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October 10, 2013 - Update to the NoTD Article

The three crafted items that had been having graphics issues on Test (bowl of chum, bowl of ghoulash and dangling skull collection), have had their images added to the NoTD article. At last check, sizing is still an issue on Test, but they have been patched internally, and will be ready when NoTD goes live on October 15.

In other news, the Tears of Veeshan expansion also goes into open beta on October 15. Open beta means that there will be no need to apply for the beta, you can just patch it from the launchpad sometime that day and trundle on over. Since I was not included in any closed beta (if there is one), I will be hitting beta at the same time as everyone else, so do NOT expect a preview to be ready in a huge hurry. It will take me time to wade through everything over there, especially with that real life thing continuing to add more insults to injury over here. (Not to mention wanting to hit up some of the NoTD content on my play characters as well - I want lots of the Seeping Shadow house item!)

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 05, 2013 - NoTD 2013 Crafting Preview

Neither layoffs, nor hackers, nor dead forums, or even grumpy redheads can totally stop the NoTD 2013 Crafting Preview. Dent the enthusiasm slightly, yes. Make the muse pack up and hide, yes. But the mischief still continues, if in a more muted form.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

September 30, 2013 - AoD Expansion and Membership Update

Producer Holly Longdale posted another letter on Friday with details on obtaining separate aspects of the AoD expansion with SC. The letter also contained new details on membership. Rather than repeating and reformatting it all here, I am just going to point you to the Producers Letter (Just imagine there is an apostrophe in the word Producers, since our database throws hissies if I use them on the front page of the site, k?).

Meanwhile, for those interested, Nights of the Dead should be available for testing tomorrow on the Test server, if all goes well.

Last, but not least, you can create/upgrade to one free heroic character per account starting tomorrow. (Read more at that link for all the details.)

UPDATE: The EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately 5 hours, and will include the changes mentioned above.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-10-01 12:08:48          

September 06, 2013 - Date Changes

Holly (Windstalker) Longdale has provided an update that includes new target dates for the fall/winter:

To begin with, we have some date adjustments. Our expansion launch date has moved out a bit to mid-November and our Level 85 Heroic Characters are likely coming in the first week of October.
You can find the complete post here.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

September 05, 2013 - Eeeeeee!

Seahorses for aquariums and the like?! Sadly, they're an SC item, but still, wheeeeeee!

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August 29, 2013 - Double XP Weekend

This came through on Twitter from Holly (Windstalker) Longdale. Times are Pacific time, as usual:

Double XP Weekend starts tonight at 5pm through Monday at midnight PDT!
On a slightly related note, the hubbyogre and I could use some good thoughts right now.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

July 25, 2013 - Tinkerfest 2013!

Tinkerfest 2013 begins in a few hours, and while I did not manage to pull a story out of my brain (I think my Muse left early for SOELive), I have managed to throw together a solid chunk of eye-candy. Enjoy! (And three cheers to SOE for adding some extra days to the event so that those of us who will be at SOELive still will have time to play with the event once we are back!)

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-07-25 04:04:38          

July 22, 2013 - Darkness Dawns Comes with the Dawn-ish

Game Update 67, Darkness Dawns, is being released in the morning. Are you ready for it? I am definitely NOT ready, as you might have guessed from the lack of updates lately, the lack of a story to go along with the preview, etc. Be that as it may, I am very excited about the new personal depots, and the loyalty rewards, and I suspect a lot of you are, too! Check out the GU67 Crafting/Housing Preview for more details.

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July 17, 2013 - WOOHOO!

From the beta patch notes for tomorrow (Thursday):

TRADESKILLS The maximum amount of stacks that can be stored in a Personal Fuel Depot has been increased to 50.

THANK YOU!!

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July 16, 2013 - I Know, I Know

I need to finish the writeup for GU67, and finish the writeup for Tinkerfest, AND prep for my trip to SOELive, and maybe even churn out a mini story that has been rattling around my brain for a couple weeks. But, well, that is not likely to happen today.

However, I did manage to spend a few minutes on beta today, to collect enough shinies to give folks this GU67 teaser image:

The greyed-out name (you already have collected) vs white name (you need for your collections) feature will be on guild depots, personal collectible depots, and the broker. The hide unusable checkbox at the bottom of the image will be on both guild and personal collectible depots.

EEEEeeeeee! {thuddd}

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July 08, 2013 - Depot Love

Just a quick post, as I am trying to wrap my brain around it all now. The Darkness Dawns game update that hit the Beta server today includes some personal harvest depot goodness. I have details here. I'll get a formal page up for it later, but this handles some of the zillion and one questions flying around /antonia_bayle.homeshow now.

EDIT: I threw together a page that will be in-progress for a while, but answers probably 90% of the questions out there. GU67 Crafting/Housing Preview

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-07-08 07:28:57          

July 03, 2013 - Darkness Dawns Comes Early

Holly Longdale, Senior Producer for EQII, posted the following yesterday:

To all beloved Norrathians!
We are happy to announce that we are almost ready with GU67: Darkness Dawns, so much so that we decided to launch a week early on Tuesday, July 23! We also thought this would give everyone a chance to play the content before SOE Live (soe.com/soelive) on August 1-4!
Not only that, but the once-mentioned Loyalty/Rewards program we were working on earlier in the year is finally where we want it. We expect to be launching that with GU67 if not very soon afterward. That has become a Daily Objectives system that will reward you for doing the types of content most players do in every play session, be it adventure, quest, tradeskill, and PvP. In this system, we will reward tokens that you can spend on reasonably priced merchants in Freeport and Qeynos that will carry reasonable priced items – some of them veteran’s rewards -- and mystery crates with chances to really great loot. We’ll give you more details on this closer to launch!
Also, as I expect someone will ask, this new system is ultimately an addition to veteran’s rewards we give each year for account age. We will still continue to offer a commemorative veteran’s item each year in November for players.
We’ll see you in game the day Darkness Dawns on July 23!
For those of you who want to help test this new content, it will be hitting the Test Server on Monday, July 8

Created By: Niami Denmother          

July 02, 2013 - Marketplace House Items ...

The hotfix today included the following:

House items purchased off the marketplace can now be placed in guildhalls.
I suspect I know quite a few decorators who are quite excited about this!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

June 21, 2013 - Summer Gold Rush Begins

If you are a gold subscriber, you earn extra benefits over the summer:

It’s going to be a golden summer! If you’re a Gold Member this summer (June 21 – September 21), you will have access to a special daily spell that provides bonus coin loot (increase of 15%), an experience bump (increase of 10%), and additional mount speed (increase of 5%)! This spell grants these benefits for four (4) hours each day, all summer long! This is in addition to all of the other perks you receive with Gold membership.
You will find this spell in your hot bar or in your spell book under abilities. Look for “Gold Rush.”
The formal announcement is here.

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June 20, 2013 - New Feature for Housing

The patch going in today includes the following:

PLAYER HOUSING
Added a new window, “Housing and Leaderboards”. This window, which can be accessed via the EQ2II menu and from the main menu bar, allows easy access to many housing related features. It allows you to manipulate all your current houses, browse and buy new houses, visit houses associated with the current zone you are in, and view the current housing leaderboards.
Now that I have posted this, and I have wished my beloved hubbyogre a happy birthday before he heads to w*rk, I am going back to sleep for another couple hours. ZzzzzzzzzTHUD.

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June 20, 2013 - Grottos Extended 1 Day

Tunare and the Grotto Residents have heard your pleas and worked their magic -- the grottos will be staying open an extra 24 hours! The event has been extended through 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 22nd. [Dexella]
According to this post, you have 1 extra day for the Moonlight Enchantments event, so get out there and get brewing/cooking! :D

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June 14, 2013 - Tinkerfest in Testing

Tinkerfest 2013 went up on the Test and Beta servers today. Those who are willing and able are invited to come on over and poke at the new stuff to help test. In the meantime, since I refuse to rush to do a full preview when there's over a month before the event goes live, I have done some very fast screenshots of the crafted items that will be part of the event.

In other news, the meatbeast is available again this weekend. Gamestop and EB Games have an SC card promotion for Father's Day and there is a new Producers Letter announcing the next game update.

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June 03, 2013 - Home Poll Results

The results of the home poll that SOE sent via in-game email are in, and here's what Holly (Windstalker) Longdale had to say:

We have our results and when we get to working on our next prestige homes, we have our themes thanks to you! It will be a bit of time before these homes are ready -- at least a few months.
Q1: Which of the following good themed zones do you most want to see a Prestige Home based upon?
Winner: Oakmyst Forest!
Q2. Which of the following evil themed zones do you most want to see a Prestige Home based upon?
Winner: Darklight Palace!
Knowing these homes will launch at some point, I invite all our Player Studio creators to come up with companion items for the themes. Our artists will come up with a few too, I hope. Suggestions are welcome!
Thanks to all!
Holly Longdale Producer, EQII

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May 17, 2013 - Yet More Grotto Goodness?

We saw some lovely new house items appear with the March Moonlight Enchantments event, but the grotto love did not end there! When the grottos return on Monday (May 20), there will be 23 new house items (including two non-potted palm trees!), and two new repeatable crafting quests for tokens (some time away from the faundler might be a nice change of pace!). You can read more about the new quests and items here, and you can see the size comparisons here. Enjoy!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

May 10, 2013 - Spreadsheet Update

The downloadable XLS file with the tradeskill apprentice recipes has been updated with a Level 95 tab to include the recipes added with GU66.

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