Given the choice between cold hard facts and the mystery of not knowing, I will almost always choose the facts. Guesswork and lack of information are the root of many misunderstandings in this life, and EQ2 is no exception. To date, EQ2 does not publish loot table data to Census, thus we have no official data from the game as far as who drops what.
Fortunately, it has been possible to monitor loot and which mobs it drops from using Advanced Combat Tracker (ACT). Today, we’re happy to announce that Dedith of Dragon’s Armory developed his own ACT plugin which keeps track of all the loot that drops in your groups/raids, who dropped it, and what zone you were in when it dropped.
And it is now possible to see this data on EQ2U. You can either look at an item and see who drops it, or you can drill down from any Zone and see what drops in the zone and also filter by NPC. By default, we will show Level 95+ and Legendary+ items, although you can adjust these filters to show everything!
Q: How do I contribute to the Armory Tracker ?
1. If you have not already done so, while EverQuest II is running, download, install, and run Advanced Combat Tracker. Switch over to EverQuest II and toggle the logging feature by typing /log until it is ON. ACT should automatically detect where your EQ2 folder is installed but if not, then proceed through the ACT Wizard to set it up.
2. If you have not already done so, Register an account on Dragon’s Armory:
3. Access your Account Settings page and scroll to the bottom and you will find an API key or a blank field and button to generate one. You may need to refresh the page after clicking Generate Key for it to populate. Double-click on the generated API key and press Ctrl-C to copy the key.
4. Download the ArmoryTracker.cs plugin directly to your Advanced Combat Tracker folder (generally C:\Program Files (x86)\Advanced Combat Tracker). Restart the Advanced Combat Tracker program. You will now receive the following message advising you that the plugin is not yet setup. Acknowledge it by clicking OK.
6. Click the “Plugins” tab. Make sure you see “ArmoryTracker.cs” listed on the left side and the [X] Enabled checkbox is enabled. Now click the “ArmoryTracker.cs” tab in the second row from the top. Fill in your Dragon’s Armory e-mail address or account username, then paste the API key you copied from the website. Make sure the “Track loot dropped” checkbox is enabled. The window should appear as below:
7. The Armory Tracker plugin requires Extended Chat Logging to be enabled to get accurate information about where items drop. Login to EQ2 and open the Options window. Ensure you are in the Advanced tab. Choose User Interface on the left. Fold out the Extended Chat Window Output section and make sure the two checkboxes “Display Location When a Creature Dies” and “Display Location of Looted Items” are both checked:
NOTE: If the above checkboxes are not checked, no item data will be accepted by Dragon’s Armory.
8. You are now setup and any items you loot in EQ2 from NPCs or Collection nodes will be logged and added to the database. You can verify that you are submitting loot data by opening a special page on Dragon’s Armory.
Q: Does everyone in the group/raid need to run this plugin?
A: It is only necessary for one or two people per group/raid to run this plugin. Additional submissions just generate more bandwidth.
Q: What else do I need to know? What about Privacy?
A: We don’t care who looted what, we just want to know which npc’s dropped which items and which zones. A Dragon’s Armory account is only required so that erroneous entries can be addressed. No other details are shared.
Q: What if others want to use this data?
A: The data is free and “open” and indeed EQ2U will be using the API to access the data. If any other person or site owner would like to know how to access this data, contact Dedith for details.
Optional Step: Import Old Log Files
If you have old log files which are still valid (ie they are not from the Beta or Test servers or they are not from zones which have had their loot rearranged recently such as Altar of Malice heroic zones), you may parse them through the plugin.
To greatly speed up loading old log files (and to prevent potential crashes), we suggest FIRST disabling the ACT_English_Parser plugin from the Plugins tab:
Now switch to the Import/Export tab and click Import a Log File. Leave the default of Beginning of File and End of File, then click “Select File…” and choose an EQ2 log file from your computer.
Dedith’s plugin can handle even very large log files of up to 4GB.
The log file should process quickly.
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