Holly Longdale Teases EQ & EQ2 Daily Bonuses

On Saturday, Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale tweeted that, starting next week, both EverQuest and EverQuest II players can expect "some kind of bonus" every day until the games' expansions launch. She also followed up on a couple of player questions regarding these bonuses:

@EQKelvani: "TLE excluded I presume?"
@TheWindstalker: "In most cases. We will look at doing sales and stuff."


@EQ2Wire: "[until] Launch (Nov 10/17ish) or Preorder (Oct 1st)?"
@TheWindstalker: "Until launch, not pre-order...so sometime after October."

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

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!

Bonus XP Week For All-Access Members

Yesterday, Daybreak kicked off a bonus experience week (yes, week!) for EverQuest II All Access members. The bonus applies to Adventuring, Alternate Advancement, and Tradeskill experience, but is not available on the TLE servers.

What if we told you that we're offering DOUBLE EXPERIENCE to our All-Access members for a whole week?

The double experience bonus for Adventure, Tradeskill and AA XP will turn on at noon PDT on Friday, September 18, 2015 and will last a full week! This means you have until noon PDT on Friday, September 25, 2015 to fill up those XP bars!

The Double XP bonuses will be available for All Access members on all traditional servers. While the bonus will not be available on Stormhold and Deathtoll, there are still exciting adventures awaiting All Access members on those special servers. Remember, you must be a member to access Time-Locked Expansion servers.

Daybreak General Maintenance: September 17, 2015

Daybreak will perform a general maintenance beginning at 6am PDT on Thursday, September 17, 2015. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is two to four hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Game logins for all Daybreak games
  • Forum & Web logins for all Daybreak games
  • Commerce and account management for all Daybreak games

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a game-specific maintenance. There will be no update or patch notes.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

~The Team at Daybreak


EverQuest II is also having a one hour update during the maintenance, at 7am PT. Here are the patch notes:

ITEMS
Chest of Wondrous Booty will now display the correct items that it rewards.

QUESTS
Rum Cellar and Fabled Echoes of Faydwer missions have been added to the Mission Timer Window.

EverQuest & EverQuest II Expansion Teasers

    

Executive Producer Holly Longdale popped onto both the EverQuest and EverQuest II forums yesterday to post a teaser announcement of the upcoming official announcement for both game's expansions. EQ players will be getting 15 new raid zones, new and updated zones for level 105, and two new level agnostic zones: the original versions of Plane of Fear and Plane of Hate. Expect new AAs, spells, Heroic Adventures and more. EQ2 players will receive a new overlands zone, x2 and x4 raids, as well as Advanced Solo and Heroic dungeons. The deity system revamp is coming and a couple of new item types will be introduced. Neither game teaser mentioned any level cap increases.

Continue reading after the jump to see Holly's entire posts!

Patch Notes - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Here are the patch notes for Tuesday, September 8, 2015:


GENERAL

  • Added guild leader voting commands for leaderless guilds:
  • If you are a guild Officer, you may now use the command /initiate_guild_leader_vote to initiate the guild leader voting process if your guild does not currently have an active guild leader (no leader has not logged in within 60 days).
  • Anytime during the voting process, if a leader logs in they can cancel the voting process using the command /cancel_guild_leader_vote.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
SilentCity: Delving Dead

  • The door should once again allow entrance on non-TLE servers.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Corrected issues that caused some cruxes to be taken without spawning the avatar.
  • A new Avatar will begin to make an appearance within the Precipice of Power! Brell Serilis will now spawn as a normal contested encounter! He will not require cruxes and will have a respawn timer once killed.

Double XP Weekend: September 5-7, 2015

Announced this evening for EverQuest was a double XP weekend (for all players):

We’ve noticed your intrepid questing, and we think it’s time for you to get a little boost on your adventures. Starting at 12:01AM PDT on Saturday, September 5, you will received Double XP on ALL servers! Yes, that INCLUDES the time-locked progression servers!

But this bonus won’t be around forever. Make sure you log in to game and boost your XP before it returns to normal on Monday, September 7 at 11:59PM PDT.

And for EverQuest II (for All Access members, but not on TLE servers):

This weekend is a great time to be an All Access member! Why? Because you’ll get DOUBLE XP (Adventure, Tradeskill, AA) all weekend long! The Double XP bonus will turn on at 12:01AM PDT on Saturday, September 5th and will last three full days. This means you have until 11:59PM PDT on Monday, September 7 to fill up those XP bars!

The Double XP bonuses will be available for All Access members on all traditional servers. While the bonus will not be available on Stormhold and Deathtoll, there are still mighty adventures awaiting All Access members there. Remember, you must be a member to access those special servers.

Downtime - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time on September 2nd) for their update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Patch notes are available after the jump.

EverQuest II: Server Consolidation FAQ

The EQ2 team has put together a FAQ from recent questions and concerns they've spotted from players. Some topics of interest are below, but make sure to read the entire FAQ over on the official forums.


Q: How is this server consolidation different than server merges of the past?
A:
We’re not merging one server’s data into another. A consolidation means all characters from the designated origin servers are moved onto a new server.

Q: How will we be able to retain names if others have the same name?
A:
In the event of duplicate character names during the consolidation, priority will be given to the character who has logged in to the game within the past sixty (60) days. If multiple characters have logged in within the past sixty (60) days, then the character which was created first will retain their name. Other same-named characters will have an "X" (or several) added to their names automatically until their name is unique. Each player that is auto-renamed this way will get a rename potion to change their name.

Q: If my character’s name is taken or modified, will I be given a rename potion?
A:
Yes, every character that is automatically renamed will be granted a rename potion to use at your convenience.

Q: Will we get free character transfers?
A: Once the consolidations are complete for all of the worlds, we will open up a one-time free character transfer period for one week for those characters who were moved. This free transfer option will expire after one week.

Q: When is this server consolidation going to happen?
A: We don't have a definite date for the consolidations yet. We're currently looking at the end of September, but that may change.

Q: I have numerous dungeons that are used for storage for my decorating items. Will we need -- and be provided enough time -- to move items from dungeons to a house prior to consolidation?
A
: No need, they'll all get moved to the new server.

Q: Will paid house rent transfer?
A:
Yes.

Q: Will depots transfer?
A: Yes, personal as well as guild depots will transfer.

Q: Do we need to empty house vaults ?
A:
No.

Q: Should I be emptying my guild hall office so I don't lose the furniture I crafted and placed there?
A:
No, all guilds and guild halls will be moved onto the same server. All housing will be moved as well.

Q: How will you handle guild names?
A:
Guild names will be handled similarly to character names. If two or more guilds have the same name, we will append "X" to conflicting guilds and both guilds will be offered a free guild name change. If there is no leader in your guild, you'll need to /petition to initiate a vote for a new leader.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is September, which means it's time for the Neriak City Festival! The festival is planned to start on the 1st at 12:01am PT and will run through the 7th at 11:59pm PT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Darklight Wood just over the chasm outside of Neriak.

Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and don't forget to check out the four City Festival achievements (listed under Live Events in your journal).

An Aether Race will also be available in Darklight Wood during the festival. Participate and finish the race in 89 seconds or less to earn the Fearless Flyer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near Neriak.