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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

Created By: Niami Denmother          
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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

April 15, 2014 - Runny Babbits!

Erm, bunny rabbits, even!

Were you one of the folks chasing bunnies throughout the land on April 1 who were bemoaning the fact that there were no housepets? Have you ever wanted your very own armored (or unarmored) rabbit leaper mount? If so, you should check out what just hopped into the SOE Marketplace.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

March 31, 2014 - Landmark Beta Keys

The names have been drawn, the private messages sent. Four lucky folks on our EQ forums and eight (thanks to donations of extra keys by two EQ2 players) lucky folks on our EQ2 forums have won Landmark unlimited beta keys. Congratulations to all the lucky winners! ~Niami and Ngreth

UPDATE: Nytefyre/Darkzephyr says she has a few keys she would like to donate as well, so those of you who entered but did not win, keep your eyes open for a possible PM later today, after I receive the keys and wake the RNG back up!

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2014-03-31 12:34:06          

March 28, 2014 - Landmark Closed Beta Key Giveaway

Did you want to try out Landmark closed beta, but had no luck getting a key? EQ2TC is giving away a couple beta keys in the next few days.

Post in this thread before 10 a.m. Pacific on Monday, March 31 to be eligible to win. We will randomly select winners from those who post and notify them by private message. (Be sure to check your private messages on our forums Monday afternoon if you enter!)

Created By: Niami Denmother          

March 27, 2014 - Bristlebane Day 2014

In a few short hours, Bristlebane Day will begin. While Mum has decided to keep her active pranking to a minimum, after her more notable pranks earlier in the year, that does not stop her from some small glee when Agnor misconstrues a helpful warning as a prank attempt in Killer Bunnies?"

Created By: Niami Denmother          

March 14, 2014 - Bristlebane Day ...

Brewday is still going strong on all servers for a couple more days, but over on Test, we have dueling events going. Not only is Brewday still going strong, but we are testing Bristlebane Day as well. For those of you who are antsy for eye-candy, here you go with the pre-preview for Bristlebane Day 2014.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2014-03-15 04:24:37          

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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.
Thanks
Smed"

Original post can be found here.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

December 14, 2013 - I Just Have to Squee

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

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.)

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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