Ask and You Shall Receive: NEW Darklight Palace Prestige House!

By: Margaret “Luperza” Krohn

Norrathians, gather around for it is time! You’ve all been asking for a Darklight Palace Prestige House, and today the EverQuest II Development Team is happy to announce its unveiling!

This dark and mysterious palace has quite the history. The lore of Queen Cristanos leaves many questions unanswered. Is Queen Cristanos really a deity? What’s Talvus Thex next plan? Are they in any way connected with Tayil N’Velex?

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No matter what questions you’re pondering, no one can deny the beauty of the Darklight Palace. Head into game game and get your own version, decorate it as you wish, and send us screenshots of your creations!

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For more information on upcoming content like new Heritage Quests and High Keep Contested, follow us on the forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus!

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All Access Transition Postponed til April 29th

For the third time, the transition from individual Gold subscriptions for each of SOE’s games to a single All Access pass has been postponed. From Dexella on the SOE forums:

Dear Players,

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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EQ2 Producer’s Letter: Lots to Come, All Access

So last Thursday, Holly “Windstalker” Longdale posted a Producer’s Letter for EverQuest II. The letter included a few phrases which seemed open to interpretation and so we waited to post these notes to see if there might be some clarification. There hasn’t been, so here’s the letter:

Greetings Norrathians!

It’s been an exciting year so far for EverQuest II and we have a lot more to come!

Since All Access membership was announced earlier this year, as well as news on our new weekly update direction, we’re having a great time bringing more to the game each week. There’s a lot coming up too and we wanted to take a breath and tell you all about it!

As many of you know, our All Access membership changes will go live on or around April 23, 2014. Players who choose All Access membership will get access to SOE games, can claim 500SC a month, and get access to special promotions and offers. Members will also get unique benefits in EverQuest II.

In EverQuest II, All Access membership will get you the following benefits:

  1. 7 character slots
  2. Member Benefits buff: Additional 15% coin loot and 10% mount speed
  3. Double all the alternate currencies you earn in game, like Etyma and Loyalty tokens
  4. Member-only Loyalty items
  5. All access to broker, in-game mail, chat, and spell tiers
  6. Early access to content and promotions.

For example, the first “early access to content” for All Access members will be the contested version of the High Keep dungeon with an entirely unique story, characters, and loot. This new zone will go live with the All Access membership launch and be exclusively available to members for two weeks. The dungeon also includes a new Heritage Quest for the Bloody Shank that All Access members have exclusive access to for the same two weeks.

Very soon we will find a permanent home online to list what is coming up on our schedule. Meanwhile, here’s a look at what’s on deck for the weeks following April 23, 2014:

  • Prestige Guild Hall (High Keep)
  • New Loyalty Items, Darklight Palace Prestige Home released
  • New Temple of Veeshan raid zone [Ed. Note -- actually the North wing of the existing zone]
  • Convert old alternate currencies like Void Shards or Obols into current tinkering and transmuting components
  • Tunaria Battlegrounds zone.

We have a lot more on our schedule for the year and we’ll keep you updated. We’re thrilled to start our planning for SOE Live this year too! How time flies when you’re having fun!

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Senior Producer, EverQuest II

Originally posted: https://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/index.php?threads/producers-letter-lots-to-come.547627/

All Access — April 23rd!!

If you have been following the “New All Access Plan Information & FAQ” thread on the official EQ2 forums, and the exhaustively detailed The Revised SOE ALL ACCESS PLAN thread in the General SOE forums, plus the various announcements on Twitter, you know that individual game subscriptions to EQ2 are going away in favor of a unified All Access pass which will cover all of SOE’s games for the standard monthly rate of $14.99 (cheaper if paid 3, 6 or 12 months in advance). This transition was first slated for April 2nd and then April 16th but will finally go live on this Wednesday, April 23rd.

On April 23rd, EQ2 players with a Gold subscription will be automagically migrated to an All Access pass and should not need to do anything to gain access to all of SOE’s games including EQ, EQ2, the PC versions of DCUO and PS2 as well as just plain Landmark when it leaves closed beta and EverQuest Next when it emerges from the vapor.

This All Access pass is not restricted to those who have a recurring subscription attached to a credit card. It is also open to those who are still clinging to accumulated game time purchased with StationCash back when it was available, as well as players who fund their EQ2 subscriptions through Krono or SOE Game Cards. It will be interesting to see if users of the latter two payment choices will continue to face restrictions such as StationCash gifting and Server transfers as they have in the past.

Silver is Out, Gold is In

One of the surprising changes coming on April 23rd, first announced in March, is that EverQuest II’s Silver membership level will no longer be available for purchase. Accounts which have been granted Silver at any point in the past will have it grandfathered in. Although the perks of Silver have diminished over the years, this small purchase still offered two additional character slots, the use of Expert spells, and most importantly the ability to chat in public chat channels which is invaluable to new players. For the obvious reason that Free-to-Play accounts cost nothing to create, Free (formerly Bronze) players were kept out of chat channels due to spam and abuse. It is unclear if chat channels will be  blockaded from all but Gold subscribers.

Early Access

After years of giving away the store, it seems that the pendulum has swung the other way and the EQ2 team are looking hard at ways to incentivize subscriptions. We’ve enjoyed Double Alternative Currency (in-game tokens), 15% bonus coin, and 10% bonus mount speed for a while, but this is something totally new – All Access subscribers get to play Contested High Keep and its associated Heritage Quests two weeks before Free-to-Play players. It seems plausible that this may extend to other game updates and possibly even the ******** of ********* expansion coming this November.

Holly also tweeted that All Access subscribers will see Double XP weekends more often than other players…

Customer Service

There will, of course, be customers who have unique or complex situations which are not addressed by even the more detailed FAQs which have been posted. EU players of Planetside 2 or DCUO who are stuck with ProSieben certainly have some issues here especially with Landmark. Players with questions are encouraged to open a ticket at http://help.soe.com/

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EQ2 Producer’s Letter, Read All About It!

Greetings Norrathians!

It’s been an exciting year so far for EverQuest II and we have a lot more to come!

Since All Access membership was announced earlier this year, as well as news on our new weekly update direction, we’re having a great time bringing more to the game each week. There’s a lot coming up too and we wanted to take a breath and tell you all about it!

As many of you know, our All Access membership changes will go live on or around April 23, 2014. Players who choose All Access membership will get access to SOE games, can claim 500SC a month, and get access to special promotions and offers. Members will also get unique benefits in EverQuest II.

In EverQuest II, All Access membership will get you the following benefits:

  1. 7 character slots
  2. Member Benefits buff: Additional 15% coin loot and 10% mount speed
  3. Double all the alternate currencies you earn in game, like Etyma and Loyalty tokens
  4. Member-only Loyalty items
  5. All access to broker, in-game mail, chat, and spell tiers
  6. Early access to content and promotions.

For example, the first “early access to content” for All Access members will be the contested version of the High Keep dungeon with an entirely unique story, characters, and loot. This new zone will go live with the All Access membership launch and be exclusively available to members for two weeks. The dungeon also includes a new Heritage Quest for the Bloody Shank that All Access members have exclusive access to for the same two weeks.

Very soon we will find a permanent home online to list what is coming up on our schedule. Meanwhile, here’s a look at what’s on deck for the weeks following April 23, 2014:

  • Prestige Guild Hall (High Keep)
  • New Loyalty Items, Darklight Palace Prestige Home released
  • New Temple of Veeshan raid zone
  • Convert old alternate currencies like Void Shards or Obols into current tinkering and transmuting components
  • Tunaria Battlegrounds zone.

We have a lot more on our schedule for the year and we’ll keep you updated. We’re thrilled to start our planning for SOE Live this year too! How time flies when you’re having fun!

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale
Senior Producer, EverQuest II

Originally posted: https://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/index.php?threads/producers-letter-lots-to-come.547627/

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SOE System Maintenance April 17th

All SOE products will perform system maintenance on April 17th beginning at 4:00 AM PT (1:00 PM CET). During this time players may be disconnected from the game and be unable to login to games, websites, and forums.

This maintenance is anticipated to last less than one hour.

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EverQuest II Player Spotlight: Gracee

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By: Erin Oakley


Whether you’re into questing, crafting, or collecting, there are lots of ways to enjoy your time in Norrath. Gracee, has been selected for this’s month’s the recipient of this month’s Player Spotlight, is a decorator in EverQuest II. She’s most proud of the home for a special Shadowknight: her husband, Akojo:

Q: What is the name of your home or in-game creation?
Akojo’s Freeport Apartment (by Gracee) – now on the Hall of Fame on Crushbone server.


Q: What was your inspiration or theme as you designed your home?
This home was inspired by my husband Akojo. He had seen me do so many houses/halls and quietly sat back and never asked me to decorate one for him. I suggested it – he jumped on it, and asked me to do his Shadowknight’s house in Freeport. He asked for a nice relaxing place that he could go at the end of a hard day’s battle, and find comfort. His one request was a torture room that he could continue his studies of the living (and the dead), which I found creepy to make. This is the one and probably only torture room I’ll ever attempt and was so creeped out at the outcome – I don’t even visit that room. He also requested an aquarium, so I made that my first project in the house and let the colors dictate the rest of that room.

Q: What is your favorite item that you have on display in your home? What makes it special to you?
The one item I’m the most proud of is his toilet. I know – what a dumb thing to get excited over, but I was able to actually make the seat “left up” as most men do. It still makes me giggle to see it, and marks it as a definite male’s house. I also love the pergola in the outdoor area which was very fun to make.

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Q: What server do you play on? In your opinion, what makes your server special?
I play on the Crushbone server as Gracee. Crushbone is my home and I love this server. The people are so friendly and help when you need it. For example, my alchemist was hunting several level 60’s advanced books. The crafting channel on this server went above and beyond to find those silly books for me. And I’m talking about logging into all their chars to see if they had it.


Decorating is my game. I believe it’s not the server you are on – but the decorating community that makes the difference. The great people in Homeshow channel are the best. /join Antonia_Bayle.Homeshow to be in the channel with some of the best and most helpful decorators in the game. I spent a couple years teaching people to use the layout editor on the test server, or actually made trips to most servers to teach those who couldn’t get to the test server. Jesdyr worked tirelessly to make the layout editor better and better for teaching. I think I taught over 300 people total to use this great tool, and to find it was easier than they anticipated. But, with the learning came an obligation to teach others – which spread the use of the layout editor like wildfire over all servers.


Gracee sums up her experiences in EQII beautifully: “That is my goal in game: to promote decorating for anyone who enjoys it, sharing ideas, and make it easier to do the things we all want to do. I love each and every decorator for their passion, and their results are amazing.”


If you’d like to be featured in a future Player Spotlight article, check out the official forums thread here!

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Don’t Eat These “Earie” Mounts!

By: Margaret “Luperza” Krohn

Norrath has a new hare raising mount! Hop over to the marketplace and get yours NOW! You’ll be hopping around Norrath, creating a tail that only the most hare-oic of adventurers could imagine.
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With varying armored options, floppy or pointed ear choices, and some rather thorny hares, there’s one for everyone!
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Whether you’re living on the edge or hopping around Norrath site seeing, the multiplying effect of these creatures is bound to have you grabbing them by the ears!
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We hope you have a hopping mad time! Tell us about your adventures on the forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus!

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Sony Online Entertainment Quickly Patches for Heartbleed Bug

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From EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn:

As was widely reported, a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” was recently found in OpenSSL (the popular open-source software used to encrypt and secure computer communications) that could potentially allow data theft on systems using OpenSSL. Like many others around the world, some of SOE’s sites used OpenSSL, but those sites were fully patched – closing this exploit.

We have no evidence of any breach or data theft, and the chance of any particular user password having been compromised is very slim. Nonetheless, we will let you know if we recommend that you reset your password.

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Hop to It! Bunny Mounts Come to EQ2 in Time for Easter

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Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has posted 3 new screenshots on her Twitter account about new bunny mounts coming to EQ2…

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Rumor has it EQ2 Senior Animator Tom Tobey may be behind the hare-raising hijinx:

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Contested High Keep, Bloody Shank HQ Coming April 23

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

 

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