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May 01, 2020 - It is Time to Talk ...

"The Walrus and the Carpenter Walked on a mile or so, And then they rested on a rock Conveniently low: And all the little Oysters stood And waited in a row. "The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--Of cabbages--and kings--And why the sea is boiling hot--And whether pigs have wings." - Lewis Carrol

Well, I cannot really answer those questions, but it is time to "talk" to my community a bit.

Life is chaotic for everyone right now, and we're no exception over here. I have hit the point of saying "When it rains, it monsoons" to explain how many things have been hitting us at once.

For all that, we are still more "ok" than much our community, and our hearts and thoughts are with all of you during these trying times.

I wanted to touch briefly on donations to the sites. (Thank you to those who did so recently, you are always appreciated!) For those in financial strain, please, please, please don't strain yourself more trying to help the site. We will endure - Mum is a stubborn old redhead! DO please whitelist www.eqtraders.com and eq2.eqtraders.com in any ad blocking software you have. We avoid popups, and that tiny bit of ad revenue adds up slowly over time!

I have also started a Liberapay account, for those who have asked in the past for some alternative to PayPal. It can accept Stripe payments in various currencies, which also might help. But again, I don't want folks who are horribly strapped for cash doing this. Truly. Take care of yourselves as we want you around for the long run!

Speaking of taking care. Some of you know all this, some of you do not. So I wanted to get it out here, in public, so the rumors do not go totally wild and off-base. I ("Mum"/"Niami") have stage 3 endometrial cancer. I am undergoing chemoradiation, and I am going to kick the cancerous mass known as "Herbert" to the curb. Period. Any other option is just not going to happen. It will not be easy, and the side-effects are real, but I have strength and determination on my side and the overall prognosis is very good. The road TO that goal is hard, but I have much love and support behind me, a great set of care teams, and (thankfully) good insurance. Ngreth's team at work is also quite supportive and braced for any inevitable schedule juggling that will happen if I start needing help getting to treatments and such.

I've got this. Really. {flexes tiny halfling muscles}

One request, though. I know a lot of you will want to contact me and send words of support that way. Please know that most of my energy is focused on my battle. I will not have a lot of time or energy to spend chatting with folks. I absolutely cannot go through any more sessions where *I* end up being the one spending my energy reassuring the person contacting me that I will be ok. I know the love and support is out there, I am not too proud to ask for help when needed, but I just cannot cope with a huge influx of private messages and the like right now, so please go gently on my inboxes.

The sites are not going anywhere. I am not planning on going anywhere. I just have a couple months of chaos still to get through here ... during a pandemic ... while also being immune compromised. I know some of you have it better, some of you have it worse, but we all have the stress and depression to get through. Go gently on yourselves and on each other.

That is all for now, folks. Stay safe, practice self-care, and we will see you in Norrath!

~Niami

Created By: Niami Denmother          

April 13, 2020 - Server Downtime - April 14 - 15th

All EQ Live Servers will be brought offline on Tues, April 14, 2020 at 11:00 PM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 13 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

April 01, 2020 - Rock the Catbox!

Happy April 1! I hope you are all managing to rock the catbox today!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

March 18, 2020 - Server Downtime - March 18th, 2020

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 4 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

March 11, 2020 - Server Downtime - March 11th

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 6 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

February 14, 2020 - Server Downtime: Friday, February 14th @ 9:00 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 3 hours.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

February 11, 2020 - Server Downtime: Tueday, February 11th

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST for an extended update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 24 hours.

*** Tradeskills ***

  • The Evergreen Leaf spawn locations in Greater Faydark have been spread out so that they are less predictable. The leaves are now much larger and easier to see against the ground.
  • Created a recipe to make Myrmidon's Sloth XIX with Torment of Velious components.
  • Changed the poison used in the Faded Velium Injection Dagger recipe to Bite of the Shissar XX.
  • Updated the recipe for Faded Velium War Hammer to better represent a hammer instead of a sword. It is also now fletching instead of smithing.
  • Increased the drop rate of Velium Laced Nigriventer Venom.
  • Corrected the typo in the Torment of Velious fish dressing recipe for Velious Angel Fish.
  • Wurms and kodiaks in Torment of Velious will drop Velium Infused Pelts.
  • Changed the paper used by recipes Song: Pulse of Salarra Rk. II and Scroll: Word of Renewal Rk. II to Rough Sortilege Sheet.
  • Imbued Black Sapphire Silver Necklace is no longer an auto-learned recipe. This will allow it to count towards a skill of 350.
  • All Aneuk NPCs in Omens of War now have a chance to drop an Aneuk Eye.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          
Last Modified on: 2020-02-14 05:04:54          

January 21, 2020 - B-b-b-b-arrrrrk!

Today Daybreak Games officially branched out into three franchise studios. The EverQuest and EverQuest II studio will be called Darkpaw Games. One of the news releases can be found here. Additional information can be found in the letter from our Executive Producer, Holly Longdale.

Never give up!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

January 15, 2020 - Server Downtime: Wednesday, January 15th @ 6:00 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 AM PST for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

***Highlights***

  • Crusader Vraket in the Eastern Wastes is looking for adventurers who are willing to prove their crafting skills and pay tribute to Rallos Zek.

*** Tradeskills ***

  • The tradeskill questline for Torment of Velious is now available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          
Last Modified on: 2020-01-15 10:29:38          

December 26, 2019 - Torment of Velious Recipe Pages are up!

Though the forums are still down for the time being, the items and recipes have begun to be added.

Click on the Recipes Menu item to the left to navigate to the base page and access the detail pages for ToV.

If you happen to find any errors, please look for me in the serverwide.eqtraders:eqtraders chat channel to let me know of your suggested update.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

December 18, 2019 - Torment of Velious is Live!

Torment of Velious went live on December 18th, 2019.

New items and recipes will start to be added shortly in spite of the forums still being down.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

December 17, 2019 - Server Downtime: Wednesday, December 18th @ 6:00 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 6 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          
Last Modified on: 2019-12-24 02:55:02          

November 20, 2019 - The Passing of a Legend

We were truly sorry to hear of the death of Brad "Aradune" McQuaid, who was a vital part of EverQuest's history. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends, as well as past and present co-workers.

~Mum and the House Ogre

Created By: Niami Denmother          

October 17, 2019 - Forums, Beta and More!

It seems we were the subject of a VBulletin vulnerability hack. Hubbyogre was too slow on implementing the security patch. We are working with Racknine to get the forums back, but it looks like they are updating server software as well in response, so it might take a while.

Tired hubbyogre. Busy hubbyogre!

While waiting for our forums to become available once again, here is a link to some lovely reading fodder! Windstalker has put out a new Producer's Letter announcing the name of the new expansion, and giving information on pre-ordering and beta access. There is also information on the newest progression server. (edited to fix link)

Created By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2019-10-17 04:33:38          

October 16, 2019 - Server Downtime: Wednesday, October 16th @ 6:00 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

September 18, 2019 - Server Downtime - September 18th

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 4:30 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

August 20, 2019 - Server Downtime: Wednesday, August 21st @ 4:30 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:30 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Patch notes for this update will be found in the Game Update Notes section of the forums once they are available.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

July 15, 2019 - Server Downtime: Wednesday, July 17th @ 4:00 AM

Server Downtime: Wednesday, July 17th @ 4:00 AM

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 4:00 AM PT* for an update. Downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

July 01, 2019 - Summer Spectacular 2019!

Summer Spectacular!

Summer is here, the days are long, and that means it's time to celebrate. Start your July off right with in-game bonuses, member gifts, and deals! Everything begins July 1, 2019:

Bonus Rewards!

- All XP, faction, and rare spawns will be increased by 76%.

Member Gifts!

- Log in to claim your two timely and celebratory familiars: the Metamorph Totem: Murikaglider and the Metamorph Totem: Cernerder'Eh Murkglider. Look for these in your reward window once you log in. Members only.

Heritage Crates Return!

- Make sure you check out the Marketplace, because the spectacular is a special opportunity to catch up on any of the Heritage Crates you might have missed. ALL Heritage Crates are back in the Marketplace throughout the event.

The Summer Spectacular begins at 12PM PT (noon) on July 1, 2019, and ends at 12PM PT (noon) on July 8, 2019.

Created By: EQTC Editor Aanuvane          

June 22, 2019 - Pride Bunnies and Producers Letter

A new letter from Windstalker was released this past week with several interesting tidbits in it -- including the mention of a 5-level increase coming with the next expansion! Additionally, there are three free Pride bunny familiars that you can claim in the Marketplace until the end of July, so grab these little cuties while you can!

Created By: Niami Denmother          

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