DNS Issues Catch up With Daybreak Games — Workarounds to get Back in the Game!

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Remember in 2014 when SOE missed renewing the root DNS server for all of SOE’s websites including EverQuest2.com? This resulted in thousands of SOE customers becoming unable to reach any of the company’s websites. Now it seems a similar situation is once again striking Daybreak Games, this time due to the continued use of the deprecated “Station.Sony.com” domain.

Despite the company’s transition from Sony Online Entertainment to Daybreak Games two years ago, the game Launchpads and in some cases the game clients themselves (such as EverQuest2.exe) still make extensive reference to station.sony.com or even soe.com. It seems that today, an employee of Sony USA said “What’s this do?” and blew away the DNS entries that were allowing this wrong setting to still work.

The cryptic error message “There was a problem getting the list of files for download. An update may be in progress. Please try again in 20-30 minutes.” is covering up the problem.

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There are two workarounds, credit to Brummy for providing us the details

September 26th — “An update may be in progress” Error

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Certain players of Daybreak games trying to start the Launchpad this morning have been receiving this error:

Launchpad Error
An error has occurred locating the files available for download. An update may be in progress. Please try again in 20-30 minutes.

This is being discussed on two different forum threads:

It seems the Ops team is aware of the issue as Domino posted this news about Landmark:

On Test: Nights of the Dead 2016

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From Kaitheel on the EQ2 Forums:

Nights of the Dead has been activated on Test server!

Nights of the Dead brings goblins and ghoulies out from the shadows. Those inclined to celebrate the holiday through crafting will find a new book of recipes full of new house items being sold by official event merchants. And those feeling more adventurous can hunt ghosts in Antonica, and the Commonlands, or investigate the multiple haunted locations! Setri Lur’eth returns, and may or may not have another task for those willing (or not so willing) to help. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for special sparklies in spooky celebration spots! And remember, tricks and treats are the name of the game!

New Features for ’16!

In-game Appearance Issues — Missing NPCs, Clothing, City Bells, etc.

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With Tuesday’s patch, hundreds of art assets were changed and clearly some changes were made to the game client, because ever since, certain players have been experiencing missing foliage on plants, missing NPCs, missing clothes, missing city bells in Freeport, etc. From Jamiss on the EQ2 Forums:

Several people have noticed issues of equipment not appearing on their character at all, or their character not being visible, NPCs not being visible or Lodizal’s missing shell. The underlying cause has been found and we also have a fix in place which we are working on getting out to you.

I checked, and this is working its way to Public Test. As far as the crashes that some of you are experiencing, we see the data and we’re looking into the cause and a fix for it.

Update Notes: Tuesday September 20, 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Corrected an issue that allowed adornments to apply in Battlegrounds.
  • Many consumables have been reduced in power while in a Battleground match.
  • Increased the amount of tokens rewarded from the Battlegrounds Quests.
  • Battleground missions are now repeatable quests, and no longer subject to mission timers.

ABILITIES

  • Joust now has a range of 35
  • Fixed an issue with Accuracy from Strength that prevented it from applying.

ITEMS

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Aura of Immolation from applying.
  • Mastercrafted food and drink should once again apply it’s bonuses on Time-Locked servers.

Daybreak General Maintenance – September 19 — COMPLETE

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All Servers: 6:00~10:00am 8:45am PDT | 9:00am~1:00pm 11:45am EDT | 14:00~18:00 16:45 BST | 15:00~19:00 17:45 CEDT

From DaybreakGames.com:

There will be a general maintenance on Monday, September 19, 2016 beginning at 6:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Daybreak General Maintenance – September 13 — COMPLETE

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From EverQuest2.com:

There will be a general maintenance on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 beginning at5:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: September 13 @ 5:00am – 9:00am 7:30
  • EDT: September 13 @ 8:00am – Noon 10:30
  • BST: September 13 @ 13:00 – 17:00 15:30
  • CEDT: September 13 @ 14:00 – 18:00 16:30

Update Notes: Wednesday September 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Increased the amount of currency rewarded for the Kralet Penumbra Attacks! public quest.
  • Corrected a bug that allowed extra rewards to be granted from Search and Destroy in Tranquil and Phantom seas.
  • Crusader’s Medals are now rewarded from the level 95 version of The Crusade in Jarsath Wastes.

BATTLEGROUNDS

Update Notes: Tuesday August 30, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00a.m.-ish
EU Servers: 9:00p.m.-ish

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue with global NPC hit points that gave level 80 NPCs lower hit points then level 79 NPCs. This change smooths out the progress slightly lowering the HP on many encounters below level 80, and increasing the hit points on encounters between level 80 and 94.

The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Heroic]

  • Vzee’rist the Overseer and Mistress Zhvari, Nizari’zhi will now switch targets less often.

ITEMS

  • Block chance on Gnasher Toothed Torque has been corrected
  • Weapons that had the default 3 second delay have been adjusted to 4 seconds or 6 seconds.
  • Many versions of Aspect of the Dragon can no longer harm allies.
  • Added the pet health share buffs to the Servant of Vazaelle and Elemental Manifestation.
  • Added the Heirloom tags to some raid armor pieces that were missing them.

Update Notes: Thursday August 25, 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: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • All characters who were upgraded to [level 95] Heroic and did not receive Opegaz, Horde Bane have had it granted.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Advanced Solo]

  • K’huthas should no longer be stuck in combat if damaged too quickly.

ABILITIES

  • Fixed an issue with Devastation of War.

ITEMS

  • Fixed the appearance of Nizari’oshu and Nizari Vindicae’s Pauldrons.
  • Undying Destroyer’s Spiritstone will now fit in white adornment slots.
  • Race to Trakanon claimable reward packs for Time-Locked servers now have distinct names from their live server counterparts.
  • Kunark collection rewards have been updated to be in line with current progression.
  • Ethereal Leach will now scale damage correctly against Public Quest encounters.

Game Update 101 — Fabled Fallen Dynasty & New Public Quests Now Available!

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From EverQuest2.com:

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Hail, Norrathian!

Are you seeking an adventure? One that both feels somewhat familiar, but also offers exciting challenges? Then today is your day! With today’s update, the following have been added to EQII:

Fabled Fallen Dynasty
A portal awaits you in The Village of Shin that will take you to new fabled versions of dungeons from The Fallen Dynasty. You must be Level 100 and have a membership to access these zones.

Public Quests
New, limited-time Public Quests are available throughout Norrath. Check your map to find these battle regions!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 23, 2016 — Game Update 101

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US Servers: 7:00am-1:00pm PDT | 10:00am-4:00pm EDT | 15:00-21:00 BST | 16:00-22:00 CET
EU Server: 7:00am-1:00pm PDT | 10:00am-4:00pm EDT | 15:00-21:00 BST | 16:00-22:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • You’ll find new limited time Public Quests throughout Norrath. Just check your map for these unique battle regions!
  • Damage inflicted against public quest encounters scales to allow public quest fights to be relevant for players of all gear levels.

FABLED ZONES

New Fabled content to explore from The Fallen Dynasty!

  • The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fabled Cavern of the Crustaceans [Raid] x2
  • The Fabled Xux’laio’s Roost [Raid] x4
  • The Fabled Antechamber of Fate [Raid] x4

These new Fabled dungeons can be accessed through a portal just off the docks in The Village of Shin. Good luck!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 16, 2016

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00am~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET

EU Server: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

storm Stormhold: 7:00am ~ Noon PDT | 10:00am ~ 3:00pm EDT | 15:00 ~ 20:00 BST | 16:00 ~ 21:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Lyceum

  • Vilucidae the Priest of Thule is once again Lord over the Lyceum.

Scourge Keep [Heroic and Advanced Solo]

  • The Glutton should no longer fail to spawn.

ITEMS

  • The ability modifier for Galiaia the Just, Deraklas the Destroyer, Diathena the Reconciler and Uranon the Avenging will now correctly apply.
  • Undying Invoker’s Wand now has the correct number of blue stats.

ABILITIES

  • Corrected an issue that prevented potency, crit bonus and fervor buff reduction from applying to many swarm pets.

STORMHOLD (Time-Locked Expansion)

  • Rise of Kunark expansion content is now available!

Daybreak Maintenance: Tuesday, August 16 @ 5AM – 8AM PDT

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 5:00~8:00am PDT | 8:00am~11:00am EDT | 14:00~17:00 BST | 10:00~13:00 CEDT

From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be a general maintenance tomorrow (Tuesday, August 16) beginning at 5:00AM Pacific Time. Commerce and Account Management may be unavailable for 2 – 3 hours. We will update you after 8:00AM PT if any extensions of this maintenance are necessary. Thanks for your patience!

Update Notes: Tuesday August 8, 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where a character’s backpack appearance would reset after zoning in certain situations.

ITEMS

  • Equipment drops from Karnor’s Castle have been brought back down into progression.

Game Update 101 to Launch Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — Public Quests, Fabled Mara, and More!

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From EverQuest2.com:

New adventures await you, Norrathains! GU101 is scheduled to release on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and there’s something in this update for players of all levels.

New Fabled Content to Explore From The Fallen Dynasty!

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These new Fabled dungeons can be accessed through a portal just off the docks in The Village of Shin. This content is intended for level 100 characters, and a membership is required to enter these zones.

The Fabled Fallen Dynasty is made up of The Fabled Nizara, City of the Nayad which will have both Heroic and Advanced Solo versions! Also available will be The Fabled Cavern of the Crustaceans Raid for groups of 12 players and The Fabled Xux’laio’s Roost Raid and The Fabled Antechamber of Fate Raid for groups of 24 players.

Beta Test: Game Update 101 — Public Quests, Level Agnostic to 100, and Fabled Mara!

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The EverQuest II team are working full steam ahead on the thirteenth expansion due to hit this November, but in the meantime, they’re getting ready to drop a whopper of a Game Update which should keep us plenty busy this summer.

First up, the much beloved Public Quests first introduced in Destiny of Velious are making a return in current tier content. The EQ2 team have been given new tools to create PQs in weeks instead of months. In addition to faster development, the new tools promise to exhibit less server and client lag as the battles are underway. Game Update 101 will bring us more level 100 content in the form of Fabled Zones from the The Fallen Dynasty adventure pack. Nizara returns in Advanced Solo and Heroic versions, while x2 and x4 raids have both been added.

Five new Level Agnostic Dungeons have been added to Dungeon Finder and they can be played by characters from level 10-100 with content scaling appropriately. Finally some quality-of-life tweaks have been made, and healers who cast Wards will want to check out some changes to how these mechanics have changed.

Read the Beta Update Notes for August 3rd
Please note that the Game Update 101 Beta Test is currently invitation-only. You can try out GU101 on the Test server, but there is no character copy capability.

Update Notes: Tuesday August 2, 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET
Crash!
Thurgadin (the EU server) crashed at 9pm GMT and the decision was made to go ahead and apply today’s update which caused a downtime of approximately 1 hour.

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
Qeynos

  • The Aerakyn Mentor has had his name changed to Lonce Jellysmots.

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Orb of Concentrated Memories[/eq2u] can no longer be modified by reuse speed.
  • Writ of the Arena Master now has its effect.
  • Undying Champion’s Knuckles now has the correct class restrictions for a fist weapon.
  • Epic Weapons that lost their FABLED tag are once again fabled.
  • Undying Champion’s Dagger can no longer be used by brawlers.

QUESTS

  • The unicorn-rump-sitting-cheap-Far-Seas-wine-drinking escaped fabled spirit in The Village of Shin can now also delete your active “Warzone Devastation” quests.

RACE-TO-TRAKANON EVENT SERVER

  • Corrected an issue that prevented the first 10 players to obtain level 80 adventure level from receiving the Undying Power adornment pack claim. This fix was retroactive.
  • Corrected an issue that prevented the first 10 players to obtain each class epic from receiving the Greater Undying Power adornment pack claim. This fix was retroactive.

CENSUS

  • Added ts_level and ts_class to the type field in census character export data. This is in addition to existing information as to avoid causing any issues with older census websites.*

* The way Tradeskill Class and Level were exported on characters made it almost impossible to do searches for all characters over a certain tradeskill level. Nine queries were necessary. This update will change this to only require one query.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 26th, 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONES / POPULATION
General

  • Flight is now allowed in the Skyshrine Capitol and Highhold premium guildhalls.

Time-Locked Servers

  • The travel bell in Qeynos harbor no longer hates time-locked servers.

ITEMS

  • Merchants that sell items for status will now only buy those items back for half of the sell value.

RACE TO TRAKANON

  • The achievement Race: Completed 400 Collections is now Race: Completed 355 Collections.

Bonus Ethereal Coins and New Marketplace Bags

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From EverQuest2.com:

Look to the Marketplace for new items that are available starting today! Also, members will earn bonus Ethereal coins until Monday, July 25.

As of this patch, players now have the ability to display a quiver appearance in-game! Look to the Marketplace under bags > quivers for new items that let you show off your interest in archery! Quivers are priced at 1299DBC.

Also, new bags are available in the Marketplace on all servers! 66-slot bags of a variety of appearances are available for 999DBC. Regular 50-slot bags can be purchased for 599DBC.

Double Ethereal Coins

Summer 2016 Ethereals are in full swing! If you’re not familiar with this year’s Ethereal event, check out the post here.

Members earn DOUBLE Ethereal Coins until Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:59PM PDT.

Not currently a member? All Access membership has its perks!

Commentary

Previously, there were only a few ways to get bags with more than 63 slots — the Claws of Veeshan bag for attending SOE Live 2014, the Rallic Pack from doing the Tuesday Daily Tradeskill Mission in Tranquil Seas, and Naylie’s Nebulous Newsbag from completing the Guide quest “Nebulous Newsies“, or if you purchased the Terrors of Thalumbra Collector’s Edition for $89.99. With today’s Marketplace update, it looks like anyone can now buy 66-slot bags for $10. While it’s possible to acquire two of these convenience items through gameplay, if you want more, there’s only one choice.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 19th, 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: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue where Aerakyn’s would sometimes show mirrored particle effects at their feet.
  • Fixed a UI related crash in the client.

Event Server: Race To Trakanon

  • Tinkering trainers are now available on the Race to Trakanon server!

ZONES / POPULATION
Lesser Faydark

  • Tunare’s Battleweary ability should not trigger as quickly allowing more time to complete the encounter.

Sundered Splitpaw

  • Encounters within Sundered Splitpaw will set a zone lockout timer when killed.

Agnostic Dungeons

  • Adjusted difficulty scaling in agnostic dungeons that can scale to level 100.

ITEMS

  • Scourge Watchman’s Quiver is now 36 slots.

and…

ITEMS

  • Marketplace quivers are now able to hold both arrow and throwing ammo types.

On Test: Tinkerfest 2016!

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Not everyone is racing to Trakanon this week, as fastidious EQ2 content testers have taken up live event wrangler and quest artiste Kaitheel on his offer and are now trying out the updated Tinkerfest event!

From the EQ2 Forums:

Tinkerfest is now active on Test!

Like clockwork, Tinkerfest has returned [to test]! Take up your favorite wrench in celebration of all things gnomish, be they metal, combustive, mathematical, experimental, or a combination thereof! Adventures, rewards, buyables and crafted items await you, both new and familiar at Gnomeland Security, your headquarters for all things Tinkerfest, in Steamfont Mountains. While you’re there, be sure to take a swig of Tinker Thermald’s cask-strength gnomish spirits! It’s sure to liven up the celebration!

New features for ’16!

  • TLE- Stormhold – A special Tinkerfest themed merchant, a celebrating tinkerer, can be found in Freeport, Qeynos Qeynos Capitol District, and Steamfont Mountains.
  • New Collection! – Tinkerer’s Extraordinary Toolbelt
  • Quests Rewards – “We Can Rebuild” offered by Tinker Thermald in Gnomeland Security has new quest reward options
  • Myron, Tinkerfest Merchant, in Gnomeland Security has new things to sell – Tinkerfest Blueprints 7.0, New mounts!, New house items and baubles!
  • New recipe added to the existing “Master Tinkerer Blueprints 2.0″ recipe book – Tinkered Mechanized Bow

This event content is currently set to run 07/21/2016 at 12:01 AM PDT time until 08/03/2016 at 11:59 PM PDT time on the live servers.

Please post any feedback and bugs that you encounter with this event in the Feedback thread!

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