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December 2016 - EQ2 Producer's Letter

Greetings Norrathians!

DING! Another year has slipped by like a roguish Gigglegibber. Santa Glug is up to his old tricks and it’s time to usher in another new year!

This past year was a whirlwind with GU100 in Spring, live events, weekly live and Stormhold updates, new Isle of Refuge and Race to Trakanon servers, and, of course, the Kunark Ascending expansion. Whew!

And we are ready to keep on keepin’ on! We are well into our planning for 2017 and have some exciting plans, including a very cool concept for our next expansion that we are running through now. Big plans for Norrath!

The Race to Trakanon server was our first experiment with an event server and we are looking at options for what we may do in the coming year.

You can expect to see a content update in the next few months., Our plans for you for 2017 include more content, focus on performance, fixing bugs, and of course, FUN!

There is plenty more to come and we are truly thankful and amazed by you, the community, who play our game and love Norrath! We’re heading into year 13 and it feels lucky!

Here’s wishing you and yours a warm, wonderful holiday and a staggeringly great new year!

Sincerely,
Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

Server Maintenance December 20th @ 7 AM PT

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.


The EU EverQuest II Server will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update (Approx. 5:00AM UTC December 21st). Estimated downtime is two hours.

Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.


 

GENERAL
  • Values for current and max character Health and Power are now on separate lines in the character UI to better fit the values.
  • Time-Locked Servers: Corrected an issue with players not being able to fill out the Shadow Odyssey expansion unlock poll.
POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Crypt of Dalnir: Baron's Workshop [Heroic]
  • The broken forge maw control lever can now be repaired by all tradeskill levels and should be visible when not already picked up by another player.
  • Fixed an issue that was keeping the party alive when all 3 forges were open.
ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Corrected the damage reduction effect of Scorched Earth, it now provides percentage reduction.

ITEMS
Xalgozian Wristlet of Blood now has the correct stats for its difficulty.

PUBLIC QUESTS
  • Jaled Dar's Shade in Fens of Nathsar and The Iksar Hero in Jarsath Wastes now properly adjust their health based on the number of public quest participants.
  • The Danak messenger in Jarsath Wastes now paths from just outside Danak Shipyard to Ganak's Battlement and back, and remains outside Danak Shipyward for the duration of the public quest.

Moonlight Enchantment is Back

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


Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!

EQ2 Zam Needs You!

Hey folks!

missjackie here. In case you haven't noticed, I volunteer on the EQ2 side of Zam. Whenever there's new updates, holidays, or events, I post them here.

However, with all of our volunteer admins, I am the only one that volunteers on this side of things. I am looking for a few more to help out. Maybe you're an avid quester and see some incosistences? Shoot me a PM and I'll send send your interest to the right people!

Thanks for reading!

Update Notes: Tuesday December 13, 2016

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 13th,2106 at 7:00AM PDT (3 PM UTC) for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.



POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause some overland zones and popular dungeons to crash.

Vaedenmoor: Realm of Despair [Raid]

  • Raenha, Sister of Remorse should now allow a little extra time to defeat her.

ASCENSION
Adjusted the minimum time required to gain ascension levels to account for the four extra scrolls granted to all characters.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Cleric

  • Corrected an issue with Divine Healing that prevented it from applying if the caster had the Potent Protector prestige ability.

Ascension

  • Corrected an issue that prevented some hostile ascension spells from stacking when cast by different casters.

ITEMS
Fixed an issue where signs in houses wouldn’t update immediately when text was changed.

QUESTS

  • A Goblin Nightmare - Frightened Bloody Tooth goblins should no longer be "too far away" when attempting to escort them back to Twark.
  • Players who deleted and restarted "The Final Blow" after completing "Time Is Short" can now hail Queen Alwenielle's hologram in the Arcanna'se Spire to update their quest.
  • There is now a goblin fuel merchant in Twark.

LIVE EVENTS

  • O Frostfell Tree - Jarith Icewing will now recognize your work in this quest, even if you have completed "Tis the Season" or "Gift Giving", previously.
  • Tis the Season - Jarith Icewing should now only offer quest to those who have completed "O Frostfell Tree" during this holiday season.

PUBLIC QUESTS

  • Shade of the First Brood in Fens of Nathsar and Battlement Bound in Jarsath Wastes should no longer spawn at the same time.
  • Public Quest bosses now adjust their health based on the number of participants.

Frostfell Fun Awaits!

Norrathians, you have been very good this year, and Santa Glug has noticed. So, he’s packed in his sleigh more Frostfell fun to bring to you! Beginning Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the trees and lights and decorations will line the streets of your favorite cities, and those magical wardrobes will appear ready to take you to the Frostfell Wonderland Village.

 

In addition to all the returning favorites that come this time of year, here’s what is NEW in 2016!

 

NEW QUEST: LITTLE LOST GOBLIN

 

From the portal in the Frostfell Wonderland Village, head to the Frostfell Workshop Zone and seek out Meg Gingersnap. Meg has discovered that a new goblin from Kunark was taken in by the Gigglegibbers as a new Frostfell trainee, but he’s gotten lost on his first delivery run! It’ll be up to you to track him down and see what’s happened.

 

NEW GIFTS, CRAFTABLES, AND REWARDS

 

It wouldn’t be Frostfell without shiny new items to gather, make, or share! Santa Glug has 15 tradable gifts - 7 new this year! - in his pack to give to everyone who asks him once per day. Will you be gifted with a snowglobe or a new scarf? If you’ve been good, seek out Santa Glug and see!

 

Gerbi Frostfoot has a number of holiday items to purchase, including six new items and 28 new armor pieces! And Tradeskillers can buy three new recipe books: Frostfell Outfits You Can Make IX, Frostfell Feasts and Decorative Crafts IX, and Scholarly Pursuits for a Festive Frostfell IX.

 

TLE SERVER: STORMHOLD

 

Good news, residents of Stormhold – you’ll get most of the Frostfell quests, collections, and more! There are a few quests* from the full event that will be unavailable to you, but you’ll still have a delightful dose of seasonal celebrations to be had!

 

The Frostfell festivities will be available through January 5, 2017.

 

*The following quests are unavailable on Stormhold: Little Lost Goblin, Deepice Dreams, Special Delivery, O Frostfell Tree, Tis the Season, and Gift Giving.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday December 6, 2016

All EverQuest II Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately three hours.


Update notes for this downtime can be found in the Game Update Notes forum once they're available.



ASCENSION EXPERIENCE

  • The method for gaining available ascension experience has changed! Based on feedback, you now gain available ascension experience similar to how vitality is gained, about 20,000 per hour online or offline. Additionally, you can acquire items that further increase that amount instantly, up to a maximum of 7,000,000. Members get a 20% bonus to all guided ascension experience earned, the guild buff for level 200+ guilds grants a 10% bonus and you get a 100% bonus for each ascension class of level 10.
  • Guided Ascension scrolls now directly modify the amount of guided ascension experience the character has available.
  • All characters that have at least one level of ascension have been granted four Guided Ascension scrolls to address the loss of Guided Ascension experience some characters experienced with the spell buffs.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Shady Swashbuckler is now offering Dread's Visage of Greenmist or Fear's Visage of Greenmist to those who have completed "Kunark Ascending: A Chosen Weapon" but have since lost the weapon.

Crypt of Dalnir: Baron's Workshop

  • The junction box lever should no longer get small characters stuck on it after being pulled.

Lost City of Torsis: The Spectral Market [Heroic]

  • Neh'Ashiir should now be heroic instead of epic X2. This only applies to the non-challenge version of the zone.

Lost City of Torsis: Reaver's Remnants [Heroic]

  • Ongnissim the Unseen has had his health reduced to more manageable levels.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT

  • Converge and Boon of the Damned no longer share the same spell slot, and can now both benefit the same target.
  • Swarthy Deception may now be cast on raid or group friends, and will stack with from multiple casters.
  • Enhance: Reinforcement will now improve duration as well as reuse speed.
  • Hateful Respite will now trigger its threat component instantly, and the threat component is applied over time.

TRADESKILLS

  • Twark Teleport Totem now takes you slightly behind Glibnox's platform rather than on top of it.
  • one of the possible spawn locations of chokidai droppings is no longer inaccessible.
  • Far Seas Harvest Technique will now grant a small bonus to rare harvest chance.
  • Characters without the Far Seas Harvest Technique ability will no longer be able to see shadeweave buds.
  • Far Seas Salvager now grants a chance to double salvage.

ITEMS

  • Guided Ascension scrolls may now be claimed every 22 hours from your Ascension Master.
  • Guided Ascension scrolls are now no-value.
  • Undead Monster Tome - Item is no longer Lore.
  • The Obulus Frontier Garden is now no-value.
  • Wands will no longer lie to you about needing to be 65535 meters away to fire.
  • Multiple items in Shard of Hate have been updated to offer better progression for tank classes.

QUESTS

  • A Mist Call - Advisor Vrizsril no longer acts on a loop, spawning and then running down the hall.
  • Find Sethis Kai - Sethis Kai should no longer find himself in the river below.
  • Shade of the First Brood - Herald of Ganak should no longer drop below his observing point above the Field of Bone.

CENSUS
Fixed a bug where characters who had wardrobe items would not export properly to census.