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December 25, 2018 - Real Life Recipe :)

As I was sitting on Fallen Gate, preparing to listen to a guide tell us a tale of what snowpeople do for Frostfell foods, talk turned to fruitcakes. I mentioned wistfully the delicious fruitcake that my mother used to make when we were young (which made me NOT understand all the fruitcake jokes until I was in college and had a storebought ... brick). In memory of my mother, at the request of a player, I have unearthed from our family reunion cookbook, my mom's "Miracle Fruitcake" recipe. (Apologies to folks who use the metric system, this is a verbatim copy and paste.)

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups fruits and peels
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Combine in saucepan first six ingredients. Boil gently for 3 minutes. Cool in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, fruits & peels and nuts. Sift dry ingredients, and add gradually to fruit mixture, beating well after each addition. Pour into 9" tube pan, lined with greased wax paper. Bake in slow oven (275 degrees) for 2 1/2 hours or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from pan. Cool thoroughly. Wrap securely in foil. Age 3 to 4 weeks to improve flavor. Makes a 4-1/2 pound cake.

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December 18, 2018 - Last-Minute Deals!

Whether you are looking for hot deals or cool steals, you may want to check out the Marketplace. Not only has the 12 Days of Frostfell been extended until the 28th of December, but some special homes have been added to the Marketplace as well! The "Limited Time Lewtz" section includes not only any of the collector's edition homes that you may have missed, but two special collector's packages AND the hotly-anticipated Baubleshire home in a special Holiday Bundle that also awards chocolate coins. Get them while they are there if these are deeds that you have been wanting for a while!

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December 13, 2018 - Patch Tidbits

These items of tradeskill note were in the patch notes today:

  • Tradeskill Writs no longer need to be turned into the quest giver and will auto-complete after finishing the final combine.
  • Guild harvesters will now offer the daily Planes of Prophecy and Chaos Descending harvesting missions, even if their minions are out gathering early expansion harvests.

That first bit about the tradeskill writs is talking about work orders and rush orders. They all should now auto-complete and give you the reward at the end without you having to run back to the writ giver to hand it in.

The harvesting missions change is something that we have been asking for, as guild harvesters, well, get sent out to harvest. This lets us get our PoP and CD harvesting missions even when the harvesters are out earning their keep.

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December 04, 2018 - Frostfell and More

Frostfell 2018 is arriving in a few short hours. I sadly do NOT have a story included with the article this time as my muse seems to be on strike, but the linked article includes details on all the new goodies. (We still need the official Daybreak announcement on the 12 Days of Frostfell promotion, but at least I have some information for you regarding it.)

If this was not enough chaos for December 4, the Fallen Gate server, in addition to their first nearly-full Frostfell event, will be seeing the release of the Sentinels Fate expansion. It will definitely be a very chaotic day over there on that server as folks decide what new stuff they are going to chase after first!

Merry Frostfell everyone!

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December 02, 2018 - A Frostfell Mystery

So, the expansion hit, and with it a nasty sinus infection. While I was recovering from the sinus infection, my hard drive died. I really DO know better, but I do not have proper backups of a lot of the stuff that was on that drive. Why is this important when I am talking about a Frostfell mystery? Well, it means that instead of my paid "pro" version of my video recording software, I had to use the free version, while waiting for fresh registration keys that may take days to arrive. It means the video quality is poorer, and the software did not pause when I told it to (running from the merchant to the house portal) and so on. Regardless, it will still give you the idea that "something" is coming, and we cannot Test it in advance on Test, so you will discover details along with us. Without further ado, here is your Frostfell Surprise.

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November 17, 2018 - Frostfell Testing

Frostfell is currently on Test. Details will be fleshed out on the page later. Enjoy the eye candy!

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November 16, 2018 - Clarification

To clarify, the issue with the Chaos Descending missions is is causing those specific items to not be rewarded, causing random hapless crafters to not get any reward when they complete one of Domigin's missions.

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November 16, 2018 - Short-term Bugs

There are a couple bad item id's in the Chaos Descending tradeskill missions from Domigin. The should be fixed with the next hotfix.

The carrion feeders (aka "pillbugs") in the Crypt of Decay part of the PoP tradeskill timeline and the daily mission version are fed up with adventurers trying to use embalming fluid to make them go kablooey. They have found a way to make themselves temporarily invulnerable to the effects. This, too, should be fixed in the next hotfix.

Mum is also sick/broken, even for her! This should be fixed as soon as the antibiotics kick in ... I hope!

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November 13, 2018 - Launch-Day Stuff

A bug fix was left out of the live build for the expansion, so the second-to-last tradeskill quest in the Chaos Descending timeline cannot be completed until the next hotfix. Any further launch day issues or updates will be included at the very bottom of the CD Information Clearinghouse.

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November 13, 2018 - Not Long Now!

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November 13, 2018 - This Bears Repeating

First off, the servers will come down at 7 a.m. Pacific (just under 9 hours from when I make this post) and are expected to be down until around noon Pacific. I expect the Daybreak forums will be hit pretty hard, so once I am awake in the m*rning and patch notes are posted, I'll post a copy of them over here as well for folks.

Now, I would like to repeat my final post of the night on the Chaos Descending Information Clearinghouse here, since some folks won't read the fine print over there:

A HUGE Heartfelt Plea: My work on these articles doesn't end here. I generally spend the first several hours after an expansion is live, running through the tradeskill line, missions, etc. to see what changed, or worse, what bugs may have slipped in over the last few days. I will be majorly focused on it. Please, please, PLEASE don't send me tells or Discord messages, etc. requesting that I provide you with details on x, y or z. Doing so will make you likely one of DOZENS of people trying to get my attention for handholding and spoonfeeding on launch day, and, well, I don't handle such overload well anymore. Please. Read the guides, ask in your chat channels for details if you can't find info on something, and so on, and let me lurk in a corner doing my thing. My scraps of sanity and temper will thank you. <3 (While I may need/want tradeskill related bug reports, things like crafted item stats you think are still out of line and such should go directly to /feedback, or /bug or the forums, NOT filtered through me. I didn't poke at stats. I have no time and energy to poke at them. Others did the poking, and trying to make it my problem may get you a rather grumpy and/or tear-filled response as you hit my last nerve.) Thank you for your understanding.

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November 09, 2018 - Meh

Sorry, there was a typo in my code yesterday, so the article did not link -- and I am having problems editing front page articles until the hubbyogre has time for a code fix. The article I was trying to link is Chaos Descending Information Clearinghouse.

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November 08, 2018 - Expansion Info HERE :)

As with past betas, there are not enough hours in the day, and I already have to go link-crazy with sub-articles and the like. If you want to see what is new on the expansion information front, please refer to the Chaos Descending Information Clearinghouse. Everything I am releasing with regards to the expansion will be called out there, with a listing at the very bottom containing notes on what has been added to the main page, and all the supporting articles. Sometimes I am doing multiple updates a day, and it is just easier to tie it all in there right now.

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November 06, 2018 - Network Issues

Daybreak is having network issues. It is impacting their website as well as all Daybreak games. They are working on it and there is currently no ETA. If you have already patched today, you can try using the workaround of going straight through the exe file (your main EverQuest 2 directory, find the everquest2.exe file and run as administrator), but be aware things may still be wonky.

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November 01, 2018 - More Expansion Info

I have been getting peppered with questions, so, while I continue to test, write, nap, test, write, nap, etc., here is a first look at the Chaos Descending Crafting Rewards Also, remember that Nights of the Dead ends in just over a day and Heroes' Festival begins in a few short hours.

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November 01, 2018 - Wow, Just ... Wow

Ignore the crazy timestamps, somehow our server got set to a totally different timezone well into the future. It is almost 2 a.m. here and while folks on live servers are already diving into the Heroes' Festival stuff, or finishing up their NoTD hoarding, look what I was doing. Yep, that fully merited sleep deprivation, at least in my eyes!

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October 31, 2018 - Expansion Information

I have started the Chaos Descending Information Clearinghouse. There is not a lot in it yet, but it will definitely be growing, and sprouting more supporting articles and videos over the next two weeks. Already included in the first supporting article about Myrist is a 14-minute tour of this central quest hub for the expansion. Stay tuned for more as time and energy allow!

Meanwhile, enjoy a look at the new appearance option for your pack pony once you finish the Chaos Descending tradeskill line. I present to you, the pack snail ...

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October 29, 2018 - Monday Mischief from Mum

I know I have been relatively quiet over here, not even reminding folks to finish up the last of their NoTD stuff and so on, but I have been busy on beta. Very busy. I will be doing a bunch of writing and video stuff for you folks "soon" since the TS line is getting more polished every day, but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a quick soundless video of one of the crafting NPCs for Chaos Descending. Meet Yrag the Swift. ZOOOM!

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October 25, 2018 - Heroes Festival Testing

The annual Heroes' Festival event is currently on Test and will be live in a week (and a few hours) from when I am posting this. I have done up a quick writeup on the new buyables here.

In other news, I am doing quite a bit over on beta, and will likely start producing various bits and pieces of preview writeups in a couple days.

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October 09, 2018 - Expansion Livestream

For those of you on facebook, the livestream for Chaos Descending should be starting any moment now at this link.

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