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March 19, 2020 - Downtimes for Database Migration

The following was posted this week:

We wanted to inform everyone about some upcoming downtime for EQ2. Next week, we will be migrating certain databases with the intention to improve game performance. We will be splitting up the downtime so all the servers are not down at once while the database moves are in progress.
Round 1
Start: Tues 3/24 @ 7am
Duration: 24 hr downtime
Servers: Majā€™Dul, Isle of Refuge, Kaladim, Antonia Bayle, Drunder
Note: Marketplace, Daily Objectives, and Global Currency may be down for other servers for part of this time.
Round 2
Start: Thurs 3/26 @ 7 AM/14:00 UTC
Duration: 24 hr downtime
Servers: Halls of Fate, Rivervale, Skyfire, Thurgadin
This is part of the ongoing effort to improve your play experience and thank you for your patience.

To clarify, this is "just" database work to improve performance and hopefully help with lag. Rumors about server merges are NOT true - there are no such critters planned at this time. ~Mum

Created By: Niami Denmother          

March 13, 2020 - Bristlebane Day on Test

I hope you folks have not already had your fill of events, since Brewday is still going on for a few more days, Chronoportals start in the middle of next week, and the week after THAT, Bristlebane Day starts. The first eye-candy from Test is available for the Bristlebane stuff, but there may be more once the April 1 special festivities are turned on for testing (TBA).

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March 12, 2020 - Merc Buffs

I have replaced the beta blurb regarding Mercenary Batallion Buffs with the slightly more detailed explanation that was posted Tuesday. Most of it is the same information, but there are now some numbers provided.

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March 09, 2020 - Thurgadin Server and Live Patch

Starting at 8 p.m. Pacific tonight (that is 3 a.m. GMT March 10), the Thurgadin server will be offline while the server is physically moved to a new datacenter in Amsterdam. The downtime for Thurgadin is expected to be around 14 hours. Details can be found here. Thurgadin will also have the patch applied during their downtime.

What patch, you ask? There will be downtime for all servers other than Test at 7 a.m. Pacific tomorrow. In addition to other things, the following items are of specific tradeskill interest:

  • An Empyral Physical Infuser recipe has been added to the Reconstructed Empyral Infusers recipescroll. This recipe uses Essence of Chaos or any Planar Energy to craft an infuser that applies to the deity infusion layer exactly as plat infusing does.
  • Veilwalker's, Voidpiercer's, and Empyral Transmutation Stones have been added to Veilwalker's Adornments Volume X. These recipes use Essence of Chaos or any Planar Energy as their primary component.
  • Soft metal vein nodes in Blood of Luclin zones should now return the proper resource when harvested by the pack pony.
Patch notes can be found here.

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March 05, 2020 - Reminder - Brewday

Just a quick reminder that the Brewday festivities begin in a couple hours. It is time to dig out your Improved Ale Goggles and prep your ponies!

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February 29, 2020 - Chronoportals on Test

While there is nothing crafting about this event, there are house items, so I have put up a down and dirty preview of the new house items and cloak from the Chronoportals 2020 Event that is now being tested on the Test server.

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February 22, 2020 - Brewday on Test

Yes, event season is going to go into overdrive over the next few weeks. Brewday is now on Test, Chronoportals will slightly overlap it, and will be on Test soonish, Bristlebane Day will follow that, and then there will be Beast'r. All of these will be in the next month and a half or so. If you think that is going to make for a bit of crazed testing, you are right. :D

Anyway, the Brewday Preview has been started, and the eye-candy is now available. Enjoy!

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February 03, 2020 - T-Shirt Experiment

Darkpaw Games is trying an experimental limited run of 1000 EQII anniversary t-shirts on Amazon. Since this is just an experiment, they are only able to ship to U.S. addresses. If this goes well, hopefully they will try bigger runs of such items in the future!

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January 31, 2020 - Erollisi Day on Test

The pictures are done and the rough article is in place. I'll try to get in a section for those new to this event in the next couple of days.

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January 24, 2020 - BoL Food and Drink

I have created a Blood of Luclin Food, Drink and Snacks page. Bon appetit!

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January 21, 2020 - B-b-b-b-arrrrrk!

Today Daybreak Games officially branched out into three franchise studios. The EverQuest and EverQuest II studio will be called Darkpaw Games. One of the news releases can be found here. Additional information can be found in the letter from our Executive Producer, Holly Longdale.

In other news, there will be a patch Thursday this week, since the federal holiday yesterday made a Tuesday patch a bad proposition.

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January 10, 2020 - Shadow Harvesting 101

The Thursday patch stabilized things enough on the shadow harvesting front that I decided to throw together a quick Shadow Harvesting 101 guide with some details that I learned along the way. I hope it helps!

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January 08, 2020 - Blarg

Yes, the Tuesday patch made shadow harvesting more of a mess. Yes, the devs are aware of the issue. No, they have not provided any ETA as of this posting. No, ranting at me does nothing productive whatsoever.

Yes, I WILL be likely to do something rude to the next person who decides I need to be the target for their upset regarding shadow harvesting, expert spells, tradeskill itemization, etc., etc., especially after the sheer number of hours I put into testing and feedbacking for the last two months. I can only report bugs, I cannot make them be fixed. I can only ask for information on how something "should" work, I cannot make them give me the information, etc. So, people dumping on me when I'm already exhausted and burnt out just makes me more upset, and that level of stress is bad for my health. I will likely be laying low for a few days and mostly playing something standalone, because ... people.

I truly "get" how upset some people are, really, I do. I may even share it. But I was also brought up to have a LOT more common courtesy and basic human decency than I have been receiving, and I will not stoop to responding in kind. (And the number of people spewing at me is much, much smaller than what the whole dev team has been receiving.)

I will be back to updating pages, putting up new pages and all that ... stuff once I am less ready to bite someone.

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December 29, 2019 - Holding Pattern-ish

It will still be over a week before we should expect the next patch to fix the number of issues we are seeing with recipes, itemization, etc. I do not even want to start on an article about shadow harvesting until we get more word on how it "should" work, as we have many unanswered questions about skillups, rare rates, etc. In the meantime, however, here are some rescued notes from the beta forums regarding the Overseer System and the new Persistent Mercenary Buffs (aka "Batallion Buffs").

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December 17, 2019 - Luclin-Bound

Sometime within the next couple of hours the servers will be unlocked and floods of eager adventurers and crafters will be headed for the Blood of Luclin expansion. The first couple of days will be prone to seeing a lot of the beta information get updated with changes and corrections from the live servers. Please bear with me regarding updates to the BoL Crafting & Housing Information Clearinghouse. It is bound to be beyond crazed for several days as I scurry around to verify different things, juggle web page updates and handle a zillion and one questions that I've already answered. :D

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December 13, 2019 - I (Happily) Stand Corrected

I cannot begin to explain how crazed things are right now, or how many balls I have in the air at one time, nor how many things the devs must be juggling as expansion launch day stampedes in our direction. Before I dive into the zillion and one things that need to go into the BoL Crafting and Housing Information Clearinghouse in the next couple of days (not to mention retesting a lot once this final beta patch hits), I wanted to say that I pulled the video tour for the Sanctus Seru Promenade. It had been taken several days ago, when zoning in to tour simply dumped you inside the house. Now the entire area, including the massive outdoor area, is available for touring on beta, and I have done a fresh Sanctus Seru Promenade Tour. Enjoy!

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December 10, 2019 - Merry (Luclin) Frostfell!

While Frostfell has released on the live servers, I am still hard at work on all the stuff that goes along with the Blood of Luclin release next week. My "gift" to you folks is a huge, huge amount of eye-candy. Rather than go link-crazy trying to spoon-feed it to everyone (I am still beyond busy testing AND churning out information for you folks), I will point you to the Blood of Luclin Crafting & Housing Clearinghouse. The bottom of that page shows you all the things I have added recently, including a video tour of the Seru house, one huge furniture page, a second huge furniture page in progress, and so on. Enjoy!

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December 09, 2019 - Frostfell Reminder

Just a reminder that Frostfell hits the live servers with the patch tomorrow morning. Are you ready to get into the festive spirit?

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December 06, 2019 - Dragon Attack Monuments

Whoops! The monuments mistakenly thought they should also poof when the Dragon Attack! event ended. Either that, or we have a group of trollish monument thieves. They should not have gone away, they WILL be permanent parts of Antonica and Commonlands moving forward, but they will have issues for the next few days. (They can be manually added back in, but if a zone closes due to being empty for too long, they will poof.) They will be properly weighted down with the patch on Tuesday (December 10), so they cannot be dragged off again.

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December 04, 2019 - Benosched!

... I mean, um, I have been working on the start of the Blood of Luclin Crafting and Housing Information Clearinghouse. There is not a lot there to begin with, but I will be adding to it in fits and starts over the next couple of weeks.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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