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October 27, 2017 - Heroes Festival and PoP Furniture

Just a couple quick notes as I juggle Beta, Test, and Live.

The EQ2 anniversary event that starts in a week may be small due to being sandwiched in between other stuff during a busy time of the year, but that does not mean we are not allowed new things! Check out this article to see what is new this year.

Meanwhile, are you helping with the expansion beta test? Have you seen some utterly lovely piece of art in one of the new PoP zones that you would really like to see as a house item? Caith asked for some feedback in this thread. (My apologies for not posting sooner, but I totally missed his Tuesday comment in that thread, asking for feedback.)

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October 24, 2017 - About That Downtime

You may have wondered why the game was still down for patching when the patch notes were so tiny. I just saw this little snippet on facebook that might explain why:

[UPDATE] We found an issue with Name Reclamation in the update, so downtime will need to be extended. No current ETA on completion, but we thank you for your understanding.

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October 23, 2017 - If You Are Beta Testing

Please do not be hitting this site for many updates during the beta, until I get the eye candy up. You should be checking the official forums. Make sure you are logged in and visit the beta tradeskill discussion forum. There is info there that can/will change regularly, and my arthritic hands really don't want to have to keep retyping this stuff in chat channels, tells and here. :D For example, if you are impatient to level tradeskills NOW over in beta, instead of waiting, you will be using a temporary level up path, but even that has issues ... until the next patch, or maybe the patch after. As things change, I will be updating the [Info] How to Level 100+ "right now" thread accordingly. Please help save my hands and push folks towards that post. I am in the midst of a medication juggle and trying to pamper them.

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October 16, 2017 - Small Beta Tips

With the expansion pre-order and beta beginning tomorrow (you must pre-order to get flagged for beta), I figured it was time to throw out a few reminders:

The basic command to make a COPY of your character is to /beta while on that character.

  • Again, this is a COPY. What you do on beta will not make any changes your live characters.
  • Make sure you're in an overland or city zone when you give the /beta command, not an instance, or you may bounce around a bit when you first try to log in that character on beta.
  • If you want access to your sales crates for whatever reason while on beta, you will want to actually have those sales crates in your physical inventory before you give the /beta command. Anything placed in a broker slot will not copy over.
  • You cannot use /claim on beta. If you have something in claim that you want your character to have, you will need to /claim it before you /beta.
  • If they use the same copy procedure as last year, your shared bank comes with you. If you are copying several alts, that means you'll get several copies of your shared bank to sort through, making a horrid mess. Crafting armies would do well to clear out their shared bank a bit before doing the /beta, to save themselves a ton of clicking and arranging. (Since what happens on beta won't impact your live characters, there's no reason to duplicate a ton of stuff you won't need for beta testing.)
  • Your houses "should" copy over when you /beta ... if they're NOT published. Sometimes the housing zones have availability issues, especially during that first flood of copies. Don't fret it too much if it happens to you - once a public guild or two get going, there will be access to crafting equipment, port items, etc. :D
  • If you are really, really eager to get over there to test right away, you might want to patch the beta client today. You will likely still need a patch tomorrow, but it will be a lot smaller, and take some beat-release load off the patcher.
  • /bug is a command you will want to use a lot over there. Remember to keep it brief and polite, but with as much detail as possible. (i.e., Questgiver ___ does not continue ____ quest after the step _____.) If you are putting in a tradeskill bug, most of the time you will be hitting the Mechanics dropdown, and then selecting Tradeskills from there.
  • DO be sure to report bugs, and/or post them in the proper spot in the beta forum. Do NOT send a tell to me and expect me to be your secretary. Just do not go there. I have my own testing to do, and every ... single ... year ... several people end up wasting my time by sending me WALLS of tell text with the bug that they found, instead of putting in a /bug where it will do the most good. /bug it, breathe, and move on to testing something else.
  • Most importantly, in my mind, is for beta testers to remind themselves that it is a beta. Things WILL break, you WILL get stuck at times waiting for something to be patched, you MAY end up having to do a fresh copy of your character and redo content and such if you get badly bugged enough. Breathe. You're there to find bugs, not to join the many dozens of folks freaking out because it isn't working perfectly right away when they want it. :D

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October 14, 2017 - Fast Travel

As many know, free fast travel is now enabled for members, other than on the TLE servers. This allows you to use the Fast Travel option without having to pay SC for it. However, many folks have resized their maps or used custom map UIs, so the fast travel button can be hard to find. In those cases, you might prefer to make a macro to directly call up the fast travel map. The command line for the macro would be: /smp pon pon_teleport

Click on your desired destination on that map, then click the Next button and one of two things will happen. If there is only a single bell/druid port/wizzie port for that location, a popup will appear asking if you wish to fast travel. If there are multiple locations (bell and/or wizard port and/or druid port) in that zone, a map of the zone will appear, and you click on the fast travel icon for your landing point in the zone. Below is a cropped image of the three possible fast-travel landing points in Kylong Plains as an example.

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October 10, 2017 - Planes of Prophecy Expansion Stream

On October 17th, there will be a livestream regarding the Planes of Prophecy expansion. Pre-orders will also start that day, as will beta testing for those who pre-order. Details can be found in this announcement thread on the official forums.

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October 06, 2017 - NoTD Vendor for Fallen Gate

The Fallen Gate server has not been neglected this Nights of the Dead (thanks Kaitheel!). The "a Nights of the Dead Merchant" can be found in both Qeynos and Freeport with some masks, candles, pumpkins and such. In North Qeynos, he's apparently a hungry sort, so he's standing in front of Voleen's bakery, across from the Claymore statue there. In West Freeport, he's in front of the Coaltion of Tradesfolke. In both cases, if my post-midnight explanation isn't clear enough, ask a guard to point you to "Dead"

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October 05, 2017 - Amok, Amok, Amok!

In just a few short hours, the Nights of the Dead event will go live. Are you ready to run amok and do a bit of gravedigging? Care to help out an unhappy ghost who says she was forced out of her final resting place? Collect tons of candy for your shopping and crafting needs? Get ready, as the event launches at 12:01 am (1 minute after midnight) Pacific on the 6th!

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September 27, 2017 - Panda-Love!

While we had a warning of an ending date for the Days of Summer quests, the decision has been made to keep the quests as permanent content. So, if you do not get the quests finished this week, there is no need to fret. If a friend of yours returns to the game in a couple weeks and needs to play catch-up on gear, tithe, etc., there's no need to fret. Yun Zi has parked his panda-self in the Sundered Frontier and he not only has no intention of moving, but he will eagerly continue to listen to stories of exploration.

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September 26, 2017 - Days of Summer, Week 9

The final quest in the Days of Summer questline has unlocked, and the quest guide has been updated. Go get your quest done and get your Mara Estate deed! :D

I want to make sure folks don't miss the following information from Daybreak:

The Days of Summer will come to an end on Monday, October 2nd at 11:59PM PT. After this date passes, you will no longer be able to complete Yun Zi's quests. The ambling tradesbear himself will be sticking around past the end of summer, but make sure you've wrapped up all your summer questing before it's too late!

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Last Modified on: 2017-09-26 01:57:55          

September 21, 2017 - Work In Progress

Decorators randomly ask what the back side of various paintings look like, as they try to get extra creative with their decor. This page will be in-progress for a while, but here is the first look at a Painting Backs page. It is NOT yet properly linked in to the furniture menu and such. Soon, grasshoppers, soon.

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September 20, 2017 - And MORE Stuff!

We may still be trying to decipher a new hidden NoTD achievement series over on Test, but I still have more other NoTD goodies to tell you about. It seems someone stealthily added new rewards for the person throwing pumpkin bombs, not just for the folks who gobble up the resulting pumpkins. This includes a new flying mount with some decent stats, and a rather ... different ... look. More details are at the bottom of the NoTD 2017 preview article.

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September 19, 2017 - Stuff, And Things!

First - you have two weeks left on the Days of Summer event. Make sure to get caught up on the quests during that time, as it sounds like the panda may stay around as a vendor, but not offer his quests anymore once the 9th week is over with. (We are at the start of week 8 now.)

Second - the September Producers Letter has been released, and includes information on the expansion, name purges and other stuff. You can read it here.

Third - the expansion prelude event has started. Check your in-game mail for more details, as you will earn a bauble the boost an ascension level from level 10 to 11. (Even those who are not level 100 may want to earn it and squirrel it away for the future.)

Fourth - Has anyone seen my brain? It has been leaking out my ears again as the busy event season for the site ramps up. Thankfully, the Nights of the Dead testing is down to a few little nigglies to test/retest, so I may have time to get some/most of the alt army through the prelude event before NoTD goes live and/or the expansion beta hits.

Update: The quest trackers have been updated on the Nights of the Dead 2017 Preview - thanks again Casdoe!

Update 2: The server that handles currency and account-wide flags is being a bit flaky right now, so you will see issues with loyalty tasks/tokens, and Days of Summer flags. (Many folks reporting that once they finish Week 8, their alts are not able to buy the week 8 items.) Credit for the event "should" show up once they get the issue resolved.

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Last Modified on: 2017-09-19 03:17:56          

September 14, 2017 - Tiny Update

The Nights of the Dead 2017 article has been updated to include the Hinged Vampiric Mirror (acts as a door) to the buyables section, and the stats for the deadly terra-widow familiar to the gravedigging section.

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September 13, 2017 - Nights of the Dead 2017 on Test!

I did not post when I updated the Days of Summer writeup to include the week 7, but for those of you who missed it, yep, it is up there. Update: It should also be noted that the patch tomorrow removes the level 90 requirement from Skyshrine for those who have not yet completed the week 6 quest for the Days of Summer.

Meanwhile, though my brain is leaking out my ears and making a horrid mess right now, I have a preliminary Nights of the Dead article up for the new goodies we will see this year. I am still working on getting more screenshots coded into it tonight, and then "sometime" I hope to add in a story as well. You can find the article here.

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Last Modified on: 2017-09-13 10:15:10          

September 05, 2017 - Week 6!

Week 6 of the Days of Summer questline is now live and updated on the site.

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September 01, 2017 - This, That and the Other Thing

The Neriak City Festival has begun (but the event is currently missing on Test for some reason). This month sees the addition of the blue marble cutout blocks to round out the final city festival building block collection.

It is a double experience weekend, among other things. Details can be found here.

I was a bit late in getting it up, but week 5 was added to the Days of Summer walkthrough Tuesday night.

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August 22, 2017 - Days of Summer, Week 4

The Days of Summer quest guide has been updated for week 4, Enjoy!

Meanwhile, happy 19th anniversary to my beloved hubbyogre, who is my rock, my stability, my beloved, my friend, and my ... warped and twisted brat!

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August 15, 2017 - Days of Summer, Week 3

The Days of Summer writeup has now been updated to include the quest information for the 3rd quest in the series.

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August 08, 2017 - Days of Summer Ascension Item

Please be aware that the Ascension Boost item from the Days of Summer event will boost a level 100 who has the KA expansion to level 5 ascension in their chosen ascension class, regardless of if they have completed the KA timeline, talked to an ascension trainer, etc. However, there is currently a bug with the xp to go along with the level not being properly granted. It will be fixed in the next patch.

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