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March 07, 2024 - Am I Coming or Going?

"Event Season", as I call this time of year, is even more crazed than usual this time, and I have been remiss in posting as often as I feel I should. So, here, rolled into one huge ball of busy insanity is what is newsworthy right now.

  • Brewday launches in a few short hours.
  • the Chronoportals are still ongoing
  • The Year of Darkpaw Crafter article was finally thrown up, and includes screenshots of the final reward. Isn't that crafting table gorgeous?! The March harvesting quest for the achievement was also released at the start of the month.
  • Fippy Fest was announced as both a virtual and in-person event.

I think there was something else that I wanted to announce, but it went in one braincell and out another. I will post it when/if I remember what it was.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

February 26, 2024 - The EverQuest Show - Dev Interviews and More!

If you have not heard of The EverQuest Show, I would recommend that you remedy that oversight soon! Fading is a longtime fan of the EverQuest franchise, and covers information regarding both EQ and EQ2. In the episode released today, there are some dev interviews scattered throughout, and a fabulous teaser at the end that gives you a sneak peek at what will be covered in upcoming episodes of the show. Keen-eyed fans will even see snippets of both Niami and Ngreth, and may wonder, like Mum still does, just what it is that Ngreth said that was bleeped out!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

February 22, 2024 - Grr! Bark! Bark! What is that Ruckus?

Fippy Fest has been announced! This will be both a virtual event and a limited in-person event later this year. Read more here.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

February 01, 2024 - Dowtime Warning

All EverQuest II servers will be taken offline for scheduled server downtime on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at approximately 5:00p.m. PST*. Estimated downtime is expected to be 2 hours.

While the main thing this is addressing is several issues with February Year of Darkpaw content that was supposed to go live this morning (such as a new avatar camp), other items that were waiting on the next patch are also going in at the same time.

This includes the following tradeskill and housing items:

  • Corrected an issue with Bivouc Daily missions that prevented them from rewarding mount patterns
  • Most items on Darkpaw Celebrator Katrynn have been reduced in price.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 29, 2024 - Erollisi Day on Test, and Reminders

Time is running out to claim the first baby dragon fluff pet as well as the first white lacquer furniture set. Both are free on the Marketplace through the end of the month, which is Real Soon Now, so grab them while you can.

Meanwhile, Erollisi Day has been solidly tested on the Test server and will go live on February 8. Check out the details at the link above!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 10, 2024 - The Sound of (EQ2) Music

Celebrate even more EverQuest II goodness as some of the EQII music hits various streaming platforms. Volume I is available now with Ballads of Zimara and Renewal of Ro music. Find out more here.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 09, 2024 - Frostfell Update

I mis-remembered on the Frostfell information and had not checked in with Kaitheel to refresh my fuzzy memory. The Freeport and Qeynos zone art for Frostfell was being removed with the patch this morning, but the event continues until 11:59 pm Pacific.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 08, 2024 - Frosftell Ending Reminder

Please remember that Frostfell is a special event that needs to be started and ended with a patch. It will end with Tuesday morning's patch, so Monday is your last full day of Frostfell. Plan accordingly!

That patch on Tuesday will also include fixes for level 15 to 125 work orders and for level 20 to 125 rush orders AND will also add in level 126-130 rush and work orders. Additionally, the level 5+ writ for the Year of Darkpaw Doubloons will have a new spot to obtain the quest, located next to Darkpaw Celebrator Katrynn in North Qeynos and South Freeport. Enjoy! (That writ requires that you complete one of the multiple objectives, not all of them.)

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 01, 2024 - Small Correction

Editing the front page posts is misbehaving, so I cannot edit the Year of the Darkpaw Crafter post. To clarify, though, the cub carrier mirage item is available until the patch on January 9, not January 6, 2024. Numbers are not working right in my brain today, so back to my day off I go!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 01, 2024 - Year of the Darkpaw Crafter!

This year, EverQuest II turns 20 (and the original EverQuest turns 25!!!). To celebrate, there is a year-long Year of Darkpaw celebration with many events throughout. Crafters are NOT left out. To prevent details in the original announcement from being missed, and to tell you things that were not in the original announcement, I made a large word salad post:

  • Check the marketplace to claim your first free white lacquer furniture set before the end of January!
  • There is a daily mission for level 5+ adventurers which will be one of the main ways a non-adventurer ("pure crafter" or rp'er) will earn Darkpaw Doubloons. The announcement says the mission will be available at any Avatar camp (there's one in Mystic Lake starting today), and the mission will be something doable at your level. It may include crafting or harvesting for an easy finish, since, like the daily objectives for loyalty tokens, you only have to complete one of the objectives to complete the mission.
  • There are collections that will appear each month (and will last only for the month in each case) that will award Darkpaw Doubloons. Check around with the community and find out where they are appearing this month!
  • These Doubloons can be spent in North Qeynos and South Freeport on Darkpaw Celebrator Katrynn. Each month more items will unlock on this vendor that will be available from unlock point until the end of the year. Take note, though, that some of the new mirage items will only be available while the live event where the original backpack is available.
  • Mirage items? There is a new category of item that is a back appearance slot item that has the same look as a specific appearance backpack or quiver. No longer will you have to hold on to a treasured backpack look by sacrificing bag space. An example, which is one of the ones that is event-only, is the adorable little cub carrier from Santa Glug. It will only be available while Frostfell is active. This means that it will only be available until Frostfell ends on January 6, and then will not be available again until Frostfell 2024 begins in December. Other packs that were more generally available will have a mirage version that, once released on the vendor, will be available until the end of the year.

But there is more!

Year of the Darkpaw Crafter achievement!

There is a monthly tradeskill achievement in 2024. This means that every month a new achievement will be revealed. For each achievement, you have from when it is released until the end of the year to complete it. For January, it is to craft 1000 items during 2024 (earlier crafting does not count), but remember, you will have the entire year to complete the achievement.

Some achievements, like the item crafting one, will be things that you have to complete once the year has started (old crafting counts don't count). Other achievements will recognize crafting quest completions that you have already completed. At least one of the achievements will require that you be a level 130 crafter, but remember that you have all of 2024 to reach that point.

At the end of the year, there will be a master achievement, requiring completion of all of the monthly tradeskill achievements, Completion of this will award two special rewards available only in 2024 for crafters that will be revealed soon! Trust me, if you're at the pinnacle of your crafting career, you don't want to miss this 2024 chance to show off your skilled wielding of your class.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

December 12, 2023 - Out With the Old ...

A surprise Producer's Letter was just released. Take note of those mentions of the Year of Darkpaw. There will be special content for crafters as well, and more details on that will come "soon." Stay tuned!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

December 06, 2023 - Finished!

My apologies for the lateness, but here is the Frostfell 2023 article at long last.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

December 05, 2023 - Frostfell is Here!

My apologies for not doing the proper fanfare for this. Frostfell began this morning! I spent the weekend doing very needed self-care and just have not had the ability/energy to finish the Frostfell article. I will get it up after work today. Go get your santa gifts, harvest presents and look for a quest starter to drop into your inventory when harvesting them. More tonight. After that, I will start working on the Ballads of Zimara notes and eye-candy. I truly want to hibernate, so I am slow-moving, but I AM moving.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 29, 2023 - BoZ is Live!

The Ballads of Zimara expansion has been released! It will take me a few days to have up a proper article about it, but here is the placeholder for now: Ballads of Zimara Crafting & Housing Preview

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 29, 2023 - Ballads of Zimara!

The servers should unlock at noon Pacific on Wednesday (today or tomorrow, depending on when you read this) for the Ballads of Zimara expansion. This has kept me insanely busy, so I do not yet have a preview ready, nor a Frostfell preview. I am working on both, but with all that is going on, it may take a few days. At the least, I will have some quick expansion notes in the official forums tomorrow, and will echo them here as well. Meanwhile, the Patch Notes are here, beta and Frostfell video previews are on my Twitch stream for those who do not want to wait until my aching hands are behaving enough to let me do all the web page work needed for the official previews.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 19, 2023 - Recent Eye-Candy

I recorded a bit of beta goodness recently, and forgot to post it here. Due to connection issues, the EQ2 beta furniture preview is in two parts, but I got most of it, I think: Beta furniture chunk 1 and Beta furniture chunk 2. In addition to that, I took a meander through the new Ballads of Zimara prestige house and expansion overland zones. My Twitch skills still need some polishing, but at least it gets you a look at things. Enjoy!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

November 02, 2023 - Several updates

Nights of the Dead has been extended! Nights of the Dead 2023 will now end on November 6, instead of November 2.

The Heroes' Festival has been pushed back to start on November 7, and will end on November 17.

Lastly, a reminder that the 24-hour game marathon for ExtraLife is this weekend. I currently plan to start my marathon at around 10 a.m. Pacific on November 4.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 26, 2023 - Infodump

It has been a rough fall, and the rest of the year is going to be chaotic for me on every front. This means the site is getting updated a lot less frequently than I would like, so these updates tend to cover several things in a single post.

  • One house item was added after the fact to the Nights of the Dead recipe book for this year. The image of the Cage of Rattling Chains has been added to Panda, Panda, Panda 2023 article with the first five weeks of the quest included, and pictures of all the house items from all nine weeks of the decoration packs.
  • The Heroes' Festival 2023 is currently on the Test server and will go live on November 3. Click the link for details on what is new this year.
  • Daybreak has announced a new stretch goal for the Extra Life 2023 incentives, since we already reached our fundraising goal for the year. Read more here.
  • Speaking of Extra Life, Denmum has gone pink-haired again this year in preparation for Extra Life Game Day. She will be showing it off on her Thursday night Twitch stream this week. (Oct. 26, 8 pm Pacific) Stop in then and say hello if you wish!

Is that enough? I think that's enough for one night. Time for sleep!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 04, 2023 - So Much Going On!

Ouff. Real life has been chaotic for a couple months now, and will not settle down for me until the end of the year. Even without that causing me to massively slow down on everything else, things would be crazy right now, though. Look at all of this EQ2 goodness ...

Nights of the Dead is currently available for testing on the Test server, and will go live on October 13.

The next expansion, Ballads of Zimara, has been announced. Pre-orders are now available, and will grant you access to the beta, which opened up today.

The fall Producer's Letter was released today and contains interesting details and hints of things to come.

Last, but not least, despite my current medical mayhem, I still plan on doing a gaming marathon on my twitch stream the weekend of November 4 for the Extra Life charity. More details can be found on my Extra Life page.

Now, has anyone seen my sanity wandering around without me? I seem to have lost it .... ~Mum

Created By: Niami Denmother          

September 12, 2023 - Shattered Overture Release!

All EverQuest II servers will be taken offline for scheduled server downtime on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. PST*. Estimated downtime is expected to be 5 hours. This downtime includes the release of the Shattered Overture game update. You can find the patch notes here.

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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