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April 09, 2020 - Beastr and Bonuses

The Beast'r event has gone live, and the Sandtail Hare did indeed make it into the live build. This event only runs through the 13th, so get your event Overseer quests running while you can, folks!.

A new week of bonuses also started at noon Pacific today -- limited time merc training (meaning you only have a few hours after looting it in which to use it before it poofs) on live servers, and double xp for all servers. (There may be some issues with double xp not showing yet and they are looking into it.)

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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April 04, 2020 - How Eggciting!

The Beast'r Eggstravaganza is on the Test server right now, in preparation for hitting the Live and TLE servers on April 1. Yes, of course I have eye-candy for you!

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April 02, 2020 - And More Bonuses!

This was just announced:

Continuing the bonuses from the previous weeks.
Starting today at 12 PM (noon) PDT until Thursday, April 9 at 12 PM PDT, we will be running another set of bonuses.
Kaladim will continue to get double hunter coins!
Live servers, you are going to see Limited time mount xp drops, and double overseer daily quests
Please note the limited time mount xp drops are off of Blood of Luclin missions crates

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March 28, 2020 - Bristlebane Day and More

Life is chaotic right now, so I am sorry I did not re-highlight this when it went live today. Bristlebane Day is live and the preview has been up in the Events section for a bit.

Kander has begun podcasting, with 2 episodes currently out and a third being edited now. You can check out the announcement here or on Anchor or Spotify.

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March 26, 2020 - More Bonuses

Starting at noon Pacific tomorrow, and running through noon Pacific on April 2, there will be double status and double familiar xp (remember that familiar xp potions do not get doubled). Kaladim will also get double Hunter's coins.

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March 25, 2020 - Chronoportals Extended

This was tweeted out yesterday:

Because of the necessary downtime we will be extending the Chronoportal event until Sunday March 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT

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March 21, 2020 - News From Test

Here are a few little bits and pieces for you folks, taken from the Test patch last night ...

The level examine info on harvestables has been returned to what it was before. This means that CD and BoL harvests once again jumble together in the depot, but apparently the people complaining about that are not as noisy as the horde of you that complained about the examine info being stripped off, so it is what it is. :D

A new weekly Heritage Overseer quest has been added (currently only on Test). This overseer quest needs to be picked up by a level 120 character but can then be started by any one single character on your account. It is a single-use overseer quest that lasts 1 week in duration. It uses no traits, no mercs, no familiars, so you can set it on one of your alts with no-trait agents and forget about it for a week. It will reward you with 2 singing steel heritage crates. Since it is single-use, it does not count towards your 10 overseer quest limit per day. It is "bought" for 0 copper at the heritage merchant that sells things for the singing steel currency. In Freeport, that means the little island off the EFP docks. In Qeynos, it is an underwater entrance in the QHarbor canals.

Full Test patch notes can be found here

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March 20, 2020 - More News From the Trenches

This was posted on the official forums today. It includes an update from the team as well as information on bonus week in-game.

Hi All,
Thank you for the messages and kind words. We wanted to update you on our status as the team adjusts and resumes development while working from home. If there are any delays or changes to scheduled events or plans during this time frame, we’ll inform you as early as possible.
As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support during these unprecedented times, beginning today at 12 PM PDT until 12 PM PDT on March 26, 2020, all Blood of Luclin mission rewards will be double loot. All servers will also get Double XP in the same time frame.
We appreciate all of you and hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe during this time. We look forward to continuing to game with you.
Dreamweaver, on behalf of the EverQuest II Team

Please DO stay as safe and well as you can, folks! ~Mum

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March 19, 2020 - Downtimes for Database Migration

The following was posted this week:

We wanted to inform everyone about some upcoming downtime for EQ2. Next week, we will be migrating certain databases with the intention to improve game performance. We will be splitting up the downtime so all the servers are not down at once while the database moves are in progress.
Round 1
Start: Tues 3/24 @ 7am
Duration: 24 hr downtime
Servers: Maj’Dul, Isle of Refuge, Kaladim, Antonia Bayle, Drunder
Note: Marketplace, Daily Objectives, and Global Currency may be down for other servers for part of this time.
Round 2
Start: Thurs 3/26 @ 7 AM/14:00 UTC
Duration: 24 hr downtime
Servers: Halls of Fate, Rivervale, Skyfire, Thurgadin
This is part of the ongoing effort to improve your play experience and thank you for your patience.

To clarify, this is "just" database work to improve performance and hopefully help with lag. Rumors about server merges are NOT true - there are no such critters planned at this time. ~Mum

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March 13, 2020 - Bristlebane Day on Test

I hope you folks have not already had your fill of events, since Brewday is still going on for a few more days, Chronoportals start in the middle of next week, and the week after THAT, Bristlebane Day starts. The first eye-candy from Test is available for the Bristlebane stuff, but there may be more once the April 1 special festivities are turned on for testing (TBA).

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March 12, 2020 - Merc Buffs

I have replaced the beta blurb regarding Mercenary Batallion Buffs with the slightly more detailed explanation that was posted Tuesday. Most of it is the same information, but there are now some numbers provided.

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March 09, 2020 - Thurgadin Server and Live Patch

Starting at 8 p.m. Pacific tonight (that is 3 a.m. GMT March 10), the Thurgadin server will be offline while the server is physically moved to a new datacenter in Amsterdam. The downtime for Thurgadin is expected to be around 14 hours. Details can be found here. Thurgadin will also have the patch applied during their downtime.

What patch, you ask? There will be downtime for all servers other than Test at 7 a.m. Pacific tomorrow. In addition to other things, the following items are of specific tradeskill interest:

  • An Empyral Physical Infuser recipe has been added to the Reconstructed Empyral Infusers recipescroll. This recipe uses Essence of Chaos or any Planar Energy to craft an infuser that applies to the deity infusion layer exactly as plat infusing does.
  • Veilwalker's, Voidpiercer's, and Empyral Transmutation Stones have been added to Veilwalker's Adornments Volume X. These recipes use Essence of Chaos or any Planar Energy as their primary component.
  • Soft metal vein nodes in Blood of Luclin zones should now return the proper resource when harvested by the pack pony.
Patch notes can be found here.

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March 05, 2020 - Reminder - Brewday

Just a quick reminder that the Brewday festivities begin in a couple hours. It is time to dig out your Improved Ale Goggles and prep your ponies!

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February 29, 2020 - Chronoportals on Test

While there is nothing crafting about this event, there are house items, so I have put up a down and dirty preview of the new house items and cloak from the Chronoportals 2020 Event that is now being tested on the Test server.

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February 22, 2020 - Brewday on Test

Yes, event season is going to go into overdrive over the next few weeks. Brewday is now on Test, Chronoportals will slightly overlap it, and will be on Test soonish, Bristlebane Day will follow that, and then there will be Beast'r. All of these will be in the next month and a half or so. If you think that is going to make for a bit of crazed testing, you are right. :D

Anyway, the Brewday Preview has been started, and the eye-candy is now available. Enjoy!

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February 03, 2020 - T-Shirt Experiment

Darkpaw Games is trying an experimental limited run of 1000 EQII anniversary t-shirts on Amazon. Since this is just an experiment, they are only able to ship to U.S. addresses. If this goes well, hopefully they will try bigger runs of such items in the future!

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January 31, 2020 - Erollisi Day on Test

The pictures are done and the rough article is in place. I'll try to get in a section for those new to this event in the next couple of days.

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January 24, 2020 - BoL Food and Drink

I have created a Blood of Luclin Food, Drink and Snacks page. Bon appetit!

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January 21, 2020 - B-b-b-b-arrrrrk!

Today Daybreak Games officially branched out into three franchise studios. The EverQuest and EverQuest II studio will be called Darkpaw Games. One of the news releases can be found here. Additional information can be found in the letter from our Executive Producer, Holly Longdale.

In other news, there will be a patch Thursday this week, since the federal holiday yesterday made a Tuesday patch a bad proposition.

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January 10, 2020 - Shadow Harvesting 101

The Thursday patch stabilized things enough on the shadow harvesting front that I decided to throw together a quick Shadow Harvesting 101 guide with some details that I learned along the way. I hope it helps!

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