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October 09, 2019 - Third Party UI Warning and Census Update

Dreamweaver (our new Community person, for those who do not follow the official forums) just announced this on the forums and on Discord:

Thank you for your patience as we continue to investigate performance issues. We wanted to update you on Census and next steps. We will be turning Census back on this Friday as we are done looking at things related to it. In the next week or two as our next step, we will be turning off Third Party UI and looking at those.
We wanted to give you all a heads up for a few reasons, the primary one being it’s important that you continue to play and raid even without the UI so we can track the effects. We also wanted to make sure that you had enough time to get used to using the default UI before the Third Party UI are turned off, we will let you know the exact date of the Third Party UI shutoff as soon as we can.
Once again, thank you and see you in Norrath!

What does this mean for you? If you do not use custom UI packages such as DarqUI, nothing. If you DO, however, be braced for another announcement soon telling you when they will be disabled for a bit. They truly are leaving no stone unturned as they try to figure out where all the more extreme lag has been coming from lately. Let us hope they can find the culprit(s) soon!

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October 08, 2019 - Wheeee!

Happy Nights of the Dead, folks! As mentioned yesterday, there are new broom mounts in the Marketplace. Since there are 4 variations, and there has been some confusion, here is a bit of clarification for you. The Infernal comes with a witch hat with purple trim, and a bat familiar. It has green broomstraw, and you can go for just the Infernal, or the Occupied Infernal if you would like a tortie cat sitting behind you as you fly. The basic Spellbound has a black cat familiar, the witch hat with orange trim and straw-colored broomstraw. All characters sit sideways on the broom, except for male frogloks, as pictured above. I have also done a video on the various packs, and a bit of flying and surfing with them.

The Days of Summer article was also updated today for Week 7.

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October 08, 2019 - Nights of the Dead and Brooms?!

In a few short hours (1 minute after midnight Pacific), the Nights of the Dead game content will be released. Then, if all goes as planned, at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow (Tuesday, October 8), there are supposed to be flying broom mounts available on the Marketplace. Possibly even four of them (two good, two evil). No additional details are available at this time, but the numbers and the time estimate are from animator Tom Tobey when he was chatting with folks on Discord. I know there are a few folks who have been begging for a broom mount for years, so this is happy news. :D

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October 01, 2019 - Happy October!

While fall is solidly here for us and Nights of the Dead is just around the corner (just a week away), some Norrathians are clinging valiantly to the end of summer with Week 6 of the Days of Summer being released today.

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September 26, 2019 - Fall Marketplace Sale

This was just posted on the official Daybreak forums:

From tomorrow, September 26 at 12 PM PT until September 30, 2019 at 12 PM PT, all players will receive 25% off items in the Marketplace (And don't forget, as a member you always receive an additional 10% discount off the sale price)!

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September 24, 2019 - It May Be Fall ...

... but the Days of Summer event is still going strong. Locations for week 5 of the event have now been posted.

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September 21, 2019 - NoTD Videos

The Nights of the Dead 2019 preview now has links at the bottom for the house item preview videos from Ocarinah, for those that need to know item sizing, collision and so on. Thanks again!

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September 19, 2019 - NoTD on Test

The Nights of the Dead event is now on the Test server. I have the eye candy part of the preview done, and will flesh out the informational details later tonight once I have time to run the new quest and so forth.

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September 17, 2019 - Prelude Event Videos

The bottom of the Mythic Passage Prelude Event writeup now contains links for the item preview videos, courtesy of Ocarinah. Thanks again!

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September 17, 2019 - Another Week ...

... Another round of the Days of Summer quest series has been released. The patch today also worked on labeling the entrance to The Dualitys Vigilant Sanctum for those of us who have multiple versions of it (due largely to three different crafting quests needing it now, along with the one adventuring sig) on the door and cannot figure out which one is which.

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September 10, 2019 - A Couple Updates

Week 3 of the Days of Summer 2019 is now active, and the article has been updated with rough locations (items can spawn in an area, not just an exact loc.)

The Prelude 2019 article has been updated as well. The patch today changed the harvest amounts for the sublime pulverulence needed for the Tradeskill Signature "Piercing the Darkness: Carving a Legacy". Instead of harvesting a single pulverulence per pull, you will harvest 6, 12 or 20 per pull. Thanks Kaitheel!

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September 07, 2019 - A Word About

Please consider this a semi-grumpy reminder that tester-blaming is bad, k? Do not go down that rabbit hole. There can be many reasons why something goes live that should not, and coming breezing into the /test.test channel going "Whomever tested _____, I hate you" is a sure way to upset the people who sacrifice their playtime to make sure that less bugs make it to the live servers. I do not care if you decide to claim after the fact that you were joking, you are damaging the morale of an often-neglected group of players who are trying to help improve the game. It is adding negativity to their often-frustrating self-appointed tasks. Just do not.

Not everything makes it onto the Test server before it goes live, for a number of reasons (including it not being ready in time to be tested, or a desire for it not to be "spoilered" before it goes live, etc.) The reasons do not matter, really. Even when something DOES make it to Test, not everything will be caught, because there are few of us and many times many of you, and you are quite inventive at finding creative ways to bug things. :P

That is not the point, though. You can go "They should" all day long when talking about the overloaded developers, or those of us who voluntarily test stuff. You can ... but you should not.

Bugs happen, no matter how thoroughly something is tested. Pointing fingers is bad, especially if you had no hand in helping test it. Blaming, especially blaming volunteers only makes those volunteers burn out faster and give up, which then leaves less volunteers and less testing going forward.

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September 06, 2019 - Prelude 2019

I will be working on this for several more hours before I sleep, and probably more after I get some sleep. Depending on when you read this, the article may be very bare-bones or may be more detailed, but here you go with the 2019 Prelude Event Preview

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September 05, 2019 - New Content Tomorrow!

Surprise! It is time for the expansion prelude event. Normally this has been a single adventuring quest that can be repeated until expansion launch for special event currency. This year is ... a bit different. There will be:

  • 2 level 110 adventure signature quests (permanent content!)
  • 2 level 110 tradeskill signature quests (permanent content!)
  • 3 all level adventure repeatable quests (prelude only)
  • 2 all level tradeskill repeatable quests (prelude only)
  • 1 collection (prelude only)

To make sure there is no confusion, the "prelude only" quests will only be available until the expansion launches.

This content will begin at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on September 6, and I will create an article with more details, screenshots, etc. after I have had time to poke at the tradeskill stuff. (Link in this article is to the official announcement. My article will likely come out tomorrow sometime.)

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August 27, 2019 - Days of Summer and More

Days of Summer 2019 quest series has begun to unlock as of the patch today. I am trickling the rest of the images in over the next hour or so, but I wanted to get the page link out there for folks trying to find the quest locations now. Expect the page to change throughout the day as I get the rest of the furniture images done.

In other news -- Barrius (next to Whilhelm in the Anchorage) should now sell the two missing floor tiles (Mischievous and Foolhardy) on any server where all four researchers have completed their research. I think that means every server but Test at this point, but I am not positive. (Test has another twelve days or so to go.)

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August 07, 2019 - Signs of Life

I know I have been quiet lately, but I have been trying to recharge my energy a bit before the fall rush (expansion stuff, holiday stuff, etc.) hits. Here are a couple quick updates for you, though:

  1. The Days of Summer panda should be offering something new starting on August 27 (as per Kander on Discord). There will also be a game update that day.
  2. Servers are starting to hit the tail end of the Anchorage research (Thurgadin has finished with Bondrin, who had 1 less recipe to research than the others, and the others are on their final research), so this is a good time to remind folks that once all 4 researchers are done there will only be a single quest offered by Whilhelm every 45 minutes or so. (This was the original timing mentioned to us, and mentioned in my write-up. As far as I know, this will still be the timing when he unlocks after the final research is all done.)

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July 18, 2019 - BOOM!

In a few hours, Tinkerfest will go live. There will be lots of things that go "Clank", "Whirr" and "Boom" -- you will be on your own if you want an earth-shattering boom, but there will be exploding clockworks a-plenty in store for you during this annual event. (Reminder: Kaladim will not get much of the event, as they will only have harvestable cogs in Qeynos and Freeport, and a limited-offering vendor in both those cities.)

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July 03, 2019 - Tinkerfest on Test

Tinkerfest 2019 hit the Test server today. Here you go with the goodies. You are welcome. :D

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July 01, 2019 - Summer Spectacular

No, my aerakyn is not especially grumpy today, she is just modeling the new Flame-Branded Hamadan flying mount that is free for Members for the week. Members can claim theirs from the marketplace only until noon on July 8, so don't delay!

Other goodness for the week include double personal status, double guild status, double currency and a marketplace sale. (And for those who already did their summer ethereal runs before this was turned on at noon today, DBG ran a script that should give you what you missed out on.) You can read more about the event here.

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June 26, 2019 - Correction

The article I posted earlier mentioned July 26 for Scorched Sky instead of June 26. Annnnnd, for some reason that totally puzzles the hubbyogre (who does the site coding), I can edit the front page article to correct it, but the correction does not stick. So .. JUNE 26, in a few hours, for the start of Scorched Sky.

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