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Update 49
Date Oct 07 2008 (US)
Oct 08 2008 (EU)

SPECIAL EVENTS

During "Raising the Banner": A team of dedicated excavators and researchers have begun to uncover a remarkable find in the dunes of The Sinking Sands. They have numerous tasks for any recruits willing to help defend the site, excavate relics, maintain their assisting clockworks and provide crafted supplies for the team. They cannot fathom how important this project is and how it is fated to reshape the world of Norrath for years to come!

GUILD HALLS

Construction of the Guild Halls has been completed. Guilds of qualifying levels can now purchase halls in a variety of locations. Smaller halls can be found in North Qeynos, South Freeport, Kelethin, Neriak, and Gorowyn. Medium halls are found in South Qeynos and North Freeport, and large halls are found off the shores of Antonica and The Commonlands. Click on the corresponding doors, or mariner bells on the docks, to access these new structures.

With the work completed on the coastal fortresses in Antonica and The Commonlands the involved parties have retired to their cities and the guards have been recalled to the barracks.

MULTICORE SUPPORT

EQII now runs better with more than one CPU. The game automatically detects if you have more than one CPU. There is an option to control whether the game uses multicore mode in the Options Window under Display -> Performance. If you're running multiple clients on the same computer you may want to disable multicore mode. Game clients prefer running on CPUs other than the first CPU. Setting the multicore option has no effect on machines with one CPU.


HOUSING & HALLS

You can now pay upkeep on your house or guild hall up to 12 weeks in advance.

Wall-placed house items now use a different method to stick to the wall that should keep them from disappearing into the world geometry.

The payments tab has been renamed to "History" and will now display payments and credits to the escrow account.

The deposits tab will only display contributions to the escrow account from players.

GAMEPLAY

The experience requirements for levels have been significantly lowered primarily affecting the 20 thru 70 level range. Along with the experience changes, the drop rate for Adept I spells has been increased slightly.

QUESTS

The Invasion of the Vale is now a more appropriate level for its difficulty. Shattered Vale in Antonica now has an escape point inside it.

GUILD RECRUITMENT

Guilds will no longer appear in the guild recruiting list if they don’t have any recruiters online.

MENTORING

Mentoring other players now grants greater achievement reward for the mentor.

  • 0-5 level difference: 0% bonus
  • 6-10 level difference: 50% bonus
  • 11-20 level difference: 100% bonus
  • 21-30 level difference: 150% bonus
  • 31-50 level difference: 200% bonus
  • 51+ level difference: 300% bonus

This bonus is only applied to achievement experience gained through combat or loot items, not through quests or exploration.

Mentors will now receive experience when their apprentice has disabled combat experience.

ITEMS

Most house items can now be scaled in size, by using shift + mousewheel while moving or placing them. Picking them up again will reset the size to default. Shift and the + and - keys on the numpad also work.

You can no longer turn auto consume on while using a griffon or sokokar.

Bayle’s Amulet (from the quest Re-gifting the Amulet of Benediction) and the Trinket of the Venerated Fanatic can now be mounted and used as a house item.

SPELLS

Spells which do not expire have been made uninterruptable. There are some exceptions which include spells which summon pets or have limited uses.

Bruiser

Divide and Conquer should now properly apply hate to the entire encounter.

Fury

Natural Mask should now gray out when casted.

Ranger

Thorny Trap should now work properly for evil rangers on pvp servers.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Defiler

Enhance: Fuliginous Sphere will now work correctly.

Sorceror

Ward of Sages should now toggle properly.

Templar

Blessings is now toggleable and has a recast of 2 seconds.

SHADOWS

Shadows should no longer disappear unexpectedly.

TRADESKILLS

Merchants in the Maj'Dul courts are now selling a wider range of ancient teachings recipes.

Alchemy

Rare cure potions have been removed and standard cure potions have been upgraded to cure the appropriate levels of effects. This in turn should help reduce some of the demand for dusts.

Carpentry

With the advent of scalable furniture, carpenters no longer require recipes that make items of different sizes. The following redundant recipes were removed: comely teak table, small teak table, large light cedar table, vale briarwood guest bed, large vale briarwood corner bar, small redwood room divider, small tynnonium brazier, small purple lilies, small white lilies, embellished rug, eccentric alder chair. Existing items will not be affected.

Carpenters studying the architecture of Unrest have designed a number of new recipes for furnishings in a similar style, to replace the redundant recipes that have been retired.

Tailoring

Artisans have designed some new recipes for threadbare and sackcloth vests, and will continue to work on more vest-type cloth armor appearances for the future.

Scholars

Merchants in the courts of Maj'Dul are now stocking some additional "Ancient Teachings" recipe scrolls.

PVP

Illusionists on their epic quest should no longer take lose faction with Freeport when using the Lucan illusion and then removing it.

The additional experience multiplier for PvP kills has been reduced slightly.

USER INTERFACE

Status values on the housing window will now display separators so large numbers are easier to read.

There is now an option in the Persona window to block voice invites.

ZONES

Veeshan's Peak

The gem drop rate of Veeshan's Peak has been slightly increased to account for the more frequent patterns.

Each of the bosses in Veeshan's Peak now drop an additional gem.

The Taskmaster (Taskmaster Nichok) in Veeshan's Peak has made new use of his arcane knowledge! Raiders Beware!

Kelethin

A few of the fae in Kelethin react to a good aligned arasai now.

FAN FAIRE FEEDBACK

  • Tunare's touch has reached the door step of the Teir'dal. The druid ring in Darklight Wood has sprouted a Blessed Shrubbery. Druids and adventurers alike should seek out the ring to extend their travel possibilities.
  • Better search filters for the Recipe window and Tracking window:
    • Instead of a direct match, each word must be present
    • Words preceded with '-' (hyphen) must not be present to be matches
      • i.e. recipe filtering with "rigid bow" would show 'rigid scale bow'
      • i.e. recipe filtering with "gno -therm" would show 'gnomish level' but not 'gnomish thermometer'
  • If you find a Lore and Legend item for a Lore and Legend quest that you're on, the tooltip will indicate whether you've already examined it or need to examine it.
  • Deleting a quest from your quest journal will now select the next quest in the list.
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