You Create. We Share. Everyone Wins. Introducing the NEW Player Direct

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Looks like SOE is expanding its Player Direct program which seeks to highlight player-made content such as fansites, Youtube videos, Twitch streams, and more on official SOE communication channels. From Colette “Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

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Every player has a unique experience, story, and point of view, especially when it comes to games. The types of players who create streams, videos, articles, memes, and more share a deeper, richer story with their communities. That is the heart of our newly expanded Player Direct program.

Upcoming Livestream: EQII 10th Anniversary this Friday, Nov 14 @ 2PM PST

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From the EQ2 Forums:

You won’t want to miss the EverQuest II 10th Anniversary Stream, this Friday, November 14, 2014, running from 2-3PM PST. You can watch us on www.twitch.tv/everquest2

Tune in to watch Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, and Ry “Roshen” Schueller as they show off the newest expansion Altar of Malice, and play the new Aerakyn race. The team will also be running a special 10th Anniversary in-game event on the Freeport server that you certainly wouldn’t want to miss!
Do you like giveaways? We got them! During this one hour stream there will be goodies that some of our luckiest viewers will pick up as part of the 10th Anniversary celebration.

You DON’T want to miss this stream! Will we see you in-game or in Twitch chat?

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: November 14 @ 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • EST: November 14 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • GMT: November 14 @ 22:00-23:00
  • CET: November 14 @ 23:00-24:00
  • AEDT: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 9:00am

Heroes Festival Being Kept Going, Permanent Fix Tuesday

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At SOE Live this year, we found out that of all the internal test servers that the EQ2 team uses to build content, none of them behaves quite like the Live or production servers. EverQuest II’s 10th annivesary is being celebrated with the return of the Heroes’ Festival event and although we understand the event was extensively tested internally, things just did not work as planned when the event was pushed to the live servers.

To force the event to run properly, members of the EQ2 team and Customer Service have been empowered to manually start up these events and spawn the vendor Roslyn through the weekend until a proper fix can be rolled out on Tuesday.

A Well-Received Event

So far these puppet/patchwork events have been a lot of fun and received positive feedback. Even though they are raid mobs, in actual practice they work like Public Quests in that anyone of any level can participate in the fight. As long as you get the buff on you from fighting them (you need to stand rather close to them), you should get credit.

Don’t worry, they don’t actually do any damage. There are zonewide notifications several minutes before they spawn. Specific details of the event can be found on EQ2 ZAM. Note that if you are a low level character, you can still reach Baelon in the Eidolon Jungle. Travel to the Feerrott and then take the nearest teleporter to the Fearcreep.

Celebrate Ten Years of EverQuest II at the Heroes’ Festival

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Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the release of EverQuest II. To celebrate this, the annual Heroes’ Festival returns with some new events, specifically five open raid encounters which anyone can participate in and earn credit (like a Public Quest, you do not need to be grouped or even the right level to get credit).

UPDATE:  The Heroes Festival did not appear on Test or Beta, and so players are reporting a number of issues, specifically that the camps have despawned and vendors are unavailable.

UPDATE #2: According to a dev update, the mobs have been respawned, but there is no assurance that the quest will keep running all weekend.

View the “The Play’s The Thing” Heroes Quest writeup at EQ2 ZAM!

Here’s the original article from Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

By: Racheal Afista McKenny

This year’s Heroes’ Festival is extremely special because Norrathians will be celebrating ten wonderful years of questing, raiding, tradeskilling, house decorating, and socializing in EverQuest II!

Travel to the cities of Qeynos or Freeport for the joyous festivities. Be prepared to join the fun, because the Heroes’ Festival starts on Friday, November 7 and runs through Monday, November 17, 2014.

Nights of the Dead 2014 Photo Contest — Win 1000SC

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Fr0m Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

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Greethings Norrathians!

It’s October and that means it’s time to get ready for Nights of the Dead! Are you ready to decorate your house, pick out a celebration costume, or take on some ghoulish foes? Submit an image in this month’s EverQuest II Nights of the Dead Photo Contest that shows what you are doing to celebrate Norrath’s creepiest holiday!

All entries must be submitted by 4:00 PM PDT on October 31, 2014 to the contest website. Ten winners will be randomly chosen to receive 1,000 SC.

We can’t wait to see what you are doing to celebrate!

Nights of the Dead Returns to Norrath! — Oct 9 ~ Nov 3

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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It’s the time of year when a chill sets in and darkness falls on the lands. Ghouls begin to emerge from the shadows and both tricks and treats are plentiful. Whether you enjoy crafting holiday items or are looking for a spooky adventure, there’s something for all Norrathians to celebrate as Nights of the Dead returns to Norrath!

There are several new features for Nights of the Dead 2014, including a new Candy Crusher achievement! Adventurers can also seek out Setri Lur’eth in Nektulos Forest to take part in a new annual quest, “A Dream, By Any Other Name.” Don’t miss out on the new things holiday merchants have to sell, including house items, dungeon spawners, petamorph wands, and appearance weapons. New Bounding Orc Skeleton and Shadowy Lich costumes are also available for those who want to adventure in style!

Join Team SOE and Play it Forward with Extra Life!

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Since September 24th, some 57 players of SOE games have contributed a whopping $3,920 for Extra Life. There’s still time to donate, and you can choose whose name you are donating for.

From the SOE forums:

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On October 25th, Team SOE will join thousands of gamers to share the joy of gaming, be it online, board games, LARP-ing, or whatever. Together, we will raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network charity as part of Extra Life’s annual 24-hour gaming marathon. All proceeds donated will go to the local hospital of each team member!

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Why are we doing this?
Our team is on a mission to help kids through the shared fun of gaming, and we need your help. Each of our team members has chosen their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents. On October 25th, 2014, Team SOE will be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life. It’s our sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to any team member’s chosen hospital.

Double Your Fun with a Double Status Weekend — Oct 3rd – 6th

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From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Norrathians!

Have you been eyeballing some of those awesome status items on the city merchants? Are you running low on status upkeep for guild halls and need to restock the escrow? Get ready to refill your status, because it’s time for a double status weekend!
All-Access Members will earn double personal status beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd at 12:00pm PDT. This double status will end Monday, October 6 at 11:59pm PDT, so make sure you take advantage of it before it’s too late!
We want to know what you enjoy most in Norrath. As you play this weekend, don’t forget to share screenshots of your adventures here in this forum thread!
As with past Double Status weekends, this is also effectively a Double Guild XP weekend as well.

Everyone Enjoy Double Status This Weekend — Sep 5~7

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From the EQ2 Forums:

EVERYONE can enjoy double status this weekend from Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM Noon PDT, until Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT!

Don’t forget to send us screenshots of your adventures on the forumsFacebookTwitter and Google Plus!

*This event doubles the base status earned by defeating encounters, or rewarded from quests. Guild status is rewarded from that base amount, so yes it is in effect doubled.

Members-Only Bonus XP Weekend — Aug 22 EXTENDED til Tuesday August 26th

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From Holly "Windstalker" Longdale's twitter:

UPDATE -- Due to the DDoS attack against SOE/PSN/Blizzard/LoL, the EQ2 team are extending Bonus XP until Tuesday:

All Access: First Ever Double Status Weekend! – Aug 1~3

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From the EQ2 Forums:

A large group of you have been sending your status wishes to Tunare, and the EverQuest II Development Team has been working behind the scenes to make it happen.

We’re happy to announce the FIRST ever double status experience weekend, starting Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT and ending Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Enjoy and don’t forget to send us screenshots of your adventures on the forumsFacebookTwitter andGoogle Plus!

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

Editor’s Note

  • Since you will be getting twice the normal status, and your guild always gets 10% of your status (11% if you have that LoN item), then by definition, this should be a Double Guild XP weekend.

Confirmation from Caith:

This event doubles the base status earned by defeating encounters, or rewarded from quests. Guild status is rewarded from that base amount, so yes it is in effect doubled.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: Aug 1 @ Noon ~ Aug 3 @ 11:59pm
  • EDT: Aug 1 @ 3:00pm ~ Aug 4 @ 2:59am
  • BST: Aug 1 @ 21:00 ~ Aug 4 @ 7:59
  • CET: Aug 1 @ 22:00 ~ Aug 4 @ 8:59
  • AEST: Aug 2 @ 5:00am ~ Aug 4 @ 4:59pm

Tinkerfest Goes Live Tonight — ZAM, EQ2Traders Guides Updated

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Tinkerfest goes live tomorrow and EQ2ZAM and EQ2Traders have been updated with the new crafted goodies, house items, new quest, and a totally new prestige house which have been added this year!

From EQ2 ZAM:

Tinkerfest, the Norrathian celebration of all things Gnomish, starts Friday! Your EQII ZAM staff has the scoop on the awesome new additions to this player favorite. 2014 brings back all the old activities and adds more rewards, house items, and recipes! There’s a new quest and new achievement. If you didn’t do so last year, be sure to unlock your tinkered mercenaries!

Tinkerfest 2014 will start July 25th and run through August 11th. Keep track of all your alts and every quest with our convenient Tinkerfest Quest Tracker!

From EQ2Traders:

It is after 2 a.m. – so just what is Mum still up to at this time of night? Well, Tinkerfest went onto Test in mid-afternoon, and I have been testing and writing, and writing, and re-verifying facts, and having my brains leak out my ears, and other fun stuff. I figured there would be zero way, with my fibro sleep issues, of getting to sleep before writing up the preview. With my luck, I would end up tossing and turning while mentally working on the story, so I might as well be up writing the story, right? Hopefully the story makes more sense than I do right now! Without further ado, here is Tinkerfest 2014: Skimming Along

EQ2 Wikia has not yet been updated for this year’s event.

Double Guild XP Weekend (July 18-20) and EQ2 Caption Contest for July

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As announced on this week’s EQ2 Insider webcast, this is a Double Guild XP Weekend! The event will run through 11:59pm Sunday night Pacific Daylight time.

EQ2 characters who complete writs, tradeskill work orders, completing certain quests, kill certain NPCs, or turn in status items receive Personal Status on their Character. 10% of that amount is also given to the character’s guild. For this Double Guild XP weekend, that amount doubles to 20%! Note that there is a rare Legends of Norrath-looted item which increases your normal amount to 11%. It’s unknown if that stacks this weekend.

Bonus XP and “Gear Up! Level Up!” Extended!

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From the EQ2 Forums:

By: Margaret “Luperza” Krohn

Yesterday, on EverQuest II Insider, the EverQuest II Development Team announced that they are having a double experience weekend for All Access members from Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT until Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT! This will include adventure, AA and tradeskill experience. In the future, we’ll run more double bonus experience weekends of different types, so stay tuned!

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Also, the Development Team heard your cries for an extension on the much loved “Gear Up! Level Up!” goodness, so they have extended it throughout the month of July! This means it’ll end on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT, so take advantage of the offer while it lasts! What does this offer entail?

Double Etyma Extended Through July, Bonus XP Weekend July 11-13

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From the just-finished EQ2Insider livecast (of which you can read our transcript here), Holly “Windstalker” Longdale confirmed two exciting bits of news. First, Double Etyma has been extended through the end of July. Second, the upcoming weekend will be a Bonus XP weekend from July 11 at noon until Sunday night at midnight.

Updated with tweet:

 

Reminder: EQ2Insider July Q&A TODAY (7/9/2014) 2PM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Norrathians!

Don’t forget! Today (7/9/2014) from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT at Twitch.TV/ EverQuest2 we’ll be doing our LIVE July Q&A EverQuest II Insider episode! We’ve compiled your questions from the forums, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

Can’t make it? Don’t worry! It’ll be up on our YouTube shortly after, so be sure to subscribe to us over there!

On today’s show will be EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 Game Designer Mike “Xelgad” Ganz, and EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee.

Windstalker: Double XP Soon, 40% Rebate StationCash Sale This Weekend

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According to Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, this July 4th weekend will not see Double XP  as we’ve seen in past years (EQ is having one this year), however we will see a 40% rebate for selected StationCash items. Hopefully the sale will include “service” items such as Character Slots, Spell Research, Age of Discovery features like Mercenaries, or Server Transfers, but we’re not holding our breath.

From the EQ2 Forums:

No Double XP this weekend, but there will be one very soon ™. We have a big 40% sale this weekend. This is also the last weekend of the Gear Up, Get Ready where members are getting bonus XP. Just saying.

EverQuest II Insider: Episode #2 Airs Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow brings the second official episode of EverQuest II Insider (EQ2Insider), an EverQuest II webcast hosted by SOE Community Manager, Margaret “Luperza” Krohn. This monthly webcast takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. From the EQ2 Forums:

This month on EverQuest II Insider episode 2:

  • CastMargaret Krohn, Jason Woerner, Holy LongdaleAkil HooperKyle Vallee, and Nathan McCall!
  • News, Announcements and What’s New?
  • May’s Contest Winners & Update on June’s Contest
  • Dev Picks: Submit your house here for a chance to be spotlighted!
  • Dev Showcases: Showing off the new NPCs for decorators, Deathtoll updates and new NPC reveal for the expansion!
  • SOE Live Dev Team Rapid Q&A: Holly Longdale and Akil Hooper will each have 2 minutes to answer as many questions as they can! Who do you think can answer the most? If you have a question, send it to us on TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus, or right here on the forums! :)
When: 06/04/2014 2PM – 3PM PDT
Server: TBD during segments
Don’t forget to use our hashtag #EQ2Insider and follow us on Twitter @EverQuestii, and @PurrfectStorm

How do I get my Guild, Fan Site, In-game Event, House, or a Friend featured on EQ2Insider?

Head over to the What Is EverQuest II Insider? thread and fill out one of the forms on the page. I hope you won’t forget your favorite EQ2 fansites — EQ2U and EQ2Wire!

Missed last month’s episode?

If you missed last month’s EQ2 Insider episode, you can watch it on YouTube:

Are You Ready for Level 100? Gear Up! Level Up! Promo Starts Today

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Posted by Margaret “Luperza” Krohn on the EQ2 Forums:

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Last month on the first episode of EverQuest II Insider, the EverQuest II Development Team announced that we are working on a new expansion, and we’ll be increasing the level cap to ONE HUNDRED!

To help everyone prepare, on Tuesday, June 3rd at 9:00 AM PDT, we are launching the much awaited “Gear Up, Level Up” promotion that was announced in Holly Longdale’s May/June Producer’s Letter. What does this entail?

Update Notes: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GEAR UP, LEVEL UP (June promotional program from June 3 to July 8)
All Access members will receive the following bonuses and discounts:

  • Double-Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (4x the rewards)!
  • 25% XP Bonus
  • Tears of Veeshan Expansion discount (15%)
  • 25% Off Heroic Characters

Free players receive the following bonuses:

  • Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (2x the rewards)!
  • Also eligible for a Tears of Veeshan expansion discount (15%).

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Loyalty items have been added into the Marketplace to make searching and purchasing them more convenient. These items are still for sale on the merchants.
  • [Ed Note:] As seen in the Producer’s Letter, over 100 new Loyalty items are being added.

EverQuest II Insider #1 on Twitch — Early Access to Quests/Zones, EQ2 Roadmap, What’s Coming Soon!

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On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 PM PDT, EQ2′s new community manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn (aka PurrfectStorm), hosted the first EverQuest II Insider livecast on Twitch. This 1 hour broadcast included EQ brand manager Adam Key, Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Chris GarlickGary Daugherty, and Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall.

Alas, a recording of the livecast was not preserved either by SOE or Twitch (due to a settings glitch), so this episode joins Doctor Who and other vital shows as missing presumed wiped.

That said, a few resourceful players who watched the Livecast were good enough to take notes and so we can paraphrase them below:

  • Holly and Akil talked about current topics including Bristlebane Day, as well as previewing some Player Studio items that will be coming soon, including a very nice looking yacht or fishing boat with oars and other gear. Luperza mentioned that Player Studio topics will be covered in their own livesteam.
  • We got to hear the ‘April Fool’s intro music’ (archived for posterity on Zam) and the new meatbeast vid was also shown (if you haven’t seen it then look here).
  • Holly talked a little about All-Access (subscription, Krono, or Prepaid cards)
    • All Access players will get access to new zones / heritage quests 1-2 weeks earlier than other players.
    • Those with new All Access account will have double xp weekends.
    • More All-Access exclusive items on the loyalty merchants.
  • The schedule for updates will be more public so that we can see how Smokejumper’s weekly/monthly update idea is working.
  • EverQuest II Roadmap/Blueprint — Upcoming plans for EQ2 with feedback from players.
  • Contested HighKeep Previewed
    • new skeleton models like crawling, one legged and some even use their head as weapon [IMG]
    • quests: drop quests, quests from items, daily missions for etyma (2 mission givers: 1 at entrance, 2nd at the entrance to picklaw part)
    • plunderable loot which you can place in your house
    • some items might be marked with our name (there is special achievement for marking all of them: Vandal title)
    • achievement for killing all nameds in the zone
    • hidden rare trophies in the trash – if you gather all you get Body Snatcher (?) title
    • new armor appearances
  • New High Keep Guild Hall
  • Player Studio will open up (later this year) to submissions from Germany, UK, France for players with an SOE Station account.
  • Developer picks for Housing Leaderboards – returning soon.
  • New Raid zone (ToV Wing 3) — Next Month
  • 10 More AA points (requires level 95)– next week.

Thanks to Sambril, Kinya of Babagra Polish EQ2 fansite, and Errrorr for their note-taking!

Bristlebane Guides Around the Web

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Bristlebane Day went live last week, and the ever-reliable EQ2 ZAM and EQ2 Traders were on hand to provide detailed updated guides to ensure that players don’t miss out on any of the fun, including any new additions for 2014.

From EQ2 ZAM:

Bristlebane Day returns tomorrow, Friday, March 28th, and runs through Thursday, April 10th. There’s new recipes, new rewards, and a new event currency! Keep your eye out for interesting Patchcraft mobs all over Norrath and earn your Patchcraft Slayer achievements! All your favorites from last year return, some with new rewards.

On April 1st things really get hopping! New this year… bunnies. Everywhere, bunnies. You may have been stumbling over them around the world, and on April 1st you can collect them for three new achievements. Returning are the Jester’s superior gardensin Enchanted Lands, giving harvestables from all holidays. Frostfell crafting stations will also pop up in Enchanted Lands on the Highest of Silly Days. There are two quests offered exclusively on April Fool’s Day, so you’d best like riddles if you want to add to your dice collection!

Update Notes: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Bristlebane Day event starts on 3/28!

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Tears of Veeshan

  • Corrected an issue that was causing some spells to ignore wards.

Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Edifice

  • Klandicar and Zlandicar should no longer heal from non-player kills.
  • Zlandicar’s spell “Necrotic Evisceration” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Cognitive Evisceration” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Chaos Storm I” has been changed to “Chaos Bolt I” and can no longer be area effect blocked.
  • Klandicar’s spell “Chaos Bolt I” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Merig, Harin, Gerid’s spell “Commanding Leadership” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Pyrelord and Controller’s spell “Controlled Ignition” now properly applies.
  • Pyrelord and Controller’s spell “Controlled Ignition” can now trigger reactive spells.
  • Coalescence of Fire have had their health reduced and now cast a change target spell.

Moors of Ykesha

  • Players using the cannons to cross the gorge are no longer allowed to be mounted.
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