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November 10, 2020 - Reign of Shadows Beta

The beta test for the Reign of Shadows expansion is available now for those who have preordered the expansion. I have also put together a quick little video of the preorder pet and the Shar Vahl house (house is for Collectors Edition and better).

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November 09, 2020 - Beta Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow, sometime between 10 Pacific and noon, pre-orders for the 17th EverQuest II expansion will begin. Those who preorder will also have access to the beta at that time. (Now is a good time to start patching the beta client, so you don't have to wait on it tomorrow when everyone else is trying to get in.) If you are new to beta, or you need a refresher, I have updated my "So Your Want to Beta Test?" guide.

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November 02, 2020 - Oops!

I mistakenly said that there were only 2 more Days of Summer quests in my update earlier today. Counting the one tomorrow, it will be three more new ones to finish off the 2020 lineup. In other news:

We will be performing Launchpad and Uchat maintenance tomorrow, November 3, 2020, beginning at 10 AM PST. Approximate ETA of the maintenance will be 3 hours.
During this maintenance, chat and launchpad will be offline and unavailable, and logins will fail. Players already in the world before the maintenance begins will be able to continue to play (as long as they do not log out).
Do not try to change your password during this time frame, you are not able to log in because of the maintenance.
If all goes well, this will also fix the cross-server chat issues.

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November 02, 2020 - Catching Up

Thanks to spending much of last week back in the hospital (I am home again now, and we are praying the last of the post-surgical complications are done with me), I missed posting some timely updates.

Nights of the Dead has ended for another year. The Heroes Festival will begin this Friday. Days of Summer 2020 will have two more new quests for us this year, counting the one that is released tomorrow. The Prelude Event will continue until expansion launch.

And just when is expansion launch? We have not been given a date, yet, but the Producers Letter has announced the name of the expansion, and the start date for preorders. (Preordering grants you access to beta.) The Gear Up, Level Up event for 2020 has also begun.

Go ahead, click the links, they will not bite. I will be off in my pillow fort, trying to preserve my energy for beta and then Frostfell.

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October 20, 2020 - Downtime Issues

From Dreamweaver:

Due to some issues during the patching process the patch has been extended with a current ETA to unlock at 2 PM PDT.

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October 14, 2020 - Heroes Festival on Test

The EQ2 anniversary celebration, Heroes' Festival, is currently on the Test server. I have put together the basics of an article covering what is new.

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October 08, 2020 - Boo!

Halloween in the real world may be much changed this year, with all the chaos going on, but our in-game antics will be in full force when Nights of the Dead 2020 launches in a few short hours. Grab a costume or an illusion and come join in the fun!

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September 24, 2020 - Nights of the Dead 2020

Whilhelmina is a goddess among women! Not only did she do all the work for the prelude article, and the pictures for the Days of Summer article, but she did all the work* for the Nights of the Dead (NoTD) 2020 preview as well. I will refrain from biting her ankles, briefly, as I am still very much not up to logging into the game and doing all the research myself. (All I had to do was download a zip file from mail, unzip it, ftp everything to the proper spot in my site and cut and paste the page coding onto my site, make a couple tiny additions, and "voila!" it is done. This is SUCH a huge relief as I try to recover from this very difficult surgery.)

Please do not fret at how long it is taking me to recover, either. It was expected to be a 2-month recovery and today is the 1-month mark. I will get there, it is just slowwwwww. ~Mum

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September 22, 2020 - Haven Bound

The prelude event, Haven Bound, will begin after the patch today. So will the Days of Summer ... ish. For now, the Days of Summer article will be a placeholder, but sometime during the day I hope to get locations for the first quest, and maybe some reward information on the page. I ended up in the hospital a third time, and while I am now recovering well, my energy levels are still pretty low. ~Mum.

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September 09, 2020 - Sep. 9 Patch

Just a quick note, as I sort of kind of ended up back in the hospital again last Thursday, and just got home again. (Am ok, hurting and exhausted, but ok.)

Added a weapon damage conversion recipe book to several tradeskill book sellers throughout Norrath that may be used to craft damage conversion items that, when applied to a weapon, permanently convert that weapon to deal the applied damage type. These recipes may be crafted with bundles of any harvestable, a single rare or uncommon harvest, as well as a specific fuel that is sold by most general tradeskill fuel sellers.

Watch VERY carefully which ingredients it is grabbing, as it will munch on your ginormous scrap metal or anything else it finds, and you will want to manually choose what it uses for both commons and rares. (BoL roots, anyone?) Just be careful and either manually select everything or disable your supply depot and put the items you want to use up into inventory, k?

Some very fabulous folks, whom I will rave about later, have put together the prelude preview for me, but I am not up to handling the contortions to get it onto a page tonight. Hopefully tomorrow. I am very much out of spoons.

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September 01, 2020 - Mum is Home

I am home. It was a pretty brutal surgery and will be a long recovery (about 2 months) to get healed up and used to the new "normal" (ostomy bag, urostomy bag, etc). BUT I am home and healing and the cancer is GONE. Everything else can wait. Do not expect much coherence for a while. Thanks for all the love and concern. ~Mum

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August 05, 2020 - GU115 Announced

The next Game Update (GU) release has been announced. GU115: Reignite the Flames will be released on August 25. I am not in the beta, I do not know if there is anything of interest on the crafting and housing front, and you should NOT expect any writeup from me until a couple weeks after it goes live. (You will have to rely on each other and the patch notes for details.) I go into the hospital for radical surgery the day before this goes live, and will be in the hospital for "around 10 days" before coming home for 2+ months of recovery. This will also likely mean that the first couple weeks of Days of Summer 2020 may not be documented by me until after the fact, depending on when that event starts.

In other news, Tinkerfest ends in a few more hours, so make sure to get your last minute shopping and pack pony "burping" done!

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July 29, 2020 - Medical Update from Mum

I promised a medical update a couple weeks ago, then had to wait for more definitive news after the experts consulted one more time. If you are interested, you can find out more here.

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July 23, 2020 - Tinkerfest!

I am posting this a few minutes before Tinkerfest 2020 begins on the live and TLE servers. If you are going to quest, remember that you will need to know the gnomish language for some of the quests. Also be aware that there was/is/may be a mitigation issue on Tinkerfest quest mobs if you are level 120. It will not really be an issue for those who have the high potency to do heroics and raids, but for the casual level 120 characters, you may need/want to chronomentor down to 115 or 110. The issue, if it is there, is only for level 120 event mobs. (The fix is not yet patched to Test, and I do not think it made it into the live build in time either.) It should be patched on the 28th, if all else fails.

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July 14, 2020 - Missing Stats on Items?

If you have gear that lost stats with the patch today, have no fear. It is being fixed. From Dreamweaver:

Missing Stats on items on live is a bug, the team is looking into it. A fix is being built right now and is incoming. A downtime will be required, I do not currently have an ETA for when it will occur but likely early this afternoon

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July 02, 2020 - Tinkerfest on Test

So much is going on right now with Scorched Sky live, double ethereal coins running on live servers, medical mess getting messier (more on that next week), and now Tinkerfest on Test. I only have the eye-candy up at the moment, and will flesh out the article later once deal with some other things. Here you go: Tinkerfest 2020

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June 27, 2020 - Research Unlocked

The extra bit of research on the BoL researchers that was mentioned the other day has been completed on Test. We can now confirm that it is a server-wide unlock for the Advanced ____ Studies recipes, which will be sold in the Fabrication Hall in Sanctus Seru. (This will be just the Advanced books, not the Empyral or Shadowed books.)

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June 23, 2020 - Patch Delayed a Day

From Darkpaw Games:

Due to some internal networking and pipeline issues the dev team has made the decision to push the launch date of the patch to 6/24 in order to prevent additional complications.
This does mean that the launch of Rise of Kunark will be delayed until the 24th as well since there are significant portions of it in this patch.
Scorched Sky will still activate at it's regular time.
(To clarify, the mention of the Rise of Kunark launch delay is for the TLE server.)

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June 20, 2020 - Incoming ... Stuff

There are several things upcoming in the next few days. In addition to Scorched Sky starting on the 24th, there are a few things going in with the patch on the 23rd. The Summer Ethereal Event has had more tweaks and changes, the three free Pride familiars are returning on the 24th, and are being joined by three more, familiar season seven becomes available along with some leveling mechanics changes for familiars, and last but not least some BoL advanced recipe books will become available in the Fabrication Hall after all three BoL researchers complete one new bit of research.

The researchers from Blood of Luclin have finished their research! They are ready to gather their findings and in turn making advanced recipes available for purchase in the Fabrication Hall of Sanctus Seru. If you're willing to lend a hand, they need your help once more in compiling all of their findings!
This is what the last research item on the researchers look like. We cannot report on the actual books that will be for sale until the research is completed.

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June 15, 2020 - Ethereal Event Correction

Kander announced today on Discord that the red runes we see on Test are NOT what will be available. "The new runes have only archtype and subclass bonuses, no triggered effects." They should be on Test soon. Once they are on Test, I will get up the new rune information on the page linked below.

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