One Week to Vote for New Server Names — September 8-15

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


The time has come for EQ2 players on the US servers being consolidated to pick their new server names. An in-game poll is being conducted to let players make this important decision.

Crushbone/Oasis/Butcherblock denizens can choose from:

  • Maj’Dul
  • Poet’s Palace
  • Shimmering Citadel
  • Cleft of Rujark
  • Scornfeather’s Roost

Everfrost/Guk/Unrest denizens didn’t get a single one-word choice (what about Bonemire?):

  • Halls of Fate
  • Vault of El’Arad
  • Sanctum of the Scaleborn
  • Tenebrous Tangle
  • Palace of the Awakened

Freeport/Permafrost/Nagafen denizens got the most kickass choices by far:

  • Veeshan’s Peak
  • Chardok
  • Kor-Sha
  • Skyfire
  • Protector’s Realm

NOTE: Presumably, each account gets one vote per server. We’re not sure what happens in cases of different characters on different servers on the same account. Presumbly they’re different pollids so one account with characters on each of the affected servers would get ONE vote per server.

Daybreak Games Login Issues Last Night

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


Why are we reporting on a login server outage yesterday afternoon that’s already been resolved? Because communication on the forums was especially good this time around and we report good news too. Don’t worry though, the comments will make up for it.

EQ/EQ2 Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale and Community Manager Mepps (who normally tends the DCUO community) pitched in to keep players informed in a “Can’t Log in” forum thread, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

As a bonus, it was pointed out that the product specifications and marketing information for EverQuest II on the Steam Marketplace has not been updated in three years. Windstalker agreed that this needed to be updated pronto to include the last two expansions and other details.

Thanks for keeping an eye on things while the march towards EverQuest II’s twelfth expansion continues!

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 — Missing Guild Leader Voting!

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

No notice of the downtime, but here’s today’s update notes:


  • Added guild leader voting commands for leaderless guilds:
  • If you are a guild Officer, you may now use the command /initiate_guild_leader_vote to initiate the guild leader voting process if your guild does not currently have an active guild leader (no leader has not logged in within 60 days).
  • Anytime during the voting process, if a leader logs in they can cancel the voting process using the command /cancel_guild_leader_vote.

SilentCity: Delving Dead

  • The door should once again allow entrance on non-TLE servers.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Corrected issues that caused some cruxes to be taken without spawning the avatar.
  • A new Avatar will begin to make an appearance within the Precipice of Power! Brell Serilis will now spawn as a normal contested encounter! He will not require cruxes and will have a respawn timer once killed.

Katanallama’s EQII Game Macros, ACT Triggers, and YOU!

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

For the last three years, Player Panels have added another perspective to the expected Developer-led panels at the annual Fan Faire SOE Live conventions. Last year, an EQ2 player named Katanallama presented a standing room only (including two EQ2 devs) panel which cracked the code of EQ2 Macros and Advanced Combat Tracker triggers. The concepts can go deep, but he presents it in a way that any EQ2 player can grasp. During the panel there was a ton of great information shared and useful questions asked and answered. This video has now been posted on Youtube. Katanallama also posted a information-rich forum thread that further extrapolates on the concepts shown in the panel.

I’m sorry that it took me a year to get this video edited, produced, and uploaded. It does take about 10 hours of effort to get more complex videos with slides and transitions done and posted. There’s still one to go — the EQ2 Hardcore Decorating panel.


Bonus XP Weekend – September 5-7th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events


All day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this Labor Day weekend, All Access customers will get to enjoy 100% Bonus XP on non-TLE servers.
From the EQ2 Forums:

This weekend is a great time to be an All Access member! Why? Because you’ll get DOUBLE XP (Adventure, Tradeskill, AA) all weekend long! The Double XP bonus will turn on at 12:01AM PDT on Saturday, September 5th and will last three full days. This means you have until 11:59PM PDT on Monday, September 7 to fill up those XP bars!

The Double XP bonuses will be available for All Access members on all traditional servers. While the bonus will not be available on Stormhold and Deathtoll, there are still mighty adventures awaiting All Access members there. Remember, you must be a member to access those special servers.

Not a member yet? Now’s the time to sign up:

Kander: Altar of Malice Rare Drop Merchant Soon

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


From Kander on the EQ2 Forums:

Altar of Malice Rare Drop Merchant!

Coming soon! More info next week!

Short and sweet. Not that Kander is short. Or sweet. Unless you mean the colloquialism “sweeeeeet”.

He then added:

Going to say it right now. It will not include the ethereal weapons. Those effects will be readily available in expansion 12 on a new item tier. More info super soon.

Server Consolidation Naming Polls on Tuesday, Sept. 8

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings, intrepid Norrathians!

After our hotfix next Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, the servers being consolidated will find a poll delivered through in-game mail with the top 5 appropriate name suggestions for their new servers. The vote will last 1 week until we hotfix again the following Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The servers being consolidated will get their own naming polls based on themes assigned to them. We had a lot of great name suggestions that will be revealed Tuesday with the poll!

  • Butcherblock, Crushbone, and Oasis servers will get their own Desert of Flames-themed naming poll.
  • Everfrost, Guk, and Unrest will get their Kingdom of Sky-themed naming poll.
  • Freeport, Nagafen, and Permafrost will get the Ruins of Kunark-themed poll.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the naming suggestions. We will share the vote results on the afternoon of Sept. 15!

Both the Twitter and Facebook posts with this announcement included our infographic with credit given:


Still no date for the actual server merge consolidation. Presumably we’ll find out on September 15th or so.

Update Notes: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

TLE Servers

  • The ‘Restore Items’ tab on the character window is now available.

Altar of Malice [Raid]

  • Tserrina should once again cast her Malicious Shadows and Malicious Strife spells.
  • Ritual Keeper V’derin should more reliably cast his Rain of Malice ability.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Once spawned, avatars should now respawn if they sense they have not been defeated and reset for any reason.
  • Teleporters to avatar islands no longer deactivate when an avatar is engaged.


  • Flash Cast no longer references Empower Servant, as summoner pets no longer consume power when using abilities.


  • Enhance: Marisha Kur’s Blessing will now correctly enhance Marisha Kur’s Blessing.


  • Players can no longer flurry in PvP combat.
  • Players will now require more spell resists to reach the resistance cap in PvP combat.


  • Ensured all timed writs in the level 40 range for all crafting classes have no less than 3 parts and therefore will receive fuel cost reimbursement in 3 parts.


  • Insulated Warmers – The root of the World Tree has begun providing sap, once again.

EQ2 2015 Server Merge Detailed Answers and Naming Policy!

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If you only take away three pieces of information from today’s announcement spelling out the exact procedure and policies that will be followed in the forthcoming merger of ten EQ2 US servers into four, it’s these:

  • The 2015 EQ2 server merger will follow rules regarding name reservation similar to those used in prior merges. You won’t have to “race” or fight other players to reserve character names. You won’t have to call in sick or take off a vacation day. In other words, cooler heads have prevailed!
  • Every EQ2 character will be given a transfer token to move to another server within the 7 days after the merge happens. If you don’t like the server you get merged to, relax, you’ll be able to move to another server to go where the action is. Don’t expect everyone to move to Antonia Bayle — it will actually the smallest EQ2 US server after the mergers are complete. One thing you can expect — heavy Guild Recruitment during the free transfer period.
  • Everything will transfer over! The EQ2 team have been redoing the underlying database tech for EQ2 to make things like Cross-Server Dungeon Finder possible. As part of this work, there will be nothing lost during these Server Merges. That includes Mail, Banks, Guilds, Player-made Dungeons, etc. Nothing will be lost. There is no need to run around trying to corral resources

These are significant changes from the previous Upcoming Server Consolidations announcement.

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

We have been working toward our Server Consolidation plans and saw a lot of great questions and want to address as many as we can. Here you’ll find answers to the questions we could answer. We’ll update as we go!


Q: How is this server consolidation different than server merges of the past?

A: We’re not merging one server’s data into another. A consolidation means all characters from the designated origin servers are moved onto a new server.

Q: How will we be able to retain names if others have the same name?

A: In the event of duplicate character names during the consolidation, priority will be given to the character who has logged in to the game within the past sixty (60) days. If multiple characters have logged in within the past sixty (60) days, then the character which was created first will retain their name. Other same-named characters will have an “X” (or several) added to their names automatically until their name is unique. Each player that is auto-renamed this way will get a rename potion to change their name.

Neriak City Festival Returns (September 1-7)

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

city_festival_neriakIt’s time to stock up on blue marble – the Neriak City Festival returns to Darklight Wood from September 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.

Last month’s festival had new items, so check in with the merchants!

WHEN: 12:01am PT on September 1st – 11:59pm PT on September 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 | EQ2 Design Gallery

End of August LoN & XP Pot Marketplace Sale, LoN Pack Redeeming Issues

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


Legends of Norrath hasn’t had a development team at SOE/DGC for a couple of years now, and the LoN forums were blown away by RadarX earlier this year without explanation, however the game continues to have diehard fans (including EQ2Talk’s Dellmon). This weekend, a Marketplace sale is being held for Legends of Norrrath booster packs and bundles as well as XP and Vitality potions for EQ2.

One problem: Legends of Norrath players are running into an issue where they are blocked from redeeming more than a few Legends of Norrath card packs after having purchased them.

UPDATE: Windstalker is now personally looking into this issue of being blocked from redeeming packs:

It looks like our fraud detection software got a little overloaded with LoN redemption over the weekend and some folks may have been unfairly flagged as fraudulent claimers. Our CS Team is aware of the issue and will work on it asap.

From Daybreak Games Content & Social Media Manager Dexella on the EQ2 Forums:

Hail Norrathians!

The heat of summer is slowly beginning to dissipate. Before we know it, the rustle of leaves and the chill of Nights of the Dead will fill the air, and soon after, the jingle of Santa Glug’s sleigh will be heard…

But summer has not left us yet! And to savor the last bits of August, there is a SALE this weekend in the Marketplace.

From 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Friday, August 28, 2015 through 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Monday, August 31, 2015 the following will be available at deep discounts:

  • Legends of Norrath booster packs
  • Legends of Norrath booster bundles
  • XP Potions (including Vitality Potions on Stormhold & Deathtoll!)

EQ2 player Blade Parker reported the issue with being unable to redeem packs:

“You have been blocked from redeeming loot. Please contact support if you have any questions.”

I am receiving this error when trying to redeem my LoN loot. Is there any chance I can have my ticket addressed and be unblocked before the sale is over? I don’t really want to buy anymore if I’m not allowed to claim the loot. Thanks.

Alas Customer Service ticket response times are in the 5-7 days range, and all most of Daybreak Games’ Community team are currently in Seattle at PAX Prime, so there’s zero  little chance this will be resolved before the sale ends.

Poll Results: No Desert of Flames for TLE Servers in September

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Thanks to all on the TLE servers who participated!

DEATHTOLL: Voted “NO” on the expansion. The 2/3rds requirement was not met by a long shot.

STORMHOLD: Voted “NO” on the expansion. The 2/3rds requirement was not met by an even longer shot.

We will re-run the Desert of Flames Expansion vote again on Sept. 20 – 27 for one week!

Norrathian Vault Releases Bunch of $25 Mounts Until Sept 8th

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2

The Disney Norrath Vault is open and some 36 mounts which were previously only available from Legends of Norrath and other rare means are now available in the EQ2 Marketplace (most are also available on the Time-Locked Expansion servers) for just two weeks or until September 8th.

From the EQ2 Forums:

New Marketplace mounts are now available on all servers (INCLUDING the Time-Locked Expansion servers) for a limited time.


Look for these under the “Limited-Time Mounts” tab in the Marketplace. These can be purchased for 2499 Daybreak cash. Don’t hesitate, because all of these mounts will be retired to the Norrathian vault at noon PDT on Tuesday, September 8, 2015!

Which of these mounts are you most excited for?

Disappointed by a single screenshot? So were we, so we took screenshots of all of them….

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:


  • (Full Install only) For those having trouble validating an existing assetslib.vpl file on startup, you can now add ‘cl_force_paklib_create 1’ to your eq2.ini file to force re-creation of this file.

PvP General

  • Fixed a bug where some guards would get confused when pets start attacking Exiles.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Heart Stutter should no longer hit players outside the raid engaged with Cazic-Thule.


  • Fixed a crash issue related to Charm abilities [on Deathtoll PvP TLE server]
  • Focus Aim should no longer spam requires time locked server.


  • Chakram of Souls will now work correctly with thrown item abilities such as Mantis Star.


Former SOE/DGC CEO John Smedley to Start New Company

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary


In 1998, John Smedley co-founded Verant Interactive with current Daybreak Games CEO Russell Shanks. Riding on the overwhelming success of EverQuest, the company was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2000, which saw the company renamed to Sony Online Entertainment. Fast forward 15 years to February of this year: Sony Online Entertainment was sold to investment group Columbus Nova after a two month year search for a suitable buyer. In the American corporate world, it is standard practice that a CEO will typically remain with the company for a six month transition period after a buyout, upon which they depart with a healthy golden parachute. However a group of ne’er-do-wells based in Scandinavia Northern Europe had other plans.

One year ago, a group of “hackers” took SOE’s games offline for several days. They then proceeded to call in a bomb threat on a commercial airliner on which Smedley was a passenger, attempt murder-by-cop by SWATting his family, and otherwise invade his life by sharing personal and financial information about him and his family on the internet. After one of the responsible teenagers received a slap on the wrist by a Finland-based court with the equivalent of deferred adjudication probation, Smedley went on the attack, engaging in a very public spat with this individual (and the group) on Twitter, Facebook, and in the gaming and mainstream Press. This escalated into a media circus which led the group to once again attack Daybreak Games, bringing their games and web services offline for nearly 72 hours.

Last month, John Smedley stepped down from his position as CEO of Daybreak Games. We can only assume that this very public debate between Smedley and this group accelerated our purported six month transition timetable, leading CN to request an early departure. While the official press release released by Daybreak promised that he was “transitioning to a different role” within the company, his Facebook commentary on the departure posted on the same day, which I am not permitted to repost here due to Facebook etiquette preventing the publication of Friends-only posts, made it unambiguously clear that he was leaving the company for good.

John Smedley is clearly restless as, less than a month into his unexpected vacation, he has updated his Facebook profile teasing the formation of a new company:


Few CEOs are universally loved, and John Smedley has certainly instilled powerful emotions in his customers. It will be interesting to see what the next phase will be.


EverQuest II “Prison Server” Draws Widespread Media Attention

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The announcement that EverQuest II will experiment with banishing players for cheating or other egregious bannable offenses to a “prison server” has been met with mixed reactions. Some have described the idea as bold and a potential money maker as well as providing a petri dish for game bugs and exploits to be discovered and fixed. Others have derided the plans as a waste of development resources. Some went so far as to describe it as the “dumbest idea ever”.

UPDATE! CNN Money has now picked up the story. We’re up to 21 media sites covering this news:

Now it looks like the joke may be on those naysayers. In exchange for a few hours of development time and the relatively low cost of additional server space, this announcement has garnered unprecedented media attention and coverage from no less than a dozen major gaming news sites!

It is my understanding that the “prison server” has been idea in discussion for years and that it was intended to solve a real problem. According to Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Executive Producer for EQ and EQ2, this was not a publicity stunt. It’s certainly possible that marketing wasn’t involved in this at all.

Update Notes: Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

US Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~10:00pm PDT | 12:00~1:00am EDT | 05:00~06:00 BST | 06:00~07:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums (posted today at 12:30pm PDT):


  • Players may now claim [eq2u]a D’Morte insignia band[/eq2u] from the entrance to The D’Morte Burial Chambers if they do not currently possess one.
  • Players may now claim [eq2u]a darkened azure shard[/eq2u] from a gnollish terraporter if they do not currently possess one.


  • Players may once again visit published houses from anywhere.


  • Darkruned Blood Iron armor now has both str andwis.


Still Having Launchpad Issues? Solutions Inside

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

Yesterday, the EverQuest II launchpad was updated. This caused numerous issues but most were resolved and most players are now able to connect. If you’re still having issues, here are some further solutions:

Q: You get a black screen when you open the Launchpad. Now what?

A: From Caith on the EQ2 Forums:

Open Start -> Settings -> Control Panel > Internet Options
Click on the Advanced tab on the far right.
Scroll down the Settings pane to Security.
Enable the “Do not save encrypted pages to disk” setting.
Make sure “Use TLS 1.0” is checked.

Again you should only apply these changes if you are getting a black screen. I do NOT personally have these settings checked and am able to play EQ2 just fine. I’d even suggest reverting these changes after you get EQ2 to successfully patch once.

The Prison Server Experiment — Drunder

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HMS Jersey Prison Ship circa 1782

From Windstalker on the EQ2 Forums:

Good day Norrathians!

We are very busy here on the EQII team and we have something coming up we wanted to make you aware of — a little experiment.

Later this week we plan to release a server we are calling “Drunder,” which is a “prison server.” What does that mean, exactly? Ultimately, players who are caught breaking our rules and disrupting EQ2 live server gameplay will be flagged for this server, and no others — ever. Characters on these accounts will be copied to Drunder (the “prison server”) and can never leave or transfer to another server.

This is a server our Customer Service Game Masters have requested over the years in order to manage disruptive players. They will determine who goes there. As gamers, we recognize there are some players who like to step outside our rules.

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

Upcoming Server Consolidations – Vote on YOUR New Server Name!

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

We have more details now about the upcoming Server Consolidation for EQ2 live servers, specifically which servers are merging where. To avoid confusion or “TL;DR”, we’ve prepared this handy guide to exactly what the server landscape will look like after this change:

(updated on October 6th with the new server names)

There’s no word on how character names will be reserved, as that is probably still being hammered out, but the most notable news today will likely be that Nagafen is merging into Freeport and Permafrost. This is not really surprising given how few players were logged in even at peak hours (maybe 30-40?). Deathtoll has shown that PvP can be very popular in EQ2, if the ruleset is right and there are limits on travel convenience.

Here’s the announcement from Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Launchpad Issues Prevent Patching, Accessing EQ2 – August 18th UPDATED WITH FIX

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

We’ve got another UPDATE from EQ2 Technical Director Jenn Chan:

Update: The fix is currently being pushed out for this issue. Also some more information from the LaunchPad team.

LaunchPad will automatically update itself and when doing that there are a few things to call out:

- Launchpad will lose the saved information for “Remember Me” username and password. It will also lose the saved locale (this data was cookied in the old LP4). Once the old launchpad has been updated to the new version, you can re-set these options.
- We are not moving any of the file locations for current users so if they used the default location, the game files will still be in the \Sony Online Entertainment folder.
- If you were previously set to “Full Download” you will need to re-enable that once LaunchPad has updated. If you do not have the “Full Download” option then you were previously running the “Full Download Only” version will automatically stay in “Full Download”.

In short:

  • Your Logins/Passwords/Accounts have been forgotten by the Launchpad. You’ll need to reenter them.
  • Your launcher may have been switched from Full Download to Streaming. If so, click on Game Version and choose “Full Download”, close, and reopen the launcher. Otherwise you’ll download the entire 18GB game again.

Original article appears after the jump…

TLE Adventure Pack Poll Results and Upcoming Expansion Vote

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

Believe it or not, it’s almost time for the first vote for whether the first EQ2 expansion “Desert of Flames” will go live next month or be held back. Players already voted on the first two Adventure Packs “Splitpaw” and “Bloodline Chronicles” and they will go live this August 20th. Remember it’s a Time-Locked Expansion Server, so it’s up to popular vote for how quickly the server progresses, not one raid guild clearing content.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Good day, Stormhold and Deathtoll inhabitants!

I’ve received a lot of questions about the shape of things to come on the TLE servers, so here’s a few answers.


We sent out a vote for the Adventure Packs — “Splitpaw” and “Bloodline Chronicles” – asking if you’d like us to release them before the first expansion release, Desert of Flames. The final tally was YES with 80% of the votes.

Both of the Adventure Packs will release this Thursday, August 20 during an update and will be live approximately 9am PDT.

Update Notes: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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

US & EU Servers: 7:00~8:00am PDT | 10:00~11:00am EDT | 15:00~16:00 BST | 16:00~17:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:


  • Fixed an issue where renaming a guild would revert after a server restart.

TLE General

  • Fixed an issue where players could visit published houses from anywhere.


  • Villainy – Corrected a bug that granted more mitigation than intended below level 80.


  • Hunter’s Instinct – Corrected a bug that granted more mitigation than intended below level 80.

VentureBeat: It’s Hard to Keep Secrets From EQ2 Players — Unraveling the Isle of Refuge and Far Journey Boat Tutorial

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

Popular tech blog VentureBeat has dropped a lengthy interview with members of the EverQuest II team to retrace how the Isle of Refuge newbie zone and Far Journey boat tutorial were resurrected, and then the ensuing shenanigans as the team tried to maintain the secret even as players stumbled upon more clues that what had once been deemed “impossible” was in fact going to launch just hours later.

While it was a team effort, ultimately we have EQ2 designer Carlos “Gninja” Mora to thank for performing archaeology on parts of EQ2 that hadn’t been seen in eight years, and for then recognizing that what at first seemed to be insurmountable roadblocks preventing the zones from running properly could be fixed. Months of hard work by a dedicated group (most of the EQ2 team has continued working full blast on this fall’s Campansion) led to an overwhelmingly successful launch of two Time-Locked Expansion Servers for PvP and PvE. We’ll never have the game as it was at launch, and how many would truly want that (spirit shards and subcombines anyone?), however enough changes and limits have been applied that thousands of characters have been created and played on the new TLE servers just in the last few weeks.

Without further ado, a few quotes from the VentureBeat article, which is a great read and can be found here:


Game companies don’t often get to play a happy trick on their customers.

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