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  • EverQuest 2 Devs Talk It Up

    On the agenda for this evening's dev chat with the bigwigs of EverQuest 2: "nerfs" to just about every class associated with the upcoming Live Update 24; raid content, broker, and tradeskill changes coming with the "Fallen Dynasty" adventure pack in June, and the wealth of changes (including a deity system) new to the game with the "Echoes of Faydwer" expansion this winter.

    In attendance:

    • Scott "Gallenite" Hartsman - Senior Producer

    • Ryan "Blackguard" Schwayder - Community Relations Manager
    • Don "Silverfrost" Neufield - Lead Programmer
    • Matthew Higby - "The Fallen Dynasty" (adventure pack 3) Design Supervisor
    • Akil "Lyndro" Hooper - "Echoes of Faydwer" (expansion 3) Design Supervisor
    • And a bunch of fanboys, forum trolls, and other miscreants like our very own RadarX!

    Click here to see the Stratics "House of Commons" EQ2 dev chat transcript!

    News
    Fri, May 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • The SOE Comic Book Creator is now available for digital download on the Station Store at https://store.station.sony.com! With the SOE Comic Book Creator, you can create stories of your gameplay with over 500 different layout and design templates to choose from. Use the SOE provided art or screenshots taken from within the game! Download the 5 day trial from the Station Store and make your own comic adventures today!

    SWEET! This is good news for the artistically challenged that like to poke fun at the games. *cough* me *cough*

    Visit our Freakin EQ2 community!

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Eurogamer plays the dating game with the upcoming EQ2 expansions

    Eurogamer announced that the high level whet-your-whistle adventure pack "The Fallen Dynasty" will be available in June for a digital download cost of $8, which will be followed in mid-November by a full-scale retail expansion: "Echoes of Faydwer" for around $40.

    Anyway, the new expansion's called Echoes of Faydwer, and will be the game's third proper expansion when it pitches up in mid November for around $40. It introduces the Fae as a playable race - they're an enchanted lot of winged creatures, from the arboreal city of Kelethin, which will be a new starting city. (Arboreal means they live in the trees, Mum.)

    Get your Faydwer expansion pack fix (only 6.5 months more!) at Eurogamer, and be sure to check out our EQ2 - TenTonHammer community for all the latest!

    News
    Wed, May 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • The new Dev Chest is out.

    Dev Chest!
    Sometimes it's hard to find the buried treasures contained within the EverQuest II forums. The Dev Chest highlights useful, insightful, or entertaining posts from the developers that you may want to check out. Get your treasure maps and shovels ready--we're about to discover a Dev Chest!

    # Did you ever think that Trakanon is Tarinax? Resident lore keeper Vhalen steps into the discussion to clear up some of the ideas.
    # The debate continues, Monk DPS > Bruiser DPS. None other than Moorgard chimes into this thread to offer up his words of wisdom.
    # Those who are interested in ancient Vampires may want to stop by this thread as Vhalen discusses secrets, untold.
    # Got questions about CA Procs? Lockeye has some answers for you. Stop by and find out the answer now!

    Grab a drink and head on over to our EverQuest 2 community.

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    News
    Wed, May 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Just when you got used to paying the old price, they change it on you. Oddly enough, I've always thought that it was $24.99. So.. I guess it's not bad news for me?

    Due to the increased costs of operating the game service for the games included in the Station Access subscription package, we will be increasing our subscription rates in June. Effective June 1, 2006, the new monthly subscription rate will be $24.99/month. While this announcement may be unpleasant, we have added several games to the Station Access subscription package and the cost of operating the game service for the games included in the Station Access subscription package has increased significantly since we launched Station Access. This change will help us achieve our goal of seeing that every player has a consistently enjoyable experience in our game worlds. You don't have to do a thing; you will automatically be migrated to the new billing structure under your current subscription plan when your current subscription plan expires. Subscription rates are subject to tax and value-added taxes, as applicable.

    New Station Access™ subscription rate as of June 1, 2006:
    # $24.99 per Month

    Station Access subscriptions are recurring, meaning you will continue to be billed at the appropriate interval, until you affirmatively cancel your subscription.
    Subscriptions are subject to tax and value-added tax, as applicable.

    Please note: The subscription charges are in addition to the cost of the games that are part of the Station Access subscription package. All game software is sold separately.

    Laugh your a- uh.. buns off over at our EverQuest 2 Community.

    News
    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Next Gen Previews E3 SOE Lineup

    Of SOE's MMO entries for this year's E3, Roman-themed Gods and Heroes was a given. Two relative surprises, however, are 2 - count 'em, 2 - new expansions for EverQuest II: the adventure pack "The Fallen Dynasty" and the fullscale expansion hearkening back to the original EverQuest continent of Faydwer: "Echoes of Faydwer".

    t’s not all about the upper levels, though – Echoes of Faydwer is the next full-fledged expansion pack for EverQuest II and for a change, it features new content for all players regardless of level. There’re twenty new zones, forty new creatures, 350 quests, and a new playable race, the Fae. There’re new options for housing, new items to collect, more skills to learn – everything a good expansion pack needs to survive in this workaday world, but now it’s for everyone to enjoy right off the bat. It’s a nice way to entice new players, and with new places like castles rife with vampires and neat arboreal cities, there’s plenty for more these players to see.

    Check out SOE's full E3 lineup at NextGen. And for more SOE goodness, be sure to stop by our EQ2 - TenTonHammer community site.

    News
    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Who's got the EQ2 lovin? We do! This week's Town Crier is out and Ten Ton Hammer is featured.

    Hark! Be that the Town Crier I spy? He brings us tidings from the far reaches of Norrath's influence. Be they dismal, strange, or otherwise? Let us observe as he waxes eloquent about current affairs.

    # The Town Crier wanted to learn more about adds, so we decided to take trip over to Aggro Me's math class. Once the Town Crier stopped in we caught Aggro Me conducting a siminar on what he's learned, be sure to read the note on his "Mad Skillz".
    # Meeting new people is always pleasureable for the Town Crier and we were fortunate enough to meet Calthine recently for her first article on Caster's Realm. The tradeskill expert gave great insight in her "Tradeskill Rare Event Guide".
    # In the far off land of IGN we're hearing words that new fiction is available. The Town Crier stopped in to see that Chapter VIII of The Forgotten by Shara is now available, so check it out!
    # The Town Crier tries to stay out of the Pirate vs. Ninja conversation but Ten Ton Hammer offers up some of their opinions in Slide's article "Pirates vs. Ninjas". If you happen to have a plant and need some Plant-Sitting then who better to ask than Niami? Be sure to check out Niami's latest mishaps in "Adventures in Plant-Sitting".If it's information that ye seek in the manuscripts then Ten Ton Hammer has you covered. In "The Bodacious Berserker Guide" you'll find a great deal of information to help you on your travels, the Town Crier is reading up on this and we suggest you do as well.

    Want to see up close and personal what they're talking about? You are in luck! Go visit our EverQuest 2 Community to find the latest and greatest information on the game.

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    News
    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Ten Ton Hammer got alot of loving in this week's Town Crier on the EverQuest 2 Official site. There are other places to visit this week in the town crier, but I'm selfish and I really want you to take a look at what's going on over at Ten Ton Hammer's EverQuest 2 Community. We seriously have the funniest staff on the net.

    More EverQuest 2 news.

    News
    Thu, Apr 20, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's that time of the week again where you get the biggest and brightest treasures that EQ2 has to offer. The EverQuest 2 Developer Chest is a go.

    # Did you happen to have an issue with The Obelisk of Souls and Paroxroz? If you did arathym has an answer for you!
    # With debate ensuing Vhalen heads off this hot topic, "Lucan is....a Paladin". Stop in to see the latest on this discussion!
    # Jindrack answers your questions "Tier'Dal on Faydwer?"! But...do you know the answer to his question?
    # Do you hear something? Could it be tinkering in clockworks? Vhalen discusses "Gnomish Lore" in this can't miss thread full of all the tinkering you can handle!

    Now! If you want the really choice goods. You'll visit our EverQuest 2 Community. See what Coyote is up to this week.

    More news on EverQuest 2.

    News
    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You know, no matter what we say about SOE, they do put out alot of updates and new content. It's pretty impressive considering the biggest MMO in history has put out so little and their first expansion pack is months away. I have issues but that's a whole other editorial. Get your Update #22 notes are available.

    Live Update #22. April 13, 2006
    Headlines

    - Celebrate the holidays as the Brew Day Festival comes to Norrath!
    - Recruit new guild members easily with the new guild recruitment system!
    - Explore a dangerous new raid zone in Kingdom of Sky: The Lyceum of Abhorrence!
    - Get a haircut or a shave from barbers in your home city!
    - New treasures and challenges await in the icy caverns of Permafrost!
    - New rewards have been discovered within the treacherous depths of the Obelisk of Lost Souls!
    - Great treasures await those willing to risk certain peril in the Wailing Caves!
    - Orc tribes across Norrath have formed a dangerous new alliance with the Rujarkian orcs from the Desert of Ro!

    Get your EverQuest 2 and Coyote fix all in one place!

    More news and info on Everquest 2

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
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