July 12, 2000  5:00 pm

*Karana Secondary Split*

Hello all,

In light of our plans to further balance prime-time population on the 
servers, we're going to allow another group of players from Karana to 
split off to Terris-Thule. 

This Friday we will again open /movelog registration on Karana sometime 
around 7pm PDT (GMT-8). The GMs will broadcast when registration is 
open, and we will continue taking /movelog requests for 24 hours. 
Players wishing to have their characters moved to the new split server 
will need to run the command "/movelog yes" after registration is 
opened. As we have identified a minor problem with the hundreds of 
simultaneous uses of the /movelog command, it is recommended that you 
wait a few minutes after registration is opened using it.


- /movelog only needs to be run from ONE character, and will count for 
all characters on that server on that account. 
- Players who have requested a move should make sure all of their 
corpses are looted by the time the server is brought down the following 
Tuesday morning. Corpses will not be duplicated in the new world, and 
anything left on a corpse left behind by anyone who moves will be lost.
- We may or may not be able to move everyone who requests this action, 
based upon the number of total requests that we receive. 
- The GM/Guide staff will not be able to tell you whether or not you 
have been selected until after the move is actually completed.
- Karana and Terris-Thule will be down for several additional hours on 
Tuesday, the day of the next patch. Updates will be given at that time. 


July 19, 2000  7:00 am

***Patch Day***

*Miscellaneous Changes/Fixes*

- The "Safe Points" have been moved in Field of Bone and Lake of Ill 
Omen to someplace "safer".
- You can no longer cast invisibility on any pet. 
- Foul language issued through /emote will now be handled by the 
profanity filter.
- Corrected a bug that allowed linkdead players to walk through locked 
- Rangers above level 50 will now do double damage with Archery against 
non-moving, non-rooted targets. These restrictions allowed us to 
enhance archery without creating a new kiting problem.
- Corrected a bug that had rangers doing less melee damage than was 
intended except when fighting an NPC who was also a ranger.
- Pets, both PC and NPC, will no longer cast "Gate".
- A large rat says, "Hit by non-melee for XXX damage", is history. The 
new message given probably isn't the source of never-ending humor that 
the old one was.
- Updated pathing information in Innothule Swamp.
- Corrected many, many, MANY spelling and grammar errors in the world. 
- Fixed a large number of spell gems and spellbook icons. Take care to 
take a look at your spell lineup to familiarize yourself with the new 


- Implemented the high level Rogue poisons (level 51+).
- Increased Rogue "Make Poison" skill cap.
- Substantially reduced chance to fail "Apply Poison".
- Rogues will now automatically sit when right-clicking on a poison.
- Failure to make a poison will now return the vial.

*General Crafts*

- The Ant's Potion may now be used anywhere.
- The small and large reinforced wristband may now be crafted.
- The small and medium studded shoulderpads, cloak, and belt may now be 
- The medium reinforced mask may now be crafted.
- Sealed Poison Vials can now be crafted.
- The Thermal Cloak may now be tinkered.
- The "This item is trivial..." message in craft skills has been 
replaced with "You can no longer advance in skill from making this 


- The Elven Paladin Newbie Tunic may now be worn by Half Elf paladins.
- The Murky Vial will now properly affect the target instead of the 
- Increased stats on many Plane of Sky items.
- There was evidently more than one "Fine Steel Dagger" running around 
in the world. Some of them have been renamed "Serpant's Tooth".
- The effect on the Staff of Undead Legions has been changed to 
something a bit more useful.
- The Deepwater Helm now has a significant casting time. The function 
of its spell allowed a mana-free heal even though it was intended to be 
a buff.


Some people were spamming others with /consent, causing them to 
disconnect. As a result, /consent can now only be done once every two 
seconds. Should you be harassed via this tool, please use /report. 
Also, please take care to avoid accidentally /consenting someone, as it 
will be two seconds before you can undo it.

*Cazic-Thule and the Feerrott*

There has been a significant change to the factions in the Feerrott and 
Cazic-Thule. Take care not to get killed by NPCs that previously left 
you alone. The significant upside to this change is that the "Cazic 
Gate/Portal" can be made much safer in nature for those who work on 
their faction.

*Regen Effects*

This week we corrected a bug that caused regen-type spells (e.g. 
Regeneration, Chloroplast, Regrowth, etc.) to overwrite DOT spells. As 
a result of this fix, players can no longer accept a regeneration spell 
while under the effect of a DOT. However, if the regen spell is already 
in place, the DOT will stack, but not replace the regen spell. This 
will allow users of beneficial DOTs, such as Call of Bones, to continue 
using their DOT while under the affect of regen.

*Keyed Dungeons*

The key for Charasis (Howling Stones) is now NODROP per the patch 
message from a couple of weeks ago. Furthermore, when your character 
dies, keys for Charasis, Sebilis, and Veeshan's Peak, will no longer 
remain with your corpse, but will instead return with your character to 
its bind point. We made this change to reduce the difficulty and 
corpse-loss potential of these zones, and eliminate the need to do the 
key quests multiple times.

*Barbed Scale Whip*

In the last item patch, this item was changed from its original stats 
to something inferior, as the game designer was not aware that it was 
already in-game. It has been changed back to its original stats.

*Hiding Corpses*

A new command has been implemented in the EverQuest client. This 
command (/hidecorpses) allows players to suppress the display of player 
and NPC corpses on the screen. This can be very useful once you've 
entered a zone with a large number of corpes, causing framerate to 
decay. It will be particularly useful in the planes. The command 
supports the following arguments:

- ALL: Hides all corpses except yours.
- ALLBUTGROUP: Hides all corpses except yours and those of people in 
your group.
- NONE: No longer hides corpses.

For community reasons, this option must be set after entering each 
zone, and will not affect corpses made after you enter the zone. You 
can reset it while in the zone in order to suppress display of corpses 
made since you originally set it. 


The resurrection confirmation box will now report the name of the 
person casting the spell as well as what spell they are casting. 
Furthermore, experience will not be "removed" from your corpse until 
you accept the resurrection by choosing YES. Previously, any 
resurrection spell, if declined, would cause the experience to be 

- The EverQuest Team


July 26, 2000  12:00 pm

*Chat and Login*

Today's patch contains some new features for the EverQuest chat and 
login servers. In addition, it enables support for some international 
keyboard layouts. 

- Tab again switches between fields in login and registration.
- #time will display a time/date stamp.
- #reply will send a private message to the last person to message you.
- Tab will cycle through the last few people to send you a private 
- Rooms may now be closed by staff members. These rooms are in gray, 
and no one will be able to enter them until a staff member opens them. 
Attempting to enter a closed room will display a message.
- EverQuest, including Chat and Login, now supports some international 
keyboard layouts. Information can be found at 

- The EverQuest Team


August 1, 2000

Greetings everyone! 

Today's patch contains some changes that we are sure everyone will 

- Canned emotes (e.g. /point) now work on NPCs. In addition, the range 
for canned emotes has been increased.
- /who all "guildname" should now work for players who have /roleplay 
turned on.
- Preferences for the mouselook will be saved in your options file. 
Those who turn mouselook off each time when starting EQ will only have 
to do it once more.
- The "Chat Filter" tab in "Options" now has an option to filter 
messages caused by damage shields hitting others.

*Fast Drop*

Our most exciting change today is an option that allows players to 
avoid accidentally dropping items on the ground. The new client allows 
players to set "Item Dropping" preferences on the "General" options 
tab. The three options that can be set are:

- FAST DROP: Items are dropped without confirmation.
- CONFIRM: A confirmation box will be displayed whenever you try to 
drop an item.
- NEVER: You are not allowed to drop items on the ground. 

Alternatively, you can also set these options using the /fastdrop 
command. The arguments are:

- ON: Same as option "Fast Drop" on the General Tab.
- OFF: Same as option "Confirm" on the General Tab.
- NEVER: Same as above.

Please note that whatever your setting, coin will always be dropped 
without confirmation. Additionally, the FastDrop option only applies to 
items being dropped upon the ground. Handing items to NPCs will still 
work regardless of your FastDrop setting.

It is highly recommended that you use option "CONFIRM", as GMs will not 
reimburse any items that are accidentally dropped.

- The EverQuest Team


August 9, 2000

***Character Purge***

Time has come to do some cleanup on character data across the servers. 
On August 23rd (Pacific), we will be doing a system-wide cleanup of 
level 1 characters. All level 1 characters that have not been played 
within 30 days from the date of the purge will be deleted. As GMs will 
not be able to restore any characters that are deleted, please be 
certain to log in any level 1 characters that you wish to keep prior to 
the purge.

- The EverQuest Team

August 9th, 7:00am 

*Guide Application*

The Guide Application is now back up at http://guideapp.everquest.com. 
If you are over 18 years of age, have a good customer-oriented 
attitude, enjoy helping your fellow player, and are interested in 
joining the Guide Program, we will be pleased to review your 

*Kunark Users*

A new file, emeraldjungle_chr.s3d, is included as part of today's 
patch. This patch adds additional displayable NPCs to the Emerald 
Jungle. Please run the "Kunark Patch" by pressing the "Kunark Patch" 
button on the bottom of the patch program UI prior to entering 

*Patch Day*

Greetings everyone! Today's patch contains some exciting new changes. 

*General Enhancements*

- Text messages that wrap will be indented on subsequent lines. This 
means that if a person or NPC says something that is more than one line 
long, all subsequent lines will be indented a few spaces. This should 
make it a lot easier to pick out separate messages.
- The spells "United Resolve" and "Heroic Bond" had their levels 
transposed accidentally. Rather than putting them back as intended, 
United Resolve has been changed to Heroic Bond, which means you might 
have two copies of that spell in your spellbook. Feel free to move one 
to the back. Clerics get a new group spell at 58 to compensate.
- The Wurmslayer is now a one-handed slashing weapon.
- The /help command will now list all /-commands available to you.
- Rangers, Paladins, and SKs now have mana equivalent to that of a pure 
caster with the same stats. This will give those hybrids a good deal 
more mana, regardless of their stats. 
- NORENT items, items that disappear when you log out, will now show a 
"NORENT" tag when inspecting the item.
- Most summoned items now have the word "summoned" in their name.


- Small Studded Tunic recipe now works
- Scaler recipe now works
- High Elves can now use the Moss Covered Twig and Branch
- Iksar can now wear the Crescent headband.
- The Shintl Lowbrew quest will now work
- The Rusty Rapier now looks like a rapier.
- Elven Wine can now be brewed
- Some pelt-dropping animals were always dropping ruined pelts, rather 
than pelts of quality. This has been repaired.
- The Guild-invite toggle in display options will now work.
- The faction problems with the Charasis Key Quest have been resolved.
- Many pathing errors have been repaired.
- Repaired a bug that caused some anomalies after being charmed or 
- Repaired a bug that kept the Unswerving Hammer of Faith and Flaming 
Sword of Xuzl from disappearing.


Rumor has it that some new dragons have been spotted in Kunark. It 
should be noted however that the dragons can be engaged from much 
further away than is intended. Rather than hold off implementing these 
dragons for another week, we've decided to implement them now and fix 
the problem in the next patch. Enjoy :)

*New Command For Tracking*

New option for those with tracking: /trackplayers. The command will 
work for all players with the tracking skill. The command has two 

- ON: Default setting, same as it is now. Players will show up in the 
tracking window. 
- OFF: Players will not show up in the tracking window.

*Client Customizations*

Upon starting EverQuest, a new file (EQCLIENT.INI) will be created in 
your EverQuest directory. This file contains customizable settings for:

- Colors for text messages in the in-game chat window 
- Default screen viewing mode 
- Default travel speed (run or walk)

The documentation will be included in the online manual in your 
EverQuest directory once the design is finalized over the next several 
weeks, but the working document is posted below. We felt that people 
would rather have access to the customizations right away while we're 
in the process of building them. 

Modifying this file is optional.

*EQCLIENT.INI documentation*

The [TextColors] section contains entries for various text colors in 
the client. All colors are to be set with Red, Green, and Blue values, 
in decimal. Valid settings for each color range between 0 and 255. 
"Black" (0 red, 0 green, and 0 blue) will be white in overlay mode, and 
black in normal mode.

Here is a list of user colors to use as a guide when editing the file: 

1 - Say 
2 - Tell 
3 - Group 
4 - Guild 
5 - OOC 
6 - Auction 
7 - Shout 
8 - Emote 
9 - Spells (meming, scribing, casting, etc.) 
10 - You hit other 
11 - Other hits you 
12 - You miss other 
13 - Other misses you 
14 - Some broadcasts (duels) 
15 - Skills (ups, non-combat use, etc.) 
18 - Default text and stuff you type 
20 - Merchant Offer Price 
21 - Merchant Buy/Sell 
22 - Your death message 
23 - Others death message 
24 - Other damage other 
25 - Other miss other 
26 - /who command

The [Defaults] section contains some default setting for the client. 
Here is a list of valid settings: 

RunMode - TRUE for run, FALSE for walk. 
ScreenMode - NORMAL for the default window view, FULL for the full view 
with overlays

- The EverQuest Team


August 16, 2000  7:00 am

*File Patched*

This patch contains eqmain.dll, which is used by the EverQuest 
login/chat frontend. The following changes have been implemented:

- #help now accepts arguments. #help #command will return help for the 
requested command.
- Errors issued within the chat/login server frontend now display an 
"Error Number". Please have this error number ready when requesting 
technical assistance.

- The EverQuest Team


August 23, 2000  7:00 am

- Corrected a bug that caused items that ran out of charges to 
"disappear" when the last charge was used. The item never really 
disappeared, and would reappear after re-logging. It no longer appears 
to disappear.

*Updated EQCLIENT.INI Documentation*

If the file does not exist it will be generated by eqgame.exe with 
default values. If an entry in the file is missing it will be added by 
eqgame.exe with default values.

The [TextColors] section contains entries for various text colors in 
the client. All colors are to be set with Red, Green, and Blue values, 
in decimal. Valid settings for each color range between 0 and 255. 
"Black" (0 red, 0 green, and 0 blue) will be white in overlay mode, and 
black in normal mode. 

Here is a list of user colors to use as a guide when editing the file:

1 - Say
2 - Tell
3 - Group
4 - Guild
5 - OOC
6 - Auction
7 - Shout
8 - Emote
9 - Spells (meming, scribing, casting, etc.)
10 - You hit other
11 - Other hits you
12 - You miss other
13 - Other misses you
14 - Some broadcasts (duels)
15 - Skills (ups, non-combat use, etc.)
16 - Disciplines or special abilities
17 - Unused at this time
18 - Default text and stuff you type
19 - Unused at this time
20 - Merchant Offer Price
21 - Merchant Buy/Sell
22 - Your death message
23 - Others death message
24 - Other damage other
25 - Other miss other
26 - /who command
27 - yell for help
28 - Hit for non-melee
29 - Spell worn off
30 - Money splits
31 - Loot message
32 - Dice Roll (/random)
33 - Others spells
34 - Spell Failures (resists, fizzles, missing component, bad target, etc.)

The [Defaults] section contains some default setting for the client. 
Here is a list of valid settings:

RunMode - TRUE for run, FALSE for walk.
ScreenMode - NORMAL for the dafault window view, FULL for the full view 
with overlays
Log - TRUE for logging on, FALSE for logging off

- The EverQuest Team


August 30, 2000  8:00 am

*Today's Patch*

Today we modified the EverQuest client to implement the following 

- Corrected a bug that would cause players to crash if they entered the 
game, exited to the server selection screen, and tried to reenter the 
- Corrected a bug that caused delays when switching between UI modes 
due to the text wrapping change implemented last week.
- The /book command (/book #) now accepts pages 1 through 50, and will 
switch to the proper page.
- Opening your spellbook will automatically cause you to begin 
meditating providing that you have the skill.
- Removed the /meditate command since it is no longer necessary.
- You can now activate a hotkey while the spellbook is open by pressing 
the corresponding number-key.
- The "/target [name]" command can be used to target other players by 
name. Please note that this ability is subject to the range to the 
- EverQuest will now write the original default colors when creating 
the EQCLIENT.INI file, rather than the new colors that were put in a 
few weeks ago.
- The @-character can be used in emotes to indicate a target. For 
instance, if you target "a gnoll" and type "/emote laughs cruelly at 
@", the output will be, "Playername laughs cruelly at a gnoll".
- People with the /LFG (Looking for Group) flag set will now have their 
over-head name prefixed with an asterisk. Remember that you can search 
for people looking for a group by using the "/who" and "/who all" 
commands. Typing "/who all ranger 40 50 lfg" will return a list of all 
rangers between 40 and 50 that are looking for a group.
- The "Sense" series (Undead, Animal, and Summoned) will no longer 
point you towards people's pets.

*Note on Voice Recognition*

Last week we implemented voice recognition technology in EverQuest. To 
use this new feature, please refer to the EQROKManualSupplement.doc 
file in your EverQuest directory. Please note that you must already 
have a voice recognition engine that is compliant with the Microsoft 
Speech API (SAPI), version 4.0. The voice recognition technology was 
tested with Dragon NaturallySpeaking(r) v4.0. Check with the developer 
of your software to find out if it is SAPI 4.0 compliant.

- The EverQuest Team


September 12, 2000  3:00 pm

*Guild Maintenance*

We are in the process of preparing to do maintenance on the guild 
database. To that end, guild creation and activation will be on hold 
for the next three weeks. After that time, we may be running a process 
to remove inactive or under-subscribed guilds from the system. We would 
ask and recommend that those in guilds with under 10 separate members 
(on separate accounts) consider merging and deleting the under-
subscribed guild. 

In addition, it's apparently become common practice for people wishing 
to register a guild to enter the chat server and advertise there for 
help creating the guild. This will no longer be permitted. People 
wishing to submit a guild must organize prior to entering the chat 
server. Advertising for assistance within the chat server could result 
in a short-term (24 hour) suspension for the account.

- The EverQuest Team


September 19, 2000  7:00 am

*Level 1 Character Purge*

The Level 1 character purge announced several weeks ago will take place 
on Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at 7:00am PST (GMT-7). Any level 1 
characters that haven't been played within the previous 30 days will be 
deleted. If you wish to keep any level 1 characters that you may have, 
please log in and play them between now and 9/27. 

***Patch Day***

As a testament to our on-going goal to constantly provide more content 
for EverQuest players, today's patch primarily consists of *many* 
content-additions to the game. 

*New Epic Quests*

We are pleased to announce that we have implemented new "Fiery Avenger" 
style quests for every class in the game (including paladins). The 
ultimate reward for each quest boasts a custom model with unique 
particle effects. We think that you will be pleased.

Good luck to everyone on your quest.

*Class Issues*


Last week we completed in-depth testing of melee and defensive skills 
for all melee-centric classes. In the course of these tests we 
determined that the ranger class was not performing to its intended 
level, and have made the following changes:

- The "Jolt" spell has had its casting time reduced.
- The Skillcap on Dodge and Parry has been increased.


High-level monks can now carry increased weight without penalty. The 
additional allowance is granted at levels 55 and 60.


Celestial Elixir was failing due to multi-tick cure components that are 
incompatible with that configuration. We have therefore removed the 
cure components and increased the healing provided by this spell.

After a great deal of consideration, we have concluded that the Mark of 
Karn spell is imbalanced and requires correction. This spell's current 
function makes melee classes without dual-wield far less desirable 
members of the group. As such, the spell has had its duration 
decreased, its recast-time increased, and its "heal per hit" value 

*Fungal Regrowth*

"Fungal Regrowth" is now a self-only spell. It was being used as an 
offensive spell by virtue of its "snare" effect upon the target. 
Furthermore, we ruled out making it "group only" as with other spells 
that have this issue, due to a class-balance concern. The spell was 
reducing the group's desire for classes capable of casting regenerative 

*Attack Speed Buffs*

In this patch we corrected a bug that would cause any "Haste" item 
combined with any "Haste" spell to automatically yield maximum haste, 
regardless of the level of "Haste" granted by each individual 
component. This fix increases the usefulness of better "Haste" 
equipment and spells. The downside to this is that those who usually 
have both items and spells active will see a reduced attack-speed 
unless outfitted with the best equipment and spells.

*High-Level Dungeon Balancing*

Veehshan's Peak and Sebilis have received loot adjustments in order to 
address disparities in risk and reward. For the most part, the quality 
of the "common" loot in Veeshan's Peak is at least as good as the 
"rares" from Sebilis.

*Low-Delay Weapons and Damage Bonus Changes*

In accordance with our announcement several weeks ago, two low-delay 
weapons can now only be equipped in the off-hand. Included in this 
change are the Mosscovered Twig and the Barbed Scale Whip. The delay on 
these weapons and the associated damage bonus to weapons in the primary 
hand made these weapons much too powerful for their availability and 
the risk associated with their acquisition.

In addition, two-handed weapons have had their damage-bonus modified. 
The damage-bonus for low-delay two-handed weapons (27 or below) created 
a problem similar to the weapons above and has been reduced. The 
damage-bonus has not changed for normal-delay (28-39) two-handed 
weapons. The damage bonus for high-delay two-handed weapons (40+) has 
been increased.

*Server Selection Screen*

It has come to our attention that new players often think that the 
high-population servers are better, based upon the logic that if 
everyone else is there, it must be a good server. However, in 
Massively-Multiplayer games, less populated servers are often 
considered superior for gameplay. Therefore we have marked servers that 
would benefit from new characters as preferred servers, listing them in 
"green" in the server selection window. The preferred servers have 
populations such that an influx of new people would benefit the server 
rather than cause overpopulation.

*Custom Emotes and AFK*

Animations with custom emotes have been implemented. Current canned 
emotes such as /point allow a target other than the current target to 
be specified. That will continue to work. So if you type "/point 
Baobob", the usual text will come up. However, you can add custom text 
to the emote, but you must specify the target as "say" as the target. 
For instance: 

/point say points at a gnoll, indicating that he is ready to kill it. 

...your character will execute the /point animation, and the text 
output will be: "CharacterName points at a gnoll, indicating that he is 
ready to kill it." 

Finally, you can now set a custom message for when you are /AFK. Type 
"/AFK " (without the brackets) to set your custom AFK message. For 
instance, if you type "/afk Grabbing a snack", you will reply with 
"Grabbing a snack" when someone sends you a /tell.

*Skill Gain*

The skill-gain rate of many skills is now further modified by character 
stats. This will allow those with natural affinities towards certain 
skills to improve at a greater rate.

*Trade Skills Enhanced*

Many of the trade skills in game have received massive enhancements, 
including dozens of new craftable items, new fishing and foraging 
items, and other things to be discovered once in game. 

In addition, trade-skill specialization has been implemented. Players 
will be able to exceed 200 points of skill in ONE of the generally 
available tradeskills. This includes: 

- Baking
- Blacksmithing
- Brewing
- Jewelcraft
- Tailoring
- Fletching
- Pottery 

Once above 200 points in one of these skills, no other skill will be 
able to exceed 200. Specialization restrictions do not include class or 
race-specific trade skills such as Alchemy, Make Poison, and Tinkering. 
Players with race or class-specific trade skills will be able to exceed 
200 points of skill in that skill, PLUS any generally available trade 

The enhancement of trade skills is an on-going project. Further 
enhancements will be made in the coming weeks.

- The EverQuest Team


September 28, 2000  7:00 am

***Patch Day*** 

The following changes have been implemented on the production servers 
as part of today's patch: 

*General Changes* 

- NPC corpses level 55 or over will now last 30 minutes before 
decaying. This should help those on large multi-group encounters who 
need some prep-time before looting items.
- The item "Woe" has been repaired. If you receive the "Item out of 
charges" message when your "Woe" attempts to fire its spell, please 
contact a GM to trade out the item.
- The spell "Mark of Karn" has been changed. The recast-time has been 
reduced significantly and the Hitpoint-return is now scaled inversely 
based upon the delay of the weapon. In addition, a hitpoint return will 
only take place when the target is hit with a primary melee weapon, or 
the primary hand if you are unarmed.
- Some more tradeskill component vendors have been placed within the 
world to make certain tradeskills easier to use in your home town.
- "AFK" and "LD" status will now be reported above player's heads. 

*Fleeing NPCs* 

Last week's patch caused NPCs to flee more than before due to a bug 
that was fixed. After evaluating the situation, we decided to reduce 
the chance to flee, but not to the extent that it was reduced before. 
NPCs were previously much more "brave" than they should have been. 

As part of the same change, charmed NPCs also began fleeing when low on 
health. We've determined that this is not a good situation for the 
players. As such, we have stopped charmed creatures from fleeing per 
player request. 

*Level 1 Character Purge* 

The Level 1 character purge has been completed. All level 1 characters 
that have not been played within the past 30 days have been deleted. 

*New Server Active* 

Tholuxe Paells, a new server open to new characters only, is now active 
and ready for play. Enjoy! As a reminder, /movelog registration will 
take place on Mithaniel Marr and Tunare Friday evening from 6PM to 
Midnight (PDT: GMT-7). 
Registered characters will be moved to a second new server, Drinal, 
early next week. 

***User Interface Changes*** 

Many UI enhancements were made in today's patch: 

*Moving and Resizing Windows* 

The data windows in the full screen "HUD" mode may now be moved by 
clicking in the upper left-hand corner, moving them to where you want, 
then clicking again. The "spell effect" and "chat" windows can be 
resized by clicking on the lower right-hand corner, dragging to the 
appropriate size, and then clicking again. Coordinates for window 
locations in each resolution are stored in the EQCLIENT.INI file. 

*Bugs with Several Commands Fixed* 

We fixed a problem with /book, /sit, and /doability that allowed them 
to be executed at inappropriate times, such as while charmed or feared. 
They should now only function when the native button would have 
functioned if pressed. 

*Miscellaneous Additions* 

Added the following /-commands: 

- /camp: Causes your character to camp out. You must be sitting to use 
- /disband: Will disband you from your current group, or turn down an 
invitation to join another group.
- /invite: Will invite the target into a group, or accept an invitation 
if one is pending.
- /attack: Will toggle the state of "Auto-attack". You may also add a 
parameter of "on" or "off" to explicitly set the state. 

In addition: 

- CTRL-1 through CTRL-8 will cast the spell in the specified spell-
- ":" (colon: Short for /emote) and "'" (apostrophe: Short for /say) 
will now bring up the chat line in the same fashion as the /-key and 
- The "R" key (by default) takes you into reply-mode as always, 
bringing up a reply to the last person sending you a /tell. However, 
you can now TAB and SHIFT-TAB to cycle through the last 10 people that 
have sent you /tells. 

*Pauses in Socials* 

You may now enter pauses in social batches with the /pause command. 
/pause takes an argument from 1 to 600, with the value being equal to 
the number of tenths of seconds (i.e. /pause 100 will yield a 10 second 

For example, a social consisting of: 
/sit off /cast 1 /pause 100 /sit on 

...would cause you to stand up, cast the spell in slot 1, wait 10 
seconds after you've STARTED casting the spell, and sit down. 

Furthermore, you can also use the /pause command on the same line as 
another social by separating the commands with a comma. Even though the 
pause command is specified first, it is executed AFTER the command on 
the same line. 

For example: 
/sit off /pause 100,/cast 1 /sit on 

...would have the same effect as the example above. It is important to 
note that the comma can only be used to separate a /pause command from 
another, and MUST be specified first on the line. 

*Emote Codes* 

The @ symbol has been replaced with a series of %-codes that expand 
into various pieces of information, and now works in ALL chat channels 
(emote, say, shout, ooc, auction, group, guild). 

The new %-codes are: 
%T - Returns the current target.
%S - Returns the subjective gender-specific pronoun for the target (He, She, It).
%O - Returns the objective gender-specific pronoun for the target (Him, Her, It).
%P - Returns the posessive gender-specific pronoun for the target (His, Her, Its).
%R - Returns the race of the target (only works on Player characters).

For example, if you have a target of "a gnoll", the following emote: 
/point say points at %T indicating that he is ready to kill %O. 

...Your character will execute the "point" animation with a text output 
of "CharacterName points at a gnoll indicating that he is ready to kill 

- The EverQuest Team


October 3, 2000  4:00 pm

*Today's Patch*

Today's patch consisted mostly of server-side changes, additions, and 
fixes regarding NPCs and quests. The only item of public note is that 
the Ragebringer can no longer be equipped in the ranged slot. A data 
entry error caused it to be initially allowed it to be equipped in that 

- The EverQuest Team


October 13, 2000  7:00 pm

*Important System Configuration Announcement*. As many of you know, 
over the past couple of months we've made numerous enhancements to the 
EverQuest client. In addition to things such as new /-commands and 
other changes of that nature, we've enhanced the UI itself to allow 
moveable and resizable windows, among other things. At the same time 
we've been working on a brand new sound engine, and have been further 
concentrating on optimizing and expanding the capabilities of the 
EverQuest client.

For most applications, the feature set of a version of DirectX is 
limited to the lowest common denominator between the version that the 
software is compiled under, and the version running on the client. This 
means that though you may be running DirectX 7.0a already, and are 
receiving advantages associated with the more advanced code, the 
feature-set of DirectX used when in EverQuest is limited to version 

This limits the type and breadth of enhancements that can be made to 
the client. Given that we feel that EverQuest players would enjoy 
continuing to see new enhancements for the client, we will soon begin 
compiling the client under DirectX 7.0a, and implementing the feature-
set available within that version. When we do this, everyone will need 
DirectX 7.0a (or higher) to play EverQuest. 

Here are some of the possible benefits from DirectX 7.0a:

- Better performance (Graphics and Sound)

- Gamma Correction working in D3D 
- Proper Mip-Mapping in D3D 
- Fixes fogging on some cards. (Some cards have no fogging at all and 
look pretty bad) 
- Allows us to use newer interfaces to support such features as full-
screen anti-aliasing, and alternate Z-buffering methods, which tend to 
look better.

Changing to DX7 does have a potential downside. Those using older or 
discontinued video or sound cards that do not have DX7 compatible 
drivers may need to upgrade to continue playing. However, we feel that 
the benefits that will come from upgrading to this newer version of 
DirectX outweigh the potential problems.

We plan to begin requiring DirectX7.0a when the EverQuest client is 
next patched, in two or three weeks. We wanted to be sure to give 
everyone enough time to check their version of DirectX and install the 
newest version. You can run DXDIAG.EXE in your Windows\System directory 
to check your DirectX version and get the newest version of DirectX 
from here if it is needed.

Please keep an eye on the patch message for further information 
regarding the planned implementation of DX7.

*Epic Quests*

Due to some difficulties regarding the Epic Quests implemented two 
patches ago, the epic quests for the Monk, Wizard, and Druid will not 
be completable until the next patch. While we would like to have 
implemented updates right away for these issues, we are mid-way in our 
conversion to support the DirectX changes that have been announced. 

We appreciate your patience.

- The EverQuest Team


November 15, 2000  3:00 am

***Patch Day***

Today's patch includes the announced code-updates to use technology 
included with DirectX 7. You MUST have DirectX 7 or higher installed in 
order to play EverQuest. Please refer to 
http://everquest.station.sony.com/f_requirements.shtml prior to 
contacting technical support for procedures prior to contacting 
technical support.

Today's patch also includes the new "Sound Engine" that we've been 
speaking about for some time. The new sound engine supports additional 
EAX features and should address the concerns of SBLive users that have 
been posted in the past.

*Movelog for Povar and Tarew Marr*

The /movelog window will be opened for Povar and Tarew Marr on Saturday 
11/18 and Sunday 11/19 from 6PM PST (GMT-8) to Midnight. All players 
wishing to have all of their characters moved (on a per-account basis) 
from those servers to the new split-server should execute "/movelog 
yes" during the windows.

The physical character move will take place next week on Tuesday or 
Wednesday. Please check the scheduled downtime page of 
www.everquest.com for a firm time when it is decided. Remember that 
corpses will not follow you to the new server, so anyone deciding to 
move will want to be sure that all corpses are looted prior to the time 
of the actual move. 

As this patch features new /movelog logic to eliminate problems with 
people being left behind, players should not count on customer-service 
intervention after the physical move if they were unable to execute the 
command during the window. You will need to be present and execute the 
command in order to move.

*Spell Changes*

-- Pixie Strike: Made it less resistible by reducing the secondary 
-- Song of Twilight: Increased duration. Made less resistible by 
removing the secondary resist. Allowed it to be cast at any time of 
-- Fixed the effect on the Necromancer Epic Quest Item. The effect was 
checking resist on each tick instead of running full course.
-- Increased the duration of the effect on the Enchanter Epic Quest 
-- Fixed the "Modulating Rod" so that it can be used by the appropriate 
-- Fixed the Lost Staff of the Scorned
-- Maniacal Strength will now correctly overwrite the level 49 strength 
-- The Death Pact and Divine Intervention spells will now stack 
appropriately with other spells that have similar effects.

-- Modified the "Jonathan's" line of songs to remove the "skin" effect 
in order to allow bards to use them more effectively in combat. In 
addition, we made them "Self Only" spells rather than "Single Target" 
spells in order to allow bards to remain in combat while singing them.

*General Fixes/Changes*

-- Fixed a bug that caused an NPC on "Sister's Isle" to attack people 
who were fighting pirates.
-- Removed Paladins as an authorized class for piercing weapons in game 
since they do not have the piercing skill.
-- The "Belt of the River" quest should now work correctly.
-- Fixed all known problems with the class-specific epic quests.
-- Implemented some new race-specific quests for Iksar.
-- Positively modified most Epic Quest Items. Please check your items 
to see your changes. Note: Not all changes will be evident by looking 
at the item.
-- Fixed the NPC bosses in the Plane of Sky that were not dropping the 
correct loot.
-- Your bread tin will now be returned when baking bread.
-- Fixed the Wellford Fargin keyword problem in Firiona Vie.
-- Made the "Gravebinder" a magic weapon.

-- Repaired the Forager Bag. It was causing people to lose weight when 
placing items in the bag. It is supposed to have a weight reduction 
component, but was not supposed to cause weight loss.

-- Taunt: Increased effectiveness above level 50. Previously, creatures 
above level 50 could not be taunted by means of the taunt skill. Now, 
most creatures below the character's level can now be successfully 
taunted. As a note, the chance to taunt a creature above 50th level is 
smaller than that of a creature below 50th.

*Client Enhancements*

-- You now have 10 pages of 10 hotboxes each when in full screen mode.
-- You can now customize 10 pages of 12 socials each, increasing the 
total number of available socials by 108.
-- Fixed a bug with the keyboard.txt file causing some keys to 
translate incorrectly.
-- Fixed a bug that caused some window positions to save improperly at 
higher resolutions.
-- All key mappings are now stored in the EQCLIENT.INI file.

-- Fixed all known problems with the clipping plane slider. Users 
should now see differences for the entire range of adjustment in zones 
that support an adjustable clipping plane.

-- Players on PvP servers will no longer show "[LD]" over their heads 
when linkdead. In addition, these same players will no longer show as 
"LinkDead" in the /who list.

-- Players can now set custom text colors while in game. /usercolor: 
Usage "/usercolor UserColorNumber R G B" where "UserColorNumber is the 
number of the color as indicated in the EQCLIENT.INI file, and R, G, 
and B are red, green and blue respectively. All changes will be 
automatically saved to your EQCLIENT.INI file.

-- OPT files in your EverQuest directory now have a number after the 
character name indicating the server number. As such, you will now be 
able to have characters of the same name on two separate servers with 
different custom options.

-- The eqlog.txt file now has a name that includes the server number 
and character name. For instance, if your character is named "Bobb", 
and you are on Server 1, your log text file name would be 

-- Added two new entries to the "Defaults" section of the EQCLIENT.INI 
file: AttackOnAssist=TRUE|FALSE - Sets whether or not your autoattack 
turns on automatically when assisting. Defaults to "TRUE". 
ShowInspectMessage=TRUE|FALSE - Sets whether or not you see the 
"Soandso is inspecting you" message. Defaults to "TRUE".

-- Custom key mappings have been greatly enhanced. You can now set two 
keys, a primary and an alternate, for each function in game. In 
addition, things that were previously not customizable can now be set 
to a key of your preference. Left-click on the key identifier to set 
the primary key, right-click to set the secondary.

-- Added the /note command. /note will append the following text to a 
file called "notes.txt" in your EverQuest directory. For instance, 
typing "/note This is a note" will put "This is a note" on the next 
line in the notes.txt file.

- The EverQuest Team


November 16, 2000  8:00 am

*Follow-up Patch*

Today's follow-up patch addresses the following issues from yesterday's 

- The spell Torpor received an unintentional reduction in effectiveness
- Illumination in game was not as bright as it should have been.
- Pet using classes unintentionally gained the ability to summon 
multiple pets.
- Bard songs were reacting poorly with invisibility/hide/sneak.
- Hitpoints were being reported incorrectly to clients.
- Changing resolutions would cause some to crash.

In addition, the following changes were left out of yesterday's patch 

- Fixed a bug that would cause some to not be able to cast after being 
- Data for group members and targets will be updated more frequently. 
This change should reduce complaints of warping and slow hitpoint and 
other updates.
- Bards received increases in the skill cap for their instrument 
- Changed the default combo for casting spells from CTRL-1:8 to ALT-
1:8, as CTRL was interfering with players ability to strafe.

Thank you for your continued patience.

- The EverQuest Team


November 21, 2000  3:00 am

*Patch Day*

Today's patch addresses a few problems noted by customers since last 
week's big patch. The following changes were made:

- Fixed some problems with sound volume being set above the maximum or 
below the minimum.
- Fixed a problem that caused sound volume to be reset regardless of 
the slider setting upon zoning or entering game.
- Fixed a bug that would cause some sounds to be unduly amplified 
whenever the volume slider was moved.
- Fixed a bug causing pink fringes to show on whiskers in association 
with mipmapping.
- Fixed a bug with /usercolor causing settings to be saved in the wrong 
- Fixed weapon scaling problems with off-hand weapons and those carried 
by dwarves. 
- Fixed a bug that caused the client to display an amount of experience 
in slight disagreement with the server.
- Fixed the Paladin Epic Quest reward, which was procing a spell that 
would do around one million points of damage if left to its own 
- Fixed a faction problem that made some quests designed to be doable 
by anyone, regardless of race or class, undoable. 

In other news, the Tarew/Povar split server, Xev, will be up following 
the patch today. Xev is named for Xev Bristlebane, the god of fortune. 
We would have named the new server under its full name if not for an 
attempt to avoid confusion between the existing "Bristlebane" server 
(named for Fizzlethorpe Bristlebane) and Xev.

- The EverQuest Team


November 29, 2000  3:00 am

*Patch Day*

Today's patch includes updates to the client to address some problems 
reported by people in regards to the DX7 update, as well as other 
gameplay issues:

- Corrected an older bug that would cause people to stop gaining or 
losing faction with associates when the primary faction was at its 
maximum or minimum. Players will now be able to further modify 
associate factions in the appropriate direction.

- Random-effects on weapons carried by pets will now behave as if the 
pet is a player character rather than an NPC. The change last patch 
reduced them to a rate below player characters. As part of this patch, 
target-specific random effects will only work if the target is the 
intended type. For instance, a weapon that processes "Dismiss Summoned" 
will only "go off" on a summoned NPC instead of everything. 

- Added some code that should address if not eliminate a problem 
reported by people whereas the client would "freeze" for a second or 
two every few minutes. For those who do not have IRQ sharing and/or 
driver problems, this should address the issue.

- Made final positive modifications to several Epic Quest rewards. 
Included in these changes: the SK weapon will now allow you to bash 
while carrying it. 

- Fixed a problem that gave people problems when exiting the game and 
attempting to get back in.

- Added some code to address reports from people who find exiting from 
the character-select screen back to the server-select screen rather 
slow when mip-mapping is enabled. Most of this problem is due to 
routines in DX required to release resources consumed by mip-mapping 
and may not be addressable until the next version of DirectX is 

- Changed customizable key mappings so that the ESC key will clear the 
"NOKEY" setting instead of the "Backspace". This means that you can now 
assign "Backspace" to a function in game.

- Corrected a sound problem that would cause certain sounds to be 
played "rapid-fire" under some circumstances. There is still a 
potential for this to happen with some other sounds that will be 
addressed in a patch in the near future.

- Corrected a problem in Kedge Keep that made the top encounter more 
difficult than intended after the server had been up for a while.

- Higher level Magician, Necromancer, and Shadowknight pets now have 
the ability to dual-wield without being handed weapons. The calculation 
used to determine whether or not this ability exists takes several 
things into account, but for the most part 39th level and above summons 
(higher for the Shadowknight) will have this ability. It is possible 
that you could get a "good" 34th level pet that will, or a "bad" 39th 
level pet that will not have this ability. 

- Bards of the land, hark unto me: The notes have been scribed on 
tattered parchment, two score and nine, for you they are meant. Abandon 
your mates, though they may fume, and follow the call of the seafarer's 

- The Monk's hand-to-hand skill cap has been raised to a level equal to 
their one-handed blunt skill.

Remember! Only a few days left until the launch of EverQuest: The Scars 
of Velious. Reserve your copy at your local retailer today!

- The EverQuest Team


December 1, 2000  7:00 pm

*SBLive Soundcards and Hardware Acceleration*

Due to some past problems with SBLive cards, users of those cards who 
called into tech support were asked to turn "Hardware Acceleration" 
down one notch in DXDIAG. The last patch corrected those problems and 
most users should again increase hardware acceleration to maximum. 

To do this:

1. Click "Start"
2. Click "Run"
3. Type "DXDIAG.EXE" and press enter.
4. Click on the "Sound" tab.
5. Increase the "Hardware Acceleration" slider to maximum.

Doing this should correct issues such as not hearing certain sounds or 
sound volume disparities. 

The only users who may not want to do this are Windows 2000 users. 
Creative Labs is currently working on new drivers for Win2K, so you may 
wish to wait until these drivers are completed prior to increasing 
hardware acceleration.

Finally, all SBLive users should get LiveWare 3.0 from 
http://www.soundblaster.com/liveware/ After installing LiveWare, you 
will then want to REINSTALL the latest drivers for your sound card. The 
order of installation is important.

- The EverQuest Team


December 6, 2000  3:00 am

*Velious Patch*

Today's patch requires that Velious subscribers press the "Velious 
Patch" button on the patch program UI.

*Emergency Patch* 

We appreciate everyone's patience while we address a few issues as tens 
of thousands of new players check out Velious. This emergency patch 
addresses several issues:

- The transparent inventory screen will no longer come up in 640x480 
resolution. It was not supposed to come up as the available screen 
space is not large enough to house the new screen. 

- "Disabled" windows in full screen mode will no longer interfere with 
mouse clicks.

- Addressed some item drop bugs in Skyshrine that had the highest-level 
loot dropping off of yard fodder. This has been addressed with a 
retroactive item change. We apologize for the inconvenience.

- Several disciplines (Resistant, Trueshot, Unholyaura, and Holyforge) 
have been upgraded. Please read the updated EQManual_Supplement.doc (or 
.txt) in your EverQuest Directory.

- "Dragon Circles" have been fully implemented. In short, you will not 
be able to receive a teleport to a dragon circle unless you've been to 
the circle before and carry a soulbound souvenir that spawns at the 
circle. Please read the updated EQManual_Supplement. 

- Innate class-based resistances implemented a year or so ago did not 
take into account levels 50 through 60 with exception to those provided 
to the warrior. As such, each class that has class-based resistance 
bonuses (with exception to the warrior) will get an additional bonus as 
they level from 50 to 60.

- The problem of blank faction messages being reported to the players 
has been corrected. 

- Screenshots are again enabled.

Overall the Velious launch is going very well. We are happy to see that 
the problems found so far are minor and that we can address them 

- The EverQuest Team


December 7, 2000  4:00 am

*Patch Day*

Today's patch addresses a few issues brought up by players over the 
last several days:

- Fixed an issue with /split that would cause people to go linkdead in 
the event that they used the command in quick succession.
- Fixed a bug where you could not edit socials or skills (via the 
hotbutton window right click) in fullview mode if you had hidden your 
"MainMenu" window.
- Fixed a bug where you would not see hotbuttons in "normal" mode if 
you had hidden that window in fullview mode.
- Fixed it so you can't use hotbuttons when looting, trading, banking, 
or using a merchant in fullview mode (which is how it is in normal 
mode, but with the inventory working in fullview mode now it wasn't 
blocked properly for that).
- Fixed the message for the /dynamiclights command to report properly.
- Fixed a problem where INI setting were not being read properly if you 
had camped or went LD to server select then reentered the game. This 
was causing various UI problems with window positions and colors being 
- Fixed a problem with Sirens Grotto - Some people entering the zone 
were getting stuck.
- Fixed a problem with passage from Skyshrine to Cobalt Scar. Travel in 
that direction was supposed to require a key.
- We believe we fixed a problem where NPCs sometimes would hit a pet-
owner no matter how far away the owner was from the pet and the NPC. 
- Corrected loot drops in Thurgadin.

We again appreciate patience while we stabilize following Velious 

- The EverQuest Team


December 8, 2000  3:00 am

*Velious Subscribers*

Please run the "Velious Patch" off of the patch program.

*New Patch*

We appreciate everyone's continued patience over the past couple of 
days, and are happy to see that the problems that have been experienced 
are relatively minor compared to those of the past. Tonight's patch is 
expected to be the last one we'll have to do for a while, so we hope to 
have you enjoying Velious over the weekend non-stop.

Today's patch corrects the following issues:

- The user interface problems that occurred as of last night have been 
addressed, such as window positioning and transparency. Also addressed 
were problems with targeting, enabling and disabling windows, and 
switching to and from resolutions above 1280x1024.
- Corrected a problem that would cause some Voodoo card users to lock 
up when killing giants.
- Added messages for some new skills that some NPCs have (e.g. Rampage, 
and Flurry). 
- Fixed items and item drops in a number of zones.

Enjoy your weekend!

- The EverQuest Team


December 12, 2000  2:00 pm

*New Velious Subscribers*

Please don't forget to run the "Velious Patch" off of the patch 

*New Server*

We have a new server that will be coming up next week before the 
holidays. It will be a split server for Solusek Ro, Karana, and Cazic-
Thule. Solusek Ro (which had about 200 people moved off about 9 months 
ago) and Karana (whose last split about 6 months ago did not go very 
well) will be split again with Cazic-Thule. 

Though the population of Solusek Ro and Karana at peak usage times is 
not excessive, those two servers actually peak about 6 hours before the 
other servers due to a large overseas population. This is why they are 
being split as opposed to other servers.

/movelog registration for the three servers being moved will open this 
Saturday at 10am (GMT-8). It will remain open through 12 AM Monday, a 
total of 38 hours. We apologize for the short notice but to delay the 
move any longer would mean putting it off until well after the 

By typing "/movelog yes" within the registration window, you indicate 
that you would like all characters on the existing account moved to the 
new server. The moves themselves will take place on Tuesday of next 

We also have a new non-split server planned for the very near future as 
well. It will most likely not go up until after the Holidays. If that 
changes, we'll be sure to let everyone know.

- The EverQuest Team


December 16, 2000  12:00 am

*Movelog Reminder*

We want to remind players on Solusek Ro, Karana, and Cazic-Thule that 
registration for move to the new split-server will open 10am PST (GMT-
8) today and will remain open until 12:00am Monday. 

To register all of your characters on those servers for the move, you 
must type "/movelog yes" while in-game. Again, you only have to type 
the command while logged in to *one* character. It counts for all 
characters on that account and server.

- The EverQuest Team


December 19, 2000  3:00 am

*Patch Day*

Today's patch primarily consists of tuning of Velious zones as well as 
content and other additions. In addition, the following changes have 
been implemented on the Live servers:

- High-end items that have a activatable (right-click) healing effect 
have in several cases had their casting times increased. 
- Factions for some of the higher end encounters in Velious have 
received some adjustments. Basically, "bad acts" receive more weight 
than "good acts". For instance, if "A" hates "B" and "B" hates "A", 
killing "A" will hurt your faction with "A" more than it will help your 
faction with "B".
- The stamina reduction with "Resurrection Effects" has been replaced 
by a slight attack-speed debuff.
- The Ranger's Trueshot discipline now works correctly. It was 
previously only working versus other player characters.
- The Shadow Knight's "Unholy Aura" discipline has received an 
enhancement. When in use, harmtouch resistances will be checked versus 
disease instead of magic. In addition, harmtouch will resist in the 
same fashion as lifetap spells, meaning that unless the creature is 
immune to disease, you should get full damage most of the time.
- The spell attached to the "Fiery Defender" can now be partially 
resisted instead of being "all or nothing". The net result is that the 
average damage will be higher.
- The Paladin "Holy Forge" discipline will now give paladins triple the 
normal chance of scoring a critical hit. Each critical hit has a 
percent chance to be scored as a critical blow.
- Added parameters to the /camp command (the command that will cause 
you to camp out if you are already sitting). "/camp server" will take 
you back to the server selection screen. "/camp desktop" will take you 
out to the desktop following a successful camp. Despite popular 
request, "/camp spawn" will not be implemented.
- Walruses now indeed sound like they should.
- Added the /chatfontsize [0 to 5] (default is 1) command. This command 
will allow players to adjust the size of the font in the chat window.

- The EverQuest Team