A Look at EverQuest: The Darkened Sea & Beyond

This past year has been exciting for EverQuest! We've seen the addition of Heroic characters, new race/class combinations (Froglok Monks and Wood Elf Beastlords), player designed missions, and new zones such as the Plane of War, Tower of Rot and Argin Hiz. To top it all off, players celebrated EQ's 15th anniversary this past March with additional in-game festivities. EQ is expanding their player studio categories to include robes, and according to Senior Producer Thom Terrazas, players will be able to customize robe templates and he predicts that guilds will love being able to display their own designs. Check out a short video showcasing the robes after the jump.

August 22, 2014

Here are some Friday night updates for you. Enjoy your weekend!

New Items: CindersilkEmberheart ShardsSolenium OreSol`Dal Leather TemplateSol`Dal Plate TemplateSol`Dal Cloth TemplateSol`Dal Chain TemplateSol`Dal Leather Wrist OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Chest OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Legs OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Arms OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Feet OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Helm OrnamentSol`Dal Leather Hands OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Chest OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Legs OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Feet OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Arms OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Wrist OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Helm OrnamentSol`Dal Plate Hands OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Arms OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Legs OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Helm OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Wrist OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Feet OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Chest OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Hands OrnamentSol`Dal Cloth Robe OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Hands OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Legs OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Wrist OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Feet OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Arms OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Helm OrnamentSol`Dal Chain Chest Ornament5 Dose Essence of Wood Elf5 Dose Essence of Troll5 Dose Essence of Vah Shir5 Dose Essence of Human5 Dose Essence of Ogre5 Dose Essence of Erudite5 Dose Essence of Gukta5 Dose Essence of Dark Elf5 Dose Essence of Half Elf5 Dose Essence of Halfling5 Dose Essence of Drakkin5 Dose Essence of Iksar5 Dose Essence of Barbarian5 Dose Essence of High ElfZapper's Wondrous Shield of Thaumaturgy OrnamentSpell: Illusion: ButterflyEmber Mining Pick

New Bestiary: a summoned shadow

Updated Items: Fractured ShardShorn Ut`len TentacleKite ShieldGuise of the Ancient GodsDelightful Visage of the AnswererShifting Snake

Updated Quests: Rune of Scale (Key to Veeshan's Peak)Going Postal (Halas to Qeynos)Legendary Enchanter IllusionsSol'dal Cloth ArmorSol'dal Plate ArmorSol'dal Chain ArmorSol'dal Leather Armor

Updated Bestiary: Shieldbearer ReliosShieldbearer Buerdan unliving spiritistCorbin BlackwellMagus RokylDeathcaller XylokEmbersmith Nicha

August 21, 2014

Yesterday's patch knocked out the item collector - we are working on getting that back up and running.

Here are today's updates:

New Items: Transforming Sol`Dal Kite Shield OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Axe OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Longsword OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Long Spear OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Wand OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Hammer OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Crest OrnamentTransforming Ornate Stone Kite Shield OrnamentTransforming Golden Lion Buckler OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Sabre OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Cestus OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Staff OrnamentTransforming Gilded Frosted Steel Longbow OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Shortbow OrnamentTransforming Gilded Steel Longbow OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Truncheon OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Sceptre OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Dirk OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Kris OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Short Spear OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Rapier OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Shortsword OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Scimitar OrnamentTransforming Sol`Dal Hand Axe OrnamentCrimson Teir`Dal WardrobeCrimson Teir`Dal SetteeCrimson Teir`Dal NightstandNorrathian MailboxDraco Aequinoctium OrnamentBird of Prey OrnamentDima's Scutum of the Citizen Legion OrnamentSdace's Spear of Destiny OrnamentRaydiance Ornament

Updated Items: Relic of ForesightBoots of Manifested EtherBrilliant SnakeskinRed Rabbit PeltCinder FlakesMagma Golem GooLava CarapaceBurnt Wolf PeltCharred BonesBlackened SkullRusty DaggerRogue's Polymorphic Cocoon

Updated Achievement: Achievement: Remnants of Flame (Argin-Hiz)

Updated Quests: The Rat KingTesch Val Scrolls

Updated Bestiary: a gnomish spelunkerLeathereyesSoul Siftera cinderback spidera laborerAncient Corpse

August 20, 2014

Here are some midweek updates for you:

New Items: Baros, Scimitar of Vallon ZekGray Wolf Saddle

New Quests: Sol'dal Cloth ArmorSol'dal Plate ArmorSol'dal Chain ArmorSol'dal Leather Armor

New Achievements: Achievement: Stone Cold Summer MissionAchievement: Stone Cold Summer Tasks

New Bestiary: a drolvarg lieutenantEmbersmith NichaMagmatic Stone

Update Zones: Permafrost KeepCrushbonePermafrost Keep (Level 90 Revamp)Crushbone (Level 90 Revamp)

Updated Items: Ancient Cloak of FlamesWebbed LegGnome-sized WingsRipped JawGooey Bat EyeRelentless Bat EyeChunk of FurDissolved Kobold ArmKobold PartsRune Binding PowderThrowing BoulderRuined Leather MaskAxe of DestructionSunshard PebbleWhite Silk GlovesSullied Animal PeltGrizzly Bear Skull

Updated Quests: Note to NecloBat FurBlank ScrollsUnsar's CallFaren's TackleboxKwint's KwestWarrior Pike #8 (Pride of the Legion)Dispelling the ShadowsHeart of Fear #1: Lost HarbingersHeart of Fear #3: Growing Fear

Updated Bestiary: a drolvarg captainBloodmawa fire giant magusa fire giant noblea fire giant warriora greater kobolda greater kobold shamana kobold fightera kobold noblea kobold priesta lava guardiana lava beetlea lava duct crawlera sonic batan enraged lava guardianan imp protectora death beetlea fire giant wizarda kobold royala guano harvestera kobold healer

Patch Notes for August 20, 2014

Here are the patch notes for Wednesday's game update (servers expected up around 8 A.M. Pacific Time):

*** Highlights ***

- New Hero's Forge armor can be found in Argin-Hiz! Seek out Embersmith Nicha for more information.
- Numerous changes have been made to the way pets deal and receive damage. See the "Spells" section for more details.
- All items with appearances from Call of the Forsaken can now be placed in real estates.
- In the early weeks of September, Arima Fae and Helagan will be looking for adventurers to help them research strange statues. See the "Quests & Events" section for more details.
- Added expanded invitation options to the Guild Window to allow you to invite individuals or all online guild members to DZs, tasks, and raids.

August 19, 2014

Patch day tomorrow:

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:00 AM Pacific* in preparation for the August patch. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately three hours.

Here are today's updates:

New Item: Guise of the Ancient Gods

New Recipe: Latent Etheric Boots of the Light

Updated Items: Simple Defiant Claw-daggerWinter LillyAged Blackburrow StoutRough Combatant's MantleMask of DeceptionThick Banded Belt

Updated Quests: Evaluate BloodmoonCrypt of Shade Raid: The Soulbleeder Must BleedCOTF Rank III Spells: Captured Essence of Ethernere

Updated Bestiary: Old Man McKenzieAkyailThe Stone Guardiana briganda tomb raider

SOE Live 2014: EverQuest Dev Q&A

"The Darkened Sea" expansion, mount keyrings, trader bags, and heroic characters were some of the topics covered in this afternoon's Dev Q&A session at SOE Live:

Q: With the addition of the Mount Key ring will it be possible to extend this feature to illusions, pet illusions, merc illusions?
A: Now that the tech for keyrings exists it will not be hard to add new types of keyrings in the future. Stay tuned! - JC

Q: Will any of the 8 zones have multiple raids or raid instances with multiple raids?
A: Yes there will be. There will be at least one raid zone with multiple raids in a single instance. -JC

Q: When will you be adding COTF zone wide rares back to heroics?
A: We're looking into adding the zone wide rare drops back in HAs. If we're sure the drop rate is working as intended. - JC

Q: The names of six zones have been announced, can you tell us the names of the other two?
A: The other two zones are: Brother Island and Katta Castrum: Waters Rising. - JC

August 18, 2014

SOE Live 2014: EverQuest and EverQuest II

SOE Live kicked off its opening ceremony last night, and while the keynotes are still to come this afternoon, we have some great information on the upcoming expansions and more for EverQuest and EverQuest II!

August 14, 2014

Here are today's updates:

New Items: Band of the VictorSimple Stacked LogsCrimson Teir`Dal Mirrored DresserCrimson Teir`Dal Dressing MirrorVenom Skewer Dagger OrnamentEndpoint, Greatbow of Vengence OrnamentUlvensoxe OrnamentKuvani's Dream OrnamentQueen's Guard OrnamentRatonga Sharp Cheddar CheeseSalben's Fall, The Defiler Ornament

New Quests: Txevu Raid Event: The Gladiator Pit (Key #1)Txevu Raid Event: High Priest Nkosi Bakari (Key #2)Txevu Raid Event: Zun`Muram Tkarish ZykGates of Discord Progression #8: Txevu Keying & Tacvi

Updated Items: Polished Stone KeyJade Inlaid KeyBand of Solid ShadowBlackstone FigurineGem-Studded Band of StruggleAegis of DiscordEdge of ChaosGemstone of Dark FlameWristband of Chaotic WarfareZun'Muram's Signet of CommandWand HarnessShroud of Ceaseless MightKaftan of Embroidered LightTongue of the Zun'muramSpiked Steel BatonMuramite's Heavy ShacklesCape of Woven SteelLongsword of ExecrationShard of Dark MatterVerge of the Mindless ServantRing of Celestial HarmonyLute of False WorshipBulwark of Living StoneMask of EternityCaduceus of RetributionStaff of Revealed SecretsBow of the Whispering WindJade Effigy of TrusharBarrier of SerenityEarring of Incessant ConflictStained Fur MaskShadowy Coif of CondemnationForlorn Mantle of ShadowsSteel Boots of the SlayerSleeves of Cognitive ResonanceHalberd of Endless PainChain Wraps of the Dark Master

Updated Quest: Gates of Discord Progression #7: Access to Txevu

Updated Bestiary: High Priest Nkosi BakariInquisitor Chiak TanskInquisitor Lliev KinthMastruq ChampionZun`Muram Tkarish ZykThe RuntVrex Invoker AkelloVrex Invoker JahzaraVrex Invoker KashkaVrex Invoker MalikVrex Invoker RaziyaShade of a Vrex InvokerIxt Hsek SyatHamari NeduIkaav Ritualista noc brawlera ra`tuk bruisera mastruq gladiatorTiv Prayer Chanterrestless wraitha mastruq chaosslayeran aneuk nervehammera vengeful apparitiona chest (Plane of War raid)