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EQ Update #22 2016

A Recommendation of Hate?

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We've re-entered the MAJOR faction quest for Innoruuk Trolls out of Grobb. We suspect that the East Freeport version works still/again too. None of the quest NPC and items were linked, and the Grobb version of this NPC was not in the database at all... are other Grobb re-revamp NPC's missing? We do know that many old Grobb quests don't quite work as they did before the Frogloks did their sit-in.

 

New Items: Amulet of Dawn

Updated Items: Note of RecommendationBoreal Breastplate of the Light

New Quests: Innoruuk Recommendation

Bestiary Updates: Perrir ZexusSaxarivza Zaxun

EQ Mobile App Discontinued

DBGs announced today that they will be discontinuing the Everquest Worlds mobile app at the end of this month.  From the Everquest Forums, Laylaih posted the announcement today:

We will be closing the EverQuest Worlds mobile app at the end of this month.

If you would like to play any of the current mini-games, finish up quest lines, and/or retrieve codes for rewards, you will need to do so on or before midnight (11:59PM PDT) on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

The app will remain available in the App Store (iOS) and via Google Play (Android) until its sunset on March 31, 2016.

We hope you enjoyed this app while it was available, and continue to use and enjoy the rewards you’ve redeemed in EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Landmark.

 

Everquest Next: CANCELED

Unfortunately, we see too many instances where promising games have been shelved indefinately or canceled outright.  We all know it's a sad fact of life in game development, So it's a sad time for the EQ Community to hear that Everquest Next has joined the ranks of all past vaporware and has been officially canceled.  I know many of us were looking forward to playing in a new branch of the Everquest franchise and held high the hopes of exploring a new Norrath. 

Given the transition to DBG and all of the changes that ensued, I suppose it's really not much of a surprise to anyone. It's hardly an unanticipated decision, but definitely a disappointing one to hear. 

Here is the company's official announcement:

To Our Daybreak Community,

I’m writing today to let you know that, after much review and consideration, Daybreak is discontinuing development of EverQuest Next.

For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.

March Patch Preview

Daybreak Games has given all of us Everquest players a teaser of what to expect from the upcoming patch next week!

(From the EQ Forums)

The March patch is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (the day of EverQuest’s 17th Anniversary!). Here are some highlights on what players can expect from this patch:

DoTs Improvements

Over the past few months, we've been reviewing the way DoTs work and how we would like to improve them going forward. As most of you know, there's a limited number of debuff slots available on any given NPC, which conflicts with DoT classes wanting to layer as many spells as possible on any given NPC in order to maximize damage. This layering has contributed to a lot of problems over the years; most notably, it takes a lot of spell slots away from players who want to maximize DoT damage, and it uses up many of the limited debuff slots available on raid targets.

In order to improve the way this works, we're starting this process with Beastlords, but we're planning to continue with it through all classes that use DoTs regularly. Here's what we did for Beastlords:

  1. We went back to the first DoT in any given line, and doubled it (or more). This step may not happen for every class, but Beastlords in particular haven't been able to use DoTs for as much reliable damage as we'd like, so they needed the boost.
  2. We looked at updates to those lines and increased their damage in a much more aggressive scale than we used to. This should mean that a new DoT will perform better than itself plus two previous levels of the same spell under the old scale.
  3. We increased damage/mana efficiency over the entire line in a progressive manner. At each level you should be getting more damage per mana than before.
  4. We categorized the new DoTs into lines which will prevent the same player from stacking multiple levels of the same DoT line on the same target. Other players can use DoTs in the same line on the same target, and the same player can use DoTs in the same line on different targets. The increase in damage should mean that a single player is dealing more damage with one DoT than they formerly did with three spells.

 

Everquest 17th Anniversay Producer's Letter

Taken directly from Daybreak's official forums:

 

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"Hail Norrath!

It’s anniversary time for EverQuest and its 17th year!

The past year was fantastic, and we thank you for that! This year is also shaping up to bring healthy doses of Norrathian delights!

Coming next week with the anniversary, the team has created the Gnome Race event for everyone to enjoy on ALL servers! To participate, you'll need to create a new gnome in Ak'Anon. Look for Tipsy Teena near the exit from Ak'Anon to Steamfont Mountains and be prepared to drunk-dash and get flung across Faydwer all the way to the Estate of Unrest! Keep an eye out for world broadcasts when the race is about to begin because the prizes include brand new, awesome gnomish clockwork Hero's Forge armor pieces! For those not as adept at drunk-dashing, we will have an alternate set of clockwork Hero's Forge armor available in the marketplace.

What else? A fabled Legacy of Ykesha raid is coming for our players that raid on live servers for the anniversary! Woot! This raid and another bonus (wink, wink) will start on March 16th, so stay tuned for an announcement about that. Given the popularity of the dog and cat pets, and being true to our legacy, we felt it appropriate to bring you Gnolls in a Barrel. Do a barrel gnoll! This pet bundle will also be available starting with the Anniversary update on March 16th.

You have all shown us how much love you have for EverQuest, just like us, so we want to keep exploring new ways to enjoy this incredible game. Heading into summer, we have some big and fun plans in the works. We are still finalizing the details before we make any grand statements – and there should be a grand statement as we inch closer. The expansion for this year is well under way and looking incredible on the art front as well as design. We are really jazzed about where are new adventures will take you, and we’re excited to see what you think when we are ready to share more!

On top of all the stuff you will see, there’s some stuff you won’t! We are making some backend changes to improve server stability while also minimizing the loss of progress due to rollbacks. These changes will be mostly transparent, but it will help us to provide a better experience.

So, to all Norrathians, happy anniversary and thanks for all your support and commitment to EverQuest! Get ready to get your Gnome on and join us as we celebrate the anniversary with a drunken Gnome race on the Vox server on Wednesday, March 16 at 3PM PST.You can also join our team in a Twitch livestream on twitch.tv/everquestlive!"

 

 

A Legacy of Ykesha raid... that could be interesting. Some of the funnest lore/zones in the game in my view, but from the least impressive "exspansion" (it wasn't called that originally... just an extension) in EQ history. Now if they had made LoY a bit deeper (and have drops useful to the upper-tier population) and maybe completed it (there is a lot of evidence that it was nowhere near a finished product for quests and such). Anyway, I digress... Yay anniversary!

Daybreak Games: Game Wide Maintenance

In a move designed to bring all Daybreak Games to a screeching halt, DBG announced this afternoon a GAME-WIDE general maintenance that will affect ALL of their games, including Everquest, Everquest II and the rest of their stable of MMOs.

Maintenance will begin Tuesday morning at 0-dark hundred (5:00AM PST), March 8th.  There is no ETA how long downtime should be expected; it varies depending on the game and service needed.  However, according to DBGs, if downtime extends for more than four hours, check the official game forums for an updated message.

 This general maintenance will likely impact the following DBG services across all games:

  • Game Logins for all Daybreak Games
  • Forum and Web logins for all Daybreak Games *
  • Commerce and Account Management for all Daybreak Games.

Because this is a non-game specific maintenance, there will be no patch notes available.


(*yeah, so good luck checking the official forums for extended downtime)

EQ Update #21 2016

Evil Mastermind?

 

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How many different quests are currently live for this NPC? Our database says 2, but user input of late is suggesting there may be more?

 

Updated Quests: Behari is MissingEnchanter Epic 2.0: Staff of Eternal Eloquence

Bestiary Updates: Tolkar ParloneGaruc AnehmFirwyn