Everyone Enjoy Double Status This Weekend — Sep 5~7

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From the EQ2 Forums:

EVERYONE can enjoy double status this weekend from Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM Noon PDT, until Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT!

Don’t forget to send us screenshots of your adventures on the forumsFacebookTwitter and Google Plus!

*This event doubles the base status earned by defeating encounters, or rewarded from quests. Guild status is rewarded from that base amount, so yes it is in effect doubled.

Grandmasters Won’t Require Raiding, Exorbitant Research

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

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I think these days, most players don’t consider their characters complete, competitive, or at least capable until they have upgraded a significant number of their combat arts or spells to Master level. It was not always so…

Are We Entitled to Masters?

It may be hard to remember, but there was a time before the Research tab and before Research Assistants when the only way to get Master spells was to defeat enemies. At launch, Masters were unbelievably rare and only dropped from Epic names. Over the years, they have trickled down to Epic trash, then to Heroic bosses. At some point, a global loot table was added to any slain non-trivial enemy with something like a 1 in 10,000 chance to drop a level-appropriate Master. Every year, Masters seem to become more widely available.

Update Notes: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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

Time for our Tuesday Wednesday update notes from the EQ2 Forums. If you were following EQ2Wire, you already filled every slot of your bank with 2 copper shinies to sell for status. For everyone else — this is why you can’t find cheap shinies on the broker…

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Collection items and adornments now sell for status to specific status merchants!

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

  • Members of the Aerakyn Commanders ring event have had their health lowered.

Windstalker Addresses Marketplace Price Tweaks

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, StationCash

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has stepped up and taken a bullet for Finance with these posts on the EQ2 Forums:

Just so there’s no confusion or suggestion there’s a bug, a few prices have changed on SC items. Very few. About 6 items. We felt that doing that at the same time as the sale might be helpful for members, at least, who choose to purchase those few items.

This week prices that changed are on purchases that you can obtain or use in-game in other ways (like merc slots and revive). As a few people have pointed out, we make adjustments like functioning businesses do. We’ll continue to make adjustments as we go forward which will include reducing prices too (one item this week was slightly reduced).

Overall, please be sure you’re happy with the price before you confirm your purchase. We want you to be happy about what you choose to buy and we are grateful when you do! We aren’t out to trick anyone. I promise you that!

and:

Oh, and on the bonus XP days, weekends, etc. There are going to be plenty of them coming over time. As you have said here, we did Double XP last weekend through to Monday. We’ll be doing it again before too long. Same with Status XP days, weekends, etc.

We like to give you plenty of stuff to look forward to and fun benefits. Next weekend we’ll be doing a Status Bonus weekend, for example, that will include F2P members.

Merc Unlocks, Item Unattuners Jump 50%, Spell Research Up 145% Before Labor Day

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, StationCash

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UPDATE: EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has addressed today’s price increases on six (out of over 2,700) Marketplace items here.


Original op-ed follows:

It is no secret that EverQuest II, EverQuest, DC Universe Online, and PlanetSide 2 are funding the freewheeling development costs of EverQuest Next and Landmark. Existing properties funding future development is standard procedure in the video game industry. It’s also no secret that the current incarnation of EverQuest Next is actually SOE’s fourth attempt to launch the product, with nearly 5 years of development effort being left by the wayside.

What is a surprise is that, despite the elimination of Double and Triple StationCash promotions last summer, and despite the wildly successful Landmark Trailblazer presale which sold thousands of copies at $100 a pop, it apparently may not have been enough.

I like what the EverQuest II team has been doing the past couple of years (ok those mystery crates are way too stingy! but seriously…). They’ve been communicating with us more than they have in years. They’ve been open and honest with us at SOE Live and on EQ2 Insider about what features are likely, doable, wishlist, or “bucket of awesome” items so our expectations can be set. The EQ2 team have embraced the two focused feedback forums – Area 51 and the Raid Council – /bug (Yes they read it!), and forum private messaging, allowing players of all gameplay styles to reach the game’s developers and designers and be heard. The EQ2 team no longer spring changes on us and hope we won’t notice. In my opinion, it’s a good time to be an EQ2 player.

So it’s frustrating for me to see someone higher up pull the rug out on a Friday night, dial up prices on a few popular Marketplace items, and then leave the EQ2 team holding the bag. In reality, it’s just a few items. So far we’ve only found 50% increases on [eq2u]Item Unattuner Bundle[/eq2u] and Mercenary Unlocks, and a 145% increase on Spell/CA Research Assistants. What concerns me is the way this was done. I suppose it’s possible that the timing of this was purely coincidental and unintentional, but for this to fall just hours into a sale, on Labor Day Weekend, is highly suspect.

Why am I so certain that this didn’t come from the EQ2 team? They’ve earned my trust.

SC Marketplace is 25% Off for All Access This Weekend

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, StationCash

From the EQ2 Forums:

This weekend, SOE will be officially wrapping up summer with some great savings for All Access members!

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All Access membership offers great value like in-game perks, a claimable monthly 500 SC reward, and 10% off in-game Marketplace items. But this weekend, we’re going to crank the Marketplace discount from 10% to 25% off!

From Friday, August 29th at 10AM PDT to Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 10AM PDT, members will get a 25% discount on in-game Marketplace purchases*!

The discount is only available in Marketplaces for games currently part of the All Access program. Excludes Landmark and Dragon’s Prophet as they are not yet included in All Access membership.

Want to browse the EQ2 StationCash Marketplace? You can do so right now on EQ2U!

Update Notes: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Cozen Ethereal Hood[/eq2u] and [eq2u]Cozen Ethereal Shroud[/eq2u] are now lore.
  • Corrected an issue that was preventing some players from consuming their [eq2u]Cozen Hood[/eq2u] patterns.
  • Subversive Acts will now persist through death.
  • Weapons obtained within The Fabled Deathtoll henceforth will be more amazing than weapons obtained previously within The Fabled Deathtoll.

and an important update about the Cozen hoods from Gninja:

This effect is intended to not stack with the steward’s cloak. It is a replacement for the cloak so you do not have to equip it any longer. We have no plans to make them stack.

EQ2Wire is Giving Away Five GuildLaunch Prime Subscriptions

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Recently, EQ2Wire was contacted by the folks at GuildLaunch, a guild hosting platform with over 3.5 million registered players on over 500 supported games including EverQuest II. GuildLaunch offers free guild hosting, while its subscription plans grant full site customization and theming, advanced DKP, attendance tracking, and much more. You can see their feature comparison guide on their site.

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The Contest!

GuildLaunch were nice enough to give us five promo codes to give away which are good for 1 year of GuildLaunch Prime subscription (normally $7/mo or $84/yr). We’re going to hook up 5 guilds with pretty much everything they will need to manage their guild’s website with the exception of voice servers.

If you or your guild leader would like to enter your guild for a chance to win one of these codes, please e-mail us at GLContest (at) EQ2Wire.com with the name of your character, guild, and server where your guild is based, as well as 1-2 sentences (max 500 chars) on why your guild would benefit from having a GuildLaunch site. Please note that we will only consider one entry per guild (we will choose the best representative entry at our discretion so that smaller guilds are on a level playing field).

All entries must be received by September 15th. Winners will be announced September 22nd. This contest is open to all EQ2 players. Winners will receive the code via the email used to submit their contest entry.

NOTE: EQ2Wire has offered their assistance to the GuildLaunch folks to get support for EQ2 Census added as, at least for now, characters must be individually added to your GuildLaunch Roster. This has not stopped numerous guilds from using the service though!

EQ2 Devs Invite Players to Beta For Performance Testing, Level Agnostic Dungeons

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

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EQ2 Programmer Maevianiu has been working over the last few months on some significant performance tweaks to the EQ2 client and server, including at least one change that touched 10 year old code. As a part-time semi-amateur coder, that scares me deeply. So I’m gonna say it’s uberimportant that players login to Beta and test everything out to make sure these changes don’t impact any existing systems. It won’t just be a testing session though as it looks like there’s going to be quite a turnout of EQ2 devs on the Beta server today!

From Maevianiu:

We have our first round of performance increases on Beta right now. There are more coming, but this first round we want to do some load testing and get it out to live as quickly as we can. This affects every aspect of the game: quests, tradeskilling, items, combat, pvp-combat even housing. So we need to test as many different things as possible.

Please join us on the Beta server, Wednesday, August 27th starting at 3PM and going on until whenever!

Gninja is promising Punch and pie!

EQ2 ZAM: Transcripts of both EQ2 Q&A panels & Mechanics from SOE Live 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

Because sleep is overrated, EQ2 fan Afista spent the weekend meticulously transcribing the two EverQuest II Q&A panels and has posted them on EQ2 ZAM. Also don’t miss the notes from the all-important Mechanics panel posted by Cyliena as linked below. I got a kick out of hanging out with both of them at SOE Live and seeing what they’re doing for the EQ2 community. I’m starting to feel like a bit of a slacker now… ;)

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At SOE Live 2014, the community had questions and the devs had answers! ZAM was there to keep track of what everyone wanted to know. Afista has written a full recap of what happened during the Q&A following the EQ2 keynote, as well as the AMAA Sessions Part 1 & Part 2.

(also check out our Systems & Mechanics panel recap from last week!)

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Vesspyr Isles: Pinch Aggregate, the Rare Item Procurer, now offers wares in a secluded location.

QUESTS

  • Fixed a bug where the Shinies Beneath the Moonlight automatically awarded even if someone didn’t complete the proper collections.
  • Blaisy Bookmaker and Unlucky in High Keep Contested, and Dawper in the Fabled Sanctum of the Scaleborn will no longer temporarily disappear after you’ve completed Dawper’s mission, “Blasted Droags!”

ITEMS

  • One player cannot trigger both Practiced Tactics and Practiced Tactics II. The effects will stack when applied from multiple casters. [Fixed on 5/16/2014]
  • Players may now obtain over 10,000 Draconic Etyma now. Currency caps on all other currencies are unchanged.
  • The “Customize” option will now correctly appear for House Actors inside a player dungeon.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Priests now will be granted Gather Remains at level 80. This spell can be used to pull the corpses of raid members to the priest’s location while out of combat.
  • The maximum health impairments caused by Rejection, Change of Engagement and Debilitating Strikes no longer stack from multiple casters.

Watch the EverQuest II: Mechanics Panel from SOE Live 2014!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

In the EverQuest II: Systems panel, the EverQuest II team talks about the upcoming expansion, specifically class balance, mechanics, some new features, and takes player questions. On the panel: Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer, and Justin “Jamiss” Michael. We recorded this at SOE Live 2014 in Las Vegas and are happy to be able to share it.

On YouTube:

DDoS Crew Makes it Personal, Calls in Bomb Threat on SOE President John Smedley’s Flight

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File this under “WTF?”

The script kiddies who have been DDoSing Blizzard, League of Legends, PlayStation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment since early this morning decided to double down on their slew of felonies by tweeting a bomb threat for the American Airlines flight carrying SOE President John Smedley to San Diego. The flight was subsequently rerouted to Phoenix, AZ. The details of this “If I didn’t read it, I wouldn’t believe it” nonsense comes to us via Polygon:

SOE Impacted by DDOS because Mean People Suck

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

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So because there are people in this world with nothing better to do than engage in DDoS attacks on Blizzard, League of Legends, PlayStation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment, players are having difficulty connecting to or playing these games this morning.

UPDATE -- Bonus XP Extended til Tuesday:

StationCash Returns to Walmart with Landmark Beta; GameStop $20 for 2500SC for Limited Time

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While Double and Triple StationCash days may be a thing of the past, it looks like retailer promotions of StationCash cards will be continuing for the foreseeable future. As announced by SOE Director of eCommerce Mark Tuttle at SOE Live, we will soon see Landmark-themed StationCash cards at Walmart and GameStop, each with bonus items attached. Here are the details we’ve been able to glean:

Walmart Landmark SC Card (link)

  • 2,000 StationCash
  • Immediate and permanent access to Landmark’s closed beta.
  • One of five Landmark loot bundles:
    • Earthbound Bonus Pack
      3500 Dirt, 3500 Stone, 3500 Sand + 2 random Relics (from Vast Relic Stone, Destructive Relic Stone, or Swift Relic Stone) for free stat upgrades
    • Forester’s Bonus Pack
      3500 Plain Wood, 2000 Burled Wood, 1500 Striped Wood + 2 random Relics (from Vast Relic Stone, Destructive Relic Stone, or Swift Relic Stone) for free stat upgrades
    • Excavator’s Bonus Pack
      2125 Marble, 2125 Amaranthine, 1550 Obsidian, 1325 Alabaster + 2 random Relics (from Vast Relic Stone, Destructive Relic Stone, or Swift Relic Stone) for free stat upgrades
    • Metalworker’s Bonus Pack
      1775 Copper, 1500 Tungsten, 1250 Gold, 1300 Cobalt, 625 Rubicite + 2 random Relics (from Vast Relic Stone, Destructive Relic Stone, or Swift Relic Stone) for free stat upgrades
    • Gemologist’s Bonus Pack
      2450 Agate, 2400 Tourmaline, 2375 Aquamarine, 2200 Topaz + 2 random Relics (from Vast Relic Stone, Destructive Relic Stone, or Swift Relic Stone) for free stat upgrades
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Watch the SOE Live 2014 EverQuest II Q&A #1

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We recorded the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote, which included about seven minutes of Q&A at the end. We also recorded the EverQuest II Q&A #1 panel and we’ve assembled it into a single video.

NOTE: Audio quality improves at 8:45 as we started using an external mic at this point.

Watch the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Keynote from SOE Live 2014!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

There were some technical difficulties during the first 10 minutes of the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote which was livestreamed from SOE Live last week.  Instead of clearly hearing the producer and designers of our game hyping their hard work, audiences at home mostly heard frustrated AV techs trying to get things working. Fortunately, we recorded the keynote in person and are now able to provide the complete event for those who missed it!

Members-Only Bonus XP Weekend — Aug 22 EXTENDED til Tuesday August 26th

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From Holly "Windstalker" Longdale's twitter:

UPDATE -- Due to the DDoS attack against SOE/PSN/Blizzard/LoL, the EQ2 team are extending Bonus XP until Tuesday:

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • The Moonlight Enchantment merchants have new items available! All sorts of trees and shrubbery based on Ethernere foliage can now be purchased. Moonlight Enchantments begin on 8/20!
  • With Kerafyrm’s defeat, Freeport and Qeynos have finally broken the Awakened siege, and Luclin – now whole – shines brightly in the skies.

GENERAL

  • YouTube integration has been removed due to incompatibilities with Google’s API updates. Options are being explored to return video functionality.

SOE Live: EverQuest II Mechanics/Systems Panel Slides

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Here are the slides presented by the EverQuest II team specifically the mechanics/systems guys. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer were presenting.

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SOE Liveblog: EverQuest II Systems/Mechanics Panel

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

Now it’s time for the EverQuest II Systems panel. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer are presenting. We’re liveblogging this panel as well as recording a video of this panel in 720p HD.

Liveblog begins at 1:00pm PDT and ends at 2:00pm PDT on Saturday August 16th.

Fix for Stealth and AE Abilities

New Spell Qualities

  • All spells go to Grandmaster
  • Certain spells go to Ancient

Battleground 6v6 Balance of Theer

  • Deathmatch
  • Penalty for dying
  • Tiles to stand on and get buffs/debuffs

SOE Live EverQuest II Q&A Highlights

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

We'll be posting videos of the two EverQuest II Q&A panels next week, but here are some cool highlights that we got in yesterday's panel. We'll update this article tomorrow when the other Q&A is under our belt.


 

 

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