Update Notes: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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US  EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on April 8, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 08.04.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 08-04-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Cazic Thule will be protected by his minions if he falls low on health and they are able to help him!

ITEMS

  • All damage types of the Terror Inducing Mace have been made 6 second delay.

Test / Beta Update Notes: Friday, April 3, 2015

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Normally we don’t list complete Test / Beta Update Notes so as to avoid confusion with Live notes, but in this case, we’re going to make an exception as players have been clamoring for signs that development continues on EQ2 from bug fixes to performance tweaks to mechanics and class balance changes, and this update has all of that!

From the EQ2 Forums:

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS

  • Reduced frequency of UI updates being sent to clients from the server lowering server/client and bandwidth load, specifically during combat.
  • Improved server memory use.
  • Various client crash fixes.
  • Several minor performance improvements on nearly every system in game.
  • Lowered server/client and bandwidth load for the warder and construct windows.
  • Lowered the server load caused by player pets in and out of combat.
  • Made improvements to performance hits caused by census exports.

GENERAL

  • Guildhall Harvesters have had their dialog list shortened.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The triumphs for Drunder have been reset to clear any issues with them not updating. Some players will be granted this automatically upon logging in.
  • Achievements related to Sevelak of Storms have been fixed.
  • Achievements related to youtube uploads have been removed as this feature is no longer available.

Bonus XP Weekend in EQ2 – Fri Apr 3 @ Noon ~ Mon Apr 6 @ 9am PDT

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Twitter:

We’ve got Bonus XP weekends coming for #eq2 and #everquest starting tomorrow 12pm PDT until Monday 9am PDT. (AA, TS, Adv XP in EQ2.)

Official update from the EQ2 Forums:

If you have some free time this weekend, take advantage of it with bonus experience!

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Starting at 12:01PM PDT* on Friday, April 3, and running until 9:00AM PDT on Monday, April 6, 2015 All Access members will earn double AA, Adventure and Tradeskill experience!

What is your strategy to best take advantage of this double experience weekend?

Server Downtime: Thurs, April 2 @ 7AM PDT

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on April 3, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 03.04.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 03-04-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

Update Notes were posted at 7:10pm today…

ITEMS

  • Increased the consistency of many Altar of Malice procs.
  • Constructed shoulderpads awarded via The Unfinished Journey may now be upgraded with a Purple Malice Gemstone.

Antonia Bayle & Everfrost Database Migration: Thurs, April 2 @ 2AM PDT [12 HOUR]

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The database migrations continue, this time with Antonia Bayle and Everfrost. From the EQ2 Forums:

The Antonia Bayle and Everfrost servers will be brought offline on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. These servers are estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Announcing the Rum Cellar Campaign DLC for $15 [NOT A JOKE]

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If you told me last November that nearly one third of Altar of Malice expansion purchasers would opt for the never discounted $89.99 Collector’s Edition, I’d have suggested therapy or possibly drug treatment. If you read the comments here on EQ2Wire and on the official EQ2 forums when the pricing was announced, the universal response was howls of protest.  Yet to this day, the expansion not only continues to show good sales numbers, but fully one third spring for the Collector’s Edition. Perhaps we ARE the vocal minority.

So with that background comes today’s Marketing-driven blitz (yes on April Fool’s Day for some reason) of how EverQuest II’s content will be released going forward. First up, here are the Press sites that participated in Round Tables with the EQ2 team this week:

TL;DR Summary

  • Coming on April 28th, we will see a purchasable “Campaign” or what most people would call DLC/Adventure Pack for $15 ($13.50 for All Access)
  • The new DLC introduces a new instance called the “Far Seas Distillery“, with 1 Solo, 1 Event Advanced Solo, 1 Heroic, 2 Event Heroics, and large Raid versions. The new zones have rare loot, collections, achievements, a new drunken monk mercenary, and a dropped Zeppelin flying mount.
  • We’ll see another large Campaign this fall around the usual expansion release time. The content released throughout the year in these Campaigns will add up to what we might have traditionally seen in a yearly expansion.
  • Cross-Server Dungeon Finder is coming “later this summer”.
  • New Deity Revamp this fall with purchasable AA abilities.
  • Level cap will remain 100 for the time being.

ZAM: The Highest of Silly Days – April 1st Only

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From Calthine on the EQ2 Forums:

April Fools Day marks the Highest of Silly Days for the Bristlebane Day celebration. Three quests are only available on this day (one is new), given by the sphinx Imenand just off the dock in the Enchanted Lands. Test your brain by trying to solve his many riddles and take a gamble at your choice of house pet rewards.

If you’ve been waiting for a Berry-fed Bovich since last year they’ll be available on the Marketplace for 2250SC. The winged version is available for 2950SC. [Editor’s Note: It was available last year for a heart-stopping 5,000SC]

In your travels you may have noticed bunnies all over Norrath. Today, and only today can you collect the silly wabbits and earn four Bunny Achievements! The 500 bunnie achievement was added this year. [Editor's Note: The rabbits on the level 95+ Isle of Refuge zone are for a different quest.]

Players can also harvest from the Jester’s Superior Gardens on this day, which are found in Enchanted Lands. These gardens give harvests from every holiday event that has crafting, so be sure you have a lot of backpack space to spare! Those wanting to sneak in some mid-year Frostfell crafting can do so as well.

The Highest of Silly Days starts as soon as it’s April 1 in Pacific time, and goes until 11:59pm PDT on April 1st.

Producer’s Letter: Class Changes on Beta

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From EverQuest and EverQuest II Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Good day, Norrath!

This week, we are starting to beta test class changes for scouts, fighters, and summoners. We have wanted to tackle some high priority issues for these classes for a long time and we’ve been working on solutions. This includes improvements like increasing DPS for scouts and fighters, which goes along with a gear revamp for fighters’ defensive armor that makes playing the game more rewarding (i.e. using abilities will matter more). For summoners, we’ve addressed some lingering issues with pets and implemented a whole new pet AI, as well as the long-awaited summoner pet window that will display pet stats. We’ve invited some of our community experts and players to help us test on Beta for release as soon as we are all satisfied which will hopefully be in a larger update at the end of the month (more news on that really soon).

We are also focusing on and continuing to bring improvements to performance. We are aware of the lag concerns and are working hard to address them as quickly as we find them. We found some issues we patched out last week and we’re seeing improvements. Please continue to use /bug and /feedback if you are experiencing severe lag and aren’t using a third-party UI mod (which do tend to bog down clients).

Last, but not least, we wish you the best of the silliest of high holidays with Bristlebane Day events. We will continue to bring you infamous holiday fun throughout the year and, as always, will continue to provide frequent updates and bug fixes.

Spring has sprung and we’re excited to be on this journey with you all! We appreciate you all and the support you’ve shown us.

More news to come!

The Summoner Pet AI/UI has been on test since February. No test/beta notes have been posted for the remainder of the mentioned changes just yet.

Guk, Sebilis, Marketplace Database Migration: Tues, March 31 @ 2AM PDT — COMPLETE!

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Update: This maintenance seems to be complete as Guk and Sebilis players have been able to login for almost an hour now.

Daybreak Games‘ migration of EQ2 servers to EnterpriseDB continues with the Guk, Sebilis, and the StationCash Marketplace servers undergoing their upgrades tomorrow. This is not new hardware, but a substantial software change that will result in better performance and open the door for new functionality such as Cross-Server Dungeon Finder. The new software is also a tremendous cost savings over existing systems which you can read from this article way back in 2007. Good things come to those who wait?

From the EQ2 Forums:

The Guk server, the Sebilis server and the Marketplace for ALL servers will be unavailable for approximately 12 hours, starting at 2:00AM PDT.

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

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US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on April 1, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 01.04.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 01-04-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

and here are your update notes from the EQ2 Forums

Berry-Fed Meatbeast Mounts Coming Back for Bristlebane Day, Duck Mounts Later in April

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We tried to get this posted sooner, but Roshen posted this news last night on the EQ2 Forums:

On April 1st, Berry-Fed Bovochs return to the Marketplace for 2250SC. That’s not all! There’s also a version of this mount with wings…

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Winged Berry-Fed Bovoch Matriarch will be available for 2950SC!

Don’t hesitate once these become available in the Marketplace! These are only available for a limited time, and both of these mounts will only be in the Marketplace until 11:59PM Pacific on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Also Roshen dropped a reminder about Duck Mounts which we’ll see in April as well…

Database Migrations for Guk, Sebilis, Antonia Bayle, and Everfrost Announced

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The Guk server, the Sebilis server and the Marketplace for ALL servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. These are estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Thursday, April 2: We’ll be taking Antonia Bayle and Everfrost down for server migration and maintenance. We’re looking at the same downtime (offline starting at 2:00AM Pacific* on April 2, 2015 and unavailable for at least 12 hours), and we will update players later next week if this has to change for any reason.

What Laughs and Pranks Await YOU During Bristlebane Day 2015?

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Bristlebane Day is a holiday that celebrates mischief of all sorts. Bristlebane Day 2015 starts on Friday, March 27 and runs until 11:59PM Pacific on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

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New for Bristlebane Day 2015!

New Quest – Plethora of Patchcraft Parts
New Tradeskill recipe book, “Perfectly Serious Items to Craft VI.”
7 new event items purchasable from “a Bristlebane Day Merchant.”

Redeem a $20 Game Card, Get 500 Bonus SC [US Retailers Only]

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From  the EQ2 Forums:

Beginning at 10:00AM PDT* on Friday, March 27th, if you redeem a $20 Station Cash Game Card, you will receive 500 Bonus Station Cash.

All $20 Station Cash cards feature artwork from Landmark:

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These Landmark game cards are available in select locations of the following U.S. retail stores: GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.

But hurry! The 500 Bonus SC is only available if you redeem the $20 Station Cash Game Cards between 10:00AM PDT on Friday, March 27th, and 11:59PM PDT on Sunday, March 29th.

*PDT is Pacific Daylight Time; U.S. West Coast. Convert to your local time zone here.

Please note: Bonus Station Cash will ONLY be awarded on the redemption of a $20 Landmark card. Other Station Cash cards are not eligible for this promotion.

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 4:00AM London Time on March 25, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Corrected an issue that was preventing achievements for Avatars from showing up in Census.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Ossuary: Altar of Malice [Raid]

  • Ritual Keeper V’derin has had his health adjusted.
  • Malicious Sentry adds in the Ritual Keeper encounter have had their health adjusted.

Castle Highhold [Solo] and [Advanced Solo]

  • Sa’Dax Senshali should no longer remain invulnerable should multiple platforms become active simultaneously.

Freeport Database Migration: Tues, March 24 @ 2AM PDT [12 Hr Downtime]

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From the EQ2 Forums:

The Freeport server will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Here’s the scoreboard so far:

  • Nagafenmigration complete
  • Test & Betamigration complete
  • Freeporttomorrow
  • All other EQ2 serversTBD

Server Downtime: Thurs, March 19 @ 7AM PDT

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No update notes yet, but… From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 4:00AM London Time on March 20, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 5:00 CET am 20.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 5:00 CET le 20-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera

Chronoportals (EQ Anniversary Event) Returns to EQ2 March 19 til March 26th!

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EverQuest just celebrated its 16th anniversary and for the last few years, that’s meant celebrations not only in EQ but in EverQuest II by way of the Chronoportals event. From the EQ2 Forums:

Portals to the Age of Turmoil have, once again, opened up in Antonica, Enchanted Lands, Thundering Steppes, Steamfont, Lavastorm, Sinking Sands, Feerrott, and Moors of Ykesha. Will you adventure through these portals to investigate them?

The Chronpportals event starts at 12:01AM PDT on Thursday, March 19, and ends at 11:59PM PDT on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

New features for 2015

  • New Quest – Hunt the Past
  • Seek out Tazstra K’Rzheett in the Commonlands. What does this suspicious character desire?
  • Erben and Distun Delki, the Chronoportal merchants, have three new paintings available:
    • Hidden in the Mists
    • Beasts of Cazic-Thule
    • Entering Unrest

For more information about this event, check out some of our fan sites! Zam has a great Chronoportal write up on their site.

From EQ2 ZAM:

Celebrate the original EverQuest’s anniversaries with special in-game events in EverQuest II! Portals to a time ages ago have opened across Norrath. Adventure, intrigue and a flashback to the days of yore await those brave enough to enter the chronoportals!

Nagafen Database Migration: Thurs, March 19 @ 2AM PDT [12 Hr Downtime]

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This is it boys and girls! EverQuest II has begun migrating to EDB, and the first server up is Nagafen. If all goes well, then presumably we’ll start see the other servers migrate. From the EQ2 Forums:

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The Nagafen server will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

and from HollyWindstalkerLongdale on Twitter:

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 00:00AM London Time on March 18, 2015). Estimated downtime is two hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue causing NPC name plates to flicker when using the Simple(Frames) selection under Name and Chat Bubble.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented NPC’s Wrath III from activating in many cases.

Ossuary: Cathedral of Bones [Raid]

  • Ritual Keeper V’derin’s damage spread and growth has been adjusted.

EQ2 Talk #78 – Rumors of Our Demise

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This Saturday, EQ2Talk listeners with a Podcast RSS feed setup on their iDevice, Android, etc. may have experienced a bit of a shock as the first new episode in over six months rolled out to their devices! There’s been a lot of history since their last episode, including an expansion (Altar of Malice), a company in transition, and layoffs. Dellmon and Osgz recorded this episode just prior to PAX East and now from the snow-capped mountains of Boston, it’s time for EQ2Talk episode #78!

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Rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated. Dellmon and Osgz finally once again sit down to talk about many of the events that have transpired in the world of Everquest II during their near seven month podcasting hiatus. They discuss and debate some of the biggest happenings in Norrath ranging from the introduction of Grandmasters, to launch of the latest expansion, Altar of Malice, to the rewards from live events like Frostfell and Erollisi Day. And even with all that on their agenda, they still manage to find room for some Disney princess talk.

Click here to listen to Episode 78

EQ2 Team Working to Nuke Unusual In-Game Plat Spam

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Update from Gninja on the EQ2 Forums this morning:

This should be resolved. Let us know if you continue to see this sort of spam happening and not clear up quickly. Thanks for your patience!

EverQuest II’s chat spam filter is so effective that when it was first activated years ago, 99.999% of spam vanished within minutes.  Developed by Nandy “Zoltaroth” Szots while he was on the EQ2 team, his Bayesian Spam Filter nearly eliminated spam in SOE games and was also released as a white paper for other companies who wished to adopt it on the theory that if all games block most spam, it would no longer be profitable for such sites to exist. In the intervening years that the filter has been in effect, plat spam has been extremely rare and quickly eliminated through tuning of the algorithm. 

For reasons unknown, possibly due to a recent change to whitelist “Daybreak Games” from being caught by the spam filter, a surprising amount of plat-selling spam has been getting through in the last few weeks. The vast majority of it is from one website — MMOCove. While it’s the policy of the official forums not to mention such sites, we’re under no such obligation.

I’ve personally expressed my opinion through the official e-mail (Yes it’s a Hotmail — lol!) of their website and I encourage other players to do the same. Tell em what you really feel about having to see this nonsense in your chatrooms night after night:

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And according to a post by Kander last night, we won’t have to endure this crap much longer as the EQ2 team are aware of it and already working on a solution:

We’re working on a fix for the filter guys. Shouldn’t be too long.

The Reward for Beta Testing Gets Even Sweeter

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From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re working hard on database changes for EQ2, and we need your help to make sure they’re awesome! To encourage people to help us, we’ve upgraded the stats on the Blessed Sokokar mount people get as a reward for helping us. This upgrade will go to anyone who has received a Bless Sokokar in the past, and anyone that helps us on the beta server.

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Starting today and running until Monday, March 16 at 11:59AM PDT, we could really use your help again on the beta server. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

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