SOE Live 2014 Update – July 2, 2014

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

Linda “Brasse” Carlson has taken to Facebook to provide an update on some key points regarding this year’s SOE Live event in Las Vegas.

Confirmed: increased area of grand ballroom to accommodate 150 more Premium Passes. We will sell tickets online right up to event time (unless we sell out).

Confirmed: hotel has “increased nodes” in ballroom in an attempt to improve smart phone access – to be tested at the event! Initial tests by staff are positive, but huge numbers of people do weird things to cell reception.

Confirmed: Player Got Talent auditions to be accepted SOON – as in tomorrow. Start practising!

Confirmed: International attendees CAN participate in our awesome game tournaments this year!

Confirmed: EverQuest players lead the pack of 1542 people registered with 520 attendees, well in advance of second place EQII with 392.

Confirmed: Dead Carpet event, the Zombie Prom Party – we WILL have a zombie-themed drink special. I hope it does not contain gross lumpy or chunky bits.

WHUT ARE YE WAITIN’ FER? RETWEET THIS & SIGN UP NOW! ;-)#
https://www.soe.com/soelive

Better Cell Phone Service?

no-cell-phone-reception-in-house-200x300 Last year’s cell phone reception on the show floor was absolutely atrocious, amounting to a media blackout. This was not just an inconvenience for attendees. It cut off diehard players, fansites, and media who were all trying to Blog, Tweet, and post on Facebook on the most important weekend of SOE’s year. We were preventing us from getting the word out about EQNext, Landmark, Planetside 2, and SOE’s other properties. We’re cautiously hopeful that are happy to see a mention that cell phone service may be improved this year.

SOE Live 2014 Schedule Posted!

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

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Just in time for the last day of early bird SOE Live 2014 registration, the Official Schedule (minus Player Panels) has been posted! Realize that the schedule is subject to change. You may recall that the Events team moved heaven and earth last year to make sure that EQ, EQN/EQNL, and EQ2 had as few conflicts as possible with each other and panel panels.

So as of June 30, 2014, here are your tracks…

Selected “Everyone” Stuff

  • Thu @ 7:00-9:00pm – Welcome Reception and Keynote
  • Fri @ 8:00-11:30pm – Zombie Prom Party
  • Sat @ 10:00am – Geek Out with SOE Coders
  • Sat @ 1:00pm – Player Studio Panel #1
  • Sat @ 2:00pm – Player Studio Panel #2
  • Sat @ 8:00-11:00pm Grand Banquet and Costume Contest
  • Sun @ 10:00am – Dev Brunch

EverQuest II Track

  • Fri @ Noon-1:00pm – EverQuest II Keynote: Inside the 11th Expansion
  • Fri @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II Q&A #1
  • Sat @ 10:00am – The Art of EverQuest II
  • Sat @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II: Systems mechanics panel
  • Sun @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II Q&A #2

After the jump, EverQuest Next and Landmark…

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Your SOE Live Pass on June 30

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

From Colette “Dexella” Murphy on the EQ2 Forums:

Today is Monday, June 30, 2014. That means we’re only 45 Days away from this year’s SOE Live! Have you bought your passes yet? If you haven’t, here are the top 5 reasons you want to buy your pass TODAY.

#5 – It’s a good deal!
Right now, the Premium Pass to SOE Live is $149 for the entire weekend. That’s $149 for the banquet, the party, the costume contest, the tournaments, the live quests, and all the interesting panels! But it’s only $149 TODAY. Prices increase on July 1, 2014.

#4 – You can get your t-shirt mailed to you!
This year, we’ve partnered with J!NX to bring you the SOE Live t-shirt (which you can see and read about here). J!NX is offering to mail you your complimentary SOE Live event t-shirt, butonly if you register by July 1! Register today and skip the line at the event.

#3 – Three Words: Zombie. Prom. Party.
Our famous Friday Night bash is back with an undead twist this year. Dance the night away with a horde of zombies… Or, at least, a bunch of Developers, SOE Staff, and fellow event attendees that LOOK like zombies! Zombie costumes are highly encouraged for what is sure to be a memorable evening. (Please note, this event requires a Premium or Evening Pass, and all attendees MUST BE 21+).

What Brings People to SOE Live?

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

SOE Community Management lead Linda “Brasse” Carlson posted on Twitter last night to advise players that SOE Live platinum registrations are nearly full:

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Since SOE publishes an opt-in list of SOE Live Attendees, and since data crunching is sorta our thing, we took a look at the numbers to see what game people are most interested in visiting SOE Live for this year. First up, the Primary Game choices. Out of 1,048 entries, 15 opted out of choosing a Primary game. The remaining 1,033 chose:

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When prompted for a Secondary game choice, only 704 players selected one…

SOE Live Schedule Updated

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

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If, like me, you are on the fence about whether you want to leave Las Vegas on Sunday mid-day, or stick it out til Monday morning, a recent update to the SOE Live Schedule may be helpful. Although the exact details of the panels have not been given, a rough outline is now available:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm — Developer Brunch
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm — Landmark Dev Panel
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm — EverQuest II Dev Panel (probably EQ2 Q&A #2)
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm — EverQuest Next Dev panel

Choose, but choose wisely!

BRING IT! SOE Live 2014 Player Panel submissions are OPEN!

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

It’s hard to believe this will be EQ2Wire’s seventh Fan Faire nee SOE Live. And it’s hard to believe that this will be our third year presenting a player panel on EQ2U and Data Feeds (Census) in general. Talking to players before and after the panel, and presenting what we’ve been working on, is certainly the highlight of the event for me. If you will be at SOE Live and have ever had your own idea for what kind of player panel, put your name in the hat and you might just get to do your own panel!

From the EQ2 Forums:

One of our favorite features of SOE Live are the player panels. We love ‘em, YOU love ‘em and they’ll be back for 2014! We’ll have panels each day, and will work to avoid scheduling conflicts with the major game panels of the event.

We are looking for panels on any subject that will be of interest to SOE Live attendees. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Managing a Guild
  • Guild Leaders Support Group
  • How to run a raid without losing your mind
  • L337 gameplay tactics (in any SOE game!)
  • Roleplay in the 21st century
  • Running an in-game event
  • Cosplay tips and tricks
  • Running a Successful Fan Site
  • Fan Art and/or Fan Fiction
  • Mastering the art of… ?
  • An amazing topic that we’ve never thought of!

WOOT! I’M EXCITED TO SUBMIT A PANEL!
We’re accepting panel submissions NOW, and until midnight Pacific Daylight Time, June 27th, 2014. We anticipate more applications than we have timeslots, so spend plenty of time on your submission to make sure it really shines!
We will contact all panelists by July 9th to advise whether or not the panel is accepted. All accepted panels will be scheduled as soon as possible after that date.

SOE Live Early Bird ($129) Rate Ends Monday

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

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Everything about last year’s SOE Live was bigger — the crowds, the announcements, the lines! Ok, so that last one was a bummer, but while we’re hoping the player turnout and announcements stay big, the lines have thankfully been nerfed!!

  • Sign up for SOE Live by May 12th and not only do you get a discounted rate ($129 for the entire weekend), but your badge will be mailed out to you well in advance, so the only thing you have to wait for when you walk out onto the Mezzanine is the inspiration to choose which game developers, artists, players, or vendors you want to chat up first!
  • This year, SOE partner JiNX has created an event T-shirt which will also be mailed out at the same time as the badges. I hope that T-shirts of other games will be available on-site as well, and that we can have character names printed onto them, as this has been popular in the past couple of years. Read More about the JiNX shirt

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  • SOE has negotiated a discounted hotel rate which absorbs the $20/night Resort fee and includes wired in-r0om internet connectivity for 1 device. More Details
  • New this year, you and your Guild, friends, and/or family can reserve a 12-seat table at the Welcome reception (the Grand Banquet reservations have already filled up).
  • For the first time, International players will be able to participate in Tournaments and Live QuestsGet Your Game On at SOE Live

There are still some things up in the air about SOE Live, namely the exact Official & Player Panel schedule — signups for Player Panels aren’t open yet — and whether the Friday night party will be near a pool or be moved to some other venue. Hey as long as there are more than 2 bartenders for 1,500 guests, I don’t care if it’s in the hotel basement. I heard people were hitting up the well-stocked yet reasonably priced liquor store in the Miracle Mile just to keep their buzz on!

And yes, I’ve already signed up to attend what will be my SEVENTH SOE Live and I hope I will see you there. I’ll be recording all the EQ2 panels as always, although it’s never the same as being there and being able to ask your questions directly of the devs!

SOE Releases Info on Live Events at SOE Live, Int’l Players Open to Tournys and Contests For First Time!

Written by Caela on . Posted in EQ2, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Get Your Game on at SOE Live 2014!

Just posted over at the official forums a few details on Live Quests and Tournaments for all the games.

Big Highlight – International attendees may participate!

By: Aimee “Ashlanne” Rekoske

Every year at SOE Live we offer a schedule full of panels featuring the games you love to play, games you can’t wait to play, and other burning topics any SOE Gamer would find interesting. The schedule always includes activities like Live Quests and Tournaments. Brand new this year: International attendees may participate in our Live Quests and Tournaments! Detailed rules and prizes will be posted in the coming weeks. We wanted to get this information out to you before Early Bird registration closed!

Check out the ways you can participate!

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

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

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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.

From SOE.com/SOELive:

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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.

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

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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:
http://blyve.com/event/5138f951143e787b3a000000

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.

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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.
http://blyve.com/event/e138f9510a57e7483c000000

Dethdlr’s Dungeon: Itemization Hopes for this Expansion

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

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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

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

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

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

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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 EQNWire.com. 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 Twitch.tv. Liveblog
  • Friday, August 2
    • EverQuest Next Debut - Noon-1:30pm – First look at EverQuest Next! This will also be livestreamed on Twitch.tv. 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)

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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)

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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

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

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.

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