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March 6, 2015

Here are some Friday night updates for you. Enjoy your weekend!

New Items: Scroll: Ardent Touch Rk. IIScroll: Consecration Rk. IIScroll: Dulcify Rk. IIScroll: Depurate Rk. IIScroll: Doctrine of Rescission Rk. II

New Bestiary: a Stillmoon basalt magea Stillmoon charmera Stillmoon defendera Stillmoon gravel wardena Stillmoon instigatora Stillmoon loremastera Stillmoon magusa Stillmoon mystica Stillmoon novicea Stillmoon seera Stillmoon stone castera Stillmoon stone winga Stillmoon waverushera Stillmoon witchdoctoran iron wardera Stillmoon followerStillmoon henchman

Updated Zone: Stillmoon Temple: Best Laid Plans

Updated Items: Facia VitalaClauvi AnuliumUmbraculis LumbiusNocei ColliumLumbia NoceisCollio UmbraculoNitoraHumis UmeriumTwilight Orchid

Updated Quests: Crushbone BeltsRare PlantsWarrior Epic 2.0: Kreljnok's Sword of Eternal PowerNorrath's Keepers: Best Laid PlansDark Reign: Best Laid PlansAshengate East Event: Griffon Master Ayna'RymTDS Progression #16: Fit for the New World

Updated Bestiary: a skulking bruteTobala HoneyjarDark Reign assistantDark Reign ContactNorraths Keeper contactA Caravan MasterCaptain Janeswortha chest (#1 - Defense of the City)a chest (#2 - Principal Quastori Numicia)a chest (#3 - Principal Vicarum Nomia)a chest (#4 - Principal Indagatrix Lucia)a chest (#5 - Calix Quirinus)

Hotfix Notes for March 5, 2015

This hotfix was pushed to live servers today:

*** Hotfix ***

- All Arx Mentis progression raids will now only pull people from the raid areas to their safe points rather than everyone in the zone.
- Praetor Captain Tita (Raid) - Fixed an error that was causing her to cast the wrong spells on the wrong targets and preventing the Slapstick achievement from being completed. She will now correctly use her ability Shield Sweep, which does damage in a forward arc and a little knockback.
- Principal Quastori Numicia (Raid) - Purple and Green golems will no longer regenerate while this event pauses. This should make the Balance of Power achievement a bit easier to complete.
- Principal Indagatrix Lucia (Raid) - Fixed the messaging from the Humas Proloxis and Ignas Proloxis so that all players should be able to see the warning messages from their AoE spells.
- Principal Indagatrix Lucia (Raid) - Principal Indagatrix Lucia will no longer jump to attack NPCs, including pets or Firiona. Also, when she warns about incoming parasites, she will shout so that all of her Magia can hear her.
- Calix Quirinus (Raid) - Fixed a bug that prevented players from completing the Evil Ended achievement in this event.

- The EverQuest Team

March 5, 2015

Daybreak Games Cuts Back EQ & EQII GM Roles

Customer Service has been spotty since Sony Online Entertainment transitioned into Daybreak Games. First phone service disappeared, then customers started complaining that petitions were not being answered. March 4, 2015, Daybreak Games updated their Knowledge Base with an article called [EQ2] Cases where Game Masters will not intervene. They have severely restricted the role of GMs to "errors with the game and/or servers" and remove the GM ability to help with gameplay issues.

UPDATE:  Astute players have pointed out that EverQuest GM's have suffered a similar scope reduction. There's a very similar article called [EQ] Cases where Game Masters will not intervene. Below is the EverQuest II version:

Game Masters are available to assist with errors with the game and/or servers (such as crashes/rollbacks, zone down, etc)

Game Masters will not be able to intervene with simple gameplay errors. Gameplay errors should be resolved by further gameplay and players should use in-game means to address these errors.

Some examples of situations where Game Masters will not intervene:

  • Deleted items: Please reacquire any deleted items through gameplay.
  • Accidentally sold items: Buy the item back from a vendor. If it cannot be bought back, reacquire the item through gameplay.
  • Accidentally bought items: Sell the unintended item back to the vendor (not all items can be sold back unfortunately) and purchase the intended item.
  • Misloots: The Game Masters will not move items that were looted by accident or sent/traded to an unintended character.
  • Accidental item modification (transmutes, adornments, gems, etc): There are in-game means to correct this issue which the player should explore.
  • Renaming: The Game Masters will not change a character's first name, surname, or guild name upon request. Name change potions are available on the marketplace.
  • Guild Administration: The Game Masters will not administrate a guild or intervene in guild management affairs in any way. If your guild leader is absent, please create a new guild of your own or find another guild on the server that meets your needs.
  • Deleted characters: There are various mechanics in place to assure that characters are not deleted by accident.   Let's be careful out there.  Deleted characters will not be restored. Feel free to re-roll a new character.

That's right, Daybreak Games will no longer help you when your Guild Leader disappears from the game or your eight-year-old deletes a character to make room for his new "mouse pirate." So be careful out there, Norrathians, and be really sure before you click "Yes" and delete something!


March 4, 2015

Here are some midweek updates for you:

New Recipes: Spell: Cascading Deathshield Rk. IISpell: Bonestitch Manikin Rk. IIScroll: Bonemeld Fetish Rk. IISpell: Arachne's Grasp Rk. IIScroll: Ivrikdal's Grasp Rk. IISpell: Twilight Rune Rk. IIScroll: Arcanaward's Rune Rk. IIScroll: Shadowed Rune Rk. IIScroll: Steelbound Bodyguard Rk. IIScroll: Brell's Steadfast Bulwark Rk. IIScroll: Deafening Weapons Rk. IIScroll: Thornmaw Vines Rk. IIScroll: Devastating Impact Rk. IIScroll: Strength of the Bosquestalker Rk. IIScroll: Thwart Corruption Rk. IIScroll: Touch of Klonda Rk. IIScroll: Termination Rk. IIScroll: Ashcloud Boon Rk. IIScroll: Bitter Wind Rk. IIScroll: Scintillate Bones Rk. IIScroll: Self-Destruction Rk. IIScroll: Sphere of Dissolution Rk. IIScroll: Scent of Dread Rk. IIScroll: Sanction Ally Rk. IIScroll: Sigil of the Sundered Rk. IIScroll: Salvo of Many Rk. IIScroll: Slackening Wave Rk. IIScroll: Withering Bite Rk. IIScroll: Zombie Skin Rk. IIScroll: Wildspark Aura Rk. IIScroll: Shock of Blistersteel Rk. IIScroll: Winter's Wildfire Rk. IIScroll: Unified Hand of Gezat Rk. IIScroll: Voice of Foresight Rk. IIScroll: Virtuous Intervention Rk. IIScroll: Spear of Blistersteel Rk. IIScroll: Vow of Vehemence Rk. IIScroll: Ward of the Mastermind Rk. IIScroll: Word of Reformation Rk. IIScroll: Umbral Rune Rk. IIScroll: Blood of Ralstok Rk. II

Updated Items: Ancient Excavation ReportPauldrons of the DiakuBloodstained StudEmerald Colored Mephit ScalesSpell: Spiritual StrengthAncient Compost BoxScorching Light of the HeavensScaled CurskinSoul of the WildernessWolf Scale

Updated Quest: Udumbara, the flower of legend

Updated Recipe: Scroll: Devout Audacity Rk. II

Updated Bestiary: Gorenairea Rhino Beetle Hatchlinga triloun gatherera disciple guardianCommander Gannar DolmCommander Inasch Prae`va

Storybricks Announces Its Closure

In a surprising newsletter this evening, Storybricks announced that it will be closing its doors.

Mostly known for their recent work on EverQuest Next's AI with Sony Online Entertainment, the studio cites that the decision was their own and "Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Games) bears no fault for it. Sony Online Entertainment had been up for sale for a long time so our exit had no connection with the Columbus Nova acquisition."

Letter From the Producer

On the docket in this Letter From the Producer are EverQuest's 16th anniversary, changes to heroic adventure experience, and testing:

Greetings, Norrathians!

It's cool and rainy here in San Diego, which is about as wild as our winters get. We understand that much of the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow, and a thick blanket to boot. If you or your loved ones are affected, we hope you are staying warm. Pull up your chair, grab a cup of warm cocoa, don your fuzzy socks, and allow us to explain what to expect for the next few months.

Anniversary Event Schedule

EverQuest's 16th anniversary celebration is nearly upon us! Though, it may be more accurate to say that it's already begun. You can get a head-start collecting anniversary currency by tackling the "War Games" mission in the Plane of War, which may not be a bad idea, as the (Special Celebratory Goods) vendor has a few new unique wares to offer. The main event, seven new Player-Designed Missions, kicks off on the 16th. Like the other anniversary events, these missions reward currency, but there are rumors of hidden bonus rewards if you approach the missions in a certain way or accomplish a side goal..