Update Notes: Thursday, November 21, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

MEMBERSHIP

  • Now until Feb. 25th, Gold members earn DOUBLE on all alternate currencies!

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Vesspyr Isles

  • Delvakin in Falinpol now sells an item that can be used to turn fully upgraded Cryptic, Arcane, or Potent armor into an upgrade gemstone. Cryptic armor converts into a Brilliant Blue gemstone, both Arcane and Potent armor convert into a Deep Green gemstone.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Some good updates tomorrow. White Critical Chance adornments will now work in nearly every equipment slot, allowing players to boost their crit chance until they can get ToV gear replacements. Also, lots of little fixes to zones which players have been reporting.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Challenge Duo zones will now drop purple adornments instead of red adornments.
  • City Sages are now willing to put a price to A Thexian Log Book, Clockwork Chirurgeon User Manual, and Day Log of R.F. for those that completed the accompanying quest.

Cobalt Scar

  • Cobalt Scar tradeskill harvestables no longer spawn under the world.

Fabled Djinn Master’s Prism

  • Instruments should no longer lose their “move” or “inspect” verbs when the encounter resets.
  • Instruments will no longer reset once a valid song has been played but they will still reset once the Djinn Master’s threshold has been passed.

Ssrez’Ras: Chamber of Stasis

  • Deviator Yothsra will no longer get stuck immune to damage.
  • Casting Verdict on Ziskaya will no longer prevent her from fleeing combat.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 “Tears of Veeshan”

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Here are the Update Notes for the Tears of Veeshan expansion (ie Game Update 68) from the EQ2 Forums:


TEARS OF VEESHAN

After rediscovering Yelinak, now the steward of Vesspyr Isles alongside other fallen and familiar dragons, players learn of the time/space powers behind the Tear of Veeshan stolen by prismatic dragon Kerafyrm the Awakened. With Kerafyrm’s fearsome power looming over Norrath, players are called upon to shine light into the darkness brought on by the Awakened’s draconic army, and set the stage for a new Age to begin!

Features:

  • New class – Channeler!
  • New Dragon-themed AAs
  • AA limit increased to 340
  • New overland area, Vesspyr Isles – Adventure, amenities, quests, collections, and more!
  • Nine new dungeons
  • Two new raid zones
  • More Tradeskill and Tradeskill Apprentice Items
  • New PvP item tier

EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan Beta Opening October 15, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Open Beta for EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan will open tomorrow, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. This is a great chance for players to check out the new Channeler class and new dragon-themed Alternative Advancement (AA) systems for each archetype. We’d love your feedback on these features, as well as other parts of the expansion! Beta will last until the launch of Tears of Veeshan onTuesday, November 12, 2013!

How to copy your Live and/or Test character over to the Beta server:

  • You can click the ‘Beta Copy’ button on the character create screen to copy the currently selected character.
  • You can log in your character and then use the /beta command.

Update Notes: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed a message about losing 0 coin when looting a treasure chest in certain situations.

QUESTS

  • Channeler Prelude: Players will now find some help on the docks of the Danak Shipyards in Jarsath Wastes. It seems someone has placed an animal handler on retainer.
  • Channeler Prelude: Instances are now more group-friendly.

MERCENARIES

  • Mindbender Talid should no longer apply “Peaceful Calm” on fighters in the group.

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Fixed an issue with raids not forming correctly when entering a battleground.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Resolved a common issue that would cause Call of Veteran (and other travel methods) to think players were still in combat when they were not.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Dreadcutter: The Pirate Kings [Raid]

  • The encounter should no longer occasionally reset when witchdoctors spawn.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Gears of Klak’Anon

  • Damage from the relic will no longer be attributed to the player holding it.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

ITEMS

  • When examining a pre-adorned item, the classes that can equip the item should properly display.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Gears of Klakanon

  • The damage received from holding the relic has been reduced.
  • The relic now gives a toughness debuff that increases in effectiveness over time.
  • The relic now gives a lethality buff that degenerates over time, eventually becoming negative.
  • The amount of points required to win has been reduced to 650.

Update Notes: Thursday, August 8, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Cavern of the Crustaceans

  • The zone is now on a persistent timer instead of a lockout timer.

ITEMS

  • The Sentinel: Rewards from the quest , The Crook Cook, are now tradable.
  • AA respec cards can now be destroyed.
  • [eq2u]Vision of the Tranquil[/eq2u] will now persist through death.
  • [eq2u]The Orb of Theer[/eq2u] can no longer proc in PVP combat.
  • Celestial Motes are now classified as Fabled items.

VIDEO from EQ2 Panel #2: Tears of Veeshan Expansion

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Join members of the EverQuest II team including Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Carlos “Gninja” Mora, Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Nandy “Zoltaroth” Szots, Kyle “Kander” Vallée, and Holly “Windstalker” Longdale as they talk about EverQuest II’s upcoming 10th expansion — Tears of Veeshan.

Watch the EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan expansion panel recorded on Friday, August 2nd at SOE Live 2013!

SOE Live 2013 EQ2 Q&A Audio Recording

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When Kander told me that Sunday’s EverQuest II: Q&A panel from SOE Live 2013 had some good questions raised, I despaired that nobody had recorded it. That was, until I found a post on the EQ2 forums from Zictor (who I got to meet at SOE Live!) who had recorded the audio from this panel!

Download the SOE Live 2013 – EverQuest II Q&A panel Audio

Read Zictor‘s transcript of the SOE Live 2013 — EverQuest II Q&A panel

I provide a backup of Zictor‘s transcript of the Q&A panel after the jump…

EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan Expansion and More Announced

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The EverQuest II keynote ended just over an hour ago here at SOE Live 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we were given some great hints of things that will be expounded upon more tomorrow in the three EQ2 panels — Mechanics, Expansion, and Itemization Evolves. (please check our list of panels we’re covering)

First up, this fall’s expansion is Tears of Veeshan. It’s a high level expansion with a huge overland zone and 9 massive dungeons. Each of the dungeons in the expansion will have quests and storylines.

Dragons AA Tab —  The Dragon’s tab has 4 lines to choose from which vary by Archetype. Depending on your archetype, the AA tab will have a different label — Dozekar, Yelenak, Woushi, and Trakanon. (This is just flavor text). With the expansion, the Alternate Advancement cap is going up to 340 points.

What can I say about tomorrow’s Itemization Evolves panel? (without being hunted down by Georgeson?) Not much, but just imagine me with duct tape over my mouth, two thumbs way up, and smiling. In Kander‘s EQ2Talk interview a few months back, he told us that linear, static, and boring itemization is going out and player choice is coming in. I am very excited about this panel and hope you don’t miss our Liveblog of it!

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 “Darkness Dawns”

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These were posted just a few minutes ago on the EQ2 Forums:

DARKNESS DAWNS

The oracles still see chaos and uncertainty on the horizon even with victory for the New Combine army in Cobalt Scar. Join Field Marshal Vishra at Scarstone as he tirelessly guards the newly found Tear of Veeshan – an artifact that could turn the tides of war forever in this time of delicate peace. Is it the key to preventing the end of the world foretold in the Ages End prophecy? Those that have completed “Tear in the Grotto” are being summoned to find out!

FABLED DUNGEONS

  • Fabled Clefts of Rujark (accessed from Sinking Sands and Pillars of Flame)
  • Fabled Scornfeather’s Roost (accessed from Sinking Sands and Pillars of Flame)
  • Fabled Djinn Masters Prism (accessed from the ‘Fabled Dungeon Portal’ in Pillars of Flame)
  • Fabled Pedestal of Sky (accessed from the ‘Fabled Dungeon Portal’ in Pillars of Flame)

NEW CONTESTED AVATARS

  • Three New Contested Avatar Raids: Pit yourself against three new contested avatars in the overlands – Prexus, Solusek Ro, and Drinal!

ARENA OF THE GODS

  • The Arena of the Gods is a raid instance that allows 24 players to challenge any of the 9 avatars that are in game (includes the new contested avatars released in this GU). Once you kill an avatar and are rewarded, you can continue to practice the encounters as much as you want (there is a 3-day lockout timer for rewards). Entrances to the Arena of the Gods can be found in the cities of Freeport and Qeynos.

[Beta] Game Update 67 Notes: Monday, July 8, 2013

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Game Update 67: Darkness Dawns has now hit the EQ2 Beta server and here are the Update Notes. Game Update 67 is expected to go live July 23, 2013.

Fabled Dungeons

  • Fabled Clefts of Rujark (accessed from Sinking Sands)
  • Fabled Scornfeather’s Roost (accessed from within Fabled Clefts of Rujark)
  • Fabled Djinn Masters Prism (accessed from the ‘Fabled Dungeon Portal’ in Pillars of Flame)
  • Fabled Pedestal of Sky (accessed from the ‘Fabled Dungeon Portal’ in Pillars of Flame)
  • Three New Contested Avatar Raids: Pit yourself against three new contested avatars in the overlands – Prexus, Solusek Ro, and Drinal!

Arena of the Gods

  • The Arena of the Gods is a raid instance that allows 24 players to challenge any of the 9 avatars that are in game (includes the new contested avatars released in this GU). Once you kill an avatar and are rewarded, you can continue to practice the encounters as much as you want (there is a 3-day lockout timer for rewards).

Game Update 67: Darkness Dawns — July 30th

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From the EQ2 Forums:

We are pleased to announce our next Game Update titled “Darkness Dawns” coming on July 30! For our 67th game update we have great stuff in store for you!

We are really excited about a new story quest line that will pick up from our last game update in April (GU66: Scars of the Awakened). We can tell you that there is an EPIC event brewing in Cobalt Scar that could turn the world on its head and YOU are the catalyst.

SPOILER: At the end of GU66, players uncovered an artifact of power — a Tear of Veeshan — that will lead into the story quest line in Darkness Dawns. The events you will experience are jaw-dropping and the team has been pouring its energy and passion into making this very special — from art to dialogue. You, our hero, will be central to the story that will change the world!

Here are some of the features we have lined up for Darkness Dawns!

Update Notes: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

Cobalt Scar

  • Kelorek’Dar no longer stuns or interrupts players as a damage shield. He will instead damage player’s power pools slightly at the same frequency.
  • Collections – Collectibles in Cobalt Scar should be more readily available

Chelsith

  • Kuom’Ziki will no longer continue to speak when he is dead.

Jarsath Wastes

  • Fixed a spawn point for collectible shinny that was below the surface at location -1619 183 1116.

Blackburrow

  • The “Sabertooth Champion” should start spawning again. The respawn for him is around 20 minutes.

Sleepers Tomb

  • Sleepers tomb raid – challenge mode ancient sentinel no longer heals itself with Touch of Velium II spell.

Nektulos:

  • The Travelling Augur is adjusted to prevent the possibility of him falling beneath the dock.

Siren’s Grotto: Dissension

  • The second respawn location should not be available until the doors to the second half of the zone are unlocked.

Update Notes: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Siren’s Grotto: Alluring Embrace (both versions)

  • Shyneera will no longer become unkillable.

Oakmyst Forest

  • Using escape in Oakmyst now places the player at the Oakmyst Forest dock.

Steamfont

  • Mort Gimblesquee, an ammunition merchant, has set up shop in Gnomeland Security in the Steamfont Mountains.

Game Update 66: Scars of the Awakened Update Notes

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From EverQuest2.com:

All EQ2 Servers will come down on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 am Pacific Time* for Game Update 66: Scars of the Awakened. The expected downtime is three hours. Part of this maintenance will occur at the same time as a SOE-wide maintenance.

Game Update 66: SCARS OF THE AWAKENED
Update Notes

Ever vigilant, Norrathians march united under the banner of the New Combine army, deeper into the perilous continent of Velious.

Finally, the army breaches the borders of a region known as Cobalt Scar – a majestic, lush, but tormented region. And from within dark passages in the surrounding mountains, the inhabitants of Sirens Grotto beckon to all.

The first news heard from Cobalt Scar concerns tribes of Othmir that succumbed to an unfortunate fate that now threatens everyone. Further examination into the area will reveal a foreboding presence of the Awakened Legion, a force of evil that decimated dragonkind in the legendary city of Skyshrine.

Nearby, in the watery depths of Sirens Grotto – unseen by landwalkers for the ages – it is said that the caverns hold secrets of their own. And the beguiling siren coven known as the Darkwater Sisters will not give up those secrets easily.

All the while, the Ages End Prophecy looms with its promise to see Kerafyrm – Norrath’s most evil, powerful dragon – bring a violent end to the world. Heroes from every corner of Norrath are called to explore this new land in Velious and fight for a future for all.

On Beta: Game Update 66 Notes

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In addition to the new content in Game Update 66, which hits Beta today and will go live on April 30th, there are numerous class tweaks. But instead of class balance (although there is some of that), the overriding theme of the class improvements in this update could best be summed up as “What Bugs Your Class Most?” All those things about your class that drive you crazy, like having to be directly behind the mob to use your biggest hits as a Dirge, or having to be exactly 5 meters from the mob to do both your Melee and Ranged CAs as a Ranger.

Read over the notes and give us your take. Are these great, long overdue changes, or does it almost go too far, making things a little too convenient? As a Ranger, I’m excited about the changes, but will I become even lazier now that I can stand pretty much anywhere in the room and do my maximum DPS? I certainly applaud a number of the changes which were things that “didn’t make sense” which have now been fixed.

After the jump, Game Update 66′s Beta Notes

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

BAG SORTING UPDATES
Bag Sorting:

  • Added Fuel, Food, and Drink filters.
  • Added Tier sorting method “/sort_bags tier”.
  • Added Ascending and Descending parameters for sorting called with “a” and “d” respectively (ie: “/sort_bags tier a”).

Bag Dumping:

  • Restored old bag swap functionality. Dragging a bag over another bag in your equipment window will swap the position of those bags (without moving their contents).
  • To dump the contents of a bag into another, open the destination bag and then drag and drop the source bag into the open destination bag’s window.
  • Bag Dumping now supports partial dumping. Remaining items beyond the destination bag’s limit will be placed back within the source bag.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Dreadcutter: The Pirate Kings [Raid]

  • The scout cursed by the ogre witchdoctor should not be teleported unless there are not enough valid teleport targets.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
PvP General

  • Temporary buffs that have reduced durations in PVP combat will now acquire their PVP durations more reliably.

ITEMS

  • Eidolon Jungle: Solo set gloves now drop from certain solo named.
  • Pirate King Mage accessories now have offensive casting skills, Subjugation, Disruption and Focus.

Game Update 66: Scars of the Awakened Due April 30th

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

To all Norrathians,

The Velious saga continues! New lands and adventures will be uncovered on April 30 with Game Update 66 entitled EverQuest II: Scars of the Awakened!

Ever vigilant, Norrathians march united under the banner of the New Combine army, deeper into the perilous continent of Velious.

Finally, the army breaches the borders of a region known as Cobalt Scar – a majestic, lush, but tormented region. And from within dark passages in the surrounding mountains, the inhabitants of Sirens Grotto beckon to all.

New PvP Set Bonuses a Strikeout?

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Some of the big features of this week’s Game Update 65.5 were a number of class tweaks in PvP combat, the expansion of PvP’s Blue Adornments to other items (cloaks, charms, etc.), and the addition of PvP Set Bonuses on certain items. While the first two have been well-received, it seems that the new PvP Set Bonuses were bugged on Test and Beta and are now bugged on Live such that they are not effective at all. But perhaps the bigger issue is, some of the PvP Set Bonuses grant stats which even the most poorly-geared player has already capped out on.

As far as PvP Set Bonuses not working at all, Omougi has acknowledged the issue and promises a fix soonish:

These setbonuses should work with duplicates of the same item. These have been working for a while on internal servers but unfortunately they were missed in our data push to test/live. This fix will be pushed out to you guys as soon as possible.

UPDATE from Omougi:

We’re aiming to have the set bonuses fixed and functional in next Tuesday’s hotfix (March 5th 2013). If plans change I’ll keep you updated!

However the issue of whether the PvP Set Bonuses are desirable continues to be discussed on the EQ2 Forums.

EQ2Wire Asks

Have you found any of the new PvP Set Bonuses to be useful or desirable for your PvP characters?

Game Update 65.5 Update Notes: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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From the EQ2 Forums:

NEW RAID ZONES

  • New x2 raid zone Wurmbone’s End: Nox Incessit (with normal and challenge versions). Entrance located in Jarsath Wastes.
  • New x4 raid zone The Dreadcutter: The Pirate Kings. Entrance located in Obol Plains on the dock.

NEW BAG SORTING, SWAPPING AND DUMPING FEATURES
Bag Sorting:
Open up the Bag Options window from the button on each bag to access the filters that you’d like to set for a respective inventory bag. After setting your options, hit the “Sort” button on your Character window. This will send a command up to the server with “/sort_bags name”.

  • In addition to sorting by “name”, you can type the sort_bags command yourself and put “level” to sort by level of the item instead.
  • Any option that you set for filtering items will also affect which bag the item goes to upon looting!
  • If you’d rather a bag not be sorted, feel free to mark the bag as a “Skip”.

SOE Podcast #143 — Dexella Interviews Kander, Omougi, and Terrogaunt about Game Update 65.5

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On February 21st, SOE Podcast #143 was posted and it includes a brief interview between Colette “Dexella” Murphy, EQ2′s Community Manager, and Kyle “Kander” Vallee, EQ2 Lead Designer, Brian “Omougi” Ferguson, EQ2 Systems Design, and Kenneth “Terrogaunt” Roecks, EQ2 Programmer.

After the jump, we provide a transcript of the EQ2 part of the Podcast including:

  • Wurmbone Crag: Nox Incessit [x2 Normal and Challenge Raids]
  • Dreadcutter: The Pirate Kings [x4 Challenge Raid]
  • Bag Sorting — one-click sort bags by Level or Name into 14 categories
  • PvP Balance — continued tweaks
  • PvP Blue Adornments — new slots
  • PvP Guardian — buffed!
  • confirmation of Cobalt Scar in Game Update 66 at the end of April

Download SOE Podcast #143 [15:31 mp3]

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