EverQuest II
The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is September, which means it's time for the Neriak City Festival! The festival is planned to start on September 1st at 12:01am PT and will run until September 7th at 11:59pm PT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Darklight Wood just over the chasm outside of Neriak.

Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and don't forget to check out the four City Festival achievements.

An Aether Race will also be available in Darklight Wood during the festival. Participate and finish the race in 89 seconds or less to earn the Fearless Flyer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near Neriak.

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EverQuest II: Beta Server Event!

You are cordially invited to crash EverQuest II's Beta Server!

Okay, not really. The EQII team has been working on "performance increases" and the first round of them is on Beta. There will be a testing event starting on Wednesday, August 27th at 3pm PT.

We have our first round of performance increases on Beta right now. There are more coming, but this first round we want to do some load testing and get it out to live as quickly as we can. This affects every aspect of the game: quests, tradeskilling, items, combat, pvp-combat even housing. So we need to test as many different things as possible.

Please join us on the Beta server, Wednesday, August 27th starting at 3PM and going on until whenever!

Gninja is promising Punch and pie!

See you there!

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Downtime - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALL servers will come down on August 26th, 2014 at 7:00 AM PDT for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. The full patch notes are after the jump.

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SOE Live: EverQuest II - Q&A Recaps

At SOE Live 2014, the EverQuest II audience had questions and the devs had answers! ZAM was there to keep track of what the community wanted to know. Senior Producer Holly Longdale was joined by Akil "Lyndro" Hooper, Kyle "Kander" Vallee, Carlos "Gninja" Mora, Nathan "Kaitheel" McCall, Michael "Xelgad" Ganz, Robert "Caith" Fouts, Dave "Maevianiu" Kish, and many other EQ2 devs to answer questions. If you missed it, here's a recap of what happened during the question and answer session after the EverQuest II keynote, as well as the AMAA Sessions Part 1 & Part 2.

General News
SOE President's Flight Diverted After Bomb Scare

Many Sony Online Entertainment players experienced downtime this weekend when both PSN and SOE were targeted in a DDOS attack. President John Smedley was vocal on Twitter Sunday, keeping everyone up-to-date with the status of server restoration.

The hacker group that initiated the DDOS took things one step further later on Sunday – tweeting out a false alarm to American Airlines, claiming that the flight Smedley was returning to San Diego on had "explosives on board."

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Members-Only Double Experience Weekend!

UPDATE: The Double XP weekend has been extended. According to the EQ2 Twitter account:  

Based on this mornings issues, the Members Double Experience weekend will be extended until Tuesday. Enjoy! [RadarX]

Later on Sunday Holly "Winstalker" Longdale tweeted, "It will be active until Monday at 11:59pm PDT."


Announced earlier this evening:

We've decided to run a members-only Double XP Weekend for Adv, TS, AA xp starting noon PDT tomorrow thru Sunday 11:59pm PDT!

All Access members will receive double adventuring, tradeskill and alternate advancement experience between Noon PT on Friday, August 22nd and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, August 24th.

General News
Film Friday: Five New Trailers

Welcome back to another Film Friday! This week is a little shorter than most, the calm following the rush of Gamescom and SOE Live. We've got five trailers totaling ~15 minutes, so let's get right to it!

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EverQuest II: Systems Panel Recap

The EverQuest II Systems and Mechanics panel revealed many exciting things in store for the upcoming expansion, Altar of Malice, and beyond.

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Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments starts tonight! The grottos will open on the 20th at 12:01am PDT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PDT. The time applies directly with no conversion to all servers.

As mentioned at SOE Live and in Tuesday's patch notes, this month there are new items available in the grottos!  

There is also a new Achievement! Complete all the grotto collections to get your Moonlit Mushroom Ring! Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards.

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Downtime - Tuesday August 19, 2014

ALL servers will come down on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM PDT for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. Patch notes are available after the jump.