Have You Taken the Altar of Malice Expansion Survey?

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Have you taken the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice expansion survey? If not, head here:

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Personally as someone who has dedicated some time to writing good survey questions, this has to be one of the most generic surveys I’ve seen. On one hand, there is an entire page dedicated to the six raid zones in the expansion, yet the entirety of the tradeskill and heroic content are each distilled down to a single 1-10 rating question. What if you love the zones, animations, populations, humor, and the music, but you dislike difficulty, how would you rate that?

It’s pretty clear that Marketing largely referenced the expansion’s press release without much (if any) consultation with the EQ2 team. I wonder what if anything SOE will learn from this survey. I feel that the way the questions are written is prone to lead to invalid conclusions.

Update Notes: Thursday, December 11, 2014

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It’s Bug Bash (and Altar of Malice heroic zone rebalancing) time!

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL — BUG BASH WEEK

  • Fixed an issue where you could lose your grandmaster spell if you betrayed.
  • The tooltip and examine window information will now correctly display the damage type of missile weapons.
  • Rejoice! Exiles can now use the shared bank!
  • Exiles can now change suffix titles!
  • SOE Live Request: Added the command /dump_items_to_log, which, true to its name, will write the contents of your inventory to your log. Please note that only items known to your game client will be logged; as such, the output may vary depending on whether you’re in a house zone or not.
  • SOE Live Request: Players may now drag game commands such as “Summon Mount,” “Melee Attack,” “Ranged Attack” etc. into the Edit Macro window to create a step with the appropriate command.

Implemented support for mouseover macros. By specifying %v (similar to the usage of %t) as the target in a macro, the player name under the mouse cursor will be used as the target of the spell cast. This only applies to the following UI elements:

  • Your own character info window (found in the upper left corner with the default UI)
  • Target Window
  • Implied Target Window
  • Group Window
  • Raid Window

Update Notes: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST. Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, December 3 , 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on 12/04/2014). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where mercenary names would show as gibberish on non-english servers.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Zavith’loa: The Lost Caverns [Advanced Solo and Heroic]

  • Fixed a bug that caused Beastmaster Kau’mua to heal for more than intended.
  • Fixed a bug that was rarely causing Ceracuspis to get stuck in his charging animation.

The EQ2 Team Wants Your Focused Feedback

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In order to institute Quality of Life tweaks and changes to Itemization, Class Balance, and overall gameplay, the EQ2 team launched Focused Feedback threads a few weeks back on a number of topics. We still have time to post our comments in these threads:

From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

Update: We will be keeping all focused feedback thread open until January 5th, 2015 at which point we will be locking the threads to move onto the next phase.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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First up, starting at 10:00am PST tomorrow (1:00pm EST, 18:00 GMT, 19:00 CET), Free-to-Play EQ2 players will be able to buy and start playing the Altar of Malice expansion.

Now for the downtime announcement…

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PST.
Estimated downtime is 1 hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at approximately 9:00PM PST. (Aprox. 5:00AM London Time on 11/26/2014)
Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

All accounts will also be able to purchase and play our new expansion, Altar of Malice, at 10:00AM PST.

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where general achievements would export to census with “Altar of Malice” as the subcategory.

Altar of Malice Frequently Asked Questions

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Table of Contents


Q: So what’s new in the expansion?

  • Adventure, Tradeskill, and Guild levels can now all go to 100.
  • 100 new Quests including new Signature line for the expansion
  • All new level 96-100 harvestables, spells, recipes, armor, weapons, etc.
  • Two new Tradeskill questlines by Domino
  • Two new Overland zones (The Phantom Sea and The Tranquil Sea).
  • Ten new Heroic zones with 4-5 bosses per zone.
  • Five new Event Heroic zones with a single ring event and boss (10-15 minute zone!)
  • Two contested Heroic zones for leveling from 96-100 (if you prefer to grind).
  • Six raid zones, many of which are tuned for entry-level raiding
  • Avatars of the Gods gets 4 more Avatar raid fights
  • New PvP Gear
  • Nearly all spells can be upgraded to Grandmaster from level 1-100.
  • New “Ancient” spells/combat arts.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL [WEEKLY FEATURE – Ed.]

  • All Access Members can now access the Broker almost anywhere. In the EQII menu, select the “Broker” option, or use the /start_broker_anywhere command.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
High Keep: The Bloodless Incursion [Contested]

  • Grulk’s Toxic Submission no longer drains noxious resistance, but instead causes Poisoned Marrow to inflict greater damage.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Summoner

  • Minions Translocation can no longer be cast while under the effects of Carnage Shield.

ITEMS

  • Totem of the Succulent may now only trigger once a second and has increased damage and healing.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Balance of Theer

  • The order logo will now only grant points to your team after you have been on it for three seconds, and every three seconds thereafter.
  • Balance of Theer will now grant medals for victorious matches.

Watch the EverQuest II Q&A #2 panel from SOE Live 2014!

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As long last we’ve resumed posting videos recorded from SOE Live 2014. After this, we’ve still got the EQ2 Art & Animation panel, as well as three player panels and the Player Studio panel. Oy vey!

This was the last panel at SOE Live 2014 for EverQuest II — Questions & Answers #2. Due to room acoustics, this recording took an inordinate amount of time to edit and normalize. Fortunately, Audio quality improves around the 3 minute mark when questions begin.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Balance of Theer [PvP] battleground! A 6v6 deathmatch zone that is set on Roehn Theer’s platform.

GENERAL

  • Options to invite a guild member to a party, a raid, or gossip with them via tells about that healer that keeps forgetting to cure detrimentals are now available via the context menu in the Members list of the Guild window.
  • Resolved an issue where certain wards did not properly display the amount of damage warded in the effects list of their description tooltips and examine windows.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Deathtoll

  • Several minor changes were made to Cruor Alluvium to prevent unexpected damage from the gazer’s damage shield immediately after being teleported by Watery Grave.

EQ2 Producer Letter: What’s to Come for Sept to Nov!

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Norrathians,

We’re all charged up and busy after a great time at SOE Live! The team is hunkered down and focused on the expansion, fixes, and updates on the schedule. Here are some details!

When is the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Beta?

On Oct. 7 we will launch Limited Beta for All Access members. Most of the content will be focused on the Overlands and level increase content. We need your support!

Oct. 14 will be Open Beta for everyone. We’d love you to come check out the content and help us make sure it’s good, clean fun.

When is Altar of Malice Launch?

The expansion launch for All Access members will be on Nov. 11, just a few days after we celebrate our 10th anniversary!

On Nov. 25, the expansion will be available to everyone.

EQ2 ZAM: Transcripts of both EQ2 Q&A panels & Mechanics from SOE Live 2014

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Because sleep is overrated, EQ2 fan Afista spent the weekend meticulously transcribing the two EverQuest II Q&A panels and has posted them on EQ2 ZAM. Also don’t miss the notes from the all-important Mechanics panel posted by Cyliena as linked below. I got a kick out of hanging out with both of them at SOE Live and seeing what they’re doing for the EQ2 community. I’m starting to feel like a bit of a slacker now… ;)

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At SOE Live 2014, the community had questions and the devs had answers! ZAM was there to keep track of what everyone wanted to know. Afista has written a full recap of what happened during the Q&A following the EQ2 keynote, as well as the AMAA Sessions Part 1 & Part 2.

(also check out our Systems & Mechanics panel recap from last week!)

Watch the EverQuest II: Mechanics Panel from SOE Live 2014!

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In the EverQuest II: Systems panel, the EverQuest II team talks about the upcoming expansion, specifically class balance, mechanics, some new features, and takes player questions. On the panel: Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer, and Justin “Jamiss” Michael. We recorded this at SOE Live 2014 in Las Vegas and are happy to be able to share it.

On YouTube:

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • The Moonlight Enchantment merchants have new items available! All sorts of trees and shrubbery based on Ethernere foliage can now be purchased. Moonlight Enchantments begin on 8/20!
  • With Kerafyrm’s defeat, Freeport and Qeynos have finally broken the Awakened siege, and Luclin – now whole – shines brightly in the skies.

GENERAL

  • YouTube integration has been removed due to incompatibilities with Google’s API updates. Options are being explored to return video functionality.

SOE Live: EverQuest II Mechanics/Systems Panel Slides

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Here are the slides presented by the EverQuest II team specifically the mechanics/systems guys. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer were presenting.

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SOE Liveblog: EverQuest II Systems/Mechanics Panel

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Now it’s time for the EverQuest II Systems panel. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer are presenting. We’re liveblogging this panel as well as recording a video of this panel in 720p HD.

Liveblog begins at 1:00pm PDT and ends at 2:00pm PDT on Saturday August 16th.

Fix for Stealth and AE Abilities

New Spell Qualities

  • All spells go to Grandmaster
  • Certain spells go to Ancient

Battleground 6v6 Balance of Theer

  • Deathmatch
  • Penalty for dying
  • Tiles to stand on and get buffs/debuffs

New 6v6 Battleground “Balance of Theer” Now on Beta Server

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From the EQ2 Forums:

This new battleground set on Roehn Theer’s platform is a brand new match type, with an age old premise: slaughter your enemies.

Team size: 6v6
Minimum Team: 3
Time Limit: 10 Minutes
Scoring System: There are two ways to gain points, the first being to kill your opponents. The second is to stand on the deadly order tile, which sounds simple. You may find this more difficult than it sounds.

Dying or cowering for an extended period on your protected spawn area will reduce your team’s score.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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From Bunji on the official forums

 

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Lore and Legend: Awakened Aerakyn is now available.

HOUSE ACTORS

  • House Actors will now save changes made to their greeting distances between loading and reloading a house.

ITEMS

PVP and BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Ethereal and Artifact weapons may be obtained via victory daily missions in Battlegrounds.
  • Ethereal and Artifact weapons now grant PvP statistics.

Transcript: EQ2Insider Developer Q&A – July 9, 2014 ~ 2:00pm

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EQ2Wire is providing a running transcript of today’s EQ2Insider Developer Q&A with questions posed by players on the EQ2 Forums, Facebook, Twitter, and even Google Plus. Present on the panel are EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 Game Designer Mike “Xelgad” Ganz, and EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee.

Today’s livecast started with a hilarious 2D animation of the Age’s End story thus far.

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Announcing the winners of the EQ2 summer contest.

After the jump, the Dev Q&A…

Update Notes: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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From EQ2 Buildmaster Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Deathtoll

  • Fabled Deathtoll’s minimum lockout timer has been reduced to 18 hours.
  • [eq2u]Secrets of the Doomwing, Volume IV[/eq2u] no longer has a chance to drop from Yitzik the Hurler and Fitzpitzle.

Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale’s Maw

  • Adds in the Telkorenar encounter should now despawn when he is defeated.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue with Primordial Vengence and Voracity that prevented the effects from stacking.
  • Many one-handed weapons have been made usable by more classes.

PVP
Bruiser

  • Wild Beating should now correctly trigger Vicious Combination in PvP combat.

Existing Lockouts

In a separate thread on the EQ2 Forums, it was reported that existing lockouts for Fabled Deathtoll will also be reduced from 4 days 20 hours to 18 hours.

EQ2 Insider #2 Summary and Notes by Kinya

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Kinya, webmaster of the Polish multi-game fansite Babagra, has posted a summary and notes of the second EQ2 Insider webcast which was held last Wednesday.

What happen recently in EQ2:
- weekly updates;
- dreadscale maw – new raid;
- high keep contested;
- June promotion Gear Up, Level UP;
- heroic characters are on sale;
- discount on expansion if bought in June;
- new Loyalty items added to MarketPlace.

Team is focused mostly on the things which are coming to EQ2:
- fabled Deathtoll (around 20 July);
- big unnamed event in July;
- new challenge duo coming in August;
- lore and legends for Aerakyns (June/ July).

Ethereals and Artifacts - current items will be available until mid of July then comes another set of items: weapons.
Not all the Artifacts were discovered so far on all servers. There is around only 15 of them in game currently (11 servers x 4 artifacts = 44)

June Dev Picks (from 10:30): Magic Kingdom by Sairalindie on Antonia Bayle and Meta’s Enchanted Island Tours by Metamarra on Butcherblock.

Collectors edition ToV winners (selected from ppl watching stream): Psycha, Ladylove4, DonRipper

Update Notes: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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From Bunji on the Official Forums:

 

WEEKLY FEATURE
The New Tunaria Warzone is now available on the Battlegrounds Server via a portal in Champion’s Respite.

GENERAL

  • The Loyalty Merchant and Loyalty Marketplace will now correctly sell adornments that are below maximum level.
  • A small bag of platinum coins will now sell for the correct amount of platinum if purchased off of the loyalty section of the marketplace.

Level up, Gear up…discord style!

  • For the duration of the “Gear Up! Level Up!” promotion, Havoc Marks and Marks of Devastation will be awarded at twice the rate.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale’s Maw

  • Corrected an issue that would potentially cause certain pet classes to get instantly killed upon getting resurrected if they were not protected by Dragonsbane.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Necromancer

  • Miragul’s Dark Heart will no longer overwrite more powerful Hearts that are already in your inventory.

ITEMS

  • Great Waters now correctly states that it does not stack with itself.
  • Shared Dragonsbane now applies to group members within 999 meters from the wearer and persists through death.
  • Arced Conductivity should now always apply the potency increase.

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.

Update Notes: Thursday, May 29, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • The first round of Battlegrounds matchmaker fixes is live!
  • Teams will now be more fair numbers wise. No more 24 reds against 3 blues!
  • NOTE: teams could be a little off if not everyone picked to be on your team accepts the match. However, backfills will go to the lowest team first so as more people queue to fill in the backfills it will work to even up the teams.
  • The getting dropped into Champion’s Respite instead of going straight to your match from your home server is still not fixed.
  • If you are chronomentoring on your home server when you accept a battlegrounds match, you will have your chronomentor session restored to you when you return at no cost.
  • When you enter a battlegrounds match you will get put into your team’s respawn instead of being dropped in the middle of the map.
  • Backfilled players will be put on the team with the fewest total number of players.
  • Players who queue as a group will all be placed on the same team. However, the order in the group/raid window will not be maintained.
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