EverQuest II News

  • Crazy Overlord hijinx!

    Apparently Everquest 2's nutty prince of evil is messing with the weather again. What are we gonna do with him? Coming on the eve of the Desert of Flames expansion, there seems to be a strong hint of something else going on here. Hmm...

    He turned to the cloaked Teir'Dal standing behind him. "Now," he commanded.

    The Foci raised her staff and pointed it at the sky. An arcane fire glowed within her eyes for a moment as she uttered a single word: "Rain."

    The clouds began to slowly swirl and gather as a low thunder rolled in the distance. He turned back to the crowd below.

    "Now, citizens of Freeport, watch as I cleanse our kingdom of the last remnant of a distant past. Today, as we stand on the threshold of a new frontier, know that it is my will, not the faded memory of long-dead gods, which sustains us. Give me your loyalty and I will give you... the world!"

    Read the Everquest 2 lore piece on the SOE official site.

    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
  • Desert of Flames and Changes.
    Sony Online Entertainment has posted an EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter featuring Scott Hartsman. The letter focuses on the upcoming Desert of Flames Expansion and on the combat changes that are being introduced at the same time. It sounds like a while new game. Tom Cruise refuted claims that he was a Enchanted Lands Fairy and retorted:

    " For those of you who keep up with the forums, some of this is going to be things that you've heard before.  For those who haven't, some of this may come as a surprise. 
    Many people will be relearning parts of their characters, getting used to new spell lines and working with altered buffs.  That's a lot for us to ask, and we realize that.  As a way of thanking you for sticking through the effect this will have on your first few sessions, we'll be running a week of Bonus Adventure Experience for characters under level 50 beginning the day that Desert of Flames launches.
    I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about what it is exactly that's going on with the game, what you can expect to see on Tuesday 9/13, and our reasons for bringing you these combat changes. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter at The Official Site.
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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
  • Who needs Korea when EQ2 has "Combat Changes"?!
    The infamous "Combat Changes" loom on the EQ2 horizon, making a number of folks restless. This week's pseudo-therpeutic, semi-humorous, 100% fun column walks one quavering Warden through the early stages of acceptance and previews some of the changes too! Then the article quickly quickly gets out of hand as yours truly discusses my proposed "Combat Changes!" Check it out!

    "Of course, the Star Wars Galaxies veterans (well, at least the ones that left the game to play EQ2) started having sweaty flashbacks when they heard that SOE was out to redo the pummeling procedure in their newfound home. As things in EQ2 are in no way as bad as SWG was in the pre-CU days (where botting was the new ganking, and you and your friends could eat the nastiest PvE mobs alive with ease with the right combination of armor, weaponry, and buffs), we'll likely not see what many considered a total over-reaction that threw the entertainers out with the bathwater. And let's spend a moment in eulogy of the Hutt dancers, cantina musicians, and other ways the SWG revamp chagrined its pure artisans. SWG sought to be as novel as the 70s cultural phenomenon that spawned it, and SWG's "Combat Changes" in many ways returned the game to its MMOG roots at the expense of entertainer as an viable and attractive subclass offering. EQ2 is pretty down-home-comfort in its RPG approach. So in EQ2 née SWG, there were fewer points of contact for play imbalances and player malignment in the first place."

    The "Ask Ethec!" series, brought to you in part by the generosity of your submitted questions!

    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
  • A Treasure Chest! Or, maybe just an update. You decide.
    Sony Online Entertainment has posted the latest EverQuest 2 Treasure Chest. At the mention of a treasure chest the TTH offices became infested with pirates. Ninjas were called in to remove the infestation, but all we could get out of them was this:

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

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Treasure Chest Update at The Official Site.
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    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
  • Take a tour and punt a gnome!

    Cogglesworth's Tour of Norrath, Part 3 examines the zones that surround the two warring cities in EQ2. Included are some screenshots taken at such a high resolution that I could almost hear the computer cry out in pain over in San Diego.

    Professor Cogglesworth is a gnome sage of some renown. While he is well-known for cataloging a compendium of legendary figures, he has also compiled a journal detailing the lands he and others have visited. The professor has gone to great lengths to compile accurate information, but it should be noted that some entries within this journal may not be entirely factual. Cogglesworth is an exceptionally intelligent scholar, but history and lore are sometimes a matter of perspective.

    We continue today with two entries from Professor Cogglesworth's journal: Antonica and The Commonlands.

    Take a look at the continuing Everquest 2 zone pictorial at the official site!

    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
  • Virtualy Lucrative
    CNet is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment has scored big with Station Exchange. Wall Street traders were too busy selling Paladins to talk to us, so we'll pretend that they said this:

    " And judging by the results of Station Exchange's first 30 days of operation, during which the system saw more than $180,000 in transactions, quite a number of EQ2 players have cashed in on the exchange, which allows gamers to trade real cash for virtual items used in the game. "

    You can read the entire Sony Scores With Station Exchange Article at CNet.

    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
  • Who doesn't want a firebreathing Hellhound for a cuddly, playful little pet?
    SOE's new "Visual Pet Guide" (and another guide for customizing the colors of your baby dragon) lets players get a quick glimpse of these creatures before they bring them home. I could only afford the "Ill-Tempered Humane Society Reject," and let's just say that, in some cases, it's better not to have a pet at all.

    " There are many house pets available in EverQuest II, many of which can be purchased from your local pet store and a few that can be obtained through other means. Enjoy this visual guide to the various pets you can gain as faithful house companions in EverQuest II."

    The Visual Pet Guide at the Everquest II official site.

    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
  • New Antonia Rules. Nerdly Types Drool.
    In a contest that began in early 2005, SOE announced that Anna Wainscoat, the woman interestingly surnamed after wallboard, is the new skimpily-clad Queen Antonia. The reward: a paid year of dressing up as Queen Antonia as various gamer events around the world. The punishment: a paid year of dressing up as Queen Antonia as various gamer events around the world.

    "Sony Online Entertainment congratulates Anna Wainscoat, a gamer from California with a background in sports, dance, and journalism. Anna was crowned Antonia on Saturday, August 13th at the Stuff Casino Weekend at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. "

    We at TTH would like to congratulate the runner-up also, our very own Neddie Seagoon, whose bid was tossed out after he goosed another female candidate and ran away giggling, losing his female disguise on the way. After all, it's not hard to look like a halfling female, nor is it a stretch for halflings to goose anyone.
    Yes, you can go see the pics on Everquest 2's Quest for Antonia here. Like hobos at a Mercedes Benz dealership you are, sheesh.

    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
  • More House Items That You Can't Dupe

    SOE has posted its 3rd feature on Creature Mastery quests. TTH only needed one article to tell you what they told you and much much more... just sayin'!

    Lore and Legend quests, also known as Enemy Mastery quests, involve the study of various creatures to learn more about them. In order to gain knowledge about these creatures, you must find and study various body parts. You can find suitable body parts for your studies by killing the type of creature you wish to learn more about. Find out more about these types of quests.

    See the SOE Everquest 2 Lore and Legend article, part 3 here!

    Sun, Aug 14, 2005
  • Economy Tanked, "Exchange" Skanked, H@ckz0rz Laugh All the Way to the Bank

    Cnet reports that virtual coin "dupers" have hit Everquest 2's nascent Station Exchange program, causing 20% inflation in the 24 hours before they were caught. These hackers attempted to sell their plat for real-world money using the SOE out-of-game marketplace.

    SOE proclaims its security mechanisms worked well to quickly catch the threat, though players on all EQ2 servers saw the player market grind to a halt for 48+ hours.

    Sony claims that a group of hackers illegally created a huge amount of EverQuest II currency over the weekend, and it says the players caused the game's economy to suffer 20 percent inflation in just 24 hours before being caught.

    According to Chris Kramer, director of public relations for EQ2 publisher Sony Online Entertainment, the players had, on Saturday, begun using their so-called "duping bug" to make large quantities of platinum, the game's currency. (A duping bug is a hack that exploits a weakness in online games' code to effectively create counterfeit currency or other goods.)

    A gnomish replicator, numerous dyes, and a stamping machine were seized in raids late Friday and GMs lead the perpetrators (faces concealed by unfolded newspapers) away for the sentencing phase.

    Anyway, read more facts about the Everquest 2 hacks here!

    Sat, Aug 13, 2005
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