EverQuest II Insider - Episode #3

This month on EverQuest II Insider Episode #3:

Downtime - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UPDATE 9:20am ET: Login servers appear to be back up and running, but remember that there's still a 7am PT/10am ET patch this morning!

UPDATE 8:30am ET: All SOE websites, forums and login servers are all down for an unrelated issue. According to Colette "Dexella" Murphy on Twitter, "We're working on the SOE games/website/forum issues people are reporting. More news when it's available!"

All US servers will come down on July 15th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET July 16th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime for both sets of servers is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The patch notes are below.

EverQuest II Double XP Weekend

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale mentioned it in this week's EQII Insider QA Livecast, then tweeted it yesterday afternoon:

Gear Up, Level Up promotion extended thru the end of July! Also, Double XP for Adv, AA, TS experience this Fri noon - Sun 11:59pm PDT!

That's double tradeskill, adventure, and AA experience from July 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon Pacific time through Sunday July 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  Note that this doesn't include guild experience, but Holly said during the livecast, "We might do Double Guild XP the weekend after next."

You can read more about the Gear Up, Level Up promotion on our EverQuest II site.

UPDATE: This just in from the official announcement:  "Experience bonuses do not stack. All Access members will get 100% adventure, AA and tradeskill experience bonus instead of 25% experience bonus for those experience types specifically."

Downtime - Thursday, July 10 2014

All US servers will come down on July 10th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET July 11th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime for both sets of servers is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The French battlegrounds will not be available when the server comes up due to internal maintenance. When it is resolved, it will be unlocked. :)

The update notes are below.

EQ2 "Gear Up, Level Up" Promotion Extended

EverQuest II's Gear Up, Level Up promotion, originally scheduled to end on July 9, 2014, has been extended.  Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQII Community Manager posted this notice today:

The Gear Up, Level Up promotion has been extended! It will not go until July 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT! :)

Official post will go out tomorrow morning, but I thought I'd be nice and let y'all know. ;)

The Gear Up, Level Up promotion grants players bonuses to prepare for the level cap increase coming with the next expansion.  All Access members get these bonuses and discounts:

  • Double-Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (4x the rewards)!
  • 25% XP Bonus
  • Tears of Veeshan Expansion discount (15%)
  • 25% Off Heroic Characters

Free players receive the following bonuses:

  • Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (2x the rewards)!
  • Also eligible for a Tears of Veeshan expansion discount (15%).

SOE Live Player Panel Schedule Released

Sony Online Entertainment has published the list of twelve Player Panels that will be featured at SOE Live. These player-run panels, some new and others familiar from last year's event, offer a wide variety of topics for attendees to enjoy. ZAM will have two of its number on player panels this year: LockSixTime will be on the Social Media & Streaming panel, while Cyliena will once again be on the EQ2 Hardcore Decorating panel.

Check out the full list of player panels and their descriptions below!

EverQuest 2 Insider Livestream - July 9, 2014

The latest edition of Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest II Livestream, EverQuest II Insider, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9! SOE has been taking questions on the forums and social media and they'll be answering them live. Scheduled to appear are Margaret Krohn, Kyle Vallee and Michael Ganz!

Downtime - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ALL servers will come down on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. Full patch notes are available after the jump.

EverQuest II Producer's Letter:July/August News

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, EverQuest II's Senior Producer, posted a Producer's Letter which itemilzes upcomming goodies for EQII. New content includes a Lore and Legend quest, summer Ethereal weapons, a x2 instance called "Ages End: The Final Chapter," Nexus Duo Challenge instance, and new Loyality rewards.  Add to that Tinkerfest, new Moonlight Enchantments content, status point bonus days and Marketplace promotions and it's a busy couple of months!

You can read the entire letter on the official forums, or below after the jump.

SOE Live Premium Pass Contest

The contest has ended!
Congrats to RannDragonsbane!

What could possibly be better than looking at a picture of Sony Online Entertainment's resident dwarf glowing ominously upon EverQuest II's producer? Experiencing a moment like that yourself!

We've teamed up with SOE to give one (1) winner a discount code good for two (2) SOE Live Premium Passes! Continue after the jump for details on how this contest will work!