What Ails Us: Census Updates, Ascension XP Scrolls, and Public Quest Crashes

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

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For the last two weeks, players have been hard at work on the unforgiving Kunark Ascending quests, solo zones, and dungeons. Much of it has gone smoothly, but there are always issues, and with EQ2′s expansions coinciding with the American harvest celebration of Thanksgiving, the fixes seem to arrive at a Tryptophan-addled pace. Here are some issues we’re monitoring which will hopefully see patches tomorrow and possibly Thursday…

Census Updates

Over the last 5 years, Censusthe public data API which makes sites like EQ2U and Dragon’s Armory possible — has been incredibly reliable, with only about 3 days worth of total downtime that I can recall. As time permits, the EQ2 team have also managed to keep pace with new functionality and adding new data to the service as needed to support Game Updates and new Expansions. However for Kunark Ascending, something went wrong. One of the most oft-requested Census features is the ability to track Character progress on completing shiny Collections. An unknown glitch with the new code that would have provided us with Collection data ended up blocking updates of every EQ2 characters who has even 1 collection complete. Basically we are dead in the water until a fix comes. Once the fix comes, we should be able to add significantly more data to EQ2U!

Update Notes: Tuesday November 22, 2016

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Lost City of Torsis: Reaver’s Remnants [All Versions]

  • You should no longer be able to kill the Spirit Flames in the Tzirathk encounter.

Kaesora: Tomb of the Venerated [Advanced Solo]

  • Icicle Storm no longer reduces potency.

Wrapping Up Race to Trakanon Server in January 2017

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

Hey all,

Don’t miss your last chance to finish up special rewards from The Race to Trakanon Event Server. This server is scheduled to close in January 2017.

Transfer tokens will go out to players on The Race to Trakanon server on Thursday, December 1 at (or around) noon PST. Players on this server can use this token to transfer to a server of their choice. If you do NOT use your transfer token before the server closes, your character will be moved to Stormhold.

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

Update Notes: Thursday November 17, 2016

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

All Servers: 7:00~9:00am PST | 10:00am~Noon EST | 15:00~17:00 GMT | 16:00~18:00 CET

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Obulus Frontier

  • Sarnak Infiltrators are no longer quite as hearty.
  • Players who have not completed “Kunark Ascending: Opportunity ‘Noks” will now evac inside the Crusaders’ Cave.
  • Banker, broker, collector, and other service NPCs in the Greenmist Crusader caves no longer require you to speak sathirian.

EQ2Wire’s Kunark Ascending Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

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Update Notes: Tuesday November 15, 2016 (Kunark Ascending)

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

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From the EQ2 Forums:

KUNARK ASCENDING

Norrath remains in danger from Lanys T’Vyl, God of Malice, and her pursuit of power! Return to Kunark and adventure through unexplored lands full of strife as a powerful force of iksar plan to overthrow the lich emperor, Venril Sathir. Uncover dungeons long sealed or lost, amassing power and piecing together the history long buried, in an attempt to keep the last Chaos Stone out of Lanys’ evil clutches!

It will take great courage to stand against the coming darkness and stop her from ushering in a new age of dominance by the gods. When the Tenets of Hate ascend to godhood, will you stand against them?

Kunark Ascending is the 13th EverQuest II expansion and brings new and exciting adventures to Norrath.

Journey to Obulus Frontier in North Kunark where you’ll explore the ruins of Kaesora, fight through the Crypt of Dalnir in Warslik Woods, traverse the City of Mist, and adventure through more areas both familiar and undiscovered!

Kunark Ascending Preview: Raids

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

From EverQuest2.com:

A struggle exists between the gods. Lanys T’Vyl, upon being resurrected, has summoned forth the once forgotten demigods Terris-Thule and Saryrn using the remnants of power from their planes, forming a new realm dubbed Vaedenmoor. Along with these powerful beings, some of their followers have reemerged to protect them. The fearsome Hobgoblins, Shades, as well as the Kaniz werewolves will defend their newly formed plane to the death… preferably yours!

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There are six raid zones to discover, from the magical Arcanna’se Spire, to the former cities of Kaesora and Torsis; from new and difficult foes in the decaying Crypts of Dalnir in the depths of Obulus Frontier, to the newly formed plane Vaedenmoor where you will face planar beings of unimaginable power. If you are powerful enough to master this new plane, you will be allowed to enter the Heart of Nightmares where the Avatars of Torment and Nightmares await. This realm is a maze of puzzles and powerful beings with new and exciting treasures waiting to be discovered.

News for Time-Locked Stormhold and Race-to-Trakanon Servers

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

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From Kander on the EQ2 Forums:

Coming November 22nd for Stormhold [TLE].

  • Shard of Hate [Raid]
  • Runnyeye: The Gathering [Heroic]
  • Veksar: The Invasion [Heroic]

Barring any major issues with the Kunark Ascending expansion release, we should have these 3 zones ready to go for Stormhold.
More info soon.

Meanwhile, we can report that as of yesterday, the guild Dread Army was the first to defeat Trakanon on the Race-to-Trakanon server. At one time, Race-to-Trakanon was seen as a threat to the existing Stormhold server, however good old Trakky was defeated there months ago. Word from Kander is that transfers off of Race to Trakanon  are tentatively set to begin in December, with the server closure slated for January.

Daybreak General Maintenance: Tuesday, November 8 @ 5AM PT

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

5:00~8:00am PDT | 8:00am~11:00am EDT | 13:00~16:00 BST | 14:00~17:00 CET
This update is now complete.

From the EQ2 Forums:

There will be a general maintenance on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 beginning at 5:00AM 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.

Gear Up, Level Up #5: November 4-11, 2016

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

From EverQuest2.com:

We’re approaching the end of Gear Up, Level Up, but the bonuses haven’t stopped yet!

From 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, November 4, 2016 until 12:00PM PT (Noon) on Friday, November 11, 2016, ALL Players will be awarded with Double Currency(Including Public Quest Rewards) AND Double Loot!

Head into Norrath to take advantage of these limited-time bonuses!

Commentary

Just a reminder that the exact definition of “Double Loot” has not been explained. As far as we’ve been able to confirm, it’s a 25% chance to get a second batch of loot off of certain enemies in Thalumbra zones.

Update! Here’s an explanation from Kander:

There have been a lot of questions on how this actually works, so I am going to explain it here. Is it a little late in the promo to be explaining it? It really is. We are knee deep in expansion 13 beta and it just sort of got away from us.

So, Double loot means that any heroic zone end boss or any raid boss in Terrors of Thalumbra [currently] has a 25% chance to roll on their loot table and drop it twice in the same kill. They are able to drop anything on their table twice.

I hope that clears things up, we will most certainly be using this again in the future. Thanks to everyone for being understanding and a special thanks to everyone who has been involved in helping us test Kunark Ascending.

Heroes Festival — November 3rd – 14th

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

From EverQuest2.com:

It has been twelve years since we first caught sight of the Isle of Refuge and made our way into this magical realm of Norrath. In that time, we have built cities, fought dragons, and – most importantly – formed lasting bonds of friendship with our fellow adventurers.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Heroes’ Festival is returning to Norrath once again. And this year, there is a special reward for anyone who participates! Earn the Twelfth Anniversary Celebration Mount if you complete six Heroes’ Festival Quests during the event.

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On the TLE server Stormhold, the Twelfth Anniversary Celebration Mount will behave like a leaper mount.

Kunark Ascending Preview: Ascension Classes

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Itemization

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From EverQuest2.com:

Kunark Ascending makes Ascension classes available as a form of progression for all max level characters. Ascension classes are the apotheosis of a facet of energy, and are the gateway to ascended power. Once you have completed the Kunark Ascending signature quest line you may speak with one of the four masters in the Obulus Frontier to begin down the path to Ascension.

Ascension Forms

Each Ascension class grants the character the ability to shift into an avatar of that Ascension, converting all damage done from any ability that does not deal damage based on your weapon’s damage type. This conversion will also convert most pet and swarm pet damage.

Update Notes: Tuesday November 1, 2016

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Veeshan’s Peak [Raid]

  • Trakanon’s hitbox has been reduced.
  • Silverwing should no longer charm players.

ITEMS

  • Yha-lei Oracle’s Ring now gives the correct amount of DPS.
  • Corrected some appearances on level 100 boost cloth armor. No more mooning!

QUESTS

  • The Name of Fear – The ancient idol which offers this quest can now also be found at the beginning of “Emperor Atrebe’s Laboratory: The Fabled City of Kor-sha”.

RACE TO TRAKANON

  • Corrected an issue with the achievement “Race: Complete the Assassin Epic Quest” that would prevent it from updating if you completed the epic via the quest “Speak with Preceptor Nyjuss”.

Freeport City Festival Returns (November 1-7)

Written by Cyliena on . Posted in EQ2, Live Events

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All hail the Overlord – the Freeport City Festival returns to the Commonlands from November 1-7! Spend City Tokens on local specialties, generic festival goods, appearance clothing, or food & drink. Make sure all your characters have finished the Freeport Postage Collection, speak to Kella Swampfoot to assist with festival quests, and achieve 119 seconds or less in the local Aether Race to earn the Portal Jumper title.

WHEN: 12:01am PT on November 1st – 11:59pm PT on November 7th
WHERE: Commonlands, near The Crossroads, /loc -563, -49, -427
QUESTS: Special Delivery, Special Order Crafting, Special Order Gathering
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delivery Ahoy, Harvesting Hoopla, Kella Caffeinated, Requisition Acclamation
MERCHANT ITEMS: EQ2 Traders | EQ2 Furniture

Are you Ready for Kunark Ascending? — Epic 2.0 Teasers!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

From EverQuest2.com:

Only a few short weeks remain before the launch of Kunark Ascending, but are you ready?  If you haven’t met a few pre-requisites which will ensure you can enjoy the new content, now is the time!

EQ2 Wire has a great writeup on which content you’ll need to complete not only to begin the Kunark Ascending Signature quest but finally upgrade that Epic weapon you meant to finish.

Here is one of the new Epic weapons you’ll be able to earn:

If you want to finish a few more AA points, this week’s Gear Up, Level Up promotion will grant double experience and loot to everyone!

If you wrapped all those up (of course you finished Speak like a Dragon year ago!) then be sure  you have logged on to Beta and earned your rewards for participating.   Everything you need to do you can find right here in our forum post!

 

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