Patch Notes for September 18, 2013

Here are the patch notes for this morning's game update:

*** Highlights ***

- The Hardcore Heritage events in Nagafen's Lair and Castle Mistmoore have been extended by one week. They now end on Monday, September 30th.
- Giants, Giants, Giants and Dragons, Dragons, Dragons return! They will be available from September 27th, 2013 to October 28th, 2013.

*** Quests & Events ***

- The Hardcore Heritage events in Nagafen's Lair and Castle Mistmoore have been extended by one week. They now end on Monday, September 30th.
- Giants, Giants, Giants and Dragons, Dragons, Dragons return! They will be available from September 27th, 2013 to October 28th, 2013.
- The Aspect of Earth in Nagafen's Lair will no longer react so vehemently to being slowed.
- Talwyn Flamecaller will be more forthcoming with information about his tests. [What tests], you ask? The kind that are involved in the Wizard epic 1.5 bypass quest.
- The drunkard in Greater Faydark is less self-centered and will no longer talk about himself if you agree to seek out the Nybright sisters.
- Anson McBale in Highpass will again spawn Stanos if you need to see him.
- Researcher Stripcog in Mechanotus will again let you progress through her dialogues.

*** Collections ***

- Hardcore Heritage: The vampires in Castle Mistmoore have become more fashionable. They are now more likely to drop items for the Timeless Fashion collection set.
- Hardcore Heritage: Collection items will no longer hide inside the pianos of Castle Mistmoore.

*** Miscellaneous ***

- Fixed an issue with the Welcome Screen loading up the wrong data.
- Addressed an issue where some zones were trying to use improper port numbers and potentially blocking people from entering these zones.

*** Previously Updated ***

- The Collection item, Bad Kobold Poem, now spawns as intended in Nagafen's Lair for the Hardcore Heritage event.
- Reduced the lockout timer on the Hardcore Heritage raid for Lord Nagafen to 2.5 days.
- Adjusted the drop rate for the Ancient Cloak of Flames by .01 percent.


- The EverQuest Team

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Giants/Dragons
# Sep 18 2013 at 11:36 AM Rating: Decent
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What is giants giants giants dragons dragons dragons?
Giants/Dragons
# Sep 18 2013 at 3:52 PM Rating: Decent
Exzizil wrote:
What is giants giants giants dragons dragons dragons?




Giants, Giants, Giants
https://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/quest.html?quest=4884



Dragons, Dragons, Dragons
https://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/quest.html?quest=4845

Precision, Precision, Me Kingdom for Precision!
# Sep 18 2013 at 9:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Quote:
- Adjusted the drop rate for the Ancient Cloak of Flames by .01 percent.


It's imprecise mathematical statements like which lead to things like a Mars lander mission crashing on a moon of Jupiter. Smiley: lol

Is the drop rate going UP or DOWN?

Is .01% really what's intended? That's a tiny number, like one drop in 10,000 kills. The current drop rate is probably about 1 in 400. Guesstimate based on anecdotal reports. Changing this by 1 in 10,000 kills, either direction, will not even be noticeable. Why bother?

I'm taking a wild guess that this statement means, altho it doesn't follow logically from the language provided, that the drop rate will change from something like 1 in 400 kills to either 1 in 300 or 1 in 500 kills. That's plausible, at least.

Be nice to know which is the real thing! I guess we shall find out with fresh live anecdotal data soonish.
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# Sep 18 2013 at 2:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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I was wrong, it is worse than 1/10th of a percent....It's 1/100th of 1 percent according to the patch notes...If that is correct we will not notice a difference in drop rate at all.Smiley: oyvey
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# Sep 18 2013 at 2:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, that is an absolutely insignificant increase.More like a slap in the face..Heh,1/10th of one percent increase. Thanks SOE-EQ.

Though I'm hoping Railus made a clerical error and it is a 10 % increase in drop rate. But that may be wishful thinking..
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# Sep 18 2013 at 8:35 AM Rating: Good
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- Fixed an issue with the Welcome Screen loading up the wrong data.

So glad they got that done. Now instead of instantly closing the window the moment it pops up i will look at it for a few seconds before i close it. Glad they could fit that into the once a month patch schedule (not including hot fixes or a patch to fix a patch they botched up).

In all seriousness though im not a programer. I don't know how hard it is to copy and paste the giants and dragons event stuff back into Everquest each year. I don't know how hard it is to return npcs to previous working versions like they apparently did with Anson McBale or Researcher Stripcog.

I know that fixing one thing could break a dozen others so that stuff could be really difficult to deal with. We get a bonus patch this month with the coming expansion release too so it looks like they are really working hard. EDIT: It looks like i am wrong about that expansion release and patch.



Edited, Sep 20th 2013 10:11pm by Rickymaru
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# Sep 18 2013 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Just logged in. I don't know about the other things but the loading screen is still not working so don't be surprised if they have an emergency patch.
.01 percent?
# Sep 18 2013 at 8:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I wonder if they really only adjusted the drop rate by 1/100th of a percent, or meant that to be 1%. Seems like the former would be a negligible change.
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# Sep 18 2013 at 5:18 AM Rating: Good
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So, made a decision to extend the HH event, posted it and added it to the patch notes, BUT didnt actually enable the HH mode for those zones on the live servers, well done guys.

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# Sep 18 2013 at 5:40 AM Rating: Good
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Ok so just had the server message that theyre going down in 20 mins, that'll explain that then :)
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