Gear Up, Level Up #1: October 7-14, 2016

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

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From EverQuest2.com:

Gear Up, Level Up has returned to Norrath! Gear Up, Level Up is when special weekly bonuses are available to be found throughout your adventures as you prepare for the upcoming expansion, Kunark Ascending. 

Beginning at 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 7, 2016, ALL players (not just members!) will be able to get TRIPLE ETHEREAL COINS during this final week of the Summer Ethereals event!

That’s right: Summer Ethereals end next Friday, along with this bonus promotion! So, make sure you participate before 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, October 14, 2016,because that’s when both the Summer Ethereals event and the triple coin bonus end!

Nights of the Dead Creeps Back to Norrath!

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

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Nights of the Dead is creeping into Norrath and this year the merchants are stocked up with new goodies (which Niami has pictures of over on EQ2 Traders). Previous quest content and achievements make their return, and crafters now have a new recipe book to spook their house guests with. There is one new collection this year, but no new quests or achievements.

Stormhold (TLE) will enjoy its first full live event! Nights of the Dead will be activated on the server, with the exception of the Headless Horseman.

The event runs from 12:01am PT on Thursday, October 6, 2016 (3:01am ET) and concludes at 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (2:59am ET on Nov 3rd). The event was extended one day (originally scheduled to end Nov 1) after starting late.

UPDATE: There were some cobwebs in the way, but as of 1:30pm ET, NotD is live!

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

Quests Miscellaneous Collections
Charnel Hollow Achievements A Swinging Wake
Ghost Hunter Costume Illusions Crunchy Candied Crickets
Hedge Hollow Creepy Candy Deadly Remnants
Haunted Mansion Recipe Scrolls Frightful Fabric
McQuibble Farm Vendor Locations Ghoulish Masks
Haunted House The Great Haunt
Guide Quests The Hedge Hollow

The pieces for the new collection can be found in pairs within the main cities (Qeynos/Freeport, Kelethin/Neriak, and Halas/Gorowyn), as well as a pair on the beach around the dock in Nektulos Forest. Look in festive areas where there’s NotD celebrators. Sometimes the shinies may give you holiday candy instead of a collection piece.

Daybreak Games Throws in Towel on Physical Game Cards

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From DaybreakGames.com:

Hey Daybreak fans!

For the past year, we have sold Daybreak game cards in select U.S. retailers (Walmart, Target, GameStop, Toys R Us, and Best Buy). We have decided not to continue selling the physical game cards in stores; instead, Daybreak Cash (and/or All Access Membership), will be available in digital-only formats, direct from Daybreak on the web or in-game.

Daybreak game cards will no longer be available at U.S. retailers beginning the week of September 26, 2016. If you have a purchased Daybreak game card that you have not yet redeemed, you will still be able to redeem it on line.

Have questions? Read our FAQ below!

 

Update Notes: Tuesday October 4, 2016

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers

From the EQ2 Forums:

ZONE POPULATION / PROGRESSION
Veeshan’s Peak [Raid]
Adjusted Silverwing’s script to account for charmed targets in regards to memwipes.

BATTLEGROUNDS
Fixed a bug that allowed some players to enter with a mount activated.
Handcrafted food and drink no longer give blue stats in Battlegrounds.

ITEMS
Fixed the DPS amount on several Rise of Kunark era weapons.

Qeynos City Festival Returns (October 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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It’s time to grab some white marble – the Qeynos City Festival returns to Antonica from October 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Qeynos Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 134 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Bridge Buzzer title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on October 1st – 11:59pm PT on October 7th
WHERE: Antonica, outside North Qeynos, /loc 6, -14, -61
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Kunark Ascending Livestream: Weds, Oct 5 @ 10AM PDT

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

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* artist’s conception of the expansion logo

From the EQ2 Forums:

The EverQuest II: Kunark Ascending expansion stream will start on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 10AM PDT* and we would like to invite YOU to join us!

We’ll be doing this stream from Facebook Live, and you can tune in here:  www.facebook.com/EverQuest2

This day will be full of information on the upcoming expansion. Join us for the stream, and log into Facebook to chat with us and other players!

Looking for some advanced info? Check out the Producer’s Letter from Holly talking about what’s coming up for EverQuest II.

We look forward to hanging out with you on Wednesday, October 5, and sharing the details from the upcoming expansion!

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: October 5 @ 10:00am
  • EDT: October 5 @ 1:00pm
  • BST: October 5 @ 18:00
  • CEDT: October 5 @ 19:00

Update Notes: Tuesday September 27, 2016 — RESOLVED

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

EverQuest II is now back online after an extended downtime of four hours. — 2:00pm EDT

Original notice:

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

DNS Issues Catch up With Daybreak Games — Workarounds to get Back in the Game!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

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Remember in 2014 when SOE missed renewing the main DNS server for all of SOE’s websites including EverQuest2.com? This resulted in thousands of SOE customers becoming unable to reach any of the company’s websites. Now it seems a similar situation is once again striking Daybreak Games, this time due to the continued use of the deprecated “Station.Sony.com” domain.

Despite the company’s transition from Sony Online Entertainment to Daybreak Games two years ago, the game Launchpads and in some cases the game clients themselves (such as EverQuest2.exe) still make extensive reference to station.sony.com or even soe.com. It seems that today, an employee of Sony USA said “What’s this do?” and blew away the DNS entries that were allowing this wrong setting to still work.

The cryptic error message “There was a problem getting the list of files for download. An update may be in progress. Please try again in 20-30 minutes.” is covering up the problem.

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There are two workarounds, credit to Brummy for providing us the details

September 26th — “An update may be in progress” Error

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

Certain players of Daybreak games trying to start the Launchpad this morning have been receiving this error:

Launchpad Error
An error has occurred locating the files available for download. An update may be in progress. Please try again in 20-30 minutes.

This is being discussed on two different forum threads:

It seems the Ops team is aware of the issue as Domino posted this news about Landmark:

Fabled Nizara Metacollection Reward Will Get Buffed

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Itemization

The reward for completing all the collections in Game Update 101′s Fabled Nizara has received a less than enthusiastic response from players.  The item, Misstress Zhvari’s Sash of Station, has rather low stats given the difficulty of acquiring it.

In the new EQ2 Discord chat which was opened yesterday, Kander had this response:

we’ll have it fixed next update. It should have 10 fervor and we upped the resolve and some other stuff, and now they are Fabled.

Join the EverQuest II Discord chat

EverQuest II Now Has a Discord Chat Server

Written by Feldon on . Posted in DGC Wants Feedback, EQ2

Players are always looking at methods to keep in communication with developers. Of late, the forums have been less than successful at serving that mission. Community has tried different things, including engaging us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, however these social media platforms haven’t been adopted as much as they have in other games. Connecting the player community to the developers is something I am hugely in favor of and some methods have been more successful than others. I thought the old EQ2 ZAM Question & Answer sessions did rather well.

Yesterday, a new EverQuest II chat server was launched on Discord, which is a service available in your browser as well as through mobile apps that features both text and voice chat. It is independent of Daybreak Games and will be staffed by volunteer moderators and members of the EQ2 team. So far, Discord has been incredibly successful on other Daybreak games.

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Things to expect:

  • Developers aren’t going to talk about things they’re working on that are still in the planning stage.
  • We aren’t going to be strict about “off-topic” discussion. If need be, we’ll create more subchannels for specific topics, including possibly an #offtopic channel if there is strong interest.
  • It’s hoped we’ll have regularly scheduled Question & Answer sessions.
  • If you attack developers or are extremely negative, you’re going to be shown the door.
  • If you prefer Forums, E-mail, or other forms of communication with Daybreak, nobody is saying you can’t continue to use that.

You may be asking if Community is already stretched so thin, why add yet another form of communication beyond Facebook, Twitter, Forums, E-mail, and In-Game chat? The answer is that this is an a third-party site that will be a shared effort between different people.

Join the EverQuest II Discord chat

On Test: Nights of the Dead 2016

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

From Kaitheel on the EQ2 Forums:

Nights of the Dead has been activated on Test server!

Nights of the Dead brings goblins and ghoulies out from the shadows. Those inclined to celebrate the holiday through crafting will find a new book of recipes full of new house items being sold by official event merchants. And those feeling more adventurous can hunt ghosts in Antonica, and the Commonlands, or investigate the multiple haunted locations! Setri Lur’eth returns, and may or may not have another task for those willing (or not so willing) to help. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for special sparklies in spooky celebration spots! And remember, tricks and treats are the name of the game!

New Features for ’16!

In-game Appearance Issues — Missing NPCs, Clothing, City Bells, etc.

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

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With Tuesday’s patch, hundreds of art assets were changed and clearly some changes were made to the game client, because ever since, certain players have been experiencing missing foliage on plants, missing NPCs, missing clothes, missing city bells in Freeport, etc. From Jamiss on the EQ2 Forums:

Several people have noticed issues of equipment not appearing on their character at all, or their character not being visible, NPCs not being visible or Lodizal’s missing shell. The underlying cause has been found and we also have a fix in place which we are working on getting out to you.

I checked, and this is working its way to Public Test. As far as the crashes that some of you are experiencing, we see the data and we’re looking into the cause and a fix for it.

PCGamer: What It’s Like to Manage a Gaming Community on Fire

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

A great article from PCGamer.com:

Micah Whipple didn’t believe in Real ID. It was unveiled in 2010 as a new social initiative in the Blizzard forums, effectively forcing players to register their real names instead of Battle.net aliases to cut down on the witch hunts and treachery that so often define anonymous, online public spaces. Whipple thought the policy would be unsustainable and unenforceable, but as a World of Warcraft community manager it was his job to go to bat for it. The CM role is simple: be a plebeian, embed yourself in the community, serve as liaison between publisher and community, and most importantly, stay optimistic.

What that really means: when the players got angry, Whipple was paid to run into burning buildings. Sometimes he was a firefighter, and sometimes he was a meatshield.

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As violent as it was, the Real ID pushback was managed. But at a price. Real ID was one of the more painful experiences in his life. “I think [Real ID] actually woke me up a bit, and made me realize my employment with any company is a partnership, and not any kind of debt or life-oath that I need to repay,” he says.

“[Being a community manager] requires a huge amount of empathy, so of course if you’re reading negativity day in and day out it’s difficult not to take at least some of that with you,” continues Whipple.

Read More at PCGamer.com

 

EQ2Wire Asks: Who were your favorite Community Managers for EverQuest II and why?

Update Notes: Tuesday September 20, 2016

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

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Corrected an issue that allowed adornments to apply in Battlegrounds.
  • Many consumables have been reduced in power while in a Battleground match.
  • Increased the amount of tokens rewarded from the Battlegrounds Quests.
  • Battleground missions are now repeatable quests, and no longer subject to mission timers.

ABILITIES

  • Joust now has a range of 35
  • Fixed an issue with Accuracy from Strength that prevented it from applying.

ITEMS

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Aura of Immolation from applying.
  • Mastercrafted food and drink should once again apply it’s bonuses on Time-Locked servers.

Moonlight Enchantments Return (20th-21st)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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The 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
/way 14, -32, -238
Tree Bark Festive Flowers
Strong Brew Root Beer
Zygomyd Nektulos Forest
/way -363, 0.42, -682
Mushroom Spores Earthly Tasks
Comforting Confections
Naiad Enchanted Lands
/way -278, 5, 18
Naiad Scales Naiad Aid
Dryad Antonica
/way -696, -4, 621
Dryad Leaves Pollution Problem
Fay Greater Faydark
/way -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

Daybreak General Maintenance – September 19 — COMPLETE

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All Servers: 6:00~10:00am 8:45am PDT | 9:00am~1:00pm 11:45am EDT | 14:00~18:00 16:45 BST | 15:00~19:00 17:45 CEDT

From DaybreakGames.com:

There will be a general maintenance on Monday, September 19, 2016 beginning at 6:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

RadarX: Current Time-Locked Expansion and Race-to-Trakanon Itemization Won’t Be Fixed

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers

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Players on the subscription-required Race to Trakanon and Stormhold (Time Locked Expansion) servers have been requesting changes to itemization which would bring Heroic and Raid gear (specifically the iconic Mythical weapons that conclude the Kunark storyline) above the level of Solo and Crafted gear. We got an answer of sorts on that question today from RadarX on the EQ2 Forums:

You are taking a few liberties with this statement but to reiterate Kanders post and to ensure there aren’t concerns this hasn’t at least been communicated, there are no plans to do further itemization on current content. As with each expansion the team will work on what they feel is the most important and impacting gear but a complete overhaul is unfeasible.

While we can appreciate the concern and passion, but our next itemization focus will be on the next expansion.

Acquiring Mythical weapons and the defeat of Trakanon on the Race to Trakanon server seems designed to dovetail into this EverQuest II’s thirteenth expansion – Kunark Ascending — expected this November — which is rumored to include an Epic Weapon 2.0 questline.

Daybreak General Maintenance – September 13 — COMPLETE

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From EverQuest2.com:

There will be a general maintenance on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 beginning at5:00AM Pacific Time*. The estimated downtime is up to four (4) hours. The following services may be impacted during this maintenance:

  • Game Logins
  • Forum Logins
  • Account Management (including filing Customer Support tickets)
  • Commerce

Please follow @DaybreakGames on Twitter for any necessary updates. Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PDT: September 13 @ 5:00am – 9:00am 7:30
  • EDT: September 13 @ 8:00am – Noon 10:30
  • BST: September 13 @ 13:00 – 17:00 15:30
  • CEDT: September 13 @ 14:00 – 18:00 16:30

Update Notes: Wednesday September 7, 2016

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

US Servers: 7:00~9:00am PDT | 10:00am~Noon EDT | 15:00~17:00 BST | 16:00~18:00 CET
EU Servers: 9:00~11:00pm PDT | Midnight~2:00am EDT | 05:00~07:00 BST | 06:00~08:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Increased the amount of currency rewarded for the Kralet Penumbra Attacks! public quest.
  • Corrected a bug that allowed extra rewards to be granted from Search and Destroy in Tranquil and Phantom seas.
  • Crusader’s Medals are now rewarded from the level 95 version of The Crusade in Jarsath Wastes.

BATTLEGROUNDS

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