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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First Gameplay Footage of SOE’s New Game Airs Tomorrow on GameTalkLive

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According to SOE President John Smedley, the first gameplay footage of an as yet untitled in-development game at Sony Online Entertainment will be revealed tomorrow on Game Talk Live from 5-6pm PDT (8-9pm EDT, 1:00 GMT, 2:00 CET).

We also heard from one of the developers on this mysterious team:

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Update Notes: Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fairly large update notes from the official forums.  Changes to taunts, 350 AAs, PvP updates, and mages say a fond farewell to carrying around a single, special arrow among other things.   Read the full notes after the break.

WEEKLY FEATURE

  • Players at level 95 can now level up their Alternate Advancements to level 350!

GENERAL

  • Mounted combat pets now retain their illusion form after the player lands with a flying or gliding mount.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Respawn and evacuate locations have been added to The Trembling Lagoon, Dythra’s Lair, and Cleansing of the Cove. Previously, respawning and evacuating within these zones sent you to The Feerrott.
  • Level 1-19 human skeletons, found in Commonlands and Antonica, now have a 6% chance to drop “Bloody Robe.”

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
General

  • Most taunts and detaunts are four times more effective.
  • The effectiveness of taunts and detaunts will improve based on debuffs applied to an NPC’s related resistances. For example, a Scout’s Evade will be more effective when their target’s physical mitigation is debuffed.
  • Taunts and detaunts will now benefit from the effects of the hate gain modifier stat.

Channeler

  • Mists of Poison, Poison Bolt and Channeled Cleansing now trigger Calm Connection.

Fighters

  • Recklessness now grants -150% Hate Gain. Berserkers, Bruisers and Shadowknights now use the same suspension mechanics as Guardians, Monks and Paladins. It now suspends all incoming threat transfers while active.

PLAYER HOUSING

  • Mounts can now be summoned in the following homes (ground only):
    • Court of the Master
    • Hua Mein Retreat
    • FelwitheMansion
    • Luxurious Kromzek Keep
    • Lavastorm Winter Retreat
    • Oakmyst Glade
    • Personal Grotto
    • Personal Planetarium
    • Mistmoore Crags Estate
    • Researcher’s Sanctum
    • Fearful Retreat
    • Court of the Master
    • Champion’s Respite

PVP UPDATES
PVP and Battlegrounds – General

  • Discord Runes are now available from the adornment merchant in Champion’s Respite.
  • Auto attack multiplier has been increased from .8 to .9.

PVP Servers – General

  • Status points awarded by player kills have been increased at level 80 and above.
  • Recent Player Kill list now lasts 15 minutes.

Warfields

  • Warfield guards now have an increased amount of hit points.
  • Players will gain a carnage flag after attacking a Warfield Guardian.
  • Pet owners will gain a carnage flag if their pet attacks a Warfield Guardian.
  • Players under PVP immunity will now lose that immunity if they or their pet attack a Warfield Guardian.
  • There will be a zone wide message once any Warfield Guardian is defeated.
  • Exiled faction can now be carnage flagged, and will be rewarded 60 Marks of Devastation regardless which faction wins the warfield.

New Tunaria [Warzone]

  • Contested Encounters will now always drop a random war rune when defeated.
  • An additional writ will be granted to players in the New Tunaria Warzone. This writ will be automatically offered every 60 seconds as long as you do not currently have the writ active in your quest journal.

TRADESKILLS

  • Advanced Carpenter Volume 38 – The “Twisted Oak Table” recipe has been returned.
  • “a pristine classy double oak shelf” is now properly named and matches the recipe name.

ITEMS

  • Death Field, Shelter and Killing Chamber can no longer be killed.
  • Practiced Tactics now applies the proper effect.
  • Burning Deathfist Arrow, Gleaming Emerald Arrow and Tenderwood Arrows no longer have a triggered effect. Their base damage has been increased by up to 5%.
  • Distracting Dance has been reduced to a 7.5 meter teleport and is now 1.25% increased damage.

LIVE EVENTS
Bristlebane Day

  • A Plethora of Pranks – Achievement now correctly identifies the need to “Craft a Brilliant Bristlebanesque Streamer”.
  • Jocular Patchcraft Growler Plushie & Jovial Patchcraft Thrasher Plushie – A more appropriate item description has been added.
  • Bristlebane Bouncer – An item description has been added.
  • Flowered Teal Velvet Curtain, Right – Is now accurately named.
  • Rivervale Vine Knot Door – No longer spawns halfway in the floor.

QUESTS

  • FesteringForest- The map region for the deathbloom treants has been corrected.
  • Tears of Veeshan: The Core Problem – Zal’Urid now repeats his advice for those that have not attained Jortreva’s Healing Scale.
  • Sometimes you feel like a Knut – A map marker is now present for the search within Demon’s Delve.
  • Sometimes you feel like a Knut – Players not wearing Griz now trigger a message hinting to equip the bear fur cap at key points within Demon’s Delve.
  • Obol Soulwings – The map region for the obol soulwings has been corrected.
  • Strange Occurrences – The map markers for the unearthed graves have been corrected.
  • A Water Tight Case – Deleting quest will now remove “living flow urn, empty” from player’s inventory.
  • Spreading the Cure – “Drednever crash site” is now spelled correctly in the quest journal.
  • The Inhabitants of Cloudmist Isle – Cloudmist walkers now carry a quest target icon.
  • The Inhabitants of Cloudmist Isle – Gathering sentient wind essences from the trapped wind now only removes one Mist Essence.
  • Draco Mortuus vos Liberatio – There is now an onscreen message that corresponds to the locations where players can place the summoning rods
  • Planting and Plundering – Kobold traps respawn much faster now!
  • The Gathering – Quest journal now correctly specifies that the halflings are in the Qeynos Province District.
  • Around their Necks – Quest journal now specifies “Collect dragon scales from holgresh in the Valley of the Fallen”
  • Strategic Point – The “mapping beacon” can now be used via a quest bauble icon.
  • Strategic Point – The “mapping beacon” locations have been adjusted to be more predictable.
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Scheduled Server Downtime April 8th, 2014

The US EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on April 8th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour.

EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 9th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

Update Notes will be posted in the Game Update Notes (Live) forum once they are available.

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Update Notes: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WEEKLY FEATURE
Players at level 95 can now level up their Alternate Advancements to level 350!

GENERAL
Mounted combat pets now retain their illusion form after the player lands with a flying or gliding mount.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General
Respawn and evacuate locations have been added to The Trembling Lagoon, Dythra’s Lair, and Cleansing of the Cove. Previously, respawning and evacuating within these zones sent you to The Feerrott.
Level 1-19 human skeletons, found in Commonlands and Antonica, now have a 6% chance to drop "Bloody Robe."

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
General
Most taunts and detaunts are four times more effective.
The effectiveness of taunts and detaunts will improve based on debuffs applied to an NPC’s related resistances. For example, a Scout’s Evade will be more effective when their target’s physical mitigation is debuffed.
Taunts and detaunts will now benefit from the effects of the hate gain modifier stat.

Channeler
Mists of Poison, Poison Bolt and Channeled Cleansing now trigger Calm Connection.

Fighters
Recklessness now grants -150% Hate Gain. Berserkers, Bruisers and Shadowknights now use the same suspension mechanics as Guardians, Monks and Paladins. It now suspends all incoming threat transfers while active.

PLAYER HOUSING
Mounts can now be summoned in the following homes (ground only):
Court of the Master
Hua Mein Retreat
FelwitheMansion
Luxurious Kromzek Keep
Lavastorm Winter Retreat
Oakmyst Glade
Personal Grotto
Personal Planetarium
Mistmoore Crags Estate
Researcher’s Sanctum
Fearful Retreat
Court of the Master
Champion’s Respite

PVP UPDATES
PVP and Battlegrounds – General
Discord Runes are now available from the adornment merchant in Champion’s Respite.
Auto attack multiplier has been increased from .8 to .9.

PVP Servers – General
Status points awarded by player kills have been increased at level 80 and above.
Recent Player Kill list now lasts 15 minutes.

Warfields
Warfield guards now have an increased amount of hit points.
Players will gain a carnage flag after attacking a Warfield Guardian.
Pet owners will gain a carnage flag if their pet attacks a Warfield Guardian.
Players under PVP immunity will now lose that immunity if they or their pet attack a Warfield Guardian.
There will be a zone wide message once any Warfield Guardian is defeated.
Exiled faction can now be carnage flagged, and will be rewarded 60 Marks of Devastation regardless which faction wins the warfield.

New Tunaria [Warzone]
Contested Encounters will now always drop a random war rune when defeated.
An additional writ will be granted to players in the New Tunaria Warzone. This writ will be automatically offered every 60 seconds as long as you do not currently have the writ active in your quest journal.

TRADESKILLS
Advanced Carpenter Volume 38 – The "Twisted Oak Table" recipe has been returned.
"a pristine classy double oak shelf" is now properly named and matches the recipe name.

ITEMS
Death Field, Shelter and Killing Chamber can no longer be killed.
Practiced Tactics now applies the proper effect.
Burning Deathfist Arrow, Gleaming Emerald Arrow and Tenderwood Arrows no longer have a triggered effect. Their base damage has been increased by up to 5%.
Distracting Dance has been reduced to a 7.5 meter teleport and is now 1.25% increased damage.

LIVE EVENTS
Bristlebane Day
A Plethora of Pranks – Achievement now correctly identifies the need to "Craft a Brilliant Bristlebanesque Streamer".
Jocular Patchcraft Growler Plushie & Jovial Patchcraft Thrasher Plushie – A more appropriate item description has been added.
Bristlebane Bouncer – An item description has been added.
Flowered Teal Velvet Curtain, Right – Is now accurately named.
Rivervale Vine Knot Door – No longer spawns halfway in the floor.

QUESTS
FesteringForest- The map region for the deathbloom treants has been corrected.
Tears of Veeshan: The Core Problem – Zal’Urid now repeats his advice for those that have not attained Jortreva’s Healing Scale.
Sometimes you feel like a Knut – A map marker is now present for the search within Demon’s Delve.
Sometimes you feel like a Knut – Players not wearing Griz now trigger a message hinting to equip the bear fur cap at key points within Demon’s Delve.
Obol Soulwings – The map region for the obol soulwings has been corrected.
Strange Occurrences – The map markers for the unearthed graves have been corrected.
A Water Tight Case – Deleting quest will now remove "living flow urn, empty" from player’s inventory.
Spreading the Cure – "Drednever crash site" is now spelled correctly in the quest journal.
The Inhabitants of Cloudmist Isle – Cloudmist walkers now carry a quest target icon.
The Inhabitants of Cloudmist Isle – Gathering sentient wind essences from the trapped wind now only removes one Mist Essence.
Draco Mortuus vos Liberatio – There is now an onscreen message that corresponds to the locations where players can place the summoning rods
Planting and Plundering – Kobold traps respawn much faster now!
The Gathering – Quest journal now correctly specifies that the halflings are in the Qeynos Province District.
Around their Necks – Quest journal now specifies "Collect dragon scales from holgresh in the Valley of the Fallen"
Strategic Point – The "mapping beacon" can now be used via a quest bauble icon.
Strategic Point – The "mapping beacon" locations have been adjusted to be more predictable.

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Indulge Your Dark Side at the Festival of the Blood Moon

The Blood Moon is the High Holy Day of the Teir`dal and occurs once every twenty-seven months, according to lore. Every Teir`dal follower of Hate must murder a good being to honor their faith. The nobles choose a commoner to mate with and then sacrifice.

Vendela G`Kal, a high priestess of Innoruuk, attended the Festival of the Moon of Blood in the Neriak commons. As the festival progressed, she noticed an exceptionally fine looking common male in the throng. The high priestess bade him be her sacrifice to Innoruuk. She led him to her inner sanctum, and fulfilled the first part of her duty. Exhausted, she fell into a deep sleep. When she awoke, the dark elf was gone. The following year, she gave birth.

The child borne from this chance encounter showed remarkable abilities beyond that which any ordinary Teir`Dal had ever possessed. Many saw this, and took note. As she grew, many tried to end her life, fearing her for her power and abilities. On the first such attempt, an ancient shadowknight named Laarthik K`Shin saw the three would-be assassins and slew them as they made their attempt upon the Child of Innoruuk. After the battle, Innoruuk appeared before the shadowknight and conscripted him into service. He assigned the shadowknight to teach and protect the child and gave him a new, younger, body to enable him to do so. Under the
shadowknight’s tutelage, the child grew strong in both the art of combat and the dark magics of necromancy. She stood ready to spread hate across all of Norrath.

This is how Lanys T’Vyl came to be.
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By: Arquenniel

Join us April 11 – 14, 2014 for the Festival of the Blood Moon on the Antonia Bayle server! This is a player run, open air event in Darklight Woods to celebrate the many facets of Teir`dal culture, lore and history. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Arquenniel or Marchosia or visit their site at http://bloodmoon.ravenfire.net/.

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Event Schedule:

All events are in Darklight Wood, except for Monday. The Sermon, Closing Ceremony, and After Party will be at Soulfire – The RP Community’s longest running player-run venues managed by Euryale of Moonshadows.

Friday
8 PM EST Opening Ceremony and Sacrifice – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
9 PM EST Purifications – Font of Malice (Wellspring of Nightmares)
10 PM EST Ranged – Pigsticker’s Field (Between the Wellspring and Hate’s Envy)
Venue: Shaded Lotus – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)

Saturday
3 PM EST Hunting Contest – Indigo Brotherhood’s Proving Grounds (Nightshadow Bog)
4 PM EST Faewing Ripping – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
5 PM EST Faewing Art – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
6 PM EST Scavenger Hunt – Indigo Brotherhood’s Proving Grounds (Gathering Point)
8 PM EST Bardic concurrent with After Hours – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
8 PM EST Venue: After Hours – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)

Sunday
Dungeon – Concurrent with the day’s events – Indigo Brotherhood’s Proving Grounds (Gathering Point)
3 PM EST Teir`dal Strut – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
4 PM EST Poison Making – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
6 PM EST Poison Drinking – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
8 PM EST Haiku concurrent with Wellspring of Nightmares – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)
7 PM EST Venue: Peach Pit/Wellspring of Nightmares – Blind Fish Fairgrounds (Near the CL entrance in DLW)

Monday
8 PM EST Fight Tourney – Indigo Brotherhood’s Proving Grounds
10 PM EST Sermon – At Soulfire, 7 Integrity Road, NFP
10 PM EST Closing Ceremonies – At Soulfire, 7 Integrity Road, NFP
10 PM EST After Party – At Soulfire, 7 Integrity Road, NFP
Venue: Soulfire – 7 Integrity Road, NFP

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