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October 31, 2016 - A Quick Warning

I will be updating the Kunark Ascending Crafting & Housing Preview later today (once I am done with the plumbers ... again), but wanted to drop a quick note in the interim. Players who wish to complete the new tradeskill signature line that will be released in the expansion on November 15 should note that they once again WILL need to complete the Earring of the Solstice before they can complete the questline.

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October 30, 2016 - Eye-Candy for Heroes

I will be chipping away at the expansion stuff some more this weekend, but meanwhile, I have a quick little bit of eye-candy for the 2016 Heroes' Festival. Enjoy!

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October 25, 2016 - Have I Got a Story for You!

Or two, or three, or something like that!

At long last, I have taken all the little stories that have been scattered across the site, and have revamped what used to be the "Humor" section, turning it into a multi-MMORPG story section. Linked there, you will find over 50 stories from EQ2, including the brand-new Responsible Pranking, Mum-Style. You will also find three old stories from my EQ days, the Komics that Kaisha created for us several years ago, and a section for some DC Universe Online stories that I have been writing, including the 6-part (and still growing) tale of the Volt Sisters. As more gets Added to any of these sections, I will make sure to call it out here, and on the Stories main page for those who wish to keep up with my varied scribblings.

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October 15, 2016 - For the Impatient :)

Kunark Ascending has not yet been in beta a full week, but I know some people are already eager for details. Things tend to change and evolve a lot through the beta period, so a lot of the "meat" will be waiting until later in the testing phase. However, I have a couple articles with eye-candy already linked into the master preview article, so I am putting up the link to the preview for you now.

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October 06, 2016 - NoTD

Perhaps there was some sort of zombie uprising to deal with along the way? We are not quite sure yet if it was that or some sort of a.m./p.m. confusion that has delayed the arrival of the Nights of the Dead celebrants, but hopefully we will know more soon. My current bet is for 30 seconds after my acupuncturist arrives. {grin}

UPDATE: Annnnndd, the event is now live. Hopefully those zombies are not why my acupuncturist is also late. :O

UPDATE #2: According to Kaitheel, Nights of the Dead will run an extra day to make up for the release time snafu.

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Last Modified on: 2016-10-06 01:24:32          

October 04, 2016 - Game Cards and NoTD

If you are the sort that likes to buy physical Daybreak game cards as opposed to making online purchases for Daybreak cash or membership, you will need to buy them soon, as they are going to stop selling them. More information can be found here.

Also, a quick reminder that Nights of the Dead starts in less than 36 hours from the time that I made this post. Wheeeeeeee!

Lastly, there is a livestream tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10 a.m. Pacific regarding the expansion. More information can be found here.

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September 21, 2016 - Graphics Glitch Followup

Fall hit some trees in game really hard. So hard that they lost all their leaves overnight. Fear not, you will not have naked trees for long! They have found the underlying cause of all the graphic glitches since the patch yesterday, and are working on getting a fix out to us. Official post here. Once the fix is in place, I will add the final NoTD crafted pic to the NoTD preview.

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September 20, 2016 - Graphics Glitch

There is a graphics display issue hitting many folks on both Test and Live. The worst hit are those who are unable to even see their characters, which prevents them from playing. Also reported (and personally experienced), however, are issues with naked character models, leafless trees, monster models without their shells/armor, and so on. As soon as there has been some Dev response to the forum posts about it, and a possible ETA, I will update this post.

UPDATE: They are aware of the problem and working on it. There is no ETA at this time. Meanwhile, Nights of the Dead 2016 is on the Test server. While I do not yet have the writeup fleshed out, the NoTD eye candy is now available for your viewing pleasure.

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Last Modified on: 2016-09-20 05:44:00          

September 01, 2016 - Expansion Tidbits!

If you have not already seen it, there has been a brief announcement about the next EQ2 expansion, as well as other fall items. In addition, this is a bonus xp (adventure, tradeskill, AA) weekend for all players, as well as a member-only marketplace sale. Enjoy!

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August 22, 2016 - GU101!

At the time of this posting, Game Update 101 releases in a few hours. (7 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday.) The full patch notes can be found here.

I would like to go into a bit of detail about this one line:

You can now remove your own access from another character’s house.
Basically, this is for people who have gone to their guild housing portal in the past and been hit with what seems to be a mile-long access list for various friends, acquaintances and what have you that have added you to visitor, friend or trustee access in their home. Some of them may not even play anymore, which means you cannot just ask them to remove you when your need for access is done. Below are the various methods in which you will be able to remove your access from their home. (I personally recommend, if the list is a long one, to take notes on names and locations in advance.)
  1. Head to the home from the guild housing portal and remove your access from the housing panel inside their home. This can be a pain if you have to pay their rent first, but is a good alternative if you are a low-level squishie and the home is the city of the opposing faction. However, it also means a lot of running in circles, so if you are NOT squishy, you will want that list I just recommended.
  2. Head to the outside door to the home - this is really recommended, if, for example, several homes that you want to remove your access to are prestige homes in Qeynos or Freeport. For this example, let us say there are 10 folks in Qeynos prestige housing that gave me access to their homes, and one at 4 Bayle Court in South Qeynos. Scamper up to the door of 4 Bayle, right-click the door and select visit. Find the correct name on the list, click access, find the "Remove access" button on the window that pops up. Boom, done. Scamper to the Qeynos prestige housing portal. Select visit for the housing type for the first home on my list, find the right name, click to visit, remove access. Boom. Rinse and repeat.
You will still need to do several steps per home, but it will save a ton of time and a ton of zoning, if you have several homes to remove in the same city.

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August 06, 2016 - LON Reminder

Just a reminder that Legends of Norrath will close down for good on the 17th of this month. Please make sure to claim and open any packs that you may have waiting for you via the standalone client before noon Pacific on that day. (You can use the link above, and use the Play Now! button on the home page to download the standalone client if you need it.)

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August 04, 2016 - GU101 Waiting in the Wings

Game Update 101 is due to arrive on August 23, with new fabled dungeons, new level 10 to 100 agnostic dungeons and more. If you want to test this new content it is available on the Test and Beta servers.

On the non-adventuring side, decorators and the like may like this tiny bit gleaned from the Test/Beta patch notes:

You can now remove your own access from another character’s house.
That should help you trim down your access lists at guild housing portals, so you can remove your access from the homes of inactive players. (Note that this is part of GU101, so will not be on the live servers until August 23.)

For those confused about the difference between Test and Beta here is a bit of an explanation. Test is a permanent population, where folks level up the normal way while playing guinea pig for new content. They usually get to see the new content first, but they also have to deal with bug reports, stuff that is oddly broken, and so on, on a regular basis. The Beta server is opened up to the public when something big needs extra testing, and often allows you to copy your chosen characters over so you can test with skills familiar to you. It will often allow level buffing as well. Characters on Beta can be wiped (deleted) whenever Daybreak deems necessary. What happens on Beta to your copied character has no bearing on the character it was copied from - you do not get to "keep" any extra levels you earn and so on.

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July 20, 2016 - Tinkerfest 2016!

In a few short hours, the annual Tinkerfest event will begin. Those who have been asking for more of the Agnor and Gnormajean tale will find that the preview now contains a bit of a short story regarding to the two of them. It may not be as polished as I'd like, but I am just happy that my arthritic hands allowed me to type even this much! Without further ado: Tinkerfest 2016: Windows to Her Heart

UPDATE: I almost forgot to link in the Tinkerfest Quest Tracker spreadsheet that Casdoe provided us with. It has now been linked into the quest section of the Tinkerfest preview. Thanks again, Casdoe!

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Last Modified on: 2016-07-20 06:24:57          

July 14, 2016 - Tinkerfest Stuff

Tinkerfest is coming next week, the goodies are on Test right now being tested. I am ... having some pain issues. The story may or may not arrive before the event goes live, the rest of the preview is unpolished still, but, for those wanting the eye-candy, the pics are up at least. Tinkerfest 2016

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July 08, 2016 - Random Patch Stuff

I did not post this when it happened, so here is stuff of interest to crafters from the Wednesday patch:

  • Four new charm recipes have been added to the Deepforge Advanced Jewelry recipe book.
  • Tradable infusers may now be added into adornment depots.

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June 19, 2016 - Grotto Reminder

Just a reminder that the Moonlight Enchantments (aka "Grotto") event starts in a few hours with 25 new items on the vendors. This monthly event only runs for 48 hours each month, so grab them while you can!

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June 12, 2016 - EQ2 Crafting Survey Request

We've had a request to boost the signal on this. This is NOT a survey for Daybreak, or for this site, it is for Domino's personal use in a presentation.

As the survey says, "These statistics may be used in a presentation about crafting in MMOs. This survey is for personal use and not related to Daybreak Games in any way, answers will not have any influence on game direction."
Those wishing to take the survey can do so at this link.

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June 10, 2016 - More Grotto Goodness!

We just found out today that the monthly Moonlight Enchantments (aka Grottos) event will have a couple dozen new offerings this month. Fresh from the Test server, I have the details and the eye-candy for you in New Grotto Goodies - 2016. (Edit: Large Vesspyr Grass added to the page, bringing the total number of new items to 25.)

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Last Modified on: 2016-06-10 07:42:26          

May 24, 2016 - Shrinking Mercs

Are you vertically challenged? Does your merc make a better door than window, making it difficult to keep an eye out for trouble? Our pleas have been heard, and as of today, there is a shrink merc ability:

Shrink Mercenary is now available for purchase from class trainers.

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April 27, 2016 - G100 Crafting Information

Game Update 100 will be launched for members on April 28th. While there is not a huge amount of crafting-related content in this update, there is some. You can check it out here.

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Last Modified on: 2016-04-27 01:36:09          

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