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October 07, 2015 - Of Bones, Bats ... And Children

In a few short hours, the annual Nights of the Dead 2015 celebration kicks off. You can read about it, and see the new eye-candy in Of Bones And Bats

And now, I get to do something I rarely do, stubborn independent redhead that I am! I am asking for help ... but not for myself or for the site. Yes, hubby is still laid off. Yes, the ad revenue and random donations are not as much as we would like. We are doing ok, though. Instead, I am asking for help for sick kids.

I have signed up to do the Extra Life for Kids 24-hour gaming marathon again this year. This tax-deductible (in the U.S., at least!) charity fundraiser raises money for the Childrens Miracle Network hospitals, and mine is specifically targeted for the nearby Rady Childrens Hospital in San Diego. As someone with a chronic illness, I know how overwhelming the pain can be, and how much a distraction such as game immersion can be a welcome form of pain-blocking. This is a lovely chance for gamers to make a positive effort in giving back to the community, so I am asking for donations for my November 7th marathon. You can find more information here. Thanks!

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September 23, 2015 - Prelude: Sundered Ground

The next prelude event, Sundered Ground begins less than 5 hours after this post goes up. The reward for this phase of the event is a recipe book for all crafting classes that contains recipes for two full building block sets -- including triangles! Check out Prelude: Sundered Ground and take a look!

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September 16, 2015 - Triangles!

The Malicious Threat prelude event has ended, but there is more prelude event goodness coming next Thursday. While you may or may not be a fan of lore, if you are a fan of building blocks, you might want to take a peek at what is in store as a reward in the Sundered Ground prelude event. Two stone-type building block sets, complete with triangle tiles! Huzzah!

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August 18, 2015 - Upcoming Server Merges and ... Domino?!

There is a post on the Daybreak forums with details on server merges. In addition to containing information on the merges, and having links for folks to vote on the server names, there is a small tidbit that could be easily overlooked:

We are also thrilled that Domino known as Emily Taylor is back on the team to dig into the housing and crafting side of our game. Those who know her will remember she has very unique talents in that area of design!
You can read the thread here.

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August 07, 2015 - Malicious Threat Next Week

Next week will see the start of a 1-month prelude event. I'm not going to spoil the details of what lovely bits of lore and hints of the future you will see, but, since it is on Test now, I'll happily show off the items that will be on the event vendor. (You can't view the vendor offerings until you finish the quest, so being able to see the items in advance may make you decide if you want to participate or not.)

Prelude: Malicious Threat.

For those who want to share a link in chat, here's the easier typing: http://tinyurl.com/eq2threat



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August 04, 2015 - Kelethin Love

Have you been to the Kelethin City Festival this month? If not, you may want to slip over there before it ends on August 7th, to pick up some of the lovely new furniture that has been added to the local offerings merchant, Chris Weathers. Images for the new items have been added to the Kelethin City Festival page

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July 16, 2015 - Tinkerfest 2015!

Tinkerfest 2015 starts in a few short hours. You can read about it here. For those who prefer being surprised rather than checking out previews, a few things:

  1. You will need to learn gnomish before several of the Tinkerfest quests become available for you.
  2. The new titles that come with two quests are purchased on Tinkerfest vendor Myron after you complete the requirements for them.
  3. Only the upgraded pack ponies will bring back Tinkerfest cogs for you, so if you have your pack pony, but are unfamiliar with the upgraded version, you will want to check out A Gathering Obsession Beyond the Grave

In other news, I have added the crafted Erollisi Marr altars to the altar page. (The decorative shrine version is still mis-named in game, but hopefully that will be fixed soon. Until then, look for "decorative shrine of Rodcet Nife" on the broker, and examine the preview for the item to see which it is. If there are flower petals showing in the preview, it is the Erollisi shrine. :D)

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July 09, 2015 - Yes ...

... there are problems with connecting to (and staying connected to) Daybreak games and their forums. No, there is not an ETA at this time. A tweet earlier from Smed indicated that it was a network issue upstream from them, but I have no other details or confirmation. Deep breaths, folks. {goes back to excavating her office}

Edit: and I was behind with the news because I do not use twitter. Apparently it is a DDOS attack. The children are at it again. {sigh} Really, go clean around your computer and stuff, pet your cat, hug your significant other, and so on. This, too, shall pass.

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Last Modified on: 2015-07-09 05:20:00          

July 07, 2015 - Time-Locked Beta, Love and Stacking

The time-locked beta servers should be available for all-access members today. If you need help accessing the beta servers, Feldon has put together a step-by-step guide.

For those who have been clamoring to worship Erollisi Marr, the wait is over today! Good aligned players should speak with Sister Leela Prendyn in New Halas to begin their worship.

Finally, if you have been pulling your hair out about stacking issues with ammo, etc. in broker boxes and depots, it should be fixed today.

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July 02, 2015 - Marketplace Sale & Double XP

There is a Marketplace sale going on for the weekend, along with a double xp (adventure, tradeskill, AA weekend for members). Enjoy!

I also have a bare-bones Tinkerfest items sneak peek up. It will turn into a full preview sometime between now and the 17th, when the event goes live. (I am still poking at things on the Test server, trying to get the new titles nailed down, etc.)

Update: The Gorowyn City Festival also has two new offerings this month, so grab them before July 7 if you want them!
Gorowyn Vault
Pink Windcloth Lantern

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Last Modified on: 2015-07-02 03:55:23          

May 06, 2015 - Release the Quacken!

Ok, so I am a day late, and more than a dollar short, but duck mounts were released for purchase yesterday. While three of them are staying around, the Quacken is going to fly out of the Marketplace at noon Pacific on May 19. Read more here.

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April 28, 2015 - Arrrrrrrr!

The patch today (which is running long due to the pirates being a bit feisty) includes quite a bit of yumminess. In addition to the Rum Cellar campaign being available for purchase, there are the long-awaited summoner improvements/changes. The ability to remove abilities from the middle of your AA tree without having to roll back the full tree is really nice for all-access members, too. You can read about that and more here, in the patch notes.

This is a tradeskill site, however, and you are here to check out any tradeskill goodness. Well, tradeskill goodness you shall have!

  • Ammo has been added to Weaponsmith Essentials Volume 100.
  • Tradeskillers that have finished Final Assessment in the Altar of Malice tradeskill questline can now fly near Malvonicus' tower.
  • Far Seas Innovation will now drop level appropriate rares for level 90-95 or level 96+ tradeskillers.
  • Pack Pony, Gathering Goblin, and Guildhall harvesters will now return less fish, more roots.
  • Tradeskill progress required for recipes completion has been equalized in most cases.
  • Guildhall Harvesters have had their dialog list shortened.
  • Londiar Inygad now offers daily transmuting and tinkering quests.
On that last one, if the name does not seem familiar, the Adorning Daily NPC in every crafting society (unscramble his name, and yes, it is Adorning Daily) now offers adorning, tinkering and transmuting dailies.

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March 30, 2015 - Small Updates

The Harvesting Tools Quick Reference guide has finally been updated to reflect the change from a 5-second base harvesting speed to a 3-second base harvesting speed, plus the resulting changes to harvesting tool speeds, and the levels on the tinkered tools. Mea culpa on it taking this long to get around to it. The Node Knows harvesting guide has now been updated to include rare food harvests in the main table, plus has had another table added to list out the names of the primordial fragments and spellshards/foundations for each tier.

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March 27, 2015 - Bristlebane Day and Mischievous Muses

The Bristlebane Day event began several hours ago, the sky is slowly brightening into daylight here in Southern California ... and I have not yet slept.

For several weeks now, I had been plotting and planning a very specific story for Bristlebane Day. However, it was all in my head, with none of it written down.

No worries, right? One of my college English teachers told me that I wrote my best short fiction under pressure, and there was plenty of time to let the ideas roll around in my head as I refined little bits and pieces.

Then, suddenly, time compressed, and I had only two days before Bristlebane Day 2015 was to launch. No problem - I could start writing as soon as I returned from my weekly visit to the chiropractor and finish with over a day to spare - right? Only I returned home to find that the April 1 events were turned on for the Test server, and there was a new quest, a new achievement, and new rewards to test out.

And then it was Thursday, and I woke up feeling like a saber-toothed frog had taken up residence in my throat. A visit from my acupuncturist managed to chase the frog out before he got too comfortable in there, but I still needed a nap before the Muse was willing to come out to play.

Oh what a romp the Muse decided to take! I suspect that this is my longest Niami story ever, with over 9400 words to it before I dropped it into the site editing window and began final editing and formatting. The length seems rather fitting, since it is her most convoluted prank yet.

As usual, the impatient can scroll down past the horizontal rule on Bristlebane Day 2015: Godlike Pranking to check out just the new stuff without the extra more meaty "gravy" of a story.

Nix that. The impatient already ignored all of this sleepy babble, and just clicked on the link anyway. Ah well, they can figure it out for themselves ...

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March 25, 2015 - Coming Soon(TM)

Bristlebane Day begins on Friday. Yep, the season of event mania is headed for the finish line, more or less. While I have had the eye-candy ready for almost two weeks, the muse and I have been working on hashing out on a slightly grander scale than usual, and the story is not ready to publish yet. Hopefully I will have it done late today. If not, you will have to wait until tomorrow for the story Godlike Pranking, but you can use that link now to see the new items. The tinyurl if you need to share it for any reason in chat channels is http://tinyurl.com/eq2bristlebane

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March 19, 2015 - Chronoportals 2015

Just a reminder that the Chronoportals event only lasts a week, so if you want any of the Chronoportals House Items, you should set aside some time to run the instances. Remember to grab the new quest from above the docks in the Commonlands, first, for an extra reward. (With danger, you can sneak even a low-level alt into the instances to grab the new quest updates, even if you are unable to do the rest of the combat.)

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March 17, 2015 - This and That

There have been a couple changes/fixes in regards to the new food and drink that was added on March 10. On the fix front, the blood oranges in T8 have been added to the T8 shrub nodes. On the changes front, the T10 and T11 food and drink have had crit chance added to the stats. The article on primordial adornments and rare food/drink has been updated with the new examine info for the T10/T11 food and drink.

The annual chronoportal event, which is a bow to the anniversary of EverQuest, will begin on the 19th. While this is an utterly crafting-free event, there are quite a few heirloom house items to scrounge, including a few new ones this year. While I initially just did a page for the new items from the event, I added all the chronoportal house items to it. Enjoy!

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March 10, 2015 - Harvesting Squirreliness

Harvesting nodes in Tranquil and Phantom Sea are currently disabled due to a crash issue. They are working on it. Harvesting shrubs in Kunark is giving an incorrect rare in place of the new food rare.

Did Friday the 13th come early?

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March 09, 2015 - Incoming Tradeskill Stuff

This just hit Test late this afternoon, and will go live in the morning. So, um, I am running around like a very very grumpy redhead on Test trying to harvest enough of these new ultra rares to test anything.

Two versions of the Tradesman's Satchel will be added to the marketplace shortly after this update. When unpacked in your inventory these satchels will grant a large amount of common harvestable resources as well as a chance at bonus items. Possible bonus items include spellshards/foundations for the appropriate tier as well as new components used in the crafting of new and powerful white adornments that grow in power as you level. Recipes for these new adornments may be purchased off of adornment recipe merchants.
Rare Provisioner Harvests have been added to garden nodes of all types, recipes that use these new harvests have been added to existing recipe books at level 1 and 10, and new Advanced Provisioner recipe books which can be purchased from any recipe vendor.

Update: I have been at this nonstop (other than 5 minutes for dinner) ever since we realized that this was slipped onto Test today, and have been unable to verify more than 10% of the new rare/ultra-rare harvests, which means I only got to test that many of the recipes, too. If you want to know what details we know on them, I have put together a page here: http://tinyurl.com/eq2primordial.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2015-03-10 01:48:12          

March 04, 2015 - Brewday and More

Brewday starts in a few hours. Mum is going to Raise a Glass in memory of absent companions. What will you be doing?

Meanwhile, one of our recently returned players, Bardbear, put together a leveling guide for crafting from 1 to 100, in order to help him get his alts all leveled up, and we are hoping it will help some of you as well!

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2015-03-04 09:13:20          

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