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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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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