April 4, 2014 - Downtime 4/4! - Plane of War 4/2! - Patch 4/2 + Notes! - Heroic Characters! - Attune yourself to CotF Zones! - Community Spotlight! - EQ Resource in-game channel




April 4, 2014 - Contest Winners Announced!




It's time to announce the winners for our EverQuest's 15th Anniversary Contests!  If you are one of the winners, please contact me (Rorce) by email ( rorce@eqresource.com ), in game ( cazic.rorcex ), or a PM here on the EQResource Forums!


An Epic Memory Contest:





1st place: Sharrien
2nd place: Andreii
3rd place: Drinal.Camirae
4th place: Xegony.Heile


EverQuest Meme Contest:

1st place: Vox.Ankarv
2nd place: Tunare.Yumini
3rd place: Drinal.Camirae


EverQuest Housing Contest:


1st place: Firiona.Sailea





2nd place: Cazic.Juddor





3rd place: Drinal.Phancy



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April 4, 2014 - Downtime 4/4

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT*. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately one hour.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums for status updated and news if additional downtime is needed.

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April 2, 2014 - Plane of War is live!

Plane of War is live with todays patch, get our maps if you haven't yet: http://cotf.eqresource.com/maps.php

Check out the Plane of War Overview: http://cotf.eqresource.com/planeofwar.php

Check out the Quests and Zone Progression Overview: http://cotf.eqresource.com/questsplaneofwar.php

Check out the Named Overview: http://cotf.eqresource.com/nameplaneofwar.php

You will find PoWar in our CotF section: http://cotf.eqresource.com/
(it requires CotF for TLP's and the gear is CotF t2 group for the non-rares so we stuck it here ;P)

The Loot search sections will come Soon(tm)! As well as the rest of the guides missing :)



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April 1, 2014 - PoWar live tomorrow + 15th Anni content in May!

"Here you stand, on the brink of war. Before you enter the Plane, you should ask yourself, 'Am I prepared?'" - Commander Gorok

The Plane of War, the domain of Rallos Zek, is where fighters of all races selected by the Warlord god battle eternally in his honor. This plane was sealed off long ago from mortal intervention, to be opened at a later time when the citizens of Norrath were deemed to be a worthy challenge.

"Do you hunger for blood? Is your appetite only satiated by senseless war? The battle never ends on this plane." - Jorgar the Pacifist

The gates to Rallos' realm have remained sealed so long that most mortals have simply forgotten that his plane has been left despoiled all this time. Now the rumors of the Warlord's domain becoming accessible have reached the ears of god-slaying adventurers. Veteran adventurers are already preparing to trek into this new yet strangely familiar place, to reap the rewards of plunder. Will you be one of them?

Plane of War and the challenges contained within this zone are designed for adventures of the highest levels. To zone into Plane of War you must be level 95. This zone becomes available to players on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.


15th Anniversary Mission and Raid

In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of EverQuest, there will be a special mission and raid available to adventurers for a limited time. The special level-scaling mission will be available to players that are level 65 and higher that want to get a taste of the Plane of War experience. In addition, raiders will be able to rally their forces and fight their way into the Plane of War to engage Tallon and Vallon Zek in combat!

Be warned, they are the personification of war. The brothers Zek employ both strategy and tactics when facing their foes. It will not be an easy fight.

The Plane of War mission and raid are planned to go live on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Like other EverQuest anniversary content, these will be available in game for a limited time. These will be available in game for approximately six weeks after they go live.


We have added updated Plane of Tranquility, Plane of Tactics and Plane of War maps in our CotF map pack: http://cotf.eqresource.com/maps.php



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April 1, 2014 - Patch tomorrow 4/2, PoWar!

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 AM PDT*. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately 5 hours.

This patch is to add in content for the Plane of War. Make sure to keep an eye on the EverQuest website and the forums for status updates and for news such as if additional downtime is needed. Thank you for your patience!

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April 2, 2014
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Highlights
    The Plane of War is now available! Enter this extremely challenging plane and challenge the Zek brothers to learn their strategic and tactical secrets... but bring strong allies, as only the most skilled (level 95 and above) can hope to survive on an eternal battlefield such as this.

Items
    All mounts will now run at the speed of the fastest mount you have used. You may need to re-use your fastest mount in order to teach the others how quickly to run.
    Clairvoyance will now message you when it activates.

Heroic Characters
    New Heroic Characters, whether created or upgraded, will now be directed to begin their adventures in Feerrott, the Dream with Investigator Drolmer.
    Newly-created Heroic Characters on Zek will receive a protective spell that prevents nearly all offensive actions as well. Beware, as this protection will fall away if you venture away from the camp where you start, and will not be reapplied. This protection is not available to upgraded Heroic Characters.
    Characters above level 85 who upgrade to Heroic Characters now get skills added if they were below the caps for level 85 characters.
    Characters who upgrade to Heroic Characters while in the Tutorial zone will now be moved to Feerrott, the Dream automatically.
    Characters below level 85 who upgrade to Heroic Characters will have all corpses wiped of experience before being upgraded. Be sure to get resurrected before upgrading your character!

Spells
    All player-castable auras that lasted 30 minutes have been extended to last 75 minutes.
    Bard - Ryken's and Ruaabri's Reckless Renewal should now correctly enhance critical healing chance up to their specified levels.
    Beastlord - Smoothed out height differences between ranks of warders for all races. Extremely large warders will be smaller and very small warders will be larger. Height differences between focused and unfocused warders will be less dramatic, but higher level pets should always be larger than smaller level pets.
    Druids - New Zephyrs have been created for each location that previously had both a Ring and a Circle spell. These new scrolls are available in the same locations as the originals.
    Enchanter - Increased the damage absorption caps on all self and targetable runes from level 71 to 100 in order to more closely match NPC damage scaling in that range.
    Enchanter - Increased the duration of Draconic, Polychromatic, Opalescent, Multichromatic, Pearlescent, and Polychromatic Runes to match the durations of later spells in their lines.
    Heroic characters will no longer be automatically granted spells relating to anchors. They will still be available for free when the items are obtained.
    Removed several spells that were mistakenly given to heroic characters but were never released normally. If you have them, they will be level 255 and can safely be removed from your spellbook.

NPC
    Alchemist Redsa now properly sells Waterwort in the Plane of Knowledge.
    Ice golems in Frostcrypt once again look icy.

AA
    Enchanter - Reduced the effectiveness of Mental Contortion. Reuse time reduced to 45 minute base (15 minutes with max Hastened Mental Contortion).

Quests and Events
    Bellfast in Corathus Creep will now correctly offer you the task "Find Fibblebrap 4: The Korlach" if you are eligible.

Miscellaneous
    Rogues can now successfully reduce their aggro by using hide while auto-attack is enabled.
    The client will now exit fullscreen if there is a crash detected so that the prompt will appear above the window (previously it would make it look like the client had frozen).

UI
    The petition window now opens in an external browser.
    Increased the number of short duration buff slots from 20 to 30.
    Added a popup window for fast camping in non-combat zones and for general camping.
    The task window will now display the zone name where that task takes place.
    In the case where an item does not have defined worn slots, valid races, and valid classes, we no longer display Class: None Race: None.
    In the case where an item is usable by all races and classes, we no longer display Class: ALL Race: ALL.
    Item-resticted bags now are labeled as to what they can contain.
    The "Find Path" button will now correctly attempt to draw a path between you and your targeted group or raid member.

Changed
    CascadeMenu.txt
    EQUI_ShortDurationBuffWindow.xml
    EQUI_TaskWnd.xml

Previously Updated
    Increased the storage caps for Alternate Advancement points at most levels. The amount of AA points you can store now increases more linearly as you gain levels.
    Investigator Drolmer in the dream version of Feerrott can now more reliably determine whether you are playing as a Heroic Character when you try to accept his quest.
    Heroic character augments are no longer Prestige.
    New items that drop randomly in Call of the Forsaken zones no longer have race restrictions, but no longer drop in Heroic Adventures in order to preserve their intended rarity.
    Stealing My Life Back - Karl Kranigan is a bit more sturdy now. It will no longer be possible to accidentally kill him while working on the 11th Anniversary task.

- The EverQuest Team



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April 1, 2014 - Strongest Hamster in Norrath Competition

As EverQuest gamers, there's nothing worse than server outages!  Tho they are rare, they are extremely frustrating.  Have you ever thought that your hamster could keep the EQ servers up for longer durations than the hamsters currently powering the servers?  Does your cousins hamster have super-gerbil strength, and you want to give it a chance at being a superstar?  EQResource.com is holding a Strongest Hamster in Norrath competition!  This is your chance to put your hamster in the spotlight, with a chance of it winning and becoming the next server hamster hero!

For many years EverQuest's servers have been powered by an ever expanding army of some of the strongest hamsters in the world.  SOE has developed a team dedicated to breeding and training these special server hamsters to power the many machines required to keep our loved EverQuest game online.  The SOE Server Hamster Caretaking Team works very hard to keep the server hamsters in great physical shape, as well as train the new generations of hamsters on how to be successful server powering animals!



Above we see Dexella and Ashlanne, 2 members of the Server Hamster Caretaking Team, testing a newer generation of server hamsters for quality and strength.  Raising these strong, efficient hamsters from birth takes a lot of time.  With EverQuest rapidly expanding, the team is having a tough time keeping up with the server power demand.  This is where your hamster might be able to help!

EQResource.com will be allowing players to submit videos and pictures proving that their hamsters are in tip top shape, and are up for the overwhelming challenge of keeping the increasingly power hungry zones (like Plane of War) online!  Are you excited yet?!  Click Here to get the full details of the contest!



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March 24, 2013 - Contest Reminder



In case you missed it, we've put together a few contests to celebrate EverQuest's 15th Anniversary!  Only one week remains to enter these contests.  Make sure to enter all of them for the best chance at winning a prize!





These contests will run from March 8 - March 31, 2014.  Be sure to enter all of them for your best chance at winning!


An Epic Memory - A simple "post to win" type contest.  Tell us about your first day in EverQuest, or your most cherished memory in EQ!
EverQuest Meme Contest - We brought this one back!  Create a meme from an EverQuest image or screen shot! 
EverQuest Player Housing Contest - Win a prize for showing off your creative Player House!



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March 18, 2014 - More Anniversary Content Live

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of EverQuest by completing special missions from EverQuest's history! For a limited time, play through unique missions that were designed during our 2012 SOE Live "Design a Mission" panel.

Starting March 19, 2014

Surviving Xmiticzin

A necromancer by the name of Xmiticzin has obtained a larger piece of a Cazic's shard and gained control over the artifact vault in Chapterhouse of the Fist. The Harbingers want his shard as part of their mission to revive Cazic Thule. Unfortunately, he is barricaded inside the vault and forces anyone trying to reach him to play demented games. In order to defeat him, you'll have to get through his games alive.

Big Gnomes, Big Problems

Giant skeletons have started attacking the gates of Ak'anon, and threaten to crush the small gnome army defending it. Join the resistance and help them not only stop the giant skeleton invasion, but uncover who's behind it all. Gnomish inventors will aid you in your mission, granting you boons like super-size, a flamethrower, and a top-secret bunny disguise. Best of all, the mission is level-agnostic, allowing characters of any level play through it together without the use of shrouds.

Ogres at the Gates

Sheriff Knotter Botter has gone out to discover the source of the giant skeletons attacking the gates of Ak'anon. After finding a camp of ogres to the northeast, the sheriff is convinced that the ogres are necromancers enchanting their dead and sending them to attack the gates.
Unable to approach the ogres, the sheriff asks you to find a way to disguise yourself like the ogres and speak to them in order to discover whether they are the ones behind the giant skeleton attacks.

The missions that start March 19th will be live in game until Wednesday, April 30, 2014!


Starting March 26, 2014

Piestro's Day Off

Piestro was enjoying a day off wandering about the Great Divide, when the designers contacted him and gave him some alarming news: Bristlebane is making a huge stink about how the developers haven't paid him any attention lately, so he kidnapped one of them and stashed them away in the Plane of Mischief!

The design team has asked Piestro to find some brave adventurers to rescue the captured developer. You will have to play by Bristlebane's rules in his realm and become one of his wacky minions. What tricks does Bristlebane have in store for you and your fellow adventurers? Find out by entering the Plane of Mischief!

Evil Eye Operative

Huckle Thornleaf is the last remaining member of a covert task force whose sole focus was to gather intelligence on Xorbb's army. Alone in the woods, Huckle is bound by honor to remain at his post, but worries for the safety of his comrades who he believes were captured by Xorbb's minions. Luckily Huckle has a plan, and it involves you using the guise of an evil eye to infiltrate Xorbb's stronghold and rescue the remaining task force members.

To Thine Own Creator... Be True, or False?

Choose to either work with the minions of the First Creation in Convorteum to discover which of his creations has become a traitor, or to overthrow his tyrannical rule!

The missions that start March 26th will be live in game until Wednesday, May 7, 2014!


Remember to check back every Wednesday, because we always have something interesting for players to explore or accomplish in game.



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March 14, 2014 - Bonuses, War, 15th Anni, CotF content and more!

All right, here we are and we have some great things for you for this huge birthday milestone. Here are things we are kicking off for the month of March and a little sampling of April. I hope you enjoy!

Heroic Characters

On March 12, Level 85 Heroic Characters launched! Until March 26, you can log in and create a Level 85 Heroic Character FREE of charge. We are also giving you the opportunity to upgrade a current character if you prefer that option. In order to get your free Heroic Character, you must log in during this two week period and either create or upgrade your character. This is a great way for everyone to log in and play some of the amazing content that we have created over the past few years. Heroic Characters have a great set of equipment, plus a Raptor Mount, two large bags, thousands of AAs that are appropriate for a level 85. Login today to get your Heroic Character! Check out more details on Heroic Characters at http://www.everquest.com/heroic

New Race/Class Combinations

Also on March 12, we launched these two new race/class combinations. The development team picked the first one, Froglok Monk, and the second was a combination chosen by the players, Wood Elf Beastlord. Both of these combinations have never existed before, so you can be the first to play them! You can even try them out on a Heroic Character if you want to get a head start and race to level 100!

Bonus XP Weekend!

Starting on Friday, March 14, we will have a Bonus XP weekend that runs through Sunday, March 16. Remember that Bonus XP will vary for some players with all the XP modifiers in game and with XP Potions available. While we call it bonus, it will be double XP for most players.

Lockout Timers Reduced!

Also starting Friday March 14, Lockout timers will be significantly reduced through March 20th! More loot for everyone! Stay tuned for messaging about rare mobs spawning more often in the next week.

Shamrocks are coming!

Look out for some shamrock-themed items in game on the 17th. Pull out your green Hero's Forge Shamrock hats next week and celebrate!

Remainder of March

Player Designed Missions will be released over the next couple of weeks. These are missions that attendees at SOE Live designed with our team over the past couple years.

Plane of War!

On or around April 2, we will be releasing the Plane of War zone. This zone was created originally for the Planes of Power expansion nearly ten years ago, but was never completed. We recently took the zone, dusted it off and put in content that was relevant to our current players and added some very nice rewards. You should be able to obtain some items that are better than what you are using now. :)

Also for April…

For the month of April, we have many more things planned for players. This includes something for April Fool's Day, Bristlebane Celebration, Scavenger Hunts and more Player Designed Missions from this past SOE Live.

Call of the Forsaken Content

We are planning our next set of content that ties into the Call of the Forsaken expansion for May. That is our current plan - It shouldn't change but if it does, we will keep you posted.

EverQuest is alive and well! We are seeing way more players in game this month compared to this time last year. Thank you for all the support over the years. We're grateful for the support of everyone that has been involved with EverQuest going all the way back to its original concept from Mr. John Smedley. Thank you John!

It's been fifteen years and we are still celebrating. We wouldn’t be here without all of your love and support!



On behalf of the entire EverQuest team,
Thom Terrazas
Senior Producer
EverQuest



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March 13, 2014 - Patch 3/13

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:00AM Pacific*. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately 3 hours.

This patch is to address the concerns some players are having with Heroic Characters.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest website and the forums for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed.

EDIT: Downtime is now estimated to be approximately 3 hours.

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