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March 05, 2014 - Brewday 2014: The Barrel Room!

Brewday launches in a couple hours, and I am finally finished the story that goes along with the Brewday 2014 Preview. Yep, I am cutting it close to the wire, but I had a really good excuse. Truly! :P Enjoy the festivities, and remember that the event ends at the end of the day on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day). Get ready to go forth and earn yourself some Beer Tokens, and remember to send out your improved pack pony for holiday harvestables, if you have upgraded him!

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February 21, 2014 - Brewday in Testing

Brewday is currently on Test. While the full preview will be a bit, I have put up the placeholder article, along with a bunch of eye-candy. Check out Brewday 2014 - The Barrel Room for more details!

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February 05, 2014 - Curtain Call!

What does the racket of a barrel full of goblins have to do with Erollisi Day in any way, shape or form? My Muse seems to think they go together in Curtain Call, the short story to go along with the E-Day preview. Erollisi Day officially kicks off at midnight Pacific tonight (well, one minute after midnight, but close enough!), so get ready for love notes, hard candies, roses galore, and ... curtains!

Edit: There is also a patch in the morning, with two tradeskill items listed

Tradeskill Apprentice Researchers have made a breakthrough while studying theTempleofVeeshan.
Fuel components will once again be affected by conservation effects.
The research bit is what I mentioned in the front page update yesterday about green raid adorns. The fuel bit is only for normal recipes for crafters with the conservation tradeskill prestige ability. It does not include special recipes that have been intentionally excluded, such as recipes that use etyma.

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Last Modified on: 2014-02-05 10:26:56          

February 04, 2014 - Green Raid Adorn Research on Test

I am still working on the story for Erollisi Day. (Darn stubborn muse!) In the meantime, here is some quick information on green raid adorns that were added to tradeskill apprentices on Test.

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January 23, 2014 - Erollisi Day on Test!

The Erollisi Day annual holiday event is currently in testing. I will have a formal preview by early next week, but here are the preliminary screenshots for you: Erollisi Day 2014 - Curtain Call.

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January 07, 2014 - 2014 SOE Membership Changes

There was considerable hubub when SOE announced changes in membership for 2014. It was flammable enough that I would not even go near it with asbestos-lined long johns! :P Thankfully, the folks at SOE did go near it, and read it, and discuss it, and made changes accordingly.

Here is what John Smedley had to say about it:

Hi everyone,
Thanks for the feedback. We listened.
Here are the basics of our revised plan. Please note - we have not had the time to do estimates of the work involved, and also we're continuing to listen. so this isn't baked just yet. Do not expect that this is all going to happen immediately. We plain don't know yet. we're doing that meeting tmw.
1) We're lowering the price of All Access to $14.99 2) We're going to make it so every subscriber to all our PC games an all access member. Basically there will be one SOE membership for our PC games. Please note there are some minor restrictions around our kids titles (simply put - if you're a 12 year old who signed up for FR you won't have access to the adult games so we'll likely leave the lower priced kids offerings as separate subscriptions for under 12 for the same low prices). 3) We're keeping the 500 SC included with the subscription instead of going to the "pick an item" system. We heard you. You didn't like the change. The only change we are making is that we're now going to make you claim it monthly. You can still hoard it though I realize this is a bit of a pain but honestly it's the best compromise we could come up with that solves the problems I mentioned in the other thread. 4) we are going to be giving our members a 10% discount in our marketplaces. 5) European players - we have an idea on how to include you in this but we need to discuss with our partners.We have a pretty good idea on this though. give us a bit of time to suss this out. 6) Nothing is changing with Player Studio items - you'll still be able to buy them with your 500SC. 7) Console titles - you'll notice I only mentioned the PC titles. Our goal is to include the PS3 and PS4 games that we have, but I want to be up front and say that isn't a done deal.
In a nutshell that's where our head is at.
As always your feedback is welcomed. Please do us a big favor and carefully think about #3. Our goal is to give you more value in the subscription to make it more attractive and making it simpler in the process. I really feel like we're making a good decision going this route. It makes things simpler and gives more value to our players.

Original post can be found here.

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January 01, 2014 - City Fest - New Offerings

The City Festival is being held below Gorowyn. It sells a new amethyst stained glass oval on Sanya Farshore, and Chris Weathers now sells the Gorowyn fireworks launcher. Enjoy!

Also, remember that the 50% off rebate sale on many items in the Marketplace ends at midnight Pacific on January 1. Happy New Year, all!

UPDATE (edited): Apparently the new brats on the block want to ruin the holiday for others and are claiming credit for Denial of Service attacks bringing down several game networks, including SOE. I am not going to give the blow-by-blow, but SOE folks are busy working through their holiday on this issue.

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Last Modified on: 2014-01-01 04:45:23          

December 19, 2013 - Frostfell Goodness from SOE

In case you missed it on the SOE forums and the like:

Finish up your holiday shopping and clear your calendar as this weekend starting Friday, December 20th at 12:00 PM PT you'll get double experience from Adventure, Tradeskill, Alternate Achievement, and Guild Experience! This event will run through Sunday, December 22nd at 11:59 PT.
Also, to help everyone ring in the new year and finish out Frostfell, we will have a 50% Rebate Sale on many of our items on Tuesday, December 31st at 12:00 AM PT to Wednesday, January 1st, 11:59pm PT. You only have one day so don't miss out on this great opportunity!

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December 15, 2013 - Year Round Frostfell Stations

Many people missed this on the bottom of the Frostfell preview, and many others do not visit this site, so there are a lot of questions on the permanent Frostfell crafting stations that can be placed in home or guildhall. To make it easier to share the information, without typing in a long url, I made a tinyurl link for it last week. Feel free to share http://tinyurl.com/ffstations with your friends so they have a chance to grab a set for themselves!

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December 14, 2013 - I Just Have to Squee

... what a fabulous gift from a guildmate. Is this little mausie not adorable? :D

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December 12, 2013 - Frostfell 2013: Snowy Facelift

As I write this, Frostfell 2013 will begin in a few short hours. (7 a.m. Pacific downtime for all servers, downtime is expected to be one hour for U.S. and two hours for EU servers.) The rough Frostfell preview that I had up has finally morphed into a more fleshed-out preview, a couple mini-stories, and two additional articles (one on the permanent Frostfell crafting stations, one on the Snowy Dwelling prestige home.) You can read more in Frostfell 2013: Snowy Facelift

There will also be a few other non-Frostfell items of interest to crafters that will be patched during the downtime:

  • Purple Adornments are now level 92.
  • The Superb Purple Adornment Dislodger now has a reduced Etyma cost.
  • The crafted version of the Superb Purple Adornment Dislodger is now tradable.
  • Players that deleted the quest “Captain Overboard?” before completing “A Gathering Obsession Beyond the Grave” will once again be able to acquire the quest “Captain Overboard?”.

Mum-notes on the above patch items: The purple adorns dropping from level 95 to level 92 means that the new level 92 gear on the Icy Token vendor in Frostfell will have purple adorn slots in it. Also note that in addition to the superb purple adornment dislodger (which is really meant for times when you want to keep both adorns and gear), you can also use the various crafted Prismatic adorn dislodgers to remove purple adorns. (There's also an adorn dislodger on the loyalty token vendor that you can use on them.)

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December 06, 2013 - Frostfell in Testing

Frostfell will be on Test for a few short days. Article writing will wait until the last minute, because testing needs to be the priority. However, I have thrown up a Frostfell placeholder page, and will be working more eye-candy onto it after some sleep. I know you folks are eager to see the new stuff.

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December 02, 2013 - Tuesday Patch

The patch tomorrow morning will include the following:

Prestige houses, which previously had a max item limit of 800 or lower, have been raised to 900.
Players may now own up to 25 houses per character.
The following houses now allow mounts / flying:
  • Ethernere Enclave
  • Tenebrous Island Refuge
  • Vale of Halfpint Delight
  • StormTower Isle
  • Dimensional Pocket

I have updated some of the links on the site to include information from the ToV expansion, but it will be a while before I get everything linked in, updated and/or rewritten. With Frostfell hitting Test on Wednesday, I am not sure when I will do more site cleanup, so remember to check the ToV Crafting & Housing Clearinghouse page if you are still trying to get up to speed on expansion information.

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Last Modified on: 2013-12-02 07:46:33          

November 20, 2013 - Double Tokens for Gold Members!

This was posted a couple hours ago, and goes into effect after the patch on November 21. So, gold members, wait to do the new ToV Weekly Crafting quest until after the patch!

Starting with tomorrows update and until February 25th, 2014 all Gold Members will earn twice as many token rewards when completing quests or actions that would grant an alternate currency token! Examples include Etyma, City Tokens, Goblin Gold, etc.
If you aren't currently a Gold Member this is a great time to start. Head to EverQuest2.com to learn more!
Note: Double Tokens does not apply to currency received from PvP kills.
Some clarifications from the forum thread:
  • Tokens for PvP kills do not double, but tokens for battlegrounds missions and such double
  • Loyalty tokens double
  • Nobody has asked yet about Far Seas tokens, grotto tokens and the like, but I am assuming that they (and the tokens from Frostfell next month) should be included

Update: Your quest reward box will list the base token amount, just like normal, but you will get an extra (apparently easily-missed) line of text in spatial, saying that you get extra because of being a gold member. I just tested on a Moonlight Enchantments grotto, and while the reward box said 1 elemental token, 2 tokens happily dropped into my currency tab.

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Last Modified on: 2013-11-21 11:42:08          

November 14, 2013 - Calling All Heroes

The EQ2 anniversary celebration, the Heroes Festival, begins in a few hours, and will run through the 25th.

Also, in case folks missed it, the ToV Crafting Weekly rolled over to a new quest on Wednesday night.

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Last Modified on: 2013-11-20 08:42:06          

November 12, 2013 - Tears of Veeshan!

Today marks the launch of the Tears of Veeshan expansion. The servers will go down at 7 a.m. Pacific and they hope that it will take under 5 hours before the servers are back up. I have been doing a lot of last-minute updates to the ToV Crafting/Housing Clearinghouse, and will do a bit more once I have had some sleep. Once the servers are back up, I will be running around like a madwoman in-game trying to catch last-minute changes and the like. (Translation: once the servers are back up, please do not expect page updates and corrections for a few hours. There will be a lot for me to wade through and a lot of distractions and interruptions.) I will add an addendum to this post when the servers are back up after the patch. ~Mum

Update: Servers are UP!!

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Last Modified on: 2013-11-12 12:53:19          

November 08, 2013 - More ToV ... Stuff

We are getting down to the wire on the last few days of beta, and I am valiantly trying to catch up. I am no longer going to be posting front page updates every time I add or update a ToV article, but will nudge you to check the bottom of the master ToV Crafting/Housing Clearinghouse for notes on what is new, like the couple dozen new screenshots that I added already today.

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November 06, 2013 - ToV Eye Candy

Some mid-week eye candy has been put up! The pages for the level 90 recipes that will be added with the expansion next week are up. Eight of the classes are covered in the ToV Level 90 Recipes, Part 1 article, and the plethora of Carpenter stuff can be found in the ToV Level 90 Carpenter Recipes article.

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November 04, 2013 -

I just added the following to my beta preview of the new Qho quest, along with two pictures at the bottom of the article. (This is on BETA folks - it will go live on November 12)

In a newly-arriving (Nov 4) beta patch, there was mention of a new mercenary in Mara for those who have completed the "Gathering Obsession Beyond the Grave" quest. If you head towards the eastern waterfall in Mara, you just might find something that either scares you, or fills you with great glee. Or, such as in my case, both at once. The only words that come to mind for me after getting the shrieks, howls and hysterical laughter out of my system is: "We get to KILL him ... over ... and over ... and over?!"

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October 28, 2013 - More ToV Goodness

I have put together a ToV Crafting Clearinghouse that not only contains the summary that Caith wrote of the crafting goodness we can see with the ToV expansion, but also contains links to anything ToV-related that I write to explain/showcase any of that goodness in more detail. In addition to the red shiny article and the Qho article that I wrote last week, this now includes an article on the ToV Crafting Quest Rewards. Mmmm, trees!

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