Downtime - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

All servers will come down on July 29th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours.

This is separate from the SOE-wide maintenance which will happen around 3am Pacific time.

The patch notes are below.

SOE Maintenance Notice: July 29, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced a maintenance period:

Attention players: we will perform maintenance beginning at 3:00 AM PDT* on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take approximately two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Commerce functions, including purchases
  • Game, web and forum logins

This is separate from any game patches, which usually happen later in the day.

It's Time for Tinkerfest!

Tinkerfest, the Norrathian celebration of all things Gnomish, starts Friday! Your EQII ZAM staff has the scoop on the awesome new additions to this player favorite. 2014 brings back all the old activities and adds more rewards, house items, and recipes! There's a new quest and new achievement. If you didn't do so last year, be sure to unlock your tinkered mercenaries!

Tinkerfest 2014 will start July 25th and run through August 11th. Keep track of all your alts and every quest with our convenient Tinkerfest Quest Tracker!

Downtime - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All servers will come down on July 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. Patch notes are available after the jump.

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments starts tonight! The grottos will open on the 20th at 12:01am PDT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PDT. The time applies directly with no conversion to all servers. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!

Guild Bonus XP Weekend: July 18-20

Announced on Wednesday's EverQuest II Insider broadcast, players can enjoy bonus experience gain toward guild levels this weekend! This bonus weekend will kick off at 12pm (noon) Pacific on Friday, June 18th and end at 11:59pm Pacific on Sunday, June 20th. Get ready to run writs, finish off some dusty Heritage Quests on those alts and turn in lots of status loot!

SOE Grants Members Two Free Days

Sony Online Entertainment has been plagued by DNS problems since early Tuesday morning, causing players to intermittently be unable to access SOE websites, forums, and games. Today SOE issued an apology on their forums (if you can get to them) and social media:

We deeply regret the recent service interruption. We will be adding two days of membership time to all members’ accounts.

Because domain registration can take a while to filter through internet service providers everywhere, players may continue to have issues. In cases like this things are usually completely resolved within 48-72 hours. If you don't want to wait, you can also try to flush or map your DNS.

EverQuest II Insider - Episode #3

This month on EverQuest II Insider Episode #3:

Downtime - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UPDATE 9:20am ET: Login servers appear to be back up and running, but remember that there's still a 7am PT/10am ET patch this morning!

UPDATE 8:30am ET: All SOE websites, forums and login servers are all down for an unrelated issue. According to Colette "Dexella" Murphy on Twitter, "We're working on the SOE games/website/forum issues people are reporting. More news when it's available!"

All US servers will come down on July 15th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET July 16th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime for both sets of servers is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The patch notes are below.

EverQuest II Double XP Weekend

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale mentioned it in this week's EQII Insider QA Livecast, then tweeted it yesterday afternoon:

Gear Up, Level Up promotion extended thru the end of July! Also, Double XP for Adv, AA, TS experience this Fri noon - Sun 11:59pm PDT!

That's double tradeskill, adventure, and AA experience from July 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon Pacific time through Sunday July 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  Note that this doesn't include guild experience, but Holly said during the livecast, "We might do Double Guild XP the weekend after next."

You can read more about the Gear Up, Level Up promotion on our EverQuest II site.

UPDATE: This just in from the official announcement:  "Experience bonuses do not stack. All Access members will get 100% adventure, AA and tradeskill experience bonus instead of 25% experience bonus for those experience types specifically."