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November 27, 2019 - Expansion Release Date

The Blood of Luclin expansion release date was formally announced today as December 17, 2019. The tradeskill line should be made available to all beta testers around the 5th (or at least, that was the last date I heard Kander mention on the forums). This means that you should also plan to finish the repeatable prelude quests in Kylong by the morning of the 17th.

Since Frostfell goes live on December 10, that means there may/may not be an issue with the ice brick cutout set for a week (in between when Frostfell goes live, and when the art patching will be done on the 17th). Kaitheel tried to juggle things around, but we are uncertain how well it will work out when the event goes live.

One last note! Remember that the Dragon Attack! event ends on December 5 and plan your dragon killing and monument crafting accordingly!

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November 22, 2019 - Frostfell On Test

I cannot word. Here you are.

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November 20, 2019 - The Passing of a Legend

We were truly sorry to hear of the death of Brad "Aradune" McQuaid, who was a vital part of EverQuest's history. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends, as well as past and present co-workers.

~Mum and the House Ogre

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November 12, 2019 - A Quick Note

I am, understandably, up to my eyeballs in overlapping stuff right now, but I wanted to mention one thing that I learned over the weekend and also repeat something that I mentioned in the writeup.

With the Dragon Attack! event, if you are done with your faction grind, and crafting for the sake of monument progress, you are likely drowning in mount gear. You may make one of each of the three recipes for a single hand-in. You will only get a single reward, but you will give appropriate progress to the monument.

I know folks are getting disheartened with the (lack of) monument progress. As has been mentioned before, the progress was set to be intentionally slow at the start, and will speed up over time. The event is set to run for four weeks, and they did not want us to rush through in the first few days and risk a lot of people missing out on the event. Yep, I know, even with keeping that in mind, folks are disheartened, but I know they are watching the progress and will nudge things as needed during the weeks to come. (The event does not end until December 5.)

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November 06, 2019 - Downtime and Event Reminders

The servers will go down at 7 a.m. Pacific (tomorrow) to fix the spawning (mobs and nodes) issue that folks are seeing.

Also, a quick reminder that Heroes' Festival and the 15th anniversary Dragon Attack! event start at midnight tonight!

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October 27, 2019 - Insanely Busy

What you folks are getting to see is just the tip of the iceberg on the amount of work going on behind the scenes. What do you mean, you are not getting to see anything? Oh, right, I have to actually publish the links. First, more is available on the Heroes' Festival article, including the images for the buyable appearance gear, quest trackers from Casdoe and house item preview video links from Ocarinah.

But you, eager decorators and crafters, want more, right? How about the first look at the items from Dragon Attack!, the 15th anniversary event? NOT the details, since we are frantically testing that right now, but the eye candy. I will go back and add prices for them all later when I am not 2-boxing and playing relay on questions between devs (on a Sunday!) in Discord, and players on Test. :D Testing comes first, details for you folks second. :D

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October 26, 2019 - Heroes Festival In Testing

The annual Heroes Festival is now on the Test server. This does NOT include the extra special 15th anniversary event that has been mentioned recently. That will be covered separately when Daybreak lets us see it. :D Meanwhile, without further ado (and with more to do on it once I get some sleep) here is some Heroes Festival Eye-Candy.

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October 25, 2019 - A Little Birdie** Told Me ...

... that the Tradeskill Signature Quest that was released with the prelude event would be needed in order to obtain the Luclin crafting line when the Luclin expansion is released in December. (Remember, this quest was released with the limited-time prelude event but this and the adventure quest are permanent additions to the game.) Those of you with level 110 crafting alt-armies might want to think about setting time aside to cycle through them if they have not done this quest yet. (**Ok, ok, it was not a little birdie, it was a little gnome, and he cleared this information for public knowledge, so folks have time to prep.)

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October 23, 2019 - Panda Problems

Issues with the Days of Summer (aka Panda Quests) flagging will be fixed with the patch this coming Tuesday. Until then, you may not be able to shop with alts, you may or may not be able to buy the week 9 stuff even on the one who finished the week 9 quest, etc. Hang on until Tuesday, and it should get sorted out.

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October 22, 2019 - Days of Summer, Patch Time

The patch is running long today due to some network issues, there is no ETA at this time. Thankfully, the Test server got their patch yesterday, so I was able to verify Days of Summer locations for you for week 9. All weeks of this event are now unlocked and as in past years, the questgiver and the NPC will be around year-round, so folks can quest at their own pace.

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October 19, 2019 - Forums

Our message boards are down until further notice (it may be hours, it likely will be days). Since we do not use the forums much at all these days (unlike the ones for EQ), it is not much of a hardship on the EQ2 side of things. I may just decide to kill the EQ2 ones gracefully once they are back up, and just keep the calendar feature going.

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October 18, 2019 - Expansion Info and More

Windstalker has released a new letter announcing expansion and beta information, information on a new live server, mention of a special anniversary event, and the promise of more details soon. Read all about it here.

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October 17, 2019 - Update on Custom UIs

From Dreamweaver:

Wanted to update everyone with the timeline for disabling the Custom UI(s). We will be turning them off with the next patch on Tuesday (10/22), and they will be off for the following week as we spend that time testing. Either Friday (10/25) or Monday (10/28) before the patch on Tuesday (10/29) we will let you all know if that timeline needs to be extended further. Since we understand that many players will be effected by this and it is important to us that gameplay continues as normal as possible while this occurs for testing purposes we’ve made the below changes that will take effect around the same time as the UI are disabled:
We will be awarding everyone (1) free lockout reset when the change goes active. This is a (1) use consumable that will reset all of your current lockout timers and will only be usable while this test is active. Keep in mind if you wish to enter a previously saved zone all members of your group or raid must have it reset in order to get a new zone. This short term change synergizes with the gear up level up double loot event, allowing participating raids to receive double rewards on a daily basis while this test is running.
We will also be lowering all minimum lockouts on raid zones in Chaos Descending and Fabled Kael Drakkel to 18 hours instead of their normal 3 or 5 day lockouts.
It is important to note that once this test is completed, we will be returning the lockout timers to their original length. It is crucial that we have players in game and grouping/raiding during this time as we try to identify the cause of the lag we’ve been seeing lately. We will do our best to ensure the effect on gameplay is as minimal as possible. We appreciate your patience and your assistance!

From Mum: This means things like EQ2maps, DarqUI, ProfitUI and so on will not be available during this testing phase. (The layout editor, which is not a custom UI, should NOT be impacted, from everything I have seen.) I know it is frustrating for folks who run with custom UIs, and the lag has been frustrating as well, but your continued activity during the week or so that they have custom UIs turned off will help them figure out if one or more of them is the culprit.

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October 15, 2019 - Gear Up Level Up 2019 Starts Tomorrow

From Dreamweaver:

Gear Up, Level Up has returned once more! Gear Up, Level Up is a time when bonuses become available throughout Norrath to help adventurers prepare for the season's upcoming expansion. This year, we've got a number of different bonuses slated that will all kick off starting next week!
Adventuring on a Live Servers, you'll earn triple Ethereal coins from 12:01 AM on October 18, 2019 until 11:59 PM PT on October 29, 2019. During this same time period, All Access Members will also earn double currency. These bonuses will stack, which means members will earn six times the Ethereal currency!
In addition to these ethereal bonuses, all players on Live Servers will also find themselves earning double Chaos Descending loot drops from 12:00 PM PT (noon) on October 15, 2019 until The end of Gear Up Level Up (Which will be revealed at a later date)! Double loot drops means the final boss in expansion dungeon zones will drop twice as much loot as usual.
Limited Time item drops can be obtained from Chaos Descending missions crates and will grant you a bonus based off of their type, such as Research Reduction, which will decrease the time remaining to research your currently researching ability. Limited Time items can only exist in your inventory until they expire, so don't forget to use them!
The first limited time item Research Reduction, will be available from 12:00 PM PT (noon) on October 15, 2019 until 12:00 PM PT (noon) on October 22, 2019 when the next bonus will begin!
Be sure to use this time wisely as you prepare for continuing adventures in Norrath and the next EverQuest II expansion!

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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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