Bring Out Your Votes: Server Names & TLE Unlocks

A lot of voting will be going on over the next couple of weeks in EverQuest II. First up is the upcoming server consolidation voting suggestions. Based on which server your characters live on, you should go participate in adding your favorite server names to the appropriate forum post. If you like to see this info in picture format, check out Feldon's infograph after the jump.

We kicked off the early planning phase for the server consolidation of some servers so we can get the populations healthier and feeling more lively. We have identified the servers we will consolidate into new ones. Through the links below, we invite the players from those servers to start suggesting area or NPC names for their new server based on a theme which we will put to a vote for those servers.

In light of the consolidation above, it was also announced that the Nagafen server will be merged with PvE servers; the only PvP server that will remain is Deathtoll, the Time-Locked Expansion server.

The Time-Locked Expansion servers have been undergoing some polls, and an overwhelming majority of players voted "yes" for the two Adventure Packs, Splitpaw and Bloodline Chronicles, to be released prior to Desert of Flames. As a result, the Adventure Packs will release around 9am PT on Thursday, August 20th. Voting for the DoF expansion unlock will begin on Friday, August 21st at Noon PT and run through Friday, August 28th at Noon PT. A vote of "yes" will unlock the expansion on that TLE server on Thursday, September 3rd; a vote of "no" will cause the expansion to not release, and voting will not be available again until Monday, September 21st. Get more info here.

Also announced is the full return of Emily "Domino/Pentapod" Taylor to the EverQuest II team! She has been helping out some with crafting, but now she is back to work on both crafting and housing.

Break the Rules, Go to the Prison Server.. Forever

If you tend to not behave in-game, now is a good time to start. Players caught breaking the rules will be account-banished permanently to a prison server called Drunder. Here's Holly's full explanation:

Later this week we plan to release a server we are calling “Drunder,” which is a “prison server.” What does that mean, exactly? Ultimately, players who are caught breaking our rules and disrupting EQ2 live server gameplay will be flagged for this server, and no others -- ever. Characters on these accounts will be copied to Drunder (the “prison server”) and can never leave or transfer to another server.

This is a server our Customer Service Game Masters have requested over the years in order to manage disruptive players. They will determine who goes there. As gamers, we recognize there are some players who like to step outside our rules.

Drunder will get no customer service support and it will require a maintained membership to access and play. Rather than disrupt live servers in an attempt to join the “prison server,” players can use our /petition system and ask to join Drunder. To be clear: You won’t be able to move individual characters to this server, while maintaining characters from the same account on another server. This is a ONE-WAY trip for an entire account forever.

Ultimately, players who break the rules – or want to – will have a world of their own to do… whatever they will.

As I said, this is an experiment. We wanted to see what happens given it's not a very common option.

Let's see where this takes us…

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale
Executive Producer, EQ & EQ2

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!

Supernova Closed Beta Key Giveaway

The Supernova Closed Beta is now in full swing, and we have your key to just in and help test the game! Here's how:

Deck Tech: Full Grand Tournament Review

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech. Instead of building a deck this week, he's taking a final look at the cards from the upcoming Grand Tournament expansion, which launches on August 24th!

Guild Wars 2: Berserker Exclusive Reveal

ArenaNet continues to unveil the features for Guild Wars 2’s upcoming expansion, Heart of Thorns. This week we have the pleasure of giving the exclusive reveal for the Warrior Elite Specialization, the Berserker.

Server Downtime: Wed, Aug. 19 @ 6:00 A.M. PT

Sleep in or take your better half to breakfast, because....

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 6:00AM Pacific Time for the August update. EQ Servers will be unavailable for approximately two hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

Here are the patch notes:

*** Highlights ***

  • Fixed an issue with turbo processors causing players to run very fast/very slow.
  • All non-caster classes have gained a set of innate AAs that increase skill damage at all times.  Some burn disciplines have had power reduced.  See the Spell and AA sections for details.
  • Added an AA ability for all pet classes that reduces the amount of hate your pet will generate.
  • Fixed several issues with the Frenzied Burnout AA line for Magicians.
  • Magician and Necromancer pets are now weaker in large numbers against some raid targets on Progression Servers.  See that section below for details.

Continue after the jump for more update notes.

Formerly Hardcore #13: Legion's Artifacts

Hello and welcome to the 13th edition of Formerly Hardcore, ZAMs column on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. Last time we threw out a few predictions for what the new expansion would bring. We were right about the Burning Legion focus, but that one was a freebie given the end of Warlords of Draenor’s story. I was more surprised that my wishlist comments for a melee Hunter spec and a demon form tank ended up being true, though not quite in the way I’d envisioned. There’s plenty of features we didn’t call though, so we’ve got lots to talk about. For this week’s column, rather than doing a synopsis of Legion’s feature list (Wowhead’s already done that work for me), let’s start focusing on specific major features. In particular, this week we’ll be talking about Artifact weapons.

Blade & Soul Founder's Packs Now Available

This morning NCSoft revealed the Blade & Soul Founder's Packs, which are now available for purchase in both North America and Europe. Each pack has its own set of perks and will not be available after the game's 2016 Q1 launch.

“We have been hard at work to bring Blade & Soul to North American and European players, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to our Closed Beta Test this Fall,” commented NCSoft Producer Nicolas Coutant. “Our Founder’s Packs offer players meaningful bonuses and extras that will enhance their experience with the game before launch and well beyond.”

Downtime - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Both the US and EU servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7am PT (3pm London Time) for an update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Patch notes are available after the jump.