Game Update 100 “The Siege of Zek” is Now Live!

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

The moment we’ve been talking about for months has finally arrived: it’s the launch day for GU100! Are you ready to voyage to the Scourge Wastes and take on terrifying new adversaries? Will you be scouting for shinies to complete over forty new collections? Is your heart ready to connect itself to its true mate? All this and more awaits you with the launch of GU100!

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Access to special zones is one of the perks of having an All Access membership. In GU100 we’ve added Zek, the Scourge Wastes and Scourge Keep. Also, Fabled versions of Ruins of Varsoon, Temple of Cazic-Thule, Chamber of Immortality, and Sanctum of Fear that have been updated for level 100 players. You’ll need an active membership to adventure in these zones.

Update Notes: Thursday April 28, 2016 — GU100: The Siege of Zek

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US Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT
EU Servers: 8:00~10:00am PDT | 11:00am~1:00pm EDT | 16:00~18:00 BST | 17:00~19:00 CEDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

THE SIEGE OF ZEK
The Orcish Wastes have been invaded! The Green Hood and Deathfist clan have been routed by a new breed of orc, The Scourge, who are preparing their armies to advance beyond the wastes. They must be stopped, or Norrath will be ruled by the tyrants of The Hounds of War!

  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Heroic]: Story Progressed Heroic Overland Zone
  • Zek, the Scourge Wastes [Solo]: Story Progressed Solo Overland Zone
  • Signature Quests – Special quests for max level Adventure players! Check your mail for how to get started!
  • Level Agnostic Shard of Love – Version of Shard of Love: Moment in Valor dungeon that scales for players 20-100!
  • Heartbound: Become heartbound to that special someone to gain a nifty new title and bonuses for playing together!
  • New stat “Resolve” which NPCs and players alike can raise. Matching your opponent’s resolve will keep you from incurring added damage from the adversary and make it easier to keep your outgoing damage at its full potential. All Terrors of Thalumbra items have gained the resolve stat to help get you started!
  • Equip 2 Relic Items AND 1 Greater Relic item

On Test: Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes”

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Game Update 100 “The Scourged Wastes” has been under invite-only beta for the last three weeks and tonight it will hit the Test server to allow for a bit of public testing prior to its April 28th launch. Bugs should be reported on the EverQuest II Bug Tracker. The full Test Update Notes can be read here, but we’re going to cherry pick a few interesting points

This update is heading to test later tonight, ETA ~10pm PST.

GENERAL

  • GU 100 is now available on Test server. Level 100 players should expect to receive an in game mail directing them further.
  • Removed the embedded Legends of Norrath (LoN) client from the EverQuest II client. If you wish to continue playing LoN, please download and use the standalone client available at www.legendsofnorrath.com.
  • Characters on Thurgadin have been granted legacy server titles.
  • Fixed a bug where it would take a long time for your Daybreak Cash balance to show in the marketplace window.
  • Fixed a bug where players could lock other players out of Kralet Penumbra.

GU100 Preview: Treasure Hunts

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From Chris “Chrol” Garlick on the EQ2 Forums:

Timed treasure hunts return for GU100 – this time in Zek, the Scourge Wastes! Search the solo version of the Wastes for the solo level timed treasure hunts, or bring friends to the heroic wastes and take your chances with the heroic level timed treasure hunts. But be forewarned – the heroic versions of these quests are tough, and time won’t be on your side!

You’ll be rewarded for your efforts! Completing the heroic level timed treasure hunts grants a dirty key that has a chance of rewarding a more valuable key when cleaned. And what do these valuable keys open? Why, treasure chests of course! These all new valuable keys open a new set of treasure chests scattered throughout the Wastes. So get out there, collect those keys, and find your treasure – there’s no time to Waste!

Splitpaw, Storms, & Valor Consolidation into Thurgadin Now Under Way

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As of 9:00am PDT this morning, the consolidation of the Splitpaw, Storms (FR), and Valor (DE) servers is under way. The newly combined server, Thurgadin, will be an English language EQ2 server operating out of the Level 3 datacenter in Amsterdam. While chat in French and German will be possible, no translations of Quests, Items, Recipes, Spells, etc. will be available. The maintenance is expected to last 24 hours.

The detailed announcement can be read here: Server Consolidation: Splitpaw, Storms, & Valor – Monday, April 18 @ 9AM PDT

GU100 Preview: Collections

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From Laylaih, Communications Coordinator, on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re getting even closer to the members-only launch of GU 100 on Thursday, April 28, 2016. If you haven’t seen our other preview articles yet, make sure you catch up on everything that’s been unveiled so far:

And now, we’re going to talk about Collections & Heritage Collections!

From Kyle “Kander” Vallee on the EQ2 Forums:

For GU 100, we will have over 40 new collections for you to seek, spread throughout all of the new content in the update, including both solo and heroic versions of Zek, the Scourge Wastes, and both advanced solo and heroic versions of Scourge Keep. You will also find new collections within each of the new fabled zones: The Fabled Temple of Cazic-Thule, The Fabled Ruins of Varsoon, The Sanctum of Fear and the Chamber of Immortality. All of these collections for the update must be sought out in order to complete the rare meta-collections and receive the final rewards.

One of these many zones from GU 100 will also contain a secret rare collection which we are calling a Heritage Collection, as it contains bits and pieces from the heritage quests for the Short Sword of Ykesha and the Shiny Brass Shield. Both of these quests were featured in the original Orcish Wastes and these collections are homage to those infamous heritage quests. Upon completing these collections you will have a choice between a fabled version of these items that have new updated effects.

Antonia Bayle Login/Crashing Issues — April 13 – Ongoing

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Players have been reporting issues with trying to login to the Antonia Bayle server since last night yesterday morning. Specifically, their Antonia Bayle-based characters are missing from the Character Select screen, or they are dropped when zoning. We’ll update when we have more information. As of 7:00pm PDT, issues continue with players unable to Zone or login all their Antonia Bayle characters.

Update as of April 17thDay five of issues with the Antonia Bayle server. We have stickied this article to the top of EQ2Wire until the issues are resolved.

Update as of April 16th: This issue seems to have returned as players are reporting it again.

At 10:21am PDT on April 15th RadarX posted:

We’re still working on this issue and don’t have an ETA at this time. We know it’s frustrating for you guys and it’s just as frustrating for us I assure you. We hope to have this resolved really soon.

GU 100 Preview: The Experience Vial System

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From  Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

The launch of GU 100 is just around the corner! So far, we’ve unveiled The Island of Zek Scourge Wastesthe new Fabled Zones, and the raids in Scourge Keep. Today, to get you ready for the anticipated Thursday, April 28th launch, we’re going to introduce you to the new Experience Vial system!

While the content for GU 100 will be released only to All Access Members, this new Experience Vial system is accessible in the Marketplace and usable by all players! Who will you share your experience with first?

Want to get your hands on everything GU 100? Then become a member! Find out more at www.everquest2.com/membership.

UPDATE: An EQ2 player Aivet has put together an XP Vial Spreadsheet with these estimates based on 200,000 XP vials:

  • 1 vial will get you from level 1 to level 31
  • 9 vials to get from level 99 to level 100
  • 88 vials to get from level 1 to level 100

UPDATE from Dexella:

We’ve clarified with Dev. These will not be available on Stormhold.

From Robert “Caith” Fouts on the EQ2 Forums:

Ever wish you could bottle up your hard-earned experience and share it with your friend or guildmate? Wait no longer, and allow me to introduce the new Experience Vial system!

Experience Vials will allow players to purchase empty vials off of the EverQuest 2 Marketplace for Daybreak Cash; these vials can be used to “bottle” experience points as you earn them. Once you fill up an empty vial, you will be able to claim a full vial which you can give to a friend or alt, sell on the broker, or even save for yourself for later.

Here is how the system works:

Update Notes: Tuesday April 12, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:

STORMHOLD

  • The travel bells in Greater Faydark and Sinking Sands are now restricted to the city zones, Antonica,and Commonlands.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
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  • Adds in the Cheldrak encounter should no longer break with a full raid force.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Overwhelming Azure Light and Overwhelming Golden Light should no longer trigger a failure condition if the respective Captain is defeated before it wears off.

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, April 12 @ 3AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 3:00AM PDT* on Tuesday, April 12th. The amount of downtime may vary, depending on the service. If the downtime extends beyond six hours, we will update this thread.

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.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: April 12 @ 3:00am – 9:00am
  • EDT: April 12 @ 6:00am – Noon
  • BST: April 12 @ 11:00 – 17:00
  • CEDT: April 12 @ Noon – 18:00

 

Server Consolidation: Splitpaw, Storms, & Valor – Monday, April 18 @ 9AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Splitpaw, Storms, and Valor servers are being consolidated into a new server named Thurgadin. The server consolidation will start on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 9AM PDT (17:00 CEDT). This downtime is expected to take 24 hours, and Thurgadin is scheduled to unlock to players at Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 9AM PDT (17:00 CEDT).

Important Notes for Players:

  • Players should pick up No-Trade items from shared housing (such as Guild Halls) BEFORE this downtime. This will prevent losing ownership of placed items during server consolidation.
  • When the consolidation is complete on Tuesday, players should delete their “logincache-eu” folder or else LaunchPad character logins may fail.

We appreciate all of our players’ patience and support during server consolidations. If you have additional questions, you can find out more in our most recent FAQ here.

Battlegrounds Temporarily Closed, Krono Taking 48 Hours to Deliver

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Two pieces of news from yesterday and today.

From Gninja on the EQ2 Forums:

We are looking into the issue. For now we have locked the BG server so no more folks get stuck loading.

If you have a character stuck send me a Private message with server/character name and I can see what I can do.

Meanwhile Roshen has an update about delays in Krono redemption…

Hello all,

We’re aware of an issue with krono purchases, which is causing long delays between when a purchase is made and when krono is delivered. It seems like krono delivery is currently taking up to 48 hours. Our team is aware of this issue, and it currently working towards solving this.

Thank you for your patience!

Update Notes: Thursday, April 7, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

Tomorrow morning, the Echoes of Faydwer expansion is unlocked on the Stormhold Time-Locked Expansion server. The update includes some other TLE-related items. From the EQ2 Forums:

STORMHOLD

  • Echoes of Faydwer has been activated with this update!

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
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  • The Droag Liftfinger in the Hurricanus encounter should no longer break encounter causing failure conditions to trigger.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Flawless: Sevalak of Storms’ Demise should now update correctly.
  • Flawless: Ikatiar’s Demise (Challenge) should now update correctly.
  • Shorthanded: Ikatiar’s Demise (Challenge) should now update correctly.
  • Ikatiar’s Demise (Challenge) should now update correctly.
  • Vanlith should now properly award achievements when defeated.

ITEMS
[eq2u]Zantril’s Great Staff of the Kin[/eq2u] has had its stats reduced to the appropriate level for a one handed item.

GU100 Preview: Scourge Keep

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From Laylaih on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re getting close to the launch of GU 100! This Members-Only content is planned to be released on Thursday, April 28th, and we’re continuing to preview the exciting new and updated content that will be available in it. If you missed the first two, you can read them here and here.

Now it’s time to venture in to Scourge Keep!

From Chris “Chrol” Garlick on the EQ2 Forums:

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Deathfist Citadel. It was once the stronghold of the great orc emperor, Fyst, and his savage Deathfist clan, who held sway over all the lands known as Zek, the Orcish Wastes. But that was the past. The grip the Deathfists had upon the land has been completely severed by the coming of a new breed of stronger, more intelligent orc, known simply as The Scourge.

After rising up from what was once known as Blood Ore Valley, The Scourge spread devastation throughout the wastes, swiftly taking the citadel for themselves and renaming the fortress Scourge Keep, and the valley from which they were born The Siege, where their leaders machinate against anyone who would oppose them.

This would include the Green Hoods, who have been at the forefront of the battle against the Deathfist Empire. With the aid of heroes from throughout Norrath, they kept the Deathfist contained within the wastes. Now, with this new orc threat, the Green Hoods look again for help from beyond the wastes, and know that this time – if gone unanswered – not only will their time on Norrath be at an end, but so too could the rest of the world with the release of the Scourge horde.

Deathtoll PvP TLE Server Merges Into Stormhold Tomorrow

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The Time-Locked Expansion servers Deathtoll and Stormhold will come down tomorrow morning in order to merge Deathtoll with it’s PvE-only sister server Stormhold.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: April 5 @ 2:00am – 2:00pm
  • EDT: April 5 @ 5:00am – 5:00pm
  • BST: April 5 @ 10:00 – 22:00
  • CEST: April 5 @ 11:00 – 23:00

Here’s the official announcement from the EQ2 Forums:

Both Splitpaw and Deathtoll servers will come down for maintenance beginning at 2:00 AM PT (9:00 AM GMT) for an update to merge servers as mentioned here. Downtime is anticipated to be at least 12 hours to perform this operation.

Commentary

After today, EverQuest II will have no more Player-vs-Player servers other than the Battlegrounds server.

EQNext Lore Books

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NOTE: Contains no EverQuest II content.

If you just can’t get enough lore and you’ve never read the EverQuest Next stories, we’re providing links to them below. These are in chronogical order from and after the Age of Empire and during the Age of Exile. Also included is the Lords of EverQuest comic by Michael Turner. The comic was presumably created for the single-player game of the same name released in 2003.

GU100 Preview: Fabled Dungeons

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From Carlos “Gninja” Mora on the EQ2 Forums:

Remember going into Ruins of Varsoon and making that leap into one of the side tunnels? Lace up your boots, as this is one of the zones we are giving the “Fabled” treatment this time around. The dungeon will be leveled up to current content of level 95+ and given new and exciting loot to chase. Chamber of ImmortalityTemple of Cazic-Thule, and Sanctum of Fear are also being made available as “Fabled” versions.

This new content should have some of your favorite parts of the dungeons made appropriate for the most seasoned adventurers. Even Venekor himself is rumored to make an appearance within the Fabled Temple. Ruins of Varsoon and Temple of Cazic-Thule will both be contested dungeons set to low minimum limits to spin up new instances, so that if the zone gets too crowded you can enter a new one where you might have more luck hunting down those specific named creatures you are looking for. Chamber of Immortality and Sanctum of Fear will also have interesting new boss loot waiting to be discovered. All of these zones will be available to subscribers with the upcoming GU100 release.

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Daybreak General Maintenance: Thursday, March 31 @ 5AM PDT

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All Servers: 5:00~9:00am PDT | 8:00am~Noon EDT | 14:00~18:00 BST | 15:00~19:00 CEDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 5:00AM PDT* on Thursday, March 31st. The amount of downtime may vary, depending on the service. If the downtime extends beyond four hours, we will update this thread. 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

Russian Barren Sky and Harla Dar Servers Merge Into Splitpaw Tonight

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The Amsterdam-based Splitpaw server will come down this afternoon in order to merge with the Russian servers Barren Sky (PvE) and Harla Dar (PvP).

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: March 30 @ 2:00pm – March 31 @ 2:00am
  • BST: March 30 @ 22:00 – March 31 @ 12:00
  • CEDT: March 30 @ 23:00 – March 31 @ 13:00
  • MSK: March 31 @ 0:00 – March 31 @ 12:00

Here’s the official announcement from the EQ2 Forums:

The Splitpaw server will come down for maintenance beginning at 2:00 PM PT (9:00 PM GMT) for an update to merge servers as mentioned here. Downtime is anticipated to be at least 12 hours to perform this operation.

Commentary

After today, all Russian translations of EverQuest II become inaccessible and the game can only be played in English. Characters and Guilds will need to be renamed. In-game chat can still be performed in Russian once players make the necessary changes to their Game Settings. Also, Subscriptions and Expansions must now be purchased at full US Dollar prices. Due to cost-of-living adjustments and exchange rates, US goods and services are typically sold in Russia at for 60-70% less. These changes have been elucidated in the Russian EQ2 FAQ  (Росси́я) prepared by Akella Online, EQ2′s publisher in Russia for many years.

The merger of Russian servers with Splitpaw was announced on 29 February of this year and the discussion thread on the Russian EQ2 forums (Росси́я) has reached 61 pages. If Google Translate is not your cup of tea, the EU Server Consolidation FAQ is in English although it lacks much of the humor and pointed discussion being made on the Akella forums.

Anyway, looking at cost-of-living and exchange rates, here’s how the numbers break out:

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 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

  • Changed the time between changing your last name from 7 days to 15 minutes.
  • Fixed the /namingpolicy command to show the proper webpage.

Language

  • You can now enable multi language fonts on your client. Open options, and go to User Interface, Game Windows, Multi Language Fonts. NOTE: you will need to restart your client for the changes to take effect. Doing this will switch the default fonts to ones that support multiple languages like Russian and Japanese.
  • You can now enable or disable your cl_allow_ime setting in your eq2.ini file. Currently, only players wishing to chat in Japanese (Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji) should need this setting and will need fonts that support Japanese characters. To enable this add the line “cl_allow_ime 1” anywhere in your eq2.ini file in your eq2 install folder. Restart your client and you should be able to type in Japanese on any server (regardless of locale, if you have a font that supports it).
  • The cl_allow_ime setting is automatically turned on if the language on your client is set to Japanese.
  • Also note, all other languages should be able to use chat with their local keyboards including Russian (Cyrillic).

GU100 Preview: Zek, The Scourged Wastes

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From Content & Social Media Manager Dexella:

On Thursday, April 28, EverQuest II will be launching GU 100! This members-only content, designed for highest-level players, will include new zones, content, features, and items. Today, we’re going to journey into the first new zone: Zek, the Scourge Wastes!

From EQ2 Senior Designer Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall on EverQuest2.com and the EQ2 Forums:

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Ravaged by the horrors of war, the vast majority of the island of Zek has been unsuitable for habitation by anyone, ever since the Deathfist clan of orcs took control of the entirety of the island. They reduced the once-sprawling Jaggedpine Forest to a mere husk of its former glory, stripping much of the forest down to barren, charred earth, while pillaging the land deep below the surface through their ravaging mining operations. What little landscape remained lush and green was guarded by a band of woodland defenders known as the Green Hoods. Their numbers surged during the Age of Destiny, providing them the manpower necessary to begin striking back at the Deathfist Empire, but their successes would be short lived.

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00am~11:00am EDT | 14:00~15:00 GMT | 15:00~16:00 CEST
EU Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00am~11:00am EDT | 14:00~15:00 GMT | 15:00~16:00 CEST

It seems the difference in Daylight Savings Time between the US (which started DST on March 13) and the rest of the Western World (which starts on March 27) has thrown off the calculations in the official announcement, but we’ve got the correct times above.

We have update notes as of 8:37am PDT:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Adds in the Captains encounter should now despawn when the respective captain is defeated.

ITEMS

  • Animate Core, Obsidian Earrings, Magma Rune and Molten Shard will now correctly add to the Terror of Thalumbra item set.
  • Corrected a bug with Understanding the Weak Spots that allowed it to cause Master’s strikes to hit twice.

Bonus XP Week March 15 – 22 & Marketplace Sale on Services, Heroic Characters

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From the EQ2 Forums:

If you were tuned in to the livestream, you just heard some HUGE news about upcoming updates to EverQuest II! Well, we’ve got even more good news coming your way… this week is another BONUS WEEK in Norrath! What does that mean?

From 12:00PM PDT on Tuesday, March 15 through 12:00PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, the following will be available:

  • DOUBLE XP (Adventure, Tradeskill, and AA) for Members
  • 25% Off Sale On Consumables/Experience items and all “Services” items in the Marketplace
  • 2 for 1 Heroic Character Bundles for 5000 DBC*

*Please note: Heroic Characters cannot be used on TLE servers! 

Head to the Marketplace, pick up a Tradeskill order, or venture off on an adventure. This is a GREAT week to spend time in Norrath!

EQ2Wire Liveblog: EverQuest II Spring Update Livestream

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We liveblogged today’s EverQuest II Spring Update Livestream on Twitch…

EQ/EQ2/Landmark Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Senior Designer Carlos “Gninja” Mora, Senior Designer Chris “Chrol” Garlick, Designer/Systems Robert “Caith” Fouts, and Community Manager Ry “Roshen” Schuller presented a livestream today.

The new Spring Update — Game Update 100 (what happened to GU72?), becomes available to All Access subscribers on Thursday, April 28th. You’ll need membership to play any of the content and to use the items. Beta starts April 4th.

The content starts in a version of the overland Zek known as Zek — the Scourged Wastes. In addition to Zek-based fabled zones (Advanced Solo, Heroic, and Raid zones), the EQ2 team wanted to tell a story by redoing the overland Zek, the Orcish Wastes zone. The overland zone is available in both Advanced Solo and Heroic versions and both versions have good-sized Signature quest lines. The Scourged version of the zone has been completely repopulated with newly modeled orcs. The old “Zek — the Orcish Wastes” is still accessible of course for level 30ish characters.

  • In this version, Deathfist Citadel has become Scourge Keep. Based on the same zone but revamped. There’s a new courtyard.
  • Level 100 content
  • New Cyan adornments and Cloak Gems (purple adornments for cloaks that aren’t War Runes)
  • Gear will complement Terrors of Thalumbra gear, mostly slots and things that weren’t upgraded in ToT.
  • There are 16 heroic nameds in the heroic zone but you can only kill 6 per dungeon run. Each boss has their own loot table and they require special tricks to spawn like clicking on something. Also a challenge boss.
  • “Arena” event you can trigger to kill as many orcs before you die.
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