EverQuest II Downtime, Tuesday, April 20, 2015

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on April 22, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Here's the update notes:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
BrokenskullBay: Fury of the Cursed [Raid]
Corrected an issue in the Captain Krasnok encounter that allowed the Spirit of Gluttony to be killed when it shouldn't be.

SsraeshzaTemple: Echoes of Time [Raid]
Each of the Grimling bosses should no longer cast curses on players if they have been killed.

ITEMS
The Ssraeshza Sword Sentinel house item can now once again be scaled up to its previous maximum size. The default scale remains small enough to fit inside a room.

RIFT 3.2: Echoes of Madness is Live

RIFT last week launched update 3.2: Echoes of Madness, re-introducing a rebuilt Hammerknell Fortress 20-man raid zone. Boasting re-tuned and reimagined incarnations of the raid’s legendary foes, players will face off against the maniacal Akylios in the haunting halls of the dwarves.

Moonlight Enchantments Have Begun!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments started overnight! The grottos opened on the 20th at 12:01am PDT and will close on the 21st at 11:59pm PDT. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!

Heroes of the Storm Launches This June!

Announced this morning on Twitter, Heroes of the Storm will be launching on June 2, 2015, following an open beta that kicks off on May 19th. A new trailer accompanied the launch date announcement.

Campaigns Celebrating Rhapsodies of Vana'diel

 In celebration of the upcoming arrival of the first chapter of Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, a number of campaigns for Final Fantasy XI have been announced. For the first half of this campaign, running from April 27th through to May 11th, Nyzul Isle will yield new items from Notorious Monsters, and a number of Wings of the Goddess Campaign rewards will be boosted.

The second half, starting May 11th and ending on May 30th, will see a doubling of Unity Accolade gains as well as an increase in spoils earned from various Kindred Crest and High Kindred Crest battlefields upon victory!

During the course of both of these halves, players can also take advantage of the return of the Double Capacity & Experience Point Campaign and the Abyssea Campaign, all to help bolster character strength for the upcoming Rhapsodies of Vana'diel content!

Which campaigns are you interested in the most? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Wowhead Weekly Episode 31

Join Panser and Perculia for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 31! This week the ladies discuss the 6.2 PTR build.

Feast of Swords: Never a Dull Moment

 You'd think, after all this time, that those ever-adorable Moogles would have improved their security! Once again, the Far Eastern armor sets under the care of the MHMU have been pilfered by brigands, and it's up to you to take up your shinai to help recover them! From April 27th through to May 11th, the main areas between the three starting cities and Jeuno will be overrun with wayward armor, and it is up to you and your fellow adventurers to strike the armor down and tame it once more!

Are you a fan of the Feast of Swords event? Tell us all about it over on the ZAM forums!

Marketing Survey: Giving Away $1k in Gift Cards

ZAM is available free to all users thanks to ads on our site. From time-to-time we run advertising surveys to learn more about your gaming habits. The survey is optional, but we'll be picking 50 people to win $20 gift cards as a thank you for those that reply: enter by Monday night!

Enter the survey here!

Letter From the Producer

EverQuest Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale updated us this afternoon about what's happening this month and beyond for EverQuest.

  • Some improvements are being made to Epic 1.0 quests (bottlenecks are being reduced -- details can be found in the latest Test Server patch notes).
  • Legends of Norrath loot will be a little more easier to come by (for the right price)
  • The progression server is a prominent topic (one that we know all about, thanks to Aristo's intricately detailed post earlier this week).
  • We have been introduced to the idea of "campaigns" (downloadable content to be released twice a year - the first of which expected this coming Fall). These are said to feature "about the same amount of content" as what would normally be seen in an annual expansion.

Players have raised numerous questions about this, of course. As of this posting, they haven't been answered (it is a Friday afternoon, after all; happy Friday, by the way!), but you can probably expect some answers in this EQ Forum thread in the coming week.

(You can find the full letter posted below the jump.)

The Scrying Pool: Necromancer's Dreadknight

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The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as I dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content could be implemented.

This week we continue the speculation series covering the new specialization feature coming in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Starting off, I had given my general speculation specialization before jumping into the profession specific speculations with Guardian’s Cleric followed by Engineer’s Mechanic and Elementalist’s Mage. This week I dive into speculation for another profession with Necromancer’s Dreadknight.