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December 13, 2016 - Patch Today

There is a morning patch today (Tuesday). Some of the items that may be of interest to you from the patch notes include the following:

  • Fixed an issue where signs in houses wouldn’t update immediately when text was changed.
  • Players who deleted and restarted "The Final Blow" after completing "Time Is Short" can now hail Queen Alwenielle's hologram in the Arcanna'se Spire to update their quest.
  • There is now a goblin fuel merchant in Twark.
  • O Frostfell Tree - Jarith Icewing will now recognize your work in this quest, even if you have completed "Tis the Season" or "Gift Giving", previously.
  • Tis the Season - Jarith Icewing should now only offer quest to those who have completed "O Frostfell Tree" during this holiday season.

In addition, while NOT in the patch notes, they were fixed in the Test patch today, so I have high hopes that you will be able to see the following once the patch has hit:

Cool Mint Sugar Plate
Cool Mint Teacup
Cool Mint Teacup Stack
Cool Mint Teapot

Created By: Niami Denmother          

December 06, 2016 - Frostfell Issues

Unfortunately the art for those four cool mint dishes that we had been waiting to see is still not available. In addition, there is a bug if you try to do O Frostfell Tree out of order. Make sure to get and complete Deepice Dreams and then Special Delivery before you accept and complete O Frostfell Tree, or you may be stuck with a quest that will not complete.

Update 1: The U.S. servers are coming down "shortly" for a patch that could last up to 2 hours. We do not yet know if the above Frostfell issues are part of the patch or not.

Update 2: You may now purchase additional wardrobe slots from the wardrobe tab on your character sheet. The Wardrobe Article has been updated to reflect this fact (and has been belatedly added to the Tradeskill Guides section of the site).

Update 3: The Art department found more issues with the cool mint dishes (teapot, etc.), and the fix may/may not get to us before the weekend. Kaitheel is working on the fix for the O Frostfell Tree now, and I suspect that will be going in later this week as well.

Update 4: I snagged the following clip of the cool mint dishes from a Frostfell crafted group shot posted by Daybreak. While we cannot see these items ingame until further notice, at least you can get a feel for the look of them!

Update 5: Kaitheel has a fix for the "O Frostfell Tree" bugs that will not only prevent you from getting the quest out of sequence, but will also fix those folks who already ended up in a bugged state for that and/or the other quests involving Jarith. We have no ETA yet for the next patch, but it will be mentioned in the patch notes when the fix goes in.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2016-12-06 08:31:20          

December 05, 2016 - Tomorrow!

On top of Frostfell going live after the patch tomorrow (Tuesday), the following tradeskill items were called out in the patch notes for tomorrow.

  • Twark Teleport Totem now takes you slightly behind Glibnox's platform rather than on top of it.
  • One of the possible spawn locations of chokidai droppings is no longer inaccessible.
  • Far Seas Harvest Technique will now grant a small bonus to rare harvest chance.
  • Characters without the Far Seas Harvest Technique ability will no longer be able to see shadeweave buds.
  • Far Seas Salvager now grants a chance to double salvage.

So why that bold, red text? This means that only level 95+ crafters will be able to see those highly contested Obulus rare nodes. Some folks will utterly adore this change, others will be screaming at the top of their lungs, depending on which side of the crafting line they fall on. (In other words, business as usual, the 5% at each end of the spectrum will make noise, everyone else will just go on with their business. :D) This ability, the Far Seas Harvest Technique, is the top prestige ability in the second tab of your Tradeskill Prestige tree.

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December 01, 2016 - Frostfell Starting Early

Due to scheduling issues with the elves, Frostfell is going to start two days earlier than originally planned. The new start date will be December 6, after morning downtime. It will still end on January 5, at 7 am Pacific, as originally scheduled. Enjoy the extra time to celebrate, and keep an eye on Galloping Gargoyles!" for the artwork for those four missing Cool Mint tea-related items. (We have been told the art issue will be resolved, and are just waiting for the art to be pushed to Test when they next do an art patch.)

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November 25, 2016 - Kunark Ascending Dailies

From what I have seen in chat channels and on the Daybreak forums, folks are confused about the KA crafting dailies. They work exactly like the ToT dailies do, in that there is one weekly quest with a better reward that resets with the weekly mission timer at midnight Pacific Wednesday night, and seven "dailies" that you can do at your own pace (all at once, one a day, etc) and that each reset in just under seven days after you hand them in. Many of us like to do everything in one huge chunk, instead of coming back every day to do another daily, especially with large alt-armies. Still, it seems to be a hard thing for folks to wrap their minds around, and to track, and I have a rather large spreadsheet to track a lot of things for my couple dozen crafters. :O I would not wish that spreadsheet on anyone else, though, as it is an utter mess! Thankfully Shmogre has come to the rescue with a nice streamlined google document that will let you track gardening goblin, dailies, weekly (Snacky Snacks) as well as ascension scrolls if you have adventuers running amok out there as well. It handily changes color when your timer is up, too! Make a copy if you use google docs or export it to other file formats as needed. Thanks, Shmogre!

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2016-11-25 12:57:25          

November 23, 2016 - Galloping Gargoyles!

It is getting to be that time of year again! Frostfell 2016 is already on the Test server, and while there is still plenty of time to get a preview whipped into shape, I wanted to get as much of it done and out of the way so I could take a bit of a breather without it looming over me. Not only is the eye-candy as done as a few pieces of missing art will allow, but there is also a short story that deals with the new quest from the point of view of the hapless NPC. Without further ado, I give you Frostfell 2016: Galloping Gargoyles!

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November 22, 2016 - Freeport CoM House

There was a problem with the Freeport side City of Mist house (preorder item). The short version of the answer is that if you had one on the Freeport side and it disappeared on you, rebuy it from the Freeport prestige housing portal, and within a week your items will be returned to you. (It takes time to go through all those logs to be sure they get everything back to you!) If you want the longer version of the response, Caith has been posting responses in this thread on the Daybreak forums.

In other news, yes, Frostfell is now on Test. Yes, I have dropped my plans for the day, including the nap, and am working on testing things now. No, I do not have images up yet, but will sometime later for the art that is currently visible. No, I am not going to keep answering questions about FF in chat channels tonight as it is slowing me down horribly. Yes, I am feeling a bit frayed. :P

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November 17, 2016 - Unscheduled Downtime

This was just posted a few minutes ago:

All servers will come down at 3 PM PT (11 PM UTC) for a brief update to address an outstanding issue. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 1 hour.

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November 16, 2016 - Patch Tomorrow

The patch tomorrow includes the following tradeskill notes:

  • The City of Mist Home Builder's Kit recipes now use common harvests from the original Kunark zones.
  • Ingredients on the recipes of the tradeskill daily missions have been rebalanced to require fewer mycelial tendrils and a more even distribution of ingredients overall.
  • If you fail to craft a healing goo brew, you can now obtain more slug slime.
I will update the shopping list for the dailies tomorrow, as well as update the page for the new building blocks with final names and an ingredient list. Hopefully the claimed merchant sales crates will be fixed tomorrow as well.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2016-11-16 06:04:21          

November 15, 2016 - Kunark Ascending - Dirty Jobs!

Today, any minute now, marks the release of the Kunark Ascending expansion for EverQuest II. While I had originally planned to just do the large preview, complete with quest writeups, screenshots and the like, a tiny off-the-cuff story also snuck in. In the words of Mum: Enjoy the earworm!

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November 11, 2016 - Busy, Busy

With the Kunark Ascending expansion due out in a few short days (Tuesday!), I am hard at work re-checking bugs, fact-checking, and quest guide writing. With over 50 quests to document on top of everything else, plus the inevitable distractions as I stop to document some other niggly that I just remembered, it can be slow going, but serious progress has been made in the last day or so. I likely will not be doing another front page update until expansion day, so you will want to keep a close eye on the Kunark Ascending Crafting and Housing Preview for anything crafting and housing related in the new expansion. The bottom of that page will contain edit notes, so you can more easily see when something has been added, changed, and so on. In addition to the in-progress quest writeups, the biggest thing still to come is individual screenshots of all 93(!!) new carpenter items that may not happen until Sunday or Monday.

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November 07, 2016 - Testing a Squishy

I know some of you out there have low level adventurers that are level 100 crafters, so I did a bit of testing over the weekend with the new expansion and a fresh level 1 character in newbie gear. If you are curious as to the death count and the reasons why she died, you can read more here. The TLDR version of it is that the deaths were avoidable and it is feasible to do this questline on an extremely squishy baby adventurer.

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November 03, 2016 - Festival Quest Tracker

The Heroes' Festival is now live, and Casdoe of Maj Dul has come through with another quest tracker. Hopefully it will help you keep track of alts that are trying to finish the repeatables in order to obtain the new mount. Enjoy! (And thanks again, Casdoe!)

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November 03, 2016 - More Eye Candy

Yep, two updates in one day, and because of how the site handles it, the newer update will show below the older one. Ah well, it is what it is ...

... and what it is happens to be lovely! I have started a master page for all of the Kunark Ascending crafting quests, and quest writeups will start trickling in over the next few days. In the meantime I am happy to present you with a bit of eye-candy, in the form of the new epic mastery cloaks. You can click the link above to see a few more details.

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October 31, 2016 - A Quick Warning

I will be updating the Kunark Ascending Crafting & Housing Preview later today (once I am done with the plumbers ... again), but wanted to drop a quick note in the interim. Players who wish to complete the new tradeskill signature line that will be released in the expansion on November 15 should note that they once again WILL need to complete the Earring of the Solstice before they can complete the questline.

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October 30, 2016 - Eye-Candy for Heroes

I will be chipping away at the expansion stuff some more this weekend, but meanwhile, I have a quick little bit of eye-candy for the 2016 Heroes' Festival. Enjoy!

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October 25, 2016 - Have I Got a Story for You!

Or two, or three, or something like that!

At long last, I have taken all the little stories that have been scattered across the site, and have revamped what used to be the "Humor" section, turning it into a multi-MMORPG story section. Linked there, you will find over 50 stories from EQ2, including the brand-new Responsible Pranking, Mum-Style. You will also find three old stories from my EQ days, the Komics that Kaisha created for us several years ago, and a section for some DC Universe Online stories that I have been writing, including the 6-part (and still growing) tale of the Volt Sisters. As more gets Added to any of these sections, I will make sure to call it out here, and on the Stories main page for those who wish to keep up with my varied scribblings.

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October 15, 2016 - For the Impatient :)

Kunark Ascending has not yet been in beta a full week, but I know some people are already eager for details. Things tend to change and evolve a lot through the beta period, so a lot of the "meat" will be waiting until later in the testing phase. However, I have a couple articles with eye-candy already linked into the master preview article, so I am putting up the link to the preview for you now.

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October 06, 2016 - NoTD

Perhaps there was some sort of zombie uprising to deal with along the way? We are not quite sure yet if it was that or some sort of a.m./p.m. confusion that has delayed the arrival of the Nights of the Dead celebrants, but hopefully we will know more soon. My current bet is for 30 seconds after my acupuncturist arrives. {grin}

UPDATE: Annnnndd, the event is now live. Hopefully those zombies are not why my acupuncturist is also late. :O

UPDATE #2: According to Kaitheel, Nights of the Dead will run an extra day to make up for the release time snafu.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2016-10-06 01:24:32          

October 04, 2016 - Game Cards and NoTD

If you are the sort that likes to buy physical Daybreak game cards as opposed to making online purchases for Daybreak cash or membership, you will need to buy them soon, as they are going to stop selling them. More information can be found here.

Also, a quick reminder that Nights of the Dead starts in less than 36 hours from the time that I made this post. Wheeeeeeee!

Lastly, there is a livestream tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10 a.m. Pacific regarding the expansion. More information can be found here.

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