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September 17, 2014 - NoTD on Test

Nights of the Dead is being tested on the Test server right now. There is no story ready yet, but you can check out the eye-candy here.

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September 15, 2014 - EQ2 Insider Last Week

For those who missed the EQ2 Insider livestream last week, there were several items in it that touched on tradeskills, including Domino temporarily returning to work on tradeskill quests in the Altar of Malice expansion, apprentice research for grandmaster spells (also with the expansion), and a sneak peek at Nights of the Dead goodies. No time to listen to the entire podcast? No worries! Ten Ton Hammer has a summary.

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September 08, 2014 - T10 Notebooks Being Fixed!

Yay! This is from the patch notes for tomorrow m*rning:

Reptile Hide Notebook and Bear Hide Notebook are now working properly to be player-made books, and can be read, or written in.

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September 02, 2014 - Patch Tomorrow

The following comes from the patch notes for tomorrow. It isn't clear, but this may pertain to all adornments (including crafted ones).

WEEKLY FEATURE Collection items and adornments now sell for status to specific status merchants!

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August 24, 2014 - Member-Only Double XP Extended a Day

Due to network issues earlier today, the member-only double xp weekend is being extended a day. Enjoy!

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August 20, 2014 - One More Note About Grotto Goodness

The following are the new items that were added to the vendors in the various grottos today:

  • Enchanted Brownie Grotto (Darklight Woods) - Small Blueleaf Sapling, Misty Goldleaf Sapling, Verdant Goldleaf Sapling, Small Russet Blueleaf Sapling, Verdant Goldleaf Seedling
  • Enchanted Dryad Grotto (Antonica) - Misty Vesspyr Bellplant, Small Blueleaf Seedling, Small Misty Vesspyr Bellplant, Young Darkleaf Sapling, Young Misty Darkleaf Sapling
  • Enchanted Fay Grotto (Greater Faydark) - Lavender Shrub, Greying Shrub, Forest Emerald Seedling, Broadleaf Plant, Blueleaf Hanging Tendril
  • Enchanted Naiad Grotto (Enchanted Lands) - Blueleaf Shrub, Misty Emerald Seedling, Misty Hanging Tendril, Small Verdant Blueleaf Sapling, Small Verdant Blueleaf Seedling
  • Enchanted Zygomid Grotto (Nektulos Forest) - Large Vesspyr Grass, Lavender Hanging Tendril, Lavender Vesspyr Bellplant, Small Lavender Vesspyr Bellplant, Small Misty Blueleaf Sapling

Edit: The twenty-five (five in each instance) new images are now on their appropriate grotto page above.

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Last Modified on: 2014-08-20 12:14:16          

August 19, 2014 - Shinies Beneath the Moonlight

If you logged on today, you may have been surprised to receive the Shinies Beneath the Moonlight achievement regardless of if you had completed the five Enchanted Grottos collections or not. Enjoy your lovely new Moonlit Mushroom Ring! This replica (NOT a functional port, just a replica) is yours to keep. They'll fix it soon so that going forward it will properly check for the completion of those five collections, but it is not a huge game-breaker if some folks get their rings a bit earlier than they should have. :)

I will be staying up late this evening to make a master list of which new items are in which grotto instance, and will update the pages linked to the main Moonlight Enchantments page accordingly, but I will likely not get all the new screenshots in place until sometime during the day tomorrow.

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Last Modified on: 2014-08-19 06:30:08          

August 18, 2014 - Grotto Reminder and More

Notes from SOELive will be linked to this post later tonight. Meanwhile, I have a quick, but VERY yummy reminder for everyone. The Producers Letter last month promised new grotto goodies this month. Be sure not to miss out on Aug 20-21, the brand new grotto goodness that will include not only a "Shinies in the Moonlight" achievement for completing all of the grotto collections (retroactive for those who have already completed them), but at leave 5 new items in each grotto. Here is a teaser that we were given, that includes a few of them. Um I am in serious danger of shorting out this borrowed laptop with all the drool here ... how about you folks?

EDIT: As promised, here is a quick bunch of notes from SOELive 2014

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Last Modified on: 2014-08-18 11:46:14          

August 08, 2014 - SOELive Health and Safety

Are you attending SOELive next weekend? If so, the House Ogre and I will see you there! I have a few short health and safety recommendations before you leave, though.

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July 25, 2014 - Are You Ready ...

... for Tinkerfest? This annual gnomish festival of things that go click, whirr, ping and BOOM begins at a minute after midnight tonight. A few reminders for folks: a) you may want to grab your shiny tinkerfest cog items out of storage so you can shop right away, b) remember to learn Gnomish if you have not picked it up already, so you can quest with the gnomes in Gnomeland Security, and c) remember to send any upgraded pack ponies out for holiday harvests after the event begins. You can check out my Tinkerfest preview here for a look at the new bought, crafted and quested items from this event.

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July 17, 2014 - A Note from SOE

From SOE (echoed on the EQ and EQ2 facebook pages, etc.):

We deeply regret the recent service interruption that is currently impacting all SOE games. As a thank you for your patience, we will add two days of membership time to all members’ accounts. Thank you for playing EverQuest II.

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July 03, 2014 - Gliding Along

It is after 2 a.m. - so just what is Mum still up to at this time of night? Well, Tinkerfest went onto Test in mid-afternoon, and I have been testing and writing, and writing, and re-verifying facts, and having my brains leak out my ears, and other fun stuff. I figured there would be zero way, with my fibro sleep issues, of getting to sleep before writing up the preview. With my luck, I would end up tossing and turning while mentally working on the story, so I might as well be up writing the story, right? Hopefully the story makes more sense than I do right now! Without further ado, here is Tinkerfest 2014: Skimming Along

Edit: Also, as an FYI, Jazabelle discovered that the top 5 awards for style and creativity in the /house_ratings system stopped awarding around the 26th of June. There have now been confirmations from folks on more than one server that they are seeing this problem. The issue has been forwarded on to the EQII team.

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Last Modified on: 2014-07-03 02:01:03          

June 30, 2014 - House Actor Improvements

There is a patch tomorrow (July 1), and as part of that patch, the following changes are being made:


  • Added several tradeskill animations, as well as salute animations.
  • Moved the Actor's Greeting Message to the "NPC Say" Channel.
  • Added the ability to set the range House Actors will greet players and play their actions when that state is enabled.

Update: The House Actors article has been updated with the 12 new house actor actions.

UPDATE A new house is now tourable on Test that is Tinkerer-themed. Check it out here.

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Last Modified on: 2014-07-01 12:18:30          

June 17, 2014 - House Actors!

House Actors are now live - enjoy!

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June 13, 2014 - Actors, Actors, Everywhere!

As mentioned yesterday, house actors are now in the testing phase. For those of you wanting more details, I give to you "Actors, Actors, Everywhere!"

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June 12, 2014 - Now On Test

This just went in on the Test server for testing. I will work on getting more details up, likely tomorrow.

House actors are mannequins that can be customized to have a player race appearance. Once the appearance has been selected, the actor can be set to play an action in your home or guildhall!
House Actors are created via a carpenter recipe that can be purchased from the loyalty merchant. This recipe requires a unique component that may be obtained from top tier harvest nodes.

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May 22, 2014 - Double XP and Sale

SOE announced the following today, in celebration of the start of summer:

All players will have double experience on Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 12:00 AM PDT to 11:59 PM PDT. All players will also have 30% off on appearance items and mounts, starting Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT to Monday, May 26th at 11:59 PM PDT.
All Access members will have the entire weekend of double experience and 30% off on appearance items and mounts, starting on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT to Monday, May 26th at 11:59 PM PDT. Note: Yes, this stacks with your 10% off on all marketplace items for being an All Access member.

EDIT: Seems I forgot to post the following, which was added Tuesday:

A new currency exchange merchant, Barnaby Blunderbuss, has been added to the docks ofButcherblockMountainswhere you can exchange most currencies for transmuting and tinkering training components. Some of the eligible currencies include Maj’Dul insignia tokens, Void Shards, D.I.R.T.Y. Money and many more!

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Last Modified on: 2014-05-22 02:56:03          

May 01, 2014 - Double XP Weekend

This was just posted:

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve matters surrounding the launch of SOE’s new All Access Membership - read all about it at this link! The implementation of this new membership plan across SOE’s game portfolio has been one of the most complicated updates to our billing system to date. As fellow gamers, we know that this has been frustrating and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this has caused.
We’re working around the clock to ensure these account issues are resolved as quickly as possible. In the meantime, to show our appreciation for your patience and understanding, we offer the following:
  • DC Universe™ Online – 50 Replay Badges will be granted to all DCUO players who logged in between 12:01am April 24 - 11:59pm April 30, 2014. The grant will occur after DCUO's regular 4:00am PDT downtime on Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Dragon’s Prophet – Douple XP from Friday, May 2, 12:01am to Monday, May 5, 11:59pm
  • EverQuest ® – Double XP from Friday, May 2, 12:00 noon PDT to Sunday, May 4th, 11:59pm PDT
  • EverQuest II – Double XPfrom Friday, May 2, 12:00 noon PDT to Sunday, May 4th, 11:59pm PDT
  • Landmark – Adding 7 additional days to any 7-day Closed Beta keys that were active during the downtime. This will be applied on Friday, May 2, 12:00 noon PDT
  • PlanetSide 2 – Double XP from Friday, May 2, 12:01am PDT to Sunday, May 4, 11:59pm PDT
  • NOTE: All times are given in PDT. Click here to convert to your local time!
Thank you for your continued support, from all of us at SOE!
Mark Tuttle
SOE Director of Ecommerce

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Last Modified on: 2014-05-01 06:35:09          

April 28, 2014 - Extended Downtime Tomorrow

From SOE:

Attention players: in order to roll out the new All Access membership plan, we will perform a maintenance beginning at 12:01 AM PDT on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The downtime for this maintenance will be extensive and we will update you as each individual service becomes available. This will impact the following SOE services:
  • All SOE Games
  • All Official Forums
  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases

Of course, they won't be able to use the forums to notify you of their progress until the forums are up, but their facebook pages, twitter and the like should be giving out updates until they can get their own stuff back online. :)

Patch Notes: In addition to the downtime tomorrow, there was a patch today that had a chunk of tradeskill stuff in it. Sorry for not posting this info sooner!

New options have been added to the tradeskill window!

  • Crafters can now hide recipes from their Recipe window via a right-click option. These recipes may be displayed again using the "Show Hidden" checkbox found above the recipe count, and made visible again using the "Unhide Recipe" menu option.
  • A new "Adventure Level" filter has been added, allowing crafters to filter items by the resulting product's required adventure level.
  • A new built-in filter has been added displaying the ten most recently crafted recipes. Note that recent recipe tracking starts with this update.
Other tradeskill-related changes that went in today include:
  • Quests from Withered Lands, The Village of Shin, and Obol Plains that reward advanced tradeskill books can now be redone should you decide to respec to another tradeskill class.
  • An “Isle of Mara Reality Anchor” is now available near Vanesta within Cardin Ward in Obol Plains that will teleport you to The Village of Shin if you are on the appropriate step of “The Captain’s Lament” or if that quest is already completed. This anchor, as well as the “Obol Plains Spirit Anchor” in The Village of Shin, will always be available to tradeskillers after completing “The Captain’s Lament” even after a respec.

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Last Modified on: 2014-04-28 05:38:39          

April 23, 2014 - All-Access Plan Delayed

For those who missed seeing it, here are the details on why there will be a delay on launching the new All-Access Plan, and why there may not be game updates in the meantime:

In an effort to ensure that the transition to the new All Access membership plan is as seamless as possible, we are going to be taking a little more time to test. So, we will be pushing the launch date of All Access to Tuesday, April 29th. Because of the portfolio-wide nature of this plan, this may prevent us from doing any individual game updates in EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside 2, and DC Universe Online. These updates will resume normally after the All Access launch. We appreciate your patience and you’ll agree that our new membership offering is worth the wait.

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