Server Downtime: Thurs, March 19 @ 7AM PDT

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No update notes yet, but… From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 4:00AM London Time on March 20, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 5:00 CET am 20.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 5:00 CET le 20-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera

Chronoportals (EQ Anniversary Event) Returns to EQ2 March 19 til March 26th!

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EverQuest just celebrated its 16th anniversary and for the last few years, that’s meant celebrations not only in EQ but in EverQuest II by way of the Chronoportals event. From the EQ2 Forums:

Portals to the Age of Turmoil have, once again, opened up in Antonica, Enchanted Lands, Thundering Steppes, Steamfont, Lavastorm, Sinking Sands, Feerrott, and Moors of Ykesha. Will you adventure through these portals to investigate them?

The Chronpportals event starts at 12:01AM PDT on Thursday, March 19, and ends at 11:59PM PDT on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

New features for 2015

  • New Quest – Hunt the Past
  • Seek out Tazstra K’Rzheett in the Commonlands. What does this suspicious character desire?
  • Erben and Distun Delki, the Chronoportal merchants, have three new paintings available:
    • Hidden in the Mists
    • Beasts of Cazic-Thule
    • Entering Unrest

For more information about this event, check out some of our fan sites! Zam has a great Chronoportal write up on their site.

From EQ2 ZAM:

Celebrate the original EverQuest’s anniversaries with special in-game events in EverQuest II! Portals to a time ages ago have opened across Norrath. Adventure, intrigue and a flashback to the days of yore await those brave enough to enter the chronoportals!

Nagafen Database Migration: Thurs, March 19 @ 2AM PDT [12 Hr Downtime]

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This is it boys and girls! EverQuest II has begun migrating to EDB, and the first server up is Nagafen. If all goes well, then presumably we’ll start see the other servers migrate. From the EQ2 Forums:

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The Nagafen server will be brought offline on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific* for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

and from HollyWindstalkerLongdale on Twitter:

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 00:00AM London Time on March 18, 2015). Estimated downtime is two hours.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue causing NPC name plates to flicker when using the Simple(Frames) selection under Name and Chat Bubble.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Corrected an issue that prevented NPC’s Wrath III from activating in many cases.

Ossuary: Cathedral of Bones [Raid]

  • Ritual Keeper V’derin’s damage spread and growth has been adjusted.

EQ2 Talk #78 – Rumors of Our Demise

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This Saturday, EQ2Talk listeners with a Podcast RSS feed setup on their iDevice, Android, etc. may have experienced a bit of a shock as the first new episode in over six months rolled out to their devices! There’s been a lot of history since their last episode, including an expansion (Altar of Malice), a company in transition, and layoffs. Dellmon and Osgz recorded this episode just prior to PAX East and now from the snow-capped mountains of Boston, it’s time for EQ2Talk episode #78!

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Rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated. Dellmon and Osgz finally once again sit down to talk about many of the events that have transpired in the world of Everquest II during their near seven month podcasting hiatus. They discuss and debate some of the biggest happenings in Norrath ranging from the introduction of Grandmasters, to launch of the latest expansion, Altar of Malice, to the rewards from live events like Frostfell and Erollisi Day. And even with all that on their agenda, they still manage to find room for some Disney princess talk.

Click here to listen to Episode 78

EQ2 Team Working to Nuke Unusual In-Game Plat Spam

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Update from Gninja on the EQ2 Forums this morning:

This should be resolved. Let us know if you continue to see this sort of spam happening and not clear up quickly. Thanks for your patience!

EverQuest II’s chat spam filter is so effective that when it was first activated years ago, 99.999% of spam vanished within minutes.  Developed by Nandy “Zoltaroth” Szots while he was on the EQ2 team, his Bayesian Spam Filter nearly eliminated spam in SOE games and was also released as a white paper for other companies who wished to adopt it on the theory that if all games block most spam, it would no longer be profitable for such sites to exist. In the intervening years that the filter has been in effect, plat spam has been extremely rare and quickly eliminated through tuning of the algorithm. 

For reasons unknown, possibly due to a recent change to whitelist “Daybreak Games” from being caught by the spam filter, a surprising amount of plat-selling spam has been getting through in the last few weeks. The vast majority of it is from one website — MMOCove. While it’s the policy of the official forums not to mention such sites, we’re under no such obligation.

I’ve personally expressed my opinion through the official e-mail (Yes it’s a Hotmail — lol!) of their website and I encourage other players to do the same. Tell em what you really feel about having to see this nonsense in your chatrooms night after night:

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And according to a post by Kander last night, we won’t have to endure this crap much longer as the EQ2 team are aware of it and already working on a solution:

We’re working on a fix for the filter guys. Shouldn’t be too long.

The Reward for Beta Testing Gets Even Sweeter

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From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re working hard on database changes for EQ2, and we need your help to make sure they’re awesome! To encourage people to help us, we’ve upgraded the stats on the Blessed Sokokar mount people get as a reward for helping us. This upgrade will go to anyone who has received a Bless Sokokar in the past, and anyone that helps us on the beta server.

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Starting today and running until Monday, March 16 at 11:59AM PDT, we could really use your help again on the beta server. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

Forum Update — Friday March 13, 2015

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From RadarX on the EQ2 Forums:

Attention Players!

We will be performing forum maintenance Friday, March 13. While we do not anticipate any downtime, you may notice your posting permissions have changed. After this maintenance is complete, you will need to have logged in to the game on the account you’re posting from in order to post or reply on the forums.

If you have logged into the game and are unable to post, you may need to log out of the forums and back in again. If you still are unable to post, please contact your Community Manager.

Players were understandably confused about the details and reasoning for this change and took to the EQ2 forums to ask questions and express concerns. First, this change does not require you to be constantly logged into EQ2 to use the forums, or even on the same day. From RadarX:

You don’t have to be logged in to the game to use the forums, you just have to have logged into the game somewhat recently (Months and Months ago). If someone hasn’t ever played EverQuest 2 and is posting here, I’m not sure what to say besides “We’ll miss you! Please play EverQuest 2!”

On Test: Bristlebane Day feedback and bugs 2015

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Another week, and another live event is now on Test awaiting testing and feedback! Maybe we need to space these events out a little bit before we kill senior designer and event wrangler Nathan (Kaitheel), mmmkay? ;)

From the EQ2 Forums:

Bristlebane day is active on Test!

Jesters, thieves, bards and fans of mischief, alike, are encouraged to enjoy the Bristlebane Day festivities in your city or elsewhere! You never know what laughs and pranks await you during these holy days honoring Fizzlethorpe Bristlebane, The Grand Prankster. Princess Evelynn has a lofty challenge in Sinking Sands, while other celebrators, like Rakshatta, can be found in the Enchanted Lands. She is excited about the arcane patchwork creatures seen roaming Antonica, The Commonlands, Darklight Wood, Timorous Deep, Greater Faydark and Frostfang Sea. You can get more involved by crafting your very own items in celebration of this wonderful holiday. Visit your local tradeskill house to purchase these special recipes!

Last Weekend’s EQ2 DB Beta Test Extended

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EQ2 Developer Jamiss, who has been trudging the lonely path of migrating a 10 year old MMORPG (EverQuest II) to a new database language, has posted some reflections and updates to this last weekend’s Beta test of the upcoming database changes. If you were able to get into beta and you managed to get 250 updates from killing mobs in overland zones, you got an achievement which awarded a [eq2u]Blessed of Veeshan Reward Bundle[/eq2u] on your live character.

Bugs are expected in any beta test, but many players were unable to even get into the beta due to graphical glitches or extremely rough performance of 1 frame per second. Mid-weekend, a server reboot prevented further updates on the Achievement needed to award the mount. Suffice it to say, a few folks had to step away from their keyboards and let out their frustrations, but we need to remember that this is the first of several beta tests before these changes go live. For players who have limited play time, spending it on beta may not be a good choice. However for those who are able to chip in and test things, their contributions are greatly appreciated. Remember that the goal of these database changes is improved performance and very cool things like cross-server dungeon finder.

Unscheduled Patch for EQ2 US and EU Servers to Fix Harvesting

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Today’s ever-so-briefly-tested Harvesting changes (the addition of new rares for Mastercrafted Food/Drink and new Primordial Adornments) needed a little more time in the oven. So in a few minutes, US-based EQ2 servers will be going down for an update. Later, EU servers will receive the same patch.

Update: US Servers seem to be back online!

New Primordial Adornments, Amalgamations, and You

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An addition to the StationCash Marketplace today has the Pay-to-Win spidey senses tingling, so rather than having a knee-jerk reaction, let’s break things down and see just where these new Primordial Adornments fall, talk about how desirable they are, and look at just how costly it is to acquire them through gameplay vs. the marketplace.

With today’s update, new Primordial Adornments have been added at every tier, with their power scaling to the player’s level. They aren’t like Green adornments (ie Spirit or Soulstones) which gain experience from adventuring. What’s unique about these adornments is not that they exist, but they are NO TRADE and require a very special rare component called a ‘primordial fragment’.   The level 95 one is the [eq2u]effulgent primordial fragment[/eq2u].

Qualified adorners can make 10 new adornments:

Zone Crashes After March 10th Update

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We saw the introduction of some new harvestables today for the new Primordial level-scaling white adornments, and for new Mastercrafted food and drink recipes. Some of these components are also available from the Marketplace, but they are also harvests from out in the world.

We’re working on a more detailed article, but first, players have been reporting zone crashes since today’s update. From Holly on Twitter:

We are looking into the terrain zone crashes since our update. Seems related to new harvestables. We’ll update you as we learn more. #eq2

Update: For the time being, overland harvest nodes are being removed from Altar of Malice zones until the problem can be resolved. This is being discussed on the EQ2 Forums.

On Test: Chronoportals 2015

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We missed this one last week but the Chronoportals event, which marks the anniversary of the launch of the original EverQuest, is on Test with some new content! From the EQ2 Forums:

The Chronoportal Phenomenon event is now active on Test!

Portals to the Age of Turmoil have, once again, opened up in Antonica, Enchanted Lands, Thundering Steppes, Steamfont, Lavastorm, Sinking Sands, Feerrott, and Moors of Ykesha. We need you to investigate them. And keep watch for a suspicious character witnessed within the Commonlands near several chronomages there. We know not what he desires.

New features for ’15!

  • New Quest – Hunt the Past
  • Erben and Distun Delki, the Chronoportal merchants, are selling three new EverQuest Paintings
    • Hidden in the Mists
    • Beasts of Cazic-Thule
    • Entering Unrest

This event content is currently set to run 03/19/2015 at 12:01 AM PDT time until 03/26/2015 at 11:59 PM PDT time on the live servers, with the event merchants remaining until 04/02/2015 at 11:59 PM PDT time.

Update Notes: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 & 4 Hour Downtime

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is four hours.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at approximately 4:00AM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 11:00AM London Time on March 10, 2015). Estimated downtime is four hours.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 12:00 CET am 10.03.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 4 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 12:00 CET le 10-03-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 4 heures.

and from the EQ2 Forums, in addition to the usual types of fixes, it looks like a new type of scaling White Adornment is coming out which will be crafted with materials from super-rare nodes or a satchel purchased from the Marketplace. We’re not going to jump to any conclusions until we see the mechanic of how this all works. Not surprisingly, Dethdlr, who just spent weeks redoing his Adornment Calculator, is now having a conniption fit.

Full update notes after the jump…

Here Come The Ducks!

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If the idea of cow, bunny, and duck mounts shatters your idea of “canon” or high fantasy, you might want to look away. However if you’ve been looking for a hilarious break from the recent gloomy news, strap in because the feathers are about to fly!

We don’t want to cause a flap, but a sneak preview of the 3 varieties of upcoming duck mount have been posted to Facebook.

Sunday Afternoon Login Issues

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About 20 minutes ago, Daybreak Games login servers started freaking out. Daybreak’s on it and they’ve already posted an update on Twitter for those who can’t reach the forums:

Antonia Bayle Server Maintenance: Sat, March 7 @ 4AM PST

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As part of the EQ2 team’s OS upgrades to their servers in preparation for the database upgrades, the Antonia Bayle server will be undergoing maintenance tomorrow morning. From the EQ2 Forums:

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The Antonia Bayle server will be brought offline on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00AM Pacific* for server maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for approximately four hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest II forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: March 7 @ 4:00-8:00am
  • EST: March 7 @ 7:00~11:00am
  • GMT: March 7 @ 12:00~16:00
  • CET: March 7 @ 13:00 ~ 17:00

Dethdlr’s Adornment Calculator Rises From the Ashes!

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In 2011, Dethdlr launched his powerful Adornment Calculator for EQ2. Not only did this tool allow players to see all the adornments applicable to their equipment slots, but it also enabled them to pick their desired adornments in white, red, and yellow and then produce a shopping/crafting list of everything needed to craft, earn, and buy those adornments! The development of the Adornment Calculator also fostered a partnership between Feldon and Dethdlr that eventually led to the development of EQ2U.

Dethdlr’s Adornment Calculator v2

Because Adornments in EQ2 can come from so many different zones and places, and because crafting them requires a variety of tokens, components, and specialty fuels, trying to keep them all straight without some kind of Excel spreadsheet or website is all but impossible. This complexity is ultimately what motivated Dethdlr to come back and resurrect the calculator. So after four years and much prodding, Dethdlr has gone back to a white piece of paper and rewritten the Adornment Calculator for a new era of White, Purple, and Cyan adornments. It’s not only been built from the ground up, but it is now database-driven, solving one of the biggest problems with the original version. The new calculator can be extended as new adornments, colors, and types are added.

Beta Test EQ2 Database Changes This Weekend and Earn a Mount!

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The EQ2 programmers have been hard at work transitioning the databases responsible for running EverQuest II to EnterpriseDB. This is a huge undertaking but with significant benefits for the game’s developers and EQ2 players alike. The main thing we’ll see added as a result is Cross-Server Dungeon Finder sometime this year. Hopefully we’ll also see performance improvements on large characters with a lot of housing and other data. But in the meantime, the EQ2 team need our help Beta testing the ordinary stuff like grouping, housing, dungeon lockouts, the broker, and guild functionality to make sure that everything is working as it should. This is one of those thankless jobs where, if everything goes perfectly well, nobody will notice anything!

I know we’ve had a spate of frustrating news in the last few weeks, but please do login and spend some time testing things out on Beta. In the process you’ll get a flying mount!

From the EQ2 Forums:

We’re working hard on database changes for EQ2, and we need your help to make sure they’re awesome!

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Starting today and running until Monday, March 9 at 11:59AM PST, we could really use your help on the beta server. You can use our Beta Copy feature by typing /beta on a character you want to copy.

UTSD: Game Developer Daybreak Trims 140 Workers

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At the risk of dwelling on bad news, we now have some solid verifiable numbers on last month’s layoffs at Daybreak Games. This news is also up on MassivelyOP. Some excerpts from the San Diego Union-Tribune article:

The new owners of the former Sony Online Entertainment video game studio have laid off 140 workers from its San Diego operation.

New York investment firm Columbus Nova acquired Sony Online Entertainment – the maker of EverQuest, PlanetSide 2 and other multiplayer online computer games – in early February for an undisclosed price. The studio was renamed Daybreak Game Co. and now operates as an independent game developer.

The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) document with the California Employment Development Department that revealed 140 workers were let go in San Diego, with the effective termination date April 13.

Daybreak Spokeswoman Michele Cagle declined to say how many workers remain at the San Diego location, but added the company still has a significant workforce in the city. When asked how many workers were let go in Austin, Cagle declined to comment.

It is also our understanding that a voluntary severance package was offered (bizarrely after the layoffs), with the most prominent departures being Matt Higby, Creative Director of Planetside 2 and Joe Shoopack, Director of Artistic Development for SOE. It’s possible these voluntary departures may have allowed some of those laid off to come back under different employment terms.

EQ2 Server Performance Issues a Priority

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, here is an update about instability and lag spikes on the EQ2 game servers over the last few weeks:

Howdy Norrathians,

We are digging into the server performance issues that you are reporting which devs are also seeing during play times. We will be adding new logs in addition to ones we are reviewing now to track some specific server issues based on your feedback. (We’re kinda digging into everything, really.)

This is a high priority.

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

EverQuest II Forums Undergo Streamlining — Guide, Fan Site, Lore, RP, Off-Topic, and PvP Forums Closed

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The EverQuest II forums have undergone streamlining today, with the archiving of the following forums:

The PvP & Battlegrounds forums going away is not a surprise, as EQ2 lost our last dedicated PvP developer with the August 2013 layoffs. Although I’ll receive much rage and hate for saying it, I believe that at this point, further PvP/Battlegrounds development is an unaffordable luxury. The EQ2 team is down from 60 staff in the Kunark days to a quarter of that now and it’s just not realistic to expect continued development for the remaining percentage of the playerbase.

However as someone who has administrated successful forums for 12 years, I find the choice of the other forums being shuttered to be completely baffling by any logic I can think of.

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