The Early Bird Gets the Loot: SOE Live Registration is Open!

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From the EQ2 Forums:


You know it’s spring when the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and gamers worldwide are planning their trips to Las Vegas for four days of non-stop awesomeness at SOE Live 2014! The annual gathering of players is happening this year August 14-17, 2014, and gives fans a chance to meet and get an exclusive look at what’s new in their favorite games.

Did you know that by registering early, you gain access to great options to make your SOE Live experience that much more epic?

After the jump, check out this years’ Early Bird offerings including Group Table Reservations ($5 a person for a table of 12), Mailed Out Badges (no 3 hour lines this year!), Special Hotel Rates, and more!

SOE Live Returning to Planet Hollywood on August 14-17, 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in SOE Live (Fan Faire)

It’s official! SOE Live 2014 is set for August 14-17, 2014 returning to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Registration will go live next Spring.



Hopefully a Mobile Data solution can be found so that article posting, tweeting, and facebooking is possible from the convention floor. It wasn’t last year (unless you paid $25 for 3 hours of Wifi), greatly diminishing SOE’s social media presence over the all-important weekend of EQNext news.

It’s also too early to tell if events will spill into Sunday afternoon as they did last year, but now, people can start asking for days off work to attend!

VIDEO from EQ2 Art & Animation Panel at SOE Live 2013

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Join members of the EverQuest II Art & Animation team including Tim “Haohmaru” Heydelaar, Tom Tobey, Dave “Covic” Brown, and Aaron “Gnobrin” Bisnett as they talk about what it takes to create new zones, characters, and weapons for EverQuest II, as well as previews of upcoming zones and artwork!

This video includes:

  • a detailed reveal of the reimagined Bixie characters
  • a behind-the-scenes look as the team at first worked towards a different visual approach for Siren’s Grotto before building what was eventually delivered
  • flythroughs of upcoming Highkeep, Temple of Veeshan, and Nexus zones in EverQuest II’s 10th expansion: Tears of Veeshan
  • a zany Fun with Art segment with Tom Tobey showcaseing some of the key animations we’ve gotten in EQ2 this year
  • a sneak peek at content for 2014 (dinosaurs!)
  • the exciting new Terrain Editor!

NOTE: Silence in the first 1-2 minutes of the video, followed by frantic tripod setup noise for another minute is perfectly normal.

EQ2 Panel #3: Itemization Evolves SLIDES

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

Welcome to the EverQuest II: Itemization Evolves panel from SOE Live 2013. Panelists are Michael “Xelgad” GanzBrian “Omougi” Ferguson, and Kyle “Kander” Vallée.


Disclaimer: All things discussed about the expansions are subject to change!


More slides after the jump…

EQ2 Panel #3: Itemization Evolves (Friday, August 2 @ 5pm)

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

Welcome to the EverQuest II: Itemization Evolves panel from SOE Live 2013. Panelists are Michael “Xelgad” GanzBrian “Omougi” Ferguson, and Kyle “Kander” Vallée.

This is a LIVE BLOG hosted by Blyve:

EQ2 Panel #1: Systems/Mechanics SLIDES

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Welcome to the EverQuest II: Systems panel from SOE Live 2013. Panelists are Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Brian “Omougi” Ferguson, and Kyle “Kander” Vallée.


Disclaimer: All things discussed about the expansion are subject to change!

Itemization will be discussed in our next systems panel: EverQuest II: Itemization Evolves.

More slides after the jump…

SOE Live 2013 Welcome Reception & EverQuest Keynote (EQ/EQ2)

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Welcome to the SOE Live 2013 Welcome Reception. Tonight includes a keynote about EverQuest and EverQuest II, no doubt with a teaser of their upcoming expansions.

The Keynote is scheduled for two hours starting at 7pm PDT Thursday (10pm EDT, 3am BST, 4am CET).

This was a liveblog hosted by Blyve.

Dethdlr’s Dungeon: Itemization Hopes for this Expansion

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Dethdlr's Dungeon, Expansion News, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Dethdlr's Dungeon

I’ve got big hopes for EQ2 itemization and what we’ll see in the “Everquest II: Itemization Evolves” panel at SOE Live this year.  For me, there are several things that go into itemization.  It’s more extensive than just the items themselves.  Here are a few notes on itemization that I hope will be included in that evolution:

  • Go back to the days when gear was less cookie cutter. The days when you looked at more than just the Stamina stat to see if you were already wearing better.
  • Bring back heroic zone progression meaning make the top level heroic instance hard. As in “need to gear up in the easier instances before you have any chance at clearing it” hard. Remember zones like Palace of Ferzhul, Estate of Unrest,  Tower of Tactics, Elements of War?  This was something we used to work towards so it gave us a goal. Lately, we can clear the harder zones the first or second time we go in. If we can clear the hardest zone, what are we working towards?
  • Put the items in places that make sense. If zone X is required to get access to zone Y, and the quest sending me into zone X rewards me with boots, don’t put worse boots in the loot tables for zone Y. Nobody will ever wear them and it makes it seem like nobody was paying attention when placing the loot.
  • Put ultra-rare items into the heroic zones again that are desirable even by raiders. This gives us something to do. I remember people asking to run zones like Cella, Maidens, Najena’s Hollow Tower, even Obelisk of Blight way back when because they wanted an ultra-rare item that dropped in there. Quite often the next GU or expansion would come out before everybody got what they wanted out of all the zones. Again, this gave us something to work towards.

These don’t sound like difficult things to do and they used to do things pretty much like this until the last couple of years. Hopefully they go back to this way of doing things and will give us heroic group runners something to work towards again other than Obols, Spirits, or whatever other new currency they come up with.

SOE Live Prepares for Record Attendance, Debut of EverQuest Next

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From Massively:

Sony Online Entertainment‘s SOE Live event is promising to be bigger than ever this year, as the company is reporting that advance passes are sold out and that walk-up tickets are expected to do the same, and quickly.

SOE Live 2013, which takes place August 1st through 4th at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is surrounded by hype thanks largely to the long-awaited debut of EverQuest Next. SOE will also host five tournaments, a silent auction, a pool party, and talent and costume contests.

We have two Massively staffers on deck in Vegas: MJ Guthrie and Karen Bryan will be covering news as it happens.

Continue reading at Massively…

EQ2Wire Coverage of SOE Live and EverQuest II Expansion 10

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EQ2Wire will be (where else?) in Las Vegas this weekend for our sixth SOE Live covering EverQuest II, as well as the upcoming EverQuest Next on our sister site I’ll also be presenting a panel about our EQ2 armory site EQ2U as well as plans for the future.

You can read the official SOE Live 2013 Schedule here (hopefully with no more changes!), but here’s the list of panels I will be attending, with notations of which panels I will be Liveblogging and which I will be recording in 720p HD video. All times are Pacific Daylight Time!

  • Thursday, August 1
    • EQ2Wire/Dragon’s Armory Meet Up!4-5pm — If you are in Vegas, join us in the Planet Hollywood Mezzanine. We’ll find a comfortable place to sit, either in the Lounge or Theater and chat.
    • Welcome Reception and Keynote Address - 7-9pm – Covering EverQuest and EverQuest II. This will also be livestreamed on Liveblog
  • Friday, August 2
    • EverQuest Next Debut - Noon-1:30pm – First look at EverQuest Next! This will also be livestreamed on Video Liveblog
    • EQ2U & Dragon’s Armory Player Panel - 2-3pm – The future of EQ2U, plus Dragon’s Armory will unveil a major revamp! Video
    • EverQuest II: Systems - 3-4pm – Classes, Tradeskills, PvP, and more. Video Liveblog
    • EverQuest II: Expansion #104-5pm – EverQuest II’s 10th expansion. Video Liveblog
    • EverQuest II: Itemization Evolves5-6pm – Hear about some great things coming to EQ2 Itemization. Video Liveblog

UPDATE: Upon reflection of viewership numbers, lack of any kind of cellular data service in the conference rooms, and the high cost of Wifi in said rooms ($25 for 3 hours), and thus being unable to post photos in realtime, I’m NOT going to be Liveblogging on Saturday. A ton of EQNext info has been released on game sites and social media. So we’ll be recording a ton of panels in 720p HD video and releasing in the following days! Thank you!

  • Saturday, August 3
    • EverQuest II: Art & Animation10-11am - Monsters, Dungeons, Animation, Armor and more! Video
    • EverQuest Next: Showing Off Your Creativity11am-NoonVideo
    • EverQuest Next: The Classes of EQN - 1-2pmVideo
    • EverQuest Next: The Lore of EQN2-3pmVideo
    • EverQuest Next: Creating a World3-4pmVideo
    • EverQuest Next: Q&A – 4-5pm – Video

Looking For Video

The biggest holes in my schedule are Friday’s “The World of EverQuest Next” (5-6pm) panel as it conflicts with an EQ2 panel, and Sunday’s “EverQuest Next: Inside the Writer’s Room” (Noon-1pm) and “EverQuest II Q&A” (1-2pm) which takes place after I’ve left Vegas. We are hopeful that at least one person will produce a High Definition tripod video of each of these three panels and then share them on Youtube.

EQ2Wire SOE Live Schedule Webapp Updated!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in SOE Live (Fan Faire)


I have just finished updating our EQ2Wire SOE Live Schedule webapp based on the massive changes to the SOE Live schedule made last Friday, as well as the additional changes made today to Considering the depth of the changes to the official SOE Live Schedule.

Grab the EQ2Wire SOE Live Schedule webapp for your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Palm, etc. Remember, this app lets you pick your panels and add them to the “My Schedule” feature.

NOTE: This webapp uses a Manifest file to cache the schedule even for a device in airplane mode. If you’re testing this on a PC or Mac, you may need to reload your browser several times, and even close and reopen the browser to get the new version to load. I suggest an Incognito window in Google Chrome, or otherwise completely clear your cache before attempting to load the page.

The latest version number at the time of this writing should be 1.08 and a date of July 29, 2013.

Changes to SOE Live Friday Schedule, EQ/EQ2 Moves to Thursday Night Keynote

Written by Feldon on . Posted in SOE Live (Fan Faire)


Looks like I wasn’t the only one experiencing a bit of trepidation about 6 hours without a bathroom break. The SOE Live 2013 Schedule has undergone some pretty major changes, not only in times, but in which rooms are being used. The Friday panels have shifted, and all the panels set for Melrose have moved to the Sunset or other rooms.

More importantly, the EverQuest and EverQuest II keynote information has moved from 11-Noon on Friday to Thursday night as part of the Welcome Reception.

EQNext now gets its own dedicated 90 minute reveal starting at Noon on Friday.

The SOE Live 2013 Schedule has been updated on the SOE Live website.

NOTE: Changes are STILL being made, and neither Greg’s SOE Live Schedule app nor the EQ2U app has been updated for the new schedule yet. After the changes shake out, stay tuned for an update for when our schedules are updated!

Mark Tuttle and Linda “Brasse” Carlson to Host SOE Live 2013

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From the SOE Live website:

SOE Live 2013 is coming up on us fast, and we want to get you revved up for the cool info, prizes, and fun you’ll see on stage at Planet Hollywood or (if your spending priorities include eating and paying rent) online via our livestream! Here’s a quick rundown of the SOE celebs that’ll bring you all the action!

Mark Tuttle

Mark Tuttle – Host
Executive Producer, Strategy Games

Mark spent 17 years doing morning radio programs (proving again that ANYONE can get into the gaming industry). Mark will bring a quirky, fun air to the Reception and Grand Banquet. If that doesn’t work, he’ll just buy your love with prizes.

Updated SOE Live Schedule for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Palm, and BlackBerry

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Greg’s SOE Live Schedule for iPhone/iPad

Greg “Rothgar” Spence, now Lead Programmer for EverQuest Next, has updated his popular SOE Live Schedule app for SOE Live 2013!


Greg developed this iOS app three years ago and, in his extremely limited spare time, has maintained it every year for SOE Live, adding Retina and iPhone 5 support over time. This app has a “My Schedule” feature which lets you choose which panels should appear on your schedule, as well as providing Dining and Transportation information.

From the Apple Store’s product page:

SOELive is your official guide to Sony Online Entertainment’s SOE Live convention. Access the full list of panels and events and even build your own custom schedule. View maps of the convention floor, keep up-to-date with a live news feed, view a list of nearby dining options and access important travel i0nformation.

Confirmed: SOE Live Discounted Rate @ Planet Hollywood is Finito!

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From Roshen on the SOE Live Forums:

It does NOT look like we’ll be able to add rooms to the SOE Live room block. If anything does free up to us before the event, it doesn’t look like it will be at the same prices listed in the SOE Live FAQ.

It looks like some people have good suggestions for other nearby or cheap hotels in Vegas. Before walking the Las Vegas Strip, just be aware that a Vegas ‘block’ isn’t as short as you think it is.

So if you waited til the last possible moment to book SOE Live and pay at the door, you’ll want to shop around other hotel options.

SOE Live 2013 Schedule Update! EQNext, EQ2 Panels Named

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Although vague, we now have a little more info about the EQNext and EQ2 panels at this year’s SOE Live convention. Dexella has posted an update to the SOE Live 2013 Schedule which moves the Maxwell Drake panel, as well as adding names for the EQ2 and EQNext panels…

First up, EverQuest II will have panels about the game’s 10th Expansion, Mechanics (Systems), Itemization, Art & Animation, an informal Coding & YOU! panel (ie the Geek panel), and more, as well as two panels that allow players to test a new Secret feature:

The EQ II team will be doing a full reveal on the new secret project that they’ve been working on for the Expansion. Developers will be showing off a currently unannounced feature, and gathering feedback from folks who have had a chance to play during one of the open play sessions. If you’re an EverQuest II player, you don’t want to miss this one!

EQ2U and Dragon’s Armory are proud to be presenting the first EverQuest II panel of the weekend (right after the EQNext reveal!) about our sites, unveil some new features, and talk about our plans for the future!

Speaking of EverQuest Next, it will have panels for Showing Off Your Creativity, Classes, Lore, Q&A part one, Q&A part two, as well as an unknown panel on Sunday at 1pm. This is, of course, in addition to Friday morning’s two hour worldwide reveal of EverQuest Next starting at 11am.

With so many panels overlapping, and the EverQuest II Q&A panel taking place on Sunday after I’ve already left, time travel technology and/or human cloning can’t be invented soon enough.

SOE Live: Last Chance Live Cast!

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From the Community site:

SOE Webcast Banner

SOE Live! It’s the event of the year, our annual family gathering, and we can’t wait to see you!  Linda “Brasse” Carlson (Director of Global Community Relations) and Jen Belfield (Marketing Services Director) plan to talk about the schedule, the pool party, tournaments, the Costume Contest, the Player Got Talent event, and so much more!  They will also share details on how to connect with us during the event via social media and our livestream channels!

Join us on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. PDT (8:30pm EDT, 1:30am BST, 2:30am CET) on Twitch TV! This webcast is expected to last about 20 minutes.

This is your last chance to see us live before SOE Live!

SOE Player Direct: Get your Youtube and Twitch Videos Featured by SOE!

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From Player Studio, to Census-driven player sites like EQ2U and Dragon’s Armory, to the player-made content we’ll be able to create in EQNext using tools from StoryBricks, SOE is showing an increasing interest in player-made content and fan sites. And now, they want to do the same thing with player-made videos!



We have long admired the videos that our players have made. Some make us giggle, some make us proud, and some make us just stare in open-jawed amazement. in short, you guys have become terrific video directors.

We just can’t get enough – literally – we come across most of your SOE Game videos while randomly surfing the web, by accident. We want to celebrate your work, on purpose! Enter, SOE Player Direct!

We made a cool logo. We set up a special page, and an email address for submissions and questions. All we need now are more of YOUR VIDEOS!

EverQuest II: Super Secret Testing Feedback Panels on Fri, Sat, and Sun

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There have been some changes to the SOE Live 2013 schedule, including some reshuffling of LoN, DCUO, and Dragon’s Prophet panels. Most notably, the addition of 3 2 new panels:

  • Friday 5-6pm – EverQuest II: Super Secret Testing Session 1
  • Saturday 2-6pm – EverQuest II: Super Secret Testing
  • Sunday Noon-1pm — EverQuest II: Super Secret Testing Feedback Panel

SOE Live 2013: Have you Picked your Panels?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2 Data & EQ2U, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

When the SOE Live 2013 schedule was released, I started reading. And reading. Before long, shock set in. Two hours later, I was discovered in the fetal position, mumbling something about sleep and time paradoxes. Despite consultation with a number of scholars, including Dr. Samuel Beckett, Dr. Emmett L. Brown, and the Doctor, as well as consulting the writings of Ray Bradbury, Mrs. Helena Wells, and so forth, I am no closer to a solution to attend ALL of the EverQuest II and EverQuest Next panels. However, I will make every effort.

One panel I certainly won’t miss is the “EQ2U & Dragon’s Armory – Leveraging EQII Data Feeds” panel hosted by Dedith of Dragon’s Armory and myself. I’m proud to say that our little panel was called out not only on the SOE Live Blog, but on the EQ2 Forums!

Gather your guildmates, divide up the roles, and get ready for a seriously epic encounter. No, it’s not a raid: it’s the sheer volume of awesome panels just announced for SOE Live 2013. With this much must-see content, you’re going to have to divide and conquer to make sure you get all the juicy details!

Full panel descriptions are still in the works, but based on these titles, there’s something for everyone. Here are just a few of your options:

For the Norrathians: Players of EverQuest and EverQuest 2 have a lot of enticing choices this year. Be the first to learn about the newest content at the EverQuest and EverQuest II: Expansion panels happening on Friday. For those interested in game mechanics, EverQuest II Tradeskills & PvP and the EQ2U & Dragon’s Armory – Leveraging EQII Data Feeds player panel both sound intriguing. For the crafters, there’s the EQ/EQII Crafting & the SC Marketplace player panel. Those who want to boost their RL crafting skills should pre-register for Metal Embossing with Brasse: So Easy an Elfink Can Do It.

For everyone: Admit it, you’re curious about EverQuest Next. No matter which SOE game you call home, get a front row seat to gaming history at the EverQuest Franchise Keynote Address on Friday morning. Various EQN panels are scheduled throughout the weekend, but SOE is keeping the topics secret for now, so keep an eye out for updates after the big reveal.

For a complete list of panels, check out the SOE Live Lineup page and start making your schedule today!

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