Downtime - Monday, July 20, 2015

Both US and EU servers will be coming down at 7am PT (10am ET/3pm London Time) on Monday, July 20, 2015 for maintenance in preparation for this week's launch of the Time-Locked Expansion servers. Downtime is estimated to be one hour. There are no patch notes as this is simply a maintenance session.

Don't forget to join the EQ2 team this Wednesday over on Twitch at 2pm PT for a livestream from the TLE Stormhold server!

Join Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, Kyle "Kander" Vallee, Carlos "Gninja" Mora, and Ry “Roshen” Schueller for this stream as we share some behind-the-scenes information on how the Time-Locked Expansion servers came together, and hang out on the Stormhold server.

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!

Tinkerfest Returns to Norrath!

It's time once again for Tinkerfest, the Norrathian celebration of all things Gnomish! We've gotten the scoop on all the new additions to this popular summer world event. Several Aether Races will be activated in Butcherblock, Lavastorm, Great Divide, and Tenebrous Tangle. This year also features one new quest, a new recipe scroll, more merchant goodies, and two new title rewards. Don't forget to hone your skills in the Gnomish language!

Tinkerfest will run from 12:01am PDT on July 17th through 11:59pm PDT on August 3rd.

If you need a hint or just want a sneak peak before the festivities explode upon us, see our Tinkerfest Guide and the Tinkerfest Gallery! For those of you with far too many alts, check out the Tinkerfest Quest Tracker.

Downtime - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time on July 15th) for their update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately two hours.

Here are the patch notes:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Kelethin
Philosopher Yubee in Kelethin will now give the same advice pertaining to Erollisi Marr, as Philosopher Rhimes.

ITEMS
  • Boots from fabled EoF dungeons have had their weapon damage bonus and spell weapon damage bonus corrected.
  • The Wild Divine will proc when Healing Arrow or Healing Barrage are cast.
  • Crafted and Merchant versions of the altar to Erollisi Marr are now available.
  • Hand of Thule's Avatar now grants stamina, instead of ridiculous amounts of strength.
QUESTS
Power to the Tower - The damaged core should only be resetting when it is not successfully defended.

July Daybreak Outages

UPDATE July 11 8:45am ET: Games are accessible but very laggy. Smed finally apologized on Twitter last night: "..sorry to say more DDOS. I apologize for the issues we are having. I have to own pissing them off and I'm sorry. Just sorry they are taking it out on you, our players."

UPDATE July 10 5:45pm ET: Nothing official has been said in a few hours, but we're seeing occasional (and rare) reports of players being able to get into their game of choice. However, those managing to get into the games are experiencing heavy lag. Hope everyone has good plans for spending their Friday evening elsewhere!

UPDATE July 10 2:15pm ET: Not much has changed. From Daybreak on Twitter: "We are continuing to resolve issues from a Distributed Denial of Service event. We will provide updates as available."

UPDATE July 10 11:30am ET: Looks like Daybreak spoke too soon and the outages are happening again. "We are experiencing issues again which may result in lag, disconnects, or inability to access games, forums, or websites. The team is aware." Since official forums may be inaccessible, keep up-to-date with Daybreak's Twitter or Facebook pages.


Yesterday evening, Daybreak Games experienced DDoS attacks that caused players to be unable to login to any of the games, and those who managed to stay in-game to experience a lot of lag. Around 9:30am ET today the EverQuest II twitter account stated that all games appear to be back up and running.

If you are looking for further details on what occurred yesterday:

  • Smed mentioned Daybreak being DDoS'd here (and here on July 10)
  • EQ2Wire did a nice summary of everything that snowballed up into the attacks here and here (longer explanation)
  • Smed went to reddit to vent

Downtime - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Both US and EU servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7am PT (3pm London Time) for an update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour.

Here are the patch notes:


GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue with placing stacks in depots and on the broker.
  • Redistributed items required to spawn avatars across final zone bosses in Cathedral of Bone, Ssraeshza,BrokenskullBay, Rum Cellar, and Freethinker's Hideout raid zones.
  • Erollisi Marr can now be worshiped! Good aligned players should speak with Sister Leela Prendyn in New Halas to begin.

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General
Drops from the Avatars of Cazic-Thule and Fennin Ro have been upgraded to the new stat layout.

Kylong Plains
Warfield tower guardians now have more HP in Kylong plains.

Skyshrine: Betrayal in the Underdepths [Raid]
Ikatiar Challenge mode should now update his flawless and shorthanded achievements.

MERCENARIES
Katastra Vilehex's power and HP has been increased.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Ranger
Stream of Arrows can now trigger procs.

Swashbuckler
Storm of Steel can now trigger procs.

ITEMS

  • Ethereal Expertise will now double DoT's and spells cast by primary pets.
  • The effect "Bolstered Block" will now properly apply its group effect when using "Blinding Dust".
  • Levels of the Testament of the Titan set bonus have been redistributed.

QUESTS
A Deino Saved is a Deino Earned - Poisoned Yurwri now appears next to Finze, reliably.

Time-Locked Expansion Server Beta Starts July 7

The Time-Locked Expansion servers, Deathtoll (PvP) and Stormhold (PvE), are coming later this month, but prior to the live launch members can participate in the betas for both servers. With TLE servers, players are in control of voting to unlock the next expansion after a pre-determined amount of real-life time has passed. Among other things, certain features such as prestige housing or account bonuses will be disabled.

For those interested in participating in the beta, keep an eye on the official forums on Tuesday, July 7th for further information!

ZAM's E3 2015 Wrap-up

Bonus XP Weekend Plus Marketplace Sale

Announced today is an All Access Double XP weekend (Adventuring, AA, and Crafting) plus a Marketplace sale!

Enjoying the summer is more fun when you have friends (or at least a crafty merc!) by your side. From Thursday, July 2 through Monday, July 6, there’s a Marketplace sale to help with just that. Both Merc Crates and Group XP Potions will be on sale for 40% off! All Access Members will get their additional 10% off the sale price.

And as an added perk for All Access Members, it’s a Double XP Weekend! AAs, Tradeskill, and Adventure XP will all be doubled.

E3: EverQuest & EverQuest II Progression Servers

E3 doesn't stop when its doors are closed for the day. We snagged Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale at this year's Daybreak after-party (and again this week in a follow-up), chatting about some recent changes that hit EverQuest's progression servers as well as the upcoming progression servers and merges for EverQuest II.