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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          

December 02, 2013 - Tuesday Patch

The patch tomorrow morning will include the following:

Prestige houses, which previously had a max item limit of 800 or lower, have been raised to 900.
Players may now own up to 25 houses per character.
The following houses now allow mounts / flying:
  • Ethernere Enclave
  • Tenebrous Island Refuge
  • Vale of Halfpint Delight
  • StormTower Isle
  • Dimensional Pocket

I have updated some of the links on the site to include information from the ToV expansion, but it will be a while before I get everything linked in, updated and/or rewritten. With Frostfell hitting Test on Wednesday, I am not sure when I will do more site cleanup, so remember to check the ToV Crafting & Housing Clearinghouse page if you are still trying to get up to speed on expansion information.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-12-02 07:46:33          

November 20, 2013 - Double Tokens for Gold Members!

This was posted a couple hours ago, and goes into effect after the patch on November 21. So, gold members, wait to do the new ToV Weekly Crafting quest until after the patch!

Starting with tomorrows update and until February 25th, 2014 all Gold Members will earn twice as many token rewards when completing quests or actions that would grant an alternate currency token! Examples include Etyma, City Tokens, Goblin Gold, etc.
If you aren't currently a Gold Member this is a great time to start. Head to EverQuest2.com to learn more!
Note: Double Tokens does not apply to currency received from PvP kills.
Some clarifications from the forum thread:
  • Tokens for PvP kills do not double, but tokens for battlegrounds missions and such double
  • Loyalty tokens double
  • Nobody has asked yet about Far Seas tokens, grotto tokens and the like, but I am assuming that they (and the tokens from Frostfell next month) should be included

Update: Your quest reward box will list the base token amount, just like normal, but you will get an extra (apparently easily-missed) line of text in spatial, saying that you get extra because of being a gold member. I just tested on a Moonlight Enchantments grotto, and while the reward box said 1 elemental token, 2 tokens happily dropped into my currency tab.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-11-21 11:42:08          

November 14, 2013 - Calling All Heroes

The EQ2 anniversary celebration, the Heroes Festival, begins in a few hours, and will run through the 25th.

Also, in case folks missed it, the ToV Crafting Weekly rolled over to a new quest on Wednesday night.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-11-20 08:42:06          

November 12, 2013 - Tears of Veeshan!

Today marks the launch of the Tears of Veeshan expansion. The servers will go down at 7 a.m. Pacific and they hope that it will take under 5 hours before the servers are back up. I have been doing a lot of last-minute updates to the ToV Crafting/Housing Clearinghouse, and will do a bit more once I have had some sleep. Once the servers are back up, I will be running around like a madwoman in-game trying to catch last-minute changes and the like. (Translation: once the servers are back up, please do not expect page updates and corrections for a few hours. There will be a lot for me to wade through and a lot of distractions and interruptions.) I will add an addendum to this post when the servers are back up after the patch. ~Mum

Update: Servers are UP!!

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-11-12 12:53:19          

November 08, 2013 - More ToV ... Stuff

We are getting down to the wire on the last few days of beta, and I am valiantly trying to catch up. I am no longer going to be posting front page updates every time I add or update a ToV article, but will nudge you to check the bottom of the master ToV Crafting/Housing Clearinghouse for notes on what is new, like the couple dozen new screenshots that I added already today.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 06, 2013 - ToV Eye Candy

Some mid-week eye candy has been put up! The pages for the level 90 recipes that will be added with the expansion next week are up. Eight of the classes are covered in the ToV Level 90 Recipes, Part 1 article, and the plethora of Carpenter stuff can be found in the ToV Level 90 Carpenter Recipes article.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 04, 2013 -

I just added the following to my beta preview of the new Qho quest, along with two pictures at the bottom of the article. (This is on BETA folks - it will go live on November 12)

In a newly-arriving (Nov 4) beta patch, there was mention of a new mercenary in Mara for those who have completed the "Gathering Obsession Beyond the Grave" quest. If you head towards the eastern waterfall in Mara, you just might find something that either scares you, or fills you with great glee. Or, such as in my case, both at once. The only words that come to mind for me after getting the shrieks, howls and hysterical laughter out of my system is: "We get to KILL him ... over ... and over ... and over?!"

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 28, 2013 - More ToV Goodness

I have put together a ToV Crafting Clearinghouse that not only contains the summary that Caith wrote of the crafting goodness we can see with the ToV expansion, but also contains links to anything ToV-related that I write to explain/showcase any of that goodness in more detail. In addition to the red shiny article and the Qho article that I wrote last week, this now includes an article on the ToV Crafting Quest Rewards. Mmmm, trees!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 22, 2013 - Oh no .. Qho?!

It was with a mix of joy and utter hair-pulling horror that I learned that Qho and his many antics had invaded Ethernere on beta. I now spread that horror around as I invite you to take a peek at his most recent antics, which can be seen when the Tears of Veeshan expansion hits in a couple of weeks: ToV: Oh no - Qho!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 17, 2013 - Shiny!

I will be trickling in bits of information on the ToV crafting and housing content over the next few weeks. First up is a look at some of the new goodies that will come from red shiny collections when this goes live in a month. ToV: Shiny!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 16, 2013 - Building Block Joy!

Hardcore decorators, break out your smelling salts and make sure you are sitting down!

If you have not heard the news already, Zoltaroth has notified the EQ2 Homeshow group on Facebook that a certain number of building block-type items will soon not count towards your house item limit. This "should" be on Beta today, though I have not had a chance to go check it out yet. The current plan, which can change once they get some testing, is that you will be able to have as many building blocks and such as "free" item count as your item limit for the home is (including any expander items). So, if you have a home with a 900-item limit, you can have 900 house items PLUS 900 building block items in it.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 14, 2013 - Nights of the Dead ... and Beta!

First, a quick reminder that Nights of the Dead starts in a few hours. Make sure to keep the candy corn farrrr away from Mum, unless you like prying hyper halflings off the ceiling with a spatula.

Second, open beta for Tears of Veeshan starts tomorrow. This means anyone and everyone is invited and encouraged to hit the beta server and help test with copies of their play characters. This is the time to test and give feedback before something goes live, and I invited those of you who can, to take this opportunity to help out. Instructions on how to access beta can be found here.

UPDATE FOR CRAFTERS

Remember to pick up your apprentices and stick them in your bags before you beta copy if you have a crafting area has apprentices from more than one character! Any apprentices that are in the home when you beta copy will be suddenly tied to the owner of the home, the research will get all messed up and not work right, and you'll have a rough time figuring out what is a beta bug, and what is due to your copying. Unlist the home, grab the apprentices on the proper alts, then beta copy each crafter you want over there.

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2013-10-14 11:37:45          

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!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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