Producer’s Letter: August 2015 Updates

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Time-Locked Exp Servers

From the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Norrathians!

Here’s a quick update on what’s coming up for EQ2.

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Server Consolidation

EverQuest 2 is best with friends, and in August we’re working on bringing players from different servers together!

Our engineers have continued with database work that will allow not only cross-server dungeons and true cross-server battlegrounds, but also server consolidation. It’s a very complicated process, but we are targeting the end of August for US Servers to start testing at the very least.

Kelethin City Festival Returns (August 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

city_festival_kelethinSet your sights on Greater Faydark because the Kelethin City Festival returns from August 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Kelethin Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 94 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bixie Barnstormer title.

There are new vendor items at the festival this month!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on August 1st – 11:59pm PT on August 7th
WHERE: Greater Faydark, Green Knoll, /loc 536, 44, 53
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Design Gallery

Update Notes: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Time-Locked Exp Servers

From the EQ2 Forums:

PVP General

  • Fixed an issue where players could mentor below the minimum PvP mentor level while inside PvP exempt zones.

Time-Locked PvP

  • Pumice stones are now available from gratified merchants.
  • Qeynos and Freeport now correctly flag opposing faction players for PvP.

ABILITIES PvP

  • Evac spells will no longer work on characters that are in PvP combat.

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Spirit Totem of the Wolf[/eq2u] will now grant a small “in combat” speed bonus.
  • Fixed a bug with personal depots that increased status and coin rent for the houses they were placed in.

MARKETPLACE

  • Increased the size of the depots on the Marketplace. Their description now displays how many items they will contain.

TLE Personal Harvest Stashes to Get a Boost

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2, Time-Locked Exp Servers

The EQ2 team are slowly unlocking various creature comforts on the Time-Locked Expansion servers, including a few fluff Marketplace items, while Veteran Rewards and XP/Vitality potions currently remain off-limits. Some of these items were the subject of an in-game poll.

One of the items that got the thumbs up from players were Personal Harvest Depots/Stashes for player housing (Guild Halls remain unavailable, possibly forever). Players were disappointed at the status cost and the very limited number of slots (30) stored by the 1,000 DBC ($10) item. Fortunately, we can expect an improvement to these items.

From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

We’ll be upping the numbers on the harvest depots in the next hotfix, at the same time as removing the errant status and rent increase on them.

There will also be new depots with the current capacity made available, appropriately priced.

How Do I Find What Expansions/Campaigns/Features I Have?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

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It’s been over a year since SOE’s Gold and Station Pass subscriptions were revamped and rolled into a single All Access program. If it’s been a while since you played EverQuest II and you are just coming back, you might have forgotten what game features and entitlements you’ve been granted in EverQuest II. While you’re in-game, you can always type /show_account_features to see a localized listing all your in-game account features/grants. However if you want to see this information on a website, you have to know the secret handshake. This link is not shown anywhere on the DaybreakGames.com website.

If you are returning to the game after an absence, remember that all expansions up to Chains of Eternity are free. Since then, there have been two expansions and a campaign that you may purchase singly or in a bundle. There are also a few game features that have an additional cost:

  • Altar of Malice + Rum Cellar bundle includes Tears of Veeshan and all level 95-100 content = best price
  • Altar of Malice (95-100 content) which includes Tears of Veeshan
  • Rum Cellar campaign (100 content)
  • Feature: Mercenaries
  • Feature: Reforging
  • Feature: Tradeskill Apprentices
  • Feature: Beastlord class
  • Feature: Channeler class
  • Feature: Freeblood race
  • Feature: Aerakyn race

A new expansion is currently planned for Novemberish and if Campaigns are treated like the adventure packs of old, then the November update may not include past campaigns or expansions, so only buy what you need right now. Also be aware that Expansions are currently dsabled on the Time-Locked Expansion servers. If you are playing in TLE PvP or PvE, you are locked to the base game with a level cap of 50.

Please be aware that the hidden EQ2 Game Features and Grants page shows everything twice.

EQ2U Leaderboards Extended to Include PvP Stats, More to Come!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U, PvP/Battlegrounds, Time-Locked Exp Servers

We’ve had Leaderboards functionality on EQ2U for about a year now but we didn’t provide PvP leaderboard tracking…until now! In honor of the new Time-Locked Expansion Deathtoll PvP server which has so far been incredibly popular, we’ve added City Kills, Wild Kills, and Deaths for PvP servers on our Leaderboards. We’re also working with the EQ2 team to add some additional stats to track.

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Examples:

If you haven’t checked out our Leaderboards feature, we show the top 100 characters on each server and worldwide for a variety of stats for die-hard crafters, questers, harvesters, collectors, and achievement-chasers!

EQ2 Server Merges As Soon As “End of August”

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

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Legendary author Douglas Adams once quipped “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

Realizing that this is neither a promise or guarantee, Windstalker has given us a glimmer of detail about the much-needed Server Merges that will merge a number of lower-population Live PvE servers…

.@Henry15Stefans we are targeting end of august for #eq2 merges/consolidation.

— Holly Longdale (@TheWindstalker) July 29, 2015

Time-Locked Expansion Server Stream Video Now Available

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Time-Locked Exp Servers

If you missed the merriment last week of Kander and Gninja running around Stormhold, the new Time-Locked Expansion server, and telling funny anecdotes, the video is now online! Although players had quickly figured out on Tuesday morning that Queen’s Colony and the Outpost of the Overlord (collectively the Isle of Refuge v2) were returning, it was a surprise to all that the Far Journey boat trip also came back as the first thing new characters experience.

The livestream video is mostly the guys having a good time and talking about what it took to bring these zones back. Most of the EQ2 team have continued working on expansion 12 (which goes into beta in October and launches in November) while a few members worked to get these TLE servers. The stream doesn’t contain any surprise news.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, PvP/Battlegrounds, Time-Locked Exp Servers

Here are the update notes applicable to all servers from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where occasionally an entity would spawn and show an incorrect name for a moment before switching to the proper name.

PVP

  • The infamy progress bar has been removed.

ITEMS

  • Ankh of Ydall will now correctly apply its crit bonus to the group.

Here are the update notes applicable to Time-Locked servers:

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 6am PT

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

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 6:00AM PDT on Tuesday, July 28. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is two to four hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Game logins for all Daybreak games
  • Forum & Web logins for all Daybreak games
  • Commerce and account management for all Daybreak games

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a game-specific maintenance. There will be no update or patch notes.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

~The Team at Daybreak

Time Zone Conversions (assuming 4 hours)

  • Tue July 28 @ 6:00am ~ 10:00am PT
  • Tue July 28 @ 9:00am ~ 1:00pm ET
  • Tue July 28 @ 14:00 ~ 18:00 BST
  • Tue July 28 @ 15:00 ~ 19:00 CET

As of 7:21am PDT, the maintenance is complete:

The EverQuest II Community Round Table Influencer Program is now Recruiting!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

The EverQuest II Community Round Table Influencers program, variously known over the years as the Summit, Influencers, Community Council, and Area 51, is back in a big way! I have personally confirmed that, rather than being a Marketing focus group, the new program is being personally managed by the EQ2 team!

Game developers and designers are seeking our feedback on upcoming ideas and content and wish to create a more open dialogue with players of all EQ2 play styles including crafting, decorating, PvP, solo questing, grouping and yes raiding.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Hello everyone!

We have a new restricted section of the forums that is called EverQuest II Community Round Table. We are looking for members of our community that want to participate in more intricate, controlled and detailed conversations about current affairs and future projects and ideas that involve EverQuest II.

Former PlanetSide 2 Director Matt Higby Describes Smed as Maverick, Heart of Daybreak

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

Former creative director of PlanetSide 2 Matt Higby shared his thoughts about the news of Daybreak president John Smedley stepping down on Reddit:

It’s tough to overstate how gigantic of an influence Smed has had on my life and the lives of many of my friends, both through the games he helped create, the company he built, the mentorship he shared and the opportunities he opened up. Although we argued about a ton of things over the years, one of the best things about him as a leader is I never felt like I wasn’t allowed to make my case – I even won a couple of those arguments from time to time. He taught me a ton and always treated me super well – I owe him a great deal.

John ran SOE like a family, he knew just about everybody and did everything he could to take care of people over profits, promote from within, and make the workplace fun and rewarding for everyone. Loads of people there are 5,10,15 year vets – that’s not normal in games. I think his loyalty to the people he worked with is something generally omitted from his public persona which is really a shame since it feels so central to his identity to me.

Update Notes: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Time-Locked Exp Servers

Most of today’s updates seem to apply to the Time Locked Expansion servers. I’ll ask about the update notes clarifying which updates apply to TLE vs Standard servers.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General
Lava will once again…huuuuuuurt.
Evils may now return to Antonica from Frostfang Sea via the bell.

Queen’s Colony
Direspike is no longer able to be charmed.
Players can now switch to a groupmate’s instance by right-clicking their name in the group window.

ITEMS
The Finsher IV should now provide the correct amount of potency.
Characters with exploited copies of Far Journey Backpack will have them deleted from their inventory.

QUESTS

Journey is Half the Fun: The Feerrott leg of the race has had its timer set to a more realistic timer.

John Smedley Steps Down as Daybreak’s CEO

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General

The SmedNews broke tonight that John Smedley has stepped down from leading Daybreak. This action follows the recent DDoS attacks, as well as his social media outlash and subsequent deletion of accounts. Taking over the helm for Smedley is COO Russell Shanks, who has been with Daybreak since it was 989 Studios.

A Daybreak spokesperson stated that “John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined. Upon finalization of his plans, further communication will be provided.”

Further from MassivelyOP:

Smedley oversaw the company’s transition from Sony-owned Sony Online Entertainment to Columbus Nova-funded Daybreak Game Company earlier this year. He made headlines this summer after he spoke up —forcefully — about his harassment at the hands of Lizard Squad e-thugsresponsible for the bomb threat that diverted his plane nearly a year ago, among other alleged crimes. In apparent retaliation, the hackers assaulted Daybreak’s game servers with multi-day DDoS attacks and offered a $5000 reward for the defacement of Smed’s father’s grave.

Last week, he deleted his Twitter and Reddit accounts, saying he would “miss the interaction with […] players” but wanted to avoid distractions that stopped him from doing what he liked doing: making games.

 

TLE Server Livestream: Weds, July 22 @ 2PM PDT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Time-Locked Exp Servers

Bumping this up so people see it…

From the EQ2 Forums:

We’ll be streaming from the new Time-Locked expansion server Stormhold on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 starting at 2PM Pacific* on the EverQuest 2 Twitch channel.

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Join Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Kyle “Kander” Vallée, Carlos “Gninja” Mora, and Ry “Roshen” Schueller for this stream as we share some behind-the-scenes information on how the Time-Locked Expansion servers came together, and hang out on the Stormhold server.

Join us for this stream, and log into Twitch to chat with us and other players. We look forward to talking with YOU during this stream!

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: July 22 @ 2:00pm PDT
  • EDT: July 22 @ 5:00 PDT
  • BST: July 22 @ 22:00
  • CEST: July 22 @ 23:00

Interview With Kander: Time-Locked Expansion Servers!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Time-Locked Exp Servers

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EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee took a few moments away from watching players gallivant around the resurrected Queen’s Colony and Outpost of the Overlord newbie zones to grant us an interview about today’s exciting launch of two new Time-Locked Expansion servers Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP)!
EQ2Wire: How long have you been working on the Time-Locked Expansion servers?

Kander: Since early June.

Q: What role did the success of EverQuest’s own TLE servers have in opening the door for these servers in EQ2?

K: We realized a lot of players are looking for a familiar experience and enjoy the excitement of a new environment, energy, and community dynamics.

Q: What’s the difference between a Progression server and a Time-Locked Expansion server?

K: On a Progression server, players have to accomplish certain goals and kill certain targets before content/expansions unlock. In EQ2, a Time-Locked Expansion server means the players will vote on when the next expansion unlocks without a requirement to beat certain targets or encounters.

Keep reading our interview with Kander after the jump…

EverQuest II Time-Locked Expansion Servers Launch On Schedule!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Time-Locked Exp Servers

Actually a little bit ahead of schedule, the EverQuest II Time-Locked Expansion Servers are now live! At the Character Selection/Creation screen of the US English client (if you are an EU player you’ll have to switch to US in the Launchpad) , you now have the option of creating a Time-Locked character as shown here:

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Here’s the official announcement from the EQ2 Forums:

Are you ready to go back to the beginning? To get a fresh start on the shores of Norrath? Today is the day! The NEW Time-Locked Expansion servers are now available! Found the communities of Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) from the start.

The time-locked expansion servers offer a unique EverQuest 2 experience different from the traditional servers. You must be an All Access member to play on these special servers, which are locked to a period on EverQuest 2’s history. As time passes, additional expansion content will unlock on these servers. Unlocking preferences are determined by each server community, so YOU get to vote and help determine your server’s future!

Not an All Access Member yet? Click here for more information and to purchase membership!

Make sure you join the Development team on Stomhold on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 starting at 2PM Pacific on theEverQuest 2 Twitch Channel!

Will you choose the PvE server Stormhold or the PvP server Deathtoll for your new Norrathian adventure? Either way, you have an exciting journey ahead!

EverQuest II TLE Servers Launching Today — Starting Cities?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Time-Locked Exp Servers

After this morning’s patch of the live servers at 7:00am PDT, EverQuest II players are noticing a curious selection at the Character Select screen. TLE servers aren’t scheduled to launch til Noon, but players can step through the process of creating a TLE character and see which choices are available, including a few surprising ones. It’s conceivable that this is a bug or glitch.  This topic is blowing up on the forums in a half dozen threads including this one.

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Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) Time-Locked Expansion Servers Launch at Noon?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Time-Locked Exp Servers

Keep in mind that server/content launches are always tricky and there are any number of things that can delay them from CDN propagation issues to the Login servers misbehaving to Build issues, there are a lot of moving parts. DO NOT take this time as set in stone, but… it looks like the EQ2 team are hoping to launch the new TLE servers tomorrow at Noon Pacific. From the @everquestii twitter stream:

 

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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

Here are tomorrow’s Update Notes for the non-TLE EQ2 Live Servers. From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • The mercenary den is once again available in Qeynos and Freeport.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Fixed a bug that was causing many spells to spam time-locked server restrictions.

ITEMS

  • The Finisher IV has had its passive bonus increased.

LIVE EVENTS

  • “Great Balls of Fire” – Mad Mattie should offer this quest for everyone until 50 completions.

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Pumice Stone is now available from the expendables merchant.

Server Downtime: Mon, July 20 @ 7AM PDT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Time-Locked Exp Servers

There’s some downtime today in preparation for the TLE servers. We don’t expect update notes. From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for maintenance, in preparation for our Time-Locked expansion server launch. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 3:00PM London Time on July 20, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 16:00 CET am 20.07.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 16:00 CET le 20-07-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Guide, Live Events

Moonlight Enchantments BannerThe monthly Moonlight Enchantments event begins tonight! The grottos open up on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion for all servers.

Grotto Zone & Location Collection Quest(s)
Brownie Darklight Wood
/loc 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/loc -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/loc -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/loc -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/loc -132, -44, -771
Flower Petals Seasonal Blooms
Blooming Good Tea

Achievement: Shinies Beneath the Moonlight
Merchant Items: See on EQ2 Furniture | EQ2 Traders Corner | EQ2 Design Gallery

Tinkerfest is Now Live — July 17th~August 3rd 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Live Events, Tradeskill

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From the EQ2 Forums:

It’s the Gnomeiest time of the year in Norrath (and, yes, Gnomeiest is totally a word) – Tinkerfest has returned once again! Grab your gadgets, wind up your wrenches, and get ready for an EXPLOSIVE good time this summer! Our good friends at Gnomeland Security are ready with new and returning favorite features.

Make sure you try this year’s new quest, We Can Rebuild. Look for Tinker Thermald in the Steamfront Mountains to get started. While you’re questing, returning quests will have new rewards this year, and new items are also available to purchase from Myron, the Tinkerfest Merchant.

Would you rather get your hands greasy as you craft your own holiday-themed wares? Pick up the New Tinkerfest Blueprints 7.0 and put your tradeskilling to good use. There are plenty of widgets to work with.

Check to see your watch is wound, and don’t delay! Tinkerfest festivities will be in Norrath from Friday, July 17th throughMonday, August 3rd.

Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) Servers Open Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, PvP/Battlegrounds, Time-Locked Exp Servers

From the EQ2 Forums:

Are YOU ready for the new Time-Locked Expansion servers? Stormhold (PvE) and Deathtoll (PvP) Servers open on Tuesday, July 21, 2015!

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Play on NEW Time-Locked Expansion servers and get a fresh start in EverQuest II. Be part of a vibrant community from the start and have your voice be heard as you decide each server’s destiny.

These are special servers that are only available to All Access members. If you aren’t already an All Access member, sign upand begin your adventures in Norrath… again!

Want to get a sneak peek of these servers? Our Time-Locked Expansion Server beta is still available so you can test out these servers and give us YOUR feedback. Find out more about the beta here.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Kelethin

  • Philosopher Yubee in Kelethin will now give the same advice pertaining to Erollisi Marr, as Philosopher Rhimes.

ITEMS

  • Boots from fabled EoF dungeons have had their weapon damage bonus and spell weapon damage bonus corrected.
  • The Wild Divine will proc when Healing Arrow or Healing Barrage are cast.
  • Crafted and Merchant versions of the altar to Erollisi Marr are now available.
  • Hand of Thule’s Avatar now grants stamina, instead of ridiculous amounts of strength.

QUESTS

  • Power to the Tower – The damaged core should only be resetting when it is not successfully defended.
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