Manually Map DNS So You Can Access SOE Games, Websites, Forums

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

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Some players are unable to connect to SOE websites, forums, and services, despite SOE having fixed the issue (renewing the SonyOnline.net domain) several hours ago.

The first thing you should try is to open your Start menu, choose “Run…” and type “ipconfig /flushdns“. A black box will momentarily flash. This will make your computer forget all the DNS lookups it has performed, so when you try to access SOE websites, forums, and games, the correct addresses will load and you’ll be able to see them and play them normally.

If this does not work, we recommend restarting your computer as well as your modem/internet router.

If none of those steps work, then based on a tip from the Planetside 2 Reddit, some people are having success by adding the following entries to their c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file. Unless you have bypassed all the security on this file, you’ll need to drag the file to your desktop or other folder, double-click it and open it with Notepad, make the changes, Save the file, and then move it back to the folder you found it in.

64.37.171.24 lp.soe.com
64.37.170.20 lvs-recap-01.station.sony.com
64.37.169.11 manifest.patch.station.sony.com
69.174.202.136 account.station.sony.com
69.174.204.11 forums.station.sony.com
64.37.171.32 assets.soe.com
63.140.62.141 smetrics.soe.com
64.37.171.29 auth.station.sony.com
64.37.171.22 planetside2.com
64.37.171.22 www.planetside2.com
64.37.171.45 everquest2.com
64.37.171.45 www.everquest2.com
93.184.215.248 eq2.patch.station.sony.com
64.37.171.39 census.soe.com
64.37.171.15 data.soe.com

These are corrected numbers compared to the ones posted earlier (the 208.x.x.x numbers were totally wrong).

SonyOnline.net Domain Expires, Shenanigans Ensue for all SOE Games, Forums, Websites

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

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UPDATE: As of about 6:05am PDT, NetworkSolutions.com is reporting Sony Online Entertainment owns SonyOnline.net again. SOE websites and games should start resolving properly for all customers around the world over the next few minutes/hours.
To refresh your DNS info, go to the Start menu, choose “Run…”. Type ipconfig /flushdns. Now relaunch your web browser and/or game launchpads.

Original article follows:

We are in the process of researching this issue, but it looks like the domain registration for the domain SonyOnline.net expired this morning, reverting back to being the property of NetworkSolutions. While SOE did not use the domain publicly, preferring SOE.com, the aforementioned domain contains all of the nameservers (ns2.sonyonline.net, ns4.sonyonline.net, ns6.sonyonline.net) which route users to SOE’s websites and forums, as well as connecting to its games.

For the last 20 minutes or so, we have been monitoring the situation. We’ve seen the forums and websites briefly become accessible before going dark again. It’s possible that conflicting DNS information is propagating out there, preventing users from reliably connecting to SOE’s websites, forums, and games.

It seems plausible that the expiration notices from NetworkSolutions have been going to an unread e-mail address at SOE for the last few weeks and NS finally decided to reclaim this one. The expiration for SonyOnline.net was set for 26-may-2014, while today, July 15th, is some 7 weeks later. That’s some grace period!

UPDATE: Although there don’t seem to have been any changes behind the scenes, SOE.com, EverQuest2.com, and other SOE websites all seem to be loading “domain parked” pages full of advertisements now.

UPDATE from EverQuest Next and Landmark Community Manager Colette “Dexella” Murphy who is likely in need of coffee at 5:30am PDT:

Another update at 8:30am PDT:

Further update from SOE President John Smedley admitting that the domain expiration e-mails were going to an unread account:

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Written by Caela on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds

From Bunji on the official forums

 

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Lore and Legend: Awakened Aerakyn is now available.

HOUSE ACTORS

  • House Actors will now save changes made to their greeting distances between loading and reloading a house.

ITEMS

PVP and BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Ethereal and Artifact weapons may be obtained via victory daily missions in Battlegrounds.
  • Ethereal and Artifact weapons now grant PvP statistics.

Bonus XP and “Gear Up! Level Up!” Extended!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

From the EQ2 Forums:

By: Margaret “Luperza” Krohn

Yesterday, on EverQuest II Insider, the EverQuest II Development Team announced that they are having a double experience weekend for All Access members from Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT until Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT! This will include adventure, AA and tradeskill experience. In the future, we’ll run more double bonus experience weekends of different types, so stay tuned!

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Also, the Development Team heard your cries for an extension on the much loved “Gear Up! Level Up!” goodness, so they have extended it throughout the month of July! This means it’ll end on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT, so take advantage of the offer while it lasts! What does this offer entail?

SOE Block Party July 25, 2014 during San Diego ComicCon

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From the SOE Forums:

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If you’ve ever attended San Diego Comic-Con before, you know just how crazy the entire weekend can be, and how welcomed any break from the madness is. For those attending SDCC for the first time this year, trust us when we say a chance to slow down and relax is quite appealing after a day on the show floor. Getting away from the crowds and noise, relaxing with friends, and imbibing an alcoholic beverage or two (if you’re of legal drinking age), is the recommended treatment for any weary con-goer according to me…SOE’s own Dr. Hats.

Update Notes: Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale’s Maw

  • New items in the Dreadscale’s Maw are now correctly usable by all classes.

DUNGEON MAKER

  • Fixed an issue related to experience gain.

ITEMS

  • Ethereal Scythes have been changed to crushing weapons.
  • [eq2u]Scythe of the Sun[/eq2u] is now a crushing weapon.
  • [eq2u]Warblister, Scythe of Fury[/eq2u] is now a crushing weapon.
  • Corrected a bug that was preventing the Greater and Superior Redemption of Failure from resurrecting allies outside of the targeted group.

QUESTS

  • A new shiny collection ? in Vesspyr Isles is no longer obscured by the giant flower blossom.
  • Cataloguing Vesspyr: Rage Infused – A Tumultuous Growth in Vesspyr Isles can now be seen by all players, as intended.

Double Etyma Extended Through July, Bonus XP Weekend July 11-13

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

From the just-finished EQ2Insider livecast (of which you can read our transcript here), Holly “Windstalker” Longdale confirmed two exciting bits of news. First, Double Etyma has been extended through the end of July. Second, the upcoming weekend will be a Bonus XP weekend from July 11 at noon until Sunday night at midnight.

Updated with tweet:

 

Transcript: EQ2Insider Developer Q&A – July 9, 2014 ~ 2:00pm

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

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EQ2Wire is providing a running transcript of today’s EQ2Insider Developer Q&A with questions posed by players on the EQ2 Forums, Facebook, Twitter, and even Google Plus. Present on the panel are EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 Game Designer Mike “Xelgad” Ganz, and EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee.

Today’s livecast started with a hilarious 2D animation of the Age’s End story thus far.

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Announcing the winners of the EQ2 summer contest.

After the jump, the Dev Q&A…

Reminder: EQ2Insider July Q&A TODAY (7/9/2014) 2PM PDT

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

From the EQ2 Forums:

Norrathians!

Don’t forget! Today (7/9/2014) from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT at Twitch.TV/ EverQuest2 we’ll be doing our LIVE July Q&A EverQuest II Insider episode! We’ve compiled your questions from the forums, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

Can’t make it? Don’t worry! It’ll be up on our YouTube shortly after, so be sure to subscribe to us over there!

On today’s show will be EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 Game Designer Mike “Xelgad” Ganz, and EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee.

Bug? Dungeon Maker Now Awards 1XP Per Mob

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

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UPDATE from Kander:

This was an unintentional change. We have a fix coming for it ASAP.

This will be fixed on Thursday.

We’re not sure if this is just a glitch or an intended change, but every mob killed in Dungeon Maker zones now awards just 1 XP regardless of level or difficulty. Frankly we’re surprised that enough people visit player-decorated dungeons to have noticed this, but we’ve received several reports and there is also an active thread on the forums.

SOE Trademarks The Altar of Malice and the Darkened Sea

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

According to a player who goes by Liched on the EQ2 Forums, SOE just registered two trademarks on July 2nd. One, The Altar of Malace, would seem to feed into an existing storyline in EverQuest related to Neriak. The other trademarkThe Darkened Sea — may be the name of the upcoming EverQuest II expansion, a whole other game, or just a red herring which doesn’t amount to a released product any time soon.

The next EverQuest II expansion, expected to be released this November, will raise the level cap to 100 (as per the EQ2 Insider webcast) and will have a strong dinosaur theme (as per last year’s EQ2 Art panel). The upcoming expansion is expected to add new overland areas built with the new terrain tool, as well as adding new dungeons , and raids.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 & Chat Server Maintenance

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • New Ethereal or Artifact weapons can now be found within Tears of Veeshan mission Crates.

GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where dev picks would temporarily disappear from the housing leaderboards.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Deathtoll

  • Cruor Alluvium’s Aqueous Attunement spell will now allow players to cast spells and use skills while moving.
  • Cruor Alluvium’s Waning Skill debuff will no longer trigger off of pet deaths.

Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale’s Maw

  • Several new accessories have been added to the treasure tables in Dreadscale’s Maw.
  • Bosses slain within the zone should now reward status.
  • Added map to zone.

New Loot Coming to Dreadscale’s Maw (Wing 3 of Temple of Veeshan)

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

From Kyle “Kander” Vallee on the EQ2 Forums:

So everyone knows, we are adding a good amount of new items to Dreadscale’s Maw. These will be similar in quality to the items we put in Deathtoll. Practiced and Uplifting effects, etc.

We are shooting to have this stuff in as soon as possible, we’ve been working on it for a couple weeks.

No solid ETA yet. Soon.

Happy 4th!

What Do You Think of Fabled Deathtoll?

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

It’s been just over a week since Fabled Deathtoll, a level 95 x4 raid zone opened in Norrath. While the zone and enemies may be familiar territory for Kingdom of Sky veterans, the boss battle strategies have gained a few twists. But perhaps most surprising about this revisited zone is the way loot is awarded. The EQ2 team seem to tried out several new approaches, and so far, the response has been mixed.

Instead of the typical drops off each named, certain names drop one-use recipe books that create powerful items. Other enemies drop new cyan-colored adornments. I won’t try to parse the entire structure of how loot works in the zone, but the official Fabled Deathtoll thread met an untimely end as the tenor of the feedback did not amuse the EQ2 moderation team.

The thread got a number of responses from the EQ2 design team. Indeed, just before the thread was closed, it earned this response from Kander pointing the way towards a number of corrective changes, some of which have already been patched into the game:

40% Rebate Off Entire EQ2 Marketplace (excl. Heroics & Expacs) — Also Holidays in July!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, StationCash

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From EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn on EverQuest2.com:

With the warmth of the sun and the blessing of Tunare, the EverQuest II Development Team brings you fun summer sales!

From July 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT until July 8th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT, all items except for Heroic Characters and Expansions will be available for a 40% rebate sale. This sale is available to all EverQuest II player (free and members). For those of you who are members, you’ll be provided an additional 10% rebate upon checkout!

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SOE Live 2014 Update – July 2, 2014

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

Linda “Brasse” Carlson has taken to Facebook to provide an update on some key points regarding this year’s SOE Live event in Las Vegas.

Confirmed: increased area of grand ballroom to accommodate 150 more Premium Passes. We will sell tickets online right up to event time (unless we sell out).

Confirmed: hotel has “increased nodes” in ballroom in an attempt to improve smart phone access – to be tested at the event! Initial tests by staff are positive, but huge numbers of people do weird things to cell reception.

Confirmed: Player Got Talent auditions to be accepted SOON – as in tomorrow. Start practising!

Confirmed: International attendees CAN participate in our awesome game tournaments this year!

Confirmed: EverQuest players lead the pack of 1542 people registered with 520 attendees, well in advance of second place EQII with 392.

Confirmed: Dead Carpet event, the Zombie Prom Party – we WILL have a zombie-themed drink special. I hope it does not contain gross lumpy or chunky bits.

WHUT ARE YE WAITIN’ FER? RETWEET THIS & SIGN UP NOW! ;-)#
https://www.soe.com/soelive

Better Cell Phone Service?

no-cell-phone-reception-in-house-200x300 Last year’s cell phone reception on the show floor was absolutely atrocious, amounting to a media blackout. This was not just an inconvenience for attendees. It cut off diehard players, fansites, and media who were all trying to Blog, Tweet, and post on Facebook on the most important weekend of SOE’s year. We were preventing us from getting the word out about EQNext, Landmark, Planetside 2, and SOE’s other properties. We’re cautiously hopeful that are happy to see a mention that cell phone service may be improved this year.

Windstalker: Producer’s Letter: July/August News & Updates

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Good day Norrathians!

We’re heading into summer and looking ahead to more entertaining updates and the expansion. Below I’m going to list the update plans like I did last month to keep you in the loop on what’s coming up!

For July, including this week:
•Status Point Merchant Updates: New items added
•Summer Ethereal weapons! And we’ll have Artifact versions of these too!
•Aerakyn Lore & Legend Quest
•Tinkerfest!
•Ages End: The Final Chapter (a X2 instance)

And in August:
•New Loyalty items
•Nexus Duo Challenge instance. (Also SOE Live week!)
•Moonlight Enchantments content additions
•Status Point XP Bonus Days

Windstalker: Double XP Soon, 40% Rebate StationCash Sale This Weekend

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events, StationCash

According to Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, this July 4th weekend will not see Double XP  as we’ve seen in past years (EQ is having one this year), however we will see a 40% rebate for selected StationCash items. Hopefully the sale will include “service” items such as Character Slots, Spell Research, Age of Discovery features like Mercenaries, or Server Transfers, but we’re not holding our breath.

From the EQ2 Forums:

No Double XP this weekend, but there will be one very soon ™. We have a big 40% sale this weekend. This is also the last weekend of the Gear Up, Get Ready where members are getting bonus XP. Just saying.

SOE Prepaid Game Cards (30 Days or 1500SC) 33% Off at Best Buy — July 2~5th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, StationCash

Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is now offering a $5 off promotion for Sony Online Entertainment’s 1500SC/30 day game cards. And unlike the Target offer, these Best Buy cards are available at the $10 purchase price either in stores or on Best Buy’s website. This deal is available today (July 2nd) through July 5th. From EverQuest2.com:

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Save $5 when you buy a $15 SOE Game Card at Best Buy stores from July 2-July 5!

SOE Maintenance Notice: July 2, 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, International (Pro7Sat1)

Tomorrow, July 2nd, SOE’s accounting, commerce, and forum and game logins will be offline for approximately 2 hours. We’re going to assume this is part of the ProSieben migration back to SOE. From the SOE forums:

Attention players: we will perform maintenance beginning at 6:00 AM PDT* on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take approximately two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

• Account management
• Commerce functions, including purchases
• Game, web and forum logins (between 6:30 and 7:00 AM)

The complete service window could last as long as four hours and may intermittently affect our services outside of the time frames above. Thank you for your patience!

*Convert to your local time

-SOE Community Team

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

All US EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on July 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET July 2nd, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • The city status merchants now have many new items for sale, including special house guests, as well as many upgraded adventuring items.
  • Consumables purchased from the status merchant are now stackable items.
  • Status merchants no longer require players to have a particular guild level or be in a guild to purchase their wares.

SOE Live 2014 Schedule Posted!

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

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Just in time for the last day of early bird SOE Live 2014 registration, the Official Schedule (minus Player Panels) has been posted! Realize that the schedule is subject to change. You may recall that the Events team moved heaven and earth last year to make sure that EQ, EQN/EQNL, and EQ2 had as few conflicts as possible with each other and panel panels.

So as of June 30, 2014, here are your tracks…

Selected “Everyone” Stuff

  • Thu @ 7:00-9:00pm – Welcome Reception and Keynote
  • Fri @ 8:00-11:30pm – Zombie Prom Party
  • Sat @ 10:00am – Geek Out with SOE Coders
  • Sat @ 1:00pm – Player Studio Panel #1
  • Sat @ 2:00pm – Player Studio Panel #2
  • Sat @ 8:00-11:00pm Grand Banquet and Costume Contest
  • Sun @ 10:00am – Dev Brunch

EverQuest II Track

  • Fri @ Noon-1:00pm – EverQuest II Keynote: Inside the 11th Expansion
  • Fri @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II Q&A #1
  • Sat @ 10:00am – The Art of EverQuest II
  • Sat @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II: Systems mechanics panel
  • Sun @ 1:00pm – EverQuest II Q&A #2

After the jump, EverQuest Next and Landmark…

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Your SOE Live Pass on June 30

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

From Colette “Dexella” Murphy on the EQ2 Forums:

Today is Monday, June 30, 2014. That means we’re only 45 Days away from this year’s SOE Live! Have you bought your passes yet? If you haven’t, here are the top 5 reasons you want to buy your pass TODAY.

#5 – It’s a good deal!
Right now, the Premium Pass to SOE Live is $149 for the entire weekend. That’s $149 for the banquet, the party, the costume contest, the tournaments, the live quests, and all the interesting panels! But it’s only $149 TODAY. Prices increase on July 1, 2014.

#4 – You can get your t-shirt mailed to you!
This year, we’ve partnered with J!NX to bring you the SOE Live t-shirt (which you can see and read about here). J!NX is offering to mail you your complimentary SOE Live event t-shirt, butonly if you register by July 1! Register today and skip the line at the event.

#3 – Three Words: Zombie. Prom. Party.
Our famous Friday Night bash is back with an undead twist this year. Dance the night away with a horde of zombies… Or, at least, a bunch of Developers, SOE Staff, and fellow event attendees that LOOK like zombies! Zombie costumes are highly encouraged for what is sure to be a memorable evening. (Please note, this event requires a Premium or Evening Pass, and all attendees MUST BE 21+).

SOE: Why Do We Patch When We Do?

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

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Ever wondered why SOE patches their games at 7:00am Pacific time? Planetside 2 producer David Carey took to the Planetside 2 reddit to answer this question. Keep in mind that his comments relate to Planetside 2, which patches its US and EU servers simultaneously. As we all know, EverQuest II either patches its EU servers simultaneously with US servers or on an ~18 hour delay, depending on whether the update includes new zones, crucial exploit fixes, or sometimes just the direction of the wind, etc.

I’ve seen this asked several times, and I’m not sure if we’ve ever given an official response. I know some the European players feel our downtimes are unfair (6 am local for us) and wonder why we do it. Trust us, the last thing we want is the game down during anyone’s prime playing times. But we have a few reasons for this time slot, and we actually spent a lot of time thinking about it. I doubt it’ll take the sting out of having the servers down, but maybe knowing why will help a little.

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