TWIN: Level 85 (Heroic) Channelers, Bug Fixes, Brew Day, Chronportals, Bristlebane

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Since EQ2 is going to have weekly updates going forward, we might as well get an acronym going for it. So… This Week In Norrath, we can expect:

 

Update Notes: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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From EQ2′s new community manager Luperza:

The US EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on February 27th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour.

EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET February 27th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 2 hours.

JP servers will come down beginning at 5:00 PM PT (10:00 AM JST February 28th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 2 hours.

And no I didn’t add all those time zones. They were included in the announcement!

Here are your update notes:

NEW TUNARIA WARZONE

  • Maximum players per instance has been increased to 48.
  • Contested encounter health has been reduced by 50%.
  • Contested encounter AoE spells will no longer hit pets.
  • Contested encounter AoE spells have been reduced to a 75m area, down from 100m.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Edifice

  • The maximum damage on Cognitive Evisceration has been lowered slightly.
  • Destruction of the Wastes can no longer be area effect blocked.
  • Aerakyn Blackbows now only spawn one at a time.
  • The Sky Barriers from the Aerakyn Blackbows should be more reliable.

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Oh hey, there was an update today. A big one for PvPers. Got some personal stuff going on but will be back to 100% soon enough.

From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE – NEW TUNARIA WARZONE
This PvP server contested zone is accessed by right-clicking the discord portal from any city zone, the same portal that is used to access champion’s respite/battleground servers.

Zone information
New Tunaria Warzone has been set to have around 36 players, any more then that and it will spin up another copy of the zone and new players will be placed there.

Upon entering the zone, you will be in a PvP restricted area that will allow you to form groups. To leave this area, you will need to right-click on the discord portal in the center of area and chose one of the three destinations within the zone. You can also use the discord portal to return to your home city.

Tears of Veeshan Owners to get Flight Wings on Feb 28

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Many EQ2 players received received an e-mail this week like the following. A few people thought it was a hoax or phishing scam due to the typos, while others pouted about not receiving a copy. Either way, if you are flagged for Tears of Veeshan on your account, then on February 28th you’ll receive a pair of Nightmare Flight Wings.

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also on Twitter:

 

Meet Luperza, EverQuest 2′s New Community Manager

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With the news that Eric “Piestro” Cleaver (current EverQuest Community Manager and, for a brief time, Community Manager for EQ2) is leaving SOE, there has been a shuffling of responsibilities. Margaret “Luperza” Krohn (community manager for Planetside 2) will be swapping with Tony “RadarX who has been EQ2′s community manager since last August.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Salutations Norrathians,

Today I put aside my guns and purple lumifiber armor, picked up a sword and dagger, and grabbed my Journeyman’s Cloak! I think this means I am ready for questing, great PvP battles and raid bosses much larger than me. Right? Okay…Probably not, but I do have a new title that I am proud to wear – EverQuest 2 Community Manager.

xx

Some of you may know me from past Fan Faires and SOE Lives, or from a variety of other places on the internet. I’m an avid gamer, streamer, anime and comic fanatic, and lover of esports, cute creatures and other things (yes, that says “other things” – deal with it).

SOE Origin Story
I’ve been working in the game industry for over six years now. I’ve helped launch three titles for SOE as a Game Designer. For the past year, I have been working on the SOE Community Team on PlanetSide 2 which has taught me so much about the intricacies of building, maintaining and being part of a community. I’m on an ever quest to create and cultivate better gaming communities and I hope you will all play a great part in that mission!

EQ2 and Me
As far as EverQuest 2 goes, I have been an avid EverQuest 2 player since way before I ever worked at SOE! I’m a bit of an alt-a-holic and I enjoy multi-boxing my whole group. Call me anti-social, but I call it efficient! I currently have a level 95 Defiler, Shadowknight, Dirge, Coercer, Inquisitor, Wizard and Paladin. I’ll be making a new public character that I hope to play with all of you!

So any guilds looking for a deadly Dirge with mad skills?

Blogs, Streams, Videos and Social Fun
Along with my normal communication duties, such as the EverQuest 2 WebsiteForumsFacebookTwitter and Google+, I’ll be consistently updating my EverQuest 2 wikia blog as soon as I figure out how that formatting works. Hehe. =D I’m planning to use this blog to let you know about my adventures in Norrath and what’s going on behind the scenes here at SOE. If you have any other ideas, feel free to send them my way!

Also, I’ll be doing some fun streams either on my own channel or an official EverQuest 2 channel TBD, as well as some new EQ2 YouTube videos! I’d love to know what kind of content you’d be interested in seeing or being a part of.

What of RadarX?
You can catch RadarX’s adventures over on Auraxis in PlanetSide 2!

Now, I shall read all your lovely posts in response! (Right there will only be lovely ones?! =])

Cheers to many adventures and memories together,

Margaret “Luperza” Krohn
EverQuest 2 Community Manager

Linda “Brasse” Carlson had posted the news earlier:

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Please remember that personal attacks in comments will be deleted immediately and may lead to posting privileges being blocked.

Update Notes: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE
Loyalty Merchant

  • Noble Tark Validus has a new item to assist gold members who wish to change their city alignment or betray their adventure profession.
  • Noble Toowik Mclure has new adventuring equipment available for sale.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Halls of Fate

  • Knockbacks should occur much less frequently.

Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Ediface [Raid]

  • Corrected a bug in the Pyrelord and Controller fight in which the same target was selected every time for the red and blue ground AEs. Targets are now selected randomly, as intended.

TRADESKILLS

  • All Player crafted Round Shields should once again be scout usable and grant agility.

ITEMS

  • Uplifting Procs no longer clear off the entire raid when a user dies or removes the item.

PVP

  • Legacy PvP adornments can now be used in PvP combat again.

TWIN: Gold Subscriber Loyalty Items, Oakmyst Prestige House

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Twitter:

 

SOE Maintenance Notice: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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SOE is having a companywide maintenance tomorrow. Here’s the announcement from the EQ2 Forums:

Important: We will perform maintenance beginning at 3:00 AM Pacific* on February 18, 2014. This maintenance is expected to last 4 hours. This will impact the following services:

  • Account management, which includes logging into our websites, submitting, updating, or viewing Support Tickets.
  • Commerce transactions, including purchases on our websites and in-game marketplaces.
  • Forums will remain open during the downtime however you may lose permissions and experience occasional disconnects.
  • Login for our games MAY be affected.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: Feb 18 @ 3:00am ~ 7:00am
  • EST: Feb 18 @ 6:00am ~ 10:00am
  • GMT: Feb 18 @ 11:00 ~ 15:00
  • CET: Feb 18 @ 12:00 ~ 16:00
  • AEST: Feb 18 @ 8:00pm ~ Midnight

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL
New Achievements available for dedicated collection hunters!
Health Percentage will now show with the Detailed (Arrows) version of the target window if you have the option turned on.
Players’ preferred auto attack mode will now be restored after their possession of a target has concluded.

UPDATE: EU EQ2 Server Chat Fixed!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, International (Pro7Sat1)

UPDATE from SOE President John Smedley:

Original article follows…

SOE has been collectively working days, nights and weekends to get EQNext Landmark up and stable. In addition to the enviably sized EQNL team, Platform, Ops, and Customer Service have all been burning the midnight oil to provide a smooth experience for those ~20,000 players who bought into Alpha.

Still, EQ2′s EU players not being able to join world channels in the US, or Test regions has been a frustrating problem and one that we hoped would get fixed quickly. It didn’t. Now, SOE President John Smedley has stepped in to apologize and say the issue is being prioritized:

Erollisi Day 2014 Goes Live!

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Erollisi Day went live this morning, and ZAM and EQ2Traders have already posted their guides with the new event information.

From the EQ2 ZAM announcement:

Erollisi Day is an annual Live Event which coincides with the Valentine’s Day holiday. It is held in honor and celebration of Erollisi Marr, the Goddess of Marksmanship and Love and sister of Mithaniel Marr, the Truthbringer. The Sisterhood of the Erollisi, along with Aaronolis Swornlove, are active participants in the act of spreading her word of love.

Should you need a hand looking for roses to give away, sorting out the Chronomages, or making a new topiary, we’ve got it for you at ZAM!

Erollisi Day Guide at EQII ZAM!

And if you’re completely crazy about your alts (really, who isn’t?) you might enjoy our:

Erollisi Day Quest Tracker!

From the EQ2Traders announcement:

What does the racket of a barrel full of goblins have to do with Erollisi Day in any way, shape or form? My Muse seems to think they go together in Curtain Call, the short story to go along with the E-Day preview. Erollisi Day officially kicks off at midnight Pacific tonight (well, one minute after midnight, but close enough!), so get ready for love notes, hard candies, roses galore, and … curtains!

EU Servers Still Cut Off From US, Test Chat Channels After 2 Months

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, International (Pro7Sat1)

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For two months, players on EU servers (Splitpaw, Valor, and Storms) have been cut off from the rest of the EQ2 servers, unable to participate in world channels such as Homeshow, Test, and the multitude of Class-specific channels. Each week, there has been flickering hope that this isolation would end, yet each week, there has been no sign that the issue is a priority.

First reported on the EQ2 forums on December 4th, players on EU servers noted that they were no longer able to join world chat channels from servers outside their region (Test, US, or Beta), and vice versa.

The issue was also raised in another thread where a developer said “I’ll look into this.” on December 20th. In the same thread on January 13th, we were told “ Requires some firewall rules be updated and pushed out. I sent the info the the corresponding dept. No ETA atm.”. There has been no further communication on the issue.

Update Notes: Thursday, February 6, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • The Target Window now has an optional Health Percentage numerical display that can be toggled in Options > User Interface > Name and Chat Bubble > Show Health Percentage of Target.
  • The bonuses granted to Spell Doublecast and Flurry chance obtained by exceeding the Ability Casting Speed and Attack Speed caps will now be displayed in the tooltips for the relevant stats in the character sheet window.
  • Added option User Interface > Game Features > Default Double Click to Examine Effects to allow you to bring up the examine window of effects by double clicking on their icon.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION

Ancestral Champions

  • Zordakalicus Ragefire – Adds have had hit points lowered. Bolt of Storms now does substantially more damage.

Future Content: A Letter from Dave Georgeson About Weekly/Monthly Updates

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From Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson on the EQ2 Forums:

Hail, Fellow Norrathians!

We’d like to talk to you about how we’re delivering new adventures and new features into your worlds in both EQ and EQII.

We’ve listened to you on the forums, across social media, and face-to-face at our many events. There have been some common topics that come up about the things you like and don’t like with what we’ve been doing, and we’re using that information to customize our new direction.

Update Notes: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: Guardian’s Edifice

  • Corrected an issue that would occasionally prevent Tavekalem’s buff, Relentless, from decrementing to zero and wearing off.
  • Added messaging explaining the bloodlust ability for Harin, Merig, and Gerid.
  • Harin, Merig, and Gerid should give slightly longer time to react to their bloodlust ability.
  • In the Harin, Merig, and Gerid encounter “Bloodlust” has been made more damaging.
  • In the Harin, Merig, and Gerid encounter “Advanced Tactics” should no longer be quite as damaging.
  • Orbs of Lethality in the Harin, Merig, and Gerid encounter should no longer require as much critical chance to get normal hit rates.
  • Add corpses in the Harin, Merig, and Gerid encounter should disappear after they have been killed.
  • Members of the Commanders Ring Event encounter should no longer lose their encounter targeting rings.
  • Kigara and Kelana should no longer keep trying to apply their damage shield once one of the dragons has been slain.
  • Kigara and Kelana adds should continue to summon the correct adds once one of the dragons have been slain.

Fabled Laboratory of Lord Vyemm

  • The “Spiny Protection” buff from the Corsolander should now correctly apply ae auto-attack avoidance.
  • The Corsolander should no longer attempt to engage already defeated players.
  • Lord Vyemm and Alzid Prime are now part of the same encounter instead of two separate encounters.
  • An achievement and guild achievement are now available for defeating Lord Vyemm and Alzid Prime.

Veteran Rewards Recalculated to Account Start Dates, Regardless of Subscription

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“Is nothing sacred?”

In an unexpected (and undocumented) change today, it appears that players are now receiving Veteran Rewards from their account’s opening date, rather than actual time played as it has been calculated for many years now.

This means that players who rolled a character in November 2004 and have not played a lick since may stand up and be counted along with those who have been actively supporting the game for 10 years, dutifully paying a monthly subscription. It’s a puzzling change to be sure, and the motivation may have been a genuine hope to attract returning players, but it seems to this reader as ill-considered as selling Titles on the Veteran Reward vendor which were originally granted for defeating specific event-related enemies.

John Smedley Takes to Reddit to Answer Questions, Teases New MMO Property

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SOE President John Smedley skipped SOE’s traditional communication streams and took to Reddit tonight to participate in one of their popular Ask Me Anything livechats to answer candid questions about today’s announcements about All Access, the sunsetting of four SOE games, and more.

When asked what we can expect from SOE this year, we got:

Everquest Next Landmark will launch…. we have expansions for EQ and EQ2 and an unannounced MMO that we’re working on.

Wait… what? A new MMO?

completely new IP. The data is on the interwebs.. someone just has to find it.

SWG PLAYERS – OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it… you can come home now.

When asked about EQNext, Smedley confirmed my suspicions that we won’t see it until 2015:

not sure yet. Likely sometime next year.

SOE Sunsetting Vanguard, FreeRealms, Clone Wars Adventures, Wizardry Online

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The Sony Online Entertainment belt-tightening continues, with the announced shuttering of the following games:

  • FreeRealms – March 31, 2014
  • Clone Wars Adventures – March 31, 2014
  • Wizardry Online – July 31, 2014
  • Vanguard – July 31, 2014

As Clone Wars and Wizardry Online were the intellectual property of other companies, LucasArts (since purchased by Disney) and Gamepot respectively, so there may have been some contractual reason for these games to end. Also, the Clone Wars show went off the air this year.

Vanguard has a long troubled history that included substance abuse, parking lot firings, and copious drama which can be uncovered in the scantest of Google searches. But as a game, it had brilliant ideas, yet never had the chance to spread its wings as a reincarnation of EQ’s fabled difficulty with EQ2 graphics. Vanguard players must surely be feeling whiplash as the game had been left abandoned, then seemingly out of the blue had seen active development over the last couple of years, with a shelved pre-launch raid zone finally being opened just last week.  Read Vanguard’s Sunset announcement.

NOTE: It is our understanding that there are NO layoffs in response to this announcement, and that the few folks who worked on these games within SOE are being reassigned to other projects.

After the jump, some thoughts on FreeRealms…

The New All Access Plan Information & FAQ

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As we found out recently, SOE is making all of their customers who currently have a Gold membership, through credit card, Krono, or game cards, into All Access customers. Players will be able to login to their favorite game once per month and claim 500SC for being loyal subscribers, as well as enjoying a 10% flat discount in all Marketplace prices. Finally, All Access customers will be able to access all of SOE’s games including DC Universe Online (PC), PlanetSide 2 (PC), EverQuest, EverQuest II, Dragon’s Prophet, EQN Landmark, and EQNext when it launches in 2015.

NOTE: The upcoming changes do not affect any of the existing perks for EQ2 Gold subscribers such as Bonus XP and Double Currency, nor does it impact any of the awesome upcoming perks for EQ2 which I’m not yet allowed to talk about. ;)

From the EQ2 Forums:

Thank you for your feedback regarding our membership benefits. The result has led to a brand-new offering that we’re excited to bring to our valued players.

On or about April 2nd, we will be rolling out a simple, new All Access membership plan full of value. In the new All Access plan, members will be able to:

  • Claim 500 Station Cash monthly from within the game marketplaces.
  • Receive a 10% discount on marketplace purchases.
  • Gain access to exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year.

Fabled Dungeon Preview: The Vaults of El’Arad

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From EQ2 Forums:

Although Erudites are known for their magical talents, not all would use their powers for good. Many years ago, a group of Erudites began to study necromancy in secret, led by the great mage El’Arad. He and his followers, the Quellithulians, were denounced by the other Erudites as heretics, and their activities would eventually lead to a bitter civil war.

El’Arad specialized in teleportation, and he was responsible for the construction of the Ulterian Spires throughout Norrath. In his experiments, he discovered the Overrealm and made a deal with the dragons: in exchange for destroying the spires, he would become the ruler of Odus once the Awakened rose to power.

Return to the Fabled Vaults of El’Arad and face Korgo the Vaultkeeper for your chance at some epic new loot! New challenges await in the mysterious Vaults of El’Arad, the newest Fabled dungeon launching January 23rd, 2014.

Continue reading on the EQ2 Forums…

Update Notes: Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Fabled Kingdom of Sky

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From the EQ2 Forums:

NEW FABLED ZONES
Contested

  • The Fabled Sanctum of the Scaleborn

Group

  • The Fabled Den of the Devourer
  • The Fabled Halls of Fate
  • The Fabled Vaults of El’Arad

Raid

  • The Fabled Laboratory of Lord Vyemm
  • The Fabled Mutagenic Outcast
  • The Fabled Three Princes

GENERAL

  • Updated sorting order of the Guild Event Filters in the guild window.
  • A “Reset All” button has been added to the Persistent Instances tab of the Zones window.

Press Coverage of EQ, EQ2, EQN Franchise News

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Looks like today’s press embargo dropped around 1:30pm EST as ZAM, Massively, MMORPG, and a number of other sites dropped their articles about what we can expect from EverQuest and EverQuest II in the first 3 months of 2014, as well as a pointlessly brief tease of EQNext Landmark.

Despite being just NINE days from SOE President John Smedley’s self-imposed “end of January” deadline for EQNL Alpha to begin, the team remains coy about what the actual day will be. We’re banking on January 31st, which is also the day when hundreds of players will fly in from around the world just to play a 15 minute demo. Now that’s dedication!

Some quotes from the ZAM article after the jump…

New EQ Video Talks KoS Fabled Zones, Prestige Homes, Contested Highkeep, 350 AAs, and Temple of Veeshan North (raid)

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Holly “Windstalker” Longdale recorded (along with the Producers for EverQuest and EverQuest Next Landmark) a video talking about upcoming features this year. After the jump, our bullet-point list of what Holly talked about.

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