Update Notes: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Performance Tweaks and Bug Stomp!

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From the EQ2 Forums:

PERFORMANCE UPDATES
We don’t want to get into too much detail, but overall we updated some very old libraries to bring EQII up to date. We also updated memory management, fixed some memory leaks as a result, and made some other code changes that look to be improving server performance.

Here’re a few notes to give you a bit more detail:

  • Improved client performance on maximum settings. Additionally, altered the “Extreme Quality” defaults to look and run better on higher end machines. This means that non-raiders who do quests, decorate houses, heroic dungeons (without oceans of proc gear), are going to notice considerable improvement.
  • We have made several improvements to spawning of items and NPCs to make this less of a load on the server.
  • We have made some optimizations to how data is sent from the server to the client.
  • Optimized some server side AA calculations.
  • Several Marketplace improvements on performance and improved how the welcome window is sent to clients.
  • Made improvements to how the server calculates stats during combat.
  • Made improvements to client for performance.
  • Utilized SSE and SSE2 instruction sets to improve graphical performance.

Things that are NOT specifically improved:

  • Client performance on lowest settings, it is already stripped down to the bare minimum.
  • Clients who are using custom UIs, specifically ones using UI script.
  • Raid performance still needs some attention, specifically stacking procs and double casts. We’re still looking into solutions.

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.

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.

Grandmasters Won’t Require Raiding, Exorbitant Research

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I think these days, most players don’t consider their characters complete, competitive, or at least capable until they have upgraded a significant number of their combat arts or spells to Master level. It was not always so…

Are We Entitled to Masters?

It may be hard to remember, but there was a time before the Research tab and before Research Assistants when the only way to get Master spells was to defeat enemies. At launch, Masters were unbelievably rare and only dropped from Epic names. Over the years, they have trickled down to Epic trash, then to Heroic bosses. At some point, a global loot table was added to any slain non-trivial enemy with something like a 1 in 10,000 chance to drop a level-appropriate Master. Every year, Masters seem to become more widely available.

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:

Watch the SOE Live 2014 EverQuest II Q&A #1

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We recorded the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote, which included about seven minutes of Q&A at the end. We also recorded the EverQuest II Q&A #1 panel and we’ve assembled it into a single video.

NOTE: Audio quality improves at 8:45 as we started using an external mic at this point.

Watch the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Keynote from SOE Live 2014!

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There were some technical difficulties during the first 10 minutes of the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote which was livestreamed from SOE Live last week.  Instead of clearly hearing the producer and designers of our game hyping their hard work, audiences at home mostly heard frustrated AV techs trying to get things working. Fortunately, we recorded the keynote in person and are now able to provide the complete event for those who missed it!

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

SOE Liveblog: EverQuest II Expansion #11 (Altar of Malice)

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Now it's time for the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice expansion panel with nearly the entire EQ2 team. We're liveblogging as well as recording a video of this panel in 720p HD. This panel is also being livecast on Twitch.

Liveblog began at 12:00pm PDT and ended at 1:00pm PDT on Friday August 15th.

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale to the stage. Tim Heydalaar and Dave Brown to the stage.

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Press Embargo Drops Five Hours Prior to EQ2 Expansion Keynote

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Looks like Press gets a healthy headstart on posting expansion news for EverQuest and EverQuest II this year. After their private meetings with Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson and EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Tuesday, they’ve had time to draft their articles and now, they’re available for all to read. My issue is, people at home have more information than those at SOE Live who may not yet have read these articles. Some Press sites (notably excluding Massively and ZAM) get a full boat ride from SOE, paying for hotel and sometimes even airfare, dinners, etc.). EQ2Wire covers EverQuest II all 365 days a year, and we do it without VIP treatment.

Anyway, enough politics. On to the news! These are the sites we’ve found so far:

The totally kickass key art is at the top of the article. And now the bullet points:

  • Level 100 increase for Adventure, Tradeskill, and Guild levels.
  • 14 Dungeons
  • 6 Raids
  • 6 Advanced Solo Zones
  • 2 Contested Dungeons
  • 2 Massive Overland zones created with the new unbelievable Layout Editor. I’ve heard that the new zones are so stunning that players will hardly believe they are running in the EQ2 engine.
    • Tranquil Sea: composed of the devastated Isle of Refuge, Deathweave Isle, and the Pygmie-and-dinosaur-inhabited Island of Dichen
    • Phantom Sea: composed of the haunted forest of Kithicor, the trading company’s home base Highhold, and Grimshales, an island made from a shard of Luclin
  • 4 new Avatars

More after the jump…

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE
The Nexus Core [Challenge Duo]

  • Having faced near-destruction at the hands of careless adventurers, The Nexus Core has assembled the ultimate automaton to defend its delicate systems. Great rewards await those strong and cunning enough to defeat him. Certain death awaits all others. Can you outwit the mechanical mind of Mechanoct?

This encounter is balanced for two extremely well-geared players containing at least one tank or one healer.

QUESTS
Age’s End Questline

  • Doomscale crystalweavers will no longer spin when attacked while healing their designated crystal.
  • The crystals will no longer reset to full health if no one is attacking them within their rooms.
  • Returning to Jorlak after destroying the 3 crystals should properly update the entire raid.
  • Corrected another issue that could cause some members to not get updates for the quests at certain stages due to lag.

Ages End x2 Quest Goers With Old Zone Must Reset

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The Age’s End x2 raid zone, added this Tuesday, is intended to wrap up the long-running Age’s End storyline which dates back to the very first content in the game. However it seems that Kerafyrm will not go down quite so easily! Several threads have been posted by players reporting issues with continuing the quest from before this morning’s update:

Players have expressed concern that their Worldwide and Server Discoveries of the quest rewards have been impacted by the quest bugging out for them (but not others). So as to organize and consolidate the bug reports and efforts by the EQ2 team to fix this quest, a new thread has been created for this purpose where Gninja has posted some suggestions on how to get the quest back on the right track (or start over):

Update Notes: Thursday, August 7, 2014

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From EQ2 Buildmaster Bunji on the EQ2 Forums comes our possibly last update until after SOE Live:

QUESTS
Age’s End Questline

  • The zone should no longer revert players if anyone lags during an update.
  • Hailing Jorlak will no longer revert quest stages unless it is a new zone.
  • Firiona Vie should now update the entire raid when giving her staff back.
  • Roehn Theer should now update the entire raid when giving his swords back.
  • Players hailing any of the quest NPCs should no longer cause the scripts to trigger more than once.

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

  • Zlandicar will now drop 2 weapon patterns when defeated.

Fix for Age’s End x2 Quest Coming Tomorrow

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As reported in a number of places on the EQ2 Forums, the Age's End x2 quest added yesterday has some glitches which are allowing the quest to reset or "roll back" to an earlier state.

EQ2 Designer Carlos "Gninja" Mora took to Twitter with a quick update:


which he elaborated on here:

The issues are being caused by the zone trying to keep everyone updated together and checking if anyone fell behind or got ahead of the zone. This was us trying to make it more painless to do a quest while raiding but in fact just made it more complicated and more points of failure for lag to affect such things. We will be reviewing it today and get all the kinks worked out and simplifying the entire process. The known issues I have are as follows:

    • Multiple players hailing at the same time can create lag spikes where some or all players get reverted a stage.
  • When returning to Jorlak after defeating the 3 crystals hailing him can reset the quests. DO NOT hail him when you return to center till we get a fix in for this. Returning to the center should progress your quest without hailing him. The update takes a few seconds because of him activating his script.
  • Multiple players trying to pick up the Lifeguide staff at same time can create lag spikes that revert some or all players back a few stages.
  • After defeating General Velryyn the quest sometimes only updates the group of the person hailing Firiona Vie. For now have one person in each group coordinate their hails for Firiona Vie and Theer.

We will be addressing all of the above issues asap. If you see anything outside the listed above please let me know here or via PM the more details the better!

For those who are getting stuck, he had this advice which, while isn't perfect, means that the zone can be attempted in another hour if the quest bugs out:

The zone is repeatable every hour and you can get the quests every 18 hours. So you will likely just need to run it again.

and finally..

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 & 4 Hour Downtime

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From the EQ2 Forums here and here and here:

Attention players: we will perform maintenance beginning at 4:00 AM PDT* on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take at least four hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Game servers will be down for the following games:
    • DC Universe Online
    • EverQuest II
    • Landmark
    • PlanetSide 2
  • Commerce functions, including purchases for all games
  • Game, web and forum logins for all games

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: August 5 @ 4:00am ~ 8:00am
  • EDT: August 5 @ 7:00am ~ 11:00am
  • BST: August 5 @ 12:00 ~ 16:00
  • CET: August 5 @ 13:00 ~ 17:00
  • AEST: August 5 @ 9:00pm ~ August 6 @ 1:00am

and Update Notes after the jump…

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Looks like all servers are coming down today, even though Tinkerfest will not be activated until Friday. From the EQ2 Forums.

ALL EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on July 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours.

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Tinkerfest begins 7/25!

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented Aerakyn body drop treasure from dropping if the victim was below level 100.
  • Zordakalicus Ragefire – The target lock cast by Ragefire’s adds, Shock, has been changed. It should cast much less often, is no longer a curse or curable, and now has a 3 second duration.

Vigilant House Items (Food, etc.) on Loyalty Vendor July 29th, Age’s End x2 Aug 5th

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Looks like Age’s End x2 raid, currently on Test and Beta, is being pushed back a bit. From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

 

Age’s End: The Final Chapter — Why an X2 Raid?

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When nobody is happy, that means you’ve reached a successful compromise, right?

Some players are upset at the announcement that the Age’s End prophecy, which has dominated EverQuest II’s storyline for almost a decade, will not be directly experienced by solo players. Others are incredulous that it will not be a difficult 24-person raid. EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee took to the forums to give the thinking behind why Age’s End: The Final Chapter is a x2 (12 person) raid and to encourage players to playtest the content:

So a few things.

We opted to make this an x2 because we want to give a lot broader amount of people access to it. It is the Ages End prophecy and the end of the most important story line in EverQuest II to date. Limiting this to x4 raiders seemed unfair. Sure, we could have made it a 6 man, but that seemed less epic for the content.

So we made a relatively easy x2 and a challenge x2. The challenge x2 is not really stupendously harder, or at least that isn’t the intention, but it will lend some better rewards to those who have done the work and geared up to this level of damage.

The bottom line was we wanted to give as many people access to it at that level without making it seem silly. We do not feel that an x2 format is silly. We feel our x2 content is lacking and we wish we could do substantially more.

This event is on Beta now and I encourage everyone to go check it out.

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How can solo and group players experience the closure of the Age’s End story? I would imagine there will be live streams and perhaps pick-up raids giving it a go. Also, with the level cap raise to 100 this November, it seems likely that the x2 zone will be doable by a single well-geared group, or 12 players in average gear. You may not get the story right away, but there are always other ways.

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: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 & Chat Server Maintenance

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • New Ethereal or Artifact weapons can now be found within Tears of Veeshan mission Crates.

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where dev picks would temporarily disappear from the housing leaderboards.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Deathtoll

  • Cruor Alluvium’s Aqueous Attunement spell will now allow players to cast spells and use skills while moving.
  • Cruor Alluvium’s Waning Skill debuff will no longer trigger off of pet deaths.

Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale’s Maw

  • Several new accessories have been added to the treasure tables in Dreadscale’s Maw.
  • Bosses slain within the zone should now reward status.
  • Added map to zone.

New Loot Coming to Dreadscale’s Maw (Wing 3 of Temple of Veeshan)

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From Kyle “Kander” Vallee on the EQ2 Forums:

So everyone knows, we are adding a good amount of new items to Dreadscale’s Maw. These will be similar in quality to the items we put in Deathtoll. Practiced and Uplifting effects, etc.

We are shooting to have this stuff in as soon as possible, we’ve been working on it for a couple weeks.

No solid ETA yet. Soon.

Happy 4th!

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