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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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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:

HOUSE ACTORS

  • 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
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.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          
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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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          

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