Patch Notes for February 13, 2007

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February 13, 2007
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*** Highlights ***

Welcome to EverQuest: The Buried Sea, the 13th expansion for EverQuest!

Throngs of undead trample the earth both night and day as Norrath's sun withers. With each passing hour, the growing numbers of creatures of the night rising from crypt and grave seem part of a grand design to overwhelm the lands.

Trouble also lurks deep beneath the Buried Sea off the coast of Odus in a city named Katta Castrum which has remained undiscovered for millennia. It is a city built to sustain the beloved leader of the Combine Empire named Tsaph Katta who was poisoned by General Seru. Generations of Combine Loyalists have tried to cure and awaken Katta while they house threatened populations of Kedge, Shissar, and Sphinx. But in recent times, the artifact that powers and protects their city has weakened. Without it, the city will be crushed under the pressure of the sea.

Only the most intrepid Norrathians have the power to save them.


- Ship-to-Ship Combat: Cross the plank and fight for your life on the open seas as you raid pirate vessels!

- Two Paths of Advancement: Battle pirates on the open seas or dive deep beneath the sea to Katta Castrum, lost stronghold of the Combine Empire.

- New Missions: Take your group through more than 60 challenging new missions ranging from defending merchant vessels against marauding pirates to uncovering the secrets behind the combine city and the danger that threatens it!

- Guild Banners: Guilds can create a unique Guild Banner from a large selection of symbols and colors. The banner becomes the mark of the guild and when enough guild members are in the same zone (two groups), the guild leaders or officers can plant the banner in the ground. While a guild banner is planted, members can use the Guild Hall portal to teleport directly to the banner. This allows players to easily catch up with guild mates. The guild banner can also be upgraded to provide different effects, like regeneration. Upgraded Guild Banners are expendable, but provide an effect to everyone in the guild who is in range of the banner while it is planted. Guilds can only have one standard up at a time. You can access Guild Banner information through a tab in the Guild Window and banners will be sold in the Plane of Knowledge.

- Fellowships: A Fellowship is like a mini-guild for those who play together regularly. Fellowships have a maximum of six players and exist in addition to guilds. All members of the Fellowship get a token, access to a Fellowship-only channel, and the ability to create campfires when at least three "fellows" are in the same area. Fellows use their tokens to transport directly to the campfire allowing them to catch up with their regular playmates quickly. Campfires can be upgraded to provide effects to nearby Fellows. These upgrades are expendable and need to be repurchased. A Fellowship can only have one campfire active at a time. Randall of the Fellows in the Plane of Knowledge will register Fellowships. Fellowship items are also available for sale in the Plane of Knowledge.

- Energeian Power Source Items: Tapping into the Combine Empire's technology, players gain access to a new inventory slot for an Energeian power source. Particular pieces of Energeiac armor will tap into Energeian power sources, gaining benefits from the type that is equipped. For example, an Energeiac sword gains a chance to cast a fire damage spell if a fire Energeian source is equipped or a frost spell if a cold one is. Energeian power sources are expendable and will deplete as they are used, but can be changed on the fly to let players customize effects simply by changing the Energeian source. Energeian items will be for sale from vendors, found on monsters, and some can be tradeskilled.

- Toxxulia Forest: An updated Toxxulia Forest is now available that includes Kerra Ridge and access to The Buried Sea expansion zones.


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*** Live Updates ***
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*** In Game Mail Sytem ***

In order to improve the performance of the in game mail system, starting on February 20, 2007, we will be implementing a routine purge that will clear out all in game mail that is more than 4 months old. This will be an ongoing process.

You can now use the Export feature. This new feature will grant players the ability to export their in-game mail to a text file in the EverQuest directory. To use the new Export feature, take the following steps:

- Open up the e-mail window (ctrl-E).
- Select the messages you would like to export by clicking them in the top pane, using shift-click and/or ctrl-click if you would like to select multiple messages.
- Click "Export".
- The selected messages are then saved to a file in the EverQuest Mail directory with a name in the format:
SavedMessages_<charactername>_<servername>.txt.
- This export will need to be done with each character that has mail you wish to save.


*** Items ***

- Sharpshooting VII on Vae'Aender, Stitch's Bow now functions correctly.
- Geerlock Clockwork Contraption can no longer be used by frogloks.


*** Quests

- Taskmistress Krisz can now be called out with 6 or more players instead of 18 or more.


*** Spells ***

- Mana Flare and similar effects will no longer fire on "procs".
- The duration on Mana Flare has been doubled.
- Mana Flare strikes now generate little to no additional agro.
- Performer's Psalm of Pyrotechnics and Weshlu's Chillsong Aria will no longer work on damage over time spells.
- Damage over time spells from Serpent's Spine have been retuned. Efficiency and damage have been increased across the board.
- Several level-capped spells from Serpent's Spine have had their maximum level increased to 78: Echo of Misdirection, Spinning into the Void, Color Collapse, Dreams of Veldyn, and Wake of Subdual.
- Debuffs that increase the damage the target takes from certain elements, (Icefall Breath, Skin to Vines, Scent of Twilight, and Malosinise) now work on Damage over Time spells as well as Direct Damage spells.
- Skin to Vines can be applied to a wider variety of NPCs.
- Icefall Breath now has an AC reduction component, as the spell's description indicated.
- The efficiency on Sting of the Queen has been reduced.
- Epic 1.5 and 2.0 effects now work up to level 75.
- Aspect of Elemental Agony for Mages has been swapped with a new spell: Mass Elemental Transvergence.
- Blazing Stance no longer works on non-Wizard pets.
- Kindle is now a lower level version of Blazing Stance.
- The Raging Servant and Bestial Empathy pets summoned using a Spire Servant focus now have an appropriate amount of hit points.
- Several Shadowknight hate-generation spells had their cast time lowered from 1.5 to 1.0 seconds.
- Echo of Misdirection has changed. It can no longer be used while the Monk is in combat. The effect is now a targeted AE. Its range has been increased, its level cap was increased, and the ability will not agro the target if it successfully lands.


*** NPC ***

- The skeletons in Dreadspire can no longer see through invisibility to undead.


*** Miscellaneous ***

- Tacvi, Inktu'Ta, Ikkinz, and Uqua now have the same entry requirements as their parent zones (Txevu, Qvic, Kod'Taz, and Yxtta).
- Players are more buoyant than they were before. Notice how you don't sink when in water now?
- The Ctrl-R-Click option has moved from the tradeskill window to the options window.
- Players can now use /chat while they are hovering over their body.
- A number of small issues with the bazaar trader logic have been addressed to make sure any changes made to items, prices, stack sizes update appropriate for other players.
- When an NPC performs an AE Rampage, it will now emote "Soandso goes on a WILD RAMPAGE!"


*** Previously Updated ***

- Increased the number of spell runes that drop from the Large Events (Augment Events) in Frostcrypt and Ashengate from 2 to 3
- Added a corruption augment to the drops for the Large Events (Augment Events) in Frostcrypt and Ashengate


*** User Interface Changes ***

- Changed -

EQUI.xml
EQUI_Animations.xml
EQUI_GuildManagementWnd.xml
EQUI_InspectWnd.xml
EQUI_Inventory.xml
EQUI_LootWnd.xml
EQUI_OptionsWindow.xml
EQUI_TradeskillWnd.xml


- New -

EQUI_FellowshipWnd.xml
EQUI_NewPointMerchantWnd.xml


- The EverQuest Team

Comments

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GOD progression
# Feb 21 2007 at 1:33 AM Rating: Decent
8 posts
can anyone clear up what they changed with GOD it's a bit confusing
monk nerf ..yea!!
# Feb 14 2007 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
Quote:
Echo of Misdirection has changed. It can no longer be used while the Monk is in combat. The effect is now a targeted AE. Its range has been increased, its level cap was increased, and the ability will not agro the target if it successfully lands


**WTF .. again SoE takes something that is useful , and wipes it .. whoho ..its an ae and it may or may not agro the npc.. so what i have another phantomwind / paci tome ?!?!?!?.. the tome is a mezz , leave it alone Sony , everyone else can root / paci , snare while in combat .. just when they give you something nice they take it away from ya ../rant off
FELLOWSHIPS
# Feb 14 2007 at 7:22 AM Rating: Decent
6 posts
When I spoke with "Randall of The Fellows" in the POK he stated that a fellowship could consist of a maximum of 9 players. Not sure if this is a typo from your patch message typeup or if Eq had at typo in there patch message.

Severs down again ...
# Feb 13 2007 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
Servers coming down again .... for two hours
and the crashes commence...
# Feb 13 2007 at 8:27 PM Rating: Decent
Scholar
22 posts
So the servers are up? I wouldn't know cause the PATCHER KEEPS CRASHING! Hours after the forums say good to go, I still can't get to the log in screen. Run patcher, click play, crash. repeat sequence. Same on Test Patcher too. And of course, no one wants to answer me on the EQ forums...

dot damage
# Feb 13 2007 at 6:52 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
i wouldnt worry about it...the "added" dot damage is about 2-20 per tick on the necro spells...umm woot?
Dots
# Feb 13 2007 at 6:25 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Damage over time spells "from"
    Serpent's Spine
have been retuned
. Efficiency and damage have been increased across the board.

seems clear.... or is this my public school education failing me again??

Skocon (75)druid
Christ on a stick
# Feb 13 2007 at 5:28 PM Rating: Default
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223 posts
Quote:
- Damage over time spells from Serpent's Spine have been retuned. Efficiency and damage have been increased across the board.


Well, it does in fact say SPELLS FROM SERPENT'S SPINE, does it not? Obviously you're not too bright so I'll go ahead and point out what they meant by "across the board" was all DoTs for that expansion, and yes, probably just the Serpent's Spine expansion since it does say it pretty **** clearly, and all. Maybe time to get off the game and go read a text book sometime, eh?
Bard song nerf
# Feb 13 2007 at 5:16 PM Rating: Decent
49 posts
Im pretty sure this is also implied to necros and their fire dots
Unbelievable
# Feb 13 2007 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
42 posts
Why oh why did they even come out with another expansion? Once again it is obvious that they have a pile of problems with it.
3 hours after patch was supposed to finish and game is still not up. I had a nice 3 hour patch also, it downloaded basically every zone again for some reason.
I wish they would just leave the game basically the way it is so we can all get somewhere. Don't they realize that not everyone has all day long to play this game to get anywhere? I think it is time to move on. MEO looks good so far, go sign up for the beta all, later.


Pallasathena 75 wiz
Sony, what a bunch of morons
# Feb 13 2007 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
23 posts

Why nerf the bard songs to only affect DD spells? This only hurts druids as far as i know, the only ones who commonly use fire based dots. Druid dots are weak anyway, there was no reason to nerf this. ******* Sony makes stupid choices with our money, and mess with the wrong thing. Has anyone ever seen any them talk about the more pressing issue of going LD when you get rezzed? Idiots with there heads way up their asses = Sony
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ornatejiga (cazic thule)
ornerdooid (cazic thule)
merwicken (cazic thule)
Sony, what a bunch of morons
# Feb 13 2007 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
23 posts
Why nerf the bard songs to only affect DD spells? This only hurts druids as far as i know, the only ones who commonly use fire based dots. Druid dots are weak anyway, there was no reason to nerf this. @#%^ing Sony makes stupid choices with our money, and mess with the wrong thing. Has anyone ever seen any acknowledgement of the more pressing issue of going LD when you get rezzed? Idiots with there heads way up their asses = Sony

Edited, Feb 13th 2007 4:33pm by fanboy
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ornatejiga (cazic thule)
ornerdooid (cazic thule)
merwicken (cazic thule)
I have no idea how i got here
# Feb 13 2007 at 4:35 PM Rating: Decent
23 posts
I clicked reply on another page and some how made it here.
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ornatejiga (cazic thule)
ornerdooid (cazic thule)
merwicken (cazic thule)
sting nerf
# Feb 13 2007 at 4:28 PM Rating: Decent
how much are they nerfing sting of the queen ....

sigh with barely breaking 8k crits with it . its not very unbalanced imho

only a 25 % poison mod
sting nerf
# Feb 14 2007 at 5:20 AM Rating: Decent
17 posts
they made it cost 930 something mana. thats how they supposedly balanced the game? go figure the one good dd spell shammys get is now so mana expensive i'll never use it in a group again.
sting nerf
# Feb 14 2007 at 1:00 AM Rating: Decent
34 posts
I loved this spell the way it was. Figures...
Flare nerfed!
# Feb 13 2007 at 12:29 PM Rating: Good
38 posts
Bah... just when I was getting used to adding SOMETHING to my group's DPS, here comes the nerf on Flare. I know how powerful Flare effect could be, however, I didn't see it as an unbalanced power. I knew it had to be coming, tho... chanters just couldn't possibly have anything to do with DPS in a group.

/whine off
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Wrongsyde
Enchantress
Terris Thule Server (Well, Prexus now.)
DoT increase for all expansions?
# Feb 13 2007 at 11:51 AM Rating: Decent
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- Damage over time spells from Serpent's Spine have been retuned. Efficiency and damage have been increased across the board.

So, that means for all spells for all expansions or just for Serpent's Spine spells for all classes?
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ROBBINWOOD 70 HFL Rngr
EYEWIILL 62 HIE Ench
NINEWONWON 68 GNM Cleric
HEADNOHAIR 56 DE Necro
Knooker 47 ERU Wizard

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DoT increase
# Feb 13 2007 at 10:38 AM Rating: Decent
21 posts
How much are they raising our Necro DoTs? I can't wait to see.
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