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Update Notes: Thursday August 17, 2017

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vaedenmoor Raids

  • Code has been put in place to prevent players from entering any version of the zone while still locked to a previous zone and/or not passed the minimum lockout time. Players will be banished from the zone if they fail this check regardless of any lockouts displayed on their lockout window.
  • This applies to Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares [Raid] and Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid].
  • Any previously saved zone instances have been reset.

Chamber of Rejuvenation [Raid]

  • Noxious Attuned can no longer be resisted.
  • Trakanon should now call out his target when he snaps his jaws.

Lost City of Torsis: The Shrouded Temple [Expert & Event Heroic]

  • The Meld of Haze is now immune to the ROOT effect from Terrestrial Coffin.

Nektulos

  • Jawharah Izzah, Shady Erudite at the Nektulos Docks, is now willing to sell Spiritbreaker to those channelers who have completed their epic quests.
  • Jawharah Izzah, Shady Erudite at the Nektulos Docks, is now willing to sell The Wards of Kelkarn to those troubadors who have completed their epic quests.

Sundered Splitpaw: Gladiator’s Triumph

  • The Pit Champion will now correctly spawn at the end of the arena event.

ITEMS

  • Woven Vulcanized armor pieces from Lord Nagalik now possess additional defensive stats.
  • Stats on the Ring of Removal from King Drayek have been increased to match his other drops.
  • The Prismatic Greatsword of the Scale now has additional weapon skill bonuses.

QUESTS

  • The Truespirits’ Lament – The shadowy creatures that start this quest have been disciplined. They will no longer attack or be visible until Destiny of Velious is available on TLE.

 

Later addition:

TIME-LOCKED SERVER POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

The Isle of Refuge: Darathar’s Flight

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points Darathar gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of combat mitigation Darathar gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Corrected a bug that allowed Darathar to be killed without locking players to the zone.

The Crypt of Vox

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Element of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of combat mitigation The Element of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Spirits of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of combat mitigation The Spirits of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Fragments of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of combat mitigation The Fragments of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.

Spirits of the Lost

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points Venekor gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of combat mitigation Venekor gains on Time-Locked servers.
   

From Intern to Full Time: Daybreak’s Community Coordinator

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

After Tony “RadarX“‘s departure from Daybreak Games on July 14th, EQ2 players have been wondering who our new Community Representative would be. Now we know!

From DaybreakGames.com:

As our company continues to grow, we’re always excited to have new talent join our team. Daybreak’s Marketing department is happy to introduce our new Community Coordinator, although she’s already a familiar face to many at our company.

Meet Roxanne “Roxxlyy”

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What is your role at Daybreak?
I spent the last year or so as an intern in the Marketing department here at Daybreak, focused mostly on supporting various PR initiatives. I really enjoyed it, but I have always wanted to pursue community management. Good news – I’m now going to be doing just that! I’m happy to report that I am now a full-time member of the Community team, taking on the role of Community Coordinator.

Days of Summer – Week Three

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

From EverQuest2.com:

Yun Zi is back again this week with another quest! The merchant has a fresh list of locations that he’s interested in having you visit for him. For your assistance, Yun Zi will grant you new rewards including ranged weapons and ranged slot adornments, a Fellowship of Stone focus rune, a ring, and an earring. Plus, if you’re looking to decorate your home to match the summer season, he also has a Siren Enchantress Plushie and some Aqua Hanging Seaweed!

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In order to complete Yun Zi’s new quest, you must have all of his previous quests finished! If you haven’t completed them yet, you’ll have to do some catching up before you can unlock the next set of summer rewards.

Yun Zi will have another quest available for you on Tuesday, August 22nd at 12:01AM PT. Quests will continue to unlock every Tuesday until summer comes to an end on Monday, October 2nd at 11:59PM PT.

EQ2 Patcher Issue Resolved

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

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Our new EQ2 Community Manager Roxxlyy posted an update yesterday afternoon indicating that the issue preventing many players from downloading or updating EverQuest II with the patcher should now be resolved. From the EQ2 Forums:

Login and patching issues are believed to be resolved at this time! Please let us know if you are continuing to see any persistent issues.

Daybreak Acknowledges Login Failures and Connection Issues

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

From our new community person Roxxlyy on the EQ2 Forums:

Hey folks,

Just wanted to let you all know that the team is very aware of the various issues impacting logins, downloads, and the whole slew of connection problems that many of you are facing. At least one major issue causing these problems has already been detected, and the team is working on a fix for it at this exact moment.

I’ll be continuing to update this thread with new information as it becomes available.

And

We’re continuing to work on the problem, and have made positive progress. Please let us know if these issues continue into tomorrow!

We have learned from Discord that the issue is apparently the Content Delivery Network (CDN) used by Daybreak. Commonly used by most major websites and software companies, Content Delivery Networks store copies of often-requested files in every region around the world so that local customers aren’t downloading files from far away. According to the message, connections between certain ISPs and the CDN are currently failing.

EverQuest II Socket Errors Preventing Patching

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

Since Friday, a number of players have reported Socket Errors and a failure to patch two files. This is preventing players from accessing the game according to several threads on the forums.

EQ2Wire hosted the 2 files needed to patch the game and login between August 10-15. Now that the problem is resolved, we have removed these files.

Update Notes: Thursday August 10, 2017

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

All Servers: 7-9:00am PDT | 10:00am-Noon EDT | 15-17:00 BST | 16-18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Added “Camera Shake” option under Display (advanced)  “Camera” to enable / disable camera shakes.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Chamber of Rejuvenation [Raid]

  • The reaction time for Prescient Gaze has been slightly increased.
  • The range for applying Noxious Attuned has been removed.
  • The duration of Noxious Attuned has been increased.

Update Notes: Tuesday August 08, 2017

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

The Fallen Gate and Stormhold Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 4:00 PM PT (23:00 UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is less than 1 hour.

From the EQ2 Forums:

TIME-LOCKED SERVER CONTENT RELEASE

The Sentinel’s Fate mid year content releases on Stormhold.

  • Unseen Arcanum
  • Underfoot Depths
  • Icy Keep

The Shattered Lands mid year content releases on Fallen Gate.

  • The Bloodline Chronicles
  • The Splitpaw Saga

Screen Shake-Disabling Checkbox Coming Soon!

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

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EverQuest II attracts a diverse playerbase with different desires and physical abilities. Some players have limited eyesight, the use of only one hand, or other physical differences which require adaptation, special controllers, disabling certain game features such as particle effects, etc. For years, EQ2 has “shaken the camera” to convey the force and effect of certain attacks, the earth moving, etc. However certain players have very negative reactions to this visual such as vertigo, headaches, and nausea. After years of requests, now it looks like those who wish to suppress this jarring cosmetic effect will soon have an in-game checkbox.

From Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

This option will be on Test server today after it updates ( under “Camera” in advanced options ).

Now if we can just get a solution for Colorblind players. Perhaps a Tint setting in-game, or a config file “eq2_colorshift.xml” that players can add a list of zones identified as having a lot of red or green tints which are basically invisible to strongly red-green colorblind players. This way, zones like Thalumbra, Veeshan’s Peak, etc. would be automatically shifted in hue. As it is, some of these highly saturated zones are practically unnavigable for certain players. There are some third party DirectX filters, but an in-game feature would be preferable.

EverQuest II Days of Summer 2017 – Weekly Rewards

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

From EverQuest2.com:

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It’s time for some summer fun! And what better way to countdown the end of summer than helping out the ambling tradesbear, Yun Zi, to earn yourself some weekly rewards from his trove of inherited treasures.

Maybe you’ve been away for a while and need a quick way to catch up to play with your friends or you need a bit of a boost so you can run those expert heroic zones, or perhaps your house is feeling a little stale and needs some redecorating? No matter what you need, Yun Zi has plenty of rewards to help you out!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 1, 2017

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

Our new Community intern Roxxlyy posted this:

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 7:00 AM PT (14:00 UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is less than 2 hours.

UPDATE: Today’s downtime has been delayed til 9:00am PDT (Noon EDT). Servers are now down for maintenance.

and here are our update notes:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares [Raid]

  • Terris-Thule will no longer speed up her casting of her AE spells with the removal of the “Daydream” spell.
  • Corrected an issue that would occasionally cause Saryrn and Terris-Thule to become immune to all damage.

Update Notes: Sunday July 30, 2017

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

Continuing our new pattern of out-of-band TLE server updates, here are some update notes posted just a few minutes ago (Sunday July 30th @ 5:30pm EDT, 2:30pm PDT):

TIME-LOCKED SERVER POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

The Isle of Refuge: Darathar’s Flight

  • Reduced the amount of melee damage dealt by Darathar on Time-Locked servers.
  • Increased the amount of ability damage dealt by Darathar on Time-Locked servers.

The Crypt of Vox

  • Reduced the amount of melee damage dealt by The Fragments of Vox on Time-Locked servers.
  • Increased the amount of ability damage dealt by The Fragments of Vox on Time-Locked servers.

Update Notes: Friday July 28, 2017

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

This was an emergency patch yesterday. From the EQ2 Forums:

TIME-LOCKED SERVER POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

The Isle of Refuge: Darathar’s Flight

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points Darathar gains on Time-Locked servers.

The Crypt of Vox

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Element of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Spirits of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.
  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points The Fragments of Vox gains on Time-Locked servers.

Spirits of the Lost

  • Reduced the amount of bonus hit points Venekor gains on Time-Locked servers.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 25, 2017

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

All Servers: 7-9:00am PDT | 10:00am-Noon EDT | 15-17:00 BST | 16-18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Arcanna’se Spire: Order and Chaos [Raid]

  • Shanaira the Prestigious should now give slightly more time to react to the combo elements of her encounter.

Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares [Raid]

  • Terris-Thule will no longer stoneskin while rampaging.
  • Corrected an issue that would cause the Gatekeepers to think pets were not allowed to damage them if their owner challenged them.
  • Terris-Thule no longer casts the “Daydreamer” spell.
  • The spells “Touched by Nightmares” and “Touched by Torment” now persist through death.
  • The adds in the Saryrn encounter should now despawn if Saryrn leaves the encounter or is slain.
  • Some health adjustments to Saryrn and Terris-Thule.
  • The buff spells that are assigned to groups should now put “Outsider’s Recognition” on the group the boss has targeted instead of a random group.

Reminder: Annual All Access Purchased Last August Renewing Soon

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

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If you took advantage of last year’s too-good-to-pass-up $72 for 1 year of All Access subscription, be aware that these will be renewing soon at the full price of $119.88. It is not expected that the $50 off deal will be offered for 2017. To manage your All Access subscription, visit the Daybreak Games website page for All Access Membership Info.

Tip of the hat to Uxtalzon.

   

Tinkerfest Has Returned Until August 2nd

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

From Kaitheel‘s twitter:

and from EverQuest2.com:

Like clockwork, Tinkerfest has returned!

Take up your favorite wrench and celebrate 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. You won’t want to miss all of the fun at Gnomeland Security, your headquarters for all things Tinkerfest, in Steamfont Mountains.

This year’s event runs through Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT.

Update Notes: Tuesday July 18, 2017

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

Until we get a new Community Manager for EQ2, it looks like Caith is posting the downtime notices:

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, July 18th, 2017 at 7:00 AM PT (14:00 UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is less than 2 hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

SUMMER ETHEREALS

  • Increased the maximum Ethereal reward chances from 3 to 4.
  • Added a forced description to the Ethereal cloak merchant lists to correct an issue where it did not always display the purchase requirements on the upgraded cloaks.
  • Two new [Heroic] daily missions that each reward a Sathirian Ethereal crate are now available from Okzil <Daily Mission> in Obulus Frontier within Crusaders’ Cave at 526.8, 252.5, 1295.1.
  • Both missions can be completed each day, but only one can be active at a time.
  • Both missions can only be updated and completed within a Kunark Ascending dungeon labeled [Heroic].
  • Neither mission will be granted if you already received 4 Sathirian Ethereal reward crates for the day. Because of this restriction, neither mission can be shared.

In-Game Mail Blast Requires EQ2 Subscribers to Visit Website

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

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EverQuest II’s in-game mail has been put to good use by the company to alert players to significant in-game revamps, refund Items and Tokens, announce the return of Seasonal Events, conduct In-Game Polls and Surveys, Gauge player interest in Crafting, Heroic, and Raid content, and so forth. Now however, it seems that the in-game mail service is being put to a new and somewhat questionable use.

Update Notes: Thursday July 13, 2017

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

All Servers: 7-9:00am PDT | 10:00am-Noon EDT | 15-17:00 BST | 16-18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Fracture, the Inheritance Merchant has returned to Freeport and Qeynos.

Vaedenmoor: Heart of Nightmares [Raid]

  • Terris-Thule’s “Drain Life” ability should no longer hit the entire raid. It should work the same way as it does in Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair[Raid].
  • The allowable deaths in the Summoned Foes encounter has been increased.
  • The platforms in the Summoned Foes encounter no longer randomize colors beyond the first time.

EverQuest II 2017 Ethereal Event July 11th-October 6th — Expert Zones Only

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization

From EverQuest2.com:

It’s summertime, which means warmer temperatures, picnics, and of course – Ethereals in EverQuest 2 have begun!

During these events, when you complete a mission in Kunark Ascending expert zones you’ll receive Sathirian Ethereal coins.  Each character can earn up to 3 of these coins per day (6 if you are a Member!) which may be exchanged for rewards with Lakathen, the Traveler in the Obulus Frontier.

In rare circumstances receive an Expert’s Ethereal Cloak or a choice between a class specific ethereal focus or universal ethereal rune.

Over the course of these events, there will be several periods where you will have the opportunity to earn even more Ethereal coins!

Update Notes: Tuesday July 11, 2017

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

All Servers: 7-9:00am PDT | 10:00am-Noon EDT | 15-17:00 BST | 16-18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • It should be much harder for mercenaries to hold aggro against The Omen Feeder.

PROVING GROUNDS

  • The reward for completing a checkpoint in a heroic proving ground has been increased from 1 to 2 Marks of Glory.
  • The reward for completing a the final checkpoint in a heroic proving ground has been increased from 5 to 10 Marks of Glory.

EverQuest II’s Black Box Problem

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2

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I believe that the best games, whether in the real or digital worlds, on any platform, should have clear and concise rules which are obvious or well-documented for the player. For years, Dellmon (host of the now-quiet but formerly popular EQ2Talk podcast which frequently interviewed members of the EQ2 team) and I have railed against a severe lack of documentation in EverQuest II. Our requests for improvements have spanned how game mechanics work in unexpected ways, to trying to clear up vague item tooltips and spell descriptions, and many other suggestions that would improve the Quality of Life for players. Our input has completely fallen upon deaf ears.

From effects/procs on items that do 1,000 times more damage than the description says, to the way Reforging, Infusing, and Experimentation are indistinguishable from each other when reading item examine windows, and many other examples, it has become tediously difficult to figure out what the hell is actually going on in with your character in Norrath. Despite the availability of 3rd party tools like DarqUI, ProfitUI, Dragon’s Armory, and our own EQ2U, trying to keep even one character fully informed and properly geared for the latest content has become a joyless tedious second career.

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