Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, March 8 @ 5AM PST

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5:00~9:00am PDT | 8:00am~Noon EDT | 13:00~17:00 BST | 14:00~18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 5:00AM PST* on Tuesday, March 8th. The amount of downtime may vary, depending on the service. If the downtime extends beyond four hours, we will update this thread.

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

 

Raise Your Steins: Brewday Returns!

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

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Event season is in full swing and next up is Brewday! This year the event will begin at 12:01am PT on Thursday, March 3rd and conclude 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, March 17th. There are new merchant items, one new collection, and a new tradeskill book this year, in addition to previous content.

Niami has posted pictures of the new recipe and merchant items over on EQ2 Traders. The TLE servers will have a special Brewday themed merchant, a boozy celebrator, in both Freeport and Qeynos.


Guide Sections:

Too many alts? Get the Brewday quest tracker! Print it out or copy it to your own Google Drive by going to the File menu and choosing “Make a copy…”.

EQ2 Terminating Support for Russian, German, French, Japanese Languages

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, General, International

Roshen has posted an EU server consolidation FAQ on the EQ2 forums. It also mentions the RU servers merging into Splitpaw, and Sebilis merging into Antonia Bayle.

EverQuest II is best with friends! Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be bringing players from our EU servers together. We’ll be consolidating servers, as we did with the US servers last year.

We want to wrap this up this spring, and this is the time frame we’re currently working towards:

  • Russian servers (Barren Sky and Harla Dar) are scheduled to be merged with Splitpaw on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
  • By the end of April, we plan to consolidate Splitpaw, Storms, and Valor into a new server!
  • We’ll be merging Sebilis (our Japanese server) into Antonia Bayle. This is scheduled to happen after the EU server consolidation.

Russian characters and guilds on these servers will be required to be renamed into names that work within the English alphabet. In-game text and all support for the game on these servers will be provided in English.

After the merge of our Russian servers (Barren Sky and Harla Dar), you may see strange symbols or boxes when looking at the list of homes to visit, the location of items on the broker, or players in your guild. This will be the case while these characters are being renamed into names that work within the English alphabet.

Players should pick up soulbound (NoTrade) items from shared housing (such as Guild Halls) BEFORE the merge. This will prevent losing ownership of placed items during this merge.

We’re happy that our EverQuest II players will continue to have a home as they continue their adventures in Norrath. We appreciate your continued support!

Check out the entire FAQ here.

UPDATE: Maevianiu addressed some language concerns:

Everyone will be able to chat, and shout and etc in any language. It is just the names that we cannot support, we looked into redoing all of our translation engineering to support multiple languages, but it was too much for the resources we have available. So all of the game text will be in English, and character names will be in English alphabet.

Akella also posted their own announcement for the Russian server merges. You can thank Google translate for Splitpaw’s voracious appetite:

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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

From the EQ2 forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Laboratory of Lord Vyemm

  • The Uncaged Alzid’s adds are now heroic.
  • Ancient Bound Abominations are now x2 instead of x3.
  • Reduced the damage of Lord Vyemm’s Scream of Chaos.

Deathtoll

  • Tarinax’s Adds are now heroic.

Halls of Seeing

  • Enforcers of Captivity adds are now heroic.
  • Mistbound sentry adds are now heroic.
  • Mistbound vindicator adds are now x2 instead of x3.

Lyceum of Abhorrence

  • Gnillaw the Demented’s linked adds are now x2 instead of x3.
  • Gnorbl the Playful’s linked adds are now heroic.

Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Corrected an issue that caused some kills in the zone to identify as flawless kills when they were not.
  • The Forge Golem should now spawn correctly when getting a flawless kill on Cronnin/Dellmun, Kiernun, Bereth, Htardlem/Amzzem/Uigirf, and one of the Captains.
  • Ashenfell and Graybeard Sureshots now give more time for reaction before attempting to kill priests.
  • The Forge Golem has had new items added as an additional drop to his loot table.

Kralet Penumbra: Temple of the Ill-Seen [Heroic]

  • Killing Grelikor too quickly will no longer stop zone progression.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue with some versions of Early Advantage that did not allow them to stack.
  • Corrected the drop chance of some raid tier 2 cloth and chain armor types.
  • The potency and crit bonus of Fallen Dynasty dropped and quested rewards have been adjusted to match new progression.
  • Lord Vyemm’s loot has been increased.

QUESTS

  • Court of Truth: Brush with Celebrity – Players on this quest can once again enter the Games to fight.

Neriak City Festival Returns (March 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

city_festival_neriakIt’s time to stock up on blue marble – the Neriak City Festival returns to Darklight Wood from March 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Neriak Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 89 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Fearless Flyer title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on March 1st – 11:59pm PT on March 7th
WHERE: Darklight Wood, outside Neriak, /loc -554, -53, -74
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Kander’s Candor: What’s Going on with TLE?

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From EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee on the EQ2 Forums:

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you exactly what is going on with the TLE servers.

Itemization

We’re done with global adjustments to Kingdom of Sky loot. We know that some items simply do not measure up, and we are absolutely fixing/adjusting these on a case by case basis as we find them (such as the Gnorble earring brought to our attention today).

In this time, we have done a thorough pass on Echoes of Faydwer loot to assure the progression is significantly better than KoS and to make sure raid loot is absolutely better than heroic, heroic is better than quest, etc.

Members: Double Up on Bonuses Until March 2

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From the EQ2 Forums:

It’s another great week to be an All Access Member! From From 12:00PM (Noon) PST on Wednesday, February 24th through12:00PM (Noon) PST on Wednesday, March 2nd, there’s a LOT happening in Norrath!

DOUBLE. DOUBLE. DOUBLE.
We love the double bonuses so much that we’re doing THREE of them. During this week, Members can earn:

  • Double XP (Personal, AA, and Tradeskill)
  • Double Guild XP
  • Double Status

MARKETPLACE DISCOUNT INCREASED
And if all the double bonuses aren’t enough to get you excited, we’re ALSO increasing the regular 10% off discount members receive in the Marketplace. But we’re not just doubling it… no, for this week, members will get 30% OFF in the Marketplace!

Not a member yet? Now’s a good time to join: www.everquest2.com/membership.

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • [eq2u]Signet of Pure Terror[/eq2u] now correctly requires a Stone of Ashenfell Power or Stone of Greybeard Power as a purchase requirement.

ITEMS

  • Psionist Crowns can now be upgraded through crafting using either original crowns or newly dropped crowns. Required component is now any crown of that armor type.
  • Psionist Helms that were previously upgraded using the Mindstone Crystal can now be crafted into the new version of the crown. The recipe book has had the new recipes added.
  • New armor drops* now have a descriptor added to their name for clarity.

Caith added:

ITEMS

  • The potency and crit bonus of Echoes of Faydwer dropped and quested rewards have been adjusted to match new progression.

* The new raid and heroic drops added on February 17th are having their names changed slightly so they can be viewed side-by-side in game (and as a side benefit, they will no longer conflict on EQ2U).

February 2016 Producer’s Letter

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Hail Norrathians!

It’s going to be another great year for EverQuest 2! The team is excited to be working on new content updates as well as already being waist-deep on our next expansion, all coming this year.

We spent January getting our plans nailed down and are busy getting ready for a big content update for members this spring. This update will have new fabled dungeons and places to explore packed with quests (timed ones too!), key chests, adventures, and awesome stories.

For more news and details, join us for a livestream on Tuesday, March 15 at 11AM PST on twitch.tv/everquest2 and we’ll show you what’s in this game update and answer your questions live with the team!

Here’s your first hint of what’s coming in this spring update…

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Move over old orc, the Scourge is in town!

Like the merges we did for US servers a few months ago, we’ll be moving ahead with the server merges for our European servers this spring. Our goal of combining these servers is to build and foster a vibrant server community. We know there may be questions about the European server merges and we’re working on building out a FAQ so players can know what to expect. Feel free to ask any questions you have now, but know we may need a bit of time before we can provide all the answers. We’re grateful for your patience and support and we’ll continue to keep you updated so our players have plenty of notice on the timing of these upcoming merges.

Continuing a time-honored tradition in EQ2, we’ll have new additions to our upcoming live events, Brew Day and Bristlebane Day. When those events roll around this year, make sure you join the festivities and get your holiday-themed rewards while you can!

Hang on to your class hats… there’s plenty more to come!

Update from Roshen:

This won’t be a “campaign” with a price associated with it.

Our spring game update will have new fabled dungeons, and other new zones. You’ll need a membership to access these zones, and the more interesting drops that come from these places will have the prestige tag on those items.

EQ2Wire Asks: Replace or Upgrade?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, EQ2, Itemization, Raiding

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The purpose of New Content in any MMORPG is to provide additional length to the “treadmill” so that players who revisit heroic dungeons or raids always have new things to do. New zones provide new rewards that raise the bar and keep that loot chase going. It is totally expected that when a new content update or expansion is released that previous items will be trumped by new ones. However we’ve seen something new and unexpected since the release of the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion.

In an update on January 20th, existing Weapons and Jewelry items were removed from the loot tables of current enemies in raid zones and then newly upgraded Weapons and Jewelry items were added. These new weapons and jewelry had new names.

In an update on February 17th, existing Armor pieces had their Crit Bonus and Potency slightly upgraded, then removed from loot tables while newly upgraded Armor items were added with hugely upgraded Crit Bonus and Potency. This new armor had the same names as previous items.

There is no doubt that the Terrors of Thalumbra raid gear at launch was hardly worth getting out of bed for. Clearly something had to be done to itemization and we’ve been assured that this was the best way to do it with the time available. However there are several concerns with this approach of replacing rather than upgrading items inline.

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

Update Notes: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — SERVERS UP!

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8:30am PST Update: This maintenance appears to be running long.

10:00am PST Update from RadarX: I’ve updated the main post but we are currently looking at before 12:00 PM PT ([3PM EST] 8 PM GMT).

12:00pm PST Update: Servers are now up after a five hour downtime.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Maldura: The Forge of Ashes [Raid]

  • Changed the message given when triggering the Forge Golem.

LIVE EVENTS
The Erollisi Day “Lovely Lacquer” achievement can now be updated by crafting the passionate and romantic filigree rugs.

QUESTS

  • The Wind of Strife Blows Fickle – The update is now found in the truck at the foot of the bed in Viktor T’Hoth’s room, to better fit the description.
  • Restoring the Underfoot Cathedral – Each of the tormented Serilian spirits can now only be seen by players on the appropriate step of the quest, and they no longer can be damaged lower than 3% of their health (thus allowing them to be updated by the “Serilian Spirit Gems”).
  • A Mind of My Own – The quest journal now specifies that you can return to Talvrae if you ever lose the kobold pet.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – Triggering the mount station updates will now be much easier, even if the player is mounted.
  • Mount Stations: Greater Faydark – The Butcherblock Mountain station now properly updates the quest.
  • A Time of Growth – Obtaining another sapling from Arbos is much more intuitive, if you have misplaced it.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue that reduced ranged auto-attack damage.
  • Heroic and raid Terrors of Thalumbra armor rewards have been upgraded [in place], and all new armor rewards will now drop in Terrors of Thalumbra Heroic and raid zones.
  • Signature Rewards are no longer Relic, but are instead Prestige.
  • Confidence will now grant the correct bonuses when grouped.
  • Signet of Pure Terror no longer has an effect, and now grants base stats on the item itself.

What’s Next for Terrors of Thalumbra Itemization?

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Daalilama started a thread on the EQ2 Forums asking what we can expect as far as filling gaps in itemization as a result of the player power growth of the recent Terrors of Thalumbra expansion. Points of specific concern are Cyan Adornments, Quintessences, White Adornments, Food & Drink, and Poisons all of which remain largely untouched since 2015′s Altar of Malice expansion.

EQ2 Lead Designer Kander has had some interesting responses suggesting that we’ll see a content release this spring that addresses many of these issues. From the EQ2 Forums:

We’re saving a lot of this stuff for the content update that is coming soon. [TM] Most of this will be addressed with the new content push.

In response to how tedious it is to acquire Exceptional Jewels (non-War Rune purple cloak adornments which offer a nice set bonus)…

Also in new content coming soon.

on the subject of Fabled zones…

We have a lot coming soon. More info soon.

When the team is authorized to say more, we’ll post it.

Bug: Damage Rating Drop for Ranged Weapons to be Fixed Soonish

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Along with other line items in today’s Update Notes, it seems a number shifted on the damage ratings of Ranged Weapons in EQ2. For example, the popular Fai Thiss, The Ravager bow saw its Damage Rating drop from 298.5 to 158 with similar changes to the damage range (minimum – maximum).

According to Caith on the EQ2 Forums, this is an unintentional bug rather than a planned change:

Ranged weapons are using the incorrect formula for calculating DPS currently, they are calculating themselves as dual wield weapons instead. The bug should be fixed in the next hotfix.

Massively: Music Makes EverQuest II’s Terrors of Thalumbra Complete

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MJ Guthrie of Massively Overpowered got a chance to talk to the EQ2 team about the music in the Terrors of Thalumbra expansion. After countless expansions scored by sought after composer Inon Zur, EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion received its soundtrack from longtime sound designer Mark MacBride who has been with SOE and Daybreak for many years. The music trades orchestral heft for an urgency and immediacy found in horror and other soundtracks.

From Massively Overpowered:

Music has been on my mind a lot lately. OK, so it is always on my mind! From skipping down the streets belting out showtunes, cartoon theme songs, and parodies of other assorted songs (now you know what I did last weekend!) to signing on livestreams, my mind is always aswirl with music. So when EverQuest II Audio Manager/Composer Mark MacBride made his Terrors of Thalumbra tracks available on soundcloud, I knew I had to go and give them a listen.

As much as I appreciate the art in a game — as much as I love the vistas, the beautiful backdrops, and the intricate details — it’s music that can truly be the heart of a game experience. It’s the music that truly brings out feelings and emotions that connect you to your surroundings; the right music can add things to the picture that your eye can’t see.

I’ll admit that my next thought was to go back and discuss my favorite musical scores in the game. However, that became a massively daunting task as there are so many zones and so many dungeons that I simply can’t remember them all nor could I possibly visit in the time I had allotted. So we’ll leave that for another week. In the meantime, which musical scores do you think perfectly fit their areas and help you feel immersed in EQII?

Read the article on Massively Overpowered Terrors of Thalumbra Soundtrack on Soundcloud

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Live Events, Time-Locked Exp Servers, Tradeskill

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:

TIME-LOCKED EXPANSION

  • Made adjustments to most NPCs to make lower level encounters less punishing.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Fixed an issue where actors being killed could set the zone lockout in persistent dungeons.

Kralet Penumbra: The Master’s Chosen [Heroic]

  • Servitor of Yothshaval’s spell “In Service of the Master” damage has been reduced, but a power drain component added.

Kralet Penumbra: Tepid Depths [Agnostic]

  • Updated an encounter of Aberrants within the Tepid Depths to be of the appropriate agnostic challenge.

MERCENARIES

  • Increased the time before a mercenary auto suspends.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Summoners

  • Summoned Pets will now back off after a period of inactivity from their summoner.

LIVE EVENTS
Erollisi Day

  • Ykeshan frogloks near Guk in Moors of Ykesha now drop their love notes at the same rate as other mobs.
  • An Oval Heart-Stained Window Pane has been added to the “[eq2u]Romantic Gifts to Craft IX[/eq2u]” recipe book.

ITEMS

  • Fixed an issue where marketplace Burbur house items could not be sold for status.

and a late entry…

ITEMS

  • Adjusted the crit chance granted by many weapons between level 1 and level 90 to fit within progression.

EQ2Interface (and EQ2MAP) Return to MMOUI

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I am relieved to share the news from three weeks ago (not sure how I missed it!) that EQ2Interface, EQ2MAP, and all the other MMOUI sites have been reacquired from ZAM and will now once again be run as independent sites. The idea of losing EQ2Interface (and ProfitUI, DrumsUIDarkUI, EQ2MAP, and many many other EQ2 mods) was a horrifying but real possibility since the devastating reorganization of ZAM late last year.

From Cairenn on EQ2Interface.com:

Now under new (old) ownership

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After a number of months of negotiations, Dolby and I have some very exciting news to share with all of you! Under our new company, Good Game Mods LLC, we have been able to re-acquire complete ownership of the MMOUI network (all of the interface sites and Minion).

What does this mean for the future of the sites? Well, I can tell you about some of the short term things that we already know: The next few weeks will be spent getting the sites transferred over to our own servers. Coming up soon ™ we will be rolling out a new layout for the sites. We’ve also decided that we are going to honour any existing Zam premium memberships for a while. What we will do about a new premium membership in the future has yet to be decided.

We are sure you may have questions for us, so feel free to ask them here. We will answer them as best we may, but please understand that we obviously don’t have all of the answers right now. Where things will go in the long term, well, we’ll just have to see.

The best news of all, at least in our opinions, is that we aren’t going anywhere. Dolby and I are still as dedicated to the UI communities we’ve built today as we were the day we opened the sites. You can’t get rid of us that easily.

Commentary

Years ago, ZAM made a very low offer to purchase EQ2U (and all future sites built on the same tech including what then seemed an inevitable “EQNU” site). If we’d taken the deal, we would now be scrambling to try to re-acquire the site to save it from abandonment or shutdown.

TLE Vote: Unlock Echoes of Faydwer Expansion Content?

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

It seems like just yesterday that Kingdom of Sky was unlocked on Stormhold and Deathtoll servers, yet here we are once again with an in-game poll. From the EQ2 Forums:

Hey all,

The vote to unlock Echoes of Faydwer is now available on Stormhold and Deathtoll servers! This poll will last one week.

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Will YOU vote to unlock Echoes of Faydwer on your Time-Locked Expansion server?

February 16th, 2016 Update: The vote to unlock Echoes of Faydwer did NOT pass on either Stormhold or Deathtoll.

The original wallpaper for the expansion, after the jump…

Feel Like a Little Romance? Erollisi Day Live Until Feb 17th

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

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Erollisi Day went live on Thursday, February 4th and will run until Wednesday, February 17th. From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

Love is in the air, fair Norrath, and with good reason – it’s time for Erollisi Day!

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And this year, our hearts are bursting because we’ve got NINE new achievements, two new quests, and a new tradeskill book full of delightful new things to craft!

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From Thursday, February 4th through 11:59PM PST on Wednesday, February 17th, you can experience the fun and frivolity of the Erollisi Day holiday! Enjoy your favorite returning quests (how IS your romantic reputation doing?) and try your hand at the new quests for handsome rewards. And keep racking up those achievements! Who will help the Doomed Lovers if not you, dear hero?

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Erollisi Day Returns: A Guide to 2016

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

Erollisi Day
Love is in the air: Erollisi Day has returned! This year the event will begin at 12:01am PT on Thursday, February 4th and conclude 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, February 17th. There are two new quests, a new recipe scroll, several merchant items, and a handful of achievements to enjoy on top of all previous returning content.


Guide Sections:

Too many alts? Get the Erollisi Day quest tracker! Print it out or copy it to your own Google Drive by going to the File menu and choosing “Make a copy…”.

Update Notes: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 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:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Persistent Instances

  • Removed 30 minute lock-out when first entering a persistent instance.
  • Killing any NPC in a persistent instance will now commit the lock-out.

Kralet Penumbra: The Master’s Chosen [Heroic]

  • The Chosen Curse and the Yothshaval Curse should no longer kill players if it wears off after Golguth is slain.
  • Health of bosses have been adjusted.
  • Xal’Gilah’s Disrupting Tutor add should no longer disappear during his encounter.

Maldura: Bar Brawl

  • Mages disarmed by Dalkuhm can now re-equip their weapons outside of a priest’s cure curse.

Kelethin City Festival Returns (February 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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Set your sights on Greater Faydark because the Kelethin City Festival returns from February 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, and more. 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.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on February 1st – 11:59pm PT on February 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

Members: How about a Double XP weekend?

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From the EQ2 Forums:

January is coming to an end, Norrathians. Here’s even more incentive to venture out into the world of Norrath this weekend: DOUBLE BONUS EXPERIENCE FOR MEMBERS!

From 12:00PM PST (Noon) on Friday, January 29, 2016 through 12:00PM PST (Noon) on Monday, February 1, 2016, all servers (yes, including Stormhold and Deathtoll) will have double bonus experience for All Access Members! Double Experience will be applied to Adventure, Tradeskill, and AA.

Take some time and end January stronger than ever! We’ll see you in Norrath.

Not a member yet? Visit https://www.everquest2.com/membership to sign up and enjoy the Double Bonus XP!

Remember now with Tithe and the Deity System for Terrors of Thalumbra expansion owners, this essentially makes for a Double Tithe weekend. Keep checking your Deity Window every hour or so to make sure you are spending your deity points on Crit Bonus, Potency, Stamina, or the various miracles.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: January 29 @ Noon – February 1 @ Noon
  • EST: January 29 @ 3:00pm — February 1 @ 3:00pm
  • GMT: January 29 @ 20:00 — February 1 @ 20:00
  • CET: January 29 @ 21:00 — February 1 @ 21:00

Gearing your Heroic Character in Terrors of Thalumbra

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

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Terrors of Thalumbra has been out for over two months, and some players may just now be coming back to the game after a break, or have been playing the expansion but want to get better. With Terrors of Thalumbra, the token grind to add colored gems to gear has given way to dungeon dropped-armor, jewelry, accessories, and weapons which are then upgraded through Infusing.  Add that to Reforging, Adorning, and other game systems and there is quite a lot of “homework” just to play EQ2 these days. Before we go any further, I do not hold myself up as any kind of authority on game itemization or mechanics. Much of this information has been acquired through extensive discussions with other players or personal experience, which likely does not reflect “end game” EQ2.

Update Notes: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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

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
UPDATE: It appears that it is still not possible to complete the Terrors of Thalumbra collection of collections or ”Meta Collection”. In a post from Kander, he said:

There is an issue, we’ll have it fixed ASAP.

This wasn’t intended at all. Its been a total mess. We apologize. We have again upgraded the final reward and hopefully it will be worth everyone’s time and frustration.

Looks like this fix will be February 2nd. We’re having some internal conflicts and wont be able to patch until then. Thanks for being patient everyone.

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Charmed creatures in agnostic zones will no longer be supercharged.

Bonemire

  • Corpse Candles can no longer be charmed.

Kralet Penumbra: Rise to Power

  • Bone Crushing Swings and Pressure of the Deep no longer effect Dissonance of Savagery.

MERCENARIES

  • Mercenaries will now suspend after a period of player inactivity.
  • Mercenaries no longer have any initial hiring fees.
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