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August 31, 2018 - Against the Elements!

The prelude event for the next expansion has been released on the Test server. While there will be things that will be adjusted and changed in the two weeks that it will be in testing (it goes live Sept. 13), much of it should be ready for your drooling pleasure: Against the Elements Prelude Event".

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August 30, 2018 - Double Week!

There is all sorts of double goodness happening starting tomorrow and running for a week-ish. Here is the announcement from Daybreak about it:

From 12:01AM PT on Friday, August 31, 2018 until 11:59PM PT on Thursday, September 6, 2018, ALL players on ALL servers will receive double XP and double Currency!
In addition to these bonuses, you'll also enjoy double Ethereal Coins, which means bonuses will stack and you'll earn FOUR TIMES the rewards! If you're playing on a TLE server, this bonus will apply to Hunter's Coins.
But that's not all... If you're a member, you'll also receive 25% off all Marketplace items! If you’ve had your eye on something in the Marketplace, now is the perfect time to pick it up!
If you're playing on the Antonia Bayle server, your bonus week will extend an extra day to make up for the server merge downtime, with bonuses running through 11:59PM PT on Septemer 7, 2018!

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August 21, 2018 - Days of Summer 2018

The hua'mein Yun'Zi has now begun offering the first of the nine new Days of Summer quests for 2018. His new sidekick, Pas'Yu now offers up the non-gear offerings from this past year, as well as all-new items that will be unlocked during the 9 quests for this year.

In other news, we bought the upgrade for our forum. It is currenly ugly, and not all functionality is working, but you can once again read and make posts. Progress!

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August 14, 2018 - Second Update of the Day - Forums

Please be aware that we still have a LOT of broken stuff behind the scenes thanks to our hosting provider. Miles and miles of error messages, things that will not work at all, and so on. One of those things right this moment happens to be editing front page updates (hence the separate second post for the same day, instead of just an update to the original post). Then there is a ton of stuff you folks do not see, but I have been copying copious numbers of error messages into a list for poor Ngreth to chase down each and every error caused by code that is no longer compatible with the SQL version on the server. THEN there are the forums. Oh those poor forums. I think there may be ONE post on the entire forums, from August 2, that you MAY be able to still read. Everything else, well, it throws you to an unhelpful HTML error that does not tell us where the problem lies. Ditto for calendar entries. There may be one or two where you can read more than the title. Maybe. And while I was able to make that post on Aug 2, I now cannot make posts at all. Personally, I am ready to blow the forums totally out of the water due to lack of use. But they did have their uses, including the calendar. We can/may buy a forum upgrade for them (they are several versions behind), since the EQ side of things had already been upgraded and had far less forum issues than we are having. But there is no guarantee that it would fix our underlying forum problems. And it is uglier, and slower, and takes a lot of time to get re-configured into something useful (all based on what happened when we upgraded the EQ side), and that is a lot of extra hours for poor Ngreth, who is still chasing, line-by-line, error codes all over the sites.

tldr: there are lots of things still broken, including the forums. They are being worked on, but the forums especially are a problem child whose survival is up in the air.

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August 14, 2018 - Fallen Gate - Events Turned Back On

This is for the Fallen Gate server only due to a bug that caused these events to partly misfire on FG. Kelethin City Festival and Moonlight Enchantments on Fallen Gate only have been turned back on and will run as follows:

  • Kelethin city festival is going on now through 8/21.
  • Moonlight Enchantments is going now through 8/16.
Need I mention, again, that this is only for Fallen Gate (where the events were broken). Yep, I still expect someone will misunderstand the message, but I tried! :D

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August 13, 2018 - TS Adornment Change

The patch for tomorrow includes the following note:

The Nails tradeskill adornments will now only benefit level 110 tradeskillers, but can be applied to any level of equipment.
So, those new tradeskill adornments, from the Guk TS collection quest, will be available to ALL 110 crafters, not just level 110 crafters who are also 110 adventurers and also have 110 gear. I cannot test this yet, as it is not on the Test server as of this writing, but I will be keeping an eye on this one!

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August 06, 2018 - Mostly Back

As many of you noticed, there were problems with our sites this past week due to our hosting provider making a mess. Our beloved House Ogre has done what he could to get basic functionality going once again, so at least folks can access articles and such. There are still some issues here and there on the EQ2 side and in the background (all but the single most recent post in the EQ2 forums are kaput, the EQ2 event calendar is kaput, site editing is ... creative), but at least the basics are there for us. Thanks for your patience during this frustrating time, and please let us know any error messages you trip over OTHER than the EQ2 forums and EQ2 calendar. ~Mum

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August 01, 2018 - Upgrading Level 1-10 Ascension Spells

Now that illegible scrolls are more readily accessible, I needed a refresher on how to upgrade the darn things into ascension spells. From the sound of it, I am not alone, so I did some digging to refresh my memory.

Level 1-10 ascension spell drops are in the form of illegible scrolls, that then have to be converted into spells by a crafter. Some of the recipes to do so (Journeyman, Expert, Grandmaster and Ancient) are in scholar recipe books from KA, the other recipes (Adept, Master) are drops. (The PoP heroic adventuring weekly, for example, can drop the Adept and Master versions of the recipes.)

Journeyman recipes are in the "Bloody Tooth ____ Essentials" books, while the Expert, Grandmaster and Ancient versions are in the "Bloody Tooth Advanced ____" books. The crafting class breakdown is as follows:

  • Alchemist: Thaumaturgist
  • Jeweler: Geomancer
  • Sage: Etherealist and Elementalist

(For players trying to scribe them, you must update abilities in order -- to scribe an expert version, for example, you must have the adept version already in your knowledge book.)

As an unrelated side-note, the writeup on the Guk TS mission has been updated many, many times in the last 24 hours, and now includes a link to the EQ2U item information on the recipe book that is the reward for the red shiny collection in there.

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Last Modified on: 2018-08-01 12:46:12          

July 31, 2018 - Double Goodness

While folks are running amok after the game update, Daybreak has some yummy stuff in store for us for the next week:

From 12:01 AM PT on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 until 11:59 PM PT on Monday, August 6, 2018, members throughout Norrath will receive both double status and double currency!
Plus, on live servers, all players will also earn double Planar Ethereal coins! If you're playing on a TLE server, you'll earn twice as many Hunter's Coins! Paired with the aforementioned double currency bonus, this means that members' Ethereal and Hunter's coin earnings will QUADRUPLE! This is the perfect time to work through that second wave of Ethereals!

Level 110 characters that log in will also receive a reward crate to choose an ancient scroll (class-based or ascension based). (You may only update a spell to Ancient that you already scribed to the GM version.)

Time to run amok amok amok in Guk!

Update:For the new Guk tradeskill mission, the recipe changed between beta and live. You will now need 600 common PoP harvests per combine (and you need two combines to make it through the dungeon). I am updating the web walk-through now. I will wait a day or three before re-re-re-re-redoing the video walkthrough.

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Last Modified on: 2018-07-31 01:01:15          

July 30, 2018 - Return to Guk!

GU107, Return to Guk, should be available on live servers at roughly 10 a.m.-ish Pacific tomorrow, July 31. In addition to quite a bit of stuff mentioned in the lengthy patch notes, the release of the Fabled Guk instances also includes a tradeskill daily that can be run by level 110 crafters who have completed A Stitch in Time tradeskill line from Planes of Prophecy. Trust me, you will want to read a walk-through if you are not familiar with the zone, or if it has been a long time since you ran through the Halls of the Fallen as an adventurer. You probably will want a video walk-through as well. Yep, Mum has you covered on both counts. There will not be any story to go along with this, as I spent many, many, many hours over the last several days running and re-running the instance for bug checks as well as verifying the new red shiny collection that goes with it, and I am beyond "frain bried". You can find my writeup here and the 5th or so attempt at a video here.(As I write this, the video is at 95% uploaded and in the "processing" stage, so it should be ready in a couple minutes.)

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July 23, 2018 - Gremlins in the Moonlight ... or Something!

The monthly Moonlight Enchantments event fell victim to a horde of gremlins on the Fallen Gate server, and chased away several quest NPCs as well as causing one portal to not even open up. The gremlins then messed up a weekend fix attempt. Everything should be fixed for Fallen Gate now, and for Fallen Gate (only), the event will run through the end of July 25.

UPDATE: Back to the drawing board! Fallen Gate is still infested with gremlins, and the issues with this event on that server continue. Kaitheel suspects that the fixes will not stick until server downtime in the morning. In case I get distracted and do not catch any further updates, the official forum thread is here, with developer updates starting with the 13th post in the thread.

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Last Modified on: 2018-07-23 04:13:24          

July 18, 2018 - Tinkerfest 2018!

Tinkerfest 2018 begins at midnight Pacific tonight. Click here for details on the new crafted and purchased items, links to quest trackers, and a link to the writeup on the returning public quest. It is time to make clockworks go "BOOM!" again!

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June 27, 2018 - Scorched Sky!

From the sweltering heat of Lavastorm, to the frigid snow-covered hills and plains of the Great Divide, devotees of Flame will begin celebrating Scorched Sky at midnight Pacific tonight. Come alone, or grab a few friends and join in the celebration!

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June 20, 2018 - Decorating Protip

Now that more house items stack, here is a handy tip for decorators: If you are placing a stack of tiles in a storage house or dungeon, drag the stack to the hotbar and place them from there. You will save yourself many keyclicks!

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June 18, 2018 - Crack Those Shells!

Just a reminder that Oceansfull will end tonight. Have you opened all the shells that you wanted to? Scorched Sky is already on Test and will be live in a week and a half!

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June 12, 2018 - Lag Issues?

If you are having issues with massive lag and rendering issues after the patch, it is likely that you are still using the streaming client. (There is currently a streaming issue being worked on, that should be fine soon.) If you want to avoid this in the future, you can select the "Full download" option from the launchpad. The first time you do this, however, you will have to wait while it downloads the files that it had been trying to stream.

UPDATE: Lag issues due to streaming were fixed several hours ago. In other news, some red shinies have been turned on for Fallen Gate and the Red Glowies page now lists which collections have been turned on for FG. Additionally, the solstice earring got an upgrade today and the Earring of the Solstice walkthrough has been updated with the new stat information.

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Last Modified on: 2018-06-12 06:28:23          

May 27, 2018 - PoP Red Shinies

A couple of days ago I promised more information on the red shinies that now appear in PoP daily tradeskill mission instances. While we do not have information on the Shard of Hate mission yet (it is awaiting a hotfix), I do have screenshots and basic information here

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May 25, 2018 - Oceansfull!

The new Oceansfull Festival will run from June 8 through June 18. It is rather mellow little event, with house items to gobble up. Now that it is on Test, you can find more details here.

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May 24, 2018 - GU106 and Free Level 100 Character

Game Update 106 is here! In amidst all the adventuring goodies, there are a few crafting fixes (Bastion of Thunder), and a LOT more furniture items that will stack. Once the dust settles, I will be asking for the names of strays, so we can get those fixed as well. (Player-written items, and customizable items such as housepets will not stack, but pretty much everything else "should" stack.) You can find detailed patch notes here.

In addition, from now until June 7, all existing accounts will be able to create a single level 100 heroic character for free. (Not buff an existing one, create a new one.) This character will have a lot of extra goodies to go with them, and time is limited for claiming, so please spread the word as able. You can find the announcement about it here.

UPDATE: Please be aware of the following from the MOTD (message of the day) in-game:

The zone for the Shard of Hate inside the Plane of Magic will only show in the first instance of Plane of Magic until the next update. If you consume your Mercenary: Personal Avatar token while next to the mercenary in the world, you will need to move away then back for to hire it.

UPDATE 2: It appears that there are 5 red shiny collections from in PoP tradeskill missions. I was not able to get TS missions in the beta when I tried, so it is not something I saw before today. More eventually about this and about the rewards as it will take time for us to figure it all out. Meanwhile, be aware that the Shard of Hate TS mission instance will not be spawning red shinies until the next hotfix

UPDATE 3 (yes, another one!): Manually canceling creation of an item mid-craft (such as folks often do for transmuting and adorning dailies) right now will dump you to character select. You will want to avoid doing that until the issue is fixed.

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Last Modified on: 2018-05-24 06:12:13          

May 22, 2018 - DBG Network Issues

From Daybreak:

Our team is currently investigating server issues that are impacting all games - we appreciate your patience as we work to resolve them!

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