Merge Downtime: Freeport, Permafrost, & Nagafen – Weds, Nov 11 @ 7AM PT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

Should be the last time we need this diagram…


From the EQ2 Forums:

The server consolidation for the Freeport, Permafrost, and Nagafen servers merging into Skyfire will start on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7AM PST*. This downtime is expected to take 24 hours, which means these servers are scheduled to be unavailable until Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7AM PST.*

Ethereal Adornments + Double Rare Drops

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization

From the EQ2 Forums:

It’s time for the next event in Fall Frenzy!

Beginning on Friday, November 6th, Etheral Adorns will begin dropping in Norrath. There will also be DOUBLE Rare Drops! This is the last Fall Frenzy event before the launch of Terrors of Thalumbra. 

Two important notes:

  • While Ethereal Adorns will start dropping, they will not be double.
  • These events do not take place on the TLE servers.

Enjoy these bonuses beginning Friday, November 6th.

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

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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.


Maj’Dul and Halls of Fate Downtime: Weds, Nov 4 @ 9AM PST

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From the EQ2 Forums last night. Perhaps this will end the login queues…

Maj’Dul and Halls of Fate servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:00AM PST* for server maintenance. Estimated downtime is approximately 30 minutes.

There are no update notes for this maintenance.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: November 4 @ 9:00am
  • EST: November 4 @ Noon
  • GMT: November 4 @ 17:00
  • CEST: November 4 @ 18:00

GuildPortal Shutting Down By November 30th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U


Six weeks ago, GuildPortal, the community site for guilds of over 100 supported games, went offline due to a domain registration issue. This followed a multi-day outage this summer that remains unexplained. However these outages were eventually remedied and we assumed the site would resume operations for the foreseeable future. Yet last night, a terse notice was added to the top of GuildPortal:

NOTICE: GuildPortal will be going offline (permanently) by the end of the month.

We can only speculate on the reasons for the site’s imminent closure. After 14 years, maintaining the site may no longer bring any enjoyment to owner Aaron Lewis. The site’s revenue through premium subscriptions ($90/yr per guild) may no longer justify continued development. The site removed advertisements for free guilds in 2005 so only premium guilds support the site.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PST | 10:00am~11:00am EST | 15:00~16:00 GMT | 16:00~17:00 CEST
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PST | 12:00~1:00am EST | 05:00~06:00 GMT | 06:00~07:00 CEST

From the EQ2 Forums:


  • Fixed an issue with bosses spawning in The Fountain of Life.


  • [eq2u]Bow of Second Life[/eq2u] now uses ammo.
  • [eq2u]Heart of Underfoot[/eq2u] is now properly part of the Testament of the Titans item set.

EverQuest II Turns 11 Years Old — 12 Year Veteran Reward Announced

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On November 8th, EverQuest II will celebrate its eleven year anniversary. As EQ2′s first four expansions each awarded 90 days of bonus time when purchased, some players who have been with the game since the very beginning will soon accrue twelve years of game time. I can understand some hesitation by the EQ2 team to spend a lot of time developing rare/special rewards that few players will ever see, such as rewards from time-limited events. These rewards are discouraging to those players who missed these events. Even though it will be several years until I see this reward, this writer is having a very hard time not being insulted by the the granting of 365 Loyalty Tokens to those who have supported the company for so long.

Calthine put it better than I can: “I’m not insulted, just very, very disappointed. There’s no creativity or caring in this reward. It’s like getting a gift card for you anniversary.

From and on the EQ2 Forums:

Norrathians! It is once again time to celebrate, as EverQuest II is turning ELEVEN this year! We’ve had eleven amazing years of adventures together, and we’re looking forward to many more creatures to slay, shinies to discover, and memories to be made. As you’re gearing up for the launch of Terrors of Thalumbra, our next expansion, make sure you save some time to enjoy the Heroes’ Festival which returns to Norrath on Friday, November 6th.


Travel to Qeynos or Freeport to take part in all the festivities. The Festival will be around until Monday, November 16th.

Login Server / Launchpad Issues for November 2, 2015

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Here is what most EQ2 players are seeing when trying to use the Launchpad to get into EverQuest II right now. Some are able to avoid the issue by starting the EverQuest2.exe client directly. Similar issues are being experienced by some users on the forums and Daybreak websites. More as we have it.


and from twitter:

Wait Queues for F2P on Merged Servers to End Tuesday?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance


The first two Server Merges are now under the EQ2 team’s belt, with Crushbone, Oasis, and Butcherblock becoming Maj’Dul while Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost were reborn as a unified Halls of Fate server. Soon we’ll see Freeport, Nagafen, and Permafrost become a new combined Skyfire server. The technical requirements of doing a three-way merge has certainly thrown the team some curve balls. In the hours after the Maj’Dul server came up, there were several server crashes due to memory usage.

To keep Maj’Dul stable, a login queue was instituted for Free-to-Play accounts to lessen the load. The queue was then extended to the new newly merged Halls of Fate server for the same reasons. This queue is not a mere inconvenience as some players have been locked out in excess of 18 hours. Player outrage at the dichotomy experienced by All Access subscribers vs. Free-to-Play users (some of whom claim to spend in excess of $15 a month on the Marketplace) has grown increasingly shrill.

Fortunately, EQ/EQ2 Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale commented in-game over the weekend on the Maj’Dul server that these queues will soon be going away:

F2P will have Queue issues until Tuesday with our fixes. The queue drops as the population drops. Obviously weekends are tough. But it should be gone on Tuesday.

The queue is temporary. It was that or server crashes. The queue for F2P gets longer the more members who bypass it. It’s not ideal, obviously, but we should have it fixed Tuesday.

Terrors of Thalumbra Preview: Raiding (X2 and X4!)

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From Carlos “Gninja” Mora on the EQ2 Forums:

Within the cavernous depths of Thalumbra, uncounted creatures cloaked in mystery lie in wait for the unsuspecting adventurer. Adversaries range from crafty gnemlin outcasts whose creations have grown out of control, to ancient beasts of indescribable terror unlike any ever seen on Norrath’s surface. Raids range in difficulty, ensuring everyone from entry level guilds all the way up to the most seasoned raiders will have plenty of challenges in store for them throughout the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion!


Investigate the laboratory of a nearly mad gnemlin by the name of Bhoughbh who has taken over a portion of Maldura and needs your help cleaning up the mess he has made. His creations are running amuck and only you can help him pick up the pieces. Help him right his wrongs and get him back on the path to becoming one of tinkering’s greatest minds. This x2 raid zone is meant for 2 full groups!

Terrors of Thalumbra Zone Preview: Kralet Penumbra

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From Emily “Domino” Taylor on the EQ2 Forums:

In the ancient times of the Elder Age, the god Prexus claimed the mighty oceans of Norrath of his own and filled them with creatures of beauty, power, and terror. Among these early creations are the Aberrant (so called by the residents of Maldura who cannot pronounce the name they call themselves), a monstrous race of chitin-domed humanoids innately gifted in the arcane arts. While some abandoned the oceans eons past and dedicated themselves to Cazic-Thule, those who remain still honor their creator, who they know only as the Ill-Seen Master. Speakers and priests ensure order and obedience within the strict hierarchy of Kralet Penumbra, and the Grand Speaker Ynonngozzz’Koolbh ranks highest of all.


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

Leveling 101+ Guilds Won’t Be a Treat

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2, Expansion News

A recent beta forum discussion revealed that crafting and adventure writ status will not contribute to progress starting at guild level 101. EQ2 Senior Designer Gninja explained the reasoning behind the change:

Repeatable quests such as writs do not add to guild exp once you hit guild level 101. We are adding a lot more ways to get status from normal gameplay though. It was just way too easy to sit and do writs over and over to level the guild making having a leveled up guild a little less meaningful.

He came back to clarify the position a bit better:

The plan is to make status gains come from a lot of different places. Having lots of things you can do is a good thing. Having one thing you can do over and over without any sort of limiting factor is different. These things are still being adjusted so hang in there.

Candy CornCommentary

From Cyliena:

I’m sure Feldon will have choicer words about all of this, but as a member of an extremely small guild, this change will make guild leveling quite difficult. Whatever method is provided will end up being grinded out, so I’m unsure how this change will make leveling a guild more “meaningful”. -Cy

From Feldon:

The EQ2 team has twice tried to stomp out old “grindy” ways of playing EQ2 and encourage playing of newer content:

  • Removing Plat from older zones like Protectors Realm
  • Removing adventure XP from out leveled dungeons

The first was successful. The second was strongly derided and silently reverted this summer. I wonder which route this “new improved” guild leveling avenue will take.

Double Ferrin Through November 6th

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General


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!

Earn Rewards For Testing Terrors of Thalumbra – UPDATED

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

ToT Beta Rewards
Players who help test out the upcoming Terrors of Thalumbra expansion on the Beta server can earn several rewards including (for adventurers) a new mount! The rewards are one per account, but additional rewards can be earned by running another character through the content.

NOTE: Thanks to ArtifactX for providing screenshots of the in-game rewards.

All ToT Quest Lines All ToT Heroic Dungeons All ToT Tradeskill Quests
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General Daybreak Maintenance – October 29

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

All Daybreak sites and games will be under a 2+ hour maintenance window on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Login servers and account management may be unavailable during the maintenance.

Updated Info

As of 4:45pm ET:

Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost Server Merge FAQ

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Please read our FAQ below for answers to the most common questions you might have once the new combined Halls of Fate server is online (scheduled for 7:00am PDT). This new server combines all the characters and guilds from Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost. The EQ2 dev team have been logged into the new Halls of Fate server, monitoring the situation, and answering questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Help I’ve lost my hotbars!
A: Type /load_uisettings and choose your character from your previous server.

Q: My EQ2 Launchpad still shows characters from Guk, Unrest, or Everfrost. How do I fix this?
A: You will need to go to Character Select screen and then close EQ2 for your Launchpad to be updated. Alternately you can delete your logincache-en directory from your EQ2 folder.

Q: Why doesn’t Call to Guild Hall work?
A: Before anyone can Call to Guild Hall, at least one member of the guild will have to visit the Guild Hall Attuner item in their guild hall to trigger an update to everyone’s Call to Guild Hall ability. It may necessary for every person to travel to the guild hall first and re-attune your CtGH.

Login Issues – October 28, 2015

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance

Players are currently experiencing issues getting through the login server across all Daybreak games. On Twitter, Daybreak has stated that they are currently looking into the problem.

Beta Copy Update

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The beta copy backlog has been processed and requested copies are now available on the Beta server.


Marketplace & UChat Interruptions: Weds, Oct 28 @ 7AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be periods of time that UChat and Marketplace services will be unavailable on all servers starting Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7AM PDT* and ending Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7AM PDT.*

We’ll be performing maintenance on UChat and Marketplace services during period of time that the server consolidation happen for Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost servers merging into Halls of Fate (get more info on this server merge here).

Note: These services will not be down for the entire 24 hour period. There will be periods of time while these services are interrupted or unavailable during this maintenance.

Thank you for your patience and your support!

Beta Copy Backlog Followup

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Last week we wrote about how Terrors of Thalumbra Beta Copies have been running extremely slowly (well over 24 hours). Some players noted that beta copies taken from inside instances such as Houses and Guild Halls were failing and that players should copy from a public zone such as Antonica.

Now EQ2 developer Jamiss has posted an update explaining some of the issues:

The beta copy process has changed a little bit for this expansion due to some underlying technology changes. Unfortunately, this has caused the process to be a bit slower than in the past.

It was, however, up to date with everything that it had found as of about 4AM this morning, and has begun working through the log again. If you /beta’d anytime before 4AM this morning, please try to /beta again and the copier will get you soon. Sorry for any frustration this may be causing you.

As a quick sidenote: This should not overwrite any previously copied characters. Any characters copied again will have Xs appended to their name.

Server Merge Update: Guild Names Lost to Long-Inactive Groups

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Months ago when the upcoming Server Consolidation was announced, we were given extensive documentation about how Guild Names would be preserved for the most active guilds. Then it was announced that a more traditional Server Merge process would be used instead. Now we’ve seen the result of this choice as countless active, large guilds from Butcherblock, Oasis, and Crushbone have forsaken their names for abandoned guilds inactive for up to half a decade. Players who have petitioned this issue have been informed that Customer Support cannot address this issue and instead players must raise the issue on the EQ2 Forums.

Everything else regarding the Server Merge has been visibly successful and we don’t want to forget that, but the guild name issue is quite distressing to players who are part of an active guild. Hopefully an amicable resolution can be found.

Merge Downtimes: Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost – Weds, Oct 28 @ 7AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The server consolidation for the Guk, Unrest, and Everfrost servers merging into Halls of Fate will start at Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7AM PDT* and this downtime will take 24 hours. These servers are scheduled to be unavailable until Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7AM PDT.*

A couple of important notes for players:

  • Players should pick up soulbound items BEFORE the merge. This will prevent losing ownership of placed items due to renaming.
  • When the consolidation is complete on Thursday, players should delete their “logincache-us” or else LaunchPad character logins will fail.

Note that the Terrors of Thalumbra beta server will also be available to players during this downtime. To learn more about theTerrors of Thalumbra beta, see the link here.

We appreciate all of our players’ patience and support during server consolidations. If you haven’t been keeping up on server merges, you can find out more in our most recent FAQ here.

A couple important questions from players:

  • What the hell is “Soulbound” is this World of Warcraft?
  • 36 hours is insufficient notice to collect hundreds of NO TRADE items placed in other people’s houses and guild halls.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: Wed Oct 28 @ 7:00am — Thu Oct 29 @ 7:00am
  • EDT: Wed Oct 28 @10:00am — Thu Oct 29 @ 10:00am
  • BST: Wed Oct 28 @ 15:00 — Thu Oct 29 @ 15:00
  • CEST: Wed Oct 28 @ 16:00 — Thu Oct 29 @ 16:00

Terrors of Thalumbra Beta Stream: Mon, Oct 26 @ 2PM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The EQ2 team will be hanging out in Thalumbra during an expansion beta livestream starting at 2PM PDT* on Monday, October 26, 2015 on

During this stream, the EQ2 team will share highlights from the Terrors of Thalumbra beta, chatting about the beta reward, and showing off some things you haven’t seen yet!

Want to check out the Terrors of Thalumbra beta NOW? Pre-ordering gives you immediate access to the beta servers and Altar of the Ancients, a special housing item that grants daily XP gain. If you haven’t already pre-ordered Terrors of Thalumbra, you can do so here.

We look forward to hanging out with you on Monday, October 26!

NOTE: I am out of town this week and will not be able to provide a transcript of this panel.

Terrors of Thalumbra Zone Preview: Stygian Threshold

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Raiding

From Emily “Domino” Taylor on the EQ2 Forums:


The border between the plane of Underfoot and the mortal realm is often hard to define. Deep within the wilds of Thalumbra, the Stygian Threshold is one of those rare locations where a gate to the Underfoot exists permanently. Such close proximity to Brell’s realm has had strange effects on the adjacent region.

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