and really is, it’s hard work and not quite as glamorous as you may be envisioning in your head.

Working on a gaming fan/press site requires a lot of dedication outside of game(s). We don’t actually spend most of our day playing these games for hours on end (unless we’re working on a review). Often, we find that there’s only a handful of time to spend in-game while dedicating the majority of our workday to emails, writing breaking news about games we may or may not actually play, writing guides, participating in social media, and so on. It doesn’t matter if you’re the editor-in-chief or a contributing writer; as a friend succinctly told me, “Everyone in the gaming press has to wear multiple hats, from the smallest fan site to the largest press operation.”

Qeynos City Festival Returns (October 1-7)

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

city_festival_qeynosIt’s time to grab some white marble – the Qeynos City Festival returns to Antonica from October 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Qeynos Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 134 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bridge Buzzer title.

Last month’s festival had new items, so check in with the merchants!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on October 1st – 11:59pm PT on October 7th
WHERE: Antonica, outside North Qeynos, /loc 6, -14, -61
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers, Tradeskill

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL
TLE Servers

  • The ‘Restore Items’ tab on the character window is now available.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Altar of Malice [Raid]

  • Tserrina should once again cast her Malicious Shadows and Malicious Strife spells.
  • Ritual Keeper V’derin should more reliably cast his Rain of Malice ability.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Once spawned, avatars should now respawn if they sense they have not been defeated and reset for any reason.
  • Teleporters to avatar islands no longer deactivate when an avatar is engaged.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Summoner

  • Flash Cast no longer references Empower Servant, as summoner pets no longer consume power when using abilities.

Channeler

  • Enhance: Marisha Kur’s Blessing will now correctly enhance Marisha Kur’s Blessing.

PVP

  • Players can no longer flurry in PvP combat.
  • Players will now require more spell resists to reach the resistance cap in PvP combat.

TRADESKILLS

  • Ensured all timed writs in the level 40 range for all crafting classes have no less than 3 parts and therefore will receive fuel cost reimbursement in 3 parts.

QUESTS

  • Insulated Warmers – The root of the World Tree has begun providing sap, once again.

Neriak City Festival Returns (September 1-7)

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

city_festival_neriakIt’s time to stock up on blue marble – the Neriak City Festival returns to Darklight Wood from September 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Neriak Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 89 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Fearless Flyer title.

Last month’s festival had new items, so check in with the merchants!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on September 1st – 11:59pm PT on September 7th
WHERE: Darklight Wood, outside Neriak, /loc -554, -53, -74
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

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

Moonlight Enchantments BannerThe monthly Moonlight Enchantments event begins tonight! The grottos open up on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion for all servers.

Grotto Zone & Location Collection Quest(s)
Brownie Darklight Wood
/loc 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/loc -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/loc -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/loc -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/loc -132, -44, -771
Flower Petals Seasonal Blooms
Blooming Good Tea

Achievement: Shinies Beneath the Moonlight
Merchant Items: See on EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Traders Corner | EQ2 Design Gallery

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 @ 7am PT

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

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 7:00AM PDT* on Tuesday, August 11. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is two to four hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Game logins for all Daybreak games
  • Forum & Web logins for all Daybreak games
  • Commerce and account management for all Daybreak games

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a game-specific maintenance. There will be no update or patch notes.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

~The Team at Daybreak

Time Zone Conversions (assuming 4 hours)

  • Tue Aug 11 @ 7:00am ~ 11:00am PT
  • Tue Aug 11 @ 10:00am ~ 2:00pm ET
  • Tue Aug 11 @ 15:00 ~ 19:00 BST
  • Tue Aug 11 @ 16:00 ~ 20:00 CET

Kelethin City Festival Returns (August 1-7)

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

city_festival_kelethinSet your sights on Greater Faydark because the Kelethin City Festival returns from August 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Kelethin Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 94 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bixie Barnstormer title.

There are new vendor items at the festival this month!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on August 1st – 11:59pm PT on August 7th
WHERE: Greater Faydark, Green Knoll, /loc 536, 44, 53
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 6am PT

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

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 6:00AM PDT on Tuesday, July 28. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is two to four hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Game logins for all Daybreak games
  • Forum & Web logins for all Daybreak games
  • Commerce and account management for all Daybreak games

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a game-specific maintenance. There will be no update or patch notes.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

~The Team at Daybreak

Time Zone Conversions (assuming 4 hours)

  • Tue July 28 @ 6:00am ~ 10:00am PT
  • Tue July 28 @ 9:00am ~ 1:00pm ET
  • Tue July 28 @ 14:00 ~ 18:00 BST
  • Tue July 28 @ 15:00 ~ 19:00 CET

As of 7:21am PDT, the maintenance is complete:

John Smedley Steps Down as Daybreak’s CEO

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General

The SmedNews broke tonight that John Smedley has stepped down from leading Daybreak. This action follows the recent DDoS attacks, as well as his social media outlash and subsequent deletion of accounts. Taking over the helm for Smedley is COO Russell Shanks, who has been with Daybreak since it was 989 Studios.

A Daybreak spokesperson stated that “John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined. Upon finalization of his plans, further communication will be provided.”

Further from MassivelyOP:

Smedley oversaw the company’s transition from Sony-owned Sony Online Entertainment to Columbus Nova-funded Daybreak Game Company earlier this year. He made headlines this summer after he spoke up —forcefully — about his harassment at the hands of Lizard Squad e-thugsresponsible for the bomb threat that diverted his plane nearly a year ago, among other alleged crimes. In apparent retaliation, the hackers assaulted Daybreak’s game servers with multi-day DDoS attacks and offered a $5000 reward for the defacement of Smed’s father’s grave.

Last week, he deleted his Twitter and Reddit accounts, saying he would “miss the interaction with […] players” but wanted to avoid distractions that stopped him from doing what he liked doing: making games.

 

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

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

Moonlight Enchantments BannerThe monthly Moonlight Enchantments event begins tonight! The grottos open up on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion for all servers.

Grotto Zone & Location Collection Quest(s)
Brownie Darklight Wood
/loc 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/loc -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/loc -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/loc -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/loc -132, -44, -771
Flower Petals Seasonal Blooms
Blooming Good Tea

Achievement: Shinies Beneath the Moonlight
Merchant Items: See on EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Traders Corner | EQ2 Design Gallery

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