EverQuest TLP Live Chat from Fan Faire 2011

At SOE Fan Faire of this year, Benjamin J. de la Durantaye logged onto the Fippy Darkpaw server with EQ developer Ngreth to answer some burning questions from the players.

At SOE Fan Faire of this year, Benjamin J. de la Durantaye started
walking the show floor and found the style="font-style: italic;">EverQuest demo
station. Having been wrapped up in the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq/editorials/tlp">Time
Locked Progression server of Fippy Darkpaw lately, he sat
down at one of the stations with EverQuest
developer, Adam "Ngreth" Bell and logged into the game. Ben then
gathered questions from his guild, and Ngreth was happy to answer all
those queries. This is the log of the in-game chat.

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Insedeel asks, 'This is a regular server question ... Do you have any
plans on helping out magician pet DPS in HoT?'

Ngreth: We
have plans on looking at magician DPS in general, not necessarily just
for the pet.

Kejs asks, 'Any news on
the HT fix I've heard wind about?'

Ngreth: We
are considering it and still looking at it. It will
probably have to wait for a full patch. We do plan on nerfing
it, but details have not been decided yet.

Missmann asks, 'How close
was this server from being voted to not open Kunark?'
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Ngreth: Not
even close on the vote. There was a huge margin for 'yes.'

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Boarding a boat on the Time Locked
Progression Servers of EverQuest

Faline asks, 'When will
Jaggedpine and Stonebrunt be in?'

I don't remember the expansion
offhand. It will come with the expansion it got unlocked during.

Insedeel asks, 'Are there
any plans to up the amount of GM interaction with the ..... "fun" we
have currently with the 3rd party cheating that's going on? I know
there's been a couple bans so far... But we would like to see more
considering the sheer level and frequency of MacroQuest and whatnot
being used.'

Ngreth: As
much as we can. It's a matter of resources.

Xave asks, 'Any plans on
improving Ranger range DPS to have them become a total Range class and
not simply a offtanky druid?'

 Unfotunately not. I agree it would be nice though. but it
just isn't going to happen.

Kejs asks, 'Has there
been any news on the epic bottlenecks (like Soul Leech, etc?)'

Ngreth: We
are aware of the issue, but have no timetable. Apologies for the vague

Valr asks, 'Any idea what
you are going to do with AAs ? There's just too many "needed" ones to
grind them out instead of leveling with your buds.'
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There are no AA changes planned for the TLPs. The retroactive passive
AAs will be granted to live servers only. That actually may be the
holdup right now - to make sure it doesn't affect progression if it's
done on live.

Kord asks, 'Will we ever
see a true restart, or classic server?'

Unfortunately a true restart is just not feasible. We just don't have
the original code. Anything done is a close approximation from memory.

Talith asks, 'What will
happen on the progression servers if there are repeated "no" votes for
an expansion?'

If there are repeated no votes, it'll stay. If that's what the players
want, that's what they will get.'

Kord tells the guild, 'I
also have a question when it comes to Velious expansion. Seeing there
are a couple of guilds on this server that will kill the Sleeper ASAP,
is there a way that can be avoided so all have a chance at them?'

 Not really much can be done. It's an old,
prescripted event, so it can't be re-scripted.

Kejs asks, 'I guess to
expand on the AA ranks: AA's that have been expanded, will we be able
to go past the ranks that would be available in Luclin? Like, combat
agility rank 20?'

Ngreth: They
will be able to be purchased when the appropriate expansion is unlocked.

Kord asks, 'Is it
possible to add another progression server which progresses at an even
slower rate, and then players can opt to move if they like?'
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Ngreth: It's
possible, yes, but it's not probable.

Kejs asks, 'Are there any
plans in the works for ANOTHER set of progressions servers after these
get close to merging with regular servers?'

Probably. It depends on demand. If another progression server were to
open it'd probably be after this one was done.

Jendi asks, 'When are
level 51+ spells going to be researchable?'
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We'll have to take a look at it. It largely depends on when some of
those spells were originally researchable.

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