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February 02, 2016 - Erollisi Day 2016

Erollisi Day 2016 starts on Thursday (12:01 a.m. Pacific), and while there were times I wondered if I would stop coughing up a lung in time to work on a preview, I have indeed, finished it. While the story was not quite what I intended, it is at least, done before the event started, and that will have to do. :D Hopefully, whether you prefer gloomy rain clouds or bright rainbows, you can find something of interest in this upcoming event with Differing Views

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January 25, 2016 - EDay Testing

Me: So, Body, are we going to test some of those new Erollisi Day achievements on the Test server today?

Body: Let me get back to you on that once I finish coughing up this lung. Have some codeine-laced cough syrup in the meantime.

Me: Blarg. So, Muse, how about putting up at least the images for folks to devour, while brainstorming on a story.

Muse: NOPE! Go spend some quality time with your aunt.

Me: My ... aunt? Huh?

Muse: Yeah, your "Auntie Biotics"

Me: Durh.

Muse & Body: Say goodnight, Mum

Me: But it is almost noon, not ni-....**ZZZZZZTHUDDDDDD**.

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December 22, 2015 - Quick Notes

For those who missed the patch notes today, there were two tradeskill items on the list:

  • "Malduran Mouths to Feed" should now update correctly for moussaka and bibimbap.
  • Recipes from the Dhalgar Home Builder's Kit recipe book are now flagged as building blocks for the purpose of house item count.

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December 09, 2015 - Frostfell is Almost Here!

Frostfell 2015 kicks off in the morning (8 a.m. Pacific time). In addition to providing you with details on the new items that you can make, buy and quest for, I just added another section at the bottom of the Frostfell 2015 preview. Now that Zam is no longer updating their holiday quest tracker, Casdoe of Maj'Dul put together a Frostfell 2015 quest tracker spreadsheet that you can download. I am hosting a copy of it here on the site for those who want to snag a copy of it.

UPDATE: One Frostfell achievement was left off the quest tracker spreadsheet, so Casdoe edited it and sent over a fresh copy. If you downloaded it before this update paragraph was added (just before 11 p.m. Pacific on the 9th), you will want to download a fresh copy of the spreadsheet using the link above.

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Last Modified on: 2015-12-09 11:55:57          

December 02, 2015 - New Halas City Festival

When I went to add the Polished Ice Triangle Tile to the New Halas City Festival page, I found that the page was missing several other items. It has now been updated to include all of the city-specific offerings.

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December 02, 2015 - Frostfell Goodies

Frostfell 2015 has hit Test for a quick week of testing before it goes live next Thursday. Check out all the goodies that are in store for you here. (For those who want to share an easy-to-remember tinyurl in chat: http://tinyurl.com/EQ2FF should do the trick!)

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Last Modified on: 2015-12-02 11:40:17          

November 23, 2015 - Tuesday Update

Here is the chunk of the Tuesday morning patch notes of interest to crafters and decorators:

  • Dhalgar Precipice of the Deep house portals now also have an appearance for good aligned homes.
  • Adjusted the spawn points on some tradeskill collectibles that were floating in the air or colliding with other objects.
  • Thaumic material should now correctly display as level 100.
  • Adjusted spawns of a couple bush harvests in Thalumbra.
  • Weaponsmith recipes for malduran bodkin arrows and broadhead arrows now make the correct arrows.
  • Harvest goblins and gatherers should no longer trap quite so many pelts.
  • Guildhall tradeskill writgivers will now correctly complete level 100 rush orders.
  • Overclocked Automated Combine Harvester will now display the correct stats for characters of all levels.
  • Corrected a bug that prevented gear dropped in the new agnostic dungeons from being salvaged.
  • The guildhall tradeskill writgiver now offers jewelers level 100 writs.
  • Martial deepstone cloak and mitigating deepstone cloak are now correctly crafted on sewing tables .
  • Fixed some typos in tradeskill quest/item dialog.

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November 23, 2015 - ToT and Tiers

I have seen a lot of comments back and forth about ToT being a new tier. The best explanation I have come up with, to save confusion the next time there is a level cap increase and new gear is: "Consider it a side-trip in the progression, not a new tier." This helps explain why there are no new spells, no new white adornments, etc., as well as why there are old level 100 recipes and new level 100 recipes. :D

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November 20, 2015 - Dhalgar Furniture

I have now added a page for the Dhalgar Blocks that can be made from the recipes granted by the Collector and Premium edition of the ToT expansion.

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November 18, 2015 - Fishy Shinies?

Still a lot on my plate, including linking things into the proper sections on the main site, updating the furniture gallery, etc., but here is a small bit for today. Fish nodes in Thalumbra yield shinies for five different plushie collections, plus a meta collection from the hand-in of the five. I only have two of the collections finished so far, so the page is not complete, but I have blown the dust off the Cobalt Scar fish page and turned it into Fishy Shinies

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November 17, 2015 - Terrors of Thalumbra Launch

Are you ready to learn more about the underground world that caused the golems and clockworks to appear during the Sundered Ground prelude event? To meet dhalgar and gnemlin and learn crafting techniques that have flourished here during the centuries of no contact with us? While you wait for the servers to come back from the expansion patch, check out the Terrors of Thalumbra Crafting Information Clearinghouse. You might also want to peek at the patch notes over on the Daybreak forums. (Note that the notes forget to mention the rosewood building block set, which was also updated during beta, but it should be ready and waiting in the proper carpenter books.)

As is usual, there are likely a few things that were forgotten or missed in my preview, and they will get updated as I trip over them. If you find something awry, please post to my forums.

Happy exploring, folks, and watch out for all those things with tentacles near the water ... lots of tentacles.

UPDATE: Servers are opening up now!

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Last Modified on: 2015-11-17 01:01:34          

November 15, 2015 - Countdown to ToT

The Terrors of Thalumbra expansion is due to go live around noon Pacific on Tuesday, and I am still scrambling to finish all the preview stuff. At the very least, I will finish the shopping list portion of the quest article tonight, so folks can do some partial preparation in advance of Tuesday. In the meantime, there is a solid chunk of information to wade through in the Terrors of Thalumbra Information Clearinghouse including links to much eye candy (carpenter furniture, bought furniture).

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November 13, 2015 - Expansion Reminder

If you are a level 100 crafter, and planning on doing the Terrors of Thalumbra crafting questline next week, be sure you have completed The Captains Lament beforehand. That quest (not the entire line, just that quest) is a pre-requisite for the questline in the expansion.

I will start throwing up more expansion information in a few hours, but wanted to get that information out now while thinking of it.

EDIT: As promised, the first tiny bit of the Terrors of Thalumbra Information Clearinghouse is up. There will be a lot of changes and additions from now until expansion time, as I start doing larger and larger brain dumps, so stay tuned!

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Last Modified on: 2015-11-13 10:46:47          

November 09, 2015 - ToT - Crafter Buyables

I will be working on chunks of the Terrors of Thalumbra previews as the week goes on. I am running a bit behind, but here is some more eye candy to tide you over in the meantime. This page of ToT Crafter Buyables includes images of the new Maldura crafting equipment, as well as other buyables from the city of Maldura that crafters will be able to attain.


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November 07, 2015 - Extra Life In Progress!

I have been so busy actually doing the 24-hour gaming marathon for charity that I forgot to update the front page. Those wanting more information, or to sponsor me for this fabulous cause, can hit up http://extra-life.org/participant/eqtcmum

Those wanting status updates to see how/what I am doing through the day can hit up http://eq2.eqtraders.com/articles/article_page.php?article=g562. I may put up some EQ2 beta screenshots on there later in the day, though I was hoping to hit a higher donation mark before that point.

Update: Thanks to a very generous donation by an anononymous donor, I have thrown up some furniture screenshots from beta up on the above status update page.

Thank you SO much!

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Last Modified on: 2015-11-07 09:58:55          

October 15, 2015 - Tradeskilling in Thalumbra

Want to know a bit more about the crafting side of things for the upcoming expansion? Domino delivers in this expansion preview: Tradeskilling in Thalumbra.

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October 14, 2015 - Beware of ...

... killer rabbits?!

Yep, it seems we are in for a full week (through the 20th) of rabbits in Norrath turning into aggressive rabbits "with sharp pointy teeth!" Beware if you are especially squishy, as these bunnies are not kidding around!

Here is the Daybreak post about it.

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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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