Bonus XP: Friday, Dec 18 – Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From the EQ2 Forums:

As we get ready for the winter holiday, we’re offering 100% BONUS EXPERIENCE to our All-Access members starting at 12:01AM PST (midnight) on Friday, December 18 and running until 11:59AM PST (noon) on Monday, December 21, 2015.

The Bonus XP will be available for All Access members on ALL servers. This includes our players on Time-Locked Expansion servers.

Not currently an All-Access member? Now’s the time to sign up!

NOTE: It seems that XP bonuses on the TLE servers are capped at 40%.

Buy 5 Krono and Save! [December 11-December 13]

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

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From the EQ2 Forums:

For the first time, we’re putting the most popular pack of Krono – the 5 Krono pack – on sale! Beginning at 12:00AM PST on Friday, December 11 through 11:59PM PST on Sunday, December 13, you’ll be able to purchase the bundle of 5 Krono for only $69.99 USD*.

Currently available in EverQuest and EverQuest II, Krono are in-game objects that can be redeemed for 30 days of membership time. They may be purchased from the Daybreak marketplace for real money only, or from other players via the broker or private trades for in-game currency.

The Krono sale will be happening via the in-game marketplaces in EverQuest and EverQuest II, and on the web. For questions about Krono, visit the FAQ on either www.everquest.com/krono or www.everquest2.com/krono.

*International currency prices may vary.

Commentary

The normal price for five Krono (redeemable for 30 days of All Access non-recurring subscriotion) is $84.99 which works out to $16.99 a month, a buck off the single Krono price. With this sale, Krono are going for $13.99, at least if you live in the USA.  A player in Sweden reported that the price of 5 Krono has actually gone UP with today’s sale.

Frostfell Returns: A Guide to New Quests

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

Frostfell 2015‘Tis the season once again for Santa Glug gifties, ice dragons, crafting binges, and more. Frostfell kicks off following an update on Thursday, December 10th (eta 8am PT/11am ET) and runs through 7am PT/10am ET on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Last year’s content makes a return appearance, and due to my insane finals week I’m going to just point you here for those older guides (the 2014 quest tracker is here).

Frostfell won’t be on the TLE servers, but look for Frostfell trees in Freeport and Qeynos, where merchants will be selling seasonal items! Read more here.

This year Frostfell has a hoard of new items—gifts, crafted, purchased, and craft rewards—which you can check out on Niami’s EQ2 Traders Frostfell write-up. There are five new quests, but only if you own the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion, as they require access to the city of Maldura. You begin the new series by speaking to Jarith Icewing at 334, -24, -1512 in the Frostfell Wonderland Village. Continue reading below for the  walkthroughs.

New Halas City Festival Returns (December 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

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Button up that winter coat – the New Halas City Festival returns from December 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the New Halas Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 104 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Snowflake Chaser title.

Be sure to check in with the merchants to see if there’s any new items this month!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on December 1st – 11:59pm PT on December 7th
WHERE: Frostfang Sea, near the Cairn of the Huntress, /loc 26, 148, -82 (Kella is found at /loc 99, 151, -135)
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Mercenary Bundles On Sale Friday Nov 27 – Sunday Nov 29

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

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A few months back, Mercenary Packs were made available from the EQ2 Marketplace, giving players a chance to acquire their mercenary of choice. They are made available in packs of 3 or 7. This weekend, these packs are now on sale. From the EQ2 Forums:

From 12:01AM on Friday, November 27th through 11:59PM on Sunday, November 29th, all Mercenary Packs will be on sale in the EverQuest II Marketplace for 50% Off! Don’t go into holiday battles alone; have a merc by your side!

Read More on the EQ2 Forums, including details of today’s 25% off StationCash sale.

Daybreak Games Black Friday/Cyber Monday Details

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

For those rare few of you who got Daybreak Games’ e-mail about the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (I did not, and one other person I spoke to only got ONE e-mail despite having 7 accounts), this will be old news. For everyone else, it looks like Daybreak Cash will be 25% off on Black Friday (November 27, 2015) and you’ll be able to get three months of All Access for just $29.99 on Cyber Monday (November 30, 2015).

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Bonus XP Until Terrors of Thalumbra Launches!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Twitter:

The Return of the Heroes Festival — Nov 6 til Nov 16

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

From the EQ2 Forums:

Norrathians! It is time once again to come together and celebrate all the years of questing, raiding, tradeskilling, house decorating, and socializing that we’ve shared. Come join the fun in the cities of Qeynos and Freeport!

There are new festival and Mischeva Event items available this year for either Tokens of Heroism or Micheva’s Tribute. Check with the Heroes’ Festival merchants in Freeport and Qeynos for items such as the “Final Dance of the Fey” or the various Aetoek and Enoxus Replicas.

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Freeport City Festival Returns (November 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

city_festival_freeportAll hail the Overlord – the Freeport City Festival returns to the Commonlands from November 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Freeport Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 119 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Portal Jumper title.

Be sure to check in with the merchants to see if there’s any new items this month!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on November 1st – 11:59pm PT on November 7th
WHERE: Commonlands, near The Crossroads, /loc -563, -49, -427
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Double Ferrin Through November 6th

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General

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Announced yesterday on the EQ2 Forums:

As part of Fall Frenzy leading into our next expansion, we have something special planned for players every week as we lead into our launch.

Starting NOW and going until noon pacific on Friday, November 6, 2015 we’ll have double Ferrins activated in-game. This means double DOUBLE Ferrins for All-Access members!

Don’t miss your chance to stock up on Far Seas Ferrin this week!

As we head into the next expansion, we’ll have special promotions for players each week. Learn more about Fall Frenzy here!

Double Status for Members: October 16-18, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

How’s everyone enjoying the FALL FRENZY? We’ve got another bonus for All Access members this weekend!

From 12:00PM (Noon) PDT on Friday, October 16 through 12:00PM (Noon) PDT on Sunday, October 18, All Access Members can get DOUBLE STATUS. The bonus will be available on all servers (including TLEs).

Hop into game and enjoy the bonus! Remember, Fall Frenzy is leading up to Terrors of Thalumbra. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

NOTE: This is, in effect, Double Guild XP.

EQ2 Team Goes a Little Monty Python Crazy During Office Move

Written by Feldon on . Posted in General

Some people aren’t the slightest bit interested in what’s going on with Daybreak’s new offices or what kind of fun or silliness the EQ2 team had yesterday. They want to know when the heck the server mergers and expansion beta are happening and have no patience for anything else. If that’s you, then you’re not the target audience for this update…

Yesterday was the EverQuest II team’s big moving day from the buildings SOE has rented for nearly two decades to its brand new built-to-order digs across town. After a week of silence on the EQ2 forums, yesterday held a bountiful stream of rather silly tweets as the EQ2 team celebrated the 40th anniversary of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In fact an in-game event was turned on for all servers allowing players to face off against the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog as depicted in the film.

Getting killed 15 times by an ironbelly rabbit awards the achievement Death awaits you all… With nasty, big, pointy teeth!, as well as the appearance-only [eq2u]Bunny Killer Helm[/eq2u] and [eq2u]Holy Hand Grenade of Aeteok[/eq2u].

NOTE: Rabbits can be found in nearly all overland zones. Unequipping all your gear will help with the “killed” achievement, while a mercenary is recommended for the “killing” achievement.

Killing 50 of an ironbelly rabbit awards the achievement It leaps about… Look at the bones!, as well as the appearance-only [eq2u]Bunny Slayer Helm[/eq2u] and [eq2u]Holy Hand Grenade of Aeteok[/eq2u].

From the EQ2 Forums:

As you’re wandering through Norrath, you may have come across a sweet, non-aggressive (and non-targetable) rabbit or two… perhaps even an entire herd of them! Something has changed with these woodland creatures this week. You may want to run away… or run toward them, if you’re brave enough!… from now through 11:59PM PDT on Tuesday, October 20th.

A group of EverQuest II Developers recently came across one such Killer Rabbit in game, and they catalogued their adventure on Twitter:

Bonus XP: Monday, Oct 12 – Friday, Oct 16, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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From the EQ2 Forums:

How about some weekday BONUS EXPERIENCE for our All-Access members?

The +100% experience bonus for Adventure, Tradeskill and AA XP will turn on at noon PDT* on Monday, October 12, 2015and run until noon PDT on Friday, October 16, 2015!

Bonus XP will be available for All Access members on all traditional servers. While the bonus will not be available on Stormhold and Deathtoll, there are still exciting adventures awaiting All Access members on those special servers. Remember, you must be a member to access Time-Locked Expansion servers.

Not currently an All-Access member? Now’s the time to sign up!

Nights of the Dead: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

Nights of the DeadNights of the Dead is creeping into Norrath, and this year the merchants will be stocked up with new goodies (which Niami has pictures of over on EQ2 Traders) and costume illusions. Previous quest content and achievements make their return, and crafters now have a new recipe book to spook their house guests with. There are no new quests, collections, or achievements this year.

The event runs from 12:01am PT on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (3:01am ET) and concludes at 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 2, 2015 (2:59am ET on Nov 3rd). TLE servers are excluded from world events.

Quests Miscellaneous Collections
Charnel Hollow Achievements Crunchy Candied Crickets
Ghost Hunter Costume Illusions Deadly Remnants
Hedge Hollow Creepy Candy Frightful Fabric
Haunted Mansion Recipe Scrolls Ghoulish Masks
McQuibble Farm Vendor Locations The Great Haunt
Haunted House The Hedge Hollow
Guide Quests

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A Quick Update from Daybreak

Written by Feldon on . Posted in General

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Note: No EQ/EQ2 Content

From DaybreakGames.com:

Hello Players, Partners, & Friends!

It’s been an eventful few months for us here at Daybreak and since our last update, we have been working diligently on our plans for fall and beyond. We wanted to take a moment to share some of these updates with you.

New Daybreak Game Cards Coming October 12th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

When Sony Online Entertainment became Daybreak Games in February, the 30-day/2000SC StationCash cards were discontinued and went out of production. Next week, the replacement DaybreakCash cards will be reaching retail stores. Interestingly, the new cards come in $25 and $50 denominations.

The snazzy new DaybreakCash website is a little vague on how these cards work for All Access subscription time. Fortunately we’ve learned through followup posts by Dexella that these new cards can redeemed for 30-day All Access subscriptions, DaybreakCash, or a mixture of the two. It will be interesting to see exactly how granular this control is (can a $25 card grant 50 days of All Access subscription?).

From the EQ2 Forums:

Beginning the week of October 12th, you will see the new Daybreak game cards at U.S. Best Buy, GameStop, and Toys R Us retailers. In November, the cards are scheduled to be available in Target locations across the U.S.

The new cash cards will come in two denominations: $25 and $50. There are four card designs in all and every retailer will get multiple copies of each card design. Collect the whole set!

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Daybreak Cash is the in-game currency that unlocks thousands of cool items, services, and adventures in your favorite Daybreak Games. We appreciate your patience while we roll out these new cards, and we hope you enjoy them!

Nights of the Dead Marketplace Items Now Available

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From Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

There’s a chill in the air that can only mean one thing… Night of the Dead is about to return to Norrath! To prepare yourself for the arrival of ghould and ghosts, peruse the new spooky delights available in the in-game Marketplace! Here are just a few of the items available to get your in the spirit of things:

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Personal Estate of Unrest

Who would dare reside in such a place? And what sort of horrors might be waiting in the rooms within? Find out by purchasing this Personal Estate of Unrest! Those screams sound like you’ll be hosting one killer Nights of the Dead party this year…

Daybreak Games Tricks and Treats 2015 — Game Card Giveaway!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2, Live Events

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and poltergeists, bats and broomsticks… it’s Halloween time here at Daybreak! We’ve got special themed in-game activities, new Marketplace treats, and a chance to win some Daybreak Cash – no tricks!

Daybreak Halloween Promotion: $25 Daybreak Cash Card Giveaway!

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New Daybreak game cards will be hitting the shelves of U.S. retailers this month, and we want to give some away! We’ll randomly select ten (10) winners to each receive a $25 Daybreak Cash Card.

Here’s what you need to do:

Epilogue: A Tale of One Writer

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in General, Uncategorized

Tale of One Writer - Wide (1)This editorial is non-game specific and solely based on insights and opinions from its author.


One comment I receive a lot when I explain my job to others is “That’s awesome! How do I get into doing that?!” There is no perfect answer to this query, and despite how awesome working in this industry sounds and really is, it’s hard work and not quite as glamorous as you may be envisioning in your head.

Working on a gaming fan/press site requires a lot of dedication outside of game(s). We don’t actually spend most of our day playing these games for hours on end (unless we’re working on a review). Often, we find that there’s only a handful of time to spend in-game while dedicating the majority of our workday to emails, writing breaking news about games we may or may not actually play, writing guides, participating in social media, and so on. It doesn’t matter if you’re the editor-in-chief or a contributing writer; as a friend succinctly told me, “Everyone in the gaming press has to wear multiple hats, from the smallest fan site to the largest press operation.”

Qeynos City Festival Returns (October 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

city_festival_qeynosIt’s time to grab some white marble – the Qeynos City Festival returns to Antonica from October 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Qeynos Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 134 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bridge Buzzer title.

Last month’s festival had new items, so check in with the merchants!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on October 1st – 11:59pm PT on October 7th
WHERE: Antonica, outside North Qeynos, /loc 6, -14, -61
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

“Sundered Ground” Prelude Event is Now Live Until November 3rd!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Live Events

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The second prelude quest leading up to EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion is now activated on all non-TLE EQ2 servers. This quest appeared on Test servers for several days and the discussion thread may be helpful to those looking for clues how to complete the quest.

Interestingly, the quest references the underground cities of Moradhim and Klik’anon which appeared in the now-sunsetted PS2 exclusive EverQuest Online Adventures (EQOA), which predates both EverQuest and EverQuest II. Moradhim and Klik’anon were the player starting cities of the Dwarves and Gnomes, respectively.

The good version of this prelude quest is Sundered Ground, an Investigation for the Order of Arcane while the evil version is Sundered Ground, an Investigation for The Spurned. Niami Denmother of EQ2Traders has also posted a Sundered Ground preview on her site. Completing either of these quests awards the title “the Undertok Dismantler“, status, and the recipe book [eq2u]Building on Sundered Ground[/eq2u] which makes a variety of stone house items.

Time-Locked Expansion Server Marketplace Sale Through October 1, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2, TLE/Prestige Servers

From Windstalker’s twitter:

From the EQ2 Forums:

Time-Locked Expansion server players rejoice, because you’ll get 35% Off items in the Marketplace until noon PDT* on Thursday, October 1, 2015!

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What items will you pick up from the Marketplace during this period of huge savings on Stormhold and Deathtoll?

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