Database Migrations for Guk, Sebilis, Antonia Bayle, and Everfrost Announced

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The Guk server, the Sebilis server and the Marketplace for ALL servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. These are estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Thursday, April 2: We’ll be taking Antonia Bayle and Everfrost down for server migration and maintenance. We’re looking at the same downtime (offline starting at 2:00AM Pacific* on April 2, 2015 and unavailable for at least 12 hours), and we will update players later next week if this has to change for any reason.

Freeport Database Migration: Tues, March 24 @ 2AM PDT [12 Hr Downtime]

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The Freeport server will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Here’s the scoreboard so far:

  • Nagafenmigration complete
  • Test & Betamigration complete
  • Freeporttomorrow
  • All other EQ2 serversTBD

Server Downtime: Thurs, March 19 @ 7AM PDT

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No update notes yet, but… From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 4:00AM London Time on March 20, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 5:00 CET am 20.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 5:00 CET le 20-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera

Nagafen Database Migration: Thurs, March 19 @ 2AM PDT [12 Hr Downtime]

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This is it boys and girls! EverQuest II has begun migrating to EDB, and the first server up is Nagafen. If all goes well, then presumably we’ll start see the other servers migrate. From the EQ2 Forums:

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The Nagafen server will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

and from HollyWindstalkerLongdale on Twitter:

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 00:00AM London Time on March 18, 2015). Estimated downtime is two hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue causing NPC name plates to flicker when using the Simple(Frames) selection under Name and Chat Bubble.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented NPC’s Wrath III from activating in many cases.

Ossuary: Cathedral of Bones [Raid]

  • Ritual Keeper V’derin’s damage spread and growth has been adjusted.

The Reward for Beta Testing Gets Even Sweeter

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From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re working hard on database changes for EQ2, and we need your help to make sure they’re awesome! To encourage people to help us, we’ve upgraded the stats on the Blessed Sokokar mount people get as a reward for helping us. This upgrade will go to anyone who has received a Bless Sokokar in the past, and anyone that helps us on the beta server.

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Starting today and running until Monday, March 16 at 11:59AM PDT, we could really use your help again on the beta server. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

Last Weekend’s EQ2 DB Beta Test Extended

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EQ2 Developer Jamiss, who has been trudging the lonely path of migrating a 10 year old MMORPG (EverQuest II) to a new database language, has posted some reflections and updates to this last weekend’s Beta test of the upcoming database changes. If you were able to get into beta and you managed to get 250 updates from killing mobs in overland zones, you got an achievement which awarded a [eq2u]Blessed of Veeshan Reward Bundle[/eq2u] on your live character.

Bugs are expected in any beta test, but many players were unable to even get into the beta due to graphical glitches or extremely rough performance of 1 frame per second. Mid-weekend, a server reboot prevented further updates on the Achievement needed to award the mount. Suffice it to say, a few folks had to step away from their keyboards and let out their frustrations, but we need to remember that this is the first of several beta tests before these changes go live. For players who have limited play time, spending it on beta may not be a good choice. However for those who are able to chip in and test things, their contributions are greatly appreciated. Remember that the goal of these database changes is improved performance and very cool things like cross-server dungeon finder.

Unscheduled Patch for EQ2 US and EU Servers to Fix Harvesting

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Today’s ever-so-briefly-tested Harvesting changes (the addition of new rares for Mastercrafted Food/Drink and new Primordial Adornments) needed a little more time in the oven. So in a few minutes, US-based EQ2 servers will be going down for an update. Later, EU servers will receive the same patch.

Update: US Servers seem to be back online!

New Primordial Adornments, Amalgamations, and You

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An addition to the StationCash Marketplace today has the Pay-to-Win spidey senses tingling, so rather than having a knee-jerk reaction, let’s break things down and see just where these new Primordial Adornments fall, talk about how desirable they are, and look at just how costly it is to acquire them through gameplay vs. the marketplace.

With today’s update, new Primordial Adornments have been added at every tier, with their power scaling to the player’s level. They aren’t like Green adornments (ie Spirit or Soulstones) which gain experience from adventuring. What’s unique about these adornments is not that they exist, but they are NO TRADE and require a very special rare component called a ‘primordial fragment’.   The level 95 one is the [eq2u]effulgent primordial fragment[/eq2u].

Qualified adorners can make 10 new adornments:

Zone Crashes After March 10th Update

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We saw the introduction of some new harvestables today for the new Primordial level-scaling white adornments, and for new Mastercrafted food and drink recipes. Some of these components are also available from the Marketplace, but they are also harvests from out in the world.

We’re working on a more detailed article, but first, players have been reporting zone crashes since today’s update. From Holly on Twitter:

We are looking into the terrain zone crashes since our update. Seems related to new harvestables. We’ll update you as we learn more. #eq2

Update: For the time being, overland harvest nodes are being removed from Altar of Malice zones until the problem can be resolved. This is being discussed on the EQ2 Forums.

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 & 4 Hour Downtime

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is four hours.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at approximately 4:00AM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 11:00AM London Time on March 10, 2015). Estimated downtime is four hours.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 12:00 CET am 10.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 4 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 12:00 CET le 10-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 4 heures.

and from the EQ2 Forums, in addition to the usual types of fixes, it looks like a new type of scaling White Adornment is coming out which will be crafted with materials from super-rare nodes or a satchel purchased from the Marketplace. We’re not going to jump to any conclusions until we see the mechanic of how this all works. Not surprisingly, Dethdlr, who just spent weeks redoing his Adornment Calculator, is now having a conniption fit.

Full update notes after the jump…

Here Come The Ducks!

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If the idea of cow, bunny, and duck mounts shatters your idea of “canon” or high fantasy, you might want to look away. However if you’ve been looking for a hilarious break from the recent gloomy news, strap in because the feathers are about to fly!

We don’t want to cause a flap, but a sneak preview of the 3 varieties of upcoming duck mount have been posted to Facebook.

Sunday Afternoon Login Issues

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About 20 minutes ago, Daybreak Games login servers started freaking out. Daybreak’s on it and they’ve already posted an update on Twitter for those who can’t reach the forums:

Antonia Bayle Server Maintenance: Sat, March 7 @ 4AM PST

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As part of the EQ2 team’s OS upgrades to their servers in preparation for the database upgrades, the Antonia Bayle server will be undergoing maintenance tomorrow morning. From the EQ2 Forums:

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The Antonia Bayle server will be brought offline on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00AM Pacific* for server maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for approximately four hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: March 7 @ 4:00-8:00am
  • EST: March 7 @ 7:00~11:00am
  • GMT: March 7 @ 12:00~16:00
  • CET: March 7 @ 13:00 ~ 17:00

Beta Test EQ2 Database Changes This Weekend and Earn a Mount!

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The EQ2 programmers have been hard at work transitioning the databases responsible for running EverQuest II to EnterpriseDB. This is a huge undertaking but with significant benefits for the game’s developers and EQ2 players alike. The main thing we’ll see added as a result is Cross-Server Dungeon Finder sometime this year. Hopefully we’ll also see performance improvements on large characters with a lot of housing and other data. But in the meantime, the EQ2 team need our help Beta testing the ordinary stuff like grouping, housing, dungeon lockouts, the broker, and guild functionality to make sure that everything is working as it should. This is one of those thankless jobs where, if everything goes perfectly well, nobody will notice anything!

I know we’ve had a spate of frustrating news in the last few weeks, but please do login and spend some time testing things out on Beta. In the process you’ll get a flying mount!

From the EQ2 Forums:

We’re working hard on database changes for EQ2, and we need your help to make sure they’re awesome!

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Starting today and running until Monday, March 9 at 11:59AM PST, we could really use your help on the beta server. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

EQ2 Server Performance Issues a Priority

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, here is an update about instability and lag spikes on the EQ2 game servers over the last few weeks:

Howdy Norrathians,

We are digging into the server performance issues that you are reporting which devs are also seeing during play times. We will be adding new logs in addition to ones we are reviewing now to track some specific server issues based on your feedback. (We’re kinda digging into everything, really.)

This is a high priority.

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

Update Notes & Extended EU Downtime for March 3, 2015

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From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00AM PST for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour.

There will be extended maintenance for European servers.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at approximately 9:00PM PST for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on February 27, 2015). Estimated downtime is 4 hours.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 04.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 4 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 04-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 4 heures.

and from buildmaster Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Brokenskull Bay: Bildgewater Falls [Heroic]

  • The “Barnacle Burst” spell has been made to hit slightly less often and should no longer grow over time.
  • The “Whirling Daggers” spell has been made to hit slightly less often and should no longer grow over time.
  • The “Dangerous Flirtation” spell has been made to hit slightly less often and should no longer grow over time.
  • The “Pirate Spin” spell has been made to hit slightly less often and should no longer grow over time.
  • The “Boatman’s Grasp” spell has been made to hit slightly less often.

The Incredible Shrinking Fonts!

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If you spent this weekend wondering whether you were either A) losing your mind or B) going blind from grinding all those Far Seas Ferrin and FSSD Tokens,  you’re not alone. I personally experienced a bizarre bug affecting font sizes, specifically an issue where almost all the in-game fonts began to shrink by about 40%. On a 1920×1080 display, EQ2′s fonts are already a little on the smallish side. With this bug, attempting to read quest journal text had me on the phone to my ophthalmologist. Fortunately, after discussion with other players in the Antonia_Bayle.Homeshow channel and through a little bit of testing, I think we’ve gotten to the bottom of what’s causing it.

Double Alternative Currency This Weekend!

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We’re waiting for an official announcement, but we know from a forum post by EQ2 Lead Designer Kander that this weekend will be a Double Currency weekend to make up for the AoM Mission Givers going absent this week.

We’ve confirmed in-game that the event is currently running a wee bit early!

As of now, all players will receive double the normal amount of currency for completing quests or doing in-game content that returns a token or currency of some kind. And yes this stacks with the Double Currency that All Access subscribers already receive, so any quest that rewards Far Seas Ferrin or Far Seas Supply Division Tokens should reward quadruple tokens this weekend!

If past events are any indication, then this event will likely run until Sunday at midnight, but when we have an official announcement, we’ll post it!

Altar of Malice Mission Givers Are Back!

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From Gninja on the EQ2 Forums:

Mission givers have returned in AoM zones. Enjoy!

Further clarification from Kander:

Mission givers are back up. We will be running a double Ferrin weekend this weekend for all.

Sorry guys, the back end stuff we have been doing for the DB changes coming, messed with the OS time and caused a few problems. We are glad we caught it quickly too.

Also from Holly “Windstalker” Longdale’s twitter yesterday, we might see a Double Ferrin event this weekend!

Update Notes: Thursday, February 26, 2015 — UPDATE: Includes NPC Fix!

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We’re still dead in the water as far as Altar of Malice daily and weekly missions for Overland, Solo, Adv Solo, Heroic, Event Heroic, and Raid content, however there are some other updates happening tomorrow which will be great when we get our NPCs back.

Update from Gninja last night:

This update does include the fix to the missions but they will not immediately be turned on after the servers come back up. The mission givers should return shortly after all the servers are back up and we have double checked them on live servers.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Zavith’loa: The Hidden Caldera [Advanced Solo]

  • Pterotrainer Yu’Lua’s adds will no longer stifle.

Brokenskull Bay: Fury of the Cursed [Raid]

  • Increased the leash range of the Barin and Morin encounter.

Ossuary: Resonance of Malice [Advanced Solo]

  • Elder Senistus’ “Persecute” spell has had its damage lowered.

Ossuary of Malevolence [Contested]

  • Ostiophobe will no longer cast Toxic Ruin constantly. Toxic Ruin may now be interrupted.

Server Downtime: Thurs, Feb 26 @ 4AM PST Plus Antonia Bayle & Oasis Maintenance

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at approximately 4:00AM PST for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour.

Both the Antonia Bayle and Oasis servers will be unavailable for approximately four hours for additional maintenance. 

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at approximately 9:00PM PST for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on February 27, 2015). Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 27.02.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 27-02-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

Altar of Malice Mission Givers Fix in the Works

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We are anxiously awaiting a fix and a return of the Altar of Malice mission givers. Until that time, it is not possible to pickup Solo, Adv Solo, Heroic, Event Heroic, Contested, or Raid missions on either a Daily or Weekly basis, not to mention timed overland Solo Missions. A fix seems unlikely today, but we’ll keep hanging on until the solution is found and applied.

Here’s Gninja with a couple of updates to say the team are working on it:

It is getting fixed and it is getting fixed right. We would rather get it right the first time and take an extra day to put in the needed testing than to rush it out and potentially make things worse. Sorry for the inconvenience.

and:

It is a new bug and we are getting it fixed asap. It is top priority. We know it sucks that they are missing and we want them to not be missing as well! We will get it resolved as quickly as we can with putting in the testing time to make sure its fixed right so we don’t have to bring them right back down.

Update from Windstalker on Twitter:

Still looking at some funk with the missions givers for #eq2. We’re planning a Double Ferrin weekend assuming we fix it (and we should).

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