The City Festival Has Begun!

April is here and it brings with it the Qeynos City Festival! The festival will run until April 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Antonica just beyond the bridge to North Qeynos. Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods.

An Aether Race will also be available in Antonica during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 134 seconds or less to earn the Bridge Buzzer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near the Coldwind Point Lighthouse.

As a reminder, April 1st is also the Highest of the Silly Days and there are special Bristlebane Day events happening, including bunny collections!

EQII Producer's Letter: Class Changes

Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale posted the latest EQ2 Producer's Letter on Tuesday. In it she discusses class changes coming to the Beta server this week, as well as recent performance issues and Bristlebane Day.

See the entire letter below and join the discussion on the official forums!

The Highest of Silly Days - April 1st Only!

April Fools Day marks the Highest of Silly Days for the Bristlebane Day celebration. Three quests are only available on this day (one is new), given by the sphinx Imenand just off the dock in the Enchanted Lands. Test your brain by trying to solve his many riddles and take a gamble at your choice of house pet rewards.

If you've been waiting for a Berry-fed Bovich since last year they'll be available on the Marketplace for 2250SC. There will be a new winged version, shown above, available for 2950SC.

In your travels you may have noticed bunnies all over Norrath. Today, and only today can you collect the silly wabbits and earn four Bunny Achievements! The 500 bunnie achievement was added this year.

Players can also harvest from the Jester's Superior Gardens on this day, which are found in Enchanted Lands. These gardens give harvests from every holiday event that has crafting, so be sure you have a lot of backpack space to spare! Those wanting to sneak in some mid-year Frostfell crafting can do so as well. Check the Marketplace for some special Bristlebane Day promotional items!

The Highest of Silly Days starts as soon as it's April 1 in Pacific time, and goes until 11:59pm PDT on April 1st.

Downtime - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down on March 31st at 9pm PT for the same update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Patch notes are available after the jump.

NOTE: Guk, Sebilis and the Marketplace for ALL servers will be unavailable for approximately 12 hours, starting at 2am PT.

Weekend Bonus on $20 Station Cash Cards

Beginning at 10:00AM PDT on Friday, March 27th, if you redeem a $20 Station Cash Game Card, you will receive 500 Bonus Station Cash! All $20 Station Cash cards feature artwork from Landmark like this one.

These Landmark game cards are available in select locations of the following U.S. retail stores: GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.

But hurry! The 500 Bonus SC is only available if you redeem the $20 Station Cash Game Cards between 10:00AM PDT on Friday, March 27th, and 11:59PM PDT on Sunday, March 29th.

The Fine Print:  Bonus Station Cash will ONLY be awarded on the redemption of a $20 Landmark card. Other Station Cash cards are not eligible for this promotion.

The Joke is on Norrath. Bristlebane Day Returns!

Bristlebane Day returns tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, and runs through Thursday, April 9th. There's new recipes, new rewards, and new quests! Keep your eye out for interesting Patchcraft mobs all over Norrath and earn your Patchcraft Slayer achievements!

On April 1st things really get hopping! On theHighest of Silly Days you can collect bunnies all over Norrath for four achievements (one's new this year). Returning are the Jester's superior gardens in Enchanted Lands, giving harvestables from all holidays. Frostfell crafting stations will also pop up in Enchanted Lands on the Highest of Silly Days. The Sphinx now offers three quests exclusively on April Fool's Day, so you'd better like riddles!

Read all about it in our Bristlebane Day Guide! And if you've got a lot of alts, use our Bristlebane Day Quest Tracker to help keep track of them during the event.

Freeport Maintenance Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Freeport server will be brought offline on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:00AM Pacific for server maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes.

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

There are no notes for this downtime.

EQII Downtime Tuesday, March 24, 2015

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline at about 4:00AM London Time on March 25, 2015. Estimated downtime is one hour.

The Freeport Server will have 12 hours of downtime tomorrow, starting at 2:ooam Pacific time.

The update notes are below.

Freeport Maintenance Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Freeport server will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00AM Pacific for server migration and maintenance. This server is estimated to be unavailable for at least 12 hours.

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

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. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!